I Want to Be Different (Just Like Everyone Else)

For a long time now, I’ve wanted to analyze the degree to which my desire to be different has moulded me as a person. Stop! Before you click away to somewhere else on the interweb, please be assured that this is intended to be primarily an entertaining piece, although if you get any nuggets from it, then it will be… Read more »

Poppies and Tinsel

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This weekend marks the beginning of the Christmas Fayre/Market season in our area. Mrs. H. will be singing carols to market-goers, and one of our friends will be at two or three markets a week until the week before Christmas. “Bah, humbug” is my normal and expected comment on all this. I struggle to get into the festive spirit much… Read more »

Grammar Got Run Over By a…

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What are your earliest musical memories? For some, it might be The Spice Girls spicing up their lives; for others, it might be Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra performing together during the Second World War. For me, it’s Perry Como singing “Catch a Falling Star” and “Magic Moments”. He released those songs in 1958, but I was only three at… Read more »

A Quote for Every Occasion

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(Note: Links to videos etc. were last tested 2015-11-05) I make no secret of it. I’m a huge Monty Python fan. Ditto Blackadder. I’m not one of those fans who can recite every line of every episode or film verbatim. But I’m close. Sing me a song with off-colour lyrics, and I might respond with, “a lovely old hymn, your… Read more »

Are My “Papyrus Leaves in a Vault” Obsolete?

When I receive enquiries for my video services, the verb “film” is usually in there somewhere. For example, “I was wondering if you’re available to film my business presentation on [date].” The thing is, the pedant in me cringes at the use of the word “film”. My video cameras don’t use film. Years ago, I used tape-based cameras, and I… Read more »

Inner Voice – Shut Up!

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How Many Feet Can You Get in Your Mouth? I suffer from Foot in Mouth Disease. By nature, I’m a shy, retiring kind of a guy, and socializing tends to tire me out. But over the years, I’ve learned to mask my shyness in various ways, ranging from smiling strange smiles at people as a means of visual communication that… Read more »