Archive for August, 2008

120 Years Ago…

Sunday, August 31, 2008 21:34 18 Comments

Mary Ann Nichols, the first canonical victim of Jack the Ripper (as depending on who you believe, earlier murders were ascribed to the same killer) was found brutally murdered in Whitechapel. Unlike the deaths caused by powerful natural forces, the victims of Jack the Ripper were deliberately murdered by a person or persons unknown. I [...]

This was posted under category: Crime & Policing, History

Gustav and others

Sunday, August 31, 2008 20:56 36 Comments

Britons told to leave New OrleansBBC News Headline Well, technically, yes. But I rather think everyone has been advised to leave New Orleans, what with that big windy-blow Hurricane Gustav thingummy heading in that direction; the BBC’s headline would seem to imply that everyone else can stay… It’s one of those things: when viewed from [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Media, Science

Target Acquired: Four Cheers!

Saturday, August 30, 2008 0:30 4 Comments

(as spotted on SeƱor Lawson’s blog) It appears that the NFB have reached a settlement with in their contention that Target’s website was inaccessible to disabled people and in breach of some law or other… This tends to polarise opinion; you get one camp who don’t feel that the free market should be forced [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Standards, Technology

10 Songs

Friday, August 29, 2008 0:33 33 Comments

For no particular reason — other than that I was running out of things to post about — I decided to have a trawl through my iMusic Collection. This got me thinking about songs which for some reason have a special meaning to me, or which stuck in my head for some particular reason. I [...]

This was posted under category: Memes, Music, The Pickards

Gratuitous Cat Picture

Thursday, August 28, 2008 1:37 33 Comments

Please give me some credit for avoiding the somewhat seedier line, as featured in virtually every episode of “Are You Being Served?”. But, in case you’re wondering, I’ve not got any particular reason for throwing in a photo of one of our cats (this here grey one — not that you can make out his [...]

This was posted under category: Life

Newcastle v Bolton

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 1:00 7 Comments

The first home game of the season. It’s one of those things tinged with fear and optimism. Optimism, because if we can win today, we’ll have got off to a good start this season. Fear, because a home defeat will undo all of the good work that we did last week by getting a point [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Strangers on a train

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 0:43 21 Comments

16:40 Was sitting opposite a young woman. Well, I say young which just goes to show my age: she’s probably mid-twenties. It’s not really that long ago I would have seen that as an older woman. She reminds me vaguely of someone I think was called Vicki who I used to see at Planet Earth [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Travel

Come again?

Monday, August 25, 2008 1:09 5 Comments

Your past life diagnosis: I don’t know how you feel about it, but you were female in your last earthly incarnation.You were born somewhere in the territory of modern Portugal around the year 1575. Your profession was that of a sailor or shoemaker. Your brief psychological profile in your past life: Inquisitive, inventive, you liked [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Oddities


Sunday, August 24, 2008 0:05 19 Comments

Beamish is an open-air museum in the North of England. It’s difficult to describe exactly what it is without you going there, but I’ll give it my best shot. Basically, it’s a chance to go back in time. Once you go through the main entrance (or the side door if you’re a ‘Friend of Beamish’ [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, The Pickards

Things That May Or May Not Go Bump In The Night

Saturday, August 23, 2008 0:56 25 Comments

I have lived in a number of haunted houses. Well, I say haunted, but that may not be actually the case. I know people who are afraid of ghosts. I am ghost-agnostic. I don’t believe in them, but nor am I positive that there is no such thing. But I’m quite happy to write off [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana