• Internet password book

    I popped into WHSmiths after work to buy some wrapping paper. Whilst I was there I spotted this.


  • Colour and Vision

    On Monday I visited the Colour and Vision exhibition at the Natural History Museum. I enjoyed this in a couple of quite different ways.


  • A retractable fountain pen?

    A couple of months ago I saw a photo on instagram of somebody’s collection of fountain pens. One of these pens looked a bit unusual. It didn’t have a lid. But it did have a clip. I was curious, had a look around the internet, and discovered that there was such a thing as a retractable fountain pen. What kind of witchcraft was this?


  • Was it worth it?

    I’ve been doing some work under what I call the “Continuous Improvements” banner recently. These tend to be small bits of automation that help our report writers. They aren’t massive projects, and are often just changes to the report templates to help with consistency.


  • 5 years on

    5 years ago last Saturday my Dad died. And whilst it might sound over-dramatic, it feels like a fair thing to say that my life changed completely. My Dad was the first of my parents to die - my Mum died 4 years later. But Mum already had advanced dementia and could no longer say my name. So when Dad died I lost the parent who knew me. But I was still rooted. I still had a reason to go to the city I was born in. Last year when Mum died the physical aspects of the loss were less. But the emotional and pyschological aspects were just as tough. I was an adult orphan.


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