April 28th, 2007


The party approaches

Not the Conservatives, who called last night to ask for my support,
but the mad hatter's party this afternoon. I've just helped Viv carry
a load of stuff to the church hall and put some popcorn into plastic
cups. Now on my way to Dale Street to give blood before heading back
to collect the shekels as people arrive for the event. The train to
Liverpool is full of people of all sorts, but the platform for Chester
seems to have only families with pre-schoolers. I can't believe
they're all going to the zoo. But if they are, they can stay all day.
I've just noticed that my phone still has the remains of the sticker
that reads 'be nice to me: I gave blood today' and I'll probably get
another one today. I'll keep rambling because I'm now deep underground
with no cell signal. This is Hamilton Square, the last station on
'our' side of the Mersey. Next up, James Street, recently known as St
James. From there, it's a walk up James Street itself, then Castle
Street, then Dale Street. But first, the escalator and the lift. And
now I'M walking to a destination in Liverpool for the first time in
ages. As I walk along Castle Street, I always wonder where the
madhouse is.

Found the madhouse on Castle Street

Those of you who found this entry through a search engine, sorry. But
at 2 Castle Street in Liverpool there is a Starbucks. That may not be
the madhouse we're looking for. Move along. It's a glorious afternoon,
and the tea party should be well attended by happy children and happy
parents. I hope. As for the blood, I gave again without incident.
Friendly and competent staff, reasonable coffee and bourbon creams.
What more could anyone ask? Well, roast turkey and cream cakes,
apparently. What's next in our busy lives? Well, I think I need to
find some lunch somewhere: I can't believe the fare on offer at the
mad hatter's tea party will be entirely suitable for someone seeking
luncheon. In other news, we've heard that Bryn Haworth will be playing
at Party in the Park in Bebington next month. It's a pity that we
heard this news from some people in Harrogate rather than from a local
network. He is something of an elder statesman of Christian music, and
the fact he's playing here should have been better promoted by now.
But apart from the date for Party in the Park, we know no details
about it. But for now, a glorious late spring afternoon and an Ian
more up-beat than for a while. Be seeing you! Oh, and I say someone
wearing a very old The Prisoner t-shirt on the train this morning.
Lunch at John Yeung. It's like back to the 70s when that place was our
local chippy. Except that the lady who served me a moment ago probably
wasn't born then.

Earthquake in England, not many dead

Let me get this straight. A 4.3 is big news. Yes, I know there aren't many earthquakes in England, but really...

At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_magnitude_scale we can read:
Light:4.0-4.9:Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling noises. Significant damage unlikely.:6,200 per year (est.)

And at http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/recent_quakes.html we can see that NZ has had three of these so far this month, pretty much without comment.

Yet the British media and public has gone into overdrive:

I suppose we should credit the NZ media with not telling people that the Poms should get over it.
They fail to pass any comment at http://stuff.co.nz/4042233a12.html - which is probably just as well.

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