Wednesday, 31 October 2007


Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
I'm moving at the end of November and this is where I'm going to live. It's bigger than where I am now, it's just over a mile to where my children live and more than 30 miles closer to where I work a couple of days each week. Fields out the front and it backs onto a farm. Now I've got the faff of packing up and shifting over things like the phone and broadband but it's all good and it'll mean I can see the children even more.

This map shows where the house is and in the shot below I've highlighted it in red with the blue circle showing where the children live.

It's jolly exciting!

Tuesday, 30 October 2007


I've just realised, while driving home, that today is my 25th wedding anniversary!

Monday, 29 October 2007

World school

Largest child is at "World School" in Japan right now. She appears in one of the photos - I've not looked through the videos yet.

Sunday, 28 October 2007


Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
Went to Plymouth to do a presentation to colleagues from the OU today. I went yesterday and stood most of the way from Paddington to Plymouth but there was a really friendly buzz on the train - a couple of guys who did the trip regularly were going out of their way to talk to people. Had a walk (and beer) round the harbour and a nice curry. After the presentation I headed back to the train station to get the replacement bus service to Tiverton and then the train to Paddington and then the tube to Victoria and the train back to Maidstone to collect the car - loooooooooong day but great meeting people from the far west.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Getting old

Today is the anniversary of the birth of both of my daughters. Rowan is having a sleepover with some chums so Cal is here with me. Jemma is in Japan with the school. I'm not the only one who is getting old.

Saturday, 20 October 2007


So England didn't win but it's still amazing that they dragged themselves to the final after an appalling four years since the win in Sydney and being destroyed by South Africa at the beginning of the tournament.

Friday, 19 October 2007

I love this image! It's from The Guardian today and it's a waxwork model of Jonny on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. Whatever the result tomorrow night I think that English rugby has reason to be both proud and relieved - the team have managed to deliver despite a terrible start and appalling four years since Sydney. Go England!

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

40 years ago

Today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Dr Ernesto "Che" Guevara - his nickname came from an interjection he often used when speaking. Hero or villain his image is now an icon and many of those who recognise it know nothing of the Marxist Revolutionary who helped Castro to power in Cuba. people of my generation grew up with this image as a poster next to the girl playing tennis.

Dali in Bond Street

Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
The Persistence of Memory - a statue

Sunday, 7 October 2007


I think this makes a good deal of sense except it'll take teachers out of the classroom - again! Schools are already suffering and using teaching assistants in the light of the last cut in teacher contact time.

Saturday, 6 October 2007


Apparently it's difficult getting a pint in Earls Court tonight - the bar staff won't stop crying.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Happy birthday

50 years ago today the starting pistol on the space race sounded and the first man-made satellite went into a low space orbit. In a brilliant PR move Soviet scientists set Sputnik's broadcasts to be at a frequency available to radio hams - people around the world could listen to the chirping which signaled that the Soviet Union led the world in space exploration.