Ask the manager…

And so it came to pass that the managers from that top, world class, out of this world network operator National Express East Anglia had a ‘meet the manager’ event on platform 10a in London Stratford. Looks like nobody really had the time to meet them, as everybody was busy phoning their family that their train was cancelled/late/delayed.

I still wonder why the brought the poor policeman.

“Don’t feel obliged”

I almost choked on my cornflakes last sunday. In a wonderful article in last weekend’s Observer on Michelle Obama’s visit to Islington’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language College (an inner city girls only school in London), this paragraph achieved to raise my eyebrows. Both of them:

“Jo Dibb, the headteacher, isn’t quite sure why, out of all the schools in London, hers was picked. “A piece of paper landed on my desk saying, ‘Would you like a talk from the US cultural attaché on civil rights?’ and I gave it to the librarian and said, ‘Don’t feel obliged’. But she went ahead and organised it and he was apparently very impressed by the quality of the girls’ questions.”

Well, why would you feel obliged? It’s only the American cultural attaché wanting to talk to your pupils about civil rights. According to the Observer article, 92% of the school’s pupils are from ethnic minorities. That gives me the impression that the history of the American civil rights movement might be actually quite topical. Possibly even educational. There might even be a chance that it would inspire.

But, you know, don’t feel obliged.

Spandau Ballet are to tour. In other news, Igloos have been spotted in Hell


picture courtesy of sd1-3500 from flickr

According to the Guardian, Spandau Ballet are reforming for a ten dates tour of Britain and some European dates.

While I am as guilty as the next person who grew up in the eighties of indulging in the music of my youth (hell, I have 12 Matt Bianco albums, but at least they didn’t stop making music and had to ‘reform’ {btw, their newest album, ‘Hifi Bossanova’ [incidentally, I really like the title. very retro] is coming out soon}, and I’ll be seeing ABC with the BBC Symphony Orchestra next month) but Spandau Ballet?

These guys split acromoniously after running out of songwriting juice, sued each other into oblivion, fought a little tabloid war and now everything is forgotten? Maybe I am too cynical, but I think a little monetary incentive was probably more likely to be responsible for the sudden reconciliation than a night out of shoulder slapping in a pub.

Maybe I’m just too cynical.

Windows Mobile 6.1 and the irritating case of the non-functioning SMTP server.

As I have mentioned earlier, I am the happy owner of a Sony Xperia X1. So far the little marvel as been a delight to use, but for some weird reason Outlook Mobile suddenly refused to talk to Apple’s smtp server, so I wasn’t able to send any emails. Having a little bit of technical insight, I started to blame the following individuals and organisations:

  • Myself for getting the settings wrong
  • Apple for messing up its Mobile Me service
  • Vodafone for blocking any other smtp server than their own

Turns out none of them were to blame. In fact it was Microsoft who dropped the ball on this one (I really shouldn’t be that surprised). Turns out that this is a long standing bug feature of Windows Mobile 6.1 that  can only be remedied by patching the phone.

You would have thought that this is something that more people than myself complain about, but it took quite a bit of googling to find the real reason behind this annoying little ‘quirk’.

I really should have thoought of MS first, but that’s what you get when you’ve been running XP now for years without hickup:  complacency!