Thursday, September 29, 2016


The Amazon Echo arrived yesterday. I have set it up at home, told it where it lives and given it access to my diary.

I've got it to play music and podcasts, tell me jokes, read me the news, and time things.

Just skimming the surface so far, but it is an amazing product.

The pedal hits the metal at

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

the transferred epithet

At the moment, on the reading front, I am yomping through Ben Judah's This is London: Life and Death in the World City.
'Judah grabs hold of London and shakes out its secrets' The Economist
This is London in the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers, witch-doctors and sex workers.
This is London in the voices of Arabs, Afghans, Nigerians, Poles, Romanians and Russians.
This is London as you've never seen it before.
'An eye-opening investigation into the hidden immigrant life of the city' Sunday Times
'Full of nuggets of unexpected information about the lives of others . . . It recalls the journalism of Orwell' Financial Times.
Up to a point Lord Copper. He certainly never met an adjective he didn't like, yon Ben J. If I had got the chance to wield the blue pencil, this book would have been a lot, lot shorter.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What's On?

Monday, September 26, 2016

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Myself: "Cut your monthly TV subscription and enjoy FREE Movies, shows and live entertainment from all over the world including sports." It seems to good to be true.

Prodnose: It is too good strictly to be legal, that is for sure.

Myself: How about

Prodnose: OK.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

League of Gentlemen

Here are the Old Ruts boys who played in today's South London win over North London in the Rugby League Origin Series U15s.

From left to right: Ben, Wesley, Saadiq and Billy.

Tries for Ben and Billy, and massive performances from Wes and 'diq. Congratulations all round. I will be buying the DVD and I haven't even got a player any more.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Collapse of stout party

The Sultan Beer Festival; just tonight for me, the whole weekend for the rest of the world. This evening I will mostly be drinking Papa Jangles Voodoo Stout and Fat Cat Porter.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

poseur, moi?

Warm Tomato Tarts: A great way to showcase a perfect summer tomato. By MICHEL GUÉRARD
A Conversation About a Warm Tomato-and-Basil Tart: Corey Lee and Michel Guérard talk through how they crossed eras and oceans to recreate a dish.
In Its Place: Corey Lee's collection of masterpieces at In Situ.
It strikes me that I can get cracking on this tart with tomatoes and basil picked fresh from my own garden.
 "This is my happening and it freaks me out!"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Late on parade

Our auction system was featured on the Money Saving Expert weekly email again last night (see Icons passim).

It has already sent us 400,000 more page views than we would normally get.

That is why I have neglected you till so late in the day, dear reader.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

OH! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!

U16 league 1 2016 - 2017

RankTeamsWinsLostDrawPoints ForPoints AgainstPDBonus PointsPenalty PointsLeague Points
1 100271215106
2 0101227-15001
3 000000000
4 000000000
5 000000000
6 000000000
7 000000000
8 000000000

It's neither here nor there that no-one else seems to have played, and that you can only see half without scrolling.  Old Ruts - cut and pasted from the Surrey website this morning - are on top of the first division.

Monday, September 19, 2016

16 candles

Jonnie was 16 yesterday. Ben will be following suit on September 30th. I'm not crying, I've just got something in my eye.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Normal service is resumed.

It is late. I have had a drink. I acknowledge this post is incomprehensible.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hillarity ensues

BROOKLYN, NY—Saying the new interface will help voters learn more about the candidate and her platform, campaign sources confirmed Wednesday that, the official website of the Democratic presidential nominee, is now fully customizable, allowing visitors to change Clinton’s stance on any given issue so that it reflects their own political beliefs.
Top aides told reporters that the “Hillary Clinton on the Issues” section of the site has been revamped so that users can adjust the former secretary of state’s positions on the economy, climate change, taxes, national security, the minimum wage, gun violence, and dozens of other topics until her worldview perfectly aligns with theirs.
“Voters can simply go to the issues page, choose a subject area, and select Secretary Clinton’s personal conviction from a drop-down menu,” said campaign manager Robby Mook, who explained that in addition to selecting a specific belief from among numerous options, visitors could also use a slider tool to move the candidate’s stance on a particular issue further left or right. “Our updated site is really a great way for voters to get to know Hillary and her principles. For example, progressives will be happy to see that she strongly supports universal single-payer health care, while those who are more moderate will appreciate her steadfast belief in a free market–based approach to health care that gives citizens their choice of private insurers.”

Friday, September 16, 2016

out of water

I had a bit of a shock when I saw that, never mind not starting, Dan Fish wasn't even on the bench for tonight's Cardiff Blues versus Glasgow Warriors Pro12 game. It turns out that he hurt his ankle scoring the winning try last week, so he is out injured. Not for too long I hope.

Just for reference and while I have got my rugby head on, the Bomber's school games and results this season should appear on