Another gloomy day
Me
pauldormer
It's gotten so dark I've had to switch the room lights on to be able to read the paper. Again no sign of rain though.

The weather app on my computer is telling me it's currently sunny in Guildford.
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The Sky is Yellow
Me
pauldormer
Here in Guildford it has gone very dark and the sky has a dark yellow colour. It's a bit like it was in Spokane a couple of years ago when I was there and there were forest fires in the area. Only the air is not smoky like it was then.

Some connection to Hurricane Ophelia, I believe.


Late addition: I went out to post a letter after posting that and the sun was visible through the clouds. It was pinkish red, just like it was in Spokane.

Also there was a wall of black cloud to the south.
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The Death of Stalin
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pauldormer
I see there's a film called The Death of Stalin opening in the UK on Friday.

I wonder if there is a film called The Death of Prokofiev opening the same day.
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Cyclists
Me
pauldormer
I was in my bedroom just now when I heard a sound in the street and something made me look out the window.

Stretched out along the grass verge on the main part of St. Johns Road opposite to the entrance of the cul-de-sac in which I live was a line a children on bicycles, all wearing helmets and yellow safety vests. At the front was an adult and at a signal from her they all set off and turned into the crescent at the end of St. Johns Road. Bringing up the rear was another adult.

Presumably some sort of cycling training class. Took me back to the sixties. There was a test you could take called Cycling Proficiency. Never went in for it myself as my only bike was not roadworthy, but our house abutted a school playground and that was where the training took place, with tracks marked out with poles.
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Kiss-ASs revisited
Me
pauldormer
Today's Observer carried a correction of last week's TV listing. They didn't credit me, but they did include my joke about the sycophantic crime fighter.
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Kiss-Ass
Me
pauldormer
I'm amused to see in The Observer's TV listings that next Sunday the Syfy channel is showing Matthew Vaughn's film Kiss-Ass. That's the one about the sycophantic crime fighter, right?

Update 3/10/17: I received an embarrassed reply from The Observer's Reader Editor admitting they'd made a mistake.
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Mike Neville
Me
pauldormer
Just seen an obituary in The Guardian for Mike Neville:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/sep/13/mike-neville-obituary

Now there's a name from my childhood. Being a Londoner who was uprooted to the north-east, I was fascinated by the Geordie dialect, even if I could never learn to speak it. In the late sixties, Scott Dobson started producing a series of books, starting with Larn Yorsel' Geordie and the BBC's Look North, fronted by Neville and George House pushed these books and made commercial recordings based on them. I still have the books and the records somewhere.

Joshua and his wellies
Me
pauldormer
I'm a great fan of the works of H. Rider Haggard and some year ago I picked up at a con a very battered edition of Moon of Israel, not one of his better know books. It turns out to be a retelling of the story of Exodus from an Egyptian viewpoint.

So, I'm reading a scene where the pharaoh is telling Moses that the Israelites must make more bricks, only with no more straw, and I had a flashback to a story doing the rounds at my school in the north of England in the sixties. And such is the wonder of the internet, just googling the phrase "Joshua and his wellies" got me this:

http://uk.local.geordie.narkive.com/XGODMhaC/moses-long
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From the bowels
Me
pauldormer
For the third time since turning sixty, I've received an NHS bowel cancer home screening kit through the post. I presume they send them out about every two years.

Part of the kit is a set of cardboard sticks with which you are required to scrape bits of the sample and spread it over the test card.

It has only just occurred to me that they ought to call these poo sticks.
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Helsinki station
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pauldormer
[personal profile] ffutures posted when he was in Helsinki recently that he'd been unable to photograph the architecture of Helsinki central station.

I did manage to take some photographs, and have finally downloaded them from my camera.

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