Archive for March, 2012

Floored logic


The other day I was standing in a tube train looking at the floor (as you do, in order to avoid eye contact) when it occurred to me that the floor covering would be ideal for a kitchen. This is probably because I am middle-aged. The flooring in a tube train has many admirable qualities: […]



Mrs R. innocently asked me to answer some questions to help her on a training course. I naively agreed. This evening she gave me a sheet of paper which read: Write down: 1. Two things you like best about me. 2. Two things you would like to see more of in my behaviour. 3. Two […]

Getting ahead


On two separate occasions last week I saw individuals wearing top hats as part of their outfit. They were young people, one male and one female. They did not appear to be wearing their hats ironically. A week earlier I saw someone in a bowler hat, looking more Clockwork Orange than city gent. Are we […]

I was not expecting to meet Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of The Undertones, at the mediaeval gate to Norwich Cathedral Close last night, but he was there and he held open the wicket gate for me as we exited into the night. We shook hands, exchanged a few words about the excellent band we […]

Congratulations to Perth, Scotland on becoming a city. It is a nice place and home to some great people 🙂  I hope that they don’t suddenly start building trophy skyscrapers and bidding for Olympics. [I had to say ‘Perth, Scotland’ to avoid confusing readers in Perth, Australia who already think that they live in a […]

Sev one


A teenager travelled to London for another university interview. He is interested in computers and business, so he was fascinated to listen to the phone conversation from a nearby seat. It was all about a ‘sev 1’ system problem that needed urgent resolution because it was affecting several banks. A ‘severity 1’ problem is shorthand […]

Field marshal


When I was preparing for my weekend trip to Sheffield I did not think to pack any sunscreen. I was too busy remembering to pack a walking stick. After three and half hours in the car I needed the stick to stand upright because my aching back was seat-shaped. After three and half hours on […]