The Anonymous Widower

Manchester Metrolink Extensions In A Sentence

This article on the Manchester Evening News, sums up the extensions to the Manchester Metrolink like this.

It includes tram extensions to Port Salford, Middleton and Stalybridge, plus ‘tram trains’ to Hale, Warrington, Gorton and Glossop.

We all need more pithy sentences like this. Me included!

July 29, 2019 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , | 5 Comments


A BBC Breakfast reporter used this word and started a lot of discussion this morning.

So I typed it in to Google.

I found this page with a title of Fritinancy.

This was given as an example of use of the word.

Mr. Obama has shown, in one appearance after another, a capacity to make people feel good about their country again. His supporters want desperately to turn the page on the bitter politics and serial disasters of the past 20 years. That they have gravitated to a black candidate to carry out this task is — to use a term I heard for the first time this week — monumentous.

So it has been used before.

April 30, 2019 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment

What Do You Call This?

I bought this rack for hot dishes just out of the oven from IKEA.

What do you call it?

IKEA call it a trivet, which is defined thus.

A metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table.

IKEA either can’t count as it has four legs, or they have done a great job in a redesign.

July 12, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

I’ll Go Along With This Quote

With a memorial service for Sir Nicholas Winton today, I make no apologies for publishing one of his quotes.

I believe in ethics, and if everybody believed in ethics we’d have no problems at all. That’s the only way out; forget the religious side.

I doubt I can live long enough to see religion, become something you read about in history books.

But the world would be a better place, if everyone followed Sir Nicholas’s advice.

May 19, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Fasciitis In My Foot

I have got fasciitis in my right foot. It has nothing to do with my current conditions, as I have had it at odd times over my lifetime.

The last time was probably about twelve or fifteen years ago and it was a lot worse than my current bout.

A chiropodist and my doctor have both recommended rolling a cold drinks can with my foot.

I keep the tin in the fridge. Incidentally, I chose the tomatoes as it is more robust than say a can of Coke.

Doing it on a carpet is easier too!

Let’s hope it all works!

Incidentally, are there any other words with a double-i in the middle? You have a few plurals like radii with the letters at the end.

Sounds like a Pointless question to me!

November 26, 2015 Posted by | Health | , | 4 Comments

Keep This Door Closed

I like this witty sign.

Shut Happens

Shut Happens

It was in a cafe at Willesden Junction station.

October 13, 2015 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment

TPOD or Blockade?

This article on the Rail Engineer web site is entitled Preparing The Way For Bath Electrification.

It is a good read and it brings a new acronym into the English language – TPOD. This is said about the change of wording.

Normally, closing a 20 mile stretch of the main line, from Thingley Junction to Bath Station, for six weeks would be referred to as a ‘blockade’ but, during the consultation process, the word blockade became a very sensitive issue. It implied that Bath was closed for business, which wasn’t the case. Therefore, to ensure that tourists were not put off travelling to the city, it was suggested that Network Rail should use a different description for the closure. As a result the acronym TPOD was created – Temporary Period of Disruption! So the work was carried out during a six week TPOD. You’ll get used to it.

Only time will tell, if this friendlier word TPOD becomes accepted. Or will it have the same connotations as Rail Replacement Bus?

But words are important!

As an example, I object to messages on trains and buses using the word terminate at the end of a journey.

It sounds so final!

At least, it seems to be becoming more common for a message like.

This train finishes its journey here.

To be used. Especially, where train staff are giving an announcement.

October 2, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

I Thought All Tomatoes Were Round!

I thought these tomatoes were funny, as they are labelled Classic Round Tomatoes.

I Thought All Tomatoes Were Round!

I Thought All Tomatoes Were Round!

Or can you get square ones now?

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Food | , | 1 Comment

Word Of The Day

The Times today has a picture on page 4 of what they describe as a coalition of cheetahs.

Now there’s a word!

April 2, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

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