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Requiem for a shirt

Rest in peace old warrior. You have served us well.

Requiem for a shirt

You have kept me warm, but more importantly You have absorbed the tears of small children and caught their vomit, valiantly protecting more delicate materials.

You were wounded in games, battles and ninja attacks Scarred with paint and glitter Stretched ...


Festive Five 2015

In hindsight 2015 looks like a mixed-bag for buying new music. While I’ve picked-up quite a few albums, when I look down the list, I don’t have particularly warm feelings for many of them.So much so that I’ve just deleted Flying Saucer Attack’s eponymous instrumental ...


The dreaded Christmas letter

It’s coming up to that time of year again — the serious newspapers and Radio 4 will soon be parodying those who send out ‘round robin’ Christmas letters. These things are often ripe for parody, with young Oliver making his first speech to the UN and baby Amelia copying mummy ...


Everyday Water Bottle

I try to drink plenty of water. When I’m at work, in a stuffy office environment, it helps to keep me refreshed and (nearly as important) ensure I get up and move around regularly. In general I find that I feel better if I drink regularly and stay hydrated ...


Blinded by the light

Night Driving Photo by Oli R

Each winter for the past few years I’ve noticed that more and more oncoming cyclists are cycling with high power LED lights at full beam. While it’s fantastic that lights with this level of brightness are available for a good price they completely blind ...


Spurtle

Spurtle

Two well-loved objects.

These two spurtles were a thank-you gift from an anonymous patient when my wife worked in the Fort William casualty. They were made by the donor and we still use them almost every over twenty five years later.

And they help make great porridge!


Knock-knock...

After reading some very positive reviews, and sending them some enquiries (that were never answered), I decided to order a new coffee grinder from Made By Knock, a small company based nearby in Edinburgh as they had some stock available. That same day I also ordered some small items of ...


A Shepherd’s Life

I recently read the book ‘The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District’ by James Rebanks for my book group. I wrote this review to post on the Library Thing website but also to remember what I thought of the book at the time...


I read this book ...


Inside Out

I remember reading about Pete Docter’s concept for a film about emotions when I read the excellent book Creativity Inc written by Ed Catmull and thinking it was a very beguiling idea, one that was quite different from many Pixar films up to that time.

Today I went to ...


Ink & Graphite

Pencils

“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.”
—Graham Greene

Graham Greene is right. There’s something special about the way ink flows ...

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