The Anonymous Widower

Lopsided Timetables To Orpington

I went to Orpington this afternoon, by the easy route of an East London Line train from Dalston Junction to New Cross and then a stopping train to my destination.

Coming back at seven this evening, there were no trains from Orpington to New Cross, so I had to go via the chaos at London Bridge and get a bus.

I did notice several tents in the station car park at Orpington station.  Were these people waiting ovenight and then getting the train back to New Cross in the morning?

It’s a whole new world south of the Thames.  As an example at New Cross, the platforms are numbered A to D, rather than the more normal 1-4. According to Wikipedia, this is to differentiate the station from New Cross Gate. I would have thought that putting the station names up correctly, as they do, would have been enough, unless the purpose was to fool visitors from north of the Thames.

July 9, 2011 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Hayley Turner Wins The July Cup

This report from the BBC describe how Hayley Turner won the July Cup at Newmarket on Dream Ahead.

This was the first outright win by a lady jockey in a Group One race in the UK. There had been one dead heat in the past.

Not only is she the best female jockey we’ve ever had in the UK,  she’s also a coeliac. 

She’s also a very nice person in every way. She rode for me several times and I would recommend her to anybody.

July 9, 2011 Posted by | Health, Sport | , | Leave a comment

Did John Major Dye His Hair?

I doubt it, especially as a few years ago I shared a lift with him in the Grande Bretagne hotel in Athens, as he was going down to his car to make speech at the British Council. His hair didn’t look dyed to me.

It must have been about 1994 or so, when I saw him speak to the Cambridge Chief Executives Club. He was rather embattled at the time and he gave a speech which predicted what would happen to Europe in the next few years.  He got it substantially right especially about the Balkans.  He also criticised the Germans for their reunification policy over the Deutschmark.

But he reserved his biggest bile for News International and especially The Times, which at the time had just discovered Tony Blair and NuLabor.  He used the phrase, “The Times which used to call itself a newspaper” and said that it had accused him of dying his hair.  He then joked that would anybody in their right mind dye it this colour.

It was a very good speech and it often makes me feel, that if he’d had a better set of cards, he might have made a very good Prime Minister.

I remembered it today, when Harriet Harman called for the power of News International to be reined in.

But of course, it was perfectly alright for them to exercise that power, when they were backing NuLabor. Pots and kettles come to mind.

Incidentally, I wonder if Ms. Harman has searched the Internet for sites about herself!

July 9, 2011 Posted by | News | , , | 2 Comments

Dog Control Orders

I have heard of the controversial control orders before, but never ones related to dogs.

Dog Control Order in Newham

They don’t seem to be as oppressive as those beloved of NuLabor.

July 9, 2011 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Advertising In The News of the Screws

The Times yesterday published a list of the major advertisers in the News of the Screws since the beginning of the year.

Some of the companies I’ve never heard of, so it just shows what a waste of money some advertising is.

Here are a few points.

  1. Sky spent the most.
  2. The second highest spender was everything everywhere.  Who the hell are they?
  3. The next few were companies like Boots, O2 and P&G, with a few other companies that I don’t use like Proctor and Gamble, Tesco, Asda and Vodafone.
  4. The next was a company called Shop Direct.  See point 2.
  5. Some of the rest were respected companies like BT, Vauxhall, Dixons, B & Q and Unilever.
  6. At the botton was T J Hughes and Specsavers.  The first of these is now bust and the latter probably does better with its TV adverts.

I know I don’t ever read adverts, but you can read what you like into this list.

Some companies advertising  policies really work, as I don’t, know who everything everywhere, Shop Direct and another called Harveys are.  I’m assuming the latter isn’t the sherry maker, as no-one drinks sherry these days.

July 9, 2011 Posted by | News, World | , , | 4 Comments

The World’s Nastiest Card Game

Danny Baker asked on Radio 5 for card game stories.  Here is the e-mail I sent entitled, The World’s Nastiest Card Game.

Many people have played hearts, black maria, scabby or other variants of this trick winning game, where you mustn’t win hearts or in some versions the queen or other high spades.

 There is a version called cancellation hearts, which is played with two packs of cards shuffled together.  The one difference is that if in the same trick, two identical cards are played, they don’t count towards who wins the trick.  But they do count in the scoring.  So if you don’t like someone, they get dumped on in a big way.

 It is one of the games that is ideal for odd numbers of upwards of 5 people or more.  Drink improves it tremendously and it is not unknown that the odd fight breaks out.

It is also a game beloved of divorce lawyers, as it is very good for business.

July 9, 2011 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment