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Stop the year, I want to get off

December 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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 · 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 · 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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Just Married

August 21st, 2016 · Comments Off · Life

Jayne and I renewed our wedding vows yesterday. It seemed to go well and everyone said they enjoyed it, although it did end quite badly and could have been worse. Our son had taken all the children home to our house and we were just winding up in the venue, picking up discarded ties and […]

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Wedding Bells

August 19th, 2016 · Comments Off · Life

I’m getting married tomorrow. Sort of. It is out 15th anniversary and we are renewing our vows. Really we are doing it for our family because fifteen years ago we just went out and got married at the Town Hall with just our neighbour as a witness. No fuss, no reception, no wedding photos and […]

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Lionheart

August 19th, 2016 · Comments Off · Life

It is a shame that Ted Heath already used the phrase ‘the unacceptable face of capitalism’ to describe Tiny Rowland, or rather the activities of his company, because it looks like it should have been saved up for Philip Green, whose new £100m superyacht, Lionheart,  was all over the news today. It is probably just […]

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Olympics do it again

August 17th, 2016 · Comments Off · Life

Right up to the eve of the opening ceremony Rio 2016 was shaping up to be the disaster that we thought London would be 4 years ago but, like in 2012, it all seems to be working out fine. In truth, it probably isn’t going as smoothly as London, and even the weather isn’t as […]

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Favourite films

August 16th, 2016 · Comments Off · Life

The current trend on Twitter is for people to list their seven favourite films using the hashtag #fav7films. I wonder if anybody has yet posted this: Police Academy Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Police Academy 3: Back in Training Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Police Academy 6: […]

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The Monty Hall spreadheet

August 12th, 2016 · Comments Off · Life

Somebody at work recently discovered the Monty Hall problem and got into an argument with a colleague about it, which led to him writing a VB program to demonstrate the solution. I suggested that you could probably knock up a decent simulation of the solution in Excel, using only in-cell formulas and not resorting to […]

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