Thursday, April 30, 2009

Getting Old....

I think this news story was the biggest when I was growing up. Some guy picked up a shotgun, walked around a neighbouring town (it was about 10 minutes walk from my front door), and shot pretty much everyone he saw. It's the 20th anniversary today, and it kinda made me realize how long ago that was. It also made me realize I've spent more of my adult life in the US than I ever did in the UK now, which is kinda weird in itself.

The main thing I remember about this was that I was the only one of our group who had passed his driving test. We went down to take a look a day or two after the incident (it's amazing what curious 17 year olds would do...), and Nev drove. We went down the street, passed the guys house (and the mobile incident unit) and suddenly realized the other end of the road was blocked off. It was a pretty tight little road - one of those you see on movies about England, with big old trees on either side, and just enough room to fit two small cars down it (it would be a tight fit for your F150 on it's own..).

Nev was driving, but he hadn't passed his test yet, so I was the qualified front seat passenger for him. He freaked a little about reversing back down the street, so I ended up jumping in the driver's seat. I just remember being terrified of crashing, even though we were doing no more than 10 mph. I wasn't insured for the car, had never driven it before (it was a blue Austin Allegro if you know what they look like), I was reversing down a ridiculously narrow street with cars parked on one side, and had to pass pretty much every local police man that was currently working. Talk about pressure. Anyway, I guess it was punishment for going to take a look at something we had no right going to look at, but I survived to live another day.

BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | Survivor remembers shooting spree

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mini Stamp (and other great British Designs)

The UK is releasing a new set of stamps, featuring iconic designs from over the years. The full details are here (but no iPod - can we not claim that because of Jonathan Ive?? - maybe it's not old enough).


Monday, December 24, 2007

God Save the Queen

Or something like that - in possibly the most shocking news in a long time, The Queen now has her own YouTube channel. Old Christmas speeches and random clips from the archives abound - I haven't found the shot of her launching crying about Britney or launching Pepsi bottles with a couple of Mentos in there yet, but I'm sure they're there if you keep digging.

Just coz I'm feeling kinda nostalgic and patriotic, here's the link to the 1957 broadcast - the first ever TV broadcasted one (for the non-UK readers, we get a 10 minute address from the Queen every year on Christmas Day - it used to be compulsory watching when I was younger, but mainly coz it was followed by the latest James Bond film on BBC ;-)

What I want to know now is why The Queen has disabled embedding of the videos? Are they that desperate for the ad share revenue from Google? I thought she was loaded as it is?

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Back Home

So we survived the flight home with no drama (for a change), and now merrily making my way through the usual list of food (Gregg's pasties today, steak pie yesterday, curry when we got off the plane). Of course, it's raining outside, and despite the weather being about 20 degrees colder in Denver, it feels much worse here, so I've been wrapped up warm since I got off the plane.

It turns out the UK actually has a freedom of information act these days (although I'm sure they've got some pretty good exemptions in there), and so The Times has compiled this list of 59 things we wouldn't know if it wasn't in place. I particularly like the fact that Thatcher was planning to send dolphins to look for the Loch Ness monster....

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New UK Apple Ads Released

Well, maybe not quite new now, but they're here anyway.

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