Archive for April, 2011

To save you time tomorrow I have been scouring the media speculation about the royal wedding. Here is my balanced forecast of the highlights… The weather will be cloudy and cool with a brisk north-easterly wind. There is a chance of a few rain showers. Umbrellas will generally be red, white and blue. Or black. […]

What the deuce?


Of course it is a coincidence, but I couldn’t help but smile when Mrs R left to play tennis for the first time in ages. Ten minutes later the first drops of rain for weeks began to fall. I suppose it is possible that Mrs R is actually a rain goddess. This opens up new […]

To celebrate a 21st birthday we hired simple boats and went canoeing on a quiet stretch of the Norfolk Broads. The birthday girl and her teenage brother and sister each paddled their own kayaks. Mrs R and I shared a substantial Canadian canoe, like two grizzled trappers looking for muskrats and beaver in the northern […]

Miserable time


Here in the UK holidaymageddon is upon us. [For readers in other countries: the unusual alignment of Easter, 1st May and a Royal Wedding means that we have four public holidays in the next 11 days. This is what happens when the timing of some holidays is determined by the position of the Moon in […]

Yes or no?


Does anyone know anything about the referendum that is coming up? I know that we have to vote “Yes”. Or “No”. But I’m a bit mystified about what difference it will make. I have read all the leaflets which have come through the door. Well, the single leaflet that has been delivered. This mainly consisted […]

Sporting chance


As a shopping experience it is unappealing. You are required to select items with limited information about what they contain. They may or may not feature precisely what you want. The items in question are only on sale for 26 days. Once purchased, the items will not be delivered for over a year. In fact […]



On impulse I bought a waffle iron in my favourite shop. It seemed good value. Everyone likes waffles. When I first switched it on, to test it without any waffle mixture, a small column of smoke rose from the top and it smelt strange. I retrieved the instructions from the bin: “Nar vaffeljamet anvands for […]