Saturday, 20 December 2008

Strictly sillyness and no movement down on interests rates please...

Tonight sees the sequin-laden finale of this year's Strictly Over-the-Top tears n' tantrums celebfest with three couples trying to fandango (ok, so it's probably a quickstep!) their way to holding aloft the glitterball trophy. Quite frankly, I can't wait..about time too. I am entirely bored by the Beeb's inability to be able to run any kind of phone-in competition without it resulting in high-farce (see last week's pointless phone-in exercise) and refunds and apologies. It's not difficult Aunty...get the judges to score, get the public to vote...job done! Let's hope they don't bother with a dance-off tonight, there's no point phoning in if they do, just let the judges decide it instead - it's not like it's for charity anymore anyway, I'm just watching for the fab dresses, the professionals-only dance routines and the judges' hysterical hyperbole.

Lots of talk about parity and deflation and the dreaded 0 percent barrier. I hope next year that the Bank of England keeps interest rates at about 2% or certainly above 1.5% so that, even with euro-parity, we can encourage investment in our financial markets, offer something to overseas investors and keep UK savings bringing in returns for the large numbers of people reliant on them. There is no point pouring in vast tonnes/tons of money into the financial system to then not give the system a framework robust enough to work within.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Phew - end of very long poem in sight!

Anyone who followed my blog back when it was on MySpace (changed to blogger because of all the endless automatic emails trying to sell me stuff or get me to part with cash that took forever to get through each day) will know that I've been writing a long poem about the history of Blue Bell Hill in Kent (from prehistoric to present day)for the last couple of years. I think I have just about finished the words, just a rhyme or two left about the Jack-In-The-Green to go and then have the pictures/diagrams/maps and photos to get to grips with. I should point out that the poem isn't actually that horrendously long but that I've only had a few hours here and there to work on it.... I then have to try and see if anyone is interested in publishing 'The Ballad Of Blue Bell Hill'...
I must admit, I had no idea how rich the North Downs would turn out to be with history and folklore from neolithic burials, Roman occupation, Saxon Kings, smugglers, hell-hounds and ghosts...

Tuesday, 16 December 2008