2007 — 9 Apr: orchids soon beckoning

I must say, the "WinMerge" program makes synchronising two sets of file directories on different devices an almost enjoyable1 process. Note the "almost". Now all I have to do is hook up each of my external USB drive enclosures in turn and repeat the process. Next task: identify and delete the duplicates. The things I do for Junior... (this is all in aid of giving him access to my music collection, so how can I refuse?)

I've just watched an inordinately long TV programme about the history of Light Entertainment (mostly in the UK) lightly hosted by Stephen Fry. And it's only part #5 of 8, it seems. (We also watched Bulletproof Monk and found it to have more of a story than we'd expected.) But, with "Bells on Sunday" literally ringing over Radio 4 and gale warnings up in the Frozen North it's time for some shut eye.

Plater beckons, too

There's a second set of five of his wry stories of failed writing ventures coming up; all I have to do is tune into "Woman's Hour"! And, with Joan Bakewell chatting away already, that's no hardship.

Say cheese!

You may as well smile as you go about your daily business as a citizen of George Orwell's surveilled (servile?) state:


According to this article "Britain has a staggering 4.2 million CCTV cameras — one for every 14 people in the country — and 20 per cent of cameras globally. It has been calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily." As ever, I'm left idly wondering who watches the watchers. Exactly when did the state stop trusting its citizens? (Indeed, did it ever trust them?)

Day 157  


1  A better adjective, I've decided, is "tolerable".