Hello, and welcome to my blog - The Blog of The Bob.

As you might have guessed, I am The Bob and this is my Blog. But who am I and what’s the point of this? Read on and hopefully neither of these questions will be answered.

First of all, I’ve decided to make this anonymous. The way I see it is that if you know me out in the real world then I don’t need to tell you who I am. If you don’t then you can get to know me through my ramblings without getting tied down by things like name, rank, and cereal numbers (bran flakes by the dozen mostly). I have a rather rare name and am entirely googleable (it’s a word…) and my job involves certain responsibilities and stuff which entirely restricts what I would be comfortable saying here. That said, I’m not here to express any particular opinions on religion, politics, history, culture, the youth of today, cricket, flavours of ice-cream, or animal husbandry (that’s farming, not marrying goats) so I don’t imagine there will be anything particularly controversial. It’s just easier this way.

(If you want to know less about me, check out the “About The Bob” link in the right-hand column)

Which brings me to the point of The Blog of The Bob: nothing at all. I’m just planning to write what comes to me, without too much editing or forethought. Ultimately this is so I can look back in 3 years time and think “wow, what a waste of my time…”

And now it’s your turn. I want you, the People of Internetland, to leave comments, requests, stories and complaints. Why should I do all the hard work? I might use this Blog partly to seek answers to things that I can’t be bothered looking up myself, and maybe for the occasional poll. But for now, why not leave me a wee message to say hello or to tell me what you did today, in 10 words or less. The best answer receives 10 points, and you know what points make…


As this is my first post, I’ve decided to put down what is going on in the world just now:


  • The Zimbabwe Presidential election is rather messy, to put it lightly (this probably doesn’t really narrow down when this was written…)
  • Oil prices are high and getting higher - this also doesn’t really help.
  • Gordon Brown is Prime Minister; Alex Salmond is First Minister; George W Bush is still President somehow, but not for much longer (Obama won the Democratic race about 2 weeks ago…)
  • Physics might, but probably won’t, kill us all.

Sport now:

  • Wimbledon has just started - my prediction is that Andy Murray will do okay, people will start to get vaguely excited about it, and then he will lose to someone who is actually better than him (like Nadal).
  • Euro 2008 is nearing the close, with the 2 semi-finals later this week (Germany vs Turkey and Russia vs Spain - my prediction is that Germany will beat Spain in the final. But more of this later…) It’s Summer, so England are probably losing at cricket somewhere.

TV and Entertainment:

  • Harold Bishop left Neighbours last week. I’m still in mourning.
  • Yet another series of Big Brother has just started, and I haven’t seen a single minute of it yet. I feel good about this.
  • Glastonbury is on this weekend, with acts including Gilbert O’Sullivan, Katie Melua and Neil Diamond. Your mum would love it. I’m not going, but I am seeing Radiohead on Friday (more on that later…)


9 Responses to “Welcome!”

  1. Andrew Says:

    I didn’t realize Harold was still in Neighbours - so for him to leave is quite a shock to me.

  2. The Bob Says:

    Hi Andrew, thanks for being my first commenter and sorry for breaking such sad news to you…

  3. Rozi Says:

    You ruined my day with your tidings of the great Harold, you swine…

  4. The Bob Says:

    Glad to see that, only 2 comments in, and this is already turning into a Neighbours discussion group. But more on that later…

  5. Georffrey B Says:

    I love science stories that sound like the prologue of a Superhero story:

    “No one was in the immediate vicinity of the test, so there were no injuries. The magnet problem was fixed shortly afterwards…”

    ..except for a disgruntled French research technician, bitter and twisted from years of being underpaid and not having long enough lunchbreaks or a good enough pension plan, who miraculously emerged from the Collider tunnel entirely unharmed… or DID HE?!!

    Because the next time he starts to feel that powerless anger build up in him when his boss tells him to go and sweep up the baguette crumbs from the floor of the particle accelerator, he feels a strange transformation occurring: that familiar dark, angry knot in his stomach has a new power, a new… density… he finally feels he can command respect, he has… gravitas! He draws himself up in front of his boss and with one grimace of his suddenly black eyes… turns him instantaneously into subatomic spaghetti and sucks in all his matter, all his energy all his light, feeling himself become yet more powerful in the process!
    He has become the diabolical… Black Hole!

    Meanwhile… “Dr Adrian Kent [!], a [mild-mannered] theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge, wrote a paper in which he argued that scientists had not adequately calculated the risks of a “killer strangelet” catastrophe scenario.”

    …but his warnings fell on deaf ears, and he gradually came to realise that he would have to take matters into his own hands to save the Earth from this threat of ULTIMATE CATACLYSM!! So, using the revolutionary new applications for particle acceleration technology that he has been working on with his bright, idealistic and nubile PhD student Catherine Clisholm, and his considerable personal fortune (left to him after his parents died in a freak poorly-maintained-Van-Der-Graaf-generator accident), he embarks on a personal mission to rid the world of this threat to its VERY EXISTENCE!! And he becomes… the formidable Ion Man! And what could be the true identity of his masked female sidekick… the mysterious Stranglet!

    Hmm possibly there might be some copyright issues with Ion Man…

  6. Fizzbomb Says:

    Bring back Bouncer!!!

  7. the Big Bopper Says:

    Who put the bomp in the bomp be bomp be bonp
    Who put the rang in a rang a dang a ding don
    Who was that man?
    I’d like to shake his hand, then again maybe not.

  8. the Big Bopper Says:

    Who put that rubbish on this site? Was it the Mekon? Was it Emeror Ming?
    Answer for your sins or like Dante you will be banished and left to attack your persecutors in your own fictional divine comedy

  9. The Bob Says:

    And that, my friends, is why you should never anger the Big Bopper…

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