31 July, 2005
30 July, 2005
It's been raining steadily here all day, but this hasn't been the normal cause of mild dismay (during the summer months) that it might have been as it releases me from the twice daily garden watering routine...which brings me onto the subject of the garden, the tomato plants are coming along really nicely, loads of fruit, nothing even approaching ripe yet, seems like I've been looking after these things for rather a long time now...some fruit would be appreciated, at their earliest convenience, obviously... ;)
Two of them came out only after generous quantities of CS Gas was deposited into their flat, having been told to strip naked before exiting...they then complained that they had "rights" and proceeded to *dance* in front of the men with guns....they must be off their nuts!
"It'll be better for you in the long run, laddie, if you just tell us the truth from the off, the other lads have already told us everything anyway, you're only harming yourself...I tell you they're already making their deals...fancy a cigarette?"
Yeah, I know the routine, I saw "In the name of the Father"...JUST *JOKING* ;)
29 July, 2005
Trying to learn French first (as a second language) really put me off, you know...if it had been Spanish they had taught us in schools it would have been a huge boost to morale quite how close much of it is to English...I'm actually quite upset about that, I may have taken a much greater interest in languages otherwise...I understand the reason though - proximity - hence why so many Americans know a bit of Español...
30 minutes is all I have invested into listening to the audio course (astonishing when I think of all those hours spent chanting "Je suis, Tu es...etc.") I can say "Hello", "Good Morning", "Yes", "No", "What is that"/"I want that", "What is that in English?", "What is that in Spanish", "How are you", "How much is that?", "What time is it?", "Where is the bus/train/taxi/toilet/etc." (wouldn't have a clue about what answer I was being given though, admittedly...)
I know it is a bit of a false economy, as I only have about 6 nouns (at least one of which is the word for a small cake), but armed with "¿qué es ése en Español?" I really think that even these simple phrases could be of real value... :)
28 July, 2005
You'll have to click it to read it unless you have very good eyesight... ;)
At Kings Cross four officers were yelling at a Chav in an attempt to explain to him that today wasn't really the best time to be mucking around on the railway, and he really should buy a ticket in future...he was yelling back (but in an embarrased sort of way) spouting some mindless attempt at a justification for his behaviour and loudly, but amusingly enquiring if they didn't have anything more important to be doing with their time...(I could almost hear the cell doors being slammed shut)... ;)
27 July, 2005
- he definitely owns London at the moment, you can't move for his "throw ups" (that's a bit of graffiti slang, he isn't actually being sick everywhere)...I've even seen one in Brighton (near the car park at the top of the lanes), so at least you can say his hobby gets him out and about about a bit... :)
Here is a better example... (update - that link may be down, if so, follow this one)
26 July, 2005
Getting back to work was tough today, had to snooze the alarm clock twice before I could drag myself out of bed...zzzz...
On my way in I decided to have a go at a Spanish audio course (10 minutes a day), got it as MP3s on my phone...so my head is full of "¿cuál es ése?"..."es un pasaporte"..."¿dónde está el banco?"...not sure if this is the best way to try and learn a language, but "Pulp Fiction" already taught me "mi casa es su casa", so it might work... ;)
25 July, 2005
- (rather on the expensive side, I thought, although it does depend quite how "large") -
- well, I think we have their number anyway... ;)
- wondefully decorated fuel tanks and below the glue spraying tractor -
- some seriously powerful cars -
- and this bus looked like it was ready to pounce! -
- as I said though, loads more on my Bug Jam Flickr Stream if you like this sort of thing... ;)
24 July, 2005
Forgot to mention ITV Digital failing miserably (thanks to the hugely stupid football deals they made which they couldn't make good on thanks to basically no-one being interested) and being saved by the BBC... :)
Didn't know they did "World at War" though, so they aren't all bad...
Now, on with the GP... :) Button could win here, but it's most likely to be Rikkenen or Alonso again unfortunately...
Also found out that they guy the Police shot five times in the head while we were away was innocent (nice guy and just late for work apparently)...London is obviously getting too jumpy...next week might be "interesting"... :(
Note to self - Don't run away from shouting, armed Police officers in the middle of serious terrorist threats, even if late for work...
But sincerely sorry Brazil... :(
...eventually, it's been raining solidly since about nine am, everything is soaked, no escape from having to pack up a wet tent this time...no racing either so we sloshed round the show and shine and hid for a bit in the comedy tent, which was truely terrible, but at least dry...now we are making a start on packing the car...what a shame...
23 July, 2005
22 July, 2005
It's raining...we have a few hours before the racing is due to start though, so hopefully it'll get it all over and done with before that...we've got a really good spot for our camp, right by the facilities, so no nightmare obstacle course for night-time emergencies...Oh and I took a wander up to take a peek at the site from the bank by the strip a little while ago and spotted someone has come along in an old London routemaster double decker bus...! Cool...
21 July, 2005
Two quotes -
- "Attempts have been made to set off explosive devices" - Sir Ian Blair
- "The intention of the attacks was to kill" - the MET
Victoria was running okay, lots of Police and the Victoria line on the tube was closed (obviously), I hopped on a Brighton train and changed at East Croydon, then back to Redhill...
I will be pleased to be heading North for Bug Jam for the weekend.... :(
We might have a *real* result here, potentially some living bombers taken into custody! If so - this is excellent news! :)
Third star to the left, and keep on until morning...
Just need someone else to finish reading it now so I can discuss it...can't talk about it here because it might spoil it for somebody! Bah...
20 July, 2005
Well, "hello" Technorati, you are most welcome, can I get you a drink of something...? ;)
I do find site stats interesting from time to time (although it's nowhere near my motivation for blogging my thoughts) I might actually pay to see what search keywords end up giving my site hits too...(it's locked on my free account and from what I can see it's a source of some amusement among the rest of the blogging community)...perhaps on a slow day... :)
19 July, 2005
Guards started to appear talking quietly to each other on radios and running up and down the platform, which caused me to raise an eyebrow and peer out of the corner of my eye at what they were doing...the minutes ticked by and I caught one of them speaking into his handset saying "So what are we going to do with this train then, get everyone off?" (it had now been stood still for about 5 minutes)...this prompted me to send Flyingpops a text, telling her that there was an odd situation developing and they were talking about cancelling the service...she replied that "they had better not!" and that they were making announcements to find the whereabouts of one "Mr Williams"...bit strange, I thought...
Anyway, the next thing I saw, three guards were unloading lots of bits of luggage from the train (big Sampsonite cases, not the kind of thing one would forget you had in your possesion) and no more than 90 seconds later the guard blew his whistle, signalling that the train could leave...
I called Flyingpops to give her an update and she said that they had had a second announcement a short while ago explaining that the train was suffering "technical difficulties", which it blatantly hadn't...makes you think, doesn't it...? This was definitely a bomb scare...take those announcements with a pinch of salt...
18 July, 2005
Flyingpops is literally *flying* through "Order of the Phoenix", and will soon be clamouring for HBP so I'm doing my best...I'm on Chapter 18 now...(I'll probably grab a sandwich and read through lunch)...
17 July, 2005
Went to Horley car boot sale this morning, just for a nose round -
- it wasn't really very busy, to be honest, it was probably too hot to be sitting around selling stuff in a car park, kids were getting stroppy and people were packing up (this was at about 1030am)...As a result of which, I think I got rather a bargain on this little puppy (if you look really closely at the table you can see my old tripod which I used from time to time in the past for a size comparison) -
- and a closeup (oddly they are both made by the same manufacturer!)...Check this out though, the tiny tripod cost me £6 at Heathrow airport's Dixons Duty Free shop, and the appropriately named "Titan 404" (being rather larger) was £2 from the boot sale (this size, without the head, which this came with, start at around £80)...Heh... ;) -
- gotta love those boot sale bargains... ;) Right, back to the garden now, and the book...
Vintage Vehicles of course seems nowerdays to include quite a lot of militaria -
- this for example seemed to me to be excessive defence for the site (appearing to be a portable, radar guided, surface-to-air missile installation) -
- yes, I think any terrorists visiting would have had quite a nasty suprise... ;)
Of course there was the usual selection of steam (nice ancient vs modern comparison this one, also showing the "all steam" fun fair in the background) -
- any number of classic cars -
- a huge number of static steam engines -
- and grown men (having great fun) mucking around with all sorts of remote controlled aquatic models -
- the *wonderful* CAMRA (volunteer) run beer tent -
- and there's more on my Flickr photostream if you are interested... ;)
16 July, 2005
Reaching out to hand me the parcel, the postman replied "Don't talk to me about bloody 'Arry Potter, had twenty of these to deliver to one bloody road! Saturday round is normally about 6 letters...total!" (he held out the tiny selection of letters he had been expecting to breeze round the estate with)...I laughed, probably quite cruelly, waved the parcel to him, popped the watering can down, and came inside...
"It was nearing midnight, and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office..."
15 July, 2005
In a state of *minor* panic (*under the breath* - "I *can* deal with this"), I have also been trawling the web for a copy of HP6 in electronic form, just in case Tesco muck up, and none has been forthcoming (even .RU sources)...But I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that in this aspect the internet simply cannot provide for me the means to "fair use" what I have paid for in advance of the event...*cry!*
*Fink throws his dummy to the floor *and* blanket from the pram DELIBERATELY *so* awkwardly as to catch it in the front wheels thereby stalling it in the middle of the busiest aisle of the supermarket* *SULK* :(
(Sincerely well done to the publishers for keeping it *totally* off the black market thus far)...damnit... ;)
Please, Tesco, prove me wrong...
...today and I must confess that I feel really quite lost without it (which is interesting). Two ideas for things that sprang into my mind to say today have had to be put on hold because I couldn't take the shot I wanted...
I have my C500, but camera/phones can't (yet) be compared to even a basic point and shoot...I mean, I always have been guilty of taking a lot of photographs, but since starting this little venture the trusty FinePix basically hasn't left my side (apart from the Xbox LAN party) some redundency in this system would be nice...(and thus, item -
- "a new camera"
- moves slowly up my mental priority list)...
I honestly didn't notice him until we were leaving the scene, and had no idea I had snapped him until I was looking through the pictures later. This is exactly why the police asked for copies of all our photographs (I did send all mine in btw, never know, perhaps the Bus bombers missing minutes might have been spent in my vicinity, I'll have to go back and look through them again now I know what he looks like)...
- The picture is on page 3 (which is a claim in itself, "Yes, I was on Page 3 once, back in the day"... ;) in the Daily Mirror if you fancy having a look (it's a really stunning shot, from where I was stood I had *no* idea quite how many people there were)...take a peek, if you get the chance, it's heartening stuff...(and if you peer very carefully you might even be able to "spot the Fink" wearing his grey shirt ;)
14 July, 2005
...it almost goes without saying that lots of other people had the same idea...
...the media were present, represented most intrusively by the Paparatzi who didn't stop taking photographs the whole time (mine were all taken as we waited for the hour to approach)...
...the Police were out in force too, even some on horse back...not that there was any trouble...I've never had 2 minutes vanish so quickly in my life before...and almost without a word everyone went their separate ways as soon as the time was passed...
...it was a profound experience, and very surreal, for London to fall so silent that the sound of a camera mechanism seems loud and intrusive...and it was chillingly reminiscent of the day itself, with so many people standing in just the same places as after the attacks, and so many police around....
You will fail...
The idea is to store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency".
In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them. It's simple and effective.
For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc"
Article here...might have helped a few days ago...
13 July, 2005
"One of the major difficulties of travelling backwards in time has just been solved, according to an Israeli theoretical physicist. And the solution, he says, is doughnut-shaped."
Read the rest here...
12 July, 2005
The only thing marking today out from any other (they even had the ticket barriers back on) is the huge number of Police everywhere (which does make me wonder where they all are normally), there were at least 10 of them in the queue at Burger King (which looked quite funny, I did take a snap but their HVJ's just flashed back at me and ruined the shot), at least one on each of the stations we went past (although I spotted 6 at East Croydon and 5 at Kings Cross, if you count the two outside the door that I took a picture of yesterday)...The railway also seems to have suddenly sprouted a "security" arm, with white shirts and cracking radios joining the ranks of police officers in giving everyone suspicious looks...makes you feel quite secure though...