Thursday, July 28, 2016

the finder of lost children

Myself: The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Prodnose: Ben didn't make it to pre-season training last night I take it?

Myself: I'll drive him there myself next week.

Prodnose: In the car?

Myself: No, with a whip.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bicycle races are coming your way

Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling with 100,000+ cyclists participating in events on traffic-free roads in London and Surrey. Events will take place in central London on Saturday 30 July 2016 and in London and Surrey on Sunday 31 July 2016.
Herewith the skinny on the implications for Kingston, Merton and Wandsworth.

I used to ride up Wimbledon Hill Road on my way to Richmond Park when I was training for London to Brighton. It damn near wasted me so I will be there at ten to six on Sunday evening to see the pros glide up it as if it wasn't there, but for the rest of the weekend I won't be caught dead any where near the road closures, fuss, itch and bother.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Make me an offer

We certainly sell some weird stuff on behalf of the Old Bill.

Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes
Little boxes
Little boxes all the same
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dirt Road

'The truth is he didn't care how long he was going away. Forever would have suited him. It didn't matter it was America.'

Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, wishes for a life beyond the constraints of his Scottish island home and dreams of becoming his own man. Tom, battered by loss, stumbles backwards towards the future, terrified of losing his dignity, his control, his son and the last of his family life. Both are in search of something new as they set out on an expedition into the American South. On the road we discover whether the hopes of youth can conquer the fears of age. Dirt Road is a major novel exploring the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road.

It is also a beautiful book about the power of music and all that it can offer. From the understated serenity of Kelman's prose emerges a devastating emotional power.

Something else for the to-do list.

"Dirt Road is brilliant, a deeply moving and exciting novel. The words feel so believable I forgot at times that I was reading fiction" (RODDY DOYLE)

"Kelman in the American South, with a zydeco lilt, proves irresistible - a thrilling return from one of our most essential novelists" (KEVIN BARRY)

"In writing as pure as this, language becomes the very bones and meat of the characters. I am not transported by these sentences into Murdo's world; I am Murdo" (ROSS RAISIN)

"In Dirt Road James Kelman brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can" (ALAN WARNER)

"Probably the most influential novelist of the post-war period" (The Times)

"A true original . . . A real artist" (IRVINE WELSH Guardian)

"The greatest British novelist of our time" (Sunday Herald)

"A writer of world stature, a 21st century Modern" (Scotsman)

"The greatest living British novelist" (Amit Chaudhuri)

"To call him a great Scottish writer would be accurate; to call him simply a great writer would be more concise" (Herald)

Book Description

From the Booker Prizewinning James Kelman, comes a road trip through the American South

About the Author

James Kelman was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 with A Disaffection, which also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He went on to win the Booker Prize five years later with How Late it Was, How Late, before being shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and 2011.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Food and Flavour

Food and flavour is a 'blog run out of the Time and Leisure offices next door.

This review has put sumi-ka on my to-do list

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bad Influence

Possibly I am not the world's most obvious baby sitter.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Our task is terrible, total, universal, and merciless destruction.

House of Lords - House of Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights
Counter-Extremism: Second Report of Session 2016–17

The Government’s proposals rest on the assumption that there is an escalator that starts with religious conservatism and ends with support for violent jihadism, and that violence is therefore best tackled by curtailing or placing restrictions on religious conservatism. However, it is by no means proven or agreed that religious conservatism, in itself,correlates with support for violent jihadism. The aim should be to tackle extremism that leads to violence, not to suppress views with which the Government disagrees.
Absolutely goddamn right. This report came out this week. You won't read much about it in the papers. The select committee system is the great legacy of the late, lamented Norman St John-Stevas.

Dare we think that jihadi radicalism is more about disaffected young men than it is about theology? Nihilism ain't new.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Same Old, Same Old

We are getting reports of booking failures this morning from clients of ours (via their customers) who use Spektrix and Sage Pay to fulfil transactions. This is almost certainly due to BT again. As we work on commission, we aren't making any money while this goes on. I am less than pleased.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BT Broadband users hit by fault

BT has said some of its customers are experiencing problems with its broadband and telephone services.
"Sorry, we're aware of a problem & working to fix ASAP," it tweeted shortly after 0900 BST.
The firm's Plusnet broadband division has also said that it is facing issues.
BT said that "power issues at one of our internet peering partners' sites in London" were the cause. "Engineers are working to fix things as fast as possible," it added.
A spokeswoman was unable to provide more information.

You're darn tooting we are experiencing problems. I seem to be alright on http and https, but the SQL, RDP and Skype ports have all gone for a Burton.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Wes has sent round a link to a video of the weekend's losing semi final. It is too soon to watch it yet, but I might as well post it on the 'blog so I can find it, if and when, I want to check it out.

Also, Spike advised me at the quiz last night that All Or Nothing: A Season With The Arizona Cardinals: Amazon and NFL Films present an unprecedented look at the lives of players, coaches and owners of the Arizona Cardinals over an entire NFL season is well worth a free at the point of delivery viewing on Prime. Another one for the virtual to-do list.

Monday, July 18, 2016

let's go round again

The Rutlish Raiders lost their semi final play off this weekend, so that is the end of Ben's inaugral rugby league season.

In rugby union, Old Ruts U16 pre-season fitness and conditioning training starts on July 27.

It's not really a lot of downtime.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Simple solutions are often the best

My carbon monoxide detector started beeping every coupla minutes last night. Driven to distraction and after a hard day I beat it to death with a claw hammer in the early hours of the morning as suggested by the helpful video above.

I'm glad that I put it out of its misery, but when I was going through its entrails I found a pack of AA batteries. I bet it was whining because that was running down. It might be better if British Gas designed the SOB so we could replace the power supply; robbers.

Friday, July 15, 2016


An auto-antonym (sometimes spelled autantonym), or contronym (also spelled contranym), is a word with a homograph (another word of the same spelling) which is also an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning). An auto-antonym is alternatively called an antagonym, Janus word (after the Roman god), enantiodrome, self-antonym, antilogy, or addad (Arabic, singular didd). It is a word with multiple meanings, one of which is defined as the reverse of one of its other meanings. This phenomenon is called enantiosemy, enantionymy or antilogy.
Have you ever heard of anything so marvellous?

"Alight" can mean to get on, or get off
"Buckle" can mean 'to fasten or secure' or it can mean 'collapse under weight'.
"Cleave" can mean "to cling" or "to split apart."
"Clip" can mean "attach" or "cut off" .........
It is a miracle we ever manage to understand anything at all.