Extinction rebellion? But only on their terms!

To be honest, unlike a certain US president, I fully believe in the need to do something about Climate Change before its all too late, though I do feel sorry for the people in London who have been unable to get to work due to the protests, even more so those that were trying to use the Docklands Light Railway to get there, when the protesters stopped it running for a while, as logic says that public transport like that is one of the things they should be supporting, whereas I have far less (fine, pretty much none) for those using cars to get around, in a city with a pretty good public transport system, but anyway…

The snag for me, is when said protesters proceed to shoot themselves in the foot, and I dont just mean the light railway thing either.

I ended up (for my pain) watching the news for a while last evening, and of course the whole ‘Extinction Rebellion’ thing came up, both as a subject in its own right, correctly, and also because the main protest point in London is in Westminster, close to Parliament, where ‘another issue’ is a popular subject at present.

But ah, those shoot yourself in the feet moments?

Firstly, and given its now October, one with more need than the others, but hardly great publicity, a mass attempt at a cover up exercise, to try and hide just how many diesel generators they were using on Westminster Bridge to try and keep themselves warm. As I say, it was an evening (about 8.30) in October in London, so probably a wise move, and I’m sure the TV news companies were looking for any chance to do them down, but anyway…

However, other than that…

A couple were saying that they needed to get off the bridge, and make sure that their sports car that they’d driven to London in was still parked where they left it. So they want to protest about the wasteful use of fuel, and everything else that was damaging the climate, but they drove to London in a sports car. We are talking the capital of the country, and its not hard to get to London by public transport, if they’d really wanted to, but…

Then, some woman, of my age, or slightly older could be heard in the background, saying to someone with her, that she was looking forward to her holiday in Spain when the protest was finished. Well…?

As is the way with rolling news coverage, about 30 minutes later, they went back to the area, to discuss the matter more, with other protesters. Fine, the more views the better, absolutely. Snag is, this group of 4 younger protesters were asked what they had planned after the end of the protest. Up piped one of them,

“Well, the 4 of us have a winter holiday planned in Thailand.” was her answer, without an ounce of irony, or presumably putting her brain in gear? Yes, I stopped laughing, eventually!

So yes, climate change protest, which I can safely say I can see the need to get something done about, but presumably only on the terms that suit their own lifestyles? I know, might only be a small number carrying on like this, but all the same…

Video time. This might not be Queen’s greatest record (it isnt, seriously), but with the title, I just couldnt resist

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I suspect this might get lost on my non UK viewers, especially with those who dont get to travel by train, but its so amusing, I have to go with it. Besides which, I need to keep in with Geoff Marshall, as despite all my health issues (sadly not April Fool), for when he takes this series to my beloved West Yorkshire. Yes, each county, and area in England has a least used station. This varies between the Sublime (Redcar British Steel) with about 12 users in a year, to the ridiculous (Oakham) with nearly a million users, but is the only station in Rutland, so…

He’s currently off in Ireland, doing one of his other rail projects, one rather obviously called ‘All the stations in Ireland’, but apparently recorded this in preparation for release today, with full permission from station, and related railway companies.

As you might gather from the date, and the video, Waterloo isnt the least used station in London. Actually, as you might equally have guessed from the date, its actually the busiest station in the whole of the United Kingdom. Therefore yes, its very wittily done. Before you ask, no, I havent got the details of the actual length of a Vicki foot, but I suspect if Geoff finds this, either himself, or through one of his many thousands of fans, we might find out!

So yes, please feel free to enjoy the Waterloo version of least used station

You can also enjoy the one he made of the actual least used station in London, Angel Road

Oh, finally, for anyone who cares, the least used in West Yorkshire, where I live? Pontefract Baghill, which the last I saw, has 2 trains a day in each direction. See you there, Geoff, maybe?

 

Getting into London Town?

I think the last time I actually spent more than a few minutes in London would be about 3 years ago, when I went down to the ‘Big City’ for a work at home job interview, which I didnt get. I have briefly passed through once since then, when travelling down to Newbury, but apart from that, no, and I cant say I’ve really missed it. Tomorrow, I get to break that streak, though in truth, I wont see much before Thursday, but anyway…

Its funny, I lived in London for over 2 years, a long time ago (left in 2005), but its not an experience I plan to repeat anytime soon. I’ve been through there a few times since then, but unless you count Thamesmead as London town (which I dont), I havent stayed there, or done anything other than said interview since then.

But yes, tomorrow, I’m getting into London town, by train, after a half day at work, back permitting. As I say, I wont actually see anything of the centre of London before Thursday, when I head to Westminster, for a meeting at what seems to be the head office of my Civil Service department. Yes, the LGBT committee that I’m a proud member of, is meeting there this time. Oh, and dont laugh, but it looks like I’ve talked myself into doing it in a dress, now that should be fun. Yes, formal black dress, nothing too flapper for the heart of Westminster, lol.

In truth, I wont look around, I’ll get to the meeting, then I’ll head back to the Underground, and grab something to eat, and drink before heading for home. No, I doubt it will give me any desire to move back there either! I’m sure I will end up again in London, in this life, though I have no idea when. Even more so, as after today, I suspect my working life might not last until 66, as the back is definitely getting worse, not better! ūüė¶

But yes, if you see a ‘mature’ lady in a dress, walking through Westminster on Thursday, just think, it could be me!

OK, the video. This was something a little different for Bucks Fizz, for sure.

A Californian in England!

As opposed to an Englishman in New York! Yes, I was contemplating a song of that title (possibly not the obvious one?), but suspect I might find that useful in a couple of weeks time lol!

In truth, this hasnt been a great weekend for Los Angeles sport. My dear Dodgers finally succumbed to the Cubs yesterday in the Championship series in the baseball, though in truth, its probably as good as they were, the Cubs seem to be the exceptional team this year, so I suspect that 108 years of hurt might end shortly, though Cleveland might end a 68 year blank period, who knows? Lets face it, they’ve won the NBA, the AHL, so…?

But yes, the amusing thing for me, Los Angeles sport wise, was happening a lot closer to me. This afternoon, my time, which was 6.30 am back home in California, the Rams played a home game in London! Yes, crazy, they move to get a bigger audience, then play a home game in London! Ah well…

Yes, 10-0 up, I had hopes for them, but no, that was it, they lost 17-10! As I say, a bad weekend for LA teams (though the Kings won in the NHL, I’d better add), but hopefully things will get better.

But fine, this old lady was wondering if there were any rich (optional, but if you can fly to London for a game…?), single people in London looking for an English partner to whisk back to LA? Or a submissive, just maybe? No, thought not, but no harm in asking lol?

Funnily enough, this time last year, I was an Englishwoman enjoying her last few days in LA!

Right, video time. I guess its fair to say I need a man, or a woman to do this to me! Yes, much under rated group, go check out some of their other stuff on You Tube, or elsewhere!

A whimsical notion, to travel to Rio tonight

What for? Well, apart from a forthcoming Olympics, not a lot, I guess? But fine, that should give you a clue to tonights video at least. That really was a two way choice, but hey, this is the preferred choice. I wouldnt be surprised if you dont get the other later this month, anyway.

So, given it starts next Friday, and apart from tomorrow, this is the last posting before then, I thought I’d better give it a quick mention. No, in truth, I wont go out of my way to see much of it, especially given that the evening entertainment, which tends to be the highlights, will be overnight here in the UK.

In truth, so far at least, its beginning to look a slight non event. A vast majority of the Russian competitors are banned, due to past, and present drug enhancements of their talents, their weightlifters even being pulled, because their Federation pretty much admitted they are cheating the system. Not that I suspect that all the competitors from other countries are innocent, much the opposite in fact, but anyway…! Its fair to say that one or two sports are so tainted, it would be the ones not cheating who would be the exception, rather than the other way around!

No, I’ve never actually been to an Olympic event, which is probably something I will regret someday, especially when they were held in London, but it was my choice. Funnily enough, I’ve been to a few cities where relatively recent Olympics were held, and seen a few locations used, but thats about it.

In that sense, the obvious place to start is London, where the last Olympics were held. In fact Stratford wasnt very far from where I lived between 2003, and 2005, but given I left just after the announcement, I havent seen the stadia in person. Yes, it might have been fun to have gone back, and seen the area in 2012, but given the prices of most tickets, the travel, and accommodation costs I would have incurred, I passed on that. As I say, give me a few years, I might regret it, but for now… As I say, 1908, and 1948 really arent relevant now.

The other city with special Olympic memories for me, is Athens. Not from when it actually happened in 2004, but from when it didnt happen, but they assumed it would, in 1996. There seemed to be some confident assumption in Greece that they would get said Olympics, as the centenary of the first one held there. Thing is, for whatever reason, they didnt, Atlanta beat them, and lots of recriminations ensued. My amusing memory of all this, going out there at the end of September 1990, on holiday, and seeing numerous shirts, and tops, proudly proclaiming Athens Olympics 1996, and of course, it wasnt going to happen. Surprisingly, not, they were being sold off cheap! Yes, I got one, though of course I dont still have it now. I did actually get to see 1 historic stadium from 1896 in Athens, but that was it.

The one city where I have seen Olympic venues, is the obvious one, Los Angeles. In fact, some of the venues from both 1932, and 1984 survive, and I saw them last year, on both trips. There is talk that they are going to try to again hold them in 2024 (the reason why Metro trains are going to be connected to the Airport), but we will see. In truth, unless I’m living in the area (I only wish!) by then, I’ll probably pass, for a ‘quieter’ time in the city, a merely relative term. Its why I’m amused by the fact I love the city so much, as it, especially Hollywood, is so unlike me, but hey, it happened anyway!

I have also been to Amsterdam, but as it was held there only in 1928, there wasnt much to see!

The video, as I say, was a 2 way choice. Given my love of the eclectic humor of Mike Nesmith, my love of The Monkees as a group, and the feel of the video, this was the obvious choice.

What name on the coffee? Jean Harlow?

OK, fine, I’ll pass on the news, I didnt get the job. As seems popular at the moment, I was the bridesmaid, but would have been nice to be the bride. Still, I know the ‘old girl’ still has it in her, or almost does, anyway.

So no, sadly, back to economy class for the flight to Hollywood. Ah well, it would have been fun flying in luxury, maybe one day…?

But fine, the amusing moment, or should I say 2 amusing moments both occurred in a Starbucks, one at Leeds station, the other, by the hotel where I was being interviewed at Paddington.

If these places are busy (and both were), they ask you for a name to write on the throwaway cup, not that they check these things, but anyway… Let me add, the amount of times I buy a coffee when travelling like that is rare, because most of the time, I’m on my way to work, where I can get a free coffee so…

I know, its childish, maybe, but I’ve always wanted to do it. So when asked my name, for the guy to scribble on the cup, I said ‘Harlow’. Coolly, I would have fluttered my long eyelashes, had I got any! No, he didnt ask a first name, but I would definitely have said ‘Jean’ in that mood.

So fine, when I got to Paddington, close to where the interview was being held, I did the same thing.

I’m sure, somewhere in heaven, Jean was roaring with laughter at the time. But yes, if I get the chance again, and its somewhere they’re not doing identity checks, I will definitely do it again.

So yes, when it comes to coffee buying at least, Jean Harlow lives lol!

The video, well, its a tenuous thing. But it is Bowie, and Ronson at their best, so forgive me

In case anyone hadnt noticed

The Olympics start on Friday, here in the UK, though thankfully London is the opposite end of the country to me! So therefore in the sense of jostling crowds, I’ll miss out on it, phew! I think there is some soccer in Manchester, across the pennines, but thats far enough away to avoid it, even more so given my ‘love’ of that game!

The funny thing is, the Olympic Stadium is only a matter of a couple of miles from where I once lived in London for a couple of years, indeed I left there a few months after the announcement in 2005. And though it might have been fun to say ‘I was there’, in all honesty I’m glad I wont be.

No, I wont be able to avoid the whole thing, I work in a betting related call centre, pretty much all sports, so when you think about it…I’m sure I will see plenty of it at work, and quickly get tired of all the inane questions that shop staff will ask me on a regular basis. Alright, I might be feeling that way already, but…lol

The thing that depresses me the most though, isnt the sport, its the sheer bad taste requests from customers/shops relating to it. I think the worst is being asked for a price for the Queen to be assassinated during the opening ceremony, but believe me, there are plenty of others nearly as bad. You do wonder about the morals, and tastes of some people, seriously you do!

I promise you one thing, unless something amazing happens, this will be the last Olympics posting. unless I do a jaded one after its over lol!

Positivity in this posting, oh thats easy. 8 weeks from now, I will be across the Pond, having a good time with a good friend, or maybe even friends, it certainly will be the latter at some point during the week. And by then, the Olympics will be over, hoorah!

The video, an oldie, but seems apt, given all the athletics there will be over the next few weeks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnj80Ha7f2k