Category Archives: Personal Journal

Better than fourth-coming (I hope) attractions butting into book announcements.


The book editing/publishing scene is busy-to-hectic, and there is much news to impart. It needs some time in which to do it, but attendant flapping around plus the intrusion, tomorrow, of an all-day swimming gala means justice cannot be done … Continue reading

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A Monstr-house-ity Grows …


After all the pruning I did, there is an eddy-fuss growing on the edge of the slope designed to block out more of our view including a large chunk of what I cleared. It will probably obliterate another section of … Continue reading

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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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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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Parasite Purchasing?


Am I a vampire? Well, at least I am a sucker — for markets featuring bloodsucking insects. Also, for bar coot sales and carroty chops. That is to say, I enjoy attending flea markets, car boot sales, and the occasional … Continue reading

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A Wordle All At Sea


Slam hatch against the blast From winter cycle; Crawl, lost, back from the mast — Where’s bad St Michael*? — Has Channel race gone wrong? Link to reaching France Suspect will take too long; There’s but slender chance! * patron saint … Continue reading

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