London lights

A lack of electicity can cause severe illness, you know.

London was in absolute mayhem last night when all trains and tubes stopped running due to a power cut. I was on a tube in Green Park station after work, when the underground was evacuated due to an emergency. Well, I say ’emergency’ (to quote Mark Lamar) – it took 3 hours to get the hundreds of commuters outside… ok, minor exaggeration. I was fortunate enough to bump into Shepster amidst the crowds and, as it was raining and all buses were rammed, had to take shelter in Walkers. Two bottles of chenin blanc later we heard that some of the tube services had resumed. Bagging up on more booze from M&S where Shepster entertained the staff by querying the colour of the prawns… hee hee! hic! we began the journey homeward with trepidation. Upon arrival, had a celebratory tipple at the Trafalgar and was home for midnight. That must be the longest it’s ever taken me to travel 6 miles…

And today’s Stoopid Award goes to…

After visiting a new digital photo booth to get some passport photos taken (yes, that’s a digital photo booth) I was the person who, on retrieving the photo strip, wafted it around and blew on it to dr… doh!

Sobig? SoSmall?

Once again it’s conclusively proven that I have no mates. So far I have received precisely 0 copies of MSBlaster and 0 copies of SoBig. Actually, perhaps that just means my friends are organised, sensible, virus-scanning email users who’ve managed their infections well. I don’t know, but I’m glad I’m not Phil Karn, who’s had over 600,000 copies of SoBig alone. And no, that doesn’t mean all his friends are dorks – read the linked page and you’ll see why.

Meanwhile, mail systems are apparently buckling under the strain of both message traffic and bounce messages sent by irate users and admins. Perhaps its time to consider using alternative software?

Barbie, George and Ken

Received an email today containing an interesting link:

Bush doll has waiting list

Raises some interesting [dilemmas] ……
Would you be upset if your son played with him and accidentally pulled his head off?
If [there are] laws about not defacing the flag shouldn’t there be something about not defacing the 12in model of the president
Maybe he could be cross dressed in a Barbie outfit

Thanks to Graham.

If anyone has a scan of the brilliant Independent magazine photostory “Cindy Sees Action”, I’d love a copy…


What a beautiful day – today is:

  • payday
  • the start of a bank holiday (long) weekend
  • finishing early (thanks Mr Chairman)
  • going to involve a trip to the pub

Now that sounds to me like a day with promise, doesn’t it?