Scottish Power(cut)

Greetings from the third world country that is Scotland. A land in which it’s seemingly impossible for power companies to maintain an adequate supply for longer than a couple of months before a power cut strikes.

I can tell when I’ve suffered another of these when the microwave’s clock shows: 00:00. My Mac and Linux computers were also powered off. Luckily they have journaled file systems, so no data loss has been detected.

I run High Sierra, 10.13.5, so I used System Information (alt About this Mac) to examine the Power Management log, under Software/Logs. This showed Scottish Power(cut) had failed to provide enough juice at or shortly after 02:35:14 am.  Below that you can see the power off and reboot times.

2018-07-07 02:35:14 +0100 Assertions PID 39(UserEventAgent) Released BackgroundTask “”  [System: BGTask]

Time stamp Domain Message Duration Delay
========== ====== ======= ======== =====
UUID: (null)
2018-07-07 10:25:13 +0100 Start powerd process is started

Call me a cynic but that timing, looks suspiciously like a planned reboot.
Regardless, Scottish Power(cut) are a shower of bastards and renationalisation is the only answer.

Melanoma Trump

So Donald sent Melanoma to the caged children, where she asked what she could do to help reunite families.

You could tell your husband to stop being a total bastard, that would be a start.
What was it that first attracted you to the billionaire Donald…?

And if you can bear it…

Another G-Shock?

I didn’t mean to but I seem to have bought another G-Shock. It wasn’t my fault. The nice people – or as I think of them, the enablers – on TZUK made me do it by posting pictures of their latest acquisitions.

However I can console my worried conscience by means of three worthwhile rationalisations. First, I was able to practice ordering in Dutch, the online reseller being based in Rotterdam. Second, it is a truism in the watch world that G-Shocks do not really count when totting up the total number of watches in one’s collection. I readily and fully accept this. Third, my Dutch friends were able to offer the watch and ship it across the channel cheaper than I could find it in any UK shop or eBay vendor.

The G-Shock DW-5035D-1B forms part of the 35th anniversary series, celebrating the launch of the first G-Shock. So its looks echo that first model and it follows the all steel case construction beneath a resin bezel, this one has gold accents and unique dot-matrix screen effect – I like it.


I have been buying Private Eye of late. I literally laughed myself ill with this, from the Dumb Britain section.

Q. What animal is a cross between a horse and a donkey?
A. A honkey.


CELTA course wit

It’s not all past participles and lesson plans on a CELTA course. Occasionally something genuinely witty pops up. This short story forms part of my lesson for Monday, which is about articles. The original exercise has all of them omitted, I’ll spare you that, but here’s the completed story which actually made me laugh out loud.

An elderly couple from the USA were driving through Mexico and were approaching a city named Oaxaca. They saw a sign with the name of the city printed in capital letters: OAXACA. The couple tried to figure out how to pronounce the name – Wacks acka? Oaks-acer? They kept trying as they drove into the city. As they were hungry, they pulled into a place to get something to eat. At the counter, the man said to the waitress: “My wife and I can’t figure out how to pronounce the name of this place. Could you tell us and say it very slowly so that we can understand?” The waitress looked at him and said; “Buurrgggerrrr Kiiiinng.”

And in true CELTA style, the city is pronounced /wəˈhɑːkə/ or transcribed as w’haaka, the joke comes from p139 New Inside Out Upper Int. Macmillan Press ISBN: 978-0-230-00914-1. 🙂

A new Rolex

Rolex have just announced the release of one of the most long-awaited watches in their line up. A new ceramic bezeled GMT II with a jubilee bracelet. The watch world has gone MAD for it and it’s not even available yet. It was previously only available in a white gold version, costing over £25,000 but this model is in the more practical stainless steel and comes in at the far more “reasonable” £7,000. I would love one but there would have to be a major realignment of my collection (and savings) before I could afford it.


In the meantime, I’ll stick with my Seiko “Pepsi” Turtle, also on a jubilee which cost an even more reasonable, £200. 🙂 Not as elegant, perhaps but still a great watch!