OK.. so I know a lot of words.. but generally not how to spell them.

The English Teacher
You are 100% Verbose! Although you get bonus points just for finishing.
Okay, obviously you know a little too much about the English langauge.
Do you wear a sweater vest, bemoan high school students’ inability to
write, and just generally act like a egotistical prick? If you said yes
to one of the three, you might be an English teacher. In which case, it
was unfair of you to take this test. (If you aren’t an English teacher,
maybe you should stop reading the thesaurus for sport.)

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More Oxford Transport Tragedy.

This morning I worked out what the new “Road Safety Demonstration Scheme” on the Cowley Road in Oxford is going to involve, and I’m not impressed.

First, a background:-

The Cowley Road in Oxford is on the city’s most heavily used bus route. It is also one of the most heavily used cycle routes for those who commute. In the place where this new scheme is being implaced there is a reasonably large group of shops. In fact, it’s only third in size behind the city centre, Headington and Summertown in the size of the shopping area.

So, what’s the new scheme?

Well, they’re narrowing the road at several points. These narrow stretches are probably just about wide enough for two buses to pass with no space between the sides of the buses and the curb. I say probably just about wide enough as I’m not actually sure that it is possible to get two buses past them.

It’s obvious that this “safety” scheme has made no provision for the safety of cyclists. Indeed, it’s made the situation a whole lot worse. I’m not sure it’ll make the pedestrians any safer either, especially if buses keep having to ride over the edges of the pavements to get past each other.

I think all the local planners should be forced to commute along the Cowley Road everyday for a month before they cook up any more stupid schemes. These are Green Party members on the whole so they should know better… shouldn’t they?

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Green 27

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I spent most of the weekend trying and failing to wake up.

Dispite the lovely weather outside I just felt so shattered on both Saturday and Sunday that I couldn’t force myself outside the house other than to do the shopping.

I did force myself to move a lot of stuff I’m brought back from Cornwall up into the loft though, so the weekend wasn’t a total loss. I did also try to recover my old data from the Atari ST’s old hard disk but failed dismally. The old disk is the one which originally came inside the TT but I replaced it about 10 years ago when it got sticktion problems. It was good enough for use with the ST, however as I could shake the box it was in to start it. However, when I tried it out on Saturday it didn’t work well, or much at all. I got it spinning but a bad block analysis showed that about a third of the blocks were dead. Looks like I’d have to start again if I wanted to revive programming on that platform.. and I just can’t be bothered.

And so, now it’s Monday morning. It’s cold, wet and a whole lot of no fun… and I’m still tired.

Well, Jess has just left.

She did manage to find my place, eventually.. though it took her a couple of runs up and down the estate to do so. Because of this we were a little late getting to the cinema but not too much. There was still time to get the tickets and popcorn before the film began.

The film itself was not exactly what I expected, with more plot twists and less of another “Die Hard” film. I guess Bruce is getting a bit old for that role now. Though the little kid did seem to be an apprentice for that role. (Not giving any significant spoilers.) Though I thought the ending did sort of leave a lot of plot points hanging. Oh, and the credits were very well done.

After the film we came back to my place where I plied Jess with tea (from a pot) and we chatted for a bit until it was time for her to leave.

As for vibes.. well, not sure. She said “we’ll have to catch up again soon” but in a paranoid way I’m not sure she meant it as the tone of voice wasn’t as upbeat as it could be. Anyway, I enjoyed the film.

Well, it’s all set…

The plans are now fully in place for my evening out at the cinema with Jess tonight.

Assuming that she can find my house, she’ll be picking me up just after 8pm to toddle down to the Ozone Multiplex to watch “Hostage.” then drinks/coffee afterward. Well, that’s the plan, anyway.

In case of her getting lost we’ve exchanged phone numbers.