The wonderful thing about the ageing process is the tremendous accumulation of knowledge that builds up in your brain over the years. Unfortunately there is also a downside – with such a khichuri of trivia sloshing round the cranial cavity, when you dredge up a nugget of information, you're never quite sure where it came from or even if it is true or not. Read more ›››

Bidh mi ‘gad fhaicinn


One way to guarantee satisfaction with your Christmas presents is to buy at least one of them yourself and my little 'with love to me from me' this year was s the ColorMunki Smile Calibrator shown on the left.

No, it isn't a device for measuring the width of your festive grin, its purpose is to set the colour on your computer monitor accurately. Read more ›››

Jelly Babies

My holiday appetite or trivia is being satisfied by the The Third QI Book of General Ignorance, a Christmas present from Mrs P. It's full of things I didn't know I didn't know and it is only fair to share a morsel or two.

Such as jelly babies, those sweets adored by children of all ages which are made by Bassett's of Sheffield. I didn't know that they were originally called 'Peace Babies' when they were made to mark the armistice at the end of the First World War. Read more ›››

Strange Coincidence

The Man in the High Tower

I hadn't intended to publish a post today, what with it being Christmas Day, but I had one of those strange coincidences that make you scratch your head in wonder.

While I was waiting for the family to gather for the exchange of presents, I had a look at Amazon to see what amazing bargains there might be on offer when the teaser ad at the top of the page to watch The Man in the High Castle caught my eye. It looked interesting so I clicked the link and started watching the first episode. Read more ›››

Merry Christmas


It has been a very hectic week. On top of the usual festive preparation madness, my dad was admitted to hospital on Monday with recurring heart problems, not helped by some sort of stomach bug, so I have been fitting in visits to see him along with everything else.

I'm pleased to report that he is now looking better than he has done for some time - hospital food obviously agrees with him. The pharmacist also reviewed his meds and deleted one that may have been more hinderance than help. Read more ›››


Sepp Blaatter's mole

Sadly the operation was not a success - the mole rejected Sepp Blatter.

The good news, of course, is that FIFA has also rejected Blatter, which is only about a decade too late. But better late than never ,and thank goodness that other chiseler, Platini has also been shown the exit door. Read more ›››

Have a break…

Have a break...

...have a Kit-Kat. That quintessential English chocolate and wafer finger snack forever linked with a cup of tea and elevenses, well at least from 1911 when it was invented by Rowntrees of York.

It so much a staple snack that some might call it boring, but I recall the excitement when Nestlé introduced the Kit-Kat chunky which like a Kit-Kat except it was... er, chunkier and who can forget the limited edition dark chocolate version. Oh yes, here in the UK we are not afraid to push back the boundaries of confectionary exploration. Read more ›››

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