Monthly Archives: July 2010

Balloon over Bluecoats

When I lived in Oxford, I saw hot air balloons most days over the garden in the summer, but you hardly ever see them here. So it was a pleasant surprise to spot this one over Bluecoats the other day.

Duart Castle

Pin-Up of the Week

This week’s pin-up is a dainty damselfly – possibly called Deirdre. Damselflies have made a comeback in England in recent weeks, after flying off to the continent in a huff in 1952. Good to know our damsels are no longer in distress.

RATS – Remove Absurdities from Television Scripts

Continuing with my attack on ludicrous TV inanities, today’s absurdity popped up on a weatherforecast –
It’s going to be warm and sunny. So ‘warm and sunny’ sums it up quite nicely.
Indeed, it does.

Congratulations Mum and Dad !!!

Congratulations to the Senior Peacocks on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and on attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Mum made and iced this cake

OK – I admit it … I did photoshop one bit, but the rest of this pic is genuine

BBC Radio 4 Cache in Pocket

People keep moaning I never tell them when I’m on. So here goes …
BBC Radio 4, Friday 23 August 2010, 11 am Cache in Pocket Producer – Sarah Langan
As you can see, it’s a Radio Times Choice, described as ‘fascinating’ by their reviewer. How kind.
Basically, it’s about my quest to become a Geocacher. Geocaching is a trendy-geeky hi-tech sport, which involves marauding round with a GPS receiver in search of hidden stashes.
Along the way, I meet a multi-millionaire who’s found 15,000 caches, a hyperactive womble, and the legendary Dave Ulmer who invented it all in Oregon ten years ago.
I also get attacked by nettles, freak myself out in a tunnel and have a nasty brush with Muggles.
If you can’t catch it live, you have no excuse. It’ll be on BBC iPlayer.

looking for an extreme cache, inadvertantly impersonating Holman Hunt’s Light of the World


I’ve just discovered a fab site called Totallylookslike which features some very funny and revealing lookalikes (not just human ones). Definitely worth a visit.

I’ve been to Southampton but I’ve never been to Scunthorpe

This is possibly the greatest line ever. It comes from Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out
I can really relate to it. Because – like Mr Tempah – I’ve been to Southampton but have never, to the best of my knowledge, visited Scunthorpe.
Has anyone, I wonder, ever been to Scunthorpe but never been to Southampton?