Archive for January, 2010

I was delighted with the news that a Tesco store in Cardiff has banned customers wearing pyjamas. It’s not that I have anything against people in nightwear shopping for groceries. I’m delighted because until now I had never realised that it is ok to wear pyjamas everywhere that they are not banned. This will save […]

Nearly Scotland


I padded over to switch on the TV, hoping for a preview of the latest fruit from the Apple orchard. But I was distracted by an advert for Scottish Widows, a brand redolent of British tradition and financial security. My distraction was caused by the fact that the advert was clearly filmed in Iceland, a […]

Alien culture


Scientists are meeting in London today to discuss what to do if aliens arrive on Earth. I am pleased to know that someone is making plans for this event. This will avoid the traditional awkwardness, which arises when you haven’t been introduced to someone. At the moment if aliens arrived in, say, Norwich. They would […]

Can you multitask? Can you honestly do more than one thing at a time properly? I can’t. It has taken me a lifetime to realise this. Although I probably knew it when I was a baby. I’ve noticed that babies and very small children only do one thing at a time. Probably until they are […]

Today’s paradox of modern urban life is: why does high visibilty clothing make you less conspicuous? If you walk through London, or probably through any other major British city, at a busy time of day, you will always be able to see someone wearing a hi-viz vest or coat. Everywhere that you go. I tested […]

Shear terror


Like the football league and the National Hunt, the snowy weather has disrupted my winter schedule of works in the garden… Not that I mind. But today dawned sunny without a trace of frost. I could not find any more excuses not to cut the hedge. Hedge cutting is not a job I enjoy very […]



The pouring rain in London’s dark streets this morning did not deter me from my walk. A brisk three miles through the puddles made a change from the slippery slush of last night. But it only took ten minutes for my shoes to start leaking. By the time I crossed Trafalgar Square I was squelching […]

Unquiet nights


I would have written a longer posting tonight, but I was laughing too much at Sleep Talkin’ Man. I think it is brilliant. Mrs R swears that it is not her blog. [If you are using a network with a profanity filter when you click the link, it may not be so entertaining].

Iron lady


There are about 17 pages of irons in the Argos catalogue. But not one of the myriad devices for sale meets Mrs R’s expectations of such a simple piece of domestic equipment. I told her that they probably don’t make non-steam irons any longer and that I was quite interested to find out how long […]

Sites to see


In London today most people assumed that travelling to work counted as “non-essential”. During the rush hour this morning this allowed me to prove my theory that in our biggest city you are never more than a few metres away from a man in a high-visibility jacket.

I’ve been to London to check the winter fashions. Some readers may remember my posting from Moscow last winter, when I noted that hats were the big trend. Well, that fashion wave has reached London, with an added Cool Britannia twist. Hats and wellies are the new black on the streets of the West End. […]

“What’s on channel 10?” Asked my 10-year-old niece, in snowy Norfolk on holiday from Australia. “There isn’t a channel 10,” replied my youngest daughter on the sofa with the remote control in her hand. “Oh. What’s on channel 9?”  My optimistic niece enquired. “There isn’t a channel 9 on this TV.” “Well what’s on channel […]

Ceiling whacks


Happy New Year everyone! It is good to have a theme. This holiday the theme is roofs. On Boxing Day I retrieved the helicopter. On New Year’s Day my first-born child txts to say she fell off a roof at a party last night and has been to A&E to greet the new year. I […]