The Anonymous Widower

Tragedy In Italy

The deaths of hundreds of asylum seekers off Sicily is tragic.

What can we do in Europe to stop this vile trade, that often ends in injury and death?

As long as Europe is a place where there people are well off, migrants will always try to get here.

And criminals will always take advantage by providing leaky boats, with crap crews!

October 4, 2013 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Tragedy In Washington

This story from the United States is tragic.

I’d like to think that such a case wouldn’t have happened here, as our unarmed police would not as it seems, shoot first and ask questions afterwards. Some armed units might, but they are rarely the first point of contact.

After all it appears from the pictures, that there were substantial barriers, to prevent the driver getting through.

But even if the lady had been a suicide bomber, shooting her would probably have caused the bomb to go off.

The Washington police have a lot of questions to answer.

October 4, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Goodbye And Farewell

Sadly, David Frost has passed away. I was surprised he was only eight years older than me, as I thought he was older than that.

I posted here my memories of That Was The Week That Was. Frost must have been in his early twenties, when he starred in that program.

How many comedians and performers are successful at that age now? And they say, it’s a young person’s world.

Incidentally, when I talk to my peers today, I find very few others, who at fourteen used to watch TW3.  I think it shows the sort of attitude that my parents, and especially my father, had to life.

September 2, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

You Don’t Get Behaviour Like This On The Dalston Omnibus!

This tragic tale from Biggleswade, shows what you get when you mix two men of my age, shopping and an argument over parking.

You certainly don’t get any behaviour like this on the Dalston omnibus to or from Waitrose at the Angel. The most outrageous behaviour I saw, was a guy laughing at two ladies sitting beside each other who were probably about fifty years old; one black and one white, who’d both hurt a leg and their hospitals had furnished them each with one crutch. Everybody saw the funny side! Especially the ladies!

I do wonder sometimes, why people bother with driving. I miss it like a hole in the head!

I’ve actually never been to Asda and if you get killed in their car parks, I doubt I will now!

August 4, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Barbican Station

I have some happy memories of Barbican Station and on Saturday, I passed through on the way to the Anniversary Games.

Barbican Station

Barbican Station

I can particular remember pushing our youngest son in his buggy along the central platform, from where the picture was taken, sometimes with C and our two sons and sometimes without.

Sad to think, that C and the baby in the buggy have both died from cancer.

July 27, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

How To Get Your Own Back At The Devil

This story from the Standard about two brothers, Bob and Paul Forkan, who were orphaned by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, have fought back from adversity, by starting a company making flip-flops called Gandys.

So don’t ever give up! You’ll only encourage her!

July 19, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 5 Comments

A Man Bites Dog Story

Judging by how many times it has been read, the readers of the BBC web site, find this story, where a cow goes through the roof of a house and kills a man in his bed,  funny.

But then anybody who has lived in the country, knows that farming is not a totally safe business.

July 14, 2013 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

A Visit To The World’s Best Therapist

I had a bit of a shock this morning, as the news said that somebody I might know had died in tragic circumstances.

So I decided that I needed to explore some parts of the London Underground. I intended to have breakfast at Leon in Kings Cross station and then I intended to see if I could find the Underground maps in Lego.

I then visited all the maps before I finished up at Stratford, from where I took the Overground home.

As I often do, I met some interesting people, including a young lady accompanied by her charming baby, who with her partner had taken a train all the way back from Istanbul and soon were going to Denmark overland. Where do I find a lady of a compatible age to myself, who likes trains, architecture and football?  Especially, to accompany me to Odessa to see the Potemkin Steps, watch England in Kiev and then come home via Warsaw and Berlin.

i certainly felt a lot better, as I say down to watch the cricket.  But I still don’t know if I knew the person, who died.

June 13, 2013 Posted by | Health, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

The Stairway To Heaven Memorial At Bethnall Green

The memorial to those killed in the Bethnal Green Underground Disaster is now almost complete.

According to the Stairway To Heaven Memorial Trust website, only the staircase needs completing.



June 7, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

How Not To Deal With Deceased Customers

Virgin Media is called over the coals in this article on the BBC web site, where they messed up over the account of someone who’d died.

When C died, I didn’t have anything similar although dealing with some organisations was more difficult than others. I actually had a letter published in The Times about it.

I was widowed last year, and it is only now that I’m starting to get my life together. The response of the various government and local authority departments in handling all the paperwork involved has been very patchy.
Registrars: excellent, very sympathetic and efficient; Work and Pensions: bereavement allowance came through with a few hiccups, but not too difficult; Premium Bonds: system worked but could have been better; council tax: this was reduced automatically on signing a form by St Edmundsbury — totally painless; DVLA: its online systems worked well; winter fuel payment: found difficult to claim and missed it for last year.
The private sector wasn’t that much better, with some companies having people whose sole job appeared to be to deal with bereavement faring much better than those that didn’t. Some wanted death certificates, some accepted faxed copies and others took my word.
We need a lot more joined-up thinking in this important area, as, with nearly a million deaths in the UK every year, it would surely help the bereavement process for those left behind if every company, organisation, government department and authority were automatically notified. After all, if St Edmundsbury can do it here in supposedly sleepy Suffolk, then surely everyone else can.

The best private company was undoubtedly Carphone Warehouse, who had a dedicated person dealing with the accounts of customers who’d died.  They even sent me a refund, which I spent on a good bottle of wine.

April 24, 2013 Posted by | Computing, World | , , | 1 Comment