A box. A 21st Century simple solution to everything that divides us.

Donald Trump got to be US President by promising to build a wall to keep out all the people wanting to join all the other people who aren’t Native Americans in entering America and then acting like they own the place. It’s a simple idea, whatever you think of it. America, you see is full. … Read moreA box. A 21st Century simple solution to everything that divides us.

Random thoughts and Amazon Prime

I love the way random thoughts come, stir up the soup in my brain, lead to other thoughts and then go. I was eating my gluten-free pasta. I checked the label to confirm I didn’t buy Cardboard Flavour, but no, I didn’t. I gave some to the cats – false generosity, I know, like celebrities … Read moreRandom thoughts and Amazon Prime

Phones and flashers: some 1970s childhood memories

Red Phone Box

Back when I was a kid, when we had phones on street corners, you really had to know what you wanted to say to the person on the other end of the line before you made the call. It was 10p a minute, after all, and you knew you couldn’t stay on there long even … Read morePhones and flashers: some 1970s childhood memories

The carnivorous chef

“You’re vegan. I’m a chef. I hate vegans. Sorry.” Me, totally unfazed. “Er, why?” “Vegan food has no flavour.” “Um, you’re telling me fruit and vegetables don’t have flavour?” I thought about telling this ‘chef’ that a great deal of meat derives its flavour from herbs, spices, marinades and so on. But nah. I was … Read moreThe carnivorous chef

UK supermarkets and vegan food

I can’t be the only customer to have noticed the staggering ineptitude of UK supermarkets when it comes to stocking food that vegans actually want to buy. I noticed it with vegetarian food at my local Tesco first. Veggie sandwiches vanished as soon as put out and by end of day they were flogging meat … Read moreUK supermarkets and vegan food

GDPR: saving the world through pop-ups and privacy notices

I’d really like to thank the EU for giving millions the world over so much unpaid work to do in getting ready for GDPR, the new data protection rules. These have resulted in every goddamn website you visit presenting you with yet more popups asking you to confirm you don’t think you’re as stupid as … Read moreGDPR: saving the world through pop-ups and privacy notices

2011 iMac: goodbye to an old, reliable friend

2011 iMac 27-inch

Looks like my iMac is dead. I’ve yet to call it but my diagnosis is a faulty graphics card – expensive to replace, can’t be done outside a repair shop, not worth it with a seven-year-old machine. Hard drives and RAM are okay, I’ve checked. I’ll try a completely fresh install of the operating system … Read more2011 iMac: goodbye to an old, reliable friend

Tales of the Bird Man: Disco Budgerigar

Roxy the disabled Poland hen

“Mummmmm! Tell him! I’m trying to record this and he’s spoiling it. Again!” My sister Jean was annoyed. She was always annoyed, as far as I was concerned. She was my big sister. It was probably her role in life to be not only annoyed, but annoying. I mean, I was her little brother. It … Read moreTales of the Bird Man: Disco Budgerigar

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