Monthly Archives: December 2009

New Year: what’s the big deal?

ALL OVER the world people are getting way too overexcited by the fact that today’s the 31st of December and tomorrow will be the 1st of January.

The BBC has just reported that Sydney, whose “New Year” comes earlier than the rest of us,  has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on fireworks.

While I’m up for a party at any time and on any day or night of the year, this frenzy over a date appears to me to be more than a bit odd. You could, for example, designate February 14th as a day when lovers could get overexcited too.

So the world+dog will get itself rat arsed tonight and everyone will wish each other a Happy New Year, waking up tomorrow morning with the mother and father of all hangovers.

It’s just another day guys and just another night that you can thank your lucky stars you’re still alive.

Love is all you need on Carnaby Street. And money

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and money money money. That’s all you need on Carnaby Street in Soho.

But meanwhile, on the north east corner of Soho, quite a few old watering places, including the Bath House, appear to be scheduled for the knacker’s yard because they’re going ahead building Crossrail.

A real shame.

Here’s Carnaby Street and its Christmas decks. ♦

Khajuraho

THE TEMPLE OF the 64 Yoginis at Khajuraho (below) is truly in a parlous state indeed. ♥


This one is doing better.  And this one looks beautiful.  According to Matsyendranath…

Slim pickings for the duck on icy Oxford pond

THE THAW came to Oxford two days ago, but not everything has melted. Here’s a duck that’s having problems scraping together a meal on the pond in the park. (N51°45’51.84″, W1°14’57.12″)

Lewknor: the point of no return

NO ONE KNOWS why the bus from Oxford to London, the so-called Oxford Tube, stops at Lewknor Turn. There’s a nice review of this bus service and the alternative here.

If people do know, they’re not saying.

This is a view from the top of the bus going down the High in Oxford towards St Clemens.

Stopping at Lewknor gives you a chance to look out for red kites. And it doesn’t look too bad when it’s been snowing.

Oxford Tube, Lewknor

Oxfordshire gets first community radio station

THAT FINE CHAP Alex Bennett writes to tell me that OX4FM has been granted a five year Community Radio FM licence by OFCOM.

OX4FM is to initially provide a service tailored to people living in the OX4 area of Oxford. It will play music, provide community information and promote local artists and local orgs.

The station is looking for volunteers and to build strong partnerships with businesses and other community orgs.

The website is here.

North Parade, Oxford surprises once again

GOOD OLD North Parade.  It’s so good they named it once.

I was alerted to the fact something was going on by the fact that loud alarums and tuba players were filtering through my not very thick windows – it’s -4 Celsius here tonight.

Naturally, I investigated. What was going on? Here’s the video.

Charming, no? After the lasses had finished their last song, one of them turned round, put her candle down and burst into bitter tears. Her friends all rallied round. “What’s the matter? What’s the matter?”  The matter, it transpired, is she was very very cold indeed.

And it is. We couldn’t take a proper snap of Santa Claus on our SnackBerry, but here’s one we snapped earlier in the same street.  Tashi Ji, from the R&C, was serving food in the street in his shirtsleeves. He’s a Sherpa. Must seem like summer to him… Σ