The Anonymous Widower

The End Of The Beginning

At 16:08 on the 9th of November 2020, I sent this text message to the BBC.

Churchill would have dubbed Pfizer’s news the End of the Beginning in the War against the Covids!

Then at 17:00 Boris used the same phrase in his Press Conference.

Wikipedia says this about Churchill’s use of the phrase.

A quotation from a 1942 speech by Winston Churchill concerning the Second Battle of El Alamein.

The Second Battle of El Alamein was fought between the 23rd of October and the 11th of November 1942. So exactly, seventy-eight years ago, the battle was coming to a close.

As a biographer of Churchill, did Boris spot the historical link?

Let’s hope Boris, Macron, Biden, Merkel, Trudeau et al, get the chance to paraphrase another of Churchill’s quotes about the very different battle.

It may almost be said, “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat”

Let’s hope Pfizer’s vaccine is our generation’s Alamein and marks the turning point in the War against the Covids.

Certainly, the news has been well-received by experts, including Jeremy Farrar of the Welcome Trust, who was being interviewed by the BBC, when the news broke.

I am 73 and my parents told me how Alamein and other news like it, stiffened the sinews and summoned up the blood in the dark days of World War II!

November 10, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun With COVID-19

I find the term COVID-19 rather bland and you may have noticed that on this blog, I am tending to call it the Covids.

I feel, that the Covids has a certain edge to it. A superhero might kick someone in the Covids.

It also offers possibilities for creating a long name based on the letters.

How about Chinese Orrible Vaccine Impossible Death Syndrome?

I’m sure someone can do much better than that!

September 27, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

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

Monumentous

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