Monthly Archives: October 2011

Changing your details on the database

It’s the little things…

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Got no strings

Did anyone else used to have Pelham puppets? In our family they were the cross-generational toy. When my father and my auntie were young, their granny had a room in her house where she let them keep their puppet theatre … Continue reading

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Taken out of context

I’m going to Florence next week. A few days to stroll around a strange place on my own. I haven’t bought a guidebook, and my preparation thus far has been to start re-reading Machiavelli’s The Prince. Right near the beginning, … Continue reading

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Cloak and dagger

Writing about work is normally a bad idea, partly because you never know when Google is going to direct the wrong person to the wrong blog post, but mainly because, of the things that happen in life, employment is one … Continue reading

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Bruised knuckles

Wednesday is our inaugural office conker championships. Since I possess a vice and a drill, I have volunteered to prepare them for stringing, so today grown adults have been turning up to my desk clutching shiny brown horse chestnut seeds, … Continue reading

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Rather awful nonsense

This morning I discovered this quote from Edward Gorey, and I rather like it. Presumably he was attempting to justify The Gashlycrumb Tinies, a book about dead children that works rather better on paper than it sounds in theory. ‘If … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood watch

I have a feeling that the girl in flat 3, while pleasant enough, is not one of life’s survivors, or at least has a nervous temperament that is rather unsuited to living on a busy road near the centre of … Continue reading

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