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The Irregular

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Life

I have a book to recommend. The Irregular by H.B.Lyle. Last month I had proof copies of two different new novels that trade on a connection with Sherlock Holmes. The first was Arrowood by Mick Finlay, which was interesting enough, but I have to admit that I found The Irregular to be much more exciting. […]

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Twin Peaks

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Life

There is a lot of hype about a new series of Twin Peaks, which is exciting a lot of people and I kind of wish I was one of them. The thing is, I never watched Twin Peaks when it first came out. It sounds like something I would have enjoyed, so I wonder why […]

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Outskirts

April 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Life, Politics

A short review of Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt by John Grindrod which I mentioned in a previous post. It is due to be out in hardback on June 1st. Although I got hold of an advanced proof copy, I did buy his previous book and would have bought this […]

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Going direct

April 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Life

We went back to Essex today for a funeral, which is never a lot of fun. Funerals I mean, though come to think of it Essex isn’t much fun either. It was my Mother’s husband, so sort of my step-father, although they didn’t actually marry until after I had left home. He didn’t want a […]

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The good side of 2016

December 28th, 2016 · Comments Off on The good side of 2016 · Life

This year is generally reckoned to be a bit of a stinker, but it wasn’t all bad from where I am sitting.

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Dirk Gently

December 12th, 2016 · Comments Off on Dirk Gently · Life

I see that Netflix now has a US-made version of Dirk Gently’s Holistic detective Agency available. I saw some odd bits of it while Jayne was watching it on her PC and although there were a few good gags I can’t say that I was tempted to watch it myself, despite (or maybe because of?) […]

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Stop the year, I want to get off

December 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on Stop the year, I want to get off · Life

As if the whole Trump/Brexit thing wasn’t bad enough, this year has seen a lot of celebrity deaths, the latest being Andrew Sachs. Of course this happens every year so I am not sure why it feels worse this year. Possibly because a few of them were absolute A+ list celebrities like Bowie, Prince, Ali, […]

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Solving the Southern Fail problem

October 19th, 2016 · Comments Off on Solving the Southern Fail problem · Life, Politics

During my daily commute I congratulate myself on transferring away from London to the local branch of my company and replacing an expensive, overcrowded, uncomfortable and unreliable train journey with a 5-minute walk, and even more so on strike days. Mind you, I hear that even non-strike days are now pretty dreadful and for the […]

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No more ‘Chinese friends’

October 5th, 2016 · Comments Off on No more ‘Chinese friends’ · Life, Technology

The news today is that Amazon are banning ‘incentivised reviews’. What that means is that you can’t accept anything in return for reviewing a product, not even a free or discounted product. It has always been the case that you can’t accept payment in return for writing a review, and especially not for writing a […]

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Stormy Weather

September 10th, 2016 · Comments Off on Stormy Weather · Life

Well we are back from our second honeymoon. Our first one was a few days in Paris. This one was a bit more exotic: two weeks in the Dominican Republic. A nice place, but to be honest we were looking forward to the flight almost as much as the holiday. After suffering the bum-numbing experience […]

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