The Anonymous Widower

A New Bus For London On Route 27

I was surprised to see this New Bus for London, all dressed up as being on route 27 and going to Turnham Green.

A New Bus For London On Route 27

A New Bus For London On Route 27

But note that the bus is in Metroline livery and route 27 is contracted to London United.

The clue to this sighting was round the corner, where they were filming the new Paddington Bear film.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

We Will Not Overlook The Tragedy which Is Currently Unfolding In Qatar

The title of this post is taken from a quote in this report on the BBC website. Here’s the first two paragraphs.

Representatives of a global players’ union will seek talks with Qatar’s football authorities over claims of the abuse of players’ rights.

French-Algerian player Zahir Belounis is in dispute with Al-Jaish over unpaid wages and cannot leave the country.

After reading reports like this, I do wonder why FIFA voted to have the World Cup in Qatar.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

After Westfield And Eastfield, Is Croydon Getting Southfield?

It is good that shopping in Croydon is getting a makeover. Surely this one should be called Southfield.

I do hope that the makeover, also makes it easier to get a westbound tram from West Croydon station.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Berlusconi And Putin

This story in the IBTimes is also in The Times and is almost unbelievable. Here’s the first three paragraphs.

Vladimir Putin has met Pope Francis in Rome, amid rumours in the Italian media that he is set to appoint the disgraced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as Russia’s Ambassador to the Vatican.

 Berlusconi is to face a period of community service after his conviction for tax fraud, but could be offered an escape route by his long-term Russian friend. 

As ambassador to the Vatican, Berlusconi, who is also appealing a conviction for sex with an underage prostitute and facing new allegations of a £2.5m bribe to a senator, would receive diplomatic immunity from any custodial sentence and be free to maintain his lavish lifestyle.

At least the one thing you can say about Berlusconi, is that he isn’t gay, which is probably why he appeals to the Russian, who  Peter Tatchell called the Czar of Homophobia.  I hope the Pope is sensible and brave enough to give the dwarf Italian lecher, the Papal Order of the Boot.

Remember that Berlusconi and Putin at 1.65 m and 1.70m are both shorter than my 1.71.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

More Sense About HS2

The Standard today has this headline on the front page.

Crossrail and HS2 Superhub Will Bring £6bn Boost to North-West London

The article goes on to describe how where HS2 and Crossrail are supposed to meet at the new Old Oak Common station is going to be developed. Here’s the first two paragraphs.

Boris Johnson is to set up an Olympic-style regeneration agency to transform a rundown area into a thriving new district and deliver a £6 billion economic boost to London.

The Mayor wants to use Crossrail links and the planned HS2 route — which will converge at Old Oak Common —  to spur the creation of 80,000 homes and 20,000 jobs.

At last someone has seen some sense in how to link HS2 into London. I talked about it earlier, so I won’t repeat myself.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 2 Comments

Are Wind Turbines Not What They’re Cracked Up To Be?

The news this morning that RWE Innogy are not going ahead with the Atlantic Array of 240 wind turbines is to some surprising.

The developers cite engineering difficulties and that it is not the right time for the project, although others are saying that there are financial problems with the project.

If we are going to have wind turbines, which I’ll admit, I think are an eyesore in the British landscape, then offshore is probably the best place for them.

I think that this array might well be built at some time, but only after new and better technology has arrived.

It would be wrong to increase the subsidy for the project to get it built.

If subsidies go anywhere they should go into energy research.

1. We should try to find better ways of getting the gas out that is there, that would otherwise use crude fracking techniques.

2. Our buildings are notoriously badly insulated and research should be directed to find better ways of cutting energy use.

3. Research could also be directed towards better ways of generating heat and power, to widen some of the techniques used at places like the Bunhill Energy Centre.

Just using subsidies to put up wind turbines, is like giving an alcoholic or drug addict, money to fund their habit. It might give some a good feeling, but it does nothing for the overall good of society.

 

November 26, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

I remember a BBC television comedy series called Citizen Smith, which starred Robert Lindsay as Wolfie Smith. This sums up the theme of the series.

Wolfie is the self-proclaimed leader of the revolutionary Tooting Popular Front (the TPF, merely a small bunch of his friends), the goals of which are “Power to the People” and “Freedom for Tooting”. In reality, he is an unemployed dreamer and petty criminal whose plans fall through because of laziness and disorganisation.

But today, I was watching the BBC News and they were discussing the Lambeth slavery case.

Later in the article on Citizen Smith, this paragraph appears.

The Tooting Popular Front was inspired by the numerous minuscule leftist political groups active in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. One model may have been the then somewhat well-known “Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought”, a particularly far-left group led by Aravindan Balakrishnan, who became a suspect in the Lambeth slavery case of 2013.

Sadly John Sullivan, who wrote Only Fools and Horses, in addition to Citizen Smith, died in 2011, so he can’t tell us if his fictional revolutionaries were based on Balakrishnan’s group.

 

 

November 26, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , , , , | Leave a comment