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You know that it's a slow news day in the middle of the silly season when you find non-stories like this on the BBC News website.

Essentially, someone has found a 62 year-old ex-Pat Briton in New Zealand who is not Lord Lucan. He says he's not, the police say he's not but:

Neighbour Margaret Harris said she became convinced he was Lord Lucan after seeing a picture of the peer in an old magazine.

She told TVNZ: "I spotted this piece and I thought 'oh my God, don't tell me that's who he is?'.

"I'm sure that is who he is because he is trying to make out he's a very poor man; poor my foot."
So that's all right then.


Lord Lucan and Mr Woodgate
caddyman: (Strangelove)
You know that it's a slow news day in the middle of the silly season when you find non-stories like this on the BBC News website.

Essentially, someone has found a 62 year-old ex-Pat Briton in New Zealand who is not Lord Lucan. He says he's not, the police say he's not but:

Neighbour Margaret Harris said she became convinced he was Lord Lucan after seeing a picture of the peer in an old magazine.

She told TVNZ: "I spotted this piece and I thought 'oh my God, don't tell me that's who he is?'.

"I'm sure that is who he is because he is trying to make out he's a very poor man; poor my foot."
So that's all right then.


Lord Lucan and Mr Woodgate
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TARDIS in Heroes TARDIS in Heroes
But probably not...
Courtesy Mr Jenkins sans LJ, the vidcap I could not manage from Heroes season 1 episode 7 as posted a couple of days back. And no, I know it's not really a TARDIS, but it looks like one at this distance. If not a TARDIS certainly a porta potty which is at the very least a US Turdis...
caddyman: (TARDIS)
TARDIS in Heroes TARDIS in Heroes
But probably not...
Courtesy Mr Jenkins sans LJ, the vidcap I could not manage from Heroes season 1 episode 7 as posted a couple of days back. And no, I know it's not really a TARDIS, but it looks like one at this distance. If not a TARDIS certainly a porta potty which is at the very least a US Turdis...
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I missed the original article in The Times - I think it must have been on Friday while I was being bored by the cricket – but in today’s letters page there are two responses concerning the possibility of messing around with the coinage again. Extrapolating backwards from the contents of the letters, I am guessing that someone somewhere has proposed the discontinuation of the 1p and 2p coins. The responses seemed to think that in addition the 10p should be reduced in size and the 20p withdrawn and replaced by a 25p coin of about the same size as the American Quarter (which I can’t quite picture, it being six years or so since I was last Stateside). I suppose the next step is the introduction of the £5 coin1.

I don’t know. It seems to me to be a sign of a country in decline when it starts playing with its currency too often. After centuries of stability, where coins were only rarely phased out, we seem to have gone into overdrive in the past four decades.

A small number of those of you on my friends’ page will remember pre-decimal currency; the ten-bob note, the ha’penny, thruppenny bit, the tanner, the florin, half crown and all. The heady days of twelve pennies to the shilling and twenty shillings to the pound2 and all that. All swept away in 1971 in a mandatory round of decimalisation. Of course, the farthing had gone the way of all flesh in the early ‘60s. Inflation saw to that. The new half penny went the same way in the early 80s, I think, for the same reason. We bade adieu to the pound note not long after and then started shrinking the remaining currency in the 90s3.

So now the thought is being aired that we should lose the remaining coppers in our currency. I can see the logic, I suppose, but I should have thought it easier to leave them in circulation and allow them to wear out gradually rather than to withdraw them or mint new ones.

There is an irony to all this, of course. Despite the logic and ease of having a decimal pound of 100 pennies instead of the age-old 240 pennies to the pound, decimalisation was not universally popular back in 1971 and it was, at least initially, very confusing, very costly and contributed to inflation. Now, 35 years on (and not withstanding the possibility of one day converting to the Euro, which, for the record, I am agin) inflation is on the verge of reforming the currency for us again. And cheaply, too.

I don’t know what the name is for a currency where the smallest denomination coin is 1/20th of the base legal tender, but whatever number we choose to mint on that coin, it’s no longer decimal.

I always said 1971 was a waste of time.

1I understand, but am not sure, that the commemorative Crowns issued periodically by the Royal Mint have a face value of £5 these days rather than 25p (or 5/-) as in days of yore.

2I confess that I still hold all those bloody conversion tables in my head after all these years. It is with no small bitterness that I remember the country decimalising just after I had mastered long division and multiplication in pounds, shillings and pence.

3Unlike Wagon Wheels, the 5, 10 and 50pence pieces really were bigger when you were a kid.
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I missed the original article in The Times - I think it must have been on Friday while I was being bored by the cricket – but in today’s letters page there are two responses concerning the possibility of messing around with the coinage again. Extrapolating backwards from the contents of the letters, I am guessing that someone somewhere has proposed the discontinuation of the 1p and 2p coins. The responses seemed to think that in addition the 10p should be reduced in size and the 20p withdrawn and replaced by a 25p coin of about the same size as the American Quarter (which I can’t quite picture, it being six years or so since I was last Stateside). I suppose the next step is the introduction of the £5 coin1.

I don’t know. It seems to me to be a sign of a country in decline when it starts playing with its currency too often. After centuries of stability, where coins were only rarely phased out, we seem to have gone into overdrive in the past four decades.

A small number of those of you on my friends’ page will remember pre-decimal currency; the ten-bob note, the ha’penny, thruppenny bit, the tanner, the florin, half crown and all. The heady days of twelve pennies to the shilling and twenty shillings to the pound2 and all that. All swept away in 1971 in a mandatory round of decimalisation. Of course, the farthing had gone the way of all flesh in the early ‘60s. Inflation saw to that. The new half penny went the same way in the early 80s, I think, for the same reason. We bade adieu to the pound note not long after and then started shrinking the remaining currency in the 90s3.

So now the thought is being aired that we should lose the remaining coppers in our currency. I can see the logic, I suppose, but I should have thought it easier to leave them in circulation and allow them to wear out gradually rather than to withdraw them or mint new ones.

There is an irony to all this, of course. Despite the logic and ease of having a decimal pound of 100 pennies instead of the age-old 240 pennies to the pound, decimalisation was not universally popular back in 1971 and it was, at least initially, very confusing, very costly and contributed to inflation. Now, 35 years on (and not withstanding the possibility of one day converting to the Euro, which, for the record, I am agin) inflation is on the verge of reforming the currency for us again. And cheaply, too.

I don’t know what the name is for a currency where the smallest denomination coin is 1/20th of the base legal tender, but whatever number we choose to mint on that coin, it’s no longer decimal.

I always said 1971 was a waste of time.

1I understand, but am not sure, that the commemorative Crowns issued periodically by the Royal Mint have a face value of £5 these days rather than 25p (or 5/-) as in days of yore.

2I confess that I still hold all those bloody conversion tables in my head after all these years. It is with no small bitterness that I remember the country decimalising just after I had mastered long division and multiplication in pounds, shillings and pence.

3Unlike Wagon Wheels, the 5, 10 and 50pence pieces really were bigger when you were a kid.

Captain Scarlet

Sunday, July 9th, 2006 06:39 pm
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It occurred to me today that the TV show is entirely wrong.

Captain Scarlet is treated as the greatest hero Spectrum ever had, yet no-one has a thing to say for his unsung comrade, Captain Blue.

Captain Blue is dependable, honest as the day is long and fearlessly brave. More to the point, he is not indestructible.

Captain Scarlet on the other hand isn't even human. He is a Mysteron construct who "claims" to have broken free of their influence. Yeah, right. At least Captain Black has the courage of his convictions and has stuck with the Mysterons through thick and thin. He knows that when you rat out the good guys, you stay ratted.

No, Captain Scarlet should be kept in solitary and dissected to see what makes him tick. He'll get better, he's indestructible. There's no bravery involved if you know you're going to get better - and he's turned traitor once, what's to say he won't do it again?

Captain Blue's the man. Let's settle this once and for all:

[Poll #765395]

Poll results are purely indicative because I'm right

Captain Scarlet

Sunday, July 9th, 2006 06:39 pm
caddyman: (Taking it easy with Capt Blue)
It occurred to me today that the TV show is entirely wrong.

Captain Scarlet is treated as the greatest hero Spectrum ever had, yet no-one has a thing to say for his unsung comrade, Captain Blue.

Captain Blue is dependable, honest as the day is long and fearlessly brave. More to the point, he is not indestructible.

Captain Scarlet on the other hand isn't even human. He is a Mysteron construct who "claims" to have broken free of their influence. Yeah, right. At least Captain Black has the courage of his convictions and has stuck with the Mysterons through thick and thin. He knows that when you rat out the good guys, you stay ratted.

No, Captain Scarlet should be kept in solitary and dissected to see what makes him tick. He'll get better, he's indestructible. There's no bravery involved if you know you're going to get better - and he's turned traitor once, what's to say he won't do it again?

Captain Blue's the man. Let's settle this once and for all:

[Poll #765395]

Poll results are purely indicative because I'm right
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My journal continues to attract Russian language readers. The latest (hello, [livejournal.com profile] fiorelli) seems to be based in Oxford, but writes in Russian. I assume it’s Russian – I am no expert, it doesn’t look like Greek, but it could be Klingon or even the Black Tongue of Mordor (which I believe responds well to penicillin).

Hello, then, [livejournal.com profile] fiorelli, please do not be offended that I do not add you back, but Russian (or Klingon) is all Double Dutch to me and as I’ve said elsewhere, even if I don’t comment on a journal, I like to feel that I can, should I feel so moved.

London continues to be unbearably hot and humid. Last night I finally managed to doze off only after some difficulty and because I had both a cool shower and then lay on the bed with a handy damp cloth to absorb the heat. It is getting beyond a joke; even the fan only circulates warm air around the place. This morning the High Road was already baking at 8.45. The weather forecast has this all set to continue until midweek when we should get thunder storms and then temperatures should drop off for a few days.

I do hope so; sleep would be nice – more precisely, a period of continued and uninterrupted sleep would be nice. I am fed up with feeling dog tired all the time.

Ah well, I guess I’d better get on and do something – there are things that need to be done whether I feel like doing them or not.

Does anyone have a set of infallible lottery numbers I can use next weekend? I feel like being wealthy but not like working for it.
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My journal continues to attract Russian language readers. The latest (hello, [livejournal.com profile] fiorelli) seems to be based in Oxford, but writes in Russian. I assume it’s Russian – I am no expert, it doesn’t look like Greek, but it could be Klingon or even the Black Tongue of Mordor (which I believe responds well to penicillin).

Hello, then, [livejournal.com profile] fiorelli, please do not be offended that I do not add you back, but Russian (or Klingon) is all Double Dutch to me and as I’ve said elsewhere, even if I don’t comment on a journal, I like to feel that I can, should I feel so moved.

London continues to be unbearably hot and humid. Last night I finally managed to doze off only after some difficulty and because I had both a cool shower and then lay on the bed with a handy damp cloth to absorb the heat. It is getting beyond a joke; even the fan only circulates warm air around the place. This morning the High Road was already baking at 8.45. The weather forecast has this all set to continue until midweek when we should get thunder storms and then temperatures should drop off for a few days.

I do hope so; sleep would be nice – more precisely, a period of continued and uninterrupted sleep would be nice. I am fed up with feeling dog tired all the time.

Ah well, I guess I’d better get on and do something – there are things that need to be done whether I feel like doing them or not.

Does anyone have a set of infallible lottery numbers I can use next weekend? I feel like being wealthy but not like working for it.

Another list

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 05:20 pm
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Well, I am still at home having woken up this morning feeling manky. Right now I feel a bit of a fraud as apart from the occasional coughing fit I am OK, so I shall probably be back in work tomorrow. There's only so much daytime telly any sane person can take, and I don't want to screw over my recovery by venturing outside for anything more prolonged than dropping rubbish in the bin.

I had intended to make use of the time in starting a new NWO character, but the inspiration won't come right now, so I am leaving it a few hours in the hope that the creative juices will start flowing.

I thought instead, that I'd put together the vaguely promised list of my personal favourite 10 rock songs, which will of course be entirely subjective and be entirely changeable, especially the deeper down the ten you get. I like to think the range is quite wide, for rock is a broad church ranging from the heavy acid teeth grinding stuff at one end, to the melodic almost orchestral at the other, with some quite poppy stuff thrown in at the lighter end. If nothing else, compiling the list will keep [livejournal.com profile] telemeister quiet; he's been bugging me to make the list since I mentioned it in passing.

If you are interested (in fact, even if you aren't) it's all behind the cut... )

Another list

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 05:20 pm
caddyman: (Default)
Well, I am still at home having woken up this morning feeling manky. Right now I feel a bit of a fraud as apart from the occasional coughing fit I am OK, so I shall probably be back in work tomorrow. There's only so much daytime telly any sane person can take, and I don't want to screw over my recovery by venturing outside for anything more prolonged than dropping rubbish in the bin.

I had intended to make use of the time in starting a new NWO character, but the inspiration won't come right now, so I am leaving it a few hours in the hope that the creative juices will start flowing.

I thought instead, that I'd put together the vaguely promised list of my personal favourite 10 rock songs, which will of course be entirely subjective and be entirely changeable, especially the deeper down the ten you get. I like to think the range is quite wide, for rock is a broad church ranging from the heavy acid teeth grinding stuff at one end, to the melodic almost orchestral at the other, with some quite poppy stuff thrown in at the lighter end. If nothing else, compiling the list will keep [livejournal.com profile] telemeister quiet; he's been bugging me to make the list since I mentioned it in passing.

If you are interested (in fact, even if you aren't) it's all behind the cut... )
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I have decided, apropos nothing, that Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird is one of the ten greatest rock songs of all time. Not as good as Starless by King Crimson, but pretty damned good.

I think that sometime over the next few weeks I shall give some deep thought to this, and create my top ten all-time rock list. Doubtless it will be immediately out of date, but hey, that's the nature of the beast. Trouble is, I'm already wondering in what order to place Tales of Great Ulysses, Strange Brew and Badge by Cream, and whether all or any deserve to be in the top ten.

I may have bitten off more than I can chew, here.
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I have decided, apropos nothing, that Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird is one of the ten greatest rock songs of all time. Not as good as Starless by King Crimson, but pretty damned good.

I think that sometime over the next few weeks I shall give some deep thought to this, and create my top ten all-time rock list. Doubtless it will be immediately out of date, but hey, that's the nature of the beast. Trouble is, I'm already wondering in what order to place Tales of Great Ulysses, Strange Brew and Badge by Cream, and whether all or any deserve to be in the top ten.

I may have bitten off more than I can chew, here.

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