Monthly Archives: August 2006

Atrocious Precocious

The Hertford East train to London is usually swarming with toxic chavs who shout and wear horrid clothes. One might think the Hertford North line would be a touch less irritating on the child front. But – no – it’s…

Migrating Peacocks

Distribution of surname Peacock in 1881 and 1998 respectively Spatial Literacy is a fascinating new website where you can view the distribution of your surname in the UK and around the world. The UCL researchers behind it also discovered lots…

Bombproof Your Horse

I’ve just discovered The Bookseller Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. This year’s winner was: People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What To Do About It The runners up included: Bullying…

Peacock – Lark or Owl?

An Octodon Degu I was in a bad mood for most of last week and decided it might have something to do with lack of sleep. So I started sleeping in beyond my usual 6 am most mornings. I ignored…

Alaskan Moose Legislation

I was reading about Alaskan laws today. Apparently, in Alaska, a moose may not be viewed from an aeroplane. It’s also considered an offence to push a live moose out of a moving plane.

Apostrophe Apocalypse

According to the Times letters page, a Gloucestershire college is currently advertising: ‘study opportunities, including National Diploma’s, Degree’s and Master’s Programmes’. Clearly, our university’s, college’s and student town’s are losing it when it come’s to apostrophe’s. I was in Cambridge…

Profound Footballer Quotations

‘My parents have always been there for me, ever since I was about seven.’ David Beckham ‘Alex Ferguson is the best manager I’ve ever had at this level. Well, he’s the only manager I’ve actually had at this level. But…

Computer Says No

I phoned a ‘business support centre’ yesterday. In case you’ve not encountered these abominations, business support centres are offices full of very thick people, usually in the north, who are paid vast sums to delay payments from large organisations to…

Monty

Here are some photos I took of Monty on Friday. Monty’s 17 and lives in Wymondham in Norfolk. We brought him up as a small child in Cambridge. As you can see, he’s on very good form. His hobbies include…