We were chatting with Ms P via the wonder of FaceTime™ and got onto the subject of national stereotypes for the places we've visited. Not in a nasty, xenophobic way I hasten to add, but rather the cultural differences and idiosyncrasies that are fond and abiding memories.

For example, in South Africa it was the Capetonians notions of time and the concept of ‘now’. Read more ›››

Word of Warning

I had a phone from a non-computer savvy friend yesterday saying that her laptop had begun to install Windows 10 without any word of warning. She wanted to stick with Windows 7 because she had heard about the program compatibility problems others have had.

I haven't experienced any major issues since I voluntarily upgraded to Windows 10 last year, but that aside, I couldn't understand why my friends laptop should take it upon itself to do this without so much as a by your leave. Read more ›››

There can't be many people unaware of Dr Seuss as the author and illustrator of some of the most popular children's books, but what is less well known is his role as a political cartoonist and propagandist during World War Two.

He was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904, the grandson of German immigrants. Read more ›››

Déjà Vu Again

If you're a blogger, it doesn't pay to offend your readers, especially when you have so few to lose. Why I spelt Neil's name as Neal I'll never know, but it is now corrected thanks to Mistape. All I can say is that it could have been worse – I might have spelt it Kneel.

Truth be told, my eye has been off the the blogging ball of late and I'm not sure why. I've begun several posts then binned them because they just didn't feel like they were worth the effort. Read more ›››

Boris the time-travelling transvestite

Time traveller of the week: When Boris Johnson isn't campaigning for Brexit, he is hopping into his Tardis as a time-travelling transvestite.

Meanwhile The Mirror rehashed the video which appears to show a time traveller filming a Mike Tyson fight on a mobile phone back in 1995, even though it clearly isn't. Read more ›››

Trust No-one

They say familiarity breeds contempt and that certainly seems true of the Brexit debate. Around 60% of people living in far flung Scotland are quite happy to remain in the EU, while the ones most likely to vote go live nearest Europe, ie the south and east coast.

You can see it mapped here, but you'd think with those ferries and the tunnel making it handy to pop across the channel to pick up cheap booze, fags etc would make Europe more popular in those parts, but apparently not. Read more ›››

The power of documentary imagery can bring about great change and one of the pioneers of this technique was Jacob Riis, the photographer whose work brought about social reform to the housing of New York.

He was one of fifteen children of Niels and Carolina Riis and was born in Ribe, Denmark in 1849. His father was a schoolteacher and the young Riis was encouraged to learn English through works of Dickens and James Fenimore Cooper. Read more ›››

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