More people visit the Blackpool Tower each year than the Pyramids

This is and other excellent factoids in a strange little piece on the Guardian website: “Inspired by Mayor John Bickerstaffe’s visit to the Eiffel Tower in 1889, it survived a fire at the top eight years later and was largely rebuilt in 1921-4 because cheapskate owners had failed to use rust-proof paint. Mistaken for aContinue reading “More people visit the Blackpool Tower each year than the Pyramids”

A music post: What if Beyonce was your Gran? What if she could predict economic turmoil?

Yes, what if? Well, wonder no more – this very odd picture (which may or may not be photoshopped) was used by the Guardian to illustrate a story about how there’s apparently an inverse correlation between the stability of the stock markets and the regularity of beats in pop songs: “BeyoncĂ©’s worldwide hit, Single LadiesContinue reading “A music post: What if Beyonce was your Gran? What if she could predict economic turmoil?”

If I owned a pub, I’d call it ‘The Flag and Seagull’

Flag and seagull, 2 Originally uploaded by Sifter. Just got back from a trip up north. Blackpool at the end of January can be a staggeringly inhospitable place as when the weather is grim, it’s really, really grim. This time though, it was cold and clear, so I got some lovely photos – this oneContinue reading “If I owned a pub, I’d call it ‘The Flag and Seagull’”

Rollercoaster weekend…

…Literally. Spent a long weekend in Blackpool, and on Friday, I went to the Pleasure Beachwhich is a massive theme park with a lot of rollercoasters crammed in to a small space. It’s not quite as high concept as a lot of other theme parks (like Alton Towers), but, like Blackpool itself, manages to createContinue reading “Rollercoaster weekend…”