Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Gorse Fox left the office, content. It was a sensible time and he had a comfortable walk to the tube - which was there waiting to whisk him to Victoria.
That's where it all went pear shaped. There had been (another) fatality on the line near Wandsworth and no trains were moving in or out. He spun on his heels and headed back to the tube to head back across town. A talentless busker jumped aboard and serenaded the journey with some tuneless Bowie song (GF supposes the word tuneless was superfluous as it was Bowie).
Striding across London Bridge he arrived at the eponymous station only to find there had been knock on delays. However, his train was soon available and he sat down with a degree of relief... it may still be late - but at least he has a train!
The Gorse Fox is likely to be working during the weekend - this means that he is unlikely to see the World Gravy-Wrestling Championships scheduled for next two days. How can he possibly miss such important sporting fixtures
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Back on the train heading for town again. Suspect that today will be at least as long... and hold out little expectation of a weekend or Bank Holiday. There is still so much to do and so much depends on input from other people.
Good to see that Spurs continued their good start to the season with a 5-1 win over Doncaster in the League Cup. The Gorse Fox received his supporters pack last night (not that it amounts to much - nor that he will get to see many - if any - games)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
He had not, however, lost his sense of humour and regaled us with various tales of his mischievous youth.
It was nice to see him and to hear that Blodwyn will be soon moved on for further rehabilitation as she has been making such progress.
GF is back on the train for London this morning.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
He now turns his attention to responding to a 139 x 15 compliance matrix. Oh joy!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
GF was all fingers and thumbs with the camera to start with but finally got the knack in time for the return of the Vulcan, below.
There were so many planes that it seemed as if Kingston Gorse was being used to launch an attack!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Part of the plan was a bite to eat in the restaurant before wandering around the gardens. When we got there, however, the only option was cream teas. We took these outside and sat there attracting legions of wasps to our jam and cream. Undeterred, we munched our way through the scones and washed them down with several cups of tea.
Sated, were cleared away and headed for the gardens.
We moved on and found our way to the sunken garden (currently being refurbished) and then on to the pergola. It was gorgeous - framing views across the downs, and reflecting the structure in the ponds.
It was a perfect day... and had brought visitors out to the coast in their droves. This meant that the journey that should have taken 45 minutes at worst - actually took 90 minutes. Once out of the car, however, Itchenor was quiet and we took a gentle stroll down to the harbour.
We bought tickets for the Harbour tour. The traffic had done us a favour (strangely) in that the delay had reduced the time that we had to wait for the tout to start. Heading out from the slipway the boat took us in a long loop towards East Head and the entrance to Chichester Harbour before turning back toward Itchenor.
It was perfect. Bright blue skies, calm waters and little boats and yachts skimming across the waves. There were sights of Bosham, Thorney Island, Hayling Island and of course West Wittering. There is something about a trip like this - it's like wiping a blackboard - all the stresses and frustrations of recent days just disappeared.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
sarcasm in the words written here). The Gorse Fox's helper is off sick
and today required significant amounts of effort. Questions and
demands of the project came in thick and fast as we tried to scrub the
numbers to hit the targets. Spreadsheets were combined and linked and
recombined and refreshed and slowly the numbers started to make
sense. It is now gone 9pm and GF has just closed the spreasheet.
As he sighed with relief the tyrain company announced that they
couldn't be bothered to stop at Angmering tonight because they were
running late. Perfect end to the day really!!!
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Monday, August 17, 2009
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Then we moved away from th fiesta and made use of the time to look around the extensive gardens, greenhouses, and indeed the arboretum (once we had found it). Gorse Fox should point out that nody had actually misaid it - it was more a case of members of the party being cartographically challenged (in that we didn't have a map).
The gardens are very pleasant and even on a day such as this were really quite tranquil and well worth the visit. Indeed GF and the Silver Vixen were so taken with the place that they went back and took out a membership so that they could come and visit at any time at no charge.
The Gorse was eager to try several of the sauces and dips and despite some fairly clear warnings of peril, impending doom, severe burns, shock and who knows what he did try most of the sauces that he wanted and was surprised that they weren't as toxic as he had been expecting.
We stopped early for lunch - before the throng. Can you guess what was chosen? (The Gorse Fox, even now is shaking his head - not quite sure what came over him). Let's recap on some of the choices. There was a huge Paella being prepared, there was a haog roast, there was venison steaks, there were organic sausages, there was beef in chilli (sliced), there were pakoras, there were samosas, there were bhajis, there was curry, and there was a Moorish BBQ.
So we stopped and had a slice of focaccia with salad and feta cheese. (Anyone would think this was Islington and we were a bunch of braying trendies!!!)
The weather was kind and the turnout was stunning - there were thousands of cars streaming into the site all loaded with friends and families... and with an entrance fee of £7.50 per person looked to be a good day's business.
There appeared to be about a hundred stalls each vying for our attention and the chance to assault our taste buds (or or gardening prowess - depending on your fancy). Despite the heaving mass of humanity we managed to tie up with Betty and Barney and indeed Gorse Fox saw Captain Slog there with his wife.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
The guidance also makes it clear that people are entitled to film and photograph in public whether or not they are media professionals.
"Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel," it says.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
The German media has sadly taken a leading position in refusing to publicize views that are critical of anthropogenic global warming.Gorse Fox would point out that this is not limited to Germany. He also liked the parting shot:
Do you not believe, Madam Chancellor, that science entails more than just confirming a hypothesis, but also involves testing to see if the opposite better explains reality? We strongly urge you to reconsider your position on this subject and to convene an impartial panel...Can you imagine the media frenzy if such ideas were to be allowed and real scientists were allowed to openly debate this without interference from politicians? It doesn't bear thinking about.... now where's Tomas de Torquemada?
Monday, August 03, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
- Local councils have a hole in their pension scheme - and council taxes must go up to fill this shortfall. (Meanwhile, Gorse Fox's company have told him that after 25 years of contributing to his pension that they're closing the scheme and he'll have to find some other arrangement).
- Travellers are to be given laptops and WiFi access from publis expense. (Meanwhile Gorse Fox has had to save up to purchase the laptops used in his household).
- Government is to fund gap years for students. (Meanwhile Gorse Fox has to look carefully at the numbers to determine whether a two week vacation is affordable this year).
- (Some) Councils are to tax car parking spaces at work - and it is up to companies to decide whether to pass this cost on to their workers. (Meanwhile public transport fails to serve many out-of-town communities making car journeys the only viable way to get to work).
Caught a bit of Hardtalk on BBC news yesterday, tough questioning to get at the truth. Rough gist of some I heard........ Interviewing a bloke in Greenland - population 54,000, 80% Inuit.......
Q:- Is the receding ice affecting your way of life now you can't go out on it to hunt.
A:- Yes, I think our young people will not learn how to hunt.
Q:- It's serious for you then.
A:- Well no, we can fish for longer now.
Q:- It must have affected the village.
A:- Yes, we went down to 32 people with some leaving but we're back up to 50 now and new houses are being built.
Q:- With higher temperatures and the ice reducing on the land, that must have an affect.
A:- Yes, we can now grow our own vegetables instead of having to import them, also geologists can work. Gold and Silver has been found and they think that we have 1/3rd of the world's gas and 1/6th of the world's oil.
Q:- Doesn't that worry you, drilling and mining.
Q:- But supplying more oil will only contribute to more CO2 which has caused the warming (his conditioning showing), doesn't that worry you.
A:-Nope. I don't think he got what he was looking for....