Sunday, April 30, 2006
You're Just Not Trying
Look out! Pregnant cloned Iranian lesbian suicide-bombers could smuggle nukes into America through Mexico!
Did I miss anything out?
Saturday, April 29, 2006
This morning I gave my little patch of back garden it's first mow of the year. That'll probably start my hayfever off (my nose is itching already, so it's either on it's way or I've turned into Samantha from Bewitched and no-one has told me). Now there's a red-red-robin bob-bob-bobbing around on the lawn looking for worms. I don't really have the patience for gardening, plus I have a slight disagreement with my neighbours and parents over what is technically a weed and what is a flower. If it's pretty, it stays. Mind you, my neighbour insists that was is now a small tree is actually a weed, so what does he know?
I now have an Oyster Card which is useful. However, at the moment they don't have a function on the website to see the journey's you've made on it, which means I can't use it for work travel and have to buy tickets the old fashioned way. When I phoned up today to check about how much had been deducted I was told they were working on it but it was for some reason quite difficult to do. If banks and credit card companies can give you itemised bills, if BT can give you a list of all the numbers you've phoned and if the person I talked to was able to call up a list himself, what's causing the hold-up transferring it to a web-page?
The Charles Clarke story rumbles on. With all that's happening I suspect Tony Blair must be hoping to reach a point where all the bad news matches and cancels itself out, maybe if the story about John Prescott having sex with someone in his office gets a little worse (and heaven knows, just getting as far as 'Prescott having sex' is pretty severe) it'll cancel out Charles Clarke letting loads of people out he shouldn't have. But then, what's going on here? It's giving the press a story in which they get to attack three sets of people, the Government, criminals and foreigners. Now, it's not that the Home Office went around looking for a thousand hardened nonces and murderers to let out early. These were people that were released from prisoner after serving their time. Most of them for non-violent offences. They aren't allowed to work while having their immigration application be dealt with and if crime equals an automatic deportation what are they supposed to do?
Friday, April 28, 2006
CEA ad, fighting back against the RIAA
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Wow! Only 48%? What, like only almost half the people asked ? So not only are most people rascist fuckwits who conveniently forget that English history is the history of a mongrel nation, they also don't vote honestly? I fucking despair...
More evidence of Kissinger's famous saying in effect. Or alternatively, I can't believe the woman I wanted to marry slept with Prescott.
Cricket Cricket Cricket...
Lords Cricket Ground, Middlesex Versus Kent
Originally uploaded by Loz Flowers.
Did I mention the time I was embaressed by meeting up with an Australian friend who had been in London for all of three days and knew her way around London better than I, who had been living here for several years?
Today I discovered how easy it is to get from where I live to Lords Cricket Ground, the Home of English Cricket. And I've lived where I do for six years.
Anyway, my Dad and I made the journey today. The cricketing season started last week and the photo shows you probably the entire spectating public. When we arrived we initially sat on the ground floor of the stands and I was surprised by how small it seemed compared to the images we all see on telly, where the camera stretches it all out. However, I took this photo after lunch when we sat higher up and the pitch did seem wider from above.
Apart from MCC-tie wearers pottering around the place was very quiet, so much so that we had real difficulty finding anything to eat, there were no burger vans, most places in the ground seemed to be members only and/or shut and eventually we had to follow the directions from the guy on the gate to find a Italian cafe. I hope that that was just a side-effect of it being very early in the season and not that Lords CC considers itself so posh it doesn't slum it with fast food vans and suchlike. Anyway, I'm looking for the details of the 20-20 match s and the Floodlight Game with interest.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
I managed to last out until about ten minutes into the third episode of the second series of Green Wing before I remembered exactly why I never made it to the end of the first series either of the times I tried to watch it. It's a romantic comedy (which I hate) crossed with a sketch show such as The Fast Show or Little Britain, only with the humour often removed. Why watch an hour long show for the fifteen good minutes of material?
Didn't you hear me yesterday? It's Spring already!
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Welcome to Spring.
Reading the Daily Mail instead of working this morning I found an article about how Lord Charlie Falconer has banned the word 'homosexual' from official court language, along with terms such as 'asylum seekers', on the grounds that Stonewall told him it was offensive to uphill gardeners. I can't find it reported in any publication that I wouldn't use as toilet paper, but Stonewall's website does indeed list that some homos find it offensive. Not being a term I'd use for myself I suppose I'm a bit 'meh' about it, It originates from a medical definition when same-sex attraction/relationships were construed as mental illness which is true enough, but as it's a Latin translation of what a gay person does, not actively couched in 'urgh! Bumsex!' tones it feels a bit like oversensitivity.
Celebrity junkie Pete Doherty was released on bail again yesterday, after being arrested buying drugs a few hours after being let off a prison sentence after pleading guilty to seven charges of drug posession but persuading the judge he was 'showing signs' of trying to break the habit. I'd love to know what signs these were. "Look Judge, he's taking off his belt and... tying it round his arm. This is obviously a sign that... umm he's going to fasten it to the desk to stop him running off and eating some 'Charlies'. And look, he's getting out his syringe and spoon to remind him of the life he's trying to put behind him, and, yes, he's 'boiling up' the heron so no-one else will have their lives blighted by it's blighting blight. He's just the new Messiah really."
Friday, April 21, 2006
The Machiavelli personality test has a range of 0-100
Your Machiavelli score is: 70
You are a high Mach, you endorse Machiavelli's opinions.
Most people fall somewhere in the middle, but there's a significant minority at either extreme.
The Salon Machiavelli personality test.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
I heart Life on Mars .
At home, watching music telly...
Oh no Madonna's in a cage and showing her arse...
The suggestion from some friends that this is all caused by the counselling I've been doing since late January seems unconvincing, we haven't really got to anything icky in my subconscious yet and I think an hour a week talking about FABULOUS MEEEE!! wouldn't have a negative effect on me.
An obvious thing to do would be to stop sitting around being lazy. Unfortunately that's something I do so well...
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
I've told my landlord about my leaking pipes under the sink in the kitchen. They've got a plumber coming to their place on Monday week, and they've said they'll get them to come and have a look. Mind you, last year they were going to replace my rotting back wall and wooden patio doors. When I phoned them about the pipes they mentioned they were hoping to get someone along in the next few weeks to have a look and give them a quote. So, that's only two years after I first brought it up.
I watched the Spielberg/Cruise version of War of the Worlds this afternoon. That's a joyless couple of hours that I'll never get back. It's got that annoying little brat from Taken too. The CGI-work is great, as usual for a Spielberg film but otherwise, it's just so dull.
A Librarian is Never Off-Duty
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Thsi doesn't seem to be reported elsewhere but the pink 'un is saying that Blair and Jim Murphy are backing down on the Regulatory Reform Bill which would replace the current dictatorial system that masquerades as democracy with something more honestly tyrannical.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Graffiti at the Top of the Monument
Graffiti at the Top of the Monument
Originally uploaded by Loz Flowers.
The Monument in Monument Street was finished in 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London eleven years previously and the rebuilding of the City.
It contains a 311 step staircase up to a viewing platform that, on a clear day, give wonderful views over the city. That's three hundred and eleven very steep steps, in a tight corkscrew, so that when people wish to pass, those on the outside must press against the wall, those on the inside are shuffling up tiny steps.
I was depressed by how out-of-breath I was when I reached the top. My knees being buggered by the climbing is fair enough, the muscles cramping for the rest of the day I can put up with. But to be tired out by all that climbing?
I'm going to be thirty in August. And I'm really out of shape.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Where on Earth is Blah Flowers?
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
The unlikeable continue to demand an apology from the unelectable. We are verging somewhat into pot and kettle territory.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
What interest me is how Christinaity shifts to fit into the country it ends up in, it essentially promises you can build Jerusalem in Italy, England or the U.S., until the latter decided it would be more fun to break it all instead. Islam seems to be less flexible and adaptable, you change rather than it. I wonder if that's why Islamic cultures became theocracies so much quicker than Christianity, where it's really the U.S. As you can probably tell, I'm just improvising wildly here so this is going nowhere...
Monday, April 03, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
The Elephant Mooooooves!
The Dickens Walk
More on the Dickens Walk, Outside the Devereaux
Originally uploaded by Loz Flowers.
As a birthday treat for my Dad's imminent anniversary I took him and Mum to Temple tube station for one of the walks by 'The Original London Walks' Company, in this case, Dickens London. We were met by Jean, in authentic Victorian dress, who took us through Temple, up past the Royal Courts of Justice, along Temple's Inn Fields and through to Holborn, talking about Dickens life and places that turned up in his fiction. A very nice way to spend a couple of hours, although we had a few problems with the numbers of steps, as Mum has to use a wheelchair for distances.
When that was done we walked along the Strand and down to Embankment to catch the train home. The last time I took Mum on the tube was a couple of years ago. Things don't appear to have improved any since then.