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How Exciting!

1 Nov

You may remember, if you’ve been reading me that long, that last year I had a poem accepted for the Best of Manchester Poets Anthology

I had an email yesterday to say I’ve had another accepted for this year’s anthology, Best of Manchester Poets 2 (not an original title but I don’t care – I’ve had a poem accepted!)

Thanks to my 101/1001 challenge, I am making more effort this year to submit poems, and it seems to be paying off.

Here’s the cover of this year’s book:

 

If you are interested, you can read here about how I went to BoMP 1’s launch and almost lost the ability to walk.

More recent readers might be surprised to learn I write poetry; you can check it out on my other blog.

 

 

1.11.11

1 Nov

Having done interesting numbers to death this year, I have nothing new to say on the subject of one.  That must be why it’s the loneliest number. 

I will, instead, lift this paragraph from my third post of 2011 (I blogged three times on January 1st, while everyone else was nursing hangovers; if you didn’t know then what you were letting yourself in for, you can’t blame me):

1.1.11 [for 1.1.11 read 1.11.11]: Isn’t that a great date? It’s like 2011 is saying, Yes, you had some interesting numbers in 2010; but let me show you what I’ve got…

2010 had the consecutive (8/9/10, 11:12:13), the repetitive (10/10/10) and the palindrome (01/11/10). Of course, it all depends on your perspective: my American friends won’t have had the same first one because they put the month before the day; here in the UK 8/9/10 happened in September but in the States it was in August. Then there’s the manipulation: if I had added or subtracted zeros then 8/9/10 would have been 08/09/10 and rather dull; 01/11/10 would not have been a palindrome at all as 1/11/10.

I then went off at a tangent, so I had to do some research on the number 1.

There is some useful info on Wikipedia:

  • it is an integer
  • it comes after zero and before two (seriously?)
  • one is the identity for multiplication, so if you multiply any number by one, it remains that number

I needed Wikipedia for that?

What else can one share about one? 

  • it is the atomic number of hydrogen

And that’s all I got.  That’s just ace, isn’t it?

Turns out I did have a little something new to say on the subject of one after all; but I never said it would be interesting.  One forgets, sometimes, just how dull one can be.

Joke 222

1 Nov

A man applied for a job as an industrial spy. Together with several other applicants, he was given a sealed envelope and told to take it to the fourth floor.

As soon as the man was alone, he stepped into an empty hallway and opened the envelope. Inside, a message read: “You’re our kind of person. Report to the fifth floor Personnel Office.”

Source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/Spy#ixzz1baXddsSE

And a bonus joke:

Who was the first underwater spy?

James Pond.

Source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/Spy#ixzz1baXrixch

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