22 July 2013

Walking in the sunshine town feeling very cool

Yesterday was okay. Somewhat strained. Nicky was a complete saint again, assuring Mum (and me) she'd help Mum around and keep an eye on her if she wanted to come to our wedding.

This morning there was an almighty thunderstorm - made the house shake! So I had a cuddly John on one side, and Sherlock decided to leap on us, so him on the other. Me valiantly trying to go to sleep...but no hope, with Sherlock outlining ever more insane plans for the day.

Today was...hot. And there were dead bodies and mortuaries and endless searches of areas in the blazing heat. It's not great for the state of bodies either - we're not used to decomposition in this sort of heat. Not something we usually deal with. Plus prepping appeals on old cases, all sorts.

One of the other DIs took a proper header down the stairs at the weekend, and looks like he's been on the losing side of a serious fight. He sent us a photo, so we knew he wasn't laying it on!

Err..other news. It's a boy! The press finally have something to talk about. I'm kind of sad that the news wasn't announced first on the easel, but via social media. Anyway, best of luck to them all.


Anyway...things... chatted to an old lady today, in the course of enquiries, and while we were chatting, she told me that sometimes the Chinese would attach these little whistles/flutes to pigeon's tail feathers, so when they flew they made soft whistly noises. You can find some examples on YouTube. Fascinating the things you find out about.

Other news...apparently it's against company policy for McDonald's to serve someone on a horse in
their drive-throughs.

Thanks for all your help with Sherlock's question the other day...I now feel like I know even less than before about vaginas.

In return for your help, have some cupcakes which look really quite disturbingly real at first glance.

Don't click if you're in public, or with small children, and care about what people see you looking at!





Cockcakes. For the wedding? - I'm sure some people would refuse to eat them ;)

Hey, Murray, you need to see our suits? Or has Danger already texted you about all that...(is blogging about it any better??)

71 comments:

Murray said...

I don't know, do I?? Am I suppose to colour coordinate with you or something? Blogging about is better bc of the potential for mocking him in public.

I may boycott the wedding if you don't have those cakes.

John H. D. Watson said...

He was joking...probably. We are not having those cakes.

Sherlock asked if I thought Molly ever took naps in the cadaver drawers because they'd be so cool.

Greg Lestrade said...

Well... it's up to you (and him....and quite possibly Mycroft...) what you wear :) I just didn't know if he'd already talked to you about it!

John's suit is a pale pastel pink, with an electric blue cravat, and a pink, orange and purple paisley shirt. So...well, any colour would go.

spandrella said...

McDonald's won't serve people on bicycles, either.

Those cupcakes need some chocolate sprinkles around the...er... *coughs*

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

You probably don't get a FPN for taking your bike into the restaurant and it shitting everywhere though ;)

They do look a little bare, don't they?

Murray said...

Agreed re: sprinkles.

John's suit is a pale pastel pink, with an electric blue cravat, and a pink, orange and purple paisley shirt.

If only this were true...

spandrella said...

I assume that's a ticket of some sort? And no, most businesses that aren't clothing places don't mind me bringing my bike in as long as it's in the way...I don't know if I'd get a ticket for trying to go through the drive thru or if it's just a refusal-to-serve situation

I'm not saying they *all* need sprinkles. Just that there's a spectrum that should be properly represented.

Greg Lestrade said...

They're not exactly good at showing variety, it's true. Obviously decided to only do one colour for that photo, anyway!

Some lady got refused service at the drive-through on her horse, then took it into the shop where it shat all over the floor! Yes, sorry, fixed penalty notice it means - a fine.

Murray - I can't believe you think it isn't true! I've seen pictures of his fashion sense in his youth...he owns a sparkly Robin Sparkles denim jacket for God's sake man!

Thirdbird said...

I have to say, I find these cupcakes infinitely more appealing:

http://www.doobybrain.com/2010/04/25/rainbow-vagina-cupcakes/

Murray said...

Greg - if you'd said brown and checkered, I might've believed it.

spandrella said...

Yeaahhhh, that's just a violation of all kinds of health codes. The horse.

I wonder if the cupcakes have cream in the middle.

Greg Lestrade said...

It is. But I don't entirely understand why you can't ride a horse through the drive-through. I've ridden bikes, and walked, through a McD's drive-through (in my misspent youth, before I discovered I had a palate, albeit one which tasted mainly of cigarettes.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Murray - it's brown checked with pale pastel pink stitching picking out those checks... :)

(Any time now I will suffer a pillow to the face.)

Anon Without A Name said...

The cupcakes are genius, although you're right, not much variety. At least they've gone for a selection of cut and uncut though.

Thirdbird - I did laugh out loud at those cupcakes (Lestrade - real ladybits aren't usually those colours ;-p)

Lestrade, does this mean your Mum is feeling a bit happier about your wedding? Or at least, being OK about it?

Murray said...

Now I'm starting to buy it... Reminds me, you and me need to get a pint sometime pre-wedding.

Greg Lestrade said...

ThirdBird - your cake picture certainly shows more variety.

Nameless - no?? Surely SOME are?

Mum...I think I'm grateful Nicky was there to immediately crush any of her negativity? But yes, she's...not unhappy about it. I mean, she still thinks John is too good for me, and will run off the second he finds someone more suitable... but to be honest, she can think what she wants on that front, and i'll ignore her.

spandrella said...

Considering how your mum's various ex's have treated/left her...I think that says more (and sadder) things about her history than it does about your future.

-Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

I know, it does. And I do understand. But I also think certain things become self-fulfilling prophecies, and...well, I just believe in John and me.

Anyone want another thunderstorm? I want to sleep, and I want my nose to stop itching so much I want to rip it off my face.

pandabob said...

but how would that look on the wedding photos? ;-)

we all believe in you and John and I think we probably know you both better than your mum does :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

who nose...

Weirdly, given I've never met any of you, you do actually know me far better. I think she stopped knowing me when I was about...8?

Piplover said...

Does it make me odd I'd be afraid to bit into one of those? :)

Kestrel337 said...

I suspect the reason for not serving people on horseback, or on foot, or bicycle, is the liability issues. Horse/Car accidents are no joke, and I can just imagine how my daughter's horse would respond to something like a drive up window.

Heavens, is there anything they WON'T put on a cake these days?

spandrella said...

If cakewrecks is any indication....no.

REReader said...

*looks at various cupcakes*

*blinks*

(Aren't cupcakes kinda small?)

rsf said...

RR, I managed not to snorgle at Lestrade's cupcakes until just now...

(I did think that they looked like they had far too much frosting on top of the cake, though. So glad I didn't read this while I was at work!)

Maybe they'd be appropriate for the bachelor party. You are going to have one, yes?

Hope you can sleep soon, L.

REReader said...

;D

Rider said...

I have seen similar done with actual sausages.

If you umm.. prick.. the skin before cooking in a suitable fashion you can get some very sausage like sausages.

was done by a friend of mine and his wife at a party celebrating their return home and their announcement of procreative success. The matching ladybits were done as biscuits I recall.

Olli said...

MYCROFT, DON'T LET THEM SERVE COCKCAKES, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

The joke here for me was that I opened this page on my mobile first, where the opening photo shows up on the left, and they *looked* like tiny cocks, and then I berated myself for having a dirty mind. :p

Rider--did anyone eat the sausage and biscuits? And is that for a British or American value of "biscuit"? I think I'd have to get properly liquored up before I could enjoy food shaped like that.

Rider said...

Olli,

we all happily partook of the refreshments, with all the appropriate jokes, gestures, and noises. After all the work that went into it how could we not?

A sort of mix. Not quite biscuit-UK not quite biscuit-US. tasty though!

Olli said...

Sounds like a pretty unique recipe. And a memorable party. :)

Small Hobbit said...

We had a thunderstorm last night, which did nothing useful, just woke me up and then the static meant I couldn't get back to sleep.

Greg Lestrade said...

It's boiling again here. Broke a sweat getting out of bed! And although it's rained it's just getting hotter.

RSF - I'm not having a batchelor party, no. You'd have to ask John (and Murray) if he is.

Greg Lestrade said...

Come on then, bloggers. My whole office is now obsessed by baby names. I want it to be called Alfred. But I think it'll end up something like Albert George. What do you think? Marmaduke? Gandalf?

pandabob said...

If the first born of this supposedly modern couple ends up with only old royal names people aren't going to be happy although that would be better than them naming it London or something ;-)

Choosing baby names is a nightmare when you only have grandparents opinions to deal with, having the whole world voicing their opinion must be awful!

ro said...

Well, I'm cheering for Finchley, but it'll probably be something classic, like James or Michael, with the Albert/George/Arthur-type bits as middle names?

Those cakes ... those cakes. I saw them out of the corner of my eye before I read about them. I thought it was luncheon meat! I was thinking, "Heh. That luncheon meat looks like .... AHAHAHA! It is!" Bit disturbed that they're all a la Brazil. I echo the earlier comments re: sprinkles.

Was looking at your weather forecast - only 2 degrees between max and min really sucks. Looks like the nights are going to start cooling off a bit soon, though.

Sherlock said...

It can't be Sherlock even though that's a brilliant name because it's mine.

There's a thunderstorm coming and the dogs are jumping about and John said maybe we could go out in it.

REReader said...

Sherlock is an excellent name, and uncommon, which i always wanted--there were two other girls with the same name as mine in my class at school, which i did not appreciate! But the royals only seem to pick names that previous royals have had--and lots of them at a time, too. (Which latter, I imagine, makes it a lot harder to win office pools.)

It can be great fun to be out in a rainstorm. (But not so much if there's lots of lightning.) Have fun!

Anonymous said...

All I predict is that he will not be named John.

Have fun in the thunder! I hope it cools off some, doesn't just make things humid and more terrible.

I feel like I didn't sleep at all, though I must've.

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

John and Sherlock are never going to be the tallest things in an area to attract lightening strikes :)

Storm passed through. Temp still quite high. Humidity massive now. Disgustingly sticky.

Anonymous said...

That was the thing I could never get used to in NY--the rain, instead of cooling things off, just made it sticky and terrible. In Colorado, rain almost always means refreshing and cooling.

Ella

Small Hobbit said...

How about Patrick? No, possibly not.

David would be nice.

Anonymous said...

Name the English heir after an Irish rebel? Surely not! ;)

I suspect they'll incorporate some of the names of William and Charles and maybe Phillip. Probably something from Diana's side of the family.

Also, curse you all for actually making me think about this!

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

I don't want to think about it either, but it's inescapable!

John H. D. Watson said...

Maybe they'll go for one of those celebrity-type baby names...Cloud or Quinoa or something...

Greg Lestrade said...

it's got a ring to it. 'King Quinoa'...

Ro - I hope the poor thing isn't called Finchley! Although I'm fairly sure it'd be Mayfair, or Kensington, anyway, not Finchley!

REReader said...

David would be nice.

Hmmm...King David. I like it!

Anonymous said...

I don't want to think about it either, but it's inescapable!

But...but we fought a war, and everything! On the premise that it was totally escapable!

Ella

rsf said...

Marmaduke does sound royal, doesn't it?

Has there ever been a Peter? Or a Michael? There was a Stephen, but that was a long time ago. An Arthur too, but I can't imagine them going that direction.

What about Rupert? That's a nice dignified sort of name.

It's a good thing I'm not allowed to pick. I'd probably go for Kong, or Ofhearts or something else very silly.

Greg Lestrade said...

Rupees doesn't have good connotations here. I very much doubt that would be chosen.

Greg Lestrade said...

...rupert, not rupees obviously

Anonymous said...

Connotations are always important to consider. Which is why I doubt they'll choose Richard.

REReader said...

There's always a good princely name like Charming...

Anonymous said...

What's the connotation around Rupert?

You run into few if any Benedicts in the US, even 200 years on, thanks to Mr. Arnold.

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, 'a Rupert' is military slang for an officer who's posh and useless. That probably sums it up :)

REReader said...

Or there's Rudolph...

Anonymous said...

This is not baby name related, but:

Sherlock, to go with your flower ice cubes! http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f247/?cpg=55235318&msg_id=55235318&et_rid=987250222&linkid=55235318_feature1_f247

Back on baby names, I second gandalf.
-Z

Anonymous said...

Wow, they're trying someone for the murder of Keith Blakelock after all this time (28 years). There really doesn't seem to be such a thing as too cold a case anymore.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23425600

Anonymous said...

No statute of limitations on murder. I think Alabama tried several men in 2001 for bombing an African-American church in the 1960s that killed 4 little girls. It took them that long to convince witnesses to talk and gather other evidence.

Ella

Anonymous said...

No but surely such a long delay lessens the chance of a fair trial? Witnesses get less and less accurate over time, people's memories fade etc.

Anonymous said...

Depends on the evidence they have, I suppose. I only know what was in that one article, but if they're not charging the other 4 people they suspect of being involved, I wonder if one or more of those guys has agreed to be a witness. Or if the suspect let something slip to somebody.

Will he be charged as a juvenile, I wonder, or as an adult? (I have no idea how juvenile vs adult court works in the UK)

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Anon - it is good news. I know some officers who've been working the case.

Ella - as an adult. There's very little difference anyway, juvenile courts are just less strictly formal and send people to young offender institutions, not prisons. Generally speaking. There are exceptions.

Anon Without A Name said...

I reckon they'll go for something traditional, bit not too traditional. Probably not George as a first name, because that's the name that Charles is going to take as King, isn't it? James, maybe? I bet there's an Arthur or Albert in there too.

James Albert Charles George

Anonymous said...

What's the transitional age, more or less? (In the US, whether a minor is charged as an adult generally depends on the severity of the crime.) would he also has been charged as adult if they'd been able to charge him back then?

Adding my voice to the chorus of glad he's been charged. People who kill or injure public servants are right up there on my list of dredges of humanity.

Also, John, you've been quiet today. Good day? Everything all right?

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

it's all a bit complicated, but basically you're considered a 'youth' if you're under 18, and an adult if you're 18 or over. However, it very much depends on the crime, and any co-defendents. He would never have been tried in a youth court for murder - it potentially carries too long a sentence.

The age of criminal responsibility here is 10.


John H. D. Watson said...

Ella - yeah, pretty good, thanks. Sherlock and Mycroft are keeping me busy. And typing is a bit more complicated with the dogs around. They like to think they can sit in your lap, but in reality all that fits is their huge, drooly heads.

Greg Lestrade said...

They like to think they can sit in your lap, but in reality all that fits is their huge, drooly heads.

oddly enough exactly the same scenario with me, as well as the dogs.... ;)

REReader said...

Was there another bean crop today? :)

John H. D. Watson said...

L - but you drool less...and smell better.

John H. D. Watson said...

RR - no, just watering and weeding.

REReader said...

At least no one got crushed! (Well, not by the beans. I can't speak to the dogs. :))

Anonymous said...

Ha! I have a large drooly dog, so I can sympathize. No large drooly DI though.

Ella

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