Tuesday, 30 September 2008

It really is a funny old world

I was checking out the BBC news website this morning and the world really has gone mad. Margaret Thatcher (milk snatcher) has been voted greatest Tory ever. I remember her as the person who was kicked out (some countries call it a coupe) while she was on holiday. She also managed to find a war just when her popularity was waining. She put thousands out of work in the coalfields and don't mention the Poll Tax.
At Manchester University things are just as bad. The SU has de-gendered the toilets. This means that people with a gender crisis problem won't have the conundrum of choosing whether to go the the male or female toilets, they can just choose between "toilets" and "toilets with urinals". I believe in the past these were known as Female and Male toilets. Waste of time, printing and money when we have so much more going on in the world so carry on wasting the Earths resources as long as people are told where they can pee.
The Tories want to give more help to "have a go heroes". Tell this to the family of Frank McGarahan who died on the streets of Norwich when he went to help two people being attacked. More police on the streets and not sat in front of monitors watching streetcams is what we need, and judging by the couple of coppers I saw in my home town at the weekend they could do with the exercise.
And to finish off todays stupid student comment:

Student: Have you got that stapler?
Me: You didn't ask for one.
Student: I did yesterday.
See ya later.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Big Bang in Theory

People have been scared to death concerning the LHC turn on today. I actually am feeling a little disapointed because all they did was turn it on. No particle collisions, no crossed beams, a bit of a damp squib. The reason is that all they have done is turn the beam on in one direction. That's it. All the rest was media hysteria. The beams will not be colliding for a while yet, possibly weeks and it may happen without anyone knowing. I will be watching.
I know I've been out of touch for a month but I have been a little busy, I will try to make up for it. The students are back and there are lot of new faces in the department both staff and student. Stuart has gone over to the dark side, working in our other building and he has a replacement by the name of Andy.
The first stupid saying of the accademic year came from a student who asked me, "Do you know where the bottom of the stairs is?".
Great start hope there will be plenty more to come.