Archive for October, 2010

The road closure continues. Most drivers have acknowledged the reality of the massive hole in the road and have stopped ignoring the signs. My potential revenue stream has dried up. With hindsight I should have asked for the money before giving the directions… The massive hole is a mystery. I have a suspicion that the […]



The main road is closed nearby. I walked past the roadworks on the way into town. About a mile and a half back up the road there is a ROAD CLOSED sign. There is also a signposted diversion. There are no alternative diversion routes less than a mile and a half away. There was a […]

Slim pickings


It was a fine breezy autumn day, so we decided to pick some blackberries. This was despite last year’s warning from a warty-nosed old woman dressed in black, whom we met whilst blackberrying on a quiet country lane. “You shouldn’t pick them after the first frost,” she cackled, “ ‘cause a witch has pissed on […]

Step change


I couldn’t go ballroom dancing tonight. I had a meeting. Mrs R. went on her own. “It’s amazing how much easier it is dancing with someone who knows what they are doing,” she reported, dispiritingly.

Russian chill


Here we go again. It’s only mid-October and I passed a gritting lorry on the road this evening. I’m hoping for another long, cold, snowy and disruptive winter. Fortunately I haven’t got around to putting away the de-icer, the windscreen scraper and the snow shovel since I last used them a few months ago. But […]

Cyber-terrorism was today announced to be one of the most serious threats to UK security, along with international terrorism and natural catastrophes. I can understand this, but I was surprised to find that Cyber-distraction was not listed as a threat at all. You know. Cyber-distraction. When you start doing a very simple, useful task using […]

Window pain


Installing update 1 of 16… Sitting in front of the family computer I reflected that running Windows XP is like bringing up a child. You look after it carefully, but even after many years it can still find ways to irritate you. Do not turn off or unplug your computer; it will turn off automatically… […]