Monday, 22 August 2011

A tentative post: U-Turn Cam goes West: Revenge of the white van: Hobbit holiday: Falcon faux pas: and Lost for words:

Nice at the Castle this morn, sunny, calm and warm, still in a bit of pain, still itchy, still a bit “dopy”, had half an hour sitting in the garden yesterday.

Just got back from the stale bread, gruel and pussy food run down at the “new revamped” Tesco-can’t find a bloody thing, there seems no logic to the layout and it took me twice as long even though “they” gave me a map.

Word seems to have gotten about that I am up and about, the queue of users wanting a fix at the portcullis reaches down to the bollards, and you don’t want a group of people standing around your bollards in my condition.

I see that after saving Blighty from the rioters U-Turn Cam has buggered orf   to Cornwall for yet another break.

Some of can’t afford one holiday a year. Let alone four....

An £120,000 Ferrari 360 Spider has been sunk by a white van, the convertible had been parked at the water’s edge while the driver enjoyed a meal at a restaurant.

The incident, on the Croatian holiday island of Pag, was photographed by Tibor Szirovicza, 29, who had little sympathy for the sports car’s owner.

‘The Ferrari guy was a Slovenian tourist who had been harassing people in his car by making a lot of noise,’ he said.

‘It was like he was driving around purposely trying to wake up tourists with his fancy Ferrari.’

Bloody Slovenians, going over there in their sports cars waking people up.....

Lord of The Rings fans can now splash out on a stay in an underground hobbit hotel.

The small and cosy guest house in a secluded valley in north-west Montana, US, has been created to look just like Middle Earth.

Tolkien fan Steve Michaels and wife Christine built the Hobbit House of Montana at a cost of just £250,000.

It replicates the exterior of the Baggins' quaint place of residence - as described in Tolkien's novels.

It features a host of accommodation burrowed into the hillside including a tree-stump shaped troll house, several round door hobbit houses and also some fairy houses.

Inside the lodgings offer an impressive collection of modern comforts including a HD Blu-Ray TV, WiFi access, XM Radio and a human-sized kitchen, all starting at £149 a night.

 Wonder if U-Turn Cam has booked it for Crimbo?

The Pentagon's hypersonic plane has gone missing-again.

A test flight of the Falcon HTV-2, a hypersonic plane capable of reaching speeds roughly 20 times the speed of sound, ended unexpectedly early on Thursday when ground controllers lost contact with the arrowhead-shaped plane less than half an hour after it took to the skies.

Launched at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara, the aircraft soared to the upper reaches of the atmosphere aboard an eight-story Minotaur IV rocket, before being unleashed from its protective cover atop the rocket.

Embarrassingly, it is the second Falcon the US military has lost. An HTV-2 flown last year returned about nine minutes of data before contact was lost.

Should have put sat nav in it.

And finally:

The days of taking a charabanc to the aerodrome are gone forever, according to dictionary compilers.

The words, which conjure up images of the golden age of travel, are among dozens which have become extinct in the past year, according to experts compiling the next Collins Dictionary.

Other words on the list include wittol, meaning a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness and which appeared in the One Thousand and One Nights tales of Arabian folklore translated into English in the early 18th century. However, it has not been much used since the 1940s.

The terms drysalter, a dealer in certain chemical products and foods, and alienism, the study and treatment of mental illness, have also faded from use.

Some of the vanished words are old-fashioned modes of transport such as the cyclogiro, a type of aircraft propelled by rotating blades, and charabanc.

The stauroscope, an optical instrument for studying the crystal structure of minerals under polarised light, is also no longer used. 

Wonder if they still have adnascentia, bumposopher, citharize and weequashing?

That’s it: I’m orf for a bag of Brain Chips. 

And today’s thought: Ever had amnesia and déjà vu at the same time . . . I think I've forgotten this before.


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