Sunday, 25 May 2008

Skating and banging the holes out of doilies

A fun weekend so far. Friday night, and off to see Paul Merton and his Impro Chums. Very funny, and very sharp.

Saturday and off to a roller-skating party. Tried out skating for the first time in 20 years. And I'm still walking!

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

We don't need no education...

We don't need no tutorials
No hermeneutics in London Colney
Teacher leave them middle-aged persons alone!
Hey - Teacher! Leave them liberals alone!

All in all you're just another brick in the wall (as Mother Julian said...)

Frankenstein's Monster Bill

I'm unhappy about the Frankenstein's Monster Bill currently passing through Parliament, but in many ways I guess the damage was really done when they legalised experimentation on embryos at all.

I'd just like to put my view on it - to me, scientists are basically the large, relatively well-funded version of small boys with a Chemistry set. Now, the first thing any small boy does with a Chemistry set - or at least within ten minutes of getting bored with the "isn't Copper Sulphate a nice colour" experiment - is shove all the chemicals in a test tube together, add water and start heating it up to see what happens. You can't blame them for this. This is just in small boys' nature. You can't even really blame them when the cat goes bald and goes around the house starting at every sudden noise. Big scientists are just the same - the ones currently planning to blast sub-atomic particles into each other under the Alps basically just have a better chemistry set than the small boy. And you can't really blame them, even when they create a black hole and suck 6 billion people into it. It's just what they do.

I guess the trouble with the Frankenstein's monster bill is, it's the equivalent of a grown-up getting the small boy, supplying them with a couple of extra chemicals (say, Uranium and petrol) and then saying "wait there, I'll go and get the cat for you..."

Monday, 19 May 2008

In the cold light of dawn

Well, I've had another check of my essay. It looks quite good but doesn't really look like it belongs to an Christian Ethics course. Maybe it needs a bit of a tweak.

Last tutorial this evening! Yeah!

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Keep Sunday Special

So here I am writing an essay on the importance of the Sabbath Regulations... ironic or what...

Thursday, 15 May 2008


Found my key! It was stuck between the arm of my office chair and the seat... it fell out when I stood up this morning. How odd is that? And of all the places you wouldn't look - the thought I had a lost key which I was literally right on top of!

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Stupid, Stupid

Sitting here waiting for the family to arrive with my spare car key. Cos I've somehow managed to lost my normal one between the car park and my desk. Not happy.

Monday, 12 May 2008

No more heroes?

If Pope Benedict is looking for any new saints, here's one to consider: Irena Sendlerowa. They say they "don't make them like that anymore" - it's a poor lookout for the world if they have indeed stopped.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Father Pogle

Have the Jesuits enlisted Oliver Postgate? They sound rather similar...

Monday, 5 May 2008

The Mayflower

So apparently in 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth to America in the Mayflower.

Anyone got any ideas how the Pilgrim Mothers got there? Presumably they followed later in some other ship?

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Jeeves and the London Mayor

Not least because his opponent, like Gussie Fink-Nottle, is a newt-worrier - sorry, fancier - I can't help but feel like Bertie Wooster is now running London. Jeeves better be well up to date on his sardine consumption (helps his brain...) if he wants to keep Bertie on the straight and narrow.

On second thoughts, I guess Boris isn't that much like Wooster. Bertie spent most of his time trying to run away from women, and Boris's track record couldn't really be described as similar.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Back in the Smoke

So I spent the feast of the Ascension in an all-day symposium called "Retail Fraud 2008". Which was just as exciting as it sounds. I tell you, I've not been so exited since I addressed the Institute of Grocery Distribution on the subject of advanced range planning. However I've learnt some great ways to get other people's credit card details out of them, so if anyone wants me I'll be off phishing...