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Vacuum Cleaner

May 27, 2007

My wife prefers to iron and I prefer to vacuum: I believe it is a win-win situation. Once again on a Monday morning I vacuumed the carpets, in a world of my own. The previous week's outing of the machine … (read more)

Word Search

April 19, 2007

When I was a teacher, I used to make up word searches for students. Now, when solving one, I look with a keen eye to find the words, and also to see if there were any unintentional mistakes made in … (read more)

The Refrigerator Door

April 17, 2007

We have a jotting board fixed to the refrigerator door. Each week, we write down products that need to be bought. When we go to the supermarket, we are reminded of the things we want to buy — that is, … (read more)


March 18, 2007

In the media, many have seen depicted the disasters that have occurred in recent years. I have viewed some satellite images of the seafront before and after a tsunami that took place a few years ago. An image taken before … (read more)

Vapour Trails

March 5, 2007

In early spring, the sun shines brightly in the sky at lower angles than it does in the summer. Although its warmth is not so easy to feel on the body as it is with the summer's sunshine, it is … (read more)


February 8, 2007

During recent weeks, I have played with my computer and have spent evenings fiddling with the BIOS/CMOS (low level computer choices) to get it to work properly. In so doing, I remembered an older computer which I had been given … (read more)

Wasp Nest

January 12, 2007

Last summer, I visited my parents and noticed wasps entering the roof space. With wasp spray at the ready, I launched myself up the ladder to the roof and sprayed. When no more wasps were to be seen, I plugged … (read more)

Just Like That!

December 29, 2006

Recently, I had a kitchen disaster, when the frying pan I used burst into flames. I had put the pan on too high a flame, which caused the oil in the pan to overheat. When I put the wet vegetables … (read more)

Street Light

December 23, 2006

Earlier this year, we had a power cut, and I had to make my way downstairs in the dark. Since then, I have invested in a torch. Surprise, surprise — we had another power cut just a few weeks ago. … (read more)

Small Child

November 17, 2006

I find that it is my calling to continue to walk the walk, and talk the talk, where I am. However, in my impatience and lack of faith, sometimes I find myself like Martha, asking for more help! One Sunday … (read more)


October 10, 2006

As a small present for Caroline, my wife, I bought some green bamboo stalks. They sit huddled together in a large ceramic pot. It seems they have previously been trained around a pole to have a spiral stalk. One of … (read more)


October 2, 2006

Caroline and I have been having tough times recently with things going on in and around our lives. I suspect our problems have a supernatural origin, because of our determination to be vessels of the kingdom. Caroline's birthday was one … (read more)


September 26, 2006

One recent evening, I came upon a student who was talking on a mobile telephone in the computer suite where I work. We do not allow casual mobile-phone ring-tones being used, because students are here to work on their assignments. … (read more)


September 23, 2006

I work in an old Victorian building, built in 1849, that has been annexed by a newer twenty-first-century one. There are connecting corridors with associated stairs to the new rooms. During the construction of the upper bridge between buildings, I … (read more)


September 19, 2006

Everything went completely black. We had had a power-cut whilst I was working on the computer late at night. This was a bit of a shock, because we live in an area of considerable light pollution from the main road, … (read more)


September 9, 2006

When it is sunny, I walk around our nearby lake and watch the wildlife as they carry on their existence. I have noticed the reliance of the young fledglings upon their parents, who watch over them. When they are happy … (read more)


August 18, 2006

During the course of the day, students ask me to help them to use the software and hardware in my computer area. I attempt, by my professional application, to engender a sense of peace and quiet confidence within myself and … (read more)


July 16, 2006

Being a belt and braces (suspenders) man, I have always carried both a chain and a cable on my bicycle to deter any casual miscreant. However, all this security comes at a cost. The galvanized chain is a quarter-inch-thick chain-link, … (read more)

Glasses Case

July 5, 2006

I have now reached an age when I can no longer read the small print — any small print — without a set of glasses, or alternatively, a long arm extension and a magnifying glass! As a result, I have … (read more)


June 12, 2006

To keep abreast of my everyday communications, I store my e-mail files on a flash memory stick. When I arrive at a computer — at home or at work — I plug in the memory stick, and keep up-to-date with … (read more)

Fixing The Chair

June 7, 2006

One of the things one finds out in building a computer is the necessity of loading the software and reinstalling files. As a result, my office chair, which I had acquired as an unwanted cast-off from work, has been — … (read more)


May 30, 2006

I am dyslexic. For those like me, the cost is high to unscramble jumbled thoughts and turn them into a straight line on a typed page. As a result, this process acts as a filter for what I write. These … (read more)

Where Are You?

May 19, 2006

I went into town the other day and was attracted by the sound of a woman's voice reverberating off the surrounding buildings. As I came closer to the point of origin, I found a very smart woman speaking on her … (read more)


March 16, 2006

The other day I had a cold, so I made my way around the town's one-way system in the car, and as usual, the traffic was congested and slow-moving. In front of the car ahead of me, waiting at the … (read more)

Finding The Time

March 10, 2006

Sometimes it is difficult to make the time. Sometimes I cannot be bothered to make the time. Sometimes I cannot face making the time. So I will do anything to allow time to consume me — in doing anything other … (read more)


January 23, 2006

Things in my work world are constantly in a state of flux. We restructure year on year on year. My managers fret when I confirm that I am able to do what they ask but that I am unwilling to … (read more)


January 7, 2006

My window at work looks towards the Cotswold Hills, beautiful beneath a blue sky. But when the clouds descend, the hills become hidden from view. Today, they arrived with snow in them, and true to form, the hills disappeared under … (read more)

Washing The Car

October 27, 2005

I live at present in a gated collection of flats and houses. One of the downsides of having a designated parking space is that there is no choice of where to park the car. The space we have is situated … (read more)


August 1, 2005

Our doorstep leads onto tarmac. The area is a sun trap, with a black surface that gets warm very quickly in the summer sunshine. We have a sizable pot of plants that sits in a tray outside the front door; … (read more)


July 29, 2005

I have bought a second-hand car recently. When I put my foot on the accelerator, the engine just died. Aarrgh! The garage salesperson assured me that it would be fixed. They also promised to repair any faults over the next … (read more)


May 19, 2005

We have a new phenomenon in our vicinity: identity theft. Thieves can raid our bins left out for the refuse collectors to remove. They scavenge for paperwork that might give away details of personal accounts. With the details, they can … (read more)

The Pocket

May 16, 2005

I have a waterproof jacket that I wear to go walking and riding to work. I bought it for my birthday two years ago. It is lightweight and specifically made for the task. Consequently, I thought it rather atypical that, … (read more)

Gold Cup

May 12, 2005

It is Gold Cup race day at Cheltenham Racecourse, a big event with the attraction of a major sport cup-tie. The town centre has the cosmopolitan feel of London or New York, with the pace being quickened by the anticipation … (read more)


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