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

Single grey-and-white cat seeks other for nocturnal duets

My cat Sylvia has taken to singing the song of her people every night when I go to bed, as soon as I turn out the lights. She’s been doing it for a few weeks now. She’s never done it before. If I didn’t know Sylvia was neutered three years ago, I’d think she was … Read moreSingle grey-and-white cat seeks other for nocturnal duets

Cats always win in the end

I sometimes decide that enough is enough. No more cats (I have three) sleeping on my bed at night – nor during the day, for that matter. I was fed up with putting my bed linens in the washing machine every week, and pulling not just clean laundry out of the machine when done, but … Read moreCats always win in the end

That guy in the coffee shop? Not posing – working! Honest!

Whenever you walk into a high street coffee shop these days, you’re bound to see them: those men and women, usually on the more active side of fifty going down all the way to the early twenties, hunched over laptops; or, less frequently, attempting to type at speed on tablets, be they Android or iOS … Read moreThat guy in the coffee shop? Not posing – working! Honest!

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