July 8th, 2004


It all happened a long time ago ...

In 1954 (the year you were born)

Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

Nautilus, the first atomic powered submarine, launches

Senator Joseph McCarthy begins leading televised hearings into alleged Communist influence in the Army

Roger Bannister, a 25 year old from England, breaks the 4 minute mile with a time of 3:59

Supreme Court rules unanimously that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional

Hurricane "Carol" hits the Long Island - New England area killing 60 and injuring 1000

Senate condemns Joseph McCarthy for contempt of a Senate elections subcommittee during his Army investigation hearings

Playboy magazine issue features Margie Harrison, the first playmate

Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, Christie Brinkley, John Travolta, and Jerry Seinfeld are born

New York Mets win the World Series

Cleveland Browns win the NFL championship

Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup

Lord of the Flies by William G. Golding is published

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

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I'm busy, busy, busy here so just a quick update on my life.

Went for a walk / jog in the evening and was out for an hour and ten minutes. Not going all the time as I met a guy walking his dog and we chatted a while. He had been a miner and was made redundant in the 1960's then worked for the Forestry Commision for 40 years. He pointed out some trees across the valley that he'd planted when he'd first started :) He also showed me where there was a cycle track along one side of the valley which will be a good surface for training. I think I'll be able to get a 6 or 7 mile circuit which will be good.

Do you ever find that the place you want is right on the join of two maps? Or worse, right on the join of three? (or even four?) Well now, thanks to he miracle of modern science and computers, you can print your own maps! The Ordanance Survey have a feature that allows you to centre one of their standard format maps whereever you want and then buy that map (at a higher cost han the standard map of course). This is good 'cos Joe's (where I'm staying at the moment) is right on the joins of maps at which ever standard scale you choose. Maps (1:50,000 and 1:25000) were ordered and should be at my Mum's in about a week. *excited dance* The other advantage of doing this is that the data will be from the latest version of their mapping database so will be right up-to-date. Go here to see the Ordnance Survey's site.

[Did I mention I was a mapophile? (or whatever is the correct word)]

Stormy last night - we lost power at Joe's for about an hour. This morning I went through the narrow lanes to work and found two places where trees had come down and been cleared, one place where a bush was half blocking the road and one minor flood. The joy of living out in the sticks :) There were also loads of small branches and leaves on the road, making quite a slippy surface.

Off to Southanmpton this evening for a Morris dance session in a pub.

Right, that's all for now - zoom off - byeee.