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» Obscure Memorabilia

George Harrison's Autographed Picture
Not strictly speaking mine: I was looking for something for my dad's birthday, something small and "special" to go with his "main" present, when I spotted this on eBay. It was only a couple of quid and he's a bit of a Beatles fan, so I picked it up. Then George Harrison died, the day the auction ended (which is a damned shame). As a result of which, his "little something extra" turned out to be worth more than the main present. Which is odd.
(Mon 8th Nov 2004, 18:25, More)

» Obscure Memorabilia

A conker from the Von Trapp house
We went to visit the house where they filmed "The Sound of Music." It's all private residence-y and no admittance-y now, but it's right next door to (and shares a driveway/gate with) a business conference centre. So I stroll up to the security guard and ask directions to reception. Then walk away, and we suddently (and entirely accidentally, I'm sure) find ourselves patting the stone horses used in the movie (the bit where they fell in the lake). As a keepsake, I picked up a conker from the grounds of the house, which now sits in my living room, next to the pottery from Pompeii.
(Mon 8th Nov 2004, 18:19, More)

» Obscure Memorabilia

I have a bit Roman pottery
Walking around Pompeii, strolling from room to room, as you do. Kicked a few pebbles in the corner and unearthed a bit of a clay pot which the archeologists had unaccountably missed. Somehow, it's ended up in my living room. Odd, that.
(Mon 8th Nov 2004, 18:16, More)

» Evidence that you're getting old

Turning 35 last month
That was a bit of a hint.
(Thu 28th Oct 2004, 13:10, More)

» I witnessed a crime

I witnessed a hit and run
Car came speeding round the corner, through red lights and smashed into a woman, throwing her into the air and just carried on down the road. I called 999, and so did lots of other people, and I heard later that she'd survived with, amazingly luckily, just a broken nose.

Then the police called up, asking for witnesses to appear at the trial (they caught up with the car, joy-driving drivers still inside, shortly afterwards). Six months later, I'm contacted and given a court date to appear as a witness.

The day before the court date, I get another phone call from the police, informing me that the hearing's been postponed. Why? Because nobody bothered to tell the accused when the hearing was.

That was about four years ago now. and I've heard nothing more about it. As far as I know, the "postponed" trial/hearing/whatever never happened.
(Fri 15th Feb 2008, 11:56, More)
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