Friday night is fish and chip night in our house which I get from our local chippie, Matt's Plaice (geddit?) which is just a few minutes drive away.

There is always a queue and that often means that the queue overflows on to the street which is fine in summer, but a little uncomfortable in the cold and rain of winter. I don't mind though because Matt does make exceedingly good fish and chips. Read more ›››

Polly Vinyl

When I was having my senior moment the other day, one of the places I looked for my non-existent Eagles compilation was in the cellar. We had a bit of a clear out down there just before Christmas and found all sorts of stuff. Read more ›››

The country parsons of England can be an unconventional lot and perhaps none more so than hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar, Sabine Baring-Gould who is responsible for the lyrics of Onward Christian Soldiers, inspired My Fair Lady (possibly) and the early life of James Bond and wrote the first serious academic study of lycanthropy folklore. Read more ›››

I had one of those senior moments this morning as I listened to the news of Glenn Frey's death. I've never been a great Eagles fan, but I was thinking that they did that really great song that I couldn't quite bring to mind. They played clips from all their hits: Take it Easy, Desperado, Tequilla Sunrise, Lyin' Eyes, One of These Nights as so on, but still not the song nagging away at the back of my mind. (Although what's not to like about Hotel California?) Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Conspiracy of the Week: Thanks to Roger for alerting me to the university professor who believes the Sandy Hook mass shooting was a plot to bring in gun-control, that the children never existed and that the parents were paid government stooges.

This one had passed me by and is bizarre even by conspiracy theorist standards. The professor has now been sacked by Florida Atlantic University. Read more ›››


Oh dear, I've finally succumbed to the temptation of posting a photo of last night's dinner, but at least I didn't feel compelled to share it with the world as seems to be de rigueur among the Twitterati.

I'm not a great cook, in fact I still limit my aspirations to mediocrity, but sometimes I hanker after something specific and have no option but to don my apron and make a mess in the kitchen. Read more ›››



As Mrs P is more than willing to confirm, I am a bit of a messer – once I find something that interests me, I can't leave it alone and keep on messing and fiddling with a project even if it is already perfectly acceptable.

This blog site is a good example. Since I got it up and running again in December, I can't help but tweak this and that so that it never looks the same from one day to the next. Read more ›››

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