The Anonymous Widower

Nice Work If You Can Get It!

There are pictures of Boris’s screwee all over the papers.

Screwee is a legal term, as used by my late wife for the other party in a divorce.

She used it for every sex and sexual orientation.

On a serious note, is 24 years an acceptable age difference in a relationship.

If it is then, perhaps this 71-year-old should be looking for available 47-yeae-old ladies.

September 10, 2018 Posted by | News | , | 3 Comments

Changing Sides

There is an interesting article in The Sunday Times today, entitled Boris Retreats In Fight Against Third Runway.

Boris is apparently saying he won’t oppose a third runway at Heathrow, so if anything he’s being consistent in changing horses, just as he did with Michael Gove.

But perhaps more surprisingly, Willie Walsh, the Chief Executive of IAG, who own BA, is quoted as calling Heathrow a fantasy project, which has been gold-plated and inflated by the owners to maximise their returns, at the expense of the airlines.

The paper also says that Gatwick will build a new runway anyway.

The latter is confirmed in this article on the Sky News web site, which is entitled Gatwick Airport to plan new runway even if Heathrow wins.

Elsewhere in The Sunday Times, there is a story about lawyers preparing their knives and forks for an expensaive dinner on all the arguments.

On top of all this of course, Londoners generally avoid Heathrow, as they prefer to do business with any Airport that treats passengers how they prefer to be treated.

This article on Get West London is entitled Bookmaker installs Gatwick as clear favourite over Heathrow in battle for new runway.

Could we be seeing something unique in the world of airports? A city with two major two-runway airports!

It will be interesting to see if the smart money is being put into commercial property like hotels and offices at Farringdon, where Crossrail and Thameslink cross.

I think that as passengers are much more flexible these days and even eighty-year-olds know how to work the Internet to their advantage, I think that if the Government makes the sensible choice and chooses Gatwick, we’ll see a marketing war, between the two airports, led by innovative airlines.

The major winners could be the passengers.


October 9, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Boris And Trump

I like this poster.

Boris And Trump

Boris And Trump

Let’s face it, if you’re stupid enough to vote for Trump as United States President, you’re probably stupid enough to vote for Brexit in the UK.

Trump and Brexit together would be a perfect storm!

June 22, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | 2 Comments

You Can Always Rely On Boris For a Good Quote

This article in The Guardian has this quote from Boris Johnson.

Vote Tory and get broadband. Vote Ukip and get Miliband!

Is there another UK politician, who is as good with words as Boris?

April 1, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

An Accident Involving a New Bus For London

There has been a lot of reports, like this one on the BBC, about a serious accident involving a New Bus for London.

It is still too early to ascertain the cause of the accident, but some interests will probably blame Boris and the new bus.

I think that no-one should speculate until we know what happened.

September 24, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Boris Gets Everywhere

Boris Johnson is to open a new Wrightbus factory to make chassis for the New Bus for London. This is a paragraph in the report.

Each bus costs around £354,500 and has an estimated lifespan of 14 years.

I don’t have any doubts on the cost, as that is probably an official or contractual figure.

It’s the fourteen years, that I think is wrong. Just look at some of the trains we have in this country. Take the Class 455 that works out of Waterloo to the south west of London. They were built in the early 1980s and Wikipedia has this paragraph about a recent refurbishment. Included is this sentence.

This refurbishment was so comprehensive that many passengers thought the refurbished units were new trains.

Who’s to say that in five years time or so, that New Buses for London will be refurbished and will continue to serve for many more years. London Underground used to do this type of operation with old-style Routemasters at Aldenham Works.

If you look at the design of the New Bus for London, it is very much a series of modules and components bolted together with a small diesel and the other motive power components distributed around the bus. For example, the battery is under front staircase and the electric motors in the rear wheel hubs. All of this makes continuous refurbishment and improvement a realisable prospect. In fact, I read somewhere recently, that LT1, the first New Bus for London, is off the road at the moment, as it is being upgraded to production standard.  I must admit, I haven’t seen it lately, but I only note the numbers, when I pass one and I generally only do that a couple of times a day at a maximum.

I wouldn’t be surprised if these buses outlive me.

May 10, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Boris Gives It Straight To The French

Boris Johnson in India has taken the French government to task over their statements on ArcelorMittal. It’s here on Reuters. This is an extract,

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Tuesday described France’s Socialist government as left-wing revolutionaries that were driving investors away in a dispute with steelmaker ArcelorMittal.

The Conservative mayor mocked the French government as ‘sans-culottes,’ a radical left-wing class during the French Revolution of 1789, while adding that British capital would welcome business fleeing from France.

The French are going to have to realise that the world has changed and the rest of the world doesn’t owe them a living. Especially, as their policies are driving the best and most creative brains out of France.

November 28, 2012 Posted by | Business, News | , , | Leave a comment