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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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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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Making a cake the Paul “ka-ching” Hollywood way

I spotted a Paul Hollywood cake mix in the bargain bin so was intrigued enough to see how much of a rip off I was, even when reduced from £2.45 to 99p. Checking the ingredients, I could see there was … Continue reading

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Pastry. Gah.

As it’s the Season of the Pear and I have a couple of dozen of them to shift, I’m dabbling in whatever pear-based recipes I can find. Today was “Pear and blueberry tarts” and “Pear and Black Pudding Pies”. The … Continue reading

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Jelly Writers (October 2019)

Jelly Writers2nd Tuesday of month, 6.30pm to 7.30pmJelly Studios, Broad St MallA group for adults who want to improve their creative writing. Join us for discussions of writing techniques, writing exercises and critiquing each other’s work. Please bring something to … Continue reading

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