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Let’s Play Buzzword Bingo!

Harold Wilson once said: Royal Commissions take minutes and waste years. Meetings generally waste hours.  Team building meetings waste staff days, playing buzzword bingo. The four-letter word beginning with “F” that I hate the most? Flip Team building exercise “facilitators” love flip-charts, such as this. I wasn’t sure if this was a real staff development […]

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The Postal Experimentalist

I love islands.  I have visited: Unst, Shetland Islands Foula, Shetland Islands Great Britain (that’s a big island – I even lived there for a few years, with me being an Inselaffe) I’ve also visited: Naura Papa Westray, Orkney Stronsay, Orkney But only via Google Maps.  (Yes, I know, that’s cheating…) Last night, I looked […]

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Nordpark

With thanks to Mrs Zulu Papa for suggesting this topic. When I was a square-eyed child in the the summer of 1976, fixed to the TV screen, watching Top Cat and The Flintstones at my Grandma’s house in t’Dales, she’d berate me with: Get out in the fresh air! As an adult living in these […]

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Sütterlin – Part 4

It’s been a quiet few weeks lately.  I don’t know why.  I have spent lots of time on: Google YouTube Wikipedia looking up topics such as: Judaism in Antarctica Dead Slavonic languages That strange German font, called… um… let me loo, ah yes, Sütterlin So, go back a fortnight. https://samuelpeepsdairy.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/sutterlin-part-3/ To use the jargon, tl;dr, […]

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Revive 45: April 1975

Originally posted on Lion & Unicorn:
Things not looking too good right now? Let’s take a nostalgic trip back to the world of April 1975. This month, the Vietnam War ended after around 1.35 million people had been killed; a further two million Vietnamese would subsequently flee the communist regime. In neighbouring Cambodia, the Khymer…

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Kaffee muss sein!

Good morning everyone! Today I desperately needed caffeine to kickstart my day. Have a nice day! Long live the cafetiere!

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Covid19- How to Cope in Isolation

Originally posted on MUSINGS & ROSES:
Hello Friends, How have you been since the outbreak? In the city where I live, there has been a lockdown. So you only go out to buy essential items. Invariably, for the most part, we are indoors. As an introvert, self-imposed isolation has been a part of my life…

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Sütterlin – Part 3

Curiosity got the better of me.  I recalled a YouTube video about the Deutsche Post’s sorting machinery, which they claim can read pretty much any text, printed or handwritten. Earlier this week, I asked the Deutsche Post if their machinery can read Sütterlin.  I received a politician’s answer, giving neither a clear yes nor a […]

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The lethal ideology of British exceptionalism

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:
On Friday it was announced that the number of people who died in the UK after being diagnosed with the coronavirus had risen to 980, a number which is greater than the daily total ever reported for Italy or Spain. Yet this figure is misleading. There is a difference…

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5G and tin foil hats

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:
You can tell that the lockdown is getting to some people. Maybe it’s a displacement activity from the fear of actual death that causes some folk to fear all sorts of other weirdness instead. And so it has come to pass with an utterly bizarre conspiracy theory which is…