Four twenties ten (19.2021)

Anyone who has ever learned a foreign language will find certain aspects of the learned language amusing. Perhaps it's the concept of gender applied to inanimate objects - why is a table feminine? But one of the weirdest things I've seen is that the French words for 70, 80 and 90 are sixty-ten, four-twenties and… Continue reading Four twenties ten (19.2021)

Hell in a tall hat (18.2021)

Any week I don't get my post out an a Sunday I feel disappointed in myself. Especially when I didn't spend Sunday engaged in anything else more important - unless jigsaw making and gardening and reading count as more important? Actually gardening felt quite important as the spring weeds have also sprung and are growing… Continue reading Hell in a tall hat (18.2021)

The big reopening (15.2021)

While countries across Europe are looking like into lockdown again, here in the UK we have reached a milestone in reopening - pubs and shops and hairdressers and gyms are now open for customers. Except pubs (and restaurants and cafes) are only open for custom in outside spaces. And yoga studios can't open because that… Continue reading The big reopening (15.2021)

A memorable week (3.21)

Today, Sunday, it snowed. Snow is exciting because it provides a punctuation mark in the endless flow of similar looking days. It will be a reference point of time. "No, no, that was before it snowed," or "Yes, that was the week after it snowed." It's also a weekend we took not one but two… Continue reading A memorable week (3.21)

31.2020 or “I can’t believe it’s August already”

I cannot believe it's August already. August. Summer proper. We even had a day and night of significantly hot and distinctly Un-British weather (36C/96F in my part of London). Even with a fan it was difficult to concentrate in the home office on a Friday afternoon with those temperatures. So I felt fully justified in… Continue reading 31.2020 or “I can’t believe it’s August already”

The first week of 2020

Yes it's that time of year when people make resolutions that they don't keep. I'm going to break it down smaller, and try and set myself things to think about and do each month. Having had another spell of ill heath at the end of 2019, I'm starting 2020 with a commitment to building up… Continue reading The first week of 2020

Reasons to be cheerful #3

I head back to work tomorrow after three weeks of mandated sick leave to recover from a chest infection (or possibly whooping cough, or I ever get the blood test results), so it may be a strange time to reflect on reasons to be cheerful but here goes. 1. Listening to music with headphones Mostly… Continue reading Reasons to be cheerful #3