The last time the issue came up, my dad rated Percy Shaw as one of the 20th century’s most under-appreciated inventors, on the grounds that his cat’s eye road studs have saved more lives on British roads than any other single measure.
Ojos de gato or tachas reflectantes are not (widely) used on Spanish highways, and so it was that I was almost run over in a snowstorm on Montseny on Tuesday by a Senegalese cyclist who, to avoid accidents, was navigating quite rapidly along the side of the road.
He didn’t see me because his head was bowed to avoid ingesting snow, but anyway it is apparently a well known fact in Senegal that white people are invisible in snowstorms. So the imperialist was to blame.
We shared a couple of bananas because I was just about to eat one anyway and because he still had about ten miles to go. He thought snow was a far better invention than cat’s eyes, and seemed to be enjoying himself immensely.
- Effect of rainfall on wood ants and Ukrainians
Wood ants descending rapidly en masse from a Quercus ilex on Montseny at the onset of a sharp shower: Having spent several
- FollowTheBaldie.com review
I’m terrible at collecting testimonials, but here, with permission, is an extract from a thoughtful longer piece by a Chicago woman
- Tribute to Hartlepool
Wikipedia suggests that H’Angus the Monkey (cartoon) may have been voted mayor first time by local gamblers attracted by the high
- Singing in Llantiol, December 18
We‘re doing a short show in Llantiol on Sunday December 18th at 23:00. It’s a cute, *little* theatre, with only about
- The green of the louse/Lo verde del piojo
An etymological hop from kite-flying with Juan Marsé back to Concha Piquer’s greatest hit.