Friday, 26 March 2010

Nanny McPhee - the Big Bang

I have been out this evening to the cinema to see Nanny McPhee - little c big P, and had a most enjoyable evening.
Nanny McPhee was again played by Emma Thompson and came across as the antithesis of Mary Poppins yet again. Maggie Smith and Sam Kelly played two quite eccentric characters with Maggie's shopkeeper putting treacle in draws in her shop (Not in jars or tins) and Sam's character trying to disarm an unexploded bomb.
Some quite delightful moments involving a baby elephant and a crow that had severe wind and a synchronised swimming routine with the most unlikely swimmers made this an excellent treat for families of all ages.
if I were awarding stars for good family entertainment it would get 5.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Water, Water nowhere.

Wow two posts in one day I will have to be careful!

I was tempted to quote the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge and say that there was "water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!" but it would be very far from the truth having just read an article in the paper from a couple of days ago.

It appears from the article that Wolverhampton have a fountain that is not working and that there are a number of safety issues that need to be addressed - the latest being the need for a hand rail to prevent people slipping on wet ground around the fountain!

It started me thinking about the wonderful fountain in Walsall Town Centre which I think I have only seen working twice in the whole time it has been there - on the first occasion I made the comment that I could pee faster and on the second there was foam everywhere because someone had emptied a bottle of bubble bath into the water and it was what the bear in the Cresta pop advert would have called 'Frothy Man'.

I am not sure why this fountain doesn't work but have some recollection of health and safety being in there somewhere - did I hear Legionnaires disease mentioned at some point.

Now here's a question for the burghers of Walsall Council - Will the fountain ever work again or will it end up like the horse that stood for a very short time by the baths and go off into storage never to be seen again? Answers on a post card perhaps??

What is going on?

I can't believe the latest incident to occur over at Barr Beacon where some low life has nicked part of the roof off the memorial.

As the place is not accessible to traffic at night you either have to think this happened in broad daylight or there must have been a lot of comings and goings under cover of darkness to get the stuff away.

I don't suppose the thieves will very get caught or that they will feel any remorse over what they have done but we can always hope that they might and that they will get more than a slap on the wrist. Mind you I won't hold my breathe.