Friday, March 23, 2018

China 0 - Wales 6

Ryan Giggs started his reign as Wales manager in spectacular style with Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of China to become the nation's leading goalscorer.
How many times in my life are Wales gonna score 6? I think I was in my teens before they scored six in total. I though they were called "Wales nil" until I was in secondary school.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

To share is precious, pure and fair

I went, as usual on a Thursday, to Bikram Yoga at half past six this morning. I am a big fan of it as a physical discipline, but regularly find I could do with a bit less of the cod-spirituality that often sneaks in to the dialogue. So when Shona, the instructor, asked me for a yoga-talk quote she could use for uplift I challenged her to sneak
We’re all sensitive people with so much to give
Since we got to be, let’s live
from Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye into the mix.

Game girl that she is she encouraged us with it in Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana while keeping a straight face. For myself I nearly fell out of the pose laughing.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

List: Church Fathers or Pokémon

The Church Fathers, Early Church Fathers, Christian Fathers, or Fathers of the Church are ancient and generally influential Christian theologians.

Pokémon are creatures of all shapes and sizes who live in the wild or alongside humans in video games. For the most part, Pokémon do not speak except to utter their names. (Would that more theologians had done the same.)
  1. Polycarp
  2. Magikarp
  3. Aphrahat
  4. Abomasnow
  5. Tertullian
  6. Archeops
  7. Irenaeus
  8. Magmortar
1, 3, 5, 7: Church Fathers
2, 4, 6, 8: Pokémon

Time spent on Historia Ecclesiastica is never wasted.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

how infinite in faculties

We won the quiz last night, so after yesterday's stumble all is well with the world once more.

Monday, March 19, 2018


I forgot to write anything today. It's not like me. This is just a stop gap from my phone.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

the humble chickpea

I have decided to read Robert Harris' Imperium next. It is the first novel in his trilogy about Cicero.

From wikipedia:
Cicero's cognomen, or personal surname, comes from the Latin for chickpea, cicer. Plutarch explains that the name was originally given to one of Cicero's ancestors who had a cleft in the tip of his nose resembling a chickpea. However, it is more likely that Cicero's ancestors prospered through the cultivation and sale of chickpeas.
Never mind "the influence of Cicero upon the history of European literature and ideas greatly exceeds that of any other prose writer in any language," it is stuff along the lines of:
The famous family names of Fabius, Lentulus, and Piso come from the Latin names of beans, lentils, and peas, respectively. Plutarch writes that Cicero was urged to change this deprecatory name when he entered politics, but refused, saying that he would make Cicero more glorious than Scaurus ("Swollen-ankled") and Catulus ("Puppy")
that floats my boat.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

That's entertainment, that's entertainment

I will definitely have a basin full of this Thursday week. It seems so wonderfully unlikely.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Uncle Simon is your brother?!

Five Latest Angelina Jolie Stories That Are Fake News
3. This week, NW claimed Jolie was developing a romance with a 20-something “boy toy.” The publication identified the purported beau as Oscar Crane, who worked on both By The Sea and First They Killed My Daughter. That professional relationship had now “progressed to a much more personal level,” the tabloid alleged, suggesting a “romance could soon be [in] the cards.” But the tabloid showed it was clueless by featuring a picture not of Oscar, but his brother Oliver. The siblings, along with their father, are longtime family friends of Jolie, Gossip Cop learned. That was just part of key information that was missing from the error-filled article. Jolie has a working relationship and family-focused friendship with the Cranes, not one that has anything to do with her love life.
Ollie - Oscar and Oliver's aunt - told me about this last night. Eleven and a half years on from "you mean Uncle Simon is your brother?!" A gift that keeps on giving.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sky Now and Then

I've had my Sky TV Box for nearly four years now (see Icons passim). It doesn't get a lot of use these days, but I have discovered that you can also get Sky Box office on it. (You need to download an app.)

I am pretty much certain you couldn't do that last time I looked, and it does mean that I can watch the Anthony Joshua - Joseph Parker fight on March 31 if I pony up £19.95 (

I may well do that as I am rather tempted by a wager on Parker if I can get 6 to 1 odds. That's an extraordinary figure for a two horse race.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

When Particle Size Matters

The Bomber is doing his work experience next week at a company in the industrial park just around the corner.
Endecotts are the world's leading manufacturer of quality laboratory test sieves, sieve shakers, and related laboratory equipment.
Our sample analysis equipment is used by laboratories in all four corners of the world. Endecotts was founded in 1936 and has over 80 years established an enviable reputation for quality and accuracy.

Endecotts test sieves are available in a wide range of sizes to meet every national and international standard and virtually every specification.
Whether it is agriculture, engineering, mining, pharmaceuticals or some other critical area where accurate analysis is vital, our customers know they can rely on the name Endecotts.
With agents and distributors in over 80 countries worldwide and on every continent we can quickly supply a wide range of high quality, sample analysis to our customers around the globe.
It does my heart good to hear about an independent company manufacturing locally and exporting round the world. Journalists drone on and on about German SME engineering success but never breathe a word about it happening in my back yard.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tickets for The York Realist are very limited

I switched radio 2 on in the car on Saturday on my way to Sainsburys and heard someone (Ben Batt perhpas) promoting a Donmar Warehouse production of The York Realist on the Graham Norton show. It is practically sold out but - Peter Gill completist that I am- I managed to get a ticket for last night.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter

Tatty-bye, everybody, tatty-bye!
I may not have enjoyed every moment of British seaside holidays when I was a kid, but I did get to see Ken Dodd at an end-of the-pier show somewhere or other. He was quite, quite brilliant.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


The handle store
When selecting an espag window handle you will need to know the measurement of the spindle length - this is the length of exposed spindle that leaves the back of the handle and goes inside the window. It can be anything from 10mm upto 55mm. A common mistake is to measure the entire spindle length of a handle in its broken state and this will be too long as you only need the length that is exposed when the handle is together in its unbroken state. Espag handles typically break around the spindle pivoting area of the handle as this is the weakest point. When replacing a handle it will usually be be for this reason so look out for poorly riveted or sub-standard manufacturing.
I am back from Mum and Dad's with another job on my list (downstairs toilet). The trick will be to work out the spindle length as it is broken off. Also noticed that the outdoor night light with motion detection isn't working and the sitting room dimmer switch is sticking.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

On the road and in a rush

I belong to the blank generation, and I can take it or leave it each time. I belong to the generation, but I can take it or leave it each time
Repeat and fade. There is an invisible tag joke above trivia fans.