Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Ladysolly just told me that when she tried to visit the web site of her bridge club, she was blocked by Vodafone's censorship.

There's probably some way that she can prove that she's over 18 and therefore has sufficient moral fibre to resist the lure of the Devil's Bible.

The real problem, of course, is the poor quality of the censorware that's supposed to protect children. I remember I was once asked to try out some censorware. I installed it on my computer, and just used it normally. But when I tried to buy some nuts and bolts, by visiting it blocked me. And when I looked at the reason, it didn't like the word "screw" in the web site name.

And Disney. They tried to block me. Getting round their blocker was very easy.

Wifi in the Magic Kingdom

Wifi in the Magic Kingdom, part 2

A magic way to remagic the Magic Kingdom's Wifi

So these blockers are easy to evade, and annoying for bridge players.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Woodland Walk near Stowe

I went out yesterday with SimplyPaul on a long bike ride. 56 caches found, and one DNF. THe last cache I did was around the Wolfe memorial - a SimplyPaul cache that he was about to archive, on account of lack of interest.

These days, long multi caches involving a lot of walking aren't popular.

The highlight of the day was this.

We found the skull of a deer on a woodpile, and I just had to pose with it.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A suggestion for UKIP

UKIP have announced that a burka ban will be in their manifesto.

I can't see that getting them many votes. I, for one, am not keen on the government telling me how I can dress. But here's a real vote-winning idea they could adopt.

"If elected, we commit to remaining in the EU."

That would get them lots of votes from the 48% who voted remain. Add to that a committment to slashing immigration from non-EU countries (such as Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan) and you're looking hopeful. Then take their previous policy of free university education in STEM (i.e., useful) subjects, enlarge that by copying the Green's idea of free university education for all (which was the case until a Labour government ended that) and you've got a winning formula!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Two excellent Mikados

Both by the English National Opera, both directed by Jonathan Miller.

The first one stars Eric Idle as Ko-Ko

The second is more recent, as you can tell by the reference to Trump.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

On yer bike round Hampshire

When I saw this series come out, I knew I was going to do it. And today, I did. On my bike.

There were a few extras either along the route, or with a bit of a diversion. I found them all except one, then relocated and found a few more, for a total of 37 caches.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Yippee, another election

So who would I vote for, and why? Here's the main possibilities.

1) Tory. This is the party that got us into this Brexit mess.
2) Labour. One word - Corbyn.
3) Libdem. Whatever they put in their manifesto, you can expect that they'll abandon that instantly if offered a whiff of power.
4) SNP. They probably won't field a candidate in Buckinghamshire.
5) Green. They have good intentions, and bad policies.
6) UKIP. They helped to get us into this Brexit mess.
7) Monster Ravng Loony party. I can only hope that there's a candidate in my constituency. Because if there is, I'm voting Loony.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Actually, it is rocket science

The North Korean missile launch failed.

Various media are guessing that this might be because of a cyber attack by the US.


In my experience, when there's two possible explanations, one being conspiracy and the other being incompetence, the correct answer is usually incompetence.

In this case, launching a big rocket is not easy. That's why it's called "rocket science". I think it failed because it's really difficult to get this sort of thing right; there's a lot of systems and they all have to work correctly.