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The Uncertainty Pandemic

As we huddle, or not, in our homes, and wait it out, or not, it’s interesting to ponder the response of the UK government, and that of the US government, in comparison to all the others. Europe, we’re told, is now the epicentre, with Italy the epic entry point for a disease that is both […]

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Nerds have bad taste

One thing I’ve noticed about many (or even most) of my podcast friends is that they have questionable taste in music. This should not be much of a surprise, since they also demonstrate questionable taste elsewhere. For example, many of them like comic books; others like Star Wars; others play Dungeons and Dragons. Needless to […]

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My fourteen days of mild discomfort

Today, Saturday, I woke up for the first time in 15 days without a sore throat, a feeling that there was some obstruction down there, making it difficult to swallow. I felt rough on the first weekend, and ran through an NHS questionnaire thing. One of the questions was, Are you drooling? And what if […]

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Station Nineteen?

Listen, it’s not so much that I want to jump on a bandwagon, but there’s still a media studies teacher buried deep inside me, and I have this blog, see, and it’s for writing things. I’ve been on a news diet in 2020, in recovery after the three year slow motion car crash of Brexit, […]

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We Need to Talk About…

I’m actually quite getting used to the long overnight drive to and from France. Since joining the Frequent Traveller programme, this has been the default mode, and for the most part it avoids the dread stress of 17-mile queues at passport control. In the middle of the night, even the passport control people are less […]

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Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

I found this book too upsetting to enjoy, I’ll say that straight away. It’s well-written, and full of fascinating dialect words, but there comes a particularly brutal point in the story, and I couldn’t go on. I kind of skim-read, fast-forwarded through the rest, which I feel bad about, but that was all I could […]

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The majority is always wrong (about decades, especially)

There has been some snark on the Twitter about decades in recent days, with those of us who cleave to the correct way of marking them (just 16% according to a YouGov poll) being described as “pedants” by the people who are wrong. The pedant pejorative seems to be reached for by wrongsters who are […]

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Coffee Machine World

As I was putting our old (still functional but makes poor coffee) Senseo coffee machine in the barn the other day, I came across my old Lavazza Modo Mio machine, and the empty box for my Nespresso Krups machine. All of which was to make room for a Nespresso Vertuo machine. I also have a […]

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In which the tax office in Luton gains a reluctant clerical assistant who looks a bit German

The sojourn in Kent ended come September, and I drifted North by turns. Spent a couple or three weeks staying with my other sister, just off the Old Kent Road. Can’t remember if I signed on at that time, but it wasn’t long before I was staying, briefly, at sister #3’s house, in Watford, house […]

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13 Thoughts for Friday 13th

And lo, it came to pass, Corbyn was unelectable, pilloried by the right wing press, and – more importantly – continually undermined by the only slightly left-of-centre quality newspaper, the Graun, who saw him, presumably, as a threat to their trust fund. And they have the nerve to constantly nag for my support. It was […]