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Irrational Nonsense

In bits and pieces,wise words on July 17, 2010 by Gabor Tagged: ,

This Periodic Table by Crispian Jago is brilliant.

See the full thing here:




In bits and pieces,out and about on July 14, 2010 by Gabor Tagged:

Caroline graduated today: Caroline Kovacs BA (Russian) and now BSc (Mathematics).

I saw a lady walking ahead of us wearing shoes with these bright pink soles.


146 – Wednesday 26 May 2010 : you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

In bits and pieces on May 26, 2010 by Gabor

From the BBC News website (link)

Suspected robbers in Germany appear to have miscalculated the quantity of explosives needed to blow their way into a rural bank.

The building housing the bank in the northern village of Malliss was largely destroyed by an overnight explosion.

The bank’s cash machine survived intact and the suspected thieves are not thought to have made away with any money, Germany’s Welt Online reported.

No-one was injured, though the blast damaged nearby cars and buildings.

Investigators were working on the assumption that robbers had placed their explosives, possibly made from petrol or acetylene, at the entrance to the bank, German broadcaster NDR said.

The presence of a delivery van near the site of the explosion indicated that the suspected thieves may have intended to drive off with the cash dispenser, local media reported.

And it’s our 20th wedding anniversary: Caroline and I were married on 26 May 1990.



124 – Tuesday 4 May 2010 : stamps

In bits and pieces on May 4, 2010 by Gabor Tagged:

This package arrived for me from China.  27 stamps!  I hope the postage was not too expensive.


It has been more than 3 weeks since I last posted here (post 101 was the last).  I will try to fill in some of the gaps.


112 – Friday 22 April 2010 – your last threatening letter

In bits and pieces on April 22, 2010 by Gabor

An e-mail conversation about what I have on my office wall led me take take this photo of a cartoon on my wall.

I have had this since about 1989 or 1990.  Caroline saw the cartoon in the Evening Standard.  The next day I phoned the paper, and they put me in touch with the cartoonist, Frank Dickens.  We arranged to meet in a pub near my office that lunchtime.  He was a lovely man, but a bit of a caricature of an old Fleet Street type.  We had 4 pints in next to no time (all paid for by me).  £20 later and in no real state to do an afternoon’s work, the cartoon was mine.


97 – Wednesday 7 April 2010 : in memoriam

In bits and pieces on April 7, 2010 by Gabor Tagged:

I noticed that this photo that I took in the graveyard of St Andrews’ Church, Farnham, was of the grave of a lady who died 200 years ago.  The inscription reads:

In Memory Of

Eliz. Davies

Who died April 8 1810

aged 68 years


74 – Monday 15 March 2010 : infamy!

In bits and pieces on March 16, 2010 by Gabor Tagged: , ,

Yes, today is the ides of March.  The 2054th anniversary of the murder of Julius Caesar.  At least as memorable as his last words, “et tu, Brute?”,  are the words uttered by Kenneth Williams in Carry On Cleo:

Infamy, infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!

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