Monthly Archives: August 2004

Tooting Chariot Festival 2004


It’s August Bank Holiday, so it’s time for the wonderful Tooting Chariot Festival again. It starts at the Muththumari Amman Temple at the end of the street, and makes its way to Mitcham throughout the day.

This is now the third year that the weather has been exactly the same on August Bank Holiday – cold, windy and overcast, which makes me suspect that whoever runs the weather must also enjoy a statutory day off, and just flick a switch on Sunday night called ‘August Bank Holiday’.

As always, I followed the procession with my trusty camera, and you can view the results in my Tooting Chariot Festival gallery.

Go, Nadia!


Wir sind so weit, as the Germans would say – it’s time to vote Nadia as the undisputed queen of Big Brother.

Before anyone calls me shallow for being a BB fan, I have very deep and meaningful reasons as to why Nadia should win. While Jason has consistently shown himself to be a complete wimp (even I can take a cold shower, for gawds sake), Nadia has shown moral courage. She has managed to keep her ‘secret’ out of the house all these weeks, and pursued her own dream of being accepted – that’s determination, focus & willpower for you. But more than that, what I love about her is that she gets angry and upset, but within 5 minutes she knows that she is upset, and laughs about it. She is well sorted, and knows what’s her problem, and what belongs to other people.

She also laughs a lot (and I’m a great believer in Deus Ludens).

May she win, and may you never visit this site again if you don’t vote for her!

Search me!


Looking through the activity log of this weblog, I see a number of people searching for things about music and dance. The best place to find this is on the general search page for the whole site, not the weblog search.

I’m not spying on visitors, I just wanted to see how many spammers had been blocked automatically by MT-Blacklist . Quite a few, it seems – MTB is a fantastic plugin, and saves hours of painful de-spamming.