Year: 2009

December 25, 2009
December 25, 2009

Some of you looking outside this morning may be surprised to be told that we will probably not have a White Christmas in England this year, although Scotland may achieve it. This is by the definition of bookmaker William Hill, which claims a White Christmas…

December 20, 2009

I’ve been listening to the Sunday repeat of Michael Caine’s Desert Island Discs (on BBC Radio 4), and it has to be said he has a surprising range of music in his choices. The opening song was Cold Play’s “Viva la Vida”, he also had…

December 10, 2009

I have been watching/listening to a lot of Ukulele music recently. I was already a bit of a fan of the instrument, from my exposure to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole However, since I got the Wii, I have been watching…

December 9, 2009

Last week I popped in to see my friends Robert and Janet, as I was working in their area. We had a very pleasant evening, during which we played Tobago. It’s a delightful game, where the players collaborate in adding clues to up to 4…

December 6, 2009

I’ve just ordered my Christmas from Riverford Online. As well as a good selection of veg and fruit, I have ordered a small stuffed turkey roast, Xmas pudding, mince pies and other bits and pieces. Riverford have a minimum order of 25 pounds for meat…

December 5, 2009

Being of a certain size, larger than the usual sizes stocked by high street stores, I do a lot of shopping online.  Although full marks to Debenhams, who recently sold me an instore, off-the-peg suit without any fuss, surprise or embarassment – I even let…

December 1, 2009

I have been doing a little bit of tidying up. In 2004, I was kindly invited to be the British Guest of Honour at Conterpoint, the American NorthEast Filk Convention. I’d originally planned to fly out the week before the convention, and maybe stay for…

December 1, 2009

I have been doing a little bit of tidying up. In 2004, I was kindly invited to be the British Guest of Honour at Conterpoint, the American NorthEast Filk Convention. I’d originally planned to fly out the week before the convention, and maybe stay for…

November 24, 2009

There seems to be an unusual amount of watchable TV on at the moment. No, I am not talking about “Ugly Betty” (which I am addicted to), but genre offerings such as “FlashForward”, “Defying Gravity” and “True Blood”. I have seen pretty scathing criticisms of…

November 21, 2009

The information in this post will be old news to many of you, but it was new to me, so I will still moan about it. A few months ago, my increasingly-tatty paper driving licence finally fell to bits. It had already been repaired with…

November 20, 2009

Today I met up with my brother and sister-in-law for the last part of saying goodbye to mum; the burying of her ashes, and my dad’s plaque being updated to commemorate both of them. It was only a short ceremony, as the main service had…