Saturday, 31 May 2014

A rare commodity

I noticed that samphire was on sale in Leicester Market today.

If only I know what to do with it, I might have bought some. Readers are invited to append their comments to this blog.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Why Thursday ?

Nearly all British elections for public office are held on Thursdays, though the votes for today's European election will not be counted until Sunday, the day on which  many other countries prefer to hold elections.

Sunday has the advantage that few people work on that day, so that it is not necessary to start voting early to cater for people voting on the way to work, or to keep polling stations open late at night for the sake of people wanting to vote after work.

I support Sundays!!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Expensive Plastic

While selecting cooked meats from a supermarket I noticed that slices of beef in plastic packets cost two pounds for 85 grams, but at the delicatessen counter beef was sold at £1-48 for 100 grams, at which price 85 g would cost £1-25.8, so the plastic wrapping costs more than 74 pence, more than a third of the total price.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Scottish Independence and the 2015 General Election

A referendum on Scottish Independence will be held later this year, but Independence, if approved, will not take effect until 2016. Meanwhile there will be a General Election in 2015.

If Scotland elects members to the 2015 Parliament, the composition of the British Government may be determined by Scottish MPs who will leave as soon as Scotland becomes independent, and the British Government that has negotiated the terms of independence may as a result fall as soon as Independence takes effect, possibly to be replaced by another government that might want to repudiate some of the terms agreed by its predecessor.

Things could get nasty.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Back Dated Compliment

The Turkish Prime Minister has tried to excuse poor safety in Turkish mines by saying that in the nineteenth century English mines were similarly dangerous. Is he offering nineteenth century England as a model for twenty-first century Turkey ?

Friday, 2 May 2014

twice neglected

Several times recently I've heard people on the television say "two times" instead of "twice". Where do they find such people ?