Monthly Archives: July 2006

RIP TOTP

Bollinger and I have just watched the last ever Top of the Pops. TOTP is the same age as me and I’ve been a viewer on-and-off since I was 12, though not much in its last few years, as I’ve…

Poltergeist

Last night, I dreamt that the house was possessed by a poltergeist. Then, when I went downstairs to make a coffee at about 10am, I heard a bang and the sound of glass shattering. A glass bauble had fallen off…

And another siesta indoors

Peacock Flies Again

I’ve got worldwide travel insurance again, after a year of being stuck in the UK thanks to being ill in 2005. And where am I off to for the BBC in August? Somewhere nice and cool like Iceland? No. Thailand.…

Constant Inelegance

‘What dreadful hot weather we have. It keeps me in a constant state of inelegance.’ Jane Austen It’s 6.30am and I’ve been up since 5.15. I decided it might be nice to spend an hour or two in temperatures below…

Caution – Scotland May Contain Traces of Scots

Why is Scotland so obsessed by Health and Safety? Is it because they now have their own parliament and need something to do? My hotel room last week was full of patronising notices saying things like: ‘Please do not slip…

Googlewhacked

Peacockshock has been Googlewhacked. In case you don’t know – the word ‘Googlewhack’ was first used in 2001. A Googlewhack is a Google search query consisting of two words (both in the dictionary and without quotation marks) that returns a…