Archive for June, 2011

The constant drone of the Police helicopter hovering overhead was becoming more than irritating. I decided to go out to get a sandwich for lunch. One of the occupational hazards of part-time working near Westminster is that national events sometimes intrude on your daily routine. I walked towards the sandwich shop. The road in front […]


My eldest daughter is an artist. I’m very proud of her latest video for the band Cocos Lovers. Here it is. Tell all your friends.


Stop the pigeon

28Jun11

“There is a dead pigeon on the lawn,” said Mrs R, coming into the bedroom. “Oh,” I grunted, peering blearily out from under the duvet, “good.” (I don’t like pigeons much – they are very numerous, eat my vegetables and enjoy copious, flappy bouts of mating in the trees). After breakfast I went out to […]


Up to London on an off-peak train this morning – gosh it was busy.  Loads of reserved seats (occupied) and standing room only from Colchester. My prediction, based on complex economic analysis, is that the off-peak train travel hours will get shorter. Just like off-peak electricity hours, off-peak telephone hours and off-peak traffic hours. That […]


Rumbling

22Jun11

There was a very short thunderstorm, just a couple of claps of thunder and no visible lightning. After that the telephone rang and rang and continued to ring even when it was answered. “Hello”, I said, “hello… hello”. It kept ringing until the person calling got fed up with waiting for an answer. I’m worried […]


“Thrives on neglect” is the message that I look for on a plant label or a packet of seeds. But occasionally my garden surprises and delights me… You may not want to kiss me for a couple of weeks.


Square eyes

20Jun11

I am worried about my TV viewing habits. I can’t remember the last time that I sat down to watch television for entertainment or information. We only receive 5 channels on our soon-to-be-obsolete TV set. I am worried that I am getting out of touch. Mrs R and I sometimes sit down to watch a […]


Keeping abreast

20Jun11

I am a mammal. So are you if you are reading this, unless you are a particularly intelligent cephalopod with internet access (If you are a cephalopod please leave a comment and I will try to write a few postings more appropriate to your lifestyle). As a mammal I am pleased to be celebrating National […]


Inside outside

16Jun11

I spent some time today helping to design a computer system. I may have missed something, but I’m sure that twenty years ago we used to design the system from the inside (the data structures and logic) to the outside (the screens and reports). Today we were designing the system from the outside (the web […]


Inside outside

16Jun11

I spent some time today helping to design a computer system. I may have missed something, but I’m sure that twenty years ago we used to design the system from the inside (the data structures and logic) to the outside (the screens and reports). Today we were designing the system from the outside (the web […]


OK this is a lazy posting from me, but if you have ever experienced a performance management system at work, this blog posting by Joel Spolsky explains why it didn’t work.


Time. Travel.

14Jun11

When you travel out of Norwich towards London by train you pass the site of a major Roman town near the village of Caistor St Edmund. Most of the time the former town of Venta Icenorum is not very remarkable on the left hand side of the line as you accelerate towards Diss. Looking across […]


The Times today carries a short report (no link – paywall, sorry) about a US project to develop a portable internet hub, carried in a suitcase, to allow people to bypass state controlled access to the internet. It seems like a clever idea and a big leap forward from the clandestine typewriters and duplicating machines […]


A right shower

12Jun11

I emerged from the tube station and stood under the canopy to get my umbrella out of my bag. The rain poured down. A small cloud of dust and cobwebs fell out as I opened the umbrella. It was a long time since I last used it. Naturally this was the day that a drought […]


Picture the scene. It is a business meeting. Two ladies have just revealed that they have been working together for a while, but only just realised that they both went to school together 30 years earlier. One of the gentlemen at the meeting says: “I would never have guessed that you are both the same […]


Fool tank

06Jun11

Necessity is the mother of invention. I stopped the diesel leaking from the fuel tank of my old car by siphoning out the fuel with a cunning homemade device which prevented me from sucking out a mouthful of the stuff. This is probably the most practical way in which I have benefited from O-level Physics. […]


Virgin thoughts

06Jun11

I’m pleased that my teenage children read the newspaper. We receive a ‘serious’ newspaper every day. This means that they are not brainwashed by celebrity tittle-tattle and internet fabrications. There was an interview with Richard Branson in the paper at the weekend. “Dad, why can’t you be more like Richard Branson?” Asked my youngest at […]


See you

01Jun11

Today I joined the illustrious community of people who wear glasses to read. I have given in to the aging process. My arms just aren’t long enough to hold a spreadsheet in a position where I can focus on the small numbers. I don’t have a problem with a computer screen. I just adjust the […]