As promised, we went to The Hogshead on Friday night, meeting up with Brycchan, Megan & John. At last orders we were joined byLib-Dems Robert and Matthew.
On Saturday we were going to spend the evening in Chinatown, but when I went to wake Jimmy from his afternoon nap, I instead joined him in a sleep. We changed our plans and went up to Crystal Palace. We headed for our favourite Spanish restaurant but we would have to wait half an hour for a table. So we made the mistake of going to a faux-Mexican restaurant called Borderland. I say 'mistake' because whilst there was actually nothing wrong with the experience, we will not be in a hurry to repeat the experience of bland, slap-dash prepared food and indifferent service.
We walked down to The Railway Bell, to check out the new management. Turns out they knew Jimmy and he them from nearly twenty years ago when they made the Wagon and Horses on Lyham Road Pub of the Year. I don't remember anything from getting in the taxi to waking up at quarter to one this afternoon. That rather scuppered my plans to go down to Sainsburys and cook an amazing meal. So I cobbled together Ready Meals. Tip on Ready Meal preparation - serve it sitting up at table with a bottle of really good Pinotage.
I sent an email of complaint to BBC News because of the amount of time they devoted to the Space Shuttle. I pointed out that whilst, of course, it was sad it was no sadder than the people who die every day in road accidents, nor in the railcrashes in Australia and Zimbabwe, or the explosion in Lagos, all of them, incidentally, in Commonwealth countries. Despite what BBC News Editors think, we are a sovereign nation, not the fifty-first state of the USA. I finished by saying that I would hope they spend hours grieving the loss of Iraqi citizens in direct proportion to this overlong coverage.
I am writing this while watching Dan Cruickshank and the Lost Cities of Iraq. A delight of a programme, showing deserted architectural treasures, such as in Babylon, Ur, Nineveh and the Garden of Eden, many of which may be destroyed in the war. They are older than the Pyramids, arguably even more important in the history of civilisation, and, may I dare say, more impressive.
It is sad that it probably got a very small audience, but I wonder whether the warmongers would be so gung-ho if they had had the chance to see it. I think it would be regarded as sacrilegious to bomb the World Heritage sites of Egypt, but I am not sure we have the same scruples about Iraq. Just a shame there appears to be no accompanying website.