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Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The first text message was sent 20 years ago today. That makes it quite old doesn’t it?

Most people wouldn’t be able to imagine a time when text messages didn’t exist and certainly wouldn’t be able to manage without them.

According to Ofcom, the average number of texts that each of us sends in a week in the UK is 50, but 12-15 year olds send an average of 193 texts every week!

I don’t send anything like that many, so someone else must be using mine!

I find them useful as I can send one late at night when a phone call is out of the question or contact someone who’s out when I can’t get them on their landline.

It’s nice when I feel my bag vibrate and hear the beep-beep, beep-beep and I know I’ve got a message.

The only problem with them is that sometimes they take hours – or even days – to arrive so you can’t rely on them for urgent messages. I wonder where they go in the meantime?!

Olympic Gold

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Wasn’t it wonderful having the London 2012 Olympic Games here in the UK!

I cleared my diary and treated myself to a seat in front of the TV for all of the Olympics and Paralympics. After all, it won’t happen again here in my life time, will it?

I watched British swimmers, cyclists, althetes, horseriders and other sports men and women who I had never heard of but who are now household names.

It was wonderful to see the support given to them as they were cheered on by the crowd. That must have helped them to win their medals.

The Post Office has celebrated each UK Gold Medal winner by painting a Post Box gold in their honour.

Here’s the one in Cheltenham that was painted gold for Alex Gregory and his Olympic gold medal winning performance in the Men’s Four Rowing. The box is in the Upper High Street.

Gold postbox for Olympian Alex Gregory

Flags and bunting

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Royal Wedding

It was lovely the way that everywhere was decorated with bunting and Union Flags for the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on 29th April 2011. I wish it would happen more often.

Looking for the X Factor in the cold

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

With the finals of X Factor on in a few days time, all the finalists were visiting their home towns with their celebrity mentors yesterday.

I’d heard all about local girl Cher Lloyd visiting her primary school and her home on the local radio. I was due to visit my daughter and I wondered if I’d be able to get there as the radio said that the roads were being cordoned off by the police.

But it was ok, the visit to the school must have finished by the time I got there, and I didn’t know where she lives.

After I’d been at my daughter’s for a while, she said shall we walk round the corner and see what’s going on at Cher’s house. I had no idea that it was so close, so we went to see what was happening.

There were several police cars, quite a few policemen, two identical celebrity cars with black windows, a beautiful vintage Bentley, a small crowd of children and local people, and several TV cameras. The children had been on their way home from their school nearby and I think they just happened across it because of the police prescence.

We knew that Cher and her celebrity mentor Cheryl Cole were inside, and when the policeman told us what time they were due to leave to go to Cher’s free concert for the people of Malvern, we decided we might as well wait and see them come out. We were enjoying the party atmosphere and chatting to the policemen and other people we knew, but it was cold.

We got colder and colder and wondered if we could manage to wait. Eventually we had to give up and go back into the warm. We only missed their exit by 15 minutes as we heard the cheers and shouts from around the corner! It would have been interesting to see how Cher and Cheryl managed to get through the crowd to the waiting cars, but warming my ice cold feet had to come first!

Confusing politics

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I’m puzzled and confused.

Ed Miliband has just been elected as the new leader of the Labour party. His older brother David was also standing in the election, and so he got beaten by his brother.

For days after the election, there was a lot talk in the media about what David would do now. Would he continue in politcs? Now several days later, it’s been announced that he won’t be part of the Shadow Cabinet, but will stay on the back benches.

Why on earth would he do that? By putting his name forward for the Labour leadership election, he was making himself available to be not only the leader of the labour party, but the Prime Minister if the labour party ever won an election.

If he thinks that he has the gifts and skills that are needed to do that, which he obviously does as he put his name forward, why is he refusing to be part of the shadow cabinet? That doesn’t seem right to me, and makes me wonder about his motivation in putting his name forward in the first place.

Flying again

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Flying again

The skies were clear for about a week. No planes whining overhead or writing lines across the sky. The ban on flying was put in place after a volcano near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland spewed out a massive ash cloud that was thought to be capable of damaging plane engines. This security measure left people stranded, unable to return to the UK at the end of their holidays. Now the ban has been lifted and planes are flying again, trying to repatriate stranded people as well as take new passengers to their destinations.

There’s talk in the media questioning who is going to pay. The airlines have lost millions of pounds and some of them are saying that the Government should pay. Is that right? Should taxpayers who can’t afford holidays of their own be expected to subsidise those who can afford them?

Passengers have incurred a lot of extra expense trying to get home using other methods of transport. I think travel insurance should pay for that. If it doesn’t, what’s the point of having it? If claims for the results of the ban put up Travel Insurance premiums, then that’s the price of the situation. I don’t think that those who can’t afford holidays should be forced to subsidise those who can.


Friday, September 11th, 2009

In memory of all the people who died in the 9/11 tragedy eight years ago today……….

Congratulations Mr President

Abbey Road

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

There was traffic chaos in London’s Abbey Road today. The zebra crossing there has been immortalized by appearing on the cover of the Beatles eleventh official UK album named Abbey Road after the recording studios nearby where the Beatles recorded their music.

There are always tourists risking their lives in the busy traffic posing on the crossing to have their photos taken Beatle fashion. It can make life very difficult for taxi drivers, bus drivers and other traffic as they have to wait while people pose.

Today it’s exactly 40 years ago since that first iconic photo was taken, and fans swarmed onto Abbey Road to celebrate and remember.

100 years of Morgan

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I love Morgans. They’re the type of car that makes you smile as you see one go past. I was lucky enough to have a ride in one once when a friend of mine asked her brother to take me out for a drive in his. That was fun. It was summer and the roof was down and everyone looked as we drove past! He worked for Morgan which is why he had one. I think everyone who works for them drives one, which is certainly good publicity for them.

There have been a lot of Morgans on the roads recently because of their 100th anniversary celebrations. Last week as I was travelling to visit someone, my journey took me past the Morgan factory and there were lots of them parked outside. To see one is fun and exciting, but to see so many of them all together was brilliant.

You can see more about their Centenary Festival here.

I took this photo of a Morgan a while ago in Tewkesbury, and you can see the lovely old buildings of that town reflected in the shiny bodywork. You can also see a bit of a reflection of me!

Click on the photo to see it bigger on my Flickr photostream.

100 years of Morgan

That’s one small step for man…….

Monday, July 20th, 2009

It’s 40 years ago today that man first stepped onto another world. While Michael Collins orbited the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended the last 60 miles in the Lunar Excursion Module for the first Moon landing. The world watched and held it’s breath while Neil descended the ladder of the LEM. He paused to check how far the ladder had gone into the surface of the Moon which was only a couple of inches and not the several feet that one scientist had predicted.

Then he stepped down onto the surface of the Moon and uttered those now immortal words “That’s one small step for man….one giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin followed him as the second man to walk on the Moon, one of only 12 men to do so.

On the September 12th 1962 at Rice University, John F. Kennedy made what’s become known as his “We choose to go to the moon” speech.

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win……..
It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear as among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency.”

This day 40 years ago on the 20th July 1969 that dream came true, and the world has never been the same since. This other world exploration gave people hope and let them feel that anything was possible. Over the years since then that hope seems to have melted away as the harsh realities of life and war and economics took hold.

But now there’s talk of new Moon landings. Space exploration hasn’t been forgotten. At this moment the International Space Station is orbitting the Earth with the Space Shuttle Endeavour docked to it. There are a record 13 astonauts above us. They are continuing to enlarge and build the space station where astronauts from different countries work together to experiment and push the boundaries of science.

This photo is my tribute to today’s historic events and is also on my Flickr photostream. I created it using a Vintage Lego Space Crater Moon Base Plate No. 305.

That's one small step.....