an eye for the mundane

Monthly Archives: February 2008


wild weather at sea as experienced recently around britain.

which reminds me – i am simply loving the shipping forecast on the way to work in the morning.  My alarm clock is fast and gets faster by about 5 minutes every month.  As a result i’m waking up at about 4.55am at the moment and am in my car heading to work around 5.15am.  for the first 10 minutes i listen to the shipping forecast which is simply lovely.  An example is ‘
Forties Cromarty Forth Tyne Dogger. 
Southwest backing south
. gale 8 to storm 10, veering
west, severe gale 9 to violent storm 11. Rain, then squally showers. Poor, becoming moderate.’ 

They also say things like ‘rough perhaps violent storm’ at the end.  i love the vagueness of that. you want more than ‘perhaps’ from experts.

read the latest reports here, although you really have to hear it to love it.

i wonder if for the modern age they should also do a shopping forecast giving reviews of shopping centres:
meadowhall, blue water, northerly traffic queues.  sales on. bargains possible.  frustration mild to strong, perhaps unbearable

or perhaps a sipping forecast:
“tea. strong. white. sugars 2, becoming sweeter.  perhaps tepid”.


we went to a neighbour’s birthday party last night.  it doubled up as a burns night celebration as they are scottish.  it was most excellent and we had a brilliant night.

the box above contains bagpipes, and everything you need to be scottish.  seen below is a bottle of irn bru.  also very scottish.

here’s a couple on a walk.  the lady seems to be striding on whilst the chap behind looks a little annoyed. another walk spoiled by a petty argument perhaps.  or maybe she’s said something about the eye on his jacket.


actually, looking closer at the picture, it looks like the chap is carrying a rather large knife.

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