June 8th, 2004

Life 2 (based on icon from tamnonlinear)

From the ridiculous to ...

I was following a van for a short while this morning on my way in to work and the sign on the back said "London Beer Gas". Now personally I'm quite clear what gas is created by drinking beer ... I just can't understand why they want to bottle it. Or have I got the wrong end of the stick? Maybe they turn it into fuel? ;)

As another aside I pass a place which, I presume at least, produces wood. They are called something like R Shadwell Ltd and are just south of the North Circular Road somewhere to the north-east of London. They have a sign up displaying the "Veneer of the Week"; I remember this from the time when I was passing along that bit of road every day and I always looked out for the new veneer. Last week the veneer was something like "Narrow Grain Red Oak" and his week it is "Crown Cut Plain Ash". What a fine sounding name, rolls off the tongue and resounds in my head with hidden meanings.

Crown :The Queen and all the history of our royal family
Cut :The end of that, beheading, Oliver Cromwell, revoluion
Plain :The British people, carying on regardless of the machinations of the politicians
Ash :The remains after fire, death and cremation

I know, I'm just a romantic at heart :) but that's just how I am, inpart at least. I'm also an incurable cynic :)welcome to "Contradictions R Us" :)

Right, off to look for a website where they are showing pictures of the sun ... if I understand it correctly someone has driven a transit van into it and if you look you can see its shadow *shrugs* This science stuff is strange eh?


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Did anyone else have a look at the Venus transit? I must admit I didn't bother trying to see it myself as I thought the image would be too small to see clearly. I had a putter around the web and the best images I found where at the Institute for Solar Physics, Stockholm (that's Sweden for my American readers ... part of the spikey bit pointing down just left of Russia :P ) Their main page is here and they have a gallery of images from the transit. Have you found any better ones? If so then please post a link to share them.

And now for something comletely different, as a well known TV series once said.
What is the next number ib this series?

1, 4, 10, 20, ?

And for the super clever of you there is an additional question (for extra points). Why did I think of this as I was having my lunch? Need a clue? Well ... I'll tell you what I had if you like.

Chicken and Bacon sandwich
2 snack pork pies
a small packet of cherry tomatoes
a banana

There, that's much clearer now isn't it? *evil laugh*

I'm off now to finish eating my fruit. I look forward to your comments.