About a week ago or so, Emma was surprised to notice that Google Maps is incapable of calculating a route from Manchester to Buxton. It works if you type in a place within Buxton, and also if you choose to calculate a walking route.
Next, looking at the live traffic on Google Maps, I noticed the region of slow traffic seemed to be concentrated in a band across the middle of the country. When I checked the weather map on the BBC, it looked like this is where all the snow has been.
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There appear to be some strange place names in Shropshire. I noticed these while checking the route to Ironbridge.
Measuring cups and their volume, along with the equivalent weights - these are only applicable for general purpose white flour or granulated sugar.
These may be found in various American recipes.
- 1 cup is 8 fluid ounces of liquid or solid
- 1 stick of butter is the same as 1 cup (i.e. 4oz or 110g)
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Not quite the War of the Roses but a not-too-serious comparison between Yorkshire and Lancashire . In the interest of fairness I am taking the pre-1970's county boundaries, so I'll include Liverpool and Manchester as 'Old' Lancashire . As little research as possible has been conducted, only simple fact-checking to make sure I haven't mis-remembered anything important.
|Countryside||James Herriot Country||Dark Satanic Mills||Yorkshire|
J W Lees
|Ye Olde stuff||York (except Jorvik which is a rip-off)||Err... some old buildings scattered around||Yorkshire|
|Films||American Werewolf in London
The Full Monty
|28 days later
The Parole Officer
|Yorkshire (but it was close)|
|TV Comedy||Open All Hours
Last of the Summer Wine
It's a dead heat so far so I'll get Google to decide the winner.
|Google search for||Yorkshire||Lancashire||Result|
|"... is Great"||358||7||Yorkshire|
|"... is Crap"||2||0||Lancashire|
|"... is better than ..."||13||3||Yorkshire|
It was close but it looks like Yorkshire wins on penalties.
Today is also Garfield's birthday. He's a bit younger than me (he was 'born' in 1978).
Presidents of the USA from 1789 to present.
When Eleanor of Castile (wife of Edward I) died near Lincoln in 1290, her body was taken back to Westminster. At each overnight stop, Edward ordered a cross to be erected:
- Harby, Nottinghamshire (near Lincoln)
- Grantham, Lincolnshire
- Stamford, Lincolnshire
- Geddington, Northamptonshire (near Kettering)
- Hardingstone, near Northampton
- Stony Stratford (near Milton Keynes)
- Woburn, Bedfordshire
- Dunstable, Bedfordshire
- St Albans, Hertfordshire
- Waltham (now Waltham Cross) near Cheshunt in Hertfordshire
- Westcheap (Cheapside), London
- Charing (now Charing Cross)
There are lots of version of the Magpie Counting rhymes. This one seems fairly typical:
One for sorrow, two for joy,
Three for a girl, four for a boy,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.
England have won the Ashes. The last time this happened, in 1987, Coventry won the FA Cup. The world has changed a lot since then.
Other 1987 trivia:
- Highest grossing films included: Three Men and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Good Morning Vietnam
- Johnny Logan won Eurovision with the song Hold Me Now
- Best selling single was Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up
Seperated at Birth?
|Trevor Horn, of Buggles fame||Oompa Loompa, as played by Deep Roy in the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film|