River Song’s Screwdriver Epihany

This morning I was doing some stuff in my home workshop/office and saw the box for my River Song Sonic Screwdriver and it got me to thinking, which lead to a really cool epiphany. Rather than jump to the cool part straight away I’ll give you some of my internal dialog. In HTML Screenplay format….

Home Stretch

Literally in the home stretch for the UK adventure. 17 jam packed days. This week we have Dr Who Premiere, with us in Cardiff today through Thursday. Stupidly I didn’t bring my camera from London. What was I thinking? Could I catch a train and get there and back today? Friday through Sunday we have…

Power Voltage in the US and UK

Electrical outlets in the US and the UK look very different. Those in the UK are much bigger. They seem HUGE to me. They always have 3 prongs and the prongs are much larger. Actually there is another kind of plug in the UK that has two prongs and is always marked “Shaver Only” and…

It’s The Little Things

There are a number of little things that are different in the UK. Here’s a few. Switches are Upside Down Of course the Brits would say ours are upside down. 🙂 A light switch in the down position is On not off. Every power outlet has a switch on it. I won’t even mention the…

Cardiff a Whogasim

We spent a week in Cardiff and I have to say I really like the city. It was very different from Edinburgh which I liked as well. Cardiff is a very modern city. Much more like American cities. Yes, it still had a castle in the middle of it and the house we stayed is…

Staff Required vs Help Wanted

If you’re looking for a job in the UK the signs you are looking for in shop windows say “Staff Required” or a more specific “Sales Staff Required”. In the US we ask for help. The sign says “Help Wanted”. I wonder if this has to do with some negative connotations to the word “Help”?…

A Proper Kilt

One of the things I really wanted to do while in Edinburgh was get a proper kilt. One made by master kilt makers from a high quality tartan and sized for me. Today I picked it up and it is a beauty. Tartan What I really wanted was a Bluebonnet Tartan which is the official…

Till Vs Register

In the states the machine used to pay for things you buy is called a cash register, or the register for short. In the UK it’s called the till. I also confused a shop person at the Apple Store in Glasgow when I said I needed to “check out”. They don’t seem to use that…