Category Archives: The parrot has landed.

Up, up and away!

The OH discovered a video on social meja of a young lady, probably about 19 or 20, expressing her frustration. ‘Nobody understands!’  she wailed, stamping around what looked like the kitchen, ‘I neeeed to go clubbing!’ Quite so.  My heart, … Continue reading

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Snow day.

It is snowing. If you live in bits of Canada, quite a lot of Sweden, the polar research lab in Antarctica, this is probably not very earth shattering news. In the West Midlands of the UK, an extremely temperate zone, … Continue reading

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Lurve and that.

The festival of St Valentine almost certainly had nothing at all to do with love.  It is a late adaptation of the pagan festival of Lupercalia in which half-clad, quarter-clad or not clad at all young men ran round Rome … Continue reading

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Recipes for difficult relatives.

Here we are in February, March is next (all the news, here, first.) For some of us this means that we have been shut indoors for a year with our relatives.  How enchantingly easy has that been?  The joy of … Continue reading

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Flouting authority.

Me. I want to. This feeling has been growing for some time. I am normally a very well-behaved citizen.  As a child I was the one picking items up off the floor in the shop and putting them on the … Continue reading

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The mirroring of days.

I opened my eyes and may have heard a slight bang outside.  Perhaps it was a car going over a speed bump, mayhap a front door banging, to me there was total comparability to the bin men hurling stuff around. … Continue reading

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The blight of crowds.

My last posting may have been a bit gloomy, sorry about that.  My intention at the start of the global beleaguerment was to cheer up all readers and send them out to the fray, or indeed back inside to the … Continue reading

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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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