Thursday, 10 November 2011

We're Off To See The Wizard

Had a bit of a thrill when traveling on the M1 this afternoon. We were going north and noticed a steam train on the back of a lorry traveling south. Although unusual what really caught our eye was the name 'Hogwarts Express'. Now I don't know if it was the exact train used in the film but it was identical. Andrew who was with us said there is some sort of Harry Potter exhibit in London so maybe that is where it was heading. I like it when you come across something like that, something unexpected. I'll never forget the thrill of being sandwiched between two huge trucks with Red Bull splashed all over them the Thursday before a race weekend. Or the time we passed a convoy of armored vehicles off to the the Gulf war of the 80's. My only complaint is that it always happens on the motorway where you can't stop and have a good look, or take a photo.

Andrew is still suffering and is pretty down about things. He came out shopping with us today just for something to do as he is bored stiff. If he remains off next week I've urged him to phone school and get them to send him some work so he doesn't fall too far behind and it will give him something to do.

It is a week today that Laurence moves out. He is a combination of nerves and excitement but is suddenly realising how easy he has it here. From next week he is going to have to do everything himself. I wonder how he will cope?

Sir Jimmy Savile was laid to rest today after lying in state at a Leeds hotels in his gold coloured coffin. It seems he was determined to go against the flow right to the last gasp. and he got his final wish to be buried on a hilltop at a forty five degree angle so he can 'see the sea'. I must admit that is a pretty cool thing to do. And in a thousand years time it will drive the archaeologists nuts trying to work out why.

In other news the X factor scandal rumbles on and on and on. It seems that Birds Nest Head is the most news worthy thing to come out of the show since it started and the media is going to make the most of it. We've had an interview with Bird Nest where he came across as less than repentant, then we had a blonde spilling the beans on what exactly they all got up to and now his mentor has come out to say that it is all his fault. Too damned right it is for putting the tuneless twit through in the first place. One can only hope that it all dies down sooner rather than later and Birds Nest will be cast back into oblivion where he belongs.

It has been a quiet couple of days, the weather has kept me indoors mostly trying to keep warm without turning the heating on. I've invested in a big thick housecoat and it is amazingly warm and cosy so I'm managing very well. Now if only I could find some really thick slippers.