Friday, April 11, 2008


This week has gone by fairly quickly and it’s almost the weekend. Tonight a big Tesco order is being delivered and then some friends of G’s are coming over tomorrow and, I think, staying the night. Should be good. I must make an effort to be more sociable though. My home phone has rung a few times this week and I just can’t be bothered to answer it. The advantage of a mobile phone is that you know who is calling you and at the moment I’m not sure I can be bothered to speak to people when I don’t know who it is in advance. Anyway, I shall make a special effort this weekend to be friendly (so long as it doesn’t involve having to talk on the phone).

I have watched this series of The Apprentice right from the beginning, which I have never done before. I have to say that I am decidedly unimpressed by it. The people just seem to argue the whole time and no-one seems to have any skill apart from pointing out other people’s faults. Is it normally this bad??? I think I have only ever seen the last few episodes in previous series and it has to be said that I don’t feel as though I have missed out. Maybe I just can’t understand why they would be interested to put themselves through that process. If it was me I wouldn’t have applied to be on it in the first place, but if somehow I still ended up being selected, I would have said very early on that life is too short to spend it arguing and walked out. Am I somehow missing the point of this programme? Aren’t these people means to have some greats business acumen – because I’m not sure I have noticed any so far.

It’s probably a good thing that there is lots of food on arriving tonight because I was looking for something in a kitchen cupboard yesterday and found this:

I am wondering if I should perhaps look through my cupboards a bit more regularly in future. You’ll be pleased to learn that I threw the potato in the bin and wasn’t tempted to eat it.


Spudgy said...

No.....rescue the spud and look after may well get baby spuds from it!!

Random Reflections said...

spudgy - I hadn't thought of that. Doesn't it need to be in some soil to grow baby potatoes though??

Kahless said...

You can put soil in a dustbin and grow potatoes in there.

I have callerID on my landline so I can screen calls there too.

Tom Foolery said...

Great spud! It's living art Random.
Right brainbox, I need your help, (I would ring you to ask this question, but you never answer your bloody phone!

"Why are there black phone boxes in London?" Put me out of my misery, please TFX

Random Reflections said...

kahless - I hadn't thought of that. Perhaps I should try and be more domesticated about such things.

I know someone else with caller ID on their home phone - but then I might end up never answering it!

TF - Good question. I so love trying to work things like this out!

Having done a bit of research and piecing a few bits together, I think the reason for black phone boxes goes something like this:

- to put a phone box in the street you need planning permission.
- to get planning permission you need to meet the councils requirements.
- quite a few councils don't like the plastic phoneboxes and prefer the more traditional BT type ones.
- if your company needs to use a BT type one, they can't paint them red because BT holds the right to paint them red.
- You therefore have to paint them another colour (and presumably one that the council approves of, so... they get painted black.

So in summary, I think they belong to phone companies other than BT who need traditional phone boxes in order to meet planning requirements, but they're not allowed to paint them red.

I'll keep an eye out and give it a closer inspection next time I see one.

Random Reflections said...

Oh and TF, I keep meaning to tell you that I heard from MH recently and she is doing fine and seems to be on really good form and all is well there.

Tom Foolery said...

Random, you're soooo clever, I knew you would know the answer being a proper born and breed Londoner and all that :) Thank you.
Great news about MH, I was worried she had done something stupid. Say hello to her for me next time you see/speak to her. Cheers my dears TFX

Random Reflections said...

TF - I aim to please! I hope it means you can sleep soundly tonight.

MH seems fine. Have no fear and I'll pass on your hello.