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Monday, 04 September 2006


I love the French expression pousser comme des champignons. The ones above seem to have popped up almost overnight in Oxted (as they do). They also look very tasty. I have never harvested and eaten wild mushrooms, but if I were to do so I would seek expert horticultural advice, possibly from a book. What really put me off those mushrooms was the knowledge that they were on a well-trodden dog-walking path.

Nature can kill.  The death of Steve Irwin, crocodile hunter, seems to have been the top news of the day. It topped the BBC’s most read story of the day, and of course was big news back home. Not all television channels took the same slant on the story.

Posted by bigblue on 04/09/2006 at 10:27 PM
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Sunday, 03 September 2006
Hello Tom

baby Tom

This is Tom, aged 4 months, whom I met on Saturday: a bright-eyed, curious and cheerful chappie. His mother has been cutting my hair for several years now, but there was a hiatus when she took maternity leave following Tom’s arrival. Happily she is back at work, and my hair has once more been returned to an orderly state. On the way back from Tom’s house I stopped off to have a look at the water butts which are back in stock again. I didn’t buy one but left with the measurements of the connecting pipe (in order to measure my drain pipes, to establish it will connect). I would like to get one or two fitted well before the next drought.

Today I had a brief chat with kipperfrog’s mum, who reminded me of the comments I left on kipperfrog’s blog last week.  It was a joke: honest!

Scarlett has started posting photos from her recent trip to Brazil over on Flickr.

Posted by bigblue on 03/09/2006 at 09:53 PM
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Saturday, 02 September 2006
Silver sign

silver sign

This is a replica sign which I noticed was being sold at Tenterden Station of the Kent and East Sussex Railway line.  They sell similar items, but not the same one, at their online shop.

Posted by bigblue on 02/09/2006 at 07:57 AM
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Friday, 01 September 2006
The Morrissey Game

I invented a new game recently - this is how it is played:

Put on a Morrissey CD. When a song plays, you have to Guess which Frasier character is best represented by the song.

The suggestion could be prompted by the general atmosphere and mood of the song, or by specific words in the lyrics. When you have assigned the character from Frasier to the song, you can skip to the next song. More than one person can play. It is not a competitive game: you can work as a team. Make suggestions and debate your choices until there is general consensus.  You should have no problems assigning any song to a character from Fraser. If you get stuck, try “Niles”, especially on the songs where Morrissey warbles his voice (i.e. every one).

Here’s an example, using Ringleader of the Tormentors, Morrisey’s latest album:

  1. I will see you in far off places - Niles (“It’s so easy for us to sit together, but so hard for our hearts to combine”)
  2. Dear God please help me - Frasier (The flip-flop of emotions, and general pomposity)
  3. You have killed me - Niles (“I entered nothing and nothing entered me, until you came with the key ...”)
  4. The youngest was the most loved - Eddie (Martin’s favourite - and youngest - child)
  5. In the future when all’s well - Daphne (sounds like something she could say)
  6. The father who must be killed - Daphne (if you think Daphne would only think of killing her mother then perhaps it’s Bebe who could kill anyone)
  7. Life’s a pigsty - Frasier (on one of his “rainy days” - having the “same old SOS”)
  8. I’ll never be anybody’s hero now - Niles (the deep self-pity of the song)
  9. On the streets I ran - Frasier (“take anyone but me”)
  10. To me you are a work of art - Niles (“I see the world, it makes me puke, but then I look at you and know that somewhere there is someone who can soothe me”)
  11. I just want to see the boy happy - Martin (“before I die, I have one final dream ... I just want to see [my boys] happy” - also the song seems to represent a stronger character)
  12. At last I am born - Frasier (“blah blah blah” plus the positive sentiments don’t seem genuine and we know they won’t last)

The video above, courtesy of YouTube, is of what is probably my favourite Morrissey song: Ouja Board. I especially like Mystic Meg, who reminds me of someone in my family.

Posted by bigblue on 01/09/2006 at 11:37 PM
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