Clouds in my Coffee

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I visit my local cafe regularly. For the purposes of this post I shall call it Cafe Proximity. This place is ridiculously near by. How close is it? I occasionally think of walking to the slightly more distant cafe to give my pedometer something to do. But I don’t. The nearer java-slinger plays a steady […]

Is It Biscuit Tin-able?

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Look, I don’t know anything about Art, but I do know what I like. And I like biscuits, especially ones that come in fancy tins. Flash bicky tins have been with us for more than a century. Often they simply depict the brand’s name or perhaps a litho’d portrait of the Royals or a random […]

War of the Egg Cups

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My mother is a hoarder, however not the kind you’ll see on reality television. Her home is neat and uncluttered. All the hoarded items are neatly stored away in cupboards. Many of the things she has kept are decades old. I was at my parents’ house on Saturday and I was looking for some teabags […]

Seek Wisdom

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Today is my birthday. So I beg your indulgence for the rambling that is to follow. I’m a Capricorn if you believe in such things. Scorpio rising, but credibility sinking for about half of you reading these first sentences. But wait, there’s even more astrology. According to the Chinese, I’m also a Fire Horse. The […]

Glad All Over

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I was watching CAREER OPPORTUNITIES at 4.30 this morning. Avid readers of my every word (I’m looking at you cyberstalker fangirl) will recall I wrote of this forgotten 1991 John Hughes penned and produced flick in my other blog. And while I was being less-than-thoroughly engaged by it, I was confronted by the image of […]

Things I Learnt This Christmas

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So here are some loosely assembled thoughts I have had and observations what I made over this Yuletide season, my friends. I like Christmas. I’m an Atheist, but I still enjoy the celebration. (Stay your keyboards, all those who would explain that Christmas was originally a pagan festival that Christians appropriated. Fine. And while we’re […]

Send Her Victorious

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“I think we need a new national anthem,” my brother stated as we drove away from our parents’ place last night. I’ve known my brother (who declines to be named in my ‘blog so “my brother” he shall remain) for more than 40 years, so the abruptness of this assertion, the positing of this notion […]

Van Man

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It’s my ‘blog and I’ll tangent if I want to, even–as in this case–that tangent is the introduction to the piece. Back in 1979 British comedians Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath wrote a radio comedy called Glompus Van Der Hloed’s Tales From The Crypt. It starred people like Mel Smith and Andrew Sachs. And the only […]

Methodical Nigel

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My brother Nigel has always been methodical. And rather private, so he isn’t actually called Nigel. When we were little kids we shared a bedroom. Whenever our room was in a mess, it was in fact my mess. His stuff was always packed away in drawers or stowed in the toy box. My idea of […]