The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Saturday, 10th September 2016

I took this photo of a ticket machine screen at Ealing Broadway station on 28th August. The first off-peak day return that’s displayed costs £16.85. So some people looking for a same-day return, especially if they’re in a rush, will buy that ticket. It’s only when you look in the second column that you see another off-peak day return that costs £11.90. The difference with this ticket is that it’s ‘Not valid for travel via…’ (presumably) central London. But, given that there’s a regular and direct service from Ealing Broadway to Cholsey (which doesn’t go via London), for ninety per cent of passengers, routes and changes are irrelevant. And yet the more expensive ticket is the more prominently displayed, almost as if FirstGroup wants passengers inadvertently to waste their money. Shurely shome mishtake.

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Sunday, 21st August 2016

The characters from The Office discuss the possibility of a second EU referendum:

The Second Referendum

Friday, 19th August 2016

Rule 159 of the Highway Code tells drivers that

Before moving off you should

  • use all mirrors to check the road is clear
  • look round to check the blind spots (the areas you are unable to see in the mirrors)
  • signal if necessary before moving out
  • look round for a final check.

Move off only when it is safe to do so.

Like Eric Morecambe, many drivers in London do all the right things, but not necessarily in the right order.

Monday, 25th July 2016

When Corbyn’s supporters say that they believe he can lead Labour to a general election victory because ‘Politics is the art of the possible’, they use possible in its strictly philosophical sense: ‘Logically conceivable; having the property, whether or not it actually exists, of not being excluded from existence by being logically contradictory or against reason’ (OED).

Thursday, 21st July 2016

Leaked list of rejected titles for the new Bourne film:

  • Bourne-Again
  • Bourne and Bred
  • Firstbourne
  • Fifthbourne
  • High-Bourne
  • Low-Bourne
  • Well-Bourne
  • Stillbourne
  • Unbourne
  • Bourne with a Silver Spoon in His Mouth
  • Bourne Under a Lucky Star
  • To the Manner Bourne
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