September 22nd, 2004


Longqueue Street

For the last month or so, they have been replacing the pavements on Longwall Street. And very nice new pavements they are too - but we've had to put up with temporary traffic lights for several weeks. Last week (or was it the week before) they finally finished and it seemed we were rid of the traffic lights. But no! This week they have decided to wash the walls, and the traffic lights are back. Why couldn't they have done that at the same time?

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For the last month or so, they have been digging up Cowley Road to replace the gas mains, or something of that nature, so we've had to put up with temporary traffic lights for many weeks. For the last week or so, they have been doing a section of the road which was wide enough not to need the traffic lights, but this morning they were back.

The light was on red when I got there, and I sat at the front of the queue (having cycled past a relatively small number of cars). After three or four minutes an amber light appeared - but there was still a stream of oncoming traffic needing to come past before we could go. And then the amber light mysteriously disappeared and we were back to red again. The oncoming traffic continued. When we had been there about ten minutes a couple of motorcyclists signalled to the workmen, who shouted back something unintelligible (I was listening to Radio 3 at the time, so I couldn't hear what they were saying. But I don't think the motorcyclists could hear either). They started poking the traffic lights, and eventually waved some kind of signal which the steadily lengthening queue of traffic interpreted to mean that we should go, even though there was still a red light and a car trying to get through from the other side - with a bus not far behind.

So I did what I should have done in the very first place, and went round on the pavement-side of the obstruction.

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Oo-err, they've changed the Update Journal page.

Don't much like it. They have made the text entry box 150% the width of my browser and it looks like it's JavaScripted to hell - I only hope this will actually manage to get posted.

Goodbye to Summer

A couple of months or so ago I heard a song on the radio but for some reason didn't retain many of the lyrics (and the particular bits I did recall I remembered slightly inaccurately), and I failed to find it on Google the next day. So, as these things do, the question of what the song was and what it was about bugged me for a few weeks. Fortunately, about three weeks ago I heard it again.

Forever Autumn by Jeff Wayne, Paul Vigrass and Jerry Osborne is best known in the version sung by Justin Hayward in Jeff Wayne's 1978 project which, for reasons which may or may not become clear, I'll not name if you don't already know it. However, it was apparently released as a single in its own right in 1972.

So, ignoring the later project and considering the song as a self-contained work…

Poll #354138 Forever Autumn

What do you think the song is about?

Someone who died
Someone who had to move away
Someone who broke off a relationship
The rapid approach of cold weather
I've a much better idea…

What, then?