There will be one less squirrel around here soon
Posted Dec 21, 2015
This is close to becoming a daily occurrence
Now there's a thing
Posted Dec 15, 2015
I love playing Degrees of Separation (aka the Bacon Game). It's astonishing how easy it can be to get some major historical figures. I have a Bacon number of four, for instance, to Adolf Hitler, FDR and Queen Victoria.
I've tried a few variations on the game. If I had met some who, when I was four years old, was 90, they'd have been born in 1870. That gives me a Bacon number of two to the 19th century. If they had met someone, when they were five, who was also 90, that takes us back to 1785, and if we continue the process back to the maximum allowed number of six degrees, I guess I could possibly have a Bacon number of six to 1530 - the the 16th century.
But, and taking it to another level, I realised today that, because I walked across New London Bridge before it was demolished in the early 70s and sent to Arizona (the current bridge being the one that replaced it), and because New London Bridge was the one that replaced Old London Bridge - the one with all the buildings on it - which was begun in 1176, I could (at a stretch) say that I have a Bacon number of two to the 12th century*
That's my story and I'm sticking to it
*Mind you, having been inside the White Tower and also several Gothic cathedrals, I might just as easily have a Bacon number of one to the 11th century too
How can it be 35 years?
Posted Dec 8, 2015
I vividly remember, as if it was yesterday, waking up that morning to the 6am news on the BBC, midnight in New York, that John Lennon had just been shot. It was Brian Redhead I think, who brought me that news on the Today programme. When I got to work, where we always had Radio 1 on, it was wall-to-wall Lennon and Beatles all day long, naturally.
How on earth can that be 35 years ago?
I don't get it
Posted Nov 25, 2015
(This will inevitably turn into another one of my endless journal conversations such as 'Zaphod' or 'Facepalm').
When an attack such as the recent ones in Paris happens, one of the things people say is that we mustn't give in to the terrorists. We mustn't live in fear or change our ways because that would be giving in to them and/or the terrorists will have won.
Terrorists such as those are most definitely real and most definitely scary and they most definitely kill people.
Internet trolls, on the other hand, are sad, irritating, silly people; cowards who hide behind the (sometimes) anonymity of a screen name and who sit the comfort of their own home, spouting their bile from the safety of their own keyboard. They do what they do because it's so easy, but the idea of actually following through with any kind of action will be the last thing on their mind.
So why are their impotent threats given such credence, thereby giving the trolls power? Why are they taken so much more seriously, in some ways, than the people (ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda) who we *really* should be scared of and do something about? After all, their death threats are the ones that really are carried out. Not so with internet trolls.
I've been wondering this for some time, but this story brought it to the forefront of my thoughts today http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bbc-sends-security-guard-to-protect-journalist-who-received-abuse-on-twitter-after-she-said-she-a6748156.html
Twitter trolls are about as frightening as a feather duster (yes, I know some people have a feather phobia). Have we forgotten the old chatroom/bulletin board/forum adage 'Don't feed the troll'? Ignore them and they will go away. They really will. But giving in to them in ways we refuse to give in to the real trolls (terrorists) seems arse-about-face to me.
Posted Nov 24, 2015
This will be my second as a US citizen. I doubt I had a turkey last year, and I certainly won't have one this year - there's little point in having anything that big when you live on your own. Maybe I had a chicken last time.
This year though, I fancy giving it a bit of side. I think I'll allow my Britishness to influence the meal by making a Sunday roast, probably pork, although I'd prefer lamb. But lamb is so expensive here. And it's not easy to get a decent joint.
So it'll probably be a shoulder of pork, which should take me through the weekend.
Although, I've never made Beef Wellington...
I'll go with something American for dessert, just because.