You couldn't make it up

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:01 pm
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Well, you could make it up, but who'd believe you?!

I was watching a show that goes behind the scenes at Paddington Station in London. On the 19th June, one of the hottest days of this year, they were having to slow trains down due to hot tracks that were threatening to buckle. Well, that's understandable. I mean, it's hard to make a track that copes with all extreme weather, after all.

But then, at West Ealing - where most or all trains in/out of London apparently go through - a poor pigeon somehow managed to earth an overhead wire, which sent the current into the steel beams in the reinforced concrete of the bridge above the wire. This resulted in concrete falling onto the track, and the track being closed for somewhere around two hours, whilst they checked if the bridge was safe or not. Fortunately, trains could go through it again, but only at 20mph. It's estimated that the bridge being closed caused 5,193 minutes of delay for passengers, and had a knock on effect for stations as far away as Southampton, Portsmouth, York, Bristol and even as far as Edinburgh!

I mean, of all the things to happen, this has to be amongst the most bizarre reasons for delays, hasn't it?!

I'm afraid the pigeon did not survive :(

Sam's growing up so fast.

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:25 pm
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This is our grand-daughter, Sam. My husband and I are raising her. She's such a good kid and we're grateful for that. This is her latest snapchat photo. I told her it looked like she had something on her nose or in her nose. She said, "There is something on my nose. I put it there for looks." Kids, what can you do? LOL


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Here's an episodic wall for Singularity which I made for the MOS prompt 'Panic'. I think it will also work for 'Terrible Choices' on my Bingo Card so I'm using it there too.

Why do I do this to myself?

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:44 pm
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Note To Self: Do NOT leave the artwork side of your website for three or so years before updating it. It is now a BIG MASSIVE JOB and I've spent the last few days on it and I've NOT FINISHED YET!!!

On the plus side, the Non-Fandom Artwork and Misc Fandom Artwork sections are up to date.

Just, oh, you know, the MASSIVE, HUGE, SCARY White Collar section, the not-quite-as-big-and-scary-but-still-quite-big-and-scary-for-all-that Stargate Atlantis section and the oh-good-that's-not-too-big-and-scary-until-I-look-at-the-all-the-icons The Sentinel sections to do!

So, see you in a few weeks, then?!! :D :D :D

(On another related side of things, it's good that I have the mental energy to do this. It has been rather lacking for some time now, hence way it's gotten so out of date. Maybe once the website updating mania has passed, I'll have the mental energy for other more important things!)

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