Archive for October, 2009

Trick or treat


When I was quite small my family were early adopters of trick or treating. We had spent a couple of years on loan to the United States and learnt all about Halloween ‘traditions’. I can not remember very much about these early tricks and treats, except the time that one of our young playmates was […]

Even when I am not working I am proud to say that I am exercising my finely honed skills as a corporate change agent (uh?). In a matter of moments I have detected a data error and caused a process to be changed for the better. As a consequence the foundations of British commerce are […]

Corn fed


The half term holiday (what? already?) is a good time for family activities and treats. Like going to the cinema. As I queued to get the tickets I said to my daughter, “please can you get some popcorn? Get a bag for yourself and a larger bag for Mum and I to share.” She staggered […]



The phone rang just as I started thinking about lunch, feeling particularly peckish because everything is an hour later today. “Is it twelve o’clock?” Asked my daughter from her university room. “Ye-es,” I said slowly. “The clocks have gone back…right?” She continued. “Yes, we put the clocks back last night,” I affirmed. “Good. Thanks. Bye.” […]

Early bird


When I opened the curtains this morning there was a peregrine falcon on the back lawn eating a freshly killed pigeon. After a few minutes of single-minded scoffing it flew heavily up into an apple tree and wiped its beak carefully before flapping off to digest high in the lime trees. The rest of the […]

Question time


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The downstairs corridor at Felbrigg Hall has a large display of stuffed birds. It is a fine collection or a barbaric collection, depending on your point of view, of many species, several of which are now near extinction. The birds were shot in second half of the 19th century by the grandfather of the last […]