The Anonymous Widower

Why Is This Page Being Viewed?

The BBC has a list of the ten most viewed pages on its News web site.  But this one concerning Andrew Mitchell, dated the 20th October last year is listed as the eighth most viewed page.


July 8, 2013 Posted by | Computing, News | , | Leave a comment

Is This The Problem I Have With My House?

I’ve just read this report on the BBC’s web site, about some research on the government’s Green Deal by Lounghborough University.

A lot of it rings true with me and my house. Take this piece.

Temperatures could soar to dangerously high levels in some homes insulated under the government’s flagship Green Deal scheme, experts have warned.

Energy-saving measures designed to save on winter fuel bills and protect the environment could pose a risk to health during summer heatwaves, they add.

The government says it is aware of the problem and is taking steps to prevent overheating in Green Deal properties.

Homes in densely populated urban areas such as London are most at risk.

Heat can build up during the day and has nowhere to escape at night leading to poor air quality and a greater risk of heat stress for the occupants which, in extreme cases, can kill.

The bit about air quality could apply to my house, as I always feel the air is not good. My son, used to come in and throw the windows open immediately.

July 8, 2013 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Did The Hot Weather Cause A Jump In My INR?

The last few readings of my INR have been.

Monday, July 8th – 3.2

Sunday, July 7th – 2.3

Saturday, July 6th – 2.4

Friday, July 5th – 2.6

Thursday, July 4th – 2.3

Wednesday, July 3rd – 2.2

Tesday, July 2nd – 2.5

Monday, July 1st – 2.8

Sunday, June 30th – 2.6

Saturday, June 29th – 2.6

I don’t think anybody would complain at those figures, as I’m supposed to keep the INR between 2 and 3, with a target value of 2.5.

I know from past experience, that in the summer, my Warfarin level is around 4 mg. a day. So generally, I take this amount every day, but if the INR is 2.8 or over, I take 3 mg. and if it is 2.2 or under I take 5 mg. It is a classic simple algorithm of the type I learned at Liverpool University in my degree in Control Engineering.

But notice how today, after the very hot and sunny day yesterday, my INR rose sharply. I shall be watching the figures intently.

July 8, 2013 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

What Would Fred Perry Have Thought?

As I worked on my computer or drove around the country, I would often have the radio on. I can remember listening to BBC Radios 2 and 5, as they covered Wimbledon in the 1980s and early 1990s, when Fred Perry was one of the summarisers.  He was very good and talked eloquently about the sport he loved.

Fred Perry died in 1995, so he never saw Andy Murray, although he may have seen Tim Henman.

I do wonder what his thoughts would have been, if he’d seen Murray’s win yesterday.


July 8, 2013 Posted by | News, Sport | | Leave a comment

Andy Murray Shows The BBC Were Wrong To Move To Manchester

Andy Murray’s win is the lead story on BBC Breakfast, but he can’t appear in the studio with the trophy, to give out a very strong feelgood factor that we all need, as the program comes from Manchester.

If ever that ill-thought out move was exposed as a mistake, it is today.  The BBC will have to make-do with a video link from the All-England Club at Wimbledon.

I won’t give odds on one of the BBC’s rival getting Murray and the trophy on air.

July 8, 2013 Posted by | News, Sport | , , | Leave a comment

My Greatest TV Sporting Moments

On BBC Radio 5 last night, they were asking what listeners most important memories of televised sport were, after Andy Murray’s win at Wimbledon yesterday on the seventh of the seventh to end seventy-seven years of disappointment.

Here’s mine.

Laker’s Match in 1956

I remember watching this and especially the screen the BBC showed when the match had ended early because of England’s victory. Read more.

Stirling Moss winning the 1957 British Grand Prix

In fact it was a shared win, as his car broke down and he took over that of Tony Brooks. Read more.

Stiring Moss winning the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix

This must rank as one of the greatest ever Formula One wins by a British driver, as Moss held off three much more powerful Ferraris in his Lotus-Climax. Read more.

Tottenham winning the FA Cup in 1961

This of course gave them the first Football League/FA Cup double since the 19th century.

Mandarin winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1962

Why I was watching this on an afternoon in March, I don’t know, but it was probably because I was off sick from school with the affliction from which I still suffer. It was a masterful ride by that old fox Fred Winter, who kept one of the cleverest steeplechasers to the inside, all round the course at Cheltenham.

Bruce Tulloh Winning Gold in Belgrade in 1962

Few others would include this, as he was not a great runner, but using supreme tactics and going from 800 metres out, he won the European Championships with ease. He showed that if you want something enough, you can get it. Read more.

England winning the World Cup in 1966

I was with my parents in Felixstowe and as we didn’t have a television, I saw it at our next door neighbours.

David Hemery winning Gold in Mexico in 1968

This was an amazing performance and I can still hear David Coleman’s commentary. Read more.

Mary Peters winning Gold in Munich in 1972

This was another amazing win and I’ve written about it before.

Red Rum’s third victory in the Grand National in 1977

Although, I remember the 1973 race, this one is more poignant as I can remember C screaming her head off at the television, as she cheered him home. Strangely, this memory was at the same venue as Moss’s victory in 1957.

Mo Farah’s Double Gold in London in 2012

This can’t be left out, as I’ll never see anything like this again.  I did try very hard to get tickets to go, but when the ballot was held, I didn’t have any money, as my house hadn’t been sold.

If I write this list again, Murray’s win yesterday will definitely be included. Although it’s quite likely, that he could exclude this memory by perhaps winning Wimbledon a few more times.

July 8, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment