The Anonymous Widower

Is This The World’s Most Annoying Christmas Gift?

This was at a lunch today!

It is rather spectacularly annoying!

You can imagine Lord Whats-Is-Name giving it both barrels with a 12-bore.

December 25, 2015 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

An Impressive Visualisation

The Croxley Rail Link is a major project to improve the links of the Metropolitan line into Watford and connect the line to Watford Junction station.

Out of curiosity I looked at this 3d visualisation of the new link.

I found it very impressive.

Note the following.

1. After Croxley station, the line bends away to the right on a viaduct.

2. At present the line goes straight on at this point to the current Watford station. This line will become a siding, when the Croxley Rail Link is built.

3. As the Grand Union Canal is crossed, this is in the area of this post.

4. Ascot Road station shown in the visualisation is now to be called Cassiobridge station.

5. The next station is Watford Vicarage Road, which serves the football ground and the hospital.

6. The existing Watford DC Line of the London Overground joins before Watford High Street station, from where the two lines share the same track to Watford Junction.

Hopefully, I’ll still be here and can try this route for real to get to the football ground in 2017.

But I don’t think that the project will be implemented as is currently planned. The Watford Observer is reporting that London Underground is taking over the responsibility for the project and I think this will result bin some changes, most likely for the better.

1. Some parties want Watford station to stay open. As it will be possible to run trains from the Croxley Rail Link through Rickmansworth and on to Amersham, could a shuttle be introduced between Amersham and Watford stations? There is a precedent for this type of arrangement in that there is a shuttle between Dalston Junction and New Cross stations on the East London Line. The main purpose is to increase the service frequency on the core of the line through the Thames Tunnel.

2. Both Amersham and Chalfont & Latimer stations are served by Chiltern Railways, who may want to put their view forward.

3. Could the changes mean that costs rise further and a delay is introduced into the project?

December 23, 2014 Posted by | Computing, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Welsh Take On Horseburgers

This article in the Mirror talks about and links to a video that has gone viral. It concerns a pantomime horse suffering from grief over the loss of its parents in a Tesco store in West Wales.

January 19, 2013 Posted by | Food, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Flying Boat From Norway

This was also pictured in today’s Times.  It’s an escape life boat for an oil platform being tested by dropping from sixty metres.

There’s a video here, that is really worth watching.

The Times says that the boat can carry seventy passengers and is made of plastic.

December 6, 2012 Posted by | News, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Do Actors Sometimes Regret Their Early Roles?

Dame Diana Rigg is a well-respected actress and has appeared in many high-class productions. But there are performances in her past, that she might like to downplay. C and I saw her in the infamous 1970 production of Anelard and Heloise with Keith Michell, which was noted for its full frontal nudity. Everybody leaned forward at the appropriate moment. Wikipedia describes her performance in the play as follows.

A return to the stage and a nude scene with Keith Michell during Abelard and Heloise in 1970 led to a notorious description of her as ‘built like a brick basilica with insufficient flying buttresses’, by the acerbic critic John Simon.

She did of course star as Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s.  Some clips on YouTube are interesting to say the least. Would ITV show something like this today?

November 28, 2012 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Looking Backwards

I took this video this morning backwards from a New Bus for London.

On the way home, I got another of the new buses.  The driver/conductor said that they are debriefed about road safety and the incidents they see.  Now that’s a good idea.

October 13, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Canoe Slalom At The Lee Valley – Video

I made up this video to give a view of what it is like at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

It should be up later today. The trouble with video, is I can only make it on my old computer.  And guess what M$ have upsexed the video maker, to make it more difficult to use. I want my old one back. When something works well don’t mess about with it!

August 1, 2012 Posted by | Computing, Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

Passing the Olympic Site

Over a year ago I made a video, which I called from the Match Factory to Eastfield. Yesterday I made another.

It has obviously changed as we get nearer to the Olympics.

July 6, 2012 Posted by | Sport | , | Leave a comment

How To Complain

This guy got angry in a Manchester mobile phone store over a high phone bill.

July 3, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

A Video of My Trip on the Emirates Air-Line

I took a video of the trip on the Emirates Air-Line and it is shown here.

I was suffering a bit of technical problems with the camera and I think I’ll take another one later. Possibly from the other direction from North Greenwich to Royal Docks.

June 28, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment