Bird List

OK, let’s do this properly then.

First day today, just around Bath at lunchtime etc. and quick trip to Ashton Court (Bristol) this PM.

Highlight definitely the Bath Peregrine.

Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Swallow Hirundo rustica
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Rock Dove Columba livia
Magpie Pica Pica
Blackbird Turdus Merula
Lesser Black Back Gull Larus fuscus
Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Collard Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

I’ve decided to include some of the seabirds that I saw in Bempton / Lizzard, as chances are I’m not going that way again in the short term. So current count is 21

All of the PostBoxes

Being the advid reader that you are you will remember my mission to see all the different Royal Ciphers on postboxes.

Well, mission complete. Happy days. (click on the image if you want to see a bigger version)
Royal Ciphers

What I learnt today: Nadine Dorries exists

I’ve been tired of politics for a long time. It just feels like it’s the same people saying the same things, just wearing different colour ties.

Then someone comes along who says something so utterly stupid, so misguided and misogynistic that it reminds you – “this is why I fucking hate them”.

That person is Nadine Dorries.

Not only has she questioned the right for a disabled constituent to receive benefits, spread mistruths to propagate her anti-abortion stance and left her husband of 23 years, who suffers from MS, at christmas for her best friends husband, but now she’s played perhaps her trump card.

Yesterday, on Channel 5’s Vanessa show Nadine said:

“If a stronger ‘just say no’ message was given to children in school then there might be an impact on sex abuse … if we imbued this message in school we’d probably have less sex abuse”

There have been plenty of heartfelt responses, but the one that touched the greatest chord was this one.

You can call for Nadine’s resignation here

10k is OK

Today (well, yesterday to be honest) I learnt that running 10K is harder than I first thought, but not as hard as I eventually feared.

I first signed up thinking it would be pretty simple, set out on my first training run, and had to stop after 2K! This created a sense of panic, culminating in Friday being fairly certain I would end up embarrassing myself.

In the end, I ran all the 10K (no cheating!) in just under 56 mins. Which I was pretty pleased with. Of course the next target is to RUN 10K, rather than JOG!


Didn’t learn much today, except for the fact that there is someone on the apprentice that looks like me.

Obviously, being on the apprentice makes him a bit of a cock, although this one sounds like a fairly spectacular example.

Quite grumpy about it.


This isn’t really something I learned today, so it’s kind of cheating.

I did learn a bit more about it though, so I think it counts. Also, it’s a double post day so I think it can be a bit weaker.

To me a postbox is a big red thing with a whole in the front and the letters ER on the side. Turns out they’ve been around for ages (if I thought about it I would have known this), and the ER is the royal cypher for the current monarch – Elizabeth II, god bless her.

There are, it transpires, 6 different Royal Ciphers to be found and now I’ve found there is even a points system. I love points systems so here it is

Victorian (VR or blank) – 10 points
Edward 7th (EVIIR) – 5 points
George 5th (GR) – 2 points
Edward 8th (EVIIIR) – 10 points
George 6th (GVIR) – 2 points
Elizabeth 2nd (EIIR) – 1 point

There are bonus points available, it seems, for particularly unusual postboxes but the rules around them aren’t very clear.

I’m off to collect some extra points…