Sunday 22 February 2015

#99 An applicably ending

This one might have the odd mistake in it and it might not. A train isn't an easy place to write a blog post. Not in twelve minutes anyway. Nobody said that writing a weekly blog was gong to be easy though.

I've read a couple of other people's blogs lately but you knw what? I just don't like them. I don't like reading blogs. I' sure that I could find one that I liked if I really tried but for me personally, most of them try too hard to use long words.

I know some long words.


Oh wait, excommunication.

The thing is though, that's not how people talk. Ok people might say excommunicate if they were talking about the occasional buggering bishop but how often does that actually... ok maybe it was a bad example.

Speaking of long words, this week an old uni acquaintance posted that whoever was in charge of education in the UK was silly because one of the spellings Year 5s have to learn is 'applicably', that she had rarely had to use that word herself and whether anyone could even think of a sentence with it in.

At first I replied to say given that whoever is in charge of education wasn't actually teaching year 5, I hoped that the teachers themselves when carrying out their roles could find a way to react to their discontent applicably.

Then I thought about it a bit more and wrote that that there would always be a gap between what was studied academically and what was used in the world of work. I explained that it represented the broad-mindedness of mankind's approach to learning and education and reflected the beauty and depth of our language and the world we lived in. I admitted though that it could probably be a pain in the ass too, which I think was my friend's point. She decided not to teach the word. After all, they could hardly sack her for it. They probably wouldn't even notice.

Sunday 15 February 2015

#98 Slow news day

By all accounts, this year's general election could go either way. The staff over at HM Treasury are not supposed to vary their internal budgeting pre-election based on who they think will win although I know a guy who will tell you that they usually have to do this to some extent and even he's not leaning to one side.

If I were to ask what could sway it, I'm sure I'd be pelted with enough issues so I won't ask. Instead, I'll suggest that there are going to be roughly equal voters on both sides of the fence when it comes to the economy, which is plodding along cautiously but not teetering. Ok there are what I'd call medium sized differences in policy on NHS, immigration, unemployment but nothing too unpredictable that's going to get people changing their chant. Trident remains an interesting debate around the pub table but most people know where they stand on it.

I don't know jack about politics so I scooted over to the BBC website to see what they thought. Interestingly to me, the environment didn't make it into their 'key issues' list. This perhaps says more about short-termism in politics than it does about climate change awareness, which will only keep increasing over the coming years.

Sunday 8 February 2015

#97 It's cold outside

I loved watching Ice Road Truckers. I'd only seen it a few times but it brought back vivid memories of that trip I'd taken to Toronto back in September 2010, where I spent an afternoon just lying on the hotel room bed alone, watching Ice Road Truckers. Or was it Deadliest Catch?

Watching Ice Road Truckers was about more than just semi-gripping daytime television. It was something that I did when I had time to relax. Time that wasn't earmarked for work or seeing friends or doing laundry.

One of the truckers had a pretty cool hoodie. I'd given away a couple of hoodies lately as they were getting worn. Two out of my three remaining ones probably should have followed them but this guy's was all new and fluffy and was clearly keeping him warm in the snowy conditions. His outer layer of blubber probably helped too. 

The climate in South London wasn't exactly tropical either. Six degrees. I wandered over  to the thermostat and turned it up from zero to fifteen, relishing the fact that in about an hour's time, the house wouldn't be quite as cold. I must remember to try and dress more like a trucker. 

Sunday 1 February 2015

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