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Whack that volume button up

Georgie Fame has a very distinctive voice. At the other end of this scale, so did Christopher Cross. I haven’t heard this one on t’radio for years. Such a pity, too. Long live New York City!

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Working the Night Shift

Two decades ago I used to work shifts in the telecoms sectors. I quite enjoyed working nights and weekend. More money, and often less work to to do in the nights. There’d often be only four of us working the night shift. It would often get so quiet, I’d bring in videos for the team […]


Speculaasbrokken – Speculaas Cookie Chunks

Originally posted on Nuts and Squirrels:
These are some of my favourite biscuits – thick, crunchy and spicy, especially good in the cold winter months with a cup of coffee (or mulled wine!) Ingredients: 250 g flour 2 tsp baking powder 150 g butter 150 g dark brown sugar 4 tsp speculaas spices* pinch of…

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When a person meets a stranger on a mode of transportation

The following is a little piece I wrote at my creative writing group session this evening. “What if God was one of us?” sang Joan Osborne, “Just a stranger on a bus, trying to find his way home…” Doubtless He, too, would come, sit down and rattle on to me about His life and times […]

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3am Wikipedia Search

The wee small hours. Emphasis on “wee.” Loo break time. Then back into bed, with Radio 5 Live still playing in the background. I try to get back to sleep again. Where is he now? What happened to her after she was a pop star in the 1970’s? Where did strawberries come from? All the […]

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I’ll make an exception…

I normally abhor foul language. Today I will make an exception, after a day of “Don’t you know who I am?” customers. Long live the ukelele!

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You want…

Today I have had a pig of a day on the customer service desk, in which I (as the only Brit in the team) have taught my foreign colleagues a new English expression: The moon on a stick. Many thanks to Lee & Herring for this succinct expression. Long live the Moon! And long live […]

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Don’t Do It!

A policeman was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said, “Stop! Don’t do it!” “Why shouldn’t I?” he said. The policeman said, “Well, there’s so much to live for!” He said, “Like what?” The policeman said, “Well, […]

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An Anagram, as you all know, is a word or phrase made by transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase, eg: Tony Blair MP: I’m Tory Plan B The following are exceptionally clever. Someone out there either has way too much time to waste or is DEADLY at Scrabble! When you rearrange […]

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Public Service Announcement

The other day I was on the Underground travelling on the District line. A man of foreign appearance got off the train, and I noticed that he had left his bag behind. I grabbed the bag and ran after him, caught up with him at the top of the escalator and handed him back his […]