Archive for the ‘No one cares what you had for lunch’ category

musical taxi (happy birthday Chopin!)

March 5, 2010

Who but the Poles…?

Happy birthday to Frederic Chopin, fellow Piscean!

snapped in Pond Road, London SE3

halloween bassoon

November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!
This is from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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picture from Geoff Browne — thanks!

20,000 hits! A milestone!

July 22, 2009

P2220023Hey fellas! Less than two years after launching this website, I see I have now had over 20,000 hits — despite having rather ground to a halt over the last few months.

Many thanks to all of you for dropping by. There will be new things coming when I have time to get my breath back and get my act together!

Meanwhile, best wishes to everyone for a happy summer.

Jonathan

Belated Merry Christmas card!

January 2, 2009

Unfortunately I have been without internet and email over Christmas, so this is rather late, but here is my card for this year, with all good wishes for a belated Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’ll also post an audio link so you can hear a computerised version of it — though the robot Santas can only sing ‘Ha ha ha’ so it sounds unintenionally somewhat sarcastic.

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Click on this link to hear it:  xmasho08kontaktmp31

FOUND!

August 9, 2008

 Well, well.  After a year and a half of commenting and submitting stuff to FOUND Magazine’s Find of the Day, I see that they have finally published one of my Finds!  Apparently it can take several years for a Find to show up, as they get so many, so I’m honoured.

Thanks, guys!

To read all the comments – witty, illuminating and otherwise – click HERE.

Spring, the sweet spring

April 13, 2008

rosa xanthina spontanea
Everybody knows the English only like to talk about the weather… But it’s been a funny old spring this year, mostly cold and drab, and despite global warming we had SNOW last weekend – but only a couple of days earlier it was the warmest day of the year so far, sunny shirtsleeve weather.  What’s going on?

Anyway, as far as Nature is concerned, spring seems to have been mostly very slow in coming (despite daffodils appearing in the flower shops ever earlier:  we never used to see them much before March, just in time for Mother’s Day, but in recent years they have been around before Christmas –  flown in from the Channel Islands or somewhere – and I swear I saw some for sale in October last year.  But some of the daffodils growing in gardens really are late, and are only now just coming out).

I certainly wasn’t expecting any roses yet;  in England at any rate, single-flowering roses usually do their stuff in June or July.  So it was a great treat to look out of my bedroom window earlier this week and see a huge display of Canary Bird, busting out all over.  Now, this fella is noted for being the first rose to appear, but that would normally be in May, certainly not the second week in April.

At the moment it’s cold and dark and rainy again (good news for London Marathon runners trying to keep cool today, less good news for the onlookers).  But Canary Bird tells me that spring is on its way at last – whether early or late I can’t tell.

The Most Beautiful Car of All Time (Part 2)

March 23, 2008

AstonFurther to my previous post on ‘What’s the Most Beautiful Car of All Time?’, The (London) Telegraph has finally published the results of its survey.  Click HERE to read, and view their Top 100.

It also asks for nominations for ‘The Ugliest Cars of All Time’, but I really don’t think I want to go there…yeucch!

 

 

Oddly, the bottom end of their Top 100 ‘Most Beautiful’ seem to be in reverse alphabetical order, so I suspect a lot of lumping together rather than actual counting of votes.

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Needless to say I am devastated and disappointed that NO HONDAS made it into the top 100!  Pah!  Or that Renault Floride.

And no vintage Bentley?? vintagebentley.jpg

Still, it’s good to see many of the ones I fancied, including Facel Vega, Cord 810, and various iconic Aston Martins

Plus the Lancia Stratos, a little gem I’d forgotten about. 

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And I was delighted to see the Citroen DS at No. 2 (The Telegraph comments:  ‘Did we expect to find a family saloon breaking the sports car stranglehold at the top of the list? None bar this.’

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And at Number One… the E-type Jaguar!  Of course.  What else?

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pictures stolen from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ and various other unackowledged sources — sorry!

Another silly site: oddee.com

January 16, 2008

carrot ad

More time-wasting funnees for your delight…

http://www.oddee.com/item_87332.aspx

 (15 Unfortunately Placed Ads — a sample collection from a VERY silly site)

thanks to London Lite (free paper) for that one!

Three cheers for the Green Blue and Black

January 13, 2008

rubbish 

When this leaflet came through the door, my first thought was that it was quoting Spike Milligan’s poem ‘Teeth’:

English Teeth, English Teeth!
Shining in the sun
A part of British heritage
Aye, each and every one.

English Teeth, Happy Teeth!
Always having fun
Champing down on bits of fish
And sausages half done.

English Teeth, HEROES’ Teeth!
Here them click! and clack!
Let’s sing a song of praise to them –
Three Cheers for the Brown Grey and Black.

(c) Spike Milligan, 1959

Then I realised it was Greenwich Council’s incredibly complicated new procedure for recycling rubbish.

Once upon a time, in the land of Ago (as a friend would have it), I lived in a flat down the road from here, and Greenwich Council would provide black plastic bags to put in our dustbins every week. 

Now we have a green wheelie bin for ordinary rubbish and a blue bin for ‘dry recyclables’.

From next week, we will still have these two bins, but the green one will be for compostable kitchen and garden waste – and we can’t use plastic bags in them.  So the stuff will sit in the bin and rot?  And they will give us a free ‘kitchen caddy’ to stockpile the stuff before it goes in the bin.  Hmm, that’ll be fragrant.  They advise us to line the caddy and bin with newspaper, or BUY compostable bags from them at vast expense.

As for any rubbish that doesn’t fall into either category – (more…)

Carpet (at last)!

January 4, 2008

As you may well recall, one day in July 2007, it rained.  And rained.  In my house, the rain came through the roof, through the ceiling of the upstairs loo, through the floor, and through the ceiling underneath it, which fell down.  This is the sight that greeted me when I came home late that night.

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Finally, thanks to the insurance company (I love loss adjusters! – he had taken time out from wading up to his waist in water in flooded houses in Yorkshire, to trouble himself with my minor catastrophe), I now have a redecorated ceiling, repainted walls in sitting-room and kitchen, and a nice new Berber carpet from John Lewis – long overdue (the old carpet had been disgusting ever since I moved into the house in 1992 and couldn’t afford to replace it then after I had done the rewiring, re-plumbing, central heating, redecorating and all that.  The previous owners had four cats and four dogs… you can imagine what the carpet was like). 

Hooray!

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