A strange, long day of 21 hours and a bit.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
If you are going to promote good schooling why would you start with the wholesale abandonment of capital letters where they really have every right and duty to be? A great way to welcome your pupils.
This has recently spread to all those nob ends who recommend company strap lines and logos should all be lower case too.
Bring on the triumph of the mediocre and the average. Excellence and 'academy' indeed.
'bristol' my arse!
Monday, 28 June 2010
I like the fact that it is a neat shape with floors going up and up, and the decorated garages coming out at 90 degrees. I like the lamppost halfway along and the blue sky above. It's kinda neat and tidy.
These are some flats near me and they are getting a new skim.
Bridges, trains and daft things will resume soon.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Greece were an embuggerance to free flowing football and Messi didnt
score, but blimey, when Lionel Messi was given room he was like a
sniper killer. Inspiring!
I must have come across him when I taught Assassin Special Forces
classes a year or two back....
Two minutes before k o my diggiebox crashed. Then the fuck awful
rigmarole of a call centre 8,000 miles away where they don't give a
stuff. Platitudes and call centre excuses and no tv.
£39 a month for it to go wring and then lackadaisical customer service.
Radio 5 Live it is.
Irri bastard tating.....
Passenger numbers just halved here at Castle Cary, the train stop for
Lots of right-on Student types bundled off the train carting wellies,
beer, smiles and (presumably) no soap. Must be Glasto' this weekend?
Apparently this service will be heaving these next few days so I am
glad to be Ninja'ing my way through and back today!
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
at Kings Cross for my train up to HQ. If I am hungry or thirsty I
stroll for a coffee but more often than not I will take the minute's
wander to St Pancras.
I like St Pancras; it's a full on, unashamed Spod stop with a great
mix of old and new architecture, top trains, and great pools of light
through the steel and glass. Some random photos are here. They won't
win prizes for artistic merit but I like them!
To London today.
These carriages are here often, and just as often they catch out the
unwary Spod (like me ages back) because they give the suggestion of a
steam train at the front of them. Alas it is not so and just a big old
advert for the weekend steam-hauled Torbay express.
I have downloaded a Vuvuzela on my iPhone for England's Friday game
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
think BP should pay its Dividend and that the American Government has
this one wrong.
BP are hugely, hugely awash with cash and have said they'll pay all
costs, and that's good.
Shareholders didn't spill the oil so why should they be penalised ?
Also, loads of pension funds the world over rely on that Dividend to
finance pensions for folks you and I know, so that wouldn't be fair?
If BP are good to their word and pay, why should the rightly
expectant nominees of a Dividend payment be denied their $2600
Imagine how repeatedly that is spent again and again in the economy
and all those knock ons for kick starting an economy and driving sales.
Is this the US Government being seen to look chastising? Kinda wrong
Soap box away now.
Come on Capitalism!
After many, many comments and interest from the USA, UK and the Far
East, we have a winner from the car parking competition post just a
few items down from this one.
Regular visitors will recall that you had to use your skill and
judgement to spot the girl parking from a random car park shot outside
a hotel in Wales.
We had analysis, weighed opinion, controversy, denial and exasperation.
For the quiet acknowledgement of poor parallel line recognition
(through denial) and the virtual slap, GYMBUNNY has won this fine warp
Gymbunny, it will be landing soon! Please park it carefully.
Look out for more reasoned and well informed competitions later in the
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Here's some top Spod action rather spazzily caught via my clunky old
windows laptop, but it is exciting news!
The next Operating System for Iphone is a free upgrade and is out really soon; bring on the multi tasking and indeed my increased risk of falling over whilst using the phone as a result.
Ironic that it was clunky to watch it streamed on my Apple iPhone on a
decent wifi connection; it skipped, it raced, it flipped to Audio only
but I got the gist. Apple do cool stuff but maaaaaan, they are self
centred. I suppose you can be when me and other folks consume a
billion downloads from the Apple store.
Still like my Iphone best of all for train vids though!
Here's Steve-oh telling us about a gyroscope that's in his next phone.
Geeky stuff and cool.
Monday, 7 June 2010
I woke at my house today, which was rather pleasant and novel after a run of days away.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
I am out of Crewe on a train bound for Birmingham now, but it has come
from far up country, apparently chasing itself all the way down the
land to make up lost time. It seems that many folks on board need to
make a connection at Birmingham that was looking to be a close run
thing with only a minute to play with.
An announcement just now: the connection train was ahead of us but its
driver pulled over to let this train hurtle past, ensuring we are in
Birmingham first and all who need to can disembark in good time and
scuttle to another platform to meet it.
Polite applause all round and general agreement that the driver must
be a good chap.
All rather civil.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
If you've already tuned in today, you'll know I am away at a hotel
tonight amid Store visits in Wales.
Here's a hotel view from my window tonight with a follow up quiz
Q: Which of these cars was parked by a girl?
Send your comments in to win a prize!
No charges apply to this quiz and you could win a Spaceship!
(and it's not a great deal, really). That said when I do stay away I
am often content and this is so tonight.
I am in a decent hotel that my firm is paying for. I've had dinner and
rest and I have wine in my room now. I have a speedy old 3g signal so
I can stream cintent from one of a dozen channels via iPhone (News 24
from the Beeb' pictured here) . I may catch a DVD on my laptop later.
I Robot, I think.
I hope to sleep well and I'll wake at 6 and take a run just after.
I am counting my 'away' blessings just like I count the ones on home
fixtures too ( and you know who you are!)
PS: I am not in Brighton, the tv pundit is. You know how it is in
This should be a perfect spot: sunshine, ales and trains just across
the road, but alas I am at the end of Wales by the sea near Anglesey;
any fast train action here would generate a right old splash with a
train getting a wash in the Menai Straits. Oh well. Good bridges, all
Nasty business an hour or two from here with 12 folks shot dead today.
On reflection BS7, BS5, trains, bridges and harmless blogging are just
fine by me....
Curious statue really.
Good journey from Chester so far; i've seen one large commercial jet
and two parked up fast jets on display!
And tons of sheeeeeeeep.
It's a nice run along the coast and Colwyn Bay next.
service from BS5.
I have a long journey to North Wales today which one can do on a
reasonably direct but small train through Wales or larger, faster
trains via the Midlands and the North West.
This train, which leaves shortly is particularly shiny! All good fun
save for the bell end with really loud headphones.