Monday, 29 November 2004


Really suffered this morning, due to yesterday's lie in. Didn't feel tired last night at all, and it was gone midnight before I went to bed. And when the alarm went off at 5:45am...

Still, there were a couple of good biography programmes on TV last night. One on Sid James (not sure if the timing was significant), the other on Freddie Mercury. Last week was the (quick calculation...) thirteenth anniversary of his death.

Should say a little more about the Rory Bremner book ("You Are Here"), really, since its not the kind of book I'd typically go for. In reality, although Rory Bremner is the "big name" on the front of the book, he's backed by a couple of guys (John Bird and John Fortune) who are sharp as tacks. Found out about the book from the Radio 4 arts programme which is on after The Archers (Front Row?), in which Bremner was interviewed. He mentioned a couple of "teaser" statistics such as:
  • The Americans have spent over $26 trillion on Defence since the end of the Second World War, which would work out at $26 million per day, since the birth of Christ
while in the UK...
  • the Department of Education and the Cabinet Office each had a committee, which looked into the specific issue of Duplication in Education. Neither knew that the other existed.
Enough said, I had to buy it.

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