July 30th, 2005


July 30 news

- A new planet confirmed in the solar system, about three times the size of Pluto but twice as far away. Orbit inclined 44 degrees, so not at all like the other planets.

- Crash at Disney California Adventure, on the California Screamin' rollercoaster. About 14 injuries. Less than a month since we were all there and riding it, aware that most of the time it's fun, but nothing is risk-free.

- The Republic of Vanuatu celebrates twenty-five years of independence. As has frequently been noted, everyone should note it is 25 years OF independence, not 25 years SINCE independence.

- The Today programme on Radio 4 is collecting votes for the greatest painting in Britain at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/vote/greatestpainting/index.shtml - please vote for Holman Hunt's "The Light Of The World" at Keble College, Oxford. See it at http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/support/getimage.php?id=75 ; if you do decide to post this request in your own journal or elsewhere, please let me know.

Cheshire Oaks

Today we talked to someone about doors and then we went off to Cheshire Oaks, a massive shopping and cinema complex. Sixteen screens - you don't see that in Wellington. You also don't usually see twenty-five minutes of adverts before the main feature starts. Can someone tell me if this is usual in Britain these days? Twenty-five? Including about four different brands of car, one of them twice?
The movie was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The movie stopped at a key point and a front-of-house person came and apologised, saying it was caused by a power surge. I stopped liking power surges 23 days ago. It meant we missed a key part of the plot: we missed the link that took us from the shoe-shine scene to the house. Can someone explain what happened there?
Once we were home, there was a message to say that my Aunt, who had been keeping half an eye on the house here and who dropped by last weekend, has had a stroke and is in the hospital. I called my cousin back, but there's really no more news.
We spent the evening watching TV - Casualty, Mrs Thatcher's mistakes, Airline - usual sort of rubbish really, and reading some books we bought at Borders.
Pretty soon, bedtime again.