April 13, 2009

Sustainable development?

Sustainable development?

From an industrial to a service economy. From a service economy to an education (probably international) economy. Notice the long undeveloped foreground, unlikey to be developed in the current climate.

The industrial railway line bringing in the people for all 3 kinds of economy, and people out. In the background- the new Wolverhampton University student accomodation reaching up into the future. Is this development really sustainable?

Immediately- employment (services of domestic staff), fees and spending from students.

In the long term- even if these sudents leave Wolverhampton after their training, they should be able to contribute to the economy somewhere, and with the local and global economies inextricably intertwined, one could say that the accomdation is a sound investment for now and the future.

Goodness- I think that’s the driest entry I’ve ever written- let’s liven it up a bit.

Berry Brook, Northycote Farm, Wolverhampton.

March 28, 2009

Gillette Samurai– now surely that would be the best a man could get?

There’s quite a long gag here involving the process of Samurai sword making in miniature but I’ll leave that to your imaginations rather than mine!

March 21, 2009

Don't cancel the Wolverhampton City Show.

Wolverhampton City Council - don't cancel the City Show, or for that matter the Steam and Vintage Rally. Wolverhampton is not the most buzzing place in the world. These occasions are one of the few where Wulfrunians gather in one place to enjoy each other's company in united appreciation of local or bought in talent. In these cash strapped times people can afford to do even less, and let's face it, many people that I know haven't been able to afford to travel further afield or shell out for fun since the last recession. Cancelling such events would be depriving the deprived as well as the fortunate of any vestige of civic unity, and a good day out.

Why not only hold it on the Saturday? (Or is two days cheaper- economies of scale and such?) I've always wondered how these events could be staged for free and would be willing to pay a small entrance fee. If everyone paid I'm sure it would at least help towards costs. In addition, as a tax payer I'd much rather have my tax money paying for something we can all enjoy not bailing out bankers with more money than sense to start with.

A simple way of keeping any populace happy is to provide bread and circuses. We're already skimping on bread. Are we about to lose our circus?

(I know this is a bit reactionary and Daily Mail, and I don't think I've ever used the phrase "As a tax payer" before but I really look forward to the 'Town Show'. Taking it away would make me sad :(  )

March 02, 2009

Why doesn't Windows Task Manager recognise itself as a running programme?

Just curious. Not like I’m gonna stay up all night pondering this… or am I?

February 27, 2009

My very own FAIL!

Taken by my sister in the Wolverhampton branch of Home Bargains.


Also, me and a fun crisp (Ready Salted).

Face Crisp.

February 14, 2009

Where do mathematicians live?

Where do mathematicians live?

Correlation Street.

February 05, 2009

Not nearly so nice.

“Can I have a glass with some water in it please?”

“Can I have some water with glass in it please?”

February 01, 2009

Go Cat for Indoor Cats

Is your cat for some reason house bound? Does it miss the opportunity to eat grass until it vomits with joy? Is it unable to bring you such 'presents' as half dead birds and spiders? Go Cat for housebound cats contains all of the grass and pre mauled, yet inexplicably still living, animals your cat needs to simulate the fufilling existence that is a prerequisite of any predator.

Sounds more like an advert for house cats to me!

January 20, 2009

Obligatory Obama Offering.

In my head I have the image of the American History textbook I used for my GCSE. Over the years I've added to its mental contents, making connections between events that help me understand the world as I know it, in light of previous events. September 11th 2001 quickly developed a double page spread complete with info boxes and a question box. Today,as my mental textbook goes to press, there is a section on Barack Obama and the question at the bottom is clear.

A) In what ways did the Civil Rights movement contribute to the election of Barack Obama?

Then the more complicated A level and degree level Politics kick in along with a good dose of common sense and my own opinions.

It's not often that one can sit and see exactly how an education has shaped one's thoughts, opinions and way of looking at the world. I was helping 6/7 year olds to read this morning. I wonder how they will reflect on their history and how the came to look at what they know?

On a personal note- I for one am very excited but I must learn to manage my expectations.

January 17, 2009

Mark Watson at Birmingham Town Hall.

This review is totally clouded by the fact that Mark Watson started his set in the audience, part of which was next to this particular member of the audience. Me! (and, of course, Pigeon, my comedy going companion) How exciting! It's not often (indeed, not yet in my experience) that the comedian performs his comedy standing next to you. I also have a huge admiration for anyone that chooses to perform without that modern crutch, the microphone. Decent projection is all the more impressive these days as folk seem to have forgotten that humans have the ability to be heard over distance without shouting.

Karma is loving me at the moment which is apt given the subject of Watson's show, De stressing. The crux of the advice I've had recently is to live my own life, follow my own dreams and develop a sense of perspective. Watson's comedy revelations amounted to roughly the same. Life, other people and ourselves are funny. Does what happens now really matter in the greater scheme of things? No. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Something I had the great pleasure of doing last night. Except I got neck ache, but by the by.

As for Watson? Friendly, story teller, amusing hecklers (rather participants, who'd heckle such a nice man?) Entirely wonderful flights of fancy. I love ad lib and comedians that at least make it look like they're making it up as they go along. Watson has a real talent for this.  Venue? Beautiful, airy, favourite yet but reminded me of a church hall/ church? I saw/ heard the 'Bach Double' performed at in Leamington replete with whacking great organ at the back. A lot like a Methodist church. Entirely appropriate for the thoughtful, suitably awestruck Watson but not, I feel, the right venue for bluer comediens such as Frankie Boyle or any music other than sedate tea dances or gentle jazz. The Midlands is lucky to have such a performance space, (apologies Warwick Arts Centre, but it's being done up) and the variety of other choices (NIA, NEC, Symphony Hall etc) to ensure that artists are deployed in venues that bring out their best. Watson is one such example. Well done!

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