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Can’t get you out of my head

April 7th, 2021 · No Comments · Life, Music

Having an earworm is a fairly frequent event for me, but I have had a really strange one today, even by my standards. Earworm is defined by the Collins Dictionary website, rather unsatisfactorily, as “an irritatingly catchy tune”. I don’t think that captures the full quality of an earworm, which is not just a tune […]

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Irony narrowly averted

March 3rd, 2021 · Comments Off on Irony narrowly averted · Life

I went for a walk today, which is quite a big deal for me because I haven’t been able to really appreciate a long walk for ages until the last few days. Its all to do with Raynaud’s phenomenon, which makes my fingers go white when its cold. Oh, and paradoxically they go numb and […]

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Playing catch-up

February 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on Playing catch-up · Life

During the last few days I have been doing some catching up with watching some things I have been putting off for a while, with mixed levels of enjoyment.

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Christmas 2020: a matter of perspective

December 25th, 2020 · Comments Off on Christmas 2020: a matter of perspective · Life

I am going to have a fantastic Christmas this year! I know. There is still covid-19 going on, our area moving into tier 4 on Saturday, Brexit, and all sorts of other general unpleasantness, but it is all relative. For example, two years ago, Christmas 2018, I was in the middle of chemotherapy treatment and […]

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Time for a #HIGNFY re-vamp?

October 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on Time for a #HIGNFY re-vamp? · Life

Have I Got News For You is celebrating its 30th year now and although it has its moments it really is showing its age now. I have watched it from the start and do still watch it, but that is at least partly through habit. A lot of the time the regular members do seem […]

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Bikes don’t kill people, cyclists do

August 16th, 2020 · Comments Off on Bikes don’t kill people, cyclists do · Life

There are some things that are so obvious and ingrained that you don’t notice them until they are pointed out, after which you can’t not see them again. The difference between how accidents caused by bicycles and accidents caused by car drivers are reported is one of those things.

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Thick as a brick

August 2nd, 2020 · 2 Comments · Life

This week came the news that Argos will no longer be producing their catalogue in paper form. The legendary ‘laminated book of dreams’ will be a thing of the past, but what a past! To be honest, its a surprise it has lasted this long, because it is out-of-date almost before the ink is dry. […]

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Get on your bike!

July 27th, 2020 · Comments Off on Get on your bike! · Life

I see that the government want to encourage more people to take up cycling to improve health by reducing obesity. While it is easy to pick holes in this, the gist of it is very laudable. There shouldn’t be any doubt that reducing weight leads to improvements in health and that cycling can help to […]

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Its all a big conspiracy!

July 17th, 2020 · Comments Off on Its all a big conspiracy! · Life

I try to keep an open mind generally, but I don’t have a lot of time for conspiracy theories and usually dismiss them immediately because they are just so obviously preposterous. I’m sure there are conspiracies, in the sense that there are people conspiring in quite boring ways, but nobody talks about them. They are […]

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A tedium of collective nouns

July 9th, 2020 · Comments Off on A tedium of collective nouns · Life

I am in a bit of a miserable ranting mood today so I’ll vent a bit about collective nouns. If there is one aspect of language that irritates me more than coy euphemisms it is collective nouns, and especially the newly-minted ones that always seem to be presented as mildly amusing and perhaps faintly satirical.

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