All entries for April 2007

April 28, 2007

Home

My parents always tell me that I should never consider myself to be a guest when I come and visit them; more that I should see their home as being my home even though it’s been a while since I’ve moved out. Despite this, my mum insists on doing everything for me whilst I’m there; from feeding me continuously to making my bed, to doing my laundry, and everything in between. Meaning that, in all honesty, it’s rather hard not to feel like a guest in the end.


April 21, 2007

London Marathon

It’s the marathon tomorrow morning, which means the streets of the city are all closed to traffic whilst around 50,000 people of questionable sanity put themselves through a lot of pain. Conveniently, the last two miles of the route pass just the other side of the river from my flat. Having been a participant this time last year, it’ll be nice being able to observe the spectacle from the outside, and soak up the atmosphere with a beverage and a sandwich in my hand. :)


April 19, 2007

Travel directions

Try this if you’re bored:

  1. Go to www.google.co.uk
  2. Click on the “Maps” link
  3. Click on the “Get directions” link
  4. In the first text box, type “New York, New York”
  5. In the second text box, type “Paris, France”
  6. Hit the “Get directions” button
  7. Scroll down the panel on the left hand side
  8. Read step 24.
  9. Have a quiet chuckle to yourself.

April 16, 2007

Numerical dialogue

Numbers


April 15, 2007

Railway Puzzle

It was a sunny day this morning, so I went for a light jog up the South Bank of the Thames, from the London Eye to Tower Bridge and back. Very nice route. Even if you’re not into running, a pleasant walk, with plenty of lookout points over the river, and scenic views of the City and surrounds beyond the North Bank. Even learn’t a little London trivia on the way, as there are signposts from the bankside pointing out various buildings of interest and identifying various historical sites etc. And got my excercise in for the day at the same time.

Was puzzled by something though. There are three train stations in central London from which the railway lines leave in a southern direction only – to the north there is only the City so the tube caters for that. These are Charing Cross, Blackfriars, and Cannon Street. Between them they cover destinations in the south half of Greater London, and I guess beyond that into Kent and Sussex and stuff like that.

Thing that strikes me is, imagine you were building these stations and railway lines, many years ago whenever it was that they were actually constructed. Why exactly would you build them on the North bank? This means that when you build the railway lines coming out of them, the first thing you have to do is build a bridge to carry the lines across the Thames and towards the South. Namely, Hungerford Bridge, Blackfriars Rail Bridge, and Cannon Street Rail Bridge. Surely building these stations south of the river would massively save costs, and not inconvenience the public at all since there are already numerous footbridges over the Thames which could be used if the railway bridges were absent.

Adding to the conundrum is the fact that South of the river, there are already two railway stations, almost directly opposite those already mentioned. Waterloo station is directly opposite Charing Cross station, and not too far off Blackfriars either, whilst London Bridge station is near enough opposite Cannon Street. Admittedly these latter two stations are larger and serve somewhat different purposes in terms of destinations covered, but one can’t help but feel that there’s a lot of geographical inefficiency in the way things are laid out.

So the question is, was the building of the three railway bridges a completely unnecessary cost?

Stations


April 14, 2007

Priorities

Missed the first episode of the new series of Peep Show yesterday evening.

Because I was out drinking.


April 11, 2007

Team Tactics

PSV are 1-0 down to Liverpool, 4-0 down overall, and Ronald Koeman takes off striker Arouna Kone and replaces him with a defender. Discuss.


April 10, 2007

The long and winding road

Just when you think you are nearing the summit; just when despair is finally giving way to motivation; you look ahead and discover that there is yet another peak; a higher one; lying further ahead. When will we reach the top?


April 05, 2007

Easter couldn't have come soon enough

Just got to the end of another 14 hour day at work – Urgh!

On the bright side, got a day off tomorrow, apparantly because some joker from the Middle East died on a cross a few years back. Yay! Off to Bristol I go…


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