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Monday, 1 October 2007

Wicksteed Park, Radio 4 Comedy podcasts & Surrealist Headline Generation...

The Rollercoaster at Wicksteed ParkYesterday was a fantastic, if exhausting day out for Christopher and me; the scout troop to which he belongs had organised a trip to Wicksteed Park, near Kettering, and we caught the coach at half-past nine on Sunday morning, along with a number of other families, to drive the 40 or so miles up the A6 there. Despite it being the weekend, a fairly warm day and the last day of the summer season, we were very fortunate that the park was really quiet - we didn't have to queue for any of the rides, and could wander freely all over the place. We had our fill of all the attractions, including several rides on the rollercoaster, and a record four goes on the (horrible, but I couldn't face seeing him riding it on his own...) Pirate Ship. Chris was really taken by the Laser Tag - despite the loud music and flashing lights, he absolutely loved being able to run around and zap the 'rookies' (as we referred to the new players, after we'd had what must amount to twenty games!)

Today's been a busy day, but in a completely different way; Beth had some scans to attend (one in London, and other at the L&D), Eleanor had her first full day at school (she was most excited by the prospect of School Dinners!), and Christopher went to school as usual; I had the house to myself.

While listening to the rather entertaining BBC Radio 1 Anniversary shows from the weekend, I got busy wrestling with trying to get a RAID card to be recognised by Red Hat. It seemed to work OK, but frustratingly refused to boot after that... a lot of work (and jelly beans eaten, which didn't do my head much good!) for very little gain. Still, I'm certainly learning more about how Linux gets put together!

Speaking of BBC Radio shows, I heard some excellent news about Radio 4's Friday evening comedy (the likes of The Now Show and The News Quiz) are now officially available as podcasts! They had been trialling the idea during the last-but-one series of The Now Show, and it's clearly been successful.

Links of the day:

  • thesurrealist.co.uk/standard.php : A random London Evening Standard headline generator, based on the displays that are daily put up outside newsagents. It typifies why I don't read the thing... (thanks for the link, Trev!)
  • www.baynhamtyers.com/contraptionII.html : A wonderfully ingenious contraption, made with household items, created and filmed by some students with the objective of going 'viral'... clearly it's worked!

Posted by james at October 1, 2007 7:30 PM


 
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