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In Which: Raffles, Anagrams, Cruising and Going Backless Are Discussed

28 Jan

Bear with me here, I have a lot to say on nothing in particular, just some bits of thoughts that probably go on too long.  Just like normal really but with less direction:

I am sad to admit that recently I have been doing nothing, wasting away my days without aim or inspiration.  Work has taken up a lot of time but the job I have is not exactly conducive to letting the mind wander and be creative, which is a shame as I could do with a lightening bolt to get my blogging year on track.  A couple of things that have been occupying me of late though are technology and history and the football of course but I have always been a sucker for a huge database of ever-changing statistics, it makes me happy.

Notts! 122Looking for something to get my thoughts going, I came across the above photo that I took a while back whilst, unsurprisingly waiting for a bus on a really cold morning.  it’s one of those scenes that would normally give me the impetus to write a blog post but as nothing was forthcoming decided to save it for just such a time as this.  I noticed today and very belatedly that jiggling the letters of ‘Stop’ around, you get post and there it was all the time staring me in the face, all the prodding I needed to write around a subject.

I like taking the bus, even when the route is familiar, there is always something to have a nosy at, I always wonder where all the streets lead and most of the time I will the bus to take an unexpected turn and just wander around for a bit in an uncontrolled flight of fancy.  I willed a train to do the same thing once but quickly stopped when I realised the limitations that would bring that experiment to an uncomfortable end.

I never read whilst travelling in case I miss something but will read whilst waiting for the bus to leave the station which probably makes me seem odder to fellow passengers but then again you never know what public transport will throw up in terms of people.  It’s like a nightmare version of a raffle sometimes.

On those long distance bus trips, I wouldn’t mind a chat then but as it always seems to be 2AM when travelling,  talking is not usually what most people have in mind.  In amongst the sleepers, the few of us left are usually alone with our thoughts looking at the empty streets and imagining everybody warm in bed, I confess it is a nice feeling, early morning melancholy, an adventure about to be embarked on.

The other day I finally gave in and went to pick up a new mobile, the old one has started to turn itself off every time I put it down and there is only so many times you can slowly lower a phone in stages over the course of a minute before you start to feel stupid in front of onlookers.  If that wasn’t enough the back keeps falling off as well and in mid lower that may throw in a bit of drama but has completely shot my nerves.

last time phone shopping, I was almost laughed out of the shop for having such an archaic steam-powered device so this time I cunningly left The Backless at home and in complete anonymity purchased the new one.  It’s by no means high-end as I see no point in that but it does have texting, phoning and internet capabilities which is all I really need.

So now I have all manner of ‘apps’ for Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, my email and all the rest of it but after the initial excitement I was faced with reality, in that I don’t get that many calls, texts or social media type notifications at the best of times so if anybody wishes to add me to such things or just ‘hit me up’ for a chat or whatnot, feel free as the phone these days is the hub of interaction (for better or worse).

I’ve also been reading about history recently (a possible clue to my next book review perhaps?) and it never fails to amaze me about the ingenuity of the human species, to travel, explore and collect inanimate objects that do nothing more than collect dust but seem to be status symbols.  Before TV there was nothing to do but watch the stars for long years and write down the observations or move big stones or go on a cruise with the wife, kids and livestock before living it up in Polynesia carving big stone heads.

I love our rich heritage which is sadly becoming homogenised these days, probably because we don’t all write down our astronomical equations and wonder at the vast scale of the Out There with anything like the awe we once did.  It is rubbish to know nothing, yet even worse to know it all, I love the mysteries left to us, they are frustrating and yet I am happy that there are still things we don’t know.

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41 responses to “In Which: Raffles, Anagrams, Cruising and Going Backless Are Discussed

  1. Morgan

    28/01/2015 at 20:10

    Fantastic post about nothing and everything in particular 😉 And I do agree, We need more AWE about the Vast Out There 😉

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    • Ste J

      29/01/2015 at 14:15

      Ig is too easy to take for granted all those big and small things that make life so fascinating, I hate getting to wrapped up in my own mundane thoughts about work and such like, it dilutes the pleasures of life.

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  2. gargoylebruce

    28/01/2015 at 21:02

    Unlike you, I despise buses. It seems over here that bus stops are a bit hit and miss, in that some bus stops feature a lovely covered seated area to protect the commuters from heat and rain, while others are simply a signpost in the ground, leaving old people, mothers with prams and those not possessing a car (or bike) to stand awkwardly, exposed to the elements and the stares of car (and bike) owning passers-by.
    Regarding the backless ness problem, a bit of duct tape should fix that. And perhaps you could fashion a lowering device out of chopsticks and re-purposed chocolate bar wrappers. But of course this is all speculation, as a new phone has been purchased. Mad Martha recommends downloading “Granny Square a week” if you are into that sort of thing.
    It’s good to have you back.

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    • Ste J

      29/01/2015 at 14:32

      Bus stops are like that here as well, I wonder how they decide which is which a it is seemingly random, perhaps yhere are some arcane rules to the bus shelter (or not) hierarchy, yet another mystery for the list. By becoming MacGyver I could have saved myself a few pennies but would have cemented my reputation as the odd one and I prefer to remain as being seen as teetering on the edge. I have no idea what apps I can get but will probably be copiously downloading just to reachj my monthly limit before merrily deleting pretty much everything again

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      • gargoylebruce

        29/01/2015 at 21:48

        I like to keep people in no doubt of my status by wearing a shiny badge that says “fringe-dweller”

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  3. renxkyoko

    28/01/2015 at 21:11

    I like that part ” you’re happy where there are things we still don’t know. “

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    • Ste J

      29/01/2015 at 14:16

      To know everything means the only mysteries left would be why is Dan Brown popular and the various assortment of crime novels, which in my opinion is not enough to sustain our imaginations for very long!

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  4. readingwithrhythm

    29/01/2015 at 03:29

    It seems to me that this post went full circle. From the mysteries of the bus trip to the mysteries of the universe. Have you ever spent time looking at the mysterious world under the seats in a bus? In my younger days I spent quite a bit of time in those hinterlands. Some rather interesting stuff can be found there.

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    • Ste J

      29/01/2015 at 14:27

      I have been spending some time on these mystery websites which infuriate and excite at the same time, very stressful on the old nervous system. Not, though I suspect as much as descending to the Netherworld of the book would, I have surface with some unforgettable nightmares that way. I prefer to live vicariously through your good self on that score.

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  5. angela

    29/01/2015 at 03:39

    Lovely post, SJ … I do believe we are kindred souls for my job takes a lot and I am zapped of creative thought most days – I started a new blog to force my hand to answer a question a day for a month – we shall see. Keep writing, thinking and just sharing – we regulars (esp from across the pond) dig to know what goes on in your world ~ peace, a

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    • Ste J

      29/01/2015 at 14:19

      I feel my blogging year is yet to really get going, I hate not being able to mix up the posts and give you guys a break from purely book reviews. all we can do is keep writing, I agree. If I find anything quintessentially English I will make sure I share it so you can see how eccentric we are over here lol.

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  6. Alastair Savage

    29/01/2015 at 08:19

    Be careful what you wish for: I’ve been kicked off trains in the middle of nowhere before because of a problem on the line…

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    • Ste J

      29/01/2015 at 14:19

      I don’t envy you that, especially if you happen to be near Bolton…

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  7. Seyi sandra

    29/01/2015 at 19:01

    I read this post slowly because when you mean to post about nothing, that’s when something great pops out. I’m not particularly fond of buses, I prefer the tube because it’s quicker but the problem is, I keep trying to avert my gaze from people sitting opposite me, and it could be awkward.

    I hope you’ll have more time to post one of your classic reviews but there are days when you may not feel urge to post, then don’t. Take good care of yourself Steve.

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:23

      Perhaps you could market your own book by reading from it on the Tube, let people see you have it and they may get curious. It’s a curious combination of not having the time and when I do, not feeling up to writing. I will get back on it soon though, just a slow start to the year, until I do get into it there is plenty of nothings to post about lol.

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  8. quirkybooks

    30/01/2015 at 01:21

    It’s good there are still things we don’t know. I must admit, I prefer the new age to history. I am in the present and future in that respect. Apart from the history of medicine, i never liked history that much, but i do like science museums. They are very interesting – Probably for the newer technology. I still have pics to publish on my blog from my trip to the London science museum. They are making limbs and internal body organs now, from 3D printers. It’s just like magic and so surreal. More and more sic-fi/future film concepts are coming true. It’s scary, but awesome that people can have new limbs, etc, when they need to.

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:45

      It is fascinating how far science has come and what can be done to benefit people. Twenty years ago we wouldn’t have believe possible what we can do now, everything moves so fast. I need to brush up on my science and look forward to all the photos on your blog, I shall be over soon to catch up.

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      • quirkybooks

        03/02/2015 at 21:55

        Hi Ste, thanks. I still can’t believe it, even though I have seen it! Daisy made her debut on YouTube, I am guessing you saw her?

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        • Ste J

          06/02/2015 at 09:02

          I haven’t yet, I have been struggling for time to catch up with everybody but I will be around in the next day or two to catch up!

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          • quirkybooks

            06/02/2015 at 15:15

            Ste, I am struggling too. Don’t worry my buddy. I am doing tutor/teacher work again and start my classes on the 23rd of Feb, on top of my full time day job and having to do my own business stuff. Don’t forget to take care of you.

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  9. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

    30/01/2015 at 19:31

    Enjoyed the post…I have to admire someone who actually thinks about the fact that they can spell the word post from the letters in stop. When I was a young teen I could still read on the bus…after the teen years I began to have headaches…something about trying to focus between the stillness of the printed page and the movement of the bus. Plus I liked watching to see where I was going! My luck would be to end up 20 stops past where I wanted to disembark because I was so entranced with what I was reading 🙂

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:50

      I have problems reading on any form of transport other than an aeroplane these days. It is strange how time changes things, I’ve ended up missing my stop the odd time or two as well. I love wordplay, I am always anagramming or rhyming words, changing the meanings and such for my own amusement and staring at stop, I couldn’t avoid seeing it as a sign lol.

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  10. macjam47

    30/01/2015 at 20:49

    Great post. I love taking the train because it goes behind buildings and homes and other places you normally don’t see from the bus route. Plus, that lovely hummmm the train makes is wonderful to listen to. You probably think that’s crazy, but I love everything about trains.

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:18

      I love trains as well, I wrote a post a long time back on leaving a city on a late train and how sad it is to see all the empty care parks and streets. I love the old houses and dilapidated buildings, it is a treat to see something new, yes you have me hankering over a train ride now.

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  11. LuAnn

    01/02/2015 at 02:49

    Only you Ste J could write such an in-depth post about nothing in particular (lol). I continue to be fascinated with how your mind works. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:08

      Haha, it is a bit murky in my mind and I tend to spend a lot of time on my own so end up having time to dwell on something, or nothing as in this case. Who knows how long and rambling my posts will be when I actually do find something to talk about.

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  12. shadowoperator

    01/02/2015 at 14:29

    Hi, Ste J! I too have not posted for a long time now. It’s been almost a month, and I still am having trouble getting enthusiasm up for writing about anything I’m reading (right now, I’m reading “The Deptford Trilogy” by Canadian wonderman Robertson Davies, and I had just read “The Cornish Trilogy” by him, both eminently worth reading but so complex in the things that count that I don’t feel up to commenting on them. Many hilariously funny moments, however, and a lot of serious thoughts about life from a genuine word- and thought-magician). But I know something you could read and maybe post on–when I saw “Raffles” in your title, I thought you were talking about the cat-burglar-cum-jewel-thief hero Raffles, and his adventures in the 1920’s or the 1890’s or whenever it was (I read it some time ago, and can’t recall the dates). It’s really clever and fun reading, not really heavyweight, fun and not too wholesome. Just thought I’d give it a quick mention in case you were interested.

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:31

      Raffles and The Cornish Trilogy are on my must buy list, I don’t recall where I heard of The Cornish Trilogy but found Raffles mentioned in The Extraordinary League of Gentlemen Black Dossier – I do like to dabble with comic books as well – and Alan Moore’s reading is so eclectic he was referencing so much good stuff that everything I hadn’t heard of immediately went on the list and it gew somewhat epically over the course of that reading.

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  13. Jeff

    01/02/2015 at 21:41

    Podcasts are great on buses if you don’t want to miss anything. Thinking Allowed is my favourite, and In Our Time is very good if you’re getting into history. Intelligence Squared and The RSA events are also good.

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:11

      Now I have a modern phone that doesn’t run on steam, I will be able to take your advice and hunt out your recommendations.

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  14. Sherri

    02/02/2015 at 16:17

    I love the way you ponder life and that you still have your sense of wonderment in the world around us even in the midst of so much that is mediocre. Like standing at a bus stop. I did so much of that when I grew up in Suffolk, travelling to school for 5 years, by bus, (school and public) 25 miles.. Lived at bottom of ‘t lake and all that… The worst was when I had to carry home the food I’d made at my O Level Food & Nutrition class. By the time I got home I was sick of it (I seem to remember it being macaroni cheese all the time but it couldn’t have been) but I never seemed to get a seat on those days either. Ahh…wonderful memories! Love your post and how you throw in great lines like ‘go on a cruise with the wife, kids and livestock before living it up in Polynesia carving big stone heads.’ Classic line that Ste. Keep blogging, it wouldn’t be the same around here without you…

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    • Ste J

      03/02/2015 at 21:40

      There is much to fascinate me in this world, sadly we have to fight through all the rubbish to get there, sometimes it takes work but I will always persevere to keep you amused and hopefully inspired. carrying food home was a nightmare, there was never a top to what I ended up carrying just a tea towel to stop everything slopping over the sides which didn’t do much of a job. Polynesia fascinates me so much so it deserved a mention, perhaps I could try and get it into every post…or not, lol.

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      • Sherri

        04/02/2015 at 12:45

        Now that will be a challenge, lol! Glad you will persevere…

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  15. sakuraandme

    04/02/2015 at 09:09

    Hello my friend! 🙂

    I have to know what one does at 2am? Lordy, I would be half asleep! Lol
    When I have traveled to the U.K or Europe, I have taken the bus and the train quite a bit. Oddly i had never taken it in my own Country or State until 8 weeks ago. Now don’t laugh but it was terrifying! I’m serious! I had no idea what to do where to get off or anything. Thank goodness for lovely patient bus drivers. As for the people using them, very interesting and diverse people indeed. So, I will keep driving and only use public transport when desperate. 🙂

    Much love to you and Happy Belated New Year. Hugs Paula xx

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    • Ste J

      06/02/2015 at 09:18

      Happy new Year and welcome back! My 2am jaunts are usually to Heathrow and I try to keep awake so I can sleep on the plane, or as happened to me last time, I woke up after a half hour kip to find out we hadn’t actually left the runway, I was well disappointed with that. I hate new bus routes, especially when people describe where to get off and you have no clue. They are an eclectic bunch of people who get on the bus I agree, then again They say variety is the spice of life, whoever They are.

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  16. vsvevg

    09/02/2015 at 23:00

    I like your mind wanderings 🙂

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    • Ste J

      13/02/2015 at 20:02

      It does take me to some interesting places that my feet aren’t able to.

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  17. RoSy

    19/02/2015 at 02:31

    Are you familiar with Seinfeld?
    It’s a show about nothing.
    One of my favorite tv shows I don’t tire of the re-runs.
    With that said – I enjoyed your post about nothing. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      19/02/2015 at 09:05

      According to Shakespeare’s King Lear, ‘nothing comes of nothing’. clearly Billy was clueless when it came to writing as it indeed does. I am familiar with Seinfeld, although I have never watched an episode, I do think that random nothing posts are good though, they clear the mind of serious thoughts and could genuinely go anywhere.

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