May 202011

In case anyone reading this hasn’t noticed, there are a number of Christians who seem to believe the world will end this year, with two very specific dates given: 21st May, 2011, and 21st October, 2011. These dates have been misunderstood by others, with many only being aware of the first of them (tomorrow as I write this) and have formed the impression that it’s being suggested (by those who believe it) as the date for the end of the world. The biggest problem with the world ending tomorrow, they say, is that it’s a Saturday. Why couldn’t it end on a Monday, so that we can have a weekend of fun and debauchery?

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Jul 042010

About a month or so back I was lying in bed unable to sleep, when the first verse of this more came to mind out of nowhere. I grabbed my phone and typed it in, and two and a half of the next three verses quickly followed. It’s been sat on my phone since then, until yesterday when I transferred it to the PC and added the last two lines. (And at the same time, came up with the beginnings of two more silly rhymes about animals, which may or may not get finished at some point). Anyway, it serves no purpose, and has no real significance – but, as they say here in Brizzle, “Yer ’tis…” Continue reading »

Jun 122010

There seems to be a bit of excitement in the air at the moment surrounding a tournament involving the game of football (or soccer to any Overpuddlian readers). With that in mind, I decided it would be a good idea to resurrect something I wrote about two years ago – this tournament thingummy makes it actually topical! I originally posted this as a Facebook ‘note’ – but here it is in all its glory: Continue reading »

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May 112010

The outcome of the 2010 general election, a hung parliament, had an understandable effect on the value of Sterling. The negotiations between the Liberal Democrat party and Labour and Conservative parties is also having an effect. The latest news I read before choosing to type this is that the  talks between the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party were now closed, but that they were continuing between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives – and with that latest news it also became apparent that the Pound had gained slightly against the Dollar. Put simply, as I type this, you get more Dollars for your Pound – or, looking at it the other way, less Pounds for your Dollar.

But what does this actually mean?

It means that if you have any old Dollar records in your collection, they are now worth less than they were before.

May 072010

On the morning of 7th May 2010 we can see that the result of yesterday’s general election in the UK is a hung parliament, with no individual party gaining an overall majority of seats. What does this mean? Well, as a fully paid up (as in taxes) member of the British public, I’ll tell you exactly what I think it means:

It must surely mean that the voting public wants exactly what it voted for: a hung parliament – in other words, quite literally for all MPs to be hanged by the neck until dead.


On the BBC.

In high definition.

Jan 252010

(Originally posted as a note on my Facebook account, reposted here…)

Too many people are far too addicted to Facebook, and seem to be at a complete loss for something to do when the site isn’t working properly. Here, therefore, are ten suggestions for things to do when Facebook is down or not working properly – or even, just to do instead for a change!

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Jan 062010

As anyone who knows me is aware, I’m not a particularly big fan of Christmas – which really means I can’t stand it – for a number of reasons, which chiefly involve me hating it as a religious festival because I’m an atheist, and hating the commercial aspects (specifically the buying and giving of gifts) because… well, let’s just say I think Charles Dickens probably had access to a time machine, and actually based the character Ebenezer Scrooge on me. This year, I decided the best way to avoid Christmas Day itself was to pop over to The Brecon Beacons for a nice little walk. (I do this on a semi-regular basis, trying to pop over at least once every month so, in fact, my Christmas Day walk was actually my December walk).

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Dec 212009

The view from my window this morning was of a small white covering on everything: snow. This isn’t deep snow I’m talking about – there was only about an inch of it, judging by the flat, undisturbed surfaces in my garden – but upon seeing it my first thought was “Oh no.”

People who drive in and around Bristol can’t cope with small amounts of snow. If only three snowflakes fall, and even those three are nothing more than a rumour, then traffic becomes slow: this seems to have happened last Thursday when I was making my way home. So now we’ve had a few dozen genuine flakes, that surely means traffic chaos. That was my fear – that’s why I thought “oh no” – and it was confirmed by the radio.

With that in mind, I decided to put up a page of hints and tips on how to drive in the (pitifully small amount of) snow we have in Bristol. However, having given the matter some thought, I’ve decided that most of the things I could suggest should be common sense – and ruling out the common sense ones, we’re left with just one which, I think, is the most important tip of all:

  • If you feel that you are losing control of your car in these so-called “adverse” conditions, if you can see my car please try to aim for it. It seems to me that since you aren’t capable of controlling your car in these conditions, if you try to avoid my car there’s a danger that you might hit it, but if you aim for it you’ll probably miss – and I’d very definitely prefer it if you missed. Thanks.