Sunday it was supposed to rain. At least, that's what the weather report said on Thursday. By the time it got to Sunday morning the MET office had revised its decision and said that it wasn't going to rain. But it was going to be grey and misty and cloudy and miserable. And it was. … Continue reading Manningtree Vehicle Show
Yesterday, without warning, 'one' railways suddenly ceased to exist. In its place are platforms decked out with "National Express East Anglia" logos and posters, and trains in a new livery. Overnight, it seems, the company was taken over, everything changed, and no one seems to know what's going on. In fact, so new is this … Continue reading Where did ‘one’ go?
Back in December I picked up the telephone to call someone, only to find that we had been disconnected. The cause, apparently, was that there was an outstanding balance on our account, and the line had been cut off because of it. We could receive calls and use the internet, but not dial out. This … Continue reading Not good, BT, not good at all
This weekend saw my friend Anne-Marie's Christmas play 'While You Were Sleeping' performed at her home church in Bexleyheath. This has been a regular gig for several years, and I've helped out the past few years with graphics and posters and suchlike. This year I was asked to design posters, put the programmes together, and … Continue reading News to me
This week saw Pope Benedict announce that to celebrate 150 years since the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant girl in Lourdes pilgrims traveling to the town could claim time off from Purgatory. This has caused widespread confusion and opposition amongst Protestants, who both denounce the authority of the Pope and dont generally believe in … Continue reading To Purgatory, or not to Purgatory?
I recently had the pleasure of watching The Queen, the 2006 film starring Helen Mirren, which had been very kindly sent to us by Amazon as part of their film rental service (which is hideously unpredictable, but that's another story). In concept it is dangerously true to life, showing those awesome and awful events surrounding … Continue reading Dealing with the famous
While having breakfast this morning I happened to glance across the room at our new telephone. We recently bought a set of cordless phones with some wedding money, and have set one up downstairs in the lounge and the other in the office upstairs. They look pretty neat. Except that the one downstairs appeared to … Continue reading The mystery of the exploding telephone