The Anonymous Widower

Two Coeliacs At The Football

At the football last night, the stand wasn’t full and we could sit where we liked.

I ended up sitting next to this guy about my age and as one does we got talking.

It turned out he was another coeliac, who like me bad been diagnosed in later life. In his case, it had been twelve years ago at Ipswich hospital.

We swapped stories about bread and recipes, but what surprised me was that he’d never seen or heard of Nakd bars. So I gave him a piece of my half-time snack. Quite a few of my non-gluten-free friends in London eat them, as they tick so many boxes and they are pretty easy to find in most supermarkets.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Food, Health, Sport | , , | 3 Comments

Inflated Balloons Are Allowed On Birmingham Buses

Unlike in Liverpool, inflated balloons are obviously allowed on Birmingham buses, as no-one objected to this group of people doing so.

Inflated Balloons Are Allowed On Birmingham Buses

Inflated Balloons Are Allowed On Birmingham Buses

Why should Liverpool have a ban, when no-one else seems to?

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Flowers Maketh The City

Wandering round Birmingham yesterday, I was pleased to see the city was more colourful.

There’s no doubt in my mind, that flowers can improve the city.

Birmingham at the present time, also has a floral trail linked to the anniversary of the Great War.

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Birmingham Has Now Got Liths

I was pleased to see that Birmingham has now got maps on liths all over the city centre.

It certainly makes finding your way easier and I used a totally different and more interesting route to get to Carluccio’s from Moor Street station.

Now they need decent street and route maps on every bus stop in the city.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

A Stroke Of Genius

As I walked through the centre of Birmingham, I came across a very crowded square.

It was Genius giving out free gluten-free toasted sandwiches.

What a good marketing idea!

I don’t actually eat Genius bread any more as my local Waitrose doesn’t stock it and I do like Marks and Spencer’s new gluten free breads. They also keep longer in the bread bin!

There’s a gluten-free bread war out thereand the only beneficiaries will be those like me, who have or wish to avoid gluten.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Food | , , | 7 Comments

The Trams Are Arriving At Birmingham New Street

This picture was the best I could take, which shows the work on the Midland Metro to bring it to Birmingham New Street station.

The Trams Are Arriving At Birmingham New Street

The Trams Are Arriving At Birmingham New Street

It is scheduled to open in 2015 and will eventually go on to the Town Hall and Centenary Square in 2017.

There is also news today, that the operator will make a decision, whether to order more Spanish-built trams by the end of the year.

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Bad Sign Layout At Piccadilly Circus

It’s not often that the London Underground gets its signage wrong.

Bad Sign Layout At Piccadilly Circus

Bad Sign Layout At Piccadilly Circus

But they have here, as you can’t see the train indicator, as it’s positioned behind the Way Out sign!

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How Chemistry Overcame Politics

I sometimes describe myself as an engineer/scientist, despite the fact that I made most of my money by programming computers.

So this morning, this article entitled Thatcher and Hodgkin: How chemistry overcame politics,  on the BBC’s web site caught my eye. Here’s the introduction.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize, a play – The Chemistry Between Them – has been written, looking at her friendship with Margaret Thatcher. Its creator Adam Ganz describes their ongoing mutual respect.

Whether you love or hate Margaret Thatcher, you must read the article about the relationship between two of the most influential British women of the twentieth century. There is this significant paragraph.

It’s a peculiar fact that the UK’s Margaret Thatcher and Germany’s Angela Merkel both studied science at university, yet no male leader of either country has had a science degree.

Is the lack of scientific knowledge amongst world leaders the reason, why the world is in such a mess?

I shall be listening to the play on Radio 4.

As regards the play, I can’t think of a serious play or film, with the exception of The Killing of Sister George and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, that has two female leads and no significant male parts.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment