Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Disappointments of the day

Biggest disappointment of the day? Overnight fog. Last night we were supposed to get a 'stellar' performance as the Earth moved through the Leonid meteor shower. When I went to bed at 11.30pm fog so enshrouded London that I couldn't see the dome of St. Paul's (which is about 500' from my back door). At 4am, when the peak of activity was supposed to be, there was nothing to be seen but cloud. This was supposed to be the asteroids' finest performance for 100 years and something not to be seen again for another 100 years. So it was a huge disappointment. I felt like I'd just missed Halley's comet again. Second biggest disappointment of the day? The Prime Minister speaking at the UK's e-summit and not mentioning e-government. At least not in the sense of what we've done so far is ok but here's what we have to do to change it: fewer websites, greater focus on integrating personal, relevant information with intuitive transactions and so on. Prime Ministerial speeches come and go (hey, even Prime Ministers come and go); there'll be another chance to get the message across. The Leonids won't be seen the way they were today (in some parts of the world) for 100 years.

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