The Anonymous Widower

Boris Gets A Statue

Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley unveiled a statue called Boris yesterday.  But it is a large polar bear in front of Peter Jones in no way connected to the Mayor of London.

There’s more about the statue here.

I liked it and would vote for Boris to stay.

I doubt a lady who got on the bus towards Wandsworth would though, as she was wearing a fur coat.

January 15, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , , , | Leave a comment

London Moves To Licence Pedicabs

I have seen some horrific incidents with pedicabs and according to this report, it would appear that the Mayor and Transport for London are moving towards licencing them and driving the illegal ones off the road.

Having seen at first hand, how they contribute to jams in the West End, I think it’s about time too! Although, I’ve never ridden in one in this country.

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Seb Coe For London Mayor

He was impressive today on BBC Breakfast.

I think he would make a wonderful successor to Boris.  He’s also only 20/1 with Paddy Power.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

“The Jubilee was one of the greatest aquatic triumphs of the British people”

This was said by Boris Johnson on American television, when he was promoting his book. There’s a video of it here.

Have we ever had a politician like Boris before?

Boris hints that he could be President of the United States as he was born in New York.

I suspect, he’d make a better fist of it, than some of second-raters, who’ve held the job in my lifetime.

June 7, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

The Election That Wasn’t

Has there ever been an election, that was so low key? I haven’t seen one window sticker or been canvassed.  If it wasn’t for the coverage on television and in the papers, you would have thought there was no elections at all. I did see Boris once, but he wasn’t actually doing anything, except being nice to everybody.

The only result that says anything, has been  turn-out of 32 %, that has been the worst for a decade.

I did vote, but the polling station was like a morgue.  I saw two other voters and the one of those had got lost as he tried to find the room, where the vote was taking place.

In some ways the election that matters for London, other than the Mayor, takes place at the weekend in France. Turbulence and political uncertaincy there, will certainly affect London, but until we see the result of the Sarkozy-Hollande run-off, we won’t know how.

May 4, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

The Mayor Calls in the Supersewer

I know it’s election time and there are votes to be won, but I’m pleased that Boris has called in Thames Water proposal for a super sewer under the Thames. As I said in a previous post.

Although I should say, that as someone who has spent a lot of time around project management and managers, I will say that what gets built in the end, will be quite unlike what was originally proposed. That’s what good project management is about.  It makes a project better, cheaper and less disruptive.

Let’s hope the engineers prove me right. Unfortunately, some of the alternatives, like stopping householders from creating hard-staandings in their front garden, are sometimes more unpopular than the super sewer.

April 27, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Man Has Boris Tattooed on his Leg

Each to his own I suppose.  But this?

April 25, 2012 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Voting for the Bus

I was at the Angel yesterday afternoon, waiting for a 38 or 56 to take me home, when a New Bus for London passed the other way going towards Victoria.

The guy standing next to me, asked if I’d ridden the bus and I said several times. We then both agreed that we liked them and I said that as an engineer and a designer, it had a lot of good ideas that would find their way into new buses, making them all better.

He then made the statement, that although he was a lifelong Labour voter, he would be voting for the one candidate, who won’t be scrapping the bus; Boris.

Is this the first time that the man on the Dalston omnibus, has been swayed in his voting preference, by that bus?

April 25, 2012 Posted by | News, Travel, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lord Sugar Doesn’t Back Ken For London Mayor

Lord Sugar is supposed to be a Labour Peer. But here are his words for Ken  Livingstone as reported in the Telegraph.

The Labour peer defied Ed Miliband by telling his 1.8 million followers on Twitter to reject the party’s official candidate.

The intervention could amount to a breach of party rules and is likely to damage the Labour campaign.

“I don’t care if Ed Miliband is backing Livingstone,” Lord Sugar wrote. “I seriously suggest NO ONE votes for Livingstone in the Mayoral elections.”

He added that the contest between the Conservative, Boris Johnson, and Mr Livingstone was a “real issue”. “Livingstone must NOT get in.”

Not very supportive.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Guess Who?

On my trip on the New Bus for London, I sat by the rear platform for a time.  I took this picture.

Guess Who?

Who is it? I should say that Health and Safety regulations, do not require all passengers to wear a parachute on the rear platform of the New Bus for London. There is always a helpful conductor or as I prefer a Bus Captain there to ensure good behaviour.

I should say, that I had a brief chat with the Bus Captain, who very much liked the bus.  I suppose acting as a Rear Gunner chatting to passengers, is better than being shut behind a Plexiglass screen with the money, driving the bus.

If you haven’t identified him yet, here’s a picture after he got off the bus.

Boris on the Stump

It’s only the second time, I’ve ever come across a politician on the stump.  The first time, I was under a car fixing the brakes, when I was called out by a lady canvassing for her local party.  I voted for her, as she apologised for interrupting me.

April 3, 2012 Posted by | Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

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