"Pope Pick Fair Game for Gamblers" says Washington Post
Posted Apr 13, 2005
So who's going to be the new Pope? The Washington Post has an idea.
"...gamblers around the world can log onto paddypower.com, click on the Novelties section and put their money on Dionigi Tettamanzi, who is rating 11 to 4 odds in the race for the papacy. Or they can take their chances on Father Dougal Maguire of Craggy Island, Ireland, a long shot at 1,000 to 1."
I think that's a longer shot than the Washington Post realises.
In which EV and fords cheat death.
Posted Apr 4, 2005
fords and I often go for a drive of a Sunday evening. It's a useful way to unwind after the rigours of Sunday dinner at Old Mother Vibenstein's. This is what we did last night, taking a right turn towards Falkirk, through Carronshore, via Airth to Stirling, carrying on towards Doune, where I intended to take a right turn towards Dunblane, but forgot, so instead we continued on the road towards Callander, whereupon we suddenly encountered a car coming towards us at high speed on our side of the road.
This is where it gets a bit hazy. I remember slamming on the brakes and swearing a lot, then as the car started to skid I distinctly remember knowing with absolute certainty that we were going to hit something, although I wasn't sure whether it would be the maniac coming towards us, the cars on the other side of the road that he was trying to overtake, or whatever it was that had the misfortune to be at the side of the road. More by luck than judgement, somehow I managed to direct the car into an extremely well-placed opening on the left, then back into the road, during which time the maniac sped through the gap (seemingly without even touching the brakes) and the impact for which we'd been bracing never came. We stared a major accident right in the face and - other than losing a wheeltrim somewhere along the line - somehow got away scot free.
I think I'll stay at home next week.
How fords and EV out-weirded Ron Nasty.
Posted Mar 2, 2005
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Posted Feb 6, 2005
Small pleasures no. 1 - making children look stupid in front of their mates.
Posted Jan 29, 2005
On popping out to the shops this evening I was mildly interested to notice a gaggle of youngsters hanging around like some kind of Blazin' Squad junior division. Naturally I ignored them but was hailed by one of the urchins, intent on showing off to his cohorts. "Excuse me mate," he squeaked in an irritating pre-pubescent way, "have you got a light?"
Disappointed that he hadn't asked "Have you got a match?" which meant that I couldn't use the traditional "Your face, my arse" reply, I chose not to berate the youngster - who was clearly still a good five or six years away from being legally entitled to smoke - and muttered "No, sorry," before entering the shop.
Five minutes later, as I retuned home, I had the misfortune to encounter them again. "Excuse me mate," it squeaked again, "have you got a light?"
Now somewhat annoyed at being addressed again in the same way by the same young whippersnapper, I may have become slightly grumpy. "No, I still don't have a light, you asked me five minutes ago, remember? You shouldn't smoke, it's bad for your memory."
I carried on my way, the derisive laughter of the other youngsters ringing in my ears as they compared their sidekick unfavourably to a female sexual organ. Ah, young people today.