Archive for September, 2010

From Twitter 09-29-2010

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
  • 11:43:19: Good morning (still). Have dressed my foot myself; I think successfully. Looks good, not as much goo as before. Off to Tate for Gauguin!
  • 23:24:38: @sbrettell Don’t worry; professionals look at it periodically. It was much worse in May, believe me!
  • 23:25:18: Well, tweeps & peeps, the Gauguin exhibition is seen (great! You should all come to London to see it), and tapioca pudding is made. Sleep!
  • 23:26:23: @GaySkyHooker Hugs; I hope everything will be OK. Wish I could be there to offer support…

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Today’s Classical Humour

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Julius Caesar walks into a local bar.

“I’ll have a martinus.” he says.

Bartender: “Don’t you mean a martini?”

“Look, buddy. If I want more than one, I’ll let you know.”

(drum riff)

From Twitter 09-28-2010

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
  • 18:35:20: RT @momfood: Reading blogs today & glad I have a rule of not commenting if I can’t think of anything nice to say. #bigmeanie < quite right 2
  • 19:25:21: @jonk “milpitas funk” sounds like a pretty serious sexually transmitted disease! Take your penicillin!!
  • 19:27:36: RT @Rainer_Seiffert: God always takes the simplest way.-Albert Einstein

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From Twitter 09-27-2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
  • 00:06:49: @soveren Doesn’t bother me. They would probably have no terrestrial reception (like us) because of large building across the street.
  • 00:09:27: Tweeps & peeps, another week ends. Off to the land of nod. Nothing on tap for Monday but HWMBO is on holiday, so lazy times w/ the husband!
  • 11:24:24: Good morning, all. HWMBO is on holiday this week, so more travelling around is indicated. Visits to Tates are likely. Chair-buying this PM.
  • 13:24:53: RT @momfood: @chrishansenhome And when you wake, there will be meatloaf. 🙂 << hee hee hee. Thanks!
  • 23:27:33: Off to bed, tweeps & peepsw. Tate Britain tomorrow. Sleep now! Be good while I’m away…

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Rowan Williams opens his mouth yet again to insert foot deeper

Monday, September 27th, 2010

In a comment on this post which repeats my inconsequential Tweets so that posterity will remember them. asks: Why are you Tweeting when Rowan Atkinson Rowan Williams is addressing the “gays in the clergy” issue???? We want your views. What is referring to is the remark by His Grace the Most Rev’d and Rt. Hon. Rowan Douglas Williams, PC, by the Grace of God Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury and Primate of All England that he has no problem with gay bishops as long as they remain celibate.

This is not news. From the beginning of this controversy (at least in England) with the appointment of Jeffrey John as Bishop of Reading in the diocese of Oxford, it has been clear that in the opinion of all except for the most rabid of Evangelicals celibate gay men (in England) or lesbians (in other more enlightened parts of the world) may be consecrated bishops in the local Anglican churches. But the Archbishop says that his major objection to non-celibate lesbian or gay clergy is that it is divisive in the Anglican Communion because of theological objections in some provinces thereof.

Now, the first difficulty with this is that, for example, the ordination of woman deacons and priests is not allowed in all provinces of the Anglican Communion (South East Asia, for example) or in all areas of all provinces (the diocese of Sydney in the Anglican Church of Australia does not ordain women as priests, only as deacons, while the rest of that province not only ordains women as deacons and priests, but consecrates them as bishops).

If Rowan were to be consistent, he would have to hold that the ordination of women should not have gone ahead until there was a consensus in all provinces that woman’s ordination was permissible. He does not so hold, and points to a resolution of the Lambeth Conference that such ordinations are permissible under “local option”. Well, the Anglican Communion is a collection of autonomous provinces, only one of which (the Church of England by law Established) answers to the Archbishop of Canterbury. If local option is good enough for permitting woman’s ordination, it should be good enough for the ordination and consecration of lesbians and gay men.

The second difficulty is that the Archbishop threw Dr. John to the Evangelical wolves when objections were raised to his becoming a bishop. Dr. John avers (and we have no evidence to the contrary) that he has been in a celibate relationship for many years, and I believe he is telling the truth. Thus while on the one hand the Archbishop is saying that celibate gay men may be consecrated as bishops, and on the other he persuaded Dr. John to withdraw his acceptance of appointment because of the noisy Evangelicals in the Church of England who were against it. Dr. John is now Dean of St. Albans, and was in the running for Bishop of Southwark until the Archbishop (who presided over the committee that recommends appointments of Bishops to the Prime Minister) reportedly vetoed his inclusion on the list.

What the Archbishop is showing is a tendency to throw away his theological opinions when he senses that they are a threat to the unity of the Anglican Communion or of the Church of England. This results in a great case of cognitive dissonance—he has previously expressed in his writings and teaching the opinion that he sees no theological objections to the full inclusion of lesbians and gay men in the life of the Church. When one believes one thing and does another, this creates a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety in a person. Thus the next bit of my post, some of which is copied from a post I made to another venue.

I saw a news item this weekend that stated that the Archbishop of Canterbury will not serve until he is obliged to retire (age 70 in the Church of England).

This is good news for the C of E and the Anglican Communion. What worries me is that the Archbishop (now 60) will retire at or before his 65th birthday. That would mean that his successor is chosen by the current Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron.

I have discovered that, reversing the decision of Gordon Brown to only require one name for episcopal appointments, Cameron has gone back to the historic tradition of requiring two names from the Appointments Committee, from which Cameron will pick one to send to the Queen for appointment. There are rumours (which I am discounting, but which may be true) that the two names that Southwark sent to the Prime Minister have been sent back, one for being too liberal, one for not fitting the profile of the Diocese. I do not think that this could have happened without it being announced, as the Appointments Committee would have to reconvene to send two more names (as happened when Tony Blair, crypto-Roman PM at the time, sent back the two names for Liverpool early in his premiership). However, it is still a possibility.

The trick to getting the Prime Minister to appoint the man you want to become Bishop when you must submit two names is to submit the name of your preferred candidate first, and submitting second the name of someone so obviously unsuitable for the post that the Prime Minister will inevitably pick the one you prefer. However, this has boomeranged in the past. In 1990, when Archbishop Runcie retired and two names were submitted to be his successor, there was one candidate whose name was submitted first (there are rumours around of who that might have been), and a second name so obviously unsuitable that Margaret Thatcher would not appoint him. The second name was that of the relatively new Bishop of Bath and Wells, one George Carey. He retired as Archbishop of Canterbury in the early part of the 21st Century and is now in the House of Lords as the Rt Rev’d and Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton. PC, DD.

The successor to Rowan Williams should be someone who is a consensus-builder, has a truly Anglican view of the Communion, and does not think of himself (or, perhaps by then, herself) as an Anglican Pope. Cameron is unlikely to look with favour on such a candidate.

By consensus-builder I do not mean someone who tries to find the lowest-common denominator among the Provinces and settle on that. By consensus-builder I mean someone who is able to forcefully lead, with persuasive arguments, robust debate, and vigourous advocacy of a consistent theological worldview. Williams was thought (by some) to be that person. Instead, he is a very poor communicator, inclined to overlong and overcomplex replies to relatively simple questions as well as a misguided view of what the Archbishop’s position in the Anglican Communion should be (he is not some Anglican “pope”) and a terribly misguided view of what the Anglican Communion is (it is not a unified worldwide church, like the Roman Catholic Church, but a federation of autonomous provinces who look to the Church of England or the Scottish Episcopal Church as their “mother” churches but who, on the whole, manage their own affairs in their own provinces).

By the time Williams retires I believe that the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church in Wales, and perhaps the churches of Australia and New Zealand will be out of the orbit of the Archbishop of Canterbury. But the wrong person chosen as Archbishop will have a devastating effect on the Church of England. In 5 years the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, will be 66 and thus probably too old to take it. The current Bench of Bishops is conspicuously thin on the ground of good diocesan bishops. If Nick Baines (Suffragan Bishop of Croydon in the Diocese of Southwark) has gotten a diocese and settled in by then, he would make a good candidate. But we need to be very wary of a new ABC. After all, we have suffered since 1990 with two very unsuitable Archbishops and a third one in a row would mean misgovernment of the Church for at least 30 years.

A humourous postscript: A Welsh politician has upbraided Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales, for stating in an interview that if he is with Rowan Williams and wants to say something in private, they switch to speaking Welsh. The politico says that this reinforces the stereotype of non-Welsh people entering a pub in northern Wales and hearing everyone switch to speaking Welsh as soon as they see that strangers have entered. That was exactly my experience the one time I went to north Wales, so perhaps it’s more than a stereotype.

From Twitter 09-26-2010

Monday, September 27th, 2010
  • 18:44:42: @jonk Nah, prison gruel was salted, not sweet, and no milk, I’ll bet. You wouldn’t have liked it.
  • 18:45:51: @PlayboyAdonis Your warning to new followers is why your old followers really love your tweets. Keep it up!
  • 20:07:07: @soveren @jonk British jails are not holiday homes–they’re just as bad as most US prisons, but not as bad as Changi…
  • 23:26:19: RT @ixthel15: By the way, finding a “rich italian guy” isn’t going to make your heroin addiction any better(:<< It would be more affordable!

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 09-25-2010

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
  • 07:35:56: Morning, tweeps & peeps. Meeting in Kenton this morning, otherwise nothing. Need a break from horrible day yesterday.
  • 20:47:04: You know, Microsnort Natural KBs are great, except for the back feet, which suck bigtime. They break if you look at them & no replacements!
  • 21:07:25: RT @PlayboyAdonis: I hate when I cum and my nutt shoots onto black carpet. &lt;&lt; replace the carpet!
  • 21:10:53: RT @cemab4y: Beer is proof that god wants us 2 b happy
  • 21:19:48: @PlayboyAdonis Perhaps get a white carpet and a carpet shampooer next time! Just kidding…take pictures of the black one w/ nutt.
  • 21:20:50: RT @momfood: @chrishansenhome I am NOT playing Twister at THAT guy’s house. &lt;&lt; @PlayboyAdonis take note! 😉
  • 21:21:43: @sshawnn I wouldn’t mind black shag carpet.
  • 21:22:24: @jonk What I want to see imported into England are Fritos! I miss fritos … 🙁
  • 21:23:26: @sbrettell Your granny was very wise. I can only vote for federal offices and Nixon is dead…
  • 21:24:07: @soveren I like dunking biscuits in hot coffee. I used to dunk Doritos in salsa. I gave it up for Lent or something…
  • 21:25:09: @sshawnn Well, if it’s shag carpet then stains r appropriate, no? Anyway, were I there it would not get as far as the carpet…
  • 21:26:32: @soveren Fritos Corn Chips. They are very moreish corn chips and I could eat a ton of them…
  • 21:27:15: @sshawnn Thengyew, thengyew! (takes bow)
  • 21:36:08: @jonk oh, how I wish you hadn’t posted that link to the Frito story. I am now ravenous for Fritos and have none…**wah**
  • 21:37:38: @jonk @soveren I made 2 bourbon sweet potato pies for the wrap party of the musical Oklahoma! I was in 13 years ago…deelish!
  • 21:38:23: @soveren THERE IS NOTHING IN THE UK REMOTELY LIKE FRITOS! I HAVE SPOKEN!!! **wah* I want Fritos!!
  • 21:44:18: @soveren BBQ Fritos are an abomination and the only packets of plain are too small. I want the giant family packs that last a long time*wah*
  • 21:45:01: I may get my friend Chaz to import a few pounds of Fritos next time he comes here from New York.
  • 21:45:51: @momfood Thanks…I needed a smilie around then.
  • 21:49:04: Well, tweeps, I need to get away from Twitter as it’s making me slaver for Fritos. I am bereft. See you tomorrow…be good,

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From Twitter 09-24-2010

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
  • 10:41:10: @mariocruzxxx Thanks. If it doesn’t go away soon I suspect it’ll be around for a while. Will do some research on tinnitus and antibiotics…
  • 10:42:14: #FF @mariocruzxxx because he’s a really great guy, cute, and reads Twitter…
  • 10:43:03: @momfood Oh, I no longer make any predictions about how long it will take to be rid of all this. No one seems to know so I just endure…:-(
  • 10:43:51: #FF @momfood because you know your mom would want you to or would love to know that you do!
  • 14:47:52: Just filled out my California absentee ballot: Boxer and Pelosi. Now to get it posted.
  • 14:49:23: @mariocruzxxx Ouch! Will get my GP to look next week when I have an appointment.
  • 23:06:25: @jonk @soveren Perhaps I’ll get some Doritos and crunch them in front of the monitor…
  • 23:08:29: @jonk @soveren I have lime flavoured ones…perhaps they don’t sell them in the US?
  • 23:09:41: Anyway, tweeps & peeps, time to retire. I hope tomorrow is a better day but hope always springs eternal…play nice now!

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My terrible day&#8212London Stabbie is back.

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Part of this I can’t talk about, as it upsets me too much. It doesn’t have anything to do with my health, but it left me a gibbering wreck for most of the afternoon. It is not bad, and it will not leave me with anything but nightmares. Enough of that. I would talk about it but it would squick you all out and if HWMBO ever found out (no, it has nothing to do with any other human being) he would be squicked even more than me. So, enough of that. Sorry to be so opaque. Maybe I can talk about it in the future.

Second: my new monitor. I bought a new Samsung monitor, 24″ (but who’s a size queen—not me!) as mine was a bit smaller and HWMBO’s even smaller and older still. So the plan was to install the Samsung monitor on my desk, my Dell monitor on his computer, and then his current Dell monitor upstairs, moving the Sun Sparcstation 5 up there.

The Samsung B2430 is a good monitor: very sharp, good controls, just barely fits on my desktop, but that’s OK—I counted on that. What pisses me off is the truly abysmal setup for the driver and the software. It is, unfortunately, not plug-and-play. I suspect that most monitors aren’t. However, what I do expect is that when I put the CD in the drive, and select the model number, the setup works fine. This didn’t.

My default browser is Chrome. Unfortunately, the setup for the monitor driver installation is integrated with your browser—as long as your default browser is IE. If it is something else, the installation program trundles silently along, then falls off a cliff after around 3 minutes and tells you that, sorry old chap, you need IE to install this driver automatically. Otherwise, run it from the CD.

So I went to the CD and ran the installation. The first thing it did was uninstall a driver that it had previously installed. OMGWTF??? It told me it hadn’t installed the driver! Well, perhaps it only installed part of the driver. Then when I tried to reinstall the driver it told me (after much faffing around) that it couldn’t find the driver on the CD. Lather. Rinse. Repeat twice.

As a software tester I do not take NO for an answer. So I changed my default browser to IE and installed it automatically. Of course (you guessed it!) IE first uninstalled the driver and then reinstalled it, this time successfully. The monitor now works and I have a lot more desktop real estate as well as a very good resolution and wonderful video. But I was reduced to swearing maniacally at Samsung, the driver, the installer, and life in general. My grandfather used to get like that when something he was doing around the house didn’t work. I take after him.

The only installer that beats Samsung for idiocy is the HP software installer. I presume that the programmer who wrote HP’s installer moved over to Samsung to infuriate a new generation of computer users. London Stabbie would like to talk to him. Sternly. He might not survive the encounter.

Third, I did not have to have a visit from the District Nurse today, for the first time since I left the hospital. I have been having recurring bouts of tinnitus in my right ear, but couldn’t figure out what was causing it. When I looked at the information folder that comes with the teicoplanin (the antibiotic I was taking each day) I discovered that tinnitus is a recognised side-effect. Oh, crap. So when I went to the foot clinic yesterday, I told the doctor that I thought I ought to be switched off the teicoplanin because of tinnitus. He conferred with the Professor, who said, “You’ll have to have a blood test to see whether you are still infected and one for renal function.”

Oh, crap and crap. When Ian (the cute Pinoy nurse) came to draw blood out of my PICC line, we got 1-1/2 vials out. Then, nothing! The PICC line was clogged. I am now a veteran of this, so I waited while Ian got a 5ml syringe (this one has the highest pressure) and pushed some saline into the line. It then unclogged, but what a pain in the arse. Luckily the clot was not very big or else I’d have had a coronary right there—I now know why they have a resuscitation kit there.

The Professor said I’d have to wait for the results of the blood test. So I waited. Had my lunch (they supplied the insulin), and then waited some more. I was there, in total, from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Ian then came out and asked if I was allergic to penicillin. For the umpteenth time, I said that I wasn’t; they should have known that, as I was taking amoxicillin and flucloxicillin for months last year. But, this is a new year, and new possibilities for allergic reactions, I suppose. I don’t want Stabbie to get after Ian; he’s too cute for that (but straight). But someone needs to pay. I shall think and get back to you. They now gave me a prescription for…amoxicillin and flucloxicillin. Just what I’d had before. I was so upset and annoyed by this time that I just went home.

I got the “welcome” news that I probably have two to four weeks to wait before they debride the bone out of the wound on the side of my foot. Oh joy. That particular ulcer will not start to heal until the bone is out of the way. One of the wound specialists said that I should have the Foot Clinic do it as I have no feeling in my feet. Well, I’d rather they took precautions with local anesthetics than discover, belatedly, that I actually do have a bit of feeling on that side.

I know that lots of other people have had crap weeks, some of whom are on my lj friends list. My woes are mine alone, and I do not compare them with anyone else’s woes. I hope that all our woes are taken care of, soon. Stabbie’s onto mine as we speak!

There will always be an England, Royal Department

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The National Catholic Reporter, a generally liberal Roman Catholic newspaper published in the US but with a worldwide circulation via the Internet, published a column today by a professor named Eugene Cullen Kennedy. The column deals with the meeting between Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI. In this column was the paragraph:

For the queen, who once publicly admitted to having an anus horribilis — a really bad year — has seen the traditions of the royal family disrupted by more problems with love, estrangement, and loss than Shakespeare ever piled into a play. It is difficult for the queen to be a symbol of stability when she knows that her

Flight, if you’re in good shape

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Leonardo daVinci sketched out plans for an ornithopter—a flying machine which “flapped its wings”. Such a machine was thought to be impractical.

Until now.

Scientists at the University of Toronto (hi, ) have constructed and flown such a machine 145 meters (around 476 feet). The video is embedded in this Register article. I must say, that the video of the actual flight is one of the most beautiful sights one can see—an airplane gently flapping its wings like a seagull. Go and see it. And remember: when a scientist says that something is impossible, it may be impossible today, but it rarely stays impossible forever.

From Twitter 09-23-2010

Friday, September 24th, 2010
  • 00:02:17: Well, tweeps & peeps, I’m off to bed. Made a meatloaf tonight, 1/2 way finished with a @momfood entry with pics.
  • 08:19:45: Good morning, all. Foot clinic later on this morning, then nothing at all. Hope to be taken off IV antibiotics today–first time since May.
  • 22:27:53: @momfood Glad you liked ’em. Horrible day: the quack kept me from 10:30am-4:30pm…most of that in the waiting room.
  • 22:29:13: Well, all, horrible day at the quack’s. Kept me for 6 hours just for a blood test, then took me off the IV antibiotic for oral…
  • 23:29:38: Ok, must tear myself away from the computer and get a few hours sleep. Play nice. Hope that my tinnitus goes away tins evening.

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From Twitter 09-22-2010

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
  • 10:40:38: Good morning, all. Hope you’re all well this morning. Quite grey in London.
  • 12:41:27: @JoexEd I knew that…just having a bit of fun…
  • 12:42:02: @sonicchubb Well, Happy Hump Day to you!!

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From Twitter 09-21-2010

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
  • 11:31:18: Good morning all, just. Light day today; resting up for Lodge of Instruction tonight in Kenton. What are y’all up to?
  • 16:04:06: @hungskateboy We’d love to have you here in London…you’d be an asset to the city.
  • 16:06:07: RT @davidhoang: “Pluto’s not even a planet no more, which I’m very disturbed about. I grew up when Pluto was a planet. ”

Happy birthday, <lj user=”chrisloup”>&#8230;

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 09-20-2010

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
  • 09:42:58: Morning, all! Happy Monday to you all!
  • 14:25:14: I think they grilled him… RT DentonPolice: 09/19/2010 20:46 | 26 yo | NO DRIVER’S LICENSE | RAN RED LIGHT
  • 21:01:54: RT @CBCNews: Gay couple awarded $13.4K for rental refusal
  • 21:08:15: RT @soveren: 5 fire engines went by in 3 despatches wonder what’s going on &lt;&lt; The pizzas were ready…
  • 21:17:41: RT @asongforxx: Gay Best Friend xD
  • 21:40:14: RT @integrityusa: Past Integrity President makes presentation to House of Bishops meeting
  • 21:54:34: @angelxxxcruz Old Joke: Q: Do you smoke after sex? A: I don’t know, I never looked.
  • 21:58:32: RT @corvedacosta: “…the inner-city…makes us wiser” &lt;&lt; It can make you deader, too, through no fault of your own…
  • 23:20:25: Well, time to hit the hay. HWMBO is ironing. I have finished a draft of a recipe for the Momfood Project (@momfood) but need to polish…

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From Twitter 09-19-2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010
  • 16:51:00: @sbrettell There are enough gay priests to make any number of saints…believe me, I know.
  • 18:30:32: RT @BryanthePanda: I feel like I can blow fire. &lt;&lt; That’s really hot…
  • 19:13:13: @BryanthePanda I had chronic bronchitis as a child. Use a steam inhaler; this will break the congestion. Follow your GP’s advice! Hugs!
  • 23:21:31: Well, all, time for bed, I think. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. (It’s not a long list…)

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From Twitter 09-18-2010

Sunday, September 19th, 2010
  • 07:24:50: RT @TheBlackoutBlog: Cumbia. It’s like salsa, but drunk.
  • 07:30:18: Frodo yesterday, Samwise today? RT DentonPolice: 09/17/2010 2333 | 20 yo | REGISTRATION/EXPIRED MOTOR VEHICLE
  • 09:19:41: All you tweeps who want to hear the latest from @50cent go by his Twitter feed. Detachable penises and pubic topiary are the latest…
  • 09:21:17: RT @50cent: I really think if the world good see my dick I’d be a bigger star &lt;&lt; The perfect penis enlarger: #fame ?
  • 11:22:51: RT @50cent: Ok I’m back I just shaved the poodle so now every one knows I’m blow job ready &lt;&lt; Oh, Lord have mercy!
  • 14:53:00: #ff (a bit late) @sonicchubb @kid1213 both worth following for lots of reasons, mainly they’re funny guys
  • 18:35:32: @jonk I prefer Irish Spring. I get friends to import it for me as you can’t buy it here.
  • 18:49:02: RT @angelxxxcruz: If I died today… What would you say at my funeral! &lt;&lt; Angel was the best! I’ll miss him!
  • 19:03:42: @sbrettell No, not particularly…have there been some? Where are they?
  • 20:35:12: @jonk Oic…deodorant soap here is such sh*t that I need to import Irish Spring.
  • 20:35:26: @sbrettell NO, I’m pretty Popephobic so have tried to ignore all that stuff.
  • 20:36:35: RT @Traphik: waking up in a different city always makes me poop twice as much. i love it. thank you, vancouver! &lt;&lt; travel: better than x-lax
  • 23:24:20: Well, tweeps & peeps, need to hit the hay soon. Be good and play nice. And if you see @50cent , offer him some baby powder; he’ll need it.
  • 23:30:16: @davidhoang One usually wishes Jews “an easy fast” on Yom Kippur. “Happy” Yom Kippur = “Happy” Good Friday. Just sayin’

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Singapore had a flutter on gambling&#8230;

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

…and it seems Singapore may be losing.

I think that when I heard that Singapore was going to allow casino gambling I was mildly surprised, as the little red dot, as some Singaporeans affectionately refer to their country, is known for being somewhat Puritanical on the surface. Prostitution in private quarters is legal, with government-mandated monthly medical checks and, of course, taxation. While homosexual acts are illegal under the notorious Section 377A, there has been only one arrest under this section in a very long time (and that only recently). There are gay saunas, which are tolerated by the government. There is a government lottery as well, to satisfy the gambling instincts that many Asian men and women have.

When I then discovered that Singaporeans were to be charged Sg$100 (US$74 or GBP47) daily to enter the casino to gamble, I figured that would deter all but the most intrepid gambler. However, it turns out that the casinos laid on free transport from the government-developed housing estates direct to the gambling dens, and that many Singaporeans were using them, paying the Sg$100, and going at the slot machines. The lure of winnings seems to have been able to overcome the deterrence of the entry fee.

So, of course, the gahmen (I think that the Singlish word for “government” is so much easier to type and so very evocative that I’m going to use it for the rest of this piece) has told the casinos to put the free buses back in the garages. I don’t believe that losing the free buses is going to deter anyone from going from Ang Mo Kio to the casinos if a Sg$100 charge doesn’t.

The article also mentions that many people have been caught cheating in the casinos and stiff sentences have been handed out to them by the Singapore courts. Stiff sentences? In Singapore? In other news, the Pope has declared that he is truly Catholic and scientists have announced that they have discovered scat in the woods that is definitely that of bears.

The upside of all this is that the casinos have been successful in their main mission: that of relieving millions of new tourists to Singapore of their money and funnelling huge amounts of cash to the Singapore gahmen. In gambling-mad Asia, legalised gambling is almost bound to be a success. Macau up until recently through gambling drew many millions of tourists to a place that was pretty devoid of much else to do. They now have competition from a destination that is at the same time bigger (Singapore is, I think, bigger than Macau), more easily reached by air, and more interesting generally. I’ve been in both places and Macau (at least in 1997) was pretty uninteresting and the casinos quite tired. Singapore is well-connected, close by land and air to Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, and has good shopping, so that the missus can get her designer fashions while her husband spends his time at the blackjack table.

In general, Singapore has been seen as a place which is relatively clean, both in gahmen and on the streets, pretty moralistic, pretty safe, and somewhat dull. Kind of like Las Vegas up until the end of the Second World War.

My prediction? The casinos will lobby the Singapore gahmen to either drop the Sg$100 charge altogether, or make it less onerous. The casinos can’t leave: they’ve invested too much money in Singapore and they’ve made too much money as well. But keeping the aunties and uncles at the slot machines will be the next frontier for the casino owners.

From Twitter 09-17-2010

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
  • 16:51:45: @angelxxxcruz Good luck! I’m certain you’ll seize whatever opportunity there is and ride it to victory!
  • 16:56:30: @GaySkyHooker Doesn’t matter who was in the audience; that’s a great feat. I couldn’t have given a speech at that short notice! Well done!
  • 17:43:28: RT @angelxxxcruz: @chrishansenhome awww thx! &lt;&lt; anytime! you’re the best!
  • 23:53:43: OK, tweeps & peeps; I’ve been tuckered out all evening after making risotto for HWMBO so off to the Land of Nod. Play nice, now!

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Friday, September 17th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 09-16-2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010
  • 00:31:54: @Beschizza Hansen’s corollary to that law: Every diner in NYC has the same blue Greek-motif takeaway coffee cup. There’s only one extant!
  • 00:43:55: @JoexEd – Yummy…we want to see more…
  • 00:45:25: Finally we are ready for bed. Play nice, tweeps. See you tomorrow. (Peeps, too!) (Note to @trawnapanda: not that kind…)
  • 17:38:09: RT @jonk: typed “e-male” instead of “e-mail” *sigh* &lt;&lt; hm…Freudian slip??
  • 21:34:46: RT @JoexEd: @chrishansenhome more? &lt;&lt; Yeah, more. Please. (sorry this is late)
  • 21:36:24: RT @angelxxxcruz: In honor of mother gaga …. I will be stripping in a bacon thong! &lt;&lt; Ur so hot the bacon will be sizzling and well crisp!
  • 21:39:30: Hobbits are very quick! RT DentonPolice: 09/16/2010 13:53 | 26 years old | Bond: $452 | SPEEDING 50 IN A 35 MPHZ
  • 21:41:21: RT @JoexEd: I’m hoping to be a success 🙂 &lt;&lt; Better be prepared if someone flashes you…
  • 22:02:05: RT @MrMartiii: If the Pope is here for 4 days, does that mean 4 days of tweet after tweet about him? If so, Twitter vacation time. &lt;U betcha
  • 22:02:44: RT @JoexEd: @chrishansenhome oh I am &lt;&lt; Make sure someone takes pictures, now.
  • 23:50:55: Well, tweeps & peeps, now that the Pope’s compared atheists to Nazis we need to invoke Godwin’s law & ship him back to Rome. Nite-nite all!

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From Twitter 09-15-2010

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

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From Twitter 09-14-2010

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
  • 09:19:26: Morning all. Clinic appointment later. Feeling OK today for a change. Hope y’all are doing well.
  • 12:03:23: RT @JonSHarvey @Kevin_Maguire Atheist union leader Mark Serwotka named on the Tablet’s list of 100 most influential Catholics. Make that 99
  • 23:12:23: Well, tweeps and peeps, back to bed now…tomorrow will be restful, I hope…
  • 23:15:56: Josh is an All-American boi… RT DentonPolice: 09/14/2010 16:50 | 26 yo | NO DRIVER’S LICENSE

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Incredible India from <lj user=”disjecta”>

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

My LJ friends who do not follow should take a look at his journal entries on India, especially Kashmir. He has recently returned from a trip to Kashmir and the photos he has brought back with him are absolutely stunning! You’re missing out if you don’t go there immediately.

From Twitter 09-13-2010

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
  • 23:25:29: O Twitter, I’ve neglected you today. I’m about to go to bed and suddenly I remember you. Hope y’all are well & have played nice today. Cya!

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From Twitter 09-12-2010

Monday, September 13th, 2010
  • 16:47:12: @weeteck Don’t forget to get in touch with me–we can have lunch or dinner or something…
  • 17:14:49: RT @urbanbohemian: RT @fredosan: OH at way too early breakfast meeting: “Hash browns? Those are more like hash off whites!”
  • 21:16:27: Well, all, time for an early bed. Will make one phone call, then off to the land of Nod. Sweet dreams, all.

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There Will Always be an England, Department of Patriotic Music

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Saturday night was the Last Night of the Proms. This is a more than 100-year-old tradition of closing the BBC Proms with an evening of some edgy new music, followed by patriotic songs of yesteryear, closed by the National Anthem.

As a transplanted USan, I can think of no national event in America that rivals the Last Night of the Proms. Imagine the Royal Albert Hall full of a mixture of revelers and people in formal evening dress. Many of them carry flags on poles to be waved during the last few pieces of the night: Union Flags, of course, but flags of nations and regions all over the world: English, Scottish, Ulster, Welsh, Pink Union Flags (for the gay contingent), Australian, New Zealand, Cornish, even a couple of US and European Union flags were seen. No vuvuzelas, thank God, but a few air horns that might be let off at suitable intervals. Then the (American) soprano, dressed as Britannia in a headdress and magnificent gown, emerges and sings Rule, Britannia, while the (Czech) conductor wields the baton. Unfortunately, she only sings the first two verses; I here reproduce all six verses of the original:

When Britain first, at Heaven’s command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:
“Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
“Britons never will be slaves.”

The nations, not so blest as thee,
Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall;
While thou shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.
Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful, from each foreign stroke;
As the loud blast that tears the skies,
Serves but to root thy native oak.
Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

Thee haughty tyrants ne’er shall tame:
All their attempts to bend thee down,
Will but arouse thy generous flame;
But work their woe, and thy renown.
Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

To thee belongs the rural reign;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine:
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles thine.
Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves.

The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair;
Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crown’d,
And manly hearts to guard the fair.
Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
Britons never will be slaves. ”

No one today would hold that any of this patriotic song any longer has validity in our current national life. We no longer rule the waves: we are about to cancel a

From Twitter 09-11-2010

Sunday, September 12th, 2010
  • 00:57:48: @momfood Hi there. I think that if you want to post it as a blog, that would be fine. Thanks for the good writer plug…wish I could $$ it
  • 00:58:09: That would be fine. RT @momfood: One more thing, @chrishansenhome: Shall I post the chicken stew to my blog?
  • 00:58:58: @momfood Who could NOT want to recall good food that their moms or grans made? You want my mom’s failures too? Tongue, parsnips, meatloaf?
  • 00:59:40: @momfood Sorry I didn’t get to reply earlier. My foot was acting up and I napped in the evening.
  • 07:43:03: @luv_ktv Ice skating is work!
  • 07:49:06: The opposite of “chick magnet”? RT @dchizzle: Why am I only encountering all the LGBT peeps at this reception? Am I like a magnet??
  • 07:53:16: Oaky. RT @angelxxxcruz: My wine drinking followers: can u describe shiraz for me please? Talking vino with a homo?
  • 19:13:31: A bit shaggy… RT DentonPolice: 09/10/2010 19:30 | 27 years old | Bond: $10,000 | POSS CS PG 1 &gt;=4G &lt; 200G

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From Twitter 09-10-2010

Saturday, September 11th, 2010
  • 09:41:44: Morning, all. The grapenut pudding is in the oven, which reminds me, #FF @momfood if you remember your Mum’s food fondly…
  • 11:36:09: @momfood U may be interested in my latest blog entry: Please feel free to link to it or I can send it to u for your blog.

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Harpo Marx Family Rules

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I think that there are few people of my generation (and a couple of generations before me) whose favorite comedians weren’t the Marx Brothers. Of the three we normally think of as the funny ones (Zeppo and Gummo weren’t very visible by the time I came along), Groucho was the mouthy one, Chico was the devil-may-care one, and Harpo was the one that we’d most like to be around. He was funny, and poignant, and musical, all in one. He’d never cap your jokes with another one, but he might out-shout you with his bulb horn, or play tricks in a mirror, or turn a piano into a hap, seemingly by magic, and play something really ethereal and sweet.

His son has put together a website dedicated to his father. In it there is a page about family life with Harpo as Dad. There we see the 10 Harpo Marx Family Rules. I like them, and if I had a family I’d be using them myself. They are at the bottom of the page.

(Note: I originally copied them here, but to respect his son’s copyright, I’ve deleted them and just left a link. Go there!)

Department of Cheesy Commercials, Socially Responsible Office

Friday, September 10th, 2010

If you live in Toronto (hi, !), you can now get your household electronics waste recycled. The following commercial is kind of like a reverse of Crazy Eddie’s ads in the New York area in the 1980’s. BUT…I wish that London had a similar service.

When momfood becomes granfood&#8230;

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I cannot recommend The Momfood Project too highly. It is in the form of a blog or series of articles about food that your mom (yeah, it’s American: here it would be called “The Mumfood Project”…) used to make and that you affectionately remember and try to consciously continue to make and pass along to your own offspring or friends. I’ve already contributed a link to Mother Hansen’s Chicken Stew to them.

Some food isn’t strictly speaking “momfood”. Your mom might have cooked it at some point, but to her it was really momfood, as her own mother cooked it. Thus, to you it’s granfood (or, in the UK, nanfood).

New England is full of such foods. People there pass along recipes from generation to generation. Something that’s successful once continues down the decades as each generation’s mom replicates the recipes that her mom used to cook for her. Occasionally some dishes fall out of fashion. Who cooks Indian Pudding nowadays? People who crave it go to Durgin Park Restaurant in Boston! (Beware of badly-designed website: the “turn off the music button is at the upper-right-hand corner) and the menu link in the middle is delayed so that no menu appears until a few seconds after you click it, but I digress…) The Baked Indian Pudding is $5.95 at Durgin Park, by the way.

About a year ago I came across a recipe for Grapenut Pudding. It is the New England response to rice puddings of all kinds. Grapenuts, of course, refers to the Post cereal which consists of nuggets of wheat that are hard as rocks in the box. When soaked in hot water then doused with milk and sugar, they make a passable breakfast cereal. My mother didn’t like it as a cereal very much, so we only had it at my maternal grandparents’ house when we holidayed there every summer. We thought it was “grownup food”, but I think my grandmother believed that it was good for digestion (pardon my euphemism). If you didn’t soak the cereal in warm/hot water, then drain it and put cold milk on it, the individual nuggets were hard enough to seriously threaten your tooth integrity.

The only thing my mother ever did with Grapenuts is make pudding with them. This is a detail supplied by my brother, oddly enough; I have no recollection of ever having had this dish at home or at any time in my childhood. He assured me, however, that she used to make it often. So it must be true. I guess it’s now possible to make and eat momfood without actually recalling any occasion that your own mother actually cooked it.

I associate Grapenuts with my grandmother, which is why this is “granfood”. It’s basically a custard that is thickened and extended with Grapenuts cereal. I add raisins to it, but otherwise have left the recipe untouched.

Grapenut Pudding
Yield: 6 servings

1 quart milk, scalded
1 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar (I use Splenda as you can cook with it and I am diabetic)
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Whole nutmeg

Heat oven to 350

From Twitter 09-09-2010

Friday, September 10th, 2010
  • 06:24:44: Morning, all. Foot clinic today. Scheduled visit, but I think it’s slightly worse this week. Will keep u all informed. Wish me luck!

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Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Many of you will have enjoyed Tom Lehrer’s Elements Song. Well, combine the Elements Song with Google Instant, which launched today, and you get this:

I think we will all enjoy it, but , being a professional chemist, is bound to enjoy it more than the rest of us will (unless we’re also chemists). Me, I never took Chemistry in high school, which is just as well.

From Twitter 09-08-2010

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
  • 09:20:58: Good morning all. Grey morning in London, soon to rain. Deleted 12000 spam emails after breakfast…I feel accomplished!
  • 16:11:16: @latinoboy628 Good morning! How are you?
  • 16:12:06: RT @momfood: A couple of you will see yourselves in this new #momfood post: (e.g., @chrishansenhome)
  • 16:12:42: @momfood Thanks for the mention! Will report or send link to Mother Hansen’s Spaghetti and Meatballs…
  • 18:21:04: @latinoboy628 I’m doing OK, considering. Getting my inbox in order…I should do it more often. Hope the rest of your day is good!
  • 18:21:34: @sonicchubb And a happy Hump Day to you as well. I do hope that it lives up to its name for you!
  • 18:23:42: @sbrettell This has more to do with systemic mismanagement by Grand Lodge, I think. Lots of angst in the shires over supporting London.
  • 18:24:32: @soveren No diamonds in the SPAM[tm], I’m afraid. But now I can use that address.
  • 18:27:47: Holy jumped-up Jesus! RT @urbanbohemian Are you fucking kidding me?! RT @xenijardin Do u eat Tyson brand chicken? #race
  • 23:50:50: @TylerMorgyn and a Happy Hump Day to you as well. Mine is over in 10 minutes, you have some hours to hump still!
  • 23:52:51: Well, all, off to bed now. Have neglected you, Twitter, and I am sincerely sorry. To the foot clinic tomorrow…wish me luck!

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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The Temple of the Gay Rabbit God

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

I have occasionally heard enthusiastic cries of “God is gay!” from Christian and Jewish friends. However, there is a Taoist temple in Taipei which is dedicated to the gay rabbit god. Pictures and the story are courtesy of our friend Chan, married to our friend George, in Singapore, in his blog Chinatownology, which extols the virtues of Singapore’s Chinatown area.

I especially took to heart the last two paragraphs of the story:

Moving beyond Taiwan, a deity in charge of gay relationships is refreshing news. In many countries, religious condemnation and criminal persecution of the homosexuals is very common.

In a landscape of bigotry and ignorance, the Rabbit God arises as one who not only does not condemn gay individuals but assists in their search for love. That explains the international interest in the Gay Rabbit Temple.

Today’s Clerical URL

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Thanks to Bishop Nick Baines’s blog, we have here the British Path

From Twitter 09-07-2010

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
  • 13:31:33: @sbrettell Yes. I have just found out that Mark Masonry has some financial difficulties over here due to problems with catering.
  • 13:46:27: Good afternoon, all. Odd weather here in London: rainy one moment, sunny the next. Recuperating from yesterday’s excursion to Mark & RAM.
  • 18:36:17: Next up: Pope admits he’s a Roman Catholic; bear defecates in forest… RT @bbcnews: Tube strike brings major delays
  • 21:13:08: I can cook but I’m taken… RT @soveren: ok i wanna hav a bf who can cook. anyone? &lt;3
  • 21:17:34: @MisterDude Actually her only French title is Duke of Normandy due to the Channel Islands.
  • 21:29:51: @jonk No US news day after Labo(u)r Day, I suppose.
  • 23:08:18: Just managed to access an old email account: 12444 email messages, 99-44/100% of which are spam[tm]…

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From Twitter 09-06-2010

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
  • 08:45:25: @tug Well, I suppose you’re right. But like Cage, I’m going to be a rebel and make sure the sound is turned up.
  • 08:46:40: @weeteck PR people have no shame. Case in point: UK gov’t Dir. of Communications. Accused of wrongdoing, refuses to quit.
  • 08:47:53: Morning, all. Supposed to go to Mark mtg this PM. It will get out after Tube strike starts. I shall have to walk to Regent St from MM Hall.
  • 10:48:05: RT @jjjap: Photo: For the LAST TIME, my last name is NOT a cuss word!!! SCREW YOU, APPLE!!!!
  • 10:49:42: @weeteck Grosvenor House on Park Lane very very posh. Many

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Monday, September 6th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 09-05-2010

Monday, September 6th, 2010
  • 00:07:03: Good night, all. Play nice…
  • 07:39:30: Good morning, all. Had a rough night beginning with a hypo and ending with a bizarre dream. Have a happy Sunday
  • 07:40:15: @SundayProgramme Happy birthday to you! Many happy returns of the day.
  • 12:01:16: Today’s TMI tweet: RT @Squibby_: Why won’t my poo come out? &lt;&lt; Why, what has it stained?
  • 12:06:54: What a set of alternatives… RT @Sgboy01: can’t find sex so now cleaning my room
  • 15:41:10: @urbanbohemian and what idiot thinks that black people cannot get sunburnt? It may take a different amount of time…
  • 15:59:39: @luv_ktv Welcome to twitter! I hope you enjoy it as much as Ihave.
  • 21:30:42: @tug We need to put our 4’33” lists together, I think. Listening to mine is like listening to a surreal train wreck with sound track.
  • 21:32:13: @SamuelMcL anytime, man.
  • 21:33:28: Well, all. Time for bed. Busy week for me Masonically with RAM/Mark tomorrow and first LOI of season for Goliath Tuesday if Tube is on.

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John Cage Memorial Playlist

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

This week’s latest meme is to make a John Cage Memorial Playlist from your iPod: all the songs that are exactly 4’33” long, symbolically duplicating Cage’s most famous work, 4’33”, go into the playlist. Here’s mine. There are more than 2 hours of music in this, and a more eclectic JCMP you will not find anywhere&#8212;I can almost guarantee it.

Today’s lunch

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

After church and antibiotic injection, we decided that we wouldn’t go to see the Tate Britain Rude Britannia exhibition

From Twitter 09-04-2010

Sunday, September 5th, 2010
  • 17:10:49: Good afternoon all. Late in checking in here. Very quiet day today.

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Saturday, September 4th, 2010

I’ve really been remiss, I realise, in following the Marblehead, Massachusetts police log. It used to be quite amusing when it mostly contained references to lost cats and roadkill in the middle of the street. But just looking at it nowadays is like looking at the daily lives of a community of slightly deranged cranks in a mountain village where a mixed marriage means that you’ve married someone to whom you are not related. The English variation would be Royston Vasey from The League of Gentlemen (a British comedy series).

I think the one that really takes the cake is this one, from the entry for August 19:

At 8:01 p.m., a Warwick Terrace woman called police and said two hours prior, someone rang her doorbell and left a glossy, one-page note but she can’t remember what it said. Now, she is on the throne and it’s the first opportunity she has had to call police and let them know.

Some examples, behind cuts in case you aren’t interested. But after looking at the previous example, I’ll bet’cha are, Blanche, bet’cha are…

  • On Tuesday at 1:32 p.m., a man called police to report he lost his inflatable boat. The man told police that he crashed his sailboat on Tinkers Island and the inflatable boat deflated, but was still floating around. He didn’t want to get it because of the risk and the rocks so he left it there. The man is from Italy.
  • At 3:52 p.m. Tuesday, a Sewall Street man reported he was being threatened by a neighbor over a flower box. Police told the man to speak to his condo association.
  • At 7:22 p.m. Tuesday, police encountered a group from MASSPIRG going door-to-door. At the same time, several residents called to complain the group was pushy and it was late. Police told them to shut it down for the night and to register with police if going door-to-door.
  • At 8:01 p.m., a Warwick Terrace woman called police and said two hours prior, someone rang her doorbell and left a glossy, one-page note but she can’t remember what it said. Now, she is on the throne and it’s the first opportunity she has had to call police and let them know.
  • At 7:57 a.m. Wednesday, a mother called police after her son ran away. She said he was belligerent and this was because he did not want to go to summer camp. He bailed out their window and left on foot. Police found him on Atlantic Avenue and returned him to his mother.
  • At 3:31 p.m. Wednesday, an Ocean Avenue woman said one of her two orange kayaks was removed from the rack, but not taken because it had a lock on it. She thinks that someone tried to take it out for a spin or to sell it on ebay.
  • A toilet in Chandler Hovey State Park was destroyed Wednesday at 9:59 p.m. when a cherry bomb was set off in the restroom. Police and fire responded and found smoke from fireworks in the area. According to witnesses, five cars fled the scene.
  • At 2:28 a.m. Thursday, a caller reported a man walking down Jersey Street, carrying a wrench and staring down cars. The man was gone when police arrived.
  • At 6:22 a.m. Thursday, a State Street resident told police there is a trash truck every Thursday that empties the trash at Crosby’s. The resident says that he has asked Crosby’s to not have them empty the trash so early in the morning and that Crosby’s has spoken with the company but it still happens. The resident asked police to give them a ticket for violating whatever bylaw applied. Police told the resident there is no bylaw being violated, but police can speak to the driver. The resident said the driver had left.

  • At 7:56 a.m. Friday, a Rose Avenue resident called police to report a penis had been drawn on car and on other vehicles on the street. Police found the drawing on the glass with a marker. A report was taken. Two other vehicle owners on Rose Avenue also had reports taken about drawings on their car windows.
  • At 9:06 a.m. Friday, a person at the Dunkin Donuts on Pleasant Street complained about a male who was canning in front of the business. The male said his name is Mark and he was authorized to do this from someone in Boston. The owner of the store did not authorize the canning and another person told the man to move out into the street, which he did. The male was described as tall and thin, wearing a dark baseball cap turned backward and a fluorescent green/yellow shirt that said, “TEAM Challenge” on it. Police spoke to the man, who was from California, and believed he was staying in town with a friend.
  • At 12:35 p.m. Friday, a van owner on Gingerbread Hill Lane found obscenities written all over his van. Another car on the street was also vandalized.
  • At 3:01 p.m. Friday, an older bald male wearing a white top and dark shorts was hitchhiking into town on Tedesco Street. The caller thought it was suspicious.
  • At 4:28 p.m. Friday, witnesses saw a car screech to a halt and the operator throw a bunch of bottles from the vehicle. He then got in another car, a green pickup truck, and took off leaving the Volvo he was driving behind. The owner of the Volvo was contacted on his cell phone and he told police that he was driving and the brakes didn’t work so he parked it. He got a ride home from a friend. He went on to tell police that he could try and get back there, but it may take about a half-hour. Police had the vehicle towed as it was illegally parked and blocking the road on Beacon Street. The Fire Department was also called to help police gather evidence out of the marsh.
  • At 6:30 p.m. Friday, a woman called police to say a large sports utility vehicle with antennas was following her and flashing its lights on Humphrey Street. The operator (an older male) told her that he clocked her at 40 miles per hour and that she had an expired tag. She refused to pull over or roll down the window because she was scared. Marblehead Police were tied up on a domestic assault and battery call. Swampscott was contacted and they did not get a call from the person in the SUV. The woman had told police that the male told her that he was calling the police about her.
  • At 7:20 p.m. Friday, police responded to a fight on Naugus Avenue. A resident reported that the people next door were using epoxy on a boat, which she believes gave her daughter a chest infection last time they used it. Her father went over to speak to them about it and it reportedly got physical. The other party in the fight, called 9-1-1 and said his life was being threatened. Police took a report of the incident.

  • At 11:06 a.m. Friday, a man called police to see if any wallets had been turned in. He said the wallet was stolen from his house by a “guest.” The man added that he would go to the station later to file a report. The man also gave the name and phone number of his guest and said his credit card was being used.
  • At 11:25 a.m. Friday, a woman called police and said she was “accosted in Starbucks by a male with an emotional problem that doesn’t belong in Marblehead.” She said she entered the store, went to a seating area and there was a male on the counter at the end. She asked if anyone was sitting nearby and then pulled out the seat. She placed her order and then returned and there was a cup on the table with a napkin. She threw the items away. The caller and the male exchanged words and he called her rude. The caller moved to another seat and said to the man that she hoped he never made a mistake. The male left Starbucks and the woman waited a while to make sure he was gone from the area. A few minutes later, the woman left and decided she’d better walk a different way home. She was walking and heard clapping behind her. She turned to see the male behind her and it was the same man from Starbucks who was clapping. He told her to keep walking. The woman described the male as, “overweight, unkempt, looks different, he had on an olive green sweatshirt that was of no quality and was about 35 to 40 years old, white, with no glasses and he was abusive.” The woman said she wanted to let the police know. The woman added that she believes the man was likely from a nearby town—and not Marblehead.
  • At 1:34 p.m. Friday, a Roosevelt Avenue resident called police after seeing a contractor spray painting. The man asked police if there were any bylaws against spray painting on windy days. Police spoke with the contractor who was done spray painting and there was no over spray.
  • At 4:15 p.m. Friday, a man reported that a few days prior, he was traveling down the hill of Pleasant Street toward National Grand Bank, and a young male on a skateboard followed him down the hill. The man stopped and told the male that what he was doing was inappropriate. The man said he now carries a camera in his car so he can take a picture of the skateboarder.
  • At 6:50 p.m. Friday, a Leicester Road resident found three chainsaws and a flashlight in the yard. It was later found that the chainsaws and flashlight came from a neighbor’s shed, which had been broken into.
  • At 7:07 p.m. Friday, calls came into police regarding kids, who were in the alley way between Terry’s and the Cutting Edge on School Street, throwing water balloons into the intersection. When police arrived, the kids “bolted” up Washington Street. Police stopped them and their parents were informed to come get them. One of the kids got away — he was described as 5 foot, 5 inches tall with a crew cut, wearing a blue shirt with white lettering.
  • At 9:48 p.m. Friday, a noise complaint was made to police about a party at Marion Road. The caller said there was a gathering of eight to 10 kids drinking and smoking in the yard and the kids were migrating between the yard and the tracks.
  • At 1:42 p.m. Saturday, a Tucker Street resident called police after a tow truck hit a house. There was no damage, but the resident wanted it documented so the person could petition to ban trucks on the street.
  • At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police searched for a missing teen after he walked away from a Swampscott party after having consumed several shots of alcohol. The teen was from Marblehead so his parents believed he may have tried to walk home. The teen was found on Prospect and Pleasant Street in Swampscott and needed medical attention.

Now to go and clean my brain out with soap…

The political story of the moment

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

A couple of years ago the News of the Screws…er…News of the World lost two reporters to jail when they were convicted of illegally hacking into the voicemail messages of various people, including senior members of the Royal Family. The then-editor, Andy Coulson, although he stated that he knew nothing of the hacking, took responsibility and resigned. Story over.

The story has been reignited recently as various political figures, including the recently-ennobled Lord Prescott (who was Deputy Prime Minister under Tony Blair), have asked the Metropolitan Police to confirm whether or not their mobile phones were similarly hacked. The Met has, so far, stalled in providing information to these people. The noble lord has now said that if he doesn’t get a satisfactory answer he’ll ask a judge to review the information.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a former reporter on the News of the World has stated that Andy Coulson actually encouraged him to illegally tap into people’s voicemail messages.

You ask: Why is this convulsing the country right at the moment, when economic and political upheaval threatens the jobs and the life of our country? Because the Director of Communications for the Prime Minister, David Cameron, is one, er, Andy Coulson.

Downing Street is saying that Andy Coulson is “going nowhere”—a phrase that could be taken two ways, of course. I believe they mean that he will not be resigning. Unfortunately, this story is going to go on and on until, inevitably, Coulson is forced to resign under a cloud, whether anything is proven against him or not.

Interestingly, the New York Times, in the Magazine, printed a very long expos

From Twitter 09-03-2010

Saturday, September 4th, 2010
  • 08:31:07: @johnprescott I don’t always agree with you, but that was a great interview on R4 just now. Keep after ’em. Something fishy there.
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  • 09:02:39: Good morning. Busy Friday today. Hope to get to Tate Britain for Rude Brittania before it ends.
  • 13:16:27: Off to Kings for a blood test in case the co-trimazole is the cause of some side-effects I’m seeing.
  • 17:39:08: Back from the quack: I’m officially off the co-trimazole/Septrin/Bactrim. Infection seems to have been controlled…getting cream for rash.
  • 23:35:47: Time to hit the hay. Thanks to the quacks, I missed #FF almost totally. Whatta pain. See y’all tomorrow. Play nice now!
  • 23:36:51: @TylerMorgyn @RustyDotCom Thanks for the #FF love…I appreciate it. All y’all follow ’em back as they’re good people.

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