Author Archives: John Breakwell

Rise of the Pinus

Early July I finally got round to planting some of the seeds in the bonsai pack my wife bought me as a birthday present. On the 7th, a pine tree shoot was bursting through the coconut husk coir. It rose … Continue reading

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Disappointing technology

Over the years, I’ve had various ideas where technology seemed to solve a problem I thought I had. Usually, it turns out there wasn’t a problem and I have a few hundred pounds of it cluttering up the place. Current … Continue reading

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Lockdown quiz

Every week at work in our team meeting, someone runs a quick pub quiz. This started a month or so ago to add some fun to the Webex sessions. This week I volunteered and here are the questions. 1         Which … Continue reading

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I don’t need no SIMMpathy

Our server is seven years old now. I initially snapped up the HP Proliant N40L MicroServer for £165 back in 2013 after someone spotted an on-line offer with Box.co.uk that worked with a £100 HP rebate promotion. Ridiculously cheap, even … Continue reading

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Home Cooking – Meatloaf

Looking through the Waitrose free newspaper, I spotted an interesting recipe: Quince-glazed meatloaf. By coincidence, I already had the bulk of the ingredients – minced pork, minced veal, streaky bacon – in the freezer so this looked worth a shot. … Continue reading

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Home cooking – Paella

Lots more opportunites for home cooking these days. Today I have decided to have a paella. Thankfully, the larder has all I need. Will need to restock a bit now, though. In a large saucepan on a medium heat, soften … Continue reading

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Reiner Knizia’s Decathlon

Where I work has a regular lunchtime board game session which I’ve signed up for. Unfortunately, I only started a few weeks ago and, before I managed to play a single game, staff were recommended to work from home to … Continue reading

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What to do?

Recently found some scribblings in an old pad, written maybe twenty years ago? Very few useful points-of-reference in the text to fix a date. What to do? “Here, have a blank piece of paper and a pen.” “Oh, thankyou…” This … Continue reading

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Still Led By Donkeys

“Led By Donkeys” is a lovely book detailing the grass roots activism which tried to highlight the hypocrisy of those leading the Brexit campaign. James O’Brien summarised it really well (March 2019): For me, the single biggest journalistic failure of … Continue reading

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Is it time to buy a new scanner?

We have a really useful portable USB-powered Canon flatbed scanner. Recently, it’s been making squeaky noises when scanning so I’ve been concerned the bearings were wearing out. Yesterday, the scanning bar didn’t move properly during it’s normal power-up process and … Continue reading

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