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A room with a view

As far as I know, no one is planning to build an office block two feet away from the windows of my new flat.

In my last brief blog note I mentioned that I was moving. What I didn’t say was that I was moving 5,000 miles away to the east coast of England. After […]

Announcement: There is no interspecies sex on this blog

It’s always nice to see that people have arrived at my blog via a Google search and, though they may not agree with what they read here, the content is at least relevant to their queries. It’s not so encouraging to see so many people coming here on a fruitless quest for “black on white […]

Santa’s last Ho

‘Tis the season for right-wing hacks to grumble about politically correct phrases like “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” and the lack of religious symbolism on Christmas cards. So, here’s my religiously symbolic card to wish everyone of all faiths and none a very Merry Christmas.

Blog note

Since I’m such an irregular blogger, it doesn’t make much sense to announce that I won’t have internet access for about a week, so there won’t be any more posts until I’m back. But I’ll say it anyway for the sake of the few poor souls who do (misguidedly) keep checking in to see if […]

Of cats, blogs and imperial decrees

The story goes that in 19th century Japan most people had only given names. Then, during the Meiji Restoration, an imperial edict went out: everyone must, by law, have a family name. What to do? All over the nation, peasants looked around and named themselves after pretty much the first thing they saw that they […]