diamond geezer

 Saturday, September 20, 2003

Pieces of eight

Time for the results of Thursday's diamond geezer treasure hunt. You were invited to find the out-of-time post with the treasure chest picture lurking in my archives, and to leave a message. Several of you found it, back in January. As a prize I said I'd plug the websites of the first eight people to find the chest, so here are the eight winners and their websites, along with an "extract" from each. Not the most exciting prize in the world but hey, I think these are well worth reading.

1) Darren (Linkmachinego): "[just the links] Angle-Grinder Man (This is the Web-Site of Angle-Grinder Man, the U.K.’s first wheel-clamp and speed camera vigilante cum subversive superhero philanthropist entertainer type personage); Dirty Comics (Although it may come as news to you, there is a long tradition of sequential artworks in celebration of the human love-act); Dawn of Dilbert (original dilbert submission package); Flashblog (Flashblogging is a Blog Mob set up to visit random blogs upon email announcement and place comments in those blogs, click on links, leave messages, and have fun); london.localfeeds (Articles published in London, UK in the last 48 hours)"

2) Bushra (fudge it): "i want to blog about this job, i want to blog about the five weeks i spent in that stupid stupid court, i want to talk about all the crap i live with at home but i can't. i think- oh wait. meeting. i'll update this post in a bit. but i will tell you i saw one of the defence lawyers in woolworths on saturday. someone needs to tell him that his stripey top didn't really work at all."

3) Jag (Route 79): "Tonight it was my turn to cook. Only I hadn’t prepared for it. So I raided the fridge. What did I find: 2 decaying peppers: one green, one red. 1 decaying red onion. 2 cooked chicken thighs from safeway. 1 decaying carrot. 2 ripe tomatoes. 2 ripe sweetcorn cobs from the Indian shop on the High Street. So - I hit upon an idea …" (there follows a marvellous step-by-step photo recipe)

4) Jeff (UK top forty): "For British pop chart fans, Sundays wouldn't be fun days without the Top 40 chart show, which now goes out on Radio 1 FM stereo between 4pm and 7pm, but this hasn't always been the case. My first memories are of Alan Freeman's Pick of the Pops Top 20 countdown starting at about 5.50pm in FM and AM (all mono) - but note the following changes: 1st October 1972 - Top 20 starting at 6pm in stereo (although once the show came from Scotland in mono...)"

5) Nic (Planarchy): "Well, as I'm sure you'd have expected, I took a lot of piccies whilst en France. Many will surface at some point I'm sure. But, in the meantime here is my current favourite..... it's a Hummingbird Hawkmoth AKA Macroglossum stellatarum, not native to the French Alps but a migrant from warmer climes further south. Apparently these inch long specimens sometimes get as far as England, though I've never seen them!. To get this far probably uses up all of the three generations that they can manage in a good summer... and all for what? Puts my humble summer trip by car into perspective anyway."

6) Mark (londonmark): "Football is not a funny old game. Let's get that clear right now. Football is very serious indeed. It has the power to reduce grown men to tears for the only time in their lives. It has the power to turn decent, rational, shy men into absolute gibbering Neanderthals, capable only of grunting, howling and pointing. It has the power to make men believe that a pair of socks which have been unwashed for twelve years have some kind of 'magic' or 'lucky' properties. Serious."

7) Dave (Guild Players): "The Guild Players are an amateur drama group based at Finchley Methodist Church Hall in the London Borough of Barnet (Ballards Lane, Finchley, London N3, UK). Our next major production will be a traditional family pantomime The Wonderful Story of Mother Goose by Norman Robbins. Performances 10th - 13th December 2003." (ooh, a real website, not a blog)

8) Tony (except Tony hasn't got a website so that leaves one last space for...) Dave (clear blue skies): "London bus rules: "When the bus finally leaves the stop you look out of the back window and see another two buses coming down the road, both of which will leapfrog yours and get to your destination long before you do. Halfway to where you want to go a big group of lads will get on the bus. Some of them will try to evade paying the fare and the bus driver will refuse to move until they do. The lads will then sit all around you and all start playing the ringtones on their mobile phones very loudly to see whose is best."

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