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New Phone Day

We operate a pretty strict food chain of phones here and my daughter’s iPhone had started to become old and unreliable so it was time for my old iPhone 6 to trickle down to her.

I went into the Apple store determined to be sensible and came out with …


Three for January

Each year, for the past few years, I have posted my ‘Festive Five’ in December; listing my top five music tracks of the year. It’s an idea I stole from my friend John, who no doubt stole it from John Peel’s Festive 50.

This year I thought I …


Stepping Back

Today on impulse I carried out a severe cull to some apps I keep on my iPhone home screen.  I deleted all of the ‘time sink’ apps from there — Twitterrific, Instagram and Apollo for Reddit. I also took the opportunity to remove my favoured weather application Weather Line plus the …


Festive Five 2017

Each year for the past few years I have shamelessly ripped-off an idea from a friend and posted my Festive Five music tracks here. It’s is always such a difficult choice narrowing songs down to just five but here goes…

Rican Beach by Hurray for The Riff Raff

This …


We will remember them

Today is remembrance day.

The Third Battle of Ypres (31 July – 10 November 1917) concluded 100 years ago yesterday and has come to symbolise the horrors associated with the war on the Western Front. It is frequently known by the name of the village where it culminated – Passchendaele.

Chateauwood

Outside my …


My EDC Essentials

There’s this whole online community dedicated to ‘EDC’ (Every Day Carry). They review and discuss pocket knives, tools, flashlights, wallets, bags and a whole host of other things. There are even sites and forums where one can see EDC collections laid out beautifully for photographs.

Now I am as …


Hobonichi Planner

Way back in late 2014 I wrote about my first year using a Hobonichi Techo planner.

This year, as I ordered my fifth Techo, I thought it was interesting that since 2013 I’ve switched around a few software task manager applications — Omnifocus, Things, 2Do etc — but the paper (or …


Red Oxx Mini Boss

Some time ago I bought a Red Oxx Air Boss and it’s a fantastic travel bag just very slightly too large to be a carry on bag with European airlines.

Red Oxxen

So after much research I’ve decided to buy a .... Red Oxx Mini Boss. Exactly the same thing, just …


Montblanc 147 Traveller

I have crossed the Rubicon twice with a new fountain pen I bought in the last couple of weeks and have been using frequently since then. I never thought I would buy a fountain pen that is a cartridge filler and a Montblanc!

Montblanc 147 Traveller

Among fountain pen collectors, Montblanc pens have …


The Music

Yesterday a couple of things happened that emphasised the power of music to move me.

When I was listening to music on shuffle at work in the afternoon Richard Thomson’s cover of Oops I Did It Again from the album 1000 Years of Popular Music came on. Whenever this …

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