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Wordy Rappinghood

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Life

No matter how many times I read this I can’t make it make sense: While the process was laborious, for, as is often the case, because the computer systems managers have specified don’t report data of this kind, it resulted in atitudinal changes amongst engineers. I think you have to remove “for” and put the […]

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A coping strategy

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Life

I am currently ploughing my way through a book about ‘systems thinking’ (Freedom from Command & Control by John Seddon). It is not exactly a page-turner, but there is no option to wait for the film to come out. It suddenly got to be more fun when I decided to add some bits of my […]

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Party lines

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Life

Since re-joining Crawley council I have been to a stupid amount of meetings, briefings and seminars. I think I had 8 different meetings last week. In a lot of those I have noticed something that I don’t think was always the case, although I may be mistaken – it was a long time ago – […]

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Bye bye branches

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · Life, Technology

I had an interesting email from Barclays today, inviting me to take part in a trial of paying in cheques via online banking. Interesting because this is exactly the feature I was saying they should have when I last received a cheque from somewhere. With online banking capable of doing most things and cash available […]

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

June 14th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

We arrive at books by many different routes. It may be that a cover catches our eye in the shop, or a review in a magazine sounds good, or somebody recommends it. I came to this book by a bit of a backwards route. I very much enjoyed a book called The Reader on the […]

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Feeling at home

June 11th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Politics

You know how it is when you walk into a place for the first time and it immediately feels comfortable? You just feel at home there for some reason. Well I have had that sort of feeling twice in the last week with council matters. The first time was when I went down to see […]

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But I did go to Specsavers!

May 19th, 2015 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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 · Comments Off · 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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