Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Dickens House Museum

Dickens House Museum
With a little spare time on my hands this morning, I paid a visit to the Dickens House Museum on Doughty Street in London's Bloomsbury. It is set the house where Dickens lived in the late 1830s, while writing Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

They have a collection of Dickensian artifacts such as furniture, paintings and manuscripts. It was rather weird being in the same room where Dickens himself wrote.

Dickens was a bit obsessed with his wife's sister, Mary Hogarth. She died at the age of 17 on the second floor of the house. He never really got over it and wrote sympathetically about other young women, such as Little Nell in the Old Curiosity Shop.




While resting my wearing legs, I took a photo of my boot:
My boot

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Twitter and twaddle

I have my finger on the Internet pulse and you can always rely on me to test out the latest online fads. Having seen the name Twitter mentioned in a couple of blogs I decided to register and see what the kids are up to.

What is Twitter?

It is a "micro-blogging" website. You are encouraged to register and post tiny, text-message sized blog entries of whatever you are up to. Like most internet ideas, you think "that's ridiculous, why would anyone want to do that?". It's a good question.

Social networking

Once you are registering your every waking thought via the web, text message or using chat prograqm, you can then be informed when your "friends" post an entry and send messages to your friends too.

My Twitter

As no-one could possibly be interested in what I get up to every day, I decided to conduct a trial Twitter on a trip to London. I "twittered" every time I had a nice cup of tea

Publish your twitterings

Twitter also allows you to publish your twitter ramblings on your existing blog, MySpace page or website. You can see what I had to drink in the last 2 days here.

Conclusion

I think it's for young people.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Alan Smith wins medal

Alan Smitty Smith
Alan "Smitty" Smith, the plucky Manchester United striker, will probably get to play in the FA Cup Final this weekend crowning his magnificent comeback as United's 18th best striker. Having signed from relegated Leeds, days after emotionally kissing his Leeds badge during his team's end-of-season lap of honour, Smith has failed to become a first team regular at Old Trafford.

He tried to reinvent himself as combative midfielder, in the mould of Roy Keane, but was usurped by journeyman Duncan Fletcher. With the departure of Van Nistelrooy and the injuries to Saha and Solskjaer, Smith has been able to get a game towards the end of the season in his more familiar striking role. His physical style combined with his ability to fall to the floor under the slightest challenge make him a singularly unpopular player at away grounds.

Smith, known as "Smudger" to his mates, is suprisingly popular amongst Man U fans - suprising because he's such a complete clod. He was recently awarded a Premiership Winners medal despite not having played enough games to qualify for one. It seems he was awarded one of the "spare" ones that were allocated to the team on their league success. Perhaps it was his Premiership goals that qualified him for a medal? With no goals in nine appearances, probably not. Well he did score one goal in Europe. He has scored once in 17 games for the season.

Surely it can only be a matter of time before the Smith/Rooney partnership leads the line for England?

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Friday, May 11, 2007

It's a Kylie Affair

Kylie Minogue in a denim dressKylie Minogue has denied having an affair with a married man.

I too can categorically put on record that I have never had sex with that woman. Luckily, attempts to seduce me were foiled by the prominent position of my anti-affair badge.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Are cars electric?

G-wiz electric vehicle
I want an electric car. But the only thing on the market is the hideously ugly G-Wiz. Now the BBC is reporting that the G-Wiz is very poor indeed in crash tests. Not only that, it doesn't have to pass the test because it isn't a car. That's right folks, it isn't a car.

I really want an electric Smart Car. Smart cars do very well in crash tests so you don't have to have your legs crushed if Paris Hilton drives into you one night.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Ignore Paris Hilton

Ms Hilton, has been sentenced to jail for driving while drunk at night, speeding with her headlights off. It wasn't her first drink driving offence, she was driving while her licence was suspended so she was sentenced to 45 days in jail. Friends have organised an online petition to Free Paris Hilton, hoping to sway the opinion of the governor of California, Arnie.

Internet wags have also set up a rival Jail Paris Hilton petition which is turning out to be more popular than the original one. Poor Paris is reportedly still driving on her suspended licence just days before her sentence is due to begin.

The only solution to this is set up a third petition: "Ignore Paris Hilton". Perhaps, if we stopped following her around, she might just go away.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Editors - Smokers outside the hospital

New single from the Editors is out 11th June. Hear it here

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