Category Archives: The parrot has landed.

The Gratitude List 2.

It was lovely to hear from Shirley, whose relatives used to splurge out on socks and gloves,  but decided this year, due to the current circumstances, to make the heart wrenching decision to downgrade from socks to soap. What sort … Continue reading

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Class of 2020 End of Year exam.

Settle down, settle down.  No talking at the back there.  Now everyone is just as keen as you are to graduate to 2021, but first there is the small matter of the year end exam before you can go.  We’ll … Continue reading

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The Gratitude list. 1

As the world slides as inexorably into 2021 as a politician down a lie chute, hundreds of a reader has emailed to ask: How do you remain so cheerful in the face of all this?  Are you just stupid, or … Continue reading

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Senior Super Quiz.

Wake up and welcome to Senior Super Quiz, the gameshow for anyone who can remember where they put the channel changer, or how to use it, or which channel we’re on – or when. Question One, for half a damp … Continue reading

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The Madis touch.

I’m sure you’ve heard of King Midas, everything he touched turned to gold, a bit like Bill Gates. It is a little known fact that he had a brother, Madis, (for the one lot of of school name labels, obviously: … Continue reading

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The accumulation of junk.

One would imagine that having a purpose-built craft room added to the house would be a wellspring of endless joy. Wouldn’t one? Well, this one did, erroneously, as it turns out. One had fondly imagined all the junk shut away … Continue reading

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Reader’s queries.

In these dark days (though to be fair, really sunny here for a long time.  I think it’s the absence of pollution.  Maybe that’s why all those Edwardian childhoods, celebrated in children’s novels, had much better weather.  You know, before … Continue reading

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Faffing around.

Do you faff?  Faffez vouz? The OH constantly accuses me of faffing around.  I ask him if he wants a cup of tea and three hours later he might get it because on the way to the kettle I cleaned … Continue reading

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Lockdown scrap albums.

Another, other, other of my hobbies, many, many of which there are (let alone those I might do when I get the time, climbing Mount Everest isn’t one of which, not even to get to the ice cream parlour at … Continue reading

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Greeeeen.

I would like to talk to you about green. Who is it?  I wish you wouldn’t mutter when you’re at the computer, read it in your head. It’s Jane, she wants to talk to us about green. What, Queen?  Bohemian … Continue reading

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