Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I watched Obama’s inaugural speech at work yesterday. Except that we had it on two TV’s and one was showing Sky and the other the BBC and both had the sound on and were slightly out of time with each other, so his speech was this sort of weird echo. The TV I was watching had the subtitles on so I watched it on that and vaguely got the gist of what he was saying, but I think the combination of the out of synch sound and slightly dodgy subtitles meant I lost some of the finer points. As I walked to the station last night I overheard various people discussing his speech. It made me wonder if the rush hour was more quiet yesterday due to lots of people leaving work later than normal.

When I got into work on Monday there was a carrot pencil on my desk. I have no idea where it came from and I don’t think it was from my over friendly colleague. I’ll have to try and remember to take a photo of it and post it on here. If it’s yours you can then claim it.

I have nearly finished reading my latest book (The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists). It’s strange that after reading Ware and Peace no book seems long any more and it has taken me about a week to read a 700 page book. All I have done is read it to and from work and then a few minutes before bed. It’s a very socialist book and actually was a major influence on trade unions etc, but it is also an interesting read in the current economic climate. Anyway, nearly done and then on to a new read.


Kahless said...

Nope; not my pencil.

Actually, I have a tendency to accumulate pens; I always end my day with more than I start.

But pencils arent my thing.

Do you remember those things you stuck on the end of pencils - furry things (trolls?) - as a kid?

Kahless said...

Oh and I avoided Obama's speech.

The whole God Bless America I find, well, .... american.

Random Reflections said...

Kahless x2 - I'll still post a picture of the pencil soon, just in case.

Oh yes, I remember those pencils. I don't think Ihave ever had one like that though. The carrot one is a bit like that actually - maybe it is to make up for my deprived youth.

I seemed to miss most of the very American bits of the speech. hearing it in strange stereo made me block a lot of it out.