1. v. The act of writing a weblog or 2. n. Toby’s weblog.

The curse

Years ago, before the word “weblog”, let along “blog”, had been coined I started a very short lived on-line diary on my website. A few of the articles that I wrote bear putting up here for some sort of posterity. Re-reading the following diary entry again has brought back some memories of that time and I can safely say that since then I have not seen anything as serious as any single one of these incidents. Lets hope it stays that way.

Here then, slightly edited, is the first (and most recent in the archives) entry to be republished. It was written on 2002-02-22.

About two weeks ago I had a very strange seven days. As well as the normal streetlights going off as I walked under them I saw a lot of accidents and emergencies. Alex and I were walking in Battersea when we came across an incident. It was a motorcycle wipe out, with one damaged car, a hysterical driver and two damaged motorcyclists, one of which was strapped down with a respirator and being referred to by the paramedics as “The Body”. When we went by on the way back the car was still on the side of the street and the road surface had been, thankfully, cleaned. The entire passenger side of the car had been mangled by the collision.

The next morning I got to the station platform just as the train was pulling in. I pressed the Door Open button and saw in front of me a man lying on the floor, blood pumping out of his head and a few people tending to him. I got out of the way as someone had already called the ambulance and I felt it would be better to stay out of the way when they arrived.

A couple of days later I was driving up Warwick Road on the way to see my parents when I looked to my right. A gentleman in his late 50s was climbing out of a below street-level flat and as I watched he took three steps and then fell over. His papers went everywhere and he didn’t make any effort to get up. He didn’t even make any effort to break fall. People pretty much immediately ran to help him, already on their mobile phones to the ambulance service.

Is that it? No, I’m afraid not. The next day I was walking to the train station when I looked to my right and I saw a man curled up still on the ground, and his friend talking animatedly on a mobile phone to the ambulance people.

Then my friend Gerry and I were driving just south of Chelsea bridge and we looked to our right to see an ambulance stopped and a moped wiped out. No other damage this time, but the person driving the moped was already in the ambulance as far as we could tell.

OK. That is it. Things have quietened down now. I have stopped seeing injured
people all the time, which is a relief. It was quite a morbid week.

Published on 2006/10/15 at 23:12 by Toby, tags , ,

Adding context to getting lost

I have finally bought myself a GPS system. It is the Garmin Nuvi 660 which was very recently released in the UK. You can safely say that I am rather impressed, and that is before I try to use it to get me to places.

I had a discussion about the uses of GPS with Ben a while back whilst using an early GPS unit to find the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker (which was in the “local tourist attractions” list). Although, yes, they are useful in finding your way to places that you have not been before, there is much more interest in using them as a tool for adding context to where you are. The sense of freedom in having this context when travelling makes the whole process much more interesting and, hopefully, will encourage me to take diversions and discover more of my country.

Well, that’s the theory anyway. I think I need to discover a time machine first.

Published on 2006/10/12 at 19:13 by Toby, tags , , , ,

TCSOTD 2006-10-12

It has been a long time (for ‘long’ read at least two years) since I stopped doing this and since then there has been the occasional hint that people actually liked it and were wondering when I was going to start again. Since this appealed to my ego, here is the New and Improved, Blogged and Aggregatable, Cynical and Daily (yeah, I don’t believe that either) TCSOTD!

I’m going to experiment with updating it througout the day rather than posting the whole thing in one go, meaning that those of you with aggregators should get the updates. This may not last long – let me know what you think in the comments…

If you just want a TCSOTD feed rather than the whole of this blog then this is the link that you should use.

An art exhibition in Battersea Power Station

Got Nukes? Putting it into perspective

Make a font from your own handwriting

Reiser4 inventor arrested for murder

’World’s glaciers and ice caps are now in terminal decline’

IT@Intel Blog

YouTube videos of Stewart Lee’s take on Christian Fundmentalists and censorship

Tim quits blogging for a while, and leaves us with this (contains profanity)

‘Rockfish’: a great animated short

Published on 2006/10/12 at 08:06 by Toby, tags , , , , , ,

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