Monday, January 23, 2017

A clicking tock

The Bomber is off school, shivering and coughing, hardly able to speak.

The Schools County Cup semi final is on Wednesday.

Oh dear.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


I got a call asking if I was OK after failing to post yesterday and the day before.

I am alive. I was just too busy on Friday and too lazy on Saturday.

I will back-fill and make sure it doesn't happen again.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Concerning today

“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits…”

Friday, January 20, 2017

The End of History and the Last Man

The End of History and the Last Man is a 1992 book by Francis Fukuyama, expanding on his 1989 essay "The End of History?", published in the international affairs journal The National Interest. In the book, Fukuyama argues that the advent of Western liberal democracy may signal the endpoint of humanity's sociocultural evolution and the final form of human government.
What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.
On the day that Donald Trump is sworn in as President of the USA, I can't help but wonder if Fukuyama F ever feels embarrassed about coming up with such a load of old tat; ditto, the Arab Spring, another more recent liberal fantasy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lost in London

No-one has ever shot a movie and live-broadcast it into cinemas at the same time. No-one’s ever been that stupid... until now.
Woody Harrelson is to film Lost In London, on location with a single camera, tonight at half past one in the morning. It will be broadcast to US cinemas live (plus one British cinema, Picturehouse Central). Harrelson stars as himself, alongside Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson.

What could possibly go wrong?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Dry January may have fallen by the wayside but I did crack my other target for the month (rowing 500m  in less than one minute and  fifty seconds on the Concept) yesterday.

I clocked 1:49.4 which is 1.3 seconds than my previous best. I guess this means that 1:45 is the next target. I used to take two minutes and ten seconds when I started this campaign at the beginning of August so that is pretty good progress.

That was at lunchtime. In the evening I went to see Wimbledon AFC lose to Sutton in the FA Cup replay; less good.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Come aboard the Danny train

As I finished the Guy Pratt book, I remember thinking that Danny Baker would have loved it. As it happens, he probably does as GP was on the DB show in June last year. The whole shebang is embedded above for your listening pleasure above. The particular layer of jam in which we are interested starts after 49 minutes if you haven't got time to eat the the whole sponge cake.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Very superstitious, writing's on the wall

It has just struck me that I broke the bathroom mirror on Friday 13th last week.

That would explain my luck over the weekend then.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Alpha Blondy - I Wish You Were Here

A reggae version with bagpipes. Slowly February's masterplan reveals itself.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Glass Menagerie

Tickets booked for the Duke of York theatre in April.

Friday, January 13, 2017


My little seven month old nephew had a four hour operation to remove a cyst from his intestines. He is out of theatre now, sleeping but full of tubes. Fingers crossed for the weekend.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Oliver Reed: Wild Thing

Oliver Reed: Wild Thing, a play by Mike Davis and Rob Crouch returns to the Kings Head Theatre from 10 – 28 January 2017.
This one-man homage to renowned actor Oliver Reed returns following runs at the Edinburgh Festival, a UK Tour and a critically acclaimed London run.
Join legendary hell-raiser Oliver Reed as he shares his incredible life story whilst knocking back a drink or four. Reed’s was a life well lived, hear about the success of Oliver!, boozy adventures with Keith Moon, his boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter The Great and those disastrous chat show appearances.
I can get there by taking the Northern Line from home to Angel underground without even needing to change tube lines. It is as if the dice were loaded against Dry January from the start.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tout sonne mieux en fran├žais

In the course of winning the Antelope quiz on Monday I identified a short extract from Tilted by Christine and the Queens in the music round, announcing that it was my favourite single of the year; something I hadn't realised up to then. Please find the French original below as an added bonus.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chris Grayling: Lord of all he surveys.

Here is the Department for Transport's Single departmental plan 2015 to 2020.

The DfT says it has a vision:
This government is investing to make journeys better: simpler, faster and more reliable. Our plan will support jobs, enable business growth, and bring our country closer together.
Perhaps the word vision doesn't mean what I think it does.

It also has objectives:
  1. Boosting economic growth and opportunity
  2. Building a One Nation Britain
  3. Improving journeys
  4. Safe, secure and sustainable transport
You may wish to consider how it is performing against them if you commute via the tube or Southern Rail. I am lucky enough to be able to walk along the river Wandle to work of I don't fancy driving.