Collecting Grocery Shopping Lists

August 18, 2010 by

I shopped at Waitrose in Winchester tonight. The shopping trolley I got had a shopping list, shown above, left in the clipboard Waitrose has on each of its trolleys. I’ll add it to our posting of Grocery Shopping Lists in our Collections & Museums section of our website.

Finding this list tonight is exciting. It is a “found” list. It qualifies for submission to, the world’s largest collection of “found” grocery lists.

I hope the user of this list could read it better than I can. And that they got the two items listed between “fruit” and “yogurts.”


Watching Cement Mixing in Hampshire

August 18, 2010 by

Last Sunday, on the way to a birthday party in Andover, I stopped by the relocated model live steam train layout south of The Hampshire Golf Court, on the north side of A3420 that runs to Wherwell. They were building more roadbed out in the woods. They were making cement using the mixer shown above. I watched them put cement, water, and gravel into the mixer, then turn on the mixer. I enjoyed watching the cement mixing.

Below is a picture of their turntable. No trains were running that day due to the work they were doing.

I like not only to watch cement mixing. If  I have the time, I like to watch the cement set.

If you would like to enjoy cement, you can click here to get to the posting about cement on the Safe Excitement section of our website. Especially enjoyable is to use the link to the sound track of a Jaeger Tilting Mixer mixing — great rhythm.

Button Down, Hampshire

The Great British Duck Race — Postponed? Why?

August 17, 2010 by

The event’s website says that, due to circumstances beyond their coutnrol, it became necessary to pospnt the 2010 race until further notice.

Can someone let us know what those circumstances are? We would like to help get them back under control.

Duggleby Weather Station

August 17, 2010 by

Dear DMC

This work of this site was featured on BBC TV this morning. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to know the weather in Duggleby, North Yorkshire. I have a funny feeling that quite a few of us will want to know.


Steve Reszetniak
(Many miles south of Yorkshire)

Dear Steve,

I saw this too today on BBC. It made my day. I often wonder about weather in Duggleby. As it is has its own microclimate, the national forcasts usually get it wrong when it comes to Duggleby.

As you know, we dull men like to watch the weather channel. It’s Safe Excitement for us. It’s in the Safe Excitement section of our website, click here to view.

Names for four new roundabouts in Weymouth

August 17, 2010 by

BBC News Article — “Votes on Olympic roundabout names in Weymouth” — reports that local residents are being asked to pick names for four new roundabouts being built as part of an £87 million relief road ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

The deadline for this is August 23.

The Dorset County Council member for transport said, “Since construction began, the roundabouts have been referred to using their location and normally construction engineers name a roundabout based on where it is or something near by, which can lead to some rather dull names.”

But what’s wrong with dull names?

The council member went on to explain that Weymouth is rich in history and has the best in both sea and countryside. It is on the Jurassic Coast. It is sorrounded by outstanding natural beauty. There are amazing archaeological and geological finds from the road building itself. Local people will be inspired to choose names.

August 16: Exhibit that Celebrated the Ordinary

August 16, 2010 by

Zeb Spaw’s angry_with_britain exhibition. Tonight only. 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Gallery in Cork Street. 27 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NG.

The exhibition is in connection with the launch of Wendy Holden’s new book, a comedy titled Gallery Girl. Holden’s website reports that Gallery Girl is “about the loot, the lust and the giant egos in the chucklesome world of contemporary art.

Click here for the brochure from the exhibit. We see several ordinary objects, objects we are pleased to see being celebrated in an exhibition like this.

Spray paint on shopping trolley

“The sun rises, we shop…”

Spanner and oil on canvas

“I looked into myself and saw endless empty space…”

Gardening gloves, limpets and oil on canvas

“A lot of my work brings out my Christ-like
tendencies and this one is no exception…”

Y-fronts on canvas

“Art is pants and that is what I am saying in this work…”

Owls and Owl Man happy again—ban a false alarm

August 15, 2010 by

Further to our blog entry about Russel Burt’s walking his owls [click here], the Plymouth City Council has now explained that they were only having “an informal chat” with Mr. Burt and that they do “not think he was breaking any type of law by taking his owl for a walk.”

Mr. Burt then said, “I am very pleased. I will start walking my owls to the park again on Monday. it is fine for the Council to give advice but I think I know more about the welfare of my owls than the Council’s Dog Warden does.”

Comments on the follow up news have been: “Good result. Anything else would hae been an ‘owling disgrace.’ As it is though, it’s a bit of a hoot.” “It is commendable to see that common sense has prevailed.” “Owls well that ends well.”

Click here to read a news bulletin from the Council about this brouhaha.

Owl Walking—man runs afowl of town council

August 14, 2010 by

Dear DMC

Taking your owls for a walk – a suitably dull activity? Or just asking for trouble?

Such questions often arise at this time of year, generally known as the “silly season”.


Steve Reszetniak


Dear Steve,

Owl Walking should not be banned. It’s a fine form of Safe Excitement. We’ll add this our list of key issues. It’ll be right up there along with other issues such as slow down the London Eye, stop the closing of Rest Areas in the U.S., and restore the right to dry (

What is the council up to? Protecting owl rights? A council member apparently said that, as owls are nocturnal creatures, the council is concerned about their welfare, that exposing them to loud, hectic environments during the day could raise issues.

Hopefully, now with the government budget cutbacks, council staff will be trimmed, and those who remain will be occupied with sensible matters.

We see in the article referred to in the BBC article you referred us to mentions that the man, Russell Burt lives in Plympton, Devon and is known as the Owl Man, has seven owls: Ben, Spot, Mika, Scoppy, Misty, Chas, and Scruff.

Ben is a Bengal eagle owl. Spot is an African spotted eagle owl. Mika is a tawny owl Russell rescued after a road accident. Scoopy is an African white-faced scops owl. Misty, has, and Scruff are barn owls.

Sincerely (dull men are always sincere, mostly),

Button Down, Hampshire

Liberians on Strike in Southampton

August 13, 2010 by

Librarians in Southampton are on strike because of budget cuts, particularly the government’s plans to replace paid staff with volunteers.

They also are upset about plans to close libraries in Thornhill and Millbrook.

Click here to get to a BBC news article about this.

A Dull Man’s To-Do List for Friday the 13th

August 12, 2010 by

Dear DMC,

Friday (tomorrow) the Thirteenth:

1)  Join the neighborhood “Society Of Growing Grass Watchers” (my yard this month)

2)  Count ants frolicking in the pool after splashing them off the patio with a wave produced by flinging a flower pot into the shallow end

30)  Finiish this message

E. Jerome “Jerry” Koran
Pompano, Florida