A new word, coined earlier today...

anachrospasm /ənakroʊ'spaz(ə)m/ n. An intensely jarring or unsettling episode of déjà-vu.

Sorry about mixing a Greek prefix with a Latin suffix. There aren't many words that do that.

A Night of Mirth and Merriment

This year's Unity Day fund-raisers are getting off to a flying start... and I'll be there telling a story or two.

A Night of Gypsy & Folk Music, Mirth and Merriment

Friday 20th March
TJ's Woodhouse Club

Na Zdrove (DJ set)
Tatu Carreta
Pretty Polly's Beard (including celiah!)
Claudio the Gypsy Spy
Banat Eshorouk - Arabian Dance Group

8pm 'till late!
£4 - all proceeds to Unity Day 2009

Update: (26/3/2009) I got to be the compere as well as tell a story! I introduced Tatu Carreta (a great band) and the belly dancers, then told the story of "Jack and the Gun" and a poem about gypsies. Regrettably, I couldn't late stay for Pretty Polly's Beard, but I heard that their ceilidh dance was a blast. The evening made a few hundred quid for Unity Day

So Long Cynical

So Long Cynical

A sticker on the railings of Royal Park School, opposite the front of the Royal Park Pub.

Update: (17/4/2008) It turns out to be the name of a band. I found another sticker on a wheelie bin, and they're on MySpace.

Taken Friday 20th March 2009, about 4pm.

Sit Down, Get yourself a Cuppa

Sit down, get yourself a cuppa... tell me does it matter what colour the kettle is?

I couldn't agree more.

Cylon Emoticons

I've invented a Cylon emoticon...


Left bracket for the domed head
Vertical bar for the roving eye
Left angle-bracket for the long narrow face

Okay, so it's not as cool as the LEGO Steampunk Cylon...

Update: (12/4/2009) You can use a right angle-bracket for the old-style centurions... (|<

Update: (15/4/2009) Oh, the pedantry this has started! Some, ah, friends have told me that since the new-style centurions have a V-shaped eye-slot, the emoticon should really be like this... (>=

And what's more, I have apparently failed to account for the crest on the top of the old style centurions, and a hyphen is now required... -(|<

I don't care any more. The series ending was a cop-out. The Cylons didn't have a plan after all - it was God what done it. Bah.