Daily Archives: Wednesday, 14th May 2008

Newcastle Photos – 29 November 2007

What’s this? More pictures? Yes, I managed to get it together to go through another day’s photos, and here are the ones I like. This set starts with a lunchtime stroll down towards the Quayside, where you can see some construction going on (later pictures of the buildings in question have already appeared here), followed by a wander round the Christmas Market around Grey’s Monument. Later in the set are some pictures of Newcastle’s Christmas lights, and the market after dark.

Weight Report – 14 May 2008

Well, today’s weight is a wee bit lower than yesterday’s, which is something. It’s still four pounds above where I was a week ago, though, which isn’t so good.

The grey weather is still with us, and it seems my motivation to walk really did go away with the sunshine.

Newcastle and Gateshead – 5 December 2007

Yes! More of my photographic backlog! As with other recent sets, a small number have appeared on Flickr previously, but most are getting their first airing.

It was a clear sunny morning, and I took some pictures on my way to work. There are a few shots of the Trinity Square shops that are now surrounded by boards, and due to be demolished soon, some inevitable bridge pictures and more.

Around that time, the Glow Festival was on. This involved various buildings in Newcastle and Gateshead being illuminated in a variety of colours. Quite pretty, in some cases. These pictures were all shot hand-held, and some are a little shaky, but there are one or two that I’m quite happy with.

More pictures tomorrow. Probably. There are still loads for me to sort out, so this project is going to take a while.

Wonderful Spuriosity!

And if “spuriosity” isn’t a word, it probably should be. It seemed the best way of describing the report that Dr Nigel Bannister, a space scientist at the University of Leicester has worked out that on a per-byte basis, text messaging is much more expensive than getting data from the Hubble space telescope. It’s a very silly and utterly pointless comparison, which is probably why it was used in a recent TV documentary.

Read the press release for the detailed figures, or read the report on The Register for the comments.

It’s research like this that has made this country what it is today.[1]

[1] Deliberately ambiguous statement :cheesy:

More Popular Than Who?!?

Amongst other places, the Daily Torygraph Telegraph reports that a suggestion that our delightful Prime Minister is not dismissing out of hand a suggestion that he should present a TV show along the lines of The Apprentice. The idea is that this could “make him as popular as Alan Sugar”. Now personally, I’m about as fond of that gentleman as I am of rabies, so I can’t really see that as being much of a target to aim for.

I generally avoid unreality shows like The Apprentice, as seeing people make fools of themselves in the pursuit of fame and fortune really doesn’t appeal to me, but Gordon’s version could be, err, interesting. I suppose they could call it The Parliamentary Undersecretary, or The Junior Researcher, and it would feature tasks like distracting the press from real events by making public appearances and suggesting ludicrous policies that would be outrageously unpopular if implemented, while only slightly less outrageous policies are implemented without anyone noticing.

Come to think of it, that’s been normal government policy for decades, so they wouldn’t really need a TV show to do that. Maybe it’s a desperate attempt to make Gordon look more human. Or an elaborate joke to distract the media from something else…

Gordon Brown may be new Alan Sugar in BBC1 ‘Apprentice’ – Telegraph