Tag Archives: UK

Explosions In London

From my office in Paddington station, you can hear sirens. We’ve been asked to put the blinds down over the windows. My Vodafone mobile is receiving texts, but replying doesn’t work. It’s not receiving any calls.

I’m fine, but feeling a bit nervous. Info is a bit sparse. One colleague was on the Edgware Road tube train.

I’m still not carrying a fucking ID card.

Sign The NO TO ID CARDS Petition Now!

Britain’s national ID card is back from the grave, and the government here is ploughing ahead at speed to make this an expensive, privacy-compromising reality. If you’ve lived in the UK for the past six months (or more), and you don’t want to be issued a Soviet-style “internal passport,” get to this site now and spend ten seconds filling in the No2ID petition. This may be your last chance.

  • An ID scheme won’t stop terrorists
  • An ID scheme will not control illegal immigration
  • An ID scheme won’t enable you to have anything you do not already have
  • An ID scheme will cost billions in taxpayers money and achieve nothing
  • An ID scheme will mean your most intimate details will be controlled by the government forever
  • An ID scheme will cost everyone £75 every yearNO2ID - Stop ID cards and the database state Open petition page in new window

And now on BBC Radio Four, the shipping forecast…

Trying vainly to get to sleep wouldn’t be the same without the strains of ‘Sailing By‘ at 00:45 on UK BBC Radio 4, followed by the Shipping Forecast. This string of numbers and names is sometimes soporific, sometimes annoying, and sometimes, it manages to be quite evocative.


Click below to see more information (or a vaguely related link) about each area. All links open in a new window.

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Trafalgar, FitzRoy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Some other sites concerned with the map…

Number 73

I used to ride the 73 bus from Euston to Kings Cross when I was feeling lazy, or when it was raining. This here site is a journal dedicated to this particular route, and very interesting it is too.