Monthly Archives: April 2022

Future prediction

I have just started reading The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell, and it is an extraordinary book. Well, insofar as I’ve only read the first chapter. In the first chapter, Tressell has his characters discuss what’s wrong with Britain. … Continue reading

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Hosing down the trouser area

Poor Rodney had to go in and have a cancerous growth removed today. Neighbour Dave and Gail took him in this morning and returned without him. I assume he’s staying in overnight. Emma had no-one to talk to last night. … Continue reading

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Clearing a cauli blockage

Ages ago, Mirinda said she wanted her two favourite Chez Gaz menu items for dinner tonight. This meant I was in the kitchen for most of the day making, first, cardamom buns and, second, mousaka. Both turned out very well. … Continue reading

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Living the high (tea) life

As most people know, Easter fluctuates. It roams around the calendar every year like a vodka soaked bunny rabbit. Not so Mirinda’s birthday. However, they do coincide sometimes. Like this year. Tomorrow is Mirinda’s actual birthday but, why not have … Continue reading

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Bleeding hearts

I was reading the latest chapter in The Frugal Hedonist this afternoon, when I had a sudden thought. It was a chapter about how, in the 1950’s, society was ready to reduce the working week, increase leisure time and, essentially, … Continue reading

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More than a good Friday

There is something to be said for an unplanned pint in a beer garden on the best day of the year so far. Particularly on a day when the temperature reaches 21° and the heat is tempered by the occasional … Continue reading

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Roles I never had

While I cook, I generally have something loud on the Sonos. Well, unless Mirinda is playing guitar, of course. More often than not, I’ll play something I can sing along to, in order to annoy the neighbours, if nothing else. … Continue reading

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30 years of pulling pints

I made a simnel cake today. I try to make them most years but, last year, I had some difficulty locating all the ingredients. Also, the oven wasn’t the best. Memories of my Swedish failed shortbread come to mind. And, … Continue reading

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The amazing LAC

Yesterday, during my Reading Hour, one of the chapters was from Emily Mayhew’s Wounded. It told the story of Ambulance Trains through the lives of nurses and an orderly. Obviously, I’ve heard of Ambulance Trains but had no idea what … Continue reading

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OPSL – carbs

I collect Other People’s Shopping Lists. Actually, to be completely accurate, when I come across one, I take a photo of it and upload the picture to my Flickr account. I’ve been doing it for years. I even have a … Continue reading

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