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Friday, 15 October 2004
Misty mornings

Misty morning

This was the view from my bedroom window this morning, looking in the direction of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Not quite as misty as yesterday, although still an invitation to crawl back into bed till sunset.  I decided I couldn’t be that lazy two days in a row, so I went to work today.

I was explaining to someone today how I threw on my mortal coil in central London but was stymied by the fact that I don’t have a direct recollection of it. This prompted me to Google the woman who gave birth to me.  Not my mum, the other one.  It turns out that she died just over a month ago, at least according to her obituary.  She had an interesting life, which began in Austria (a country she fled in 1938 at the age of 15, leaving her parents and sister to the death camps).  Although I never met her again after that first, auspicious occassion her books turned out to be useful when my girls decided to throw on their coils.

Today serendipity also took me (via Hullabaloo) to this interesting article on the organ grider.  It looks like the American Presidential election is about to get more interesting, albeit muddy.

Posted by bigblue on 15/10/2004 at 08:44 PM
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The Golden Basin

Momo Restaurant

Just after I took this photo of the basins in the men’s room at Momo Restaurant, one of the heavies who police the place told me I was not allowed to take photos.  It’s a pity, because my next photo would have been the urinal which cascades like a waterfall. 

Word of the day for me is contrail.  This is what I know as vapour trail (condensation trail) and which interested me when I moved to Europe because you don’t see them very much in Southern Africa.  There is an interesting site with photos of this phenomenon, including pictures from space, here.  The site also links to an article on global dimming in the Guardian.  Contrails are not very nice things, even if they look pretty.

Posted by bigblue on 15/10/2004 at 12:03 AM
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Wednesday, 13 October 2004
Off the rails I was . . .

Picadilly Circus London

This is the tourist magnet that is Piccadilly Circus.  When I was there over the weekend it was teeming with sharpers.  Perhaps someone should make sure that Michael Howard knows about it.

It is 20 years and one day since the IRA blew up the Grand Hotel in Brighton, in an attempted assassination of Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.  The incident has been recalled in the papers and on the radio this week. Of interest is the rapprochement between one of the victims (Jo Berry, daughter of Sir Anthony Berry MP who was killed in the blast) and Patrick McGee, IRA bomber.  I heard Jo speaking on the radio yesterday, and she seems fascinating.  She made contact with McGee some years ago, and they struck up an acquaintance.  There is an edited transcript of a their 20th anniversary meeting, when they spoke on reconciliation to an invited audience in Brighton, here.

Posted by bigblue on 13/10/2004 at 10:05 PM
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Monday, 11 October 2004
The Golden Girl

Momo Restaurant

This is a waitress from Momo, who took the photo that I posted yesterday. Her name means golden and she is Brazilian. She is a student of economics and management in London.  On completion of her studies, in the next year, she will return home.

And today I finally found the website of Momo Restaurant. (It was printed on the card they gave me with the bill).

Posted by bigblue on 11/10/2004 at 11:21 PM
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Sunday, 10 October 2004
Momo Restaurant

Momo Restaurant

Last night I met up with Carles and Katia in London and we went to Momo Restaurant, in Heddon Street.  I was recommended this restaurant by an Alsatian woman of North African descent, who I sat next to on a flight from Baden Baden to Stanstead earlier this year.  For some reason they are not listed in the Yellow Pages website, but their phone number is 020 7434 4040.  This review is accurate, except that the drinks are all pretty expensive!

I discovered when we arrived there that I had actually been to Momo before: In 2000 an agent (Benoit) took me and his girlfriend there for lunch. I enjoyed the meal then, but in the evenings there is a more pleasant atmosphere.

It was good to meet Katia and to see Carles again.  I am just sorry that I “lost” one of your DVD’s. I must have left it in Ashby, but I will put it in the post to you this week!

Posted by bigblue on 10/10/2004 at 11:42 AM
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Saturday, 09 October 2004
Smeagal will be a good Smeagal, hobbits must trust Smeagal!

Howard Smeagal

Last year this man, who is leader of the Conservative Party declared himself an ethnic minority in an appearance on Breakfast with Frost. He said women and ethnic minorities could progress in the Conservative Party, adding

I’m proof of that.

Howard comes from a Jewish Romanian family who moved to Britain from a poverty-stricken Transylvanian village. Last week at the Conservative Party conference he again covered his Gollum face with his Smeagal visage and spoke all soft and gentle like Lala and Tinky Winky.  He stirred our emotions by telling us how he had been saved by Britain and Winston Churchill, while his grandmother was sent to a Nazi death camp. He tried to tell us that he simply wanted to give something back to Britain.  He put his party forward to be for the people:

A government which is generous in spirit and competent in action.

A government which is honest. A government they can trust.

The Guardian covers this story here.  Speaking as someone who watched his speech to his party faithful on TV, I believe Michael Howard’s problem is that he doesn’t do a very good “sincere”.  And it’s a bit stupid of him to remind us of how untrustworthy his party has been.  Anyway his insult  to fellow ethnic minorities in the speech he gave is no way to win trust.

Posted by bigblue on 09/10/2004 at 09:45 PM
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Friday, 08 October 2004
We thinks Al Qaida is linked to Saddam .... No, no, lies, there is no link!

Cheney Gollum

I got this idea during the recent vice presidential debate (link to interesting Torygraph article).

[With inspiration from We hates the U.N….NO! We loves the U.N.! by low culture]

Posted by bigblue on 08/10/2004 at 11:37 AM
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Thursday, 07 October 2004
National Novel Writing Month

Official NaNoWriMo 2004 Participant

Next month is national novel writing month.  I thought the organisers lacked ambition, and they should make the event international.  (OK, it already is ....)

I’ve signed up so will find out if I can write a 50,000 word novel in one month.  That’s 1,667 words per day, on average. 

I’ll be doing it for the experience.

By the way, I thought the picture above was Sid Slug and was disappointed to find out it was supposed to be a rabbit.

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2004 at 10:41 PM
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