Monthly Archives: March 2012

It’s the Daffodils Turn

Following on from my post about the field of crocuses, it’s now the turn of the daffodils to have their day in the sun…

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Spambots and Sofas

Jon Ronson always seems to turn up some interesting aspects of society. Sometimes however, it seems as though he’s turned over a stone and found something particularly unpleasant underneath. For example, I found it very difficult to watch the three … Continue reading

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I’m not always a fan of modern ballet, but I have to say that I found this performance of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma by the Royal Ballet absolutely stunning.

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Yes, it’s pulling at the heartstrings, it’s trying to be Stephen Sondheim (but it’s Stephen Schwartz). Nevertheless. It speaks to me. Maybe, as Noel Coward once said: never underestimate the potency of cheap music – but still. This has power. … Continue reading

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Lightroom 4 – A Mixed Blessing?

Adobe has just released the latest version of their Swiss Army knife for digital photography: Lightroom 4. Since there’s a free trial available (which lasts for 30 days), I thought I’d download it and give it a go. Lightroom is … Continue reading

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Field of Crocuses

One of our local farmers has changed from growing the usual crops to cultivating flowers. His fields are currently full of crocuses.

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An Orrery For The 21st Century

Ever since I was a small boy with an interest in astronomy, I’ve wanted an Orrery. Today, 55 years further on, I’m no closer to owning my very own Orrery than ever I was. Still, hope is on the horizon. … Continue reading

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The Centre Cannot Hold

I’m not a Christian, nor even religious, but I have respect for Rowan Williams, the current Archbishop of Canterbury. I say current, because it was announced today that he will be stepping down at the end of the year from … Continue reading

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Please Send Money

I received an email this morning from a distant relative. This is what it said: I’m sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it’s because of the situation of things right now, I’m … Continue reading

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This Isn’t A Pub Anymore!

Yesterday’s Jesus and Mo is a humorous allegory on a current topic. Cardinal Keith O’Brien is credited as the scriptwriter.

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Feet of Clay

One of my daily joys is walking the dogs in the nearby woods. Since I bought my Windows Phone, I’ve got an additional dimension of joy by listening the podcasts of In Our Time, a weekly radio programme on a … Continue reading

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You Couldn’t Make It Up!

That revered institution, the Thought For The Day on BBC Radio 4, is still carrying on churning out platitudes. I always read the Rev. Dr. Peter Hearty’s merciless skewering of the Thoughts. Yesterday, we had Canon Angela Tilby’s thoughts on … Continue reading

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Just Testing…

You can ignore this post. It’s just a test to check something out. I use Windows Live Writer to prepare blog posts. It’s a very good application; easy to use and functional. However, I’ve noticed that since I’ve been running … Continue reading

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Petitioning Microsoft

I’ve mentioned a number of times before on this blog how irritating it is to be saddled with a Zune/Xbox Live/Windows Phone account that has the wrong country shown for my country of residence, and being totally unable to correct … Continue reading

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A Voice of Sanity

After Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s very unpleasant outburst on the possibility of the UK’s legalising same-sex marriage, it comes as something of a relief to be able to point to a voice of sanity on the subject. It belongs to the … Continue reading

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Raising the Drawbridge

I’ve written a couple of times before over my worries that the Dutch government will make it illegal to hold dual nationality. We seem to be getting close to that position. Last Friday, the Dutch Cabinet decided to go ahead … Continue reading

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Beside the Seaside…

We paid a short visit to friends in The Hague last weekend. The city lies on the North Sea coast, and many of its inhabitants go for weekend walks in the dunes or along the beach – usually whatever the … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Marmite

Marmite is a British food – a paste that is smeared on bread or toast. It has a very distinctive taste, which splits people into two camps: they either love it or hate it.This polarised reaction seems to be how … Continue reading

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Lipstick On A Pig

Yes, this is a post about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but despite what you may be thinking, this is not a post about how awful the Metro UI is. I’ll deal with that later. No, this is a post … Continue reading

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