The Anonymous Widower

Lakeside On The Slide

The leader of Thurrock Council has said that the development of Eastfield on the Olympic Park will harm the Lakeside Shopping Centre at Thurrock.

Let’s face it, Lakeside is a tired dump and impossible to get to be public transport, so it has no appeal for me.  But then when Bluewater opened C and I always crossed the bridge to a much better place. As a coeliac too, where’s the gluten free food at Lakeside?

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Food, Transport, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ed Milliband Ignores The Internet

According to one of my favourite columnists, Sathnam Sangera, Small Brain wants to introduce new media rules.  But what is he going to do about the increasing power of the Internet? Probably nothing! Although many would like all Internet-connected computers to have a government spy system in them!  As Sathnam says, in a few years time, there won’t be too many journalists.

But let’s hope there are lots of entertaining columnists and bloggers.

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Computing, News | , , , | Leave a comment

A Boost For All Widows

Darren Clarke’s victory in the Open is to be welcomed. I suspect too, that a lot of widows will find his win heartening.  I certainly do!

I do wish he’d give up the cigars though!

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

The Museum of London Docklands

I ended up here yesterday by accident, as I’d gone to Docklands to have lunch and got caught in the rain. So as it was free I went inside.

Museum of London Docklands

It was definitely worth a visit. I should say that it is very comprehensive and it will take at least three or four hours to see everything.

I particularly liked the section on some of the technology we used to invade Europe on D-Day.  It’s the first place I’ve seen a detailed display about PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean), which supplied fuel to the invading forces using undersea pipelines. The museum also has a large display about the Mulberry Harbours, that were created to land Allied forces in Normandy. Some of the giant Phoenix caissons were actually built in the drained West India Docks, where Canary Wharf has now been developed. I have actually been inside the four Phoenix breakwaters, which were used to bridge the gaps in the dykes in the Netherlands after the terrible floods of 1955 and now form the Watersnoodmuseum.

It covers London Docklasnds from Roman times to the present and all of the important figures like the Brunels and Bazalgette are properly documernted.

During the Olympics, the Museum will become the German House.  I wonder what some of them will make of the wartime section!

July 18, 2011 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Ball Bearings, The Mosquito Airliner and The Gay Viking

This story from Coast last night was fascinating, as it told the story of how the British ran the German blockade of Sweden during the Second World War to obtain essential supplies of ball bearings and other advanced technology.

I have been fascinated by the Mosquito, de Havilland’s Wooden Wonder, since I was a child and after reading the definitive book on the aircraft about thirty years ago, I realised just what a superb aircraft it was. Last night, they showed rare film of Mosquito airliners of BOAC, running the blockade to Sweden to obtain the ball bearings.

But they could not carry very much, although they were successful despite being unarmed.The airliners had a pressurised cabin, so they could go very high and remember that at the time the Mosquito was one of the fastest aircraft in the world. So they relied on height and speed for defence.

This was where the Gay Viking and her siblings came in. They were fast motor gun boats, built by Camper and Nicholsons, who are more well-known for their yachts for the rich and famous. They could bring in forty tons of cargo. The trips are described on Gay Viking’s page in Wikipedia.

July 18, 2011 Posted by | World | , , | 6 Comments

The Japanese Are Getting Desperate

I can’t ever remember gettng much span supposedly from Japan.  But I got this typical piece yesterday.

I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found your listed in the Trade Centre Chambers of Commerce directory here in Japan, I find it pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business of $40 Million United States Dollars , I only pray at this time that your address is still valid. I want to this solicit your attention to receive this  money on my behalf. The purpose of my contacting you is because my status would not permit me to do this alone. When you reply this message, I will send you the full details and more information about myself and the funds.If interested, please reply through my alternate

 Mr.Suzuki Takuya Yuki

(Head of Account Dept, Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank, Tokyo, Japan)

After all, the country is in a bit of a mess after the tsunami.  But surely things aren’t that bad.

It was a bit of a giveaway that I got umpteen copies and it was headed Good Dey.

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Computing | , , , | Leave a comment