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Outside is the best game

Last Build Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:02:40 +0000


Does this thing still work?

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:02:40 +0000

Must confess, I’d forgotten for quite a while about this blogging website thingie. Much of what I’ve written in an informal, non-work, context in recent times I’ve put onto MetaFilter, which is a far better online community than most I’ve come across this last … heck … quarter of a century. My MetaFilter profile has links to some of the (possibly) more interesting posts and comments. But, it’s time for another significant life change, so my wittering on MetaFilter and...

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Five small purchases

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:48:30 +0000

Over the last few weeks, I’ve bought five things in addition to the usual and predictable regular shopping items. Each has been useful in some way or manner; collectively, life feels a bit better and easier than before (albeit, in one case, more painful). The five items totaled less than £150; four are pictured here: 1) New glasses, but bought online. Good grief! There was a really bad day a few years back when glasses were crushed underfoot, as they...

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2016: a good year, perhaps

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:33:32 +0000

So, that was pretty much 2016, then. I don’t buy this conventional, and increasingly annual, narrative that 2016 was a “bad year”. True, elections have gone not the way many wanted – though perhaps not surprisingly – in Europe and the USA, with significant consequences for many. Although the roots for much of this grew through political and popular ignorance between 2008 and 2010, but that’s another bitter story. And it’s also true that many famous people have died, though...

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My favorite historical picture

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:23:02 +0000

The anniversary of the first controlled flight, on Kitty Hawk beach. Less than 15 years after this, planes were engaging in armed combat over the fields of Europe.

It isn’t over until it’s over

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:27:47 +0000

In younger years and decades, I read a lot of Clive Barker. One of his most famous stories is In the Hills, the Cities. This is about a contest between two cities, who build increasingly higher figures or monsters – made out of their citizens – year on year. Until one year, one of the figures starts to fall apart. Like a lot of Clive Barker’s writing, the story is not for the faint of heart. But I’m reminded of...

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:51:23 +0000

This has been a strange year so far; stranger than usual, with Leicester City at football, the Brexit vote and the new PM (and the new Foreign Secretary), and Trump poised to become POTUS. Huh. Though, picking at “Why X did Y” threads, these things become less surprising. For context, go and see Hell or High Water for some thought-provoking content about why people sometimes vote in ways that may not make clear sense. Or, read Deer Hunting with Jesus,...

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The summer of 2016

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:03:37 +0000

It has been a good summer; so far, anyway. There have been meetings in nice towns. Sunsets. Many walks in the countryside. Some Nordic food shopping. More walks. Trees. Convivial conversations. More sunsets. Moon rises. Cricket. Some writing. And unexpected music. I have been, and remain (using that word pointedly), disinclined to “blog” or write much of a non-work nature. The EU referendum has poisoned much, and my thoughts and vision lie increasingly elsewhere. Maybe some other time. In the...

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The wind in the barley

Sun, 29 May 2016 22:12:00 +0000

Today was a good day, as one of the projects I started at Halloween 2014 has come to an end; I have finally tracked down every account I can find or remember, and deleted nearly all of them. Though that’s with the glaring exception of half-a-dozen blogs that I still don’t know what to do with, apart from some vague idea about writing more or generally adding to. Thus, a nice walk concluded the day, the pictures of which are...

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Summer of 2015

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 14:34:21 +0000

My on-off personal project to sort out the colossal mess of online “stuff” is back in “on” mode. And with it, here’s some digital ephemera from the summer just gone. First up, the Flickr set of 260 pictures. This was my third entire summer in the USA, this time stretching from early May to early August. Apart from being bookended by a few days in Chicago, pretty much all of this was spent in central, and rural, Iowa. As with...

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West and south and west again

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:58:28 +0000

A walk doesn’t have to be of Appalachian Trail length to be epic. This evenings was but four miles long. I leave base and walk in the direction of Wisconsin. Hit a junction, turn and walk in the direction of Minnesota. Pass a church, bright sign welcoming or enticing; pass a softball park, and new houses, rich and bland and slightly ridiculous and a little isolated by absurd lawns. A crossroads. I turn towards Nebraska. I hit an area of...

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