Words cannot begin to describe the shock and horror at what has happened in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean region. All we can do is send our thoughts and prayers, and most important of all, our money. Get your credit card out now, and give what you can.
Walking near Bletchingley, originally uploaded by rridey.
Alice and Charlie on our annual Boxing Day walk through the countryside this morning. Taken with the cam phone and sent to the weblog from the wilds of Surrey.
Charlie with Mummy and Daddy on the train home after our trip to London to see all the Christmas lights this evening.
We all went to see the Christmas lights in Regent Street this evening. Great!
What nation but France, and who else but Norman Foster could produce something as utterly magnificent as Le Viaduc de Millau? Discuss.
White Sox GM Ken Williams has done it again. He just traded Carlos Lee for a pair of Who’s Hes? Here is what the official Sox website says about Carlos Lee: “They moved Lee, one of their most consistent offensive producers and a player who appears to be on the verge of stardom in the American League.”
And here’s what they got for him: “After nine injury-plagued years in the minors, Podsednik received his chance when the Brewers traded Alex Sanchez in May 2003, and he had a Rookie of the Year-caliber season. There was a precipitous dropoff for Podsednik in 2004, when his on-base percentage (.313) was lower than his 2003 batting average (.314).”
And: “Vizcaino, 30, acquired in a minor trade with Oakland before the 2002 season, struggled in 2003, when coaches suspected a shoulder injury that he never admitted to.”
There is a player to be named later, of course. At this rate, he will be the guy who sells brats at Miller Park.
Nice work, Kenny.
I was looking through my web server logs, as one does at 11:30pm when you should really be in bed, and I noticed someone had visited via a Google search for “the tubes live”. (Last week I saw the Tubes in London and posted a photo from the show taken with my new mobile phone.) Now figure this one out: Google returns 2,1700,000 results for “the tubes live”. The entry I posted last week ranks 10th! Huh? Is the ridey.net weblog somehow far more powerful a force in the blogosphere than I had assumed? Now I’ve never claimed to be an Alpha Blogger, but Google never lies, does it? I’m definitely going to have to brush up my act, and post more often and much more interestingly…
Well, today it became official. Arguably the best player in Major League Baseball won’t be wearing a White Sox uniform next season. Magglio Ordonez was my favourite Sox player. He served the team well, and their willingness to let him go now is nothing short of disgraceful. Good luck, Mags. I know you’ll make Kenny Williams sorry.