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But I did go to Specsavers!

May 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Life

Came home from shopping the other day and only then noticed that I had picked up a tub of mango pieces (which I am not keen on) instead of pineapple (which I am very keen on). And this is a couple of weeks after going to Specsavers!

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Not lost in translation

May 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Life

As I have mentioned before, one of my favourite things is to get hold of pre-publication proofs of new books, especially if they are well-written and a pleasure to read. Last week I read just such a book – The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent. Apart from anything I think the writer deserves […]

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Back from the dead

April 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Life, Technology

It has been an exciting day today for various reasons – the council published the lists of candidates for next month’s elections, I picked up my new glasses so I can read the list, and I managed to give the kiss of life to my Nexus 7 tablet.

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Mystic Ivy

March 6th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

Today we went out to Essex for our second funeral of the week. This time it was Auntie Ivy. In terms of strict biology she was not actually my auntie, but on the other hand she was because she was sort of everybody’s auntie, having had 105 years to accumulate honorory nephews and neices. Despite […]

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I’m not a racist but…

February 28th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

…I think my mobile phone might be a little racist, even if only inadvertantly. I was adding somebody called Gurinder to the contacts on my phone and it auto-corrected it to “Grinder”. Seriously though, why on Earth should auto-correct be enabled on fields for names?

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Naarden

February 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

This time yesterday I had never heard of Naarden, now it is on my list of places I really fancy visiting – and unlike most of the other places on my list (e.g. Tromso, Uruguay) it is actually affordable to get to. If, like me yesterday, you aren’t aware of the place then I defy […]

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How the other half live

February 14th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

A was a little gobsmacked the other day, while reading this bit of property porn on the local paper’s website. It is about a house for sale for £900,000. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cellar,  a stable block converted to a games room, and 1.25 acres of land. If that wasn’t enough, it […]

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Partial fact of the day

February 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

The fax machine was invented before the telephone. For its first fifteen years of existence it was only used to transmit transfer requests between football teams.

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A blast from the past

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

While looking for something in the system32 directory of a Windows 7 computer the other day (I still can’t quite bring myself  to call it a folder) I came across the file pifmgr.dll It was a bit like when you are on Facebook or Linkedin and see the name of somebody you knew or worked […]

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Churchill

January 25th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

The anniversary of Churchill’s death this weekend saw Nicholas Soames popping up all over the TV. As you may guess, I am not a big fan of Soames. On top of all the normal reasons to dislike a Tory you can add his shamelss trading on the reputation of his illustrious relative. I do think […]

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