The Anonymous Widower

So Who Will Ipswich Be Playing In 2014-5?

I am assuming, that Ipswich at least manage to stay in the Championship next season. After all it is now impossible that they’ll get relegated. And they might go up to the Premiership! But only might!

At least it is unlikely that we will be playing Leicester, as it is not a ground of happy memories for me. Especially, as after one of our losses there, C told me she’d got breast cancer in the morning.

It looks like the other place to go up without a play-off will be either Burnley or Derby. I hope Burnley beat Wigan on Monday, as although I like going to Burnley and will do next Saturday, it is a long way to go for the day.

But who will be coming up to the Championship?

Wolves and Brentford are definitely up and as Molineux is one of my favourite stadia and Brentford is relatively local, I can’t complain there.

The others with chance of promotion would seem to be Leyton Orient, Rotherham, Preston and Peterborough.  My preference is for the Orient, as they are local.

April 19, 2014 Posted by | Sport | | Leave a comment

A Picture With Memories

I first saw this picture from an episode of Mad Men in The Times, but it is prominently displayed here on the Closer web site.

When tights arrived in the 1960s, C bought herself a red pair. She used to wear them with a red maternity dress of a similar style and length to the dress thatJessica Paré is wearing in the picture. C also wore the long blonde hair in a similar style at the time. One difference though is that C would have been in flat shoes.

For many years, we kept the dress, especially as I had made it. but it disappeared a few years ago. The tights lingered on for years too in her tights bag, as for some reason they just didn’t ladder or fail and she probably last wore them in the mid-1990s.

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


At a brief glance, the idea of a flying wind turbine, is akin to putting cows and pigs in the sky.

But enter a company called Altaeros Energies.

Look at their press release and video here.

It may seem wacky and totally off the wall, but the designers could have something.

When I did my electrical engineering degree in the 1960s, power was generated by either water from dams or steam generated by burning coal or oil or from nuclear.

There was no natural gas in the UK, and using it to generate electricity wasn’t in anybody’s book of ideas.

Now a good proportion of our electricity is generated directly from gas.

So don’t make any predictions about how we will generate electricity in ten or twenty years time.

The only certainty, is that a good proportion of our electricity will come from an unexpected source, that is totally discounted or even unheard of at the present time.


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

Après Bob, Le Déluge

It would seem that the successors to Bob Crow at RMT are out to inflict more pain on Londoners, than Bob Crow ever did, with five days of strikes in the next few weeks, as reported here on the BBC.

But Londoners will in the main survive and get on with their business, just as they did when Adolf gave the city, quite a few years of much more dangerous strikes.

As someone, who uses the Underground and Overground a lot, I pass by ticket offices quite a bit. Many are crowded with long queues at the ticket machines.  Only a few stations seem to have long queues at the actual ticket offices themselves.

So to cure the problems of the queues at the ticket machines, Transport for London will introduce more and better machines at stations.

The ability to be able to use a contactless bank card as a ticket as well as Oyster, which is already happening and is supposedly working well on buses, will also contribute to a reduction of those needing the ticket offices.

If the machines and contactless cards do cut all the queues, then we could have have the situation of fully-manned ticket offices, where staff see hardly any customers at all.

Surely, the RMT should be stopping the installation of more ticket machines and the using of contactless bank cards as tickets, if they wanted to stop the closure of ticket offices.

Where else will this worrying new militancy turn up?



April 18, 2014 Posted by | News, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Lights, Fun, Action At Kings Cross

I heard of this art installation in the Standard, so I went to Kings Cross station to have a look.

It’s certainly fun! It’s part of the arts program at Kings Cross and is called Identified Flying Object.  This page gives more details.

It should win an award for the most innovative use of LED ropelights.

However, I do feel there is a case for someone to be on the swing in the middle covered in a few more ropelights or perhaps some photo-luminescent paint.

The possibilities are endless!

April 17, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Snippets From 1862

I’ve just bought a reprint of Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book to London, which was originally published in 1862.

It was bought in Waterstone’s in Islington, as a present for a friend’s birthday, but I spent most of my lunch in Carluccio’s round the corner reading it.  It is full of interesting information and some very surprising differences and facts.

1. Nelson’s Column is known as The Nelson Column.

2. The Houses of Parliament is known as the New Houses of Parliament, as it has just been built.

3. The Crystal Palace gets a lot of pages.

4. There is a lot of description of places anyone familiar with London would recognise.

5. Under rules for railway travellers, it says that passengers are forbidden to smoke on trains or in stations.  But obviously, it was acceptable for the engines to do this!

6.They also have a table of money of all nations. As Germany wasn’t yet united, they have separate rates for Hamburg, Prussia and the German States. The Swiss rate is given against one of their coins, which was a thirty-two franc.

More details on the book are given here.

April 17, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , , | 3 Comments

A Disastrous Year

Not my words, but those of the the Chief Executive of the Co-Operative Group, Richard Pennycock, as reported on the BBC after the groups £2.5billion loss. He went on to add this.

These results should serve as a wake-up call to anyone who doubts just how serious the challenges we face are.

“The scale of this disaster will rightly shock our members, our customers and our colleagues,

The Co-Operative Group of 2015, will be a totally different organisation to what it is now! If it still exists! \which I seriously doubt!

There is one truism in any business that always applies. Unless you are totally professional in all things, then your venture will not succeed, as those that stick to professional principles will put you out of business.

April 17, 2014 Posted by | Business | , | Leave a comment

Not Long Now For The New Pudding Mill Lane Station

The Wharf is reporting that the Stratford top Bow Church section of the DLR will be closed over the weekend.

The DLR has is not running between Stratford and Bow Church from Friday 18 April until Friday 25 April due to Crossrail works at Pudding Mill Lane.

The completion next week will see the opening of the new Puddling Mill Lane station, 100metres from the original.

So it looks like it won’t be long before access to the Olympic Park, the Greenway and the ViewTube is a lot easier.

April 17, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Fracked Or Fiction

I went to the London Geological Society today to see a lecture called.

Fracked or fiction: so what are the risks associated with shale gas exploitation?

The lecture is described here on their web site.

They will put up a video in two or three weeks, which you can watch to make your own mind up.

My overwhelming conclusion after the lecture was that before we can embrace fracking in earnest, we must collect a lot more information. For example, we don’t know the background levels ofearthquakes and natural gas seepage in this country. So if say it is thought, that fracking had caused a small earthquake, can we be sure that that isn’t one that we habitually get in this country.

A secondary conclusion, is that my engineering knowledge indicated that there are several very fruitful areas for the development of new technological solutions to mitigate some of the possible problems of fracking.

Stopping fracking is probably an easy task for opponents, as it can be portrayed as dangerous in several ways, that appeal to the sensationalist media.  And of course the benefits of low gas prices aren’t so obvious, until they actually happen.

You can compare fracking with that other nimby-opposed project; HS2. This can be opposed in terms of noise, vibration and construction and visual disturbance cost, but the benefits of better and faster journeys is easier to understand by the man on the Birmingham train.

April 16, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

What The Heck Is This?

I like properly engineered or crafted products.

What The Heck Is This?

What The Heck Is This?

As a clue, it is cast in solid brass!

Can anybody tell me, what to use it for?

April 16, 2014 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments


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