събота, август 26


More Travel News

Apologies to any reader who used a Lobster Blogster Travel News item on 21 August when packing for a departure from a UK airport. Unfortunately we relied upon an announcement by Alistair Darling that he hoped he could "make sure that the system is manageable, and proportionate."

Airline security remains at the Insane level, and will remain so for the conceivable future.

петък, август 25


New Ideas For Foreign Policy

Blair's foreign policy is now a threat to national security
Friday August 25, 2006
The Guardian

Has the Guardian become infected by lobsterly thoughts? After all it was less than two weeks ago that the lobster said "Is it possible that ... the government might be wrong about what pushes people to criminality?"

In fact David Clark at the Guardian goes somewhat further than the lobster by suggesting "only 1% accept the government's assurance that [our foreign policy] has made us safer... There are probably more people in Britain who believe in Santa Claus or yogic flying."

Pictured right is a member of the Natural Law Party who Lobster Blogster feels sure would be willing and able to help the government formulate a new and more popular foreign policy. We'll have to wait for Christmas if we are going to ask Santa Claus.

четвъртък, август 24


Caption Competition



сряда, август 23


Agent Provocateur

Three uses of the term Agent Provocateur for you to consider.

Incorrect usage

Derek Pringle's article in the Telegraph, which was widely quoted in the worldwide sports press, claims Duncan Fletcher acted as an agent provocateur in the Pakistan cricket ball tampering incident.

Denied usage

Detective Sergeant John Pickersgill categorically denies he was acting as an agent provocateur in an incident photographed in Parliament Square. Det Sgt Pickersgill was attached to S012, the Special Branch Section at New Scotland Yard responsible for holding intelligence on extremist bodies.

Active usage

Kerron Cross demonstrates the correct usage in a jokey article about Tony Blair on his blog.

вторник, август 22


Heraldry for Bin Men

An occassional series on the joy of heraldic art from the perspective of a council waste operative.

Heraldry is the practice of designing, displaying, describing and recording coats of arms and badges, as well as the formal ceremonies and laws that regulate the use and inheritance of arms. The origins of heraldry lie in the need to distinguish participants in battles or jousts, whose faces were hidden by steel helmets. (from Wikipedia)

In the modern world there is no finer "Knight of the Road" than the dual purpose waste and recycling collection vehicle. The joust has now been superceded by the weekly rubbish and recycling collections, as two over-sized vehicles battle to reverse down your road. This is why municipal authorities choose to adorn their general purpose domestic waste recepticles with the ancient symbols from heraldry.

One the left you will find a full length shot of a wheelie bin, proudly displaying the coat of arms of Watford.

To the right you will see the design in fine detail. The coat of arms of Watford is described thus:

An ancient shield design, displayed above the Latin motto "Audentior", surronded by a white rectangle bearing the imprint "Watford Borough Council" in capitals at the base, all colour and some detail lost as the entire design is impressed in white onto a gray high density polyethylene wheelie bin shell using a heat stamping method.

Note 1: Audentior translates as "if you've got bad taste, don't be afraid to show it."

Note 2: Wheelie bins with heraldic emblems are a real improvement to the town, credit where credit's due.

Trouble Always Comes in Threes

Mr Bob Piper wanted me to tackle this, so I had better look lively. It's a meme of three :o)

1 Things that scare me
Knife wielding maniacs
Apologists for war-mongers

2 People who make me laugh
Paul Merton
Ronnie Barker
Arthur Lowe
(Two of these are dead - is that a problem?)

3 Things I hate the most
Things that could work well, but don't

4 Things I don't understand
Why it's getting harder and harder to open food packaging
Why humans bother to iron their clothes
Why I am doing this blasted list

5 Things I'm doing right now
Concentrating on this list
Struggling to fill it in
Consulting my lobster bride because I've run out of ideas

6 Things I want to do before I die
Grow old gracefully
Grow old disgracefully
See a recycling and rubbish collection scheme in Watford that actually works which I have visited via the integrated public transport network

7 Things I can do
Speak a little Bulgarian
Sudoko puzzles
Bugger things up

8 Ways to describe my personality

9 Things I can't do
Walk away
Play a musical instrument
Get up in the mornings

10 Things I think you should listen to
What your mother says
The voices of people who don't get heard very often
A nightingale in Berkley Square

11 Things you should never listen to
People who claim to speak on other's behalf
The little voice in the back of your head that says "chocolate"

12 Things I'd like to learn
How to sing
How to use an abacus

13 Favorite foods
I can't name a third because I will be committing carbohydrate crime

14 Beverages I drink regularly
Redbush tea
Does water count?

15 Shows I watched as a kid
H R Puffinstuff (I think)
Blue Peter
Dr Who

16 People I'm tagging (to do this meme)

понеделник, август 21


Substantial Material

According to the Home Secretary Doctor Reid the police have uncovered "substantial material" which would allow them to take forward the judicial process in the current terror plots case.

Lobster Blogster wondered whether the police may have substantial material with respect to the individual below. His story, or at least as much as is known, can be found by clicking the image.

Please help us to find this man!


Travel News

Good news for travellers from the UK as luggage restrictions at UK airports are going to be downgraded from "Insane" to "Manageable" within days.

The "Insane" level was brought in as a temporary step, as a way of easing down from the "Chaos" level.

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