The Anonymous Widower

Match Three – Birmingham 2 Ipswich 2

Birmingham City is one of the easier away grounds to get to at a weekend, as to get to the ground it’s a ten minute walk from Bordesley station.

But yesterday, I decided to try to use the buses, so I was told to get a 17 from outside Moor Street station. I managed it easily to get there, but coming home, I would have had to wait fifteen minutes for a bus, so I virtually walked it back into the centre, before I got a taxi from the Coach Station to New Street station.

The dangerous roads were no better.

I know most away fans, these days go by coach or car, but surely, as Leeds do, they should organise a taxi queue after the match for the lost. Birmingham City might do, but the stewards had no idea.

As it was I missed my 22:10 station and had to wait for the 23:10. At least though, I was able to buy some gluten-free sandwiches and a drink in the Marks there and New Street is not the dismal, dirty and draughty station of the near past.

Late Night Sandwiches

Late Night Sandwiches

I actually had a choice of two types. When did a coeliac last have a choice of gluten-free sandwiches at 23:00 anywhere?

The Virgin train was the pick-up-the-stragglers service from Edinburgh and made it home a few minutes early, so I was in bed at a reasonable hour.

The football was another scrappy match, but at least we scraped a draw in the last minute.

August 20, 2014 Posted by | Food, Sport, Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

Flowers Maketh The City

Wandering round Birmingham yesterday, I was pleased to see the city was more colourful.

There’s no doubt in my mind, that flowers can improve the city.

Birmingham at the present time, also has a floral trail linked to the anniversary of the Great War.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

The Staffordshire Hoard

I hadn’t realised that the Staffordshire Hoard is on display in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Because the Museum shuts at 17:00, I was too late to see it before the football.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Birmingham Has Now Got Liths

I was pleased to see that Birmingham has now got maps on liths all over the city centre.

It certainly makes finding your way easier and I used a totally different and more interesting route to get to Carluccio’s from Moor Street station.

Now they need decent street and route maps on every bus stop in the city.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

A Stroke Of Genius

As I walked through the centre of Birmingham, I came across a very crowded square.

It was Genius giving out free gluten-free toasted sandwiches.

What a good marketing idea!

I don’t actually eat Genius bread any more as my local Waitrose doesn’t stock it and I do like Marks and Spencer’s new gluten free breads. They also keep longer in the bread bin!

There’s a gluten-free bread war out thereand the only beneficiaries will be those like me, who have or wish to avoid gluten.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

The Trams Are Arriving At Birmingham New Street

This picture was the best I could take, which shows the work on the Midland Metro to bring it to Birmingham New Street station.

The Trams Are Arriving At Birmingham New Street

The Trams Are Arriving At Birmingham New Street

It is scheduled to open in 2015 and will eventually go on to the Town Hall and Centenary Square in 2017.

There is also news today, that the operator will make a decision, whether to order more Spanish-built trams by the end of the year.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Bad Sign Layout At Piccadilly Circus

It’s not often that the London Underground gets its signage wrong.

Bad Sign Layout At Piccadilly Circus

Bad Sign Layout At Piccadilly Circus

But they have here, as you can’t see the train indicator, as it’s positioned behind the Way Out sign!

August 19, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

How Chemistry Overcame Politics

I sometimes describe myself as an engineer/scientist, despite the fact that I made most of my money by programming computers.

So this morning, this article entitled Thatcher and Hodgkin: How chemistry overcame politics,  on the BBC’s web site caught my eye. Here’s the introduction.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize, a play – The Chemistry Between Them – has been written, looking at her friendship with Margaret Thatcher. Its creator Adam Ganz describes their ongoing mutual respect.

Whether you love or hate Margaret Thatcher, you must read the article about the relationship between two of the most influential British women of the twentieth century. There is this significant paragraph.

It’s a peculiar fact that the UK’s Margaret Thatcher and Germany’s Angela Merkel both studied science at university, yet no male leader of either country has had a science degree.

Is the lack of scientific knowledge amongst world leaders the reason, why the world is in such a mess?

I shall be listening to the play on Radio 4.

As regards the play, I can’t think of a serious play or film, with the exception of The Killing of Sister George and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, that has two female leads and no significant male parts.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Bank To Avoid

After lunch with a friend in Hampstead, she needed to pay in some cheques to her account. So she walked into this bank.

A Bank To Avoid

A Bank To Avoid

We must have been in there about half an hour.

An automated machine managed to eat my friend’s cheques and only after emptying the machine and going to the counter, was she able to get a human to accept her cheques.

I don’t think I’ll be moving my account to this bank.

As we walked up the road to the Underground, I advised my friend to put her £2 12s. 9p. somewhere more customer friendly, like the First National Bank of Ferguson.

August 18, 2014 Posted by | Finance | | Leave a comment

What Do They Mean By An Organic Pharmacy?

I passed this shop in Hampstead today.

The Organic Pharmacy

The Organic Pharmacy

But what do they mean by an organic pharmacy?

Does it mean that all products sold, have come from an organic agricultural or horticultural route?

Or does it mean that it only sells organic compounds? This is Wikipedia’s first paragraph.

An organic compound is any member of a large class of gaseous, liquid, or solid chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon. For historical reasons discussed below, a few types of carbon-containing compounds such as carbides, carbonates, simple oxides of carbon (such as CO and CO2), and cyanides are considered inorganic.[1] The distinction between organic and inorganic carbon compounds, while “useful in organizing the vast subject of chemistry… is somewhat arbitrary.

So surely as some important things you buy in a pharmacy like soap are inorganic compounds, if it’s the second definition, you have a problem about what you can buy there. You could certainly buy Vaseline there, as it’s petroleum jelly and petrol is a hydrocarbon, which makes it organic.

I think I’ll march to Boots!

August 18, 2014 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment


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