Thursday, 25 May 2017

Let's party!

I hope I have the date right... According to my notes, today it's IrishGirl's birthday. If I got the date wrong, let's party anyway! Happy birthday, IrishGirl! 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A nice story...

This is a lovely story of a couple of events remembered fondly by Marc Haynes. I'm not a James Bond fan, but always thought Roger Moore was a charming man.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Not very careful planning...

This house is in Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Crazy, eh? Who would build such a strange house?

The first photo was taken as if the road didn't slope at all. Here's how steep the road really is:

Baldwin Street is considered the steepest road in the world and also one of the most peculiar, thanks to the oblivious designers in London!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Storms, the internet and customer services in France

I've been offline because my modem went poof in the storms. That's what the provider said, after performing loads of tests remotely. They're going to send us a new box. The thing is, the box is now working perfectly. The problem was with their own network and they have now fixed it, but their helpline staff is totally oblivious about what goes on...

Et vive la France!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

As hard as nails (and a question)

I like how the picture works as a metaphor... (Is metaphor the correct term for this expression?)

Friday, 12 May 2017


Colin was bragging to his boss one day "You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them. Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff "OK, Colin how about Tom Cruise?" "Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it".

So Colin and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door and sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts "Colin! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch!"

Although impressed, Colin's boss is still sceptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he tells Colin that he thinks Colin's knowing Cruise was just lucky. "No, no, just name anyone else" Colin says. "President Obama" his boss quickly retorts. "Yes" Colin says "I know him, let's fly out to Washington". And off they go.

At the White House, Obama spots Colin on the tour and motions him and his boss over, saying "Colin, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let's have a cup of coffee first and catch up".

Well, the boss is very shaken by now but still not totally convinced. After they leave the White House grounds he expresses his doubts to Colin, who again implores him to name anyone else. "The Pope" his boss replies. "Sure!" says Colin. "My folks are from Argentina, and I've known the Pope a long time". So off they fly to Rome.

Colin and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Colin says "This will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope".

Sure enough, half an hour later Colin emerges with the Pope on the balcony but by the time Colin returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to his boss' side, Colin asks him "What happened?" His boss looks up and says "I was doing fine until you and the Pope came out on the balcony and the man next to me said "Who the f***'s that on the balcony with Colin?"

Monday, 8 May 2017

Another list of useful words

LIBROCUBICULARIST - someone who reads in bed.

GALEANTHROPY – the belief that you have become a cat.

PROCAFFEINATE – to put off doing anything until you’ve had your first cup of coffee.

SARCHASM – the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

LETHONOMIA - a tendency to forget names

VELLEITY - wishing for something but doing absolutely nothing about it.

GROAK - to stare longingly at food, in hopes of being offered some.  

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Very exciting photo from a place far, far away

The Cassini spacecraft taking the picture closest to Saturn in history.