The Anonymous Widower

What An Awful Bunch of Wanabees

I’m not talking about the latest Big Brother or X-Factor contestants, but the towns that want to be cities to mark the Golden Jubilee, according to this article on the BBC.

The list is as follows.

Bolton, Bournemouth, Chelmsford, Colchester, Coleraine, Corby, Craigavon, Croydon, Doncaster, Dorchester, Dudley, Dumfries, Gateshead, Goole, Luton, Medway, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Perth, Reading, Southend, St Asaph, St Austell, Stockport, Tower Hamlets and Wrexham

I always thought that Milton Keynes was a city already.

In addition, Chelmsford, Medway, Perth, St. Asaph and Wrexham already have cathedrals, so doesn’t make them cities anyway?

January 11, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Barclays Capital’s Skyscraper Index

This has been published every year since 1999 and according to this article by the BBC, it forecasts economic downturns.

January 11, 2012 Posted by | Finance, News | | Leave a comment

Bus-Top Art

The stop at the end of my road has got one of the new video displays, which are part of bus-top art.

I tried to get a picture of the art this morning, but failed. Perhaps it wasn’t switched on yet.  Or perhaps, the angle is wrong from a new hybrid 76 bus.

It is all part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

It will be interesting to see it, when it’s working properly.

Here is a video I took on February 16th, 2012

The camerawork could be better, but it does show the concept.

January 11, 2012 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Kaletsky on America

Anatole Kaletsky in The Times is one of my favourite commentators and I usually read what he says.

Today’s missive, The New World is slipping behind the times, is unlikely to go down very well with those conservative Republicans whose main aim seems to be to take America back to the good old days, when men were men and preachers were preachers.  Women, blacks and other second class citizens did what they were told.

This paragraph is one of many, that doesn’t pull any punches.

The US is the only major country not even to have considered adopting the metric system, and which still uses fahrenheit instead of celsius and refuses to publish railway and airline timetables using the 24-hour clock. And then there are the scarily anachronistic social views, ranging from the death penalty to creationism over evolution.

America is going down a very small dead-end. We had better not follow them!

You have to admire Kaletsky to get the death penalty, metrication and evolution in one paragraph.

January 11, 2012 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment