Archive for March, 2007

Georgi and the Butterflies

March 31, 2007

Georgi and the Butterflies is a delightful Bulgarian documentary, which aired on More4 in the UK a couple of years ago. I’ve been looking for it on DVD ever since, and have finally found it.

Doc-Air is a slightly enigmatic Czech website which appears to be stuffed with interesting European documentaries. Which you can stream; or download as DVD iso images or DIVX files, for pennies, essentially.

I’m downloading Georgi on the other box as I write this. It cost €4.50. The only drawback is that the download is going to take about four hours.

Well, more like six, and the resulting burned DVD isn’t a UDF but a Joliet disc, so Apple’s DVD player won’t look at it at all. And there’s no menu, and the English subtitles are burned into the video, so I can’t turn them off, but it plays in VLC and the DVD player under my telly, so I guess that’s good enough for now.

Now to actually watch the damn thing! I never saw the beginning before.


A petition worth signing

March 19, 2007

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Instruct the Department for Transport to, within six months, update the 1981 joint Department of Transport/British Rail ‘Review of main line electrification’ to take into account current installation and energy costs and rail traffic levels; and, if the positive conclusions of the original report still stand, revive the proposals for a rolling programme of main line electrification in Britain.

Well, it’s like this. Compared to the two other European countries I’ve been to recently there’s a relative lack of electric railways in Britain. If the Norwegians consider it worth electrifying to Bergen, and the Bulgarians to Burgas, why can’t we electrify to the likes of Cardiff, Dumfries, Penzance or Aberdeen? I can think of no very good reason.


March 9, 2007

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Rail union announces new strikes

Two further 48-hour strikes are due to cause commuter chaos across Scotland, it has been announced.Strike action is to continue over working hours and the RMT will ballot UK members about joining the dispute.

There may or may not be genuine issues behind this, I don’t know.

I do know I’m fed up with the RMT’s adversarial attitude. It doesn’t help in any way at all.

It’s a big shadow. That’s all, just a big, big shadow…

March 3, 2007

Astrology of the Full Moon: Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse of March 3 « Gryphon Astrology

The ruler of this lunation is Mercury, which is retrograde and in the malefic sixth house, but at least it is in its own triplicity, so it is not entirely without its virtue.