Entries from October 30th, 2006
October 30th, 2006 · Comments Off on A quick word about Sunday’s football · Life
October 30th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Life
Channel 5 seems to have moved on a bit from its early days of low-brow smut and now has a very watchable arts strand presented by Tim Marlow. Last week he presented a programme about the Carsten Holler slides at the Tate Modern which included lots of access to the artist and regular visits during […]
October 30th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Music
This might be old news – nearly two weeks old – but I only just heard about it… it looks like Genesis will be re-forming to tour next year. The band’s official website just says there will be an announcement on November 7th, but there are rumours.
October 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on Blue Barton · Politics
During the last week the nasty steel canopies at our shopping parade have been getting a bit of a facelift. Workmen have been rubbing down all the patches where the old paint had flaked off and the metal was rusty, and applying new paint to the whole lot. I know that the parade, unlike the […]
While visiting the family in Essex today I learned something really cool from my sister. She has a labrador puppy, but I was not aware that it is not hers. It is intended to be a guide dog for the blind. What happens is that they are placed with families until a certain age when […]
October 28th, 2006 · 4 Comments · Politics
Perhaps the scariest thing about the two boys who died on holiday in Greece is that they were doing nothing that any of us has not done. They were not taking part in any sort of risky activity like paragliding or white water rafting. They were just taking a family holiday in a reputable, established […]
October 27th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Politics
Last night we had our Broadfield branch meeting. It was very informal, with none of that nonsense about reports from officers, matters arising or anything like that but instead just n anything-goes talk about what we want to do in the branch. So we talked about what are the issues which most concern people in […]
October 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Kakuro · Life
When The Guardian did a bit of a redesign of their G2 section, putting a Countdown section on the back page I decided to have a crack at the Kakuro puzzle. I tried one once before, with no success, but thought I would have another go – now that the Sudoku is no longer much […]
October 27th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Music
Having discovered the other day that Lee Brilleaux, the very epitome of South Essex music, was actually born in South Africa, today I learned that Johnny Clegg, who is one of the leading lights of South African music was actually born in Rochdale. Its a funny old world.
October 25th, 2006 · Comments Off on Hush Puppies · Life
I learned something utterly trivial but brilliant today. The Hush Puppies shoes were named after a type of fried cornballs, which got their name because farmers in the Southern US used to throw them at their dogs to stop them barking. At the time ‘barking dogs’ was a term for sore feet.