Archive of: On life in general

Space Shuttle Columbia

When I was very small we used to watch the Space Shuttle’s televised launches and landings in awe of these near superhumans who could fly into space, I remember the Challenger disaster very clearly – but remember more the way my parents and other people around me reacted to that, [...]

things that make me go grrr

Not so long ago, if I received an email with a virus attached, I would email the sender with the relevant instructions of how to remove this virus. I don’t do this any more unless someone is sending repeated virii from the same address, because many of the virii in [...]

Happy New Year!

(only 3 days late)

This is cool – Samuel Pepys diary in blog format, it’s one of those things that is great to read but a bit overwhelming in several weighty tomes! As a blog it will be interesting to follow especially as people can add their own annotations.

Christmas shopping

Today, I was hit over the head with a cucumber by an insane Christmas shopper. Next year I’m not going anywhere near the shops without an American football-style get up. I’m amazed the Small Person survived the scrum and trolley gridlock in Sainsbury’s unscathed.


We got fish for the office .. then they had baby fish .. now we have a whole lot of fish but they are very cool and the babies are tiny. See the feesch.


The small person has been chosen to play Mary in the year one nativity play, this morning I was cornered by the teacher in charge of this theatrical event,
“last year’s Mary was rather taller, could you just take up these robes a bit and perhaps give them a [...]

Enormous wasps

The small person found an enormous wasp in her bedroom today. I don’t like wasps much, I especially don’t like wasps that are twice the size of your average, irritating with a mission to sit on your icecream, garden wasp. Drew was despatched to deal with the mega-wasp and we’re [...]

The mind boggles

I get some odd email, but tonight’s really takes the biscuit … sent to my business email address.

Dear Rachel. I locate the market for a new fiancèe. You are interested? I too have all my car and to inhale to more things such as this. If you are sharpened, email [...]


My open university exam is on Tuesday, I feel as if I have learned loads on my course but have no idea whether I will manage to scrawl it all onto the exam paper in three hours. One thing is sure, I’ll be relieved once it is over.

I feel so [...]


I love autumn. I’m not a summer person, even the south of England is too warm for this Northerner, and in the heat of August I long for the leaves to change and the crisp autumn mornings.

I have my open university exam this month, I’ve done well in my essays [...]

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