Monthly Archives: June 2018

Anniversary Waltz

On 3rd December 2013 I posted the lyrics of a waltz I wrote to Much Better Half  to mark our fifty years of marriage.  In fact, those lyrics refer to our first meeting that took place fifty eight years ago … Continue reading

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Assault with Violins; or Fiddles in High Places.

WORDLE 356 Tell none: alone at fiddle take a shot, Late, as a treat in tower you have got; Pass bow so as to harm, but not sound funny — Put breath into the  call,  with tone like honey. © … Continue reading

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Delighted and Bloggered Around Again

Our Electricity (Non-) Supply Commission, Escom, are at it again. A combination of strikes for rises in salary, in return for hopelessly substandard performance, and to be paid by a parastatal on its uppers, plus lack of capacity due to … Continue reading

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Adopted Grandchildren, Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacies, and Priceless Art

Young J has not been feeling too well again, and has had to miss some swimming. I had to take her to the doctor yesterday and then collect a prescription. That adds to the fact that earlier in the week … Continue reading

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Colonialism Benefit Denial Yet Another Lizard’s Tail?

The latest Public Protector in South Africa, already discredited like her predecessors, is Mkhwebane Busisiwe. She is maintaining the sad tradition of ridiculous populist statements to take attention away from her own ineptitude and/or bias. This is a tried and … Continue reading

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The Really Awful Risks of Archaeology. 

Indiana Jones about to appear at any moment  . . . A spirit haunting dig? Bats seethe; Listens; weight of years of silence bear — Cavern dulls senses; cannot breathe; Writing warns last act on earth must dare: None prosper … Continue reading

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The world is crazy. People are obsessed with throwing away proven successes or improving things until they no longer work — or are far harder to operate than before. MS Windows is a case in point. Note the thin blue … Continue reading

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