Monthly Archives: January 2010

Quick Question

If I talk about Fortums – as in "Fortnum and Mason” and I say “I got my sofa from Fortnums” – should Fortnums have an apostrophe?? I hate my language betimes. As regular reader will know – I had a … Continue reading

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Bliss!

Snow overnight, and lovely lovely sunshine.  Hornblower on the tv, tea and Crumpets. I don’t think there could be any nicer set up to a winter’s morning, to be honest. Or perhaps I’m just easily satisfied in the mancandy and … Continue reading

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Hurrah – Tributary is finished

I’ve finished Tributary – at long long last! for 21k it took as long as Mere Mortals (well, no it didn’t but it bloody felt like it.)  Now I just need to inflict it on the betas and it’s off … Continue reading

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You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry

GRRRR…. I swear if I hear the phrase “as a historian….” ONE MORE TIME as a prelude to someone being smackingly patronising and “better than thou” I am going to chuck my PC in the skip and start writing with … Continue reading

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News!

Jessewave has an interview with me today – and it’s here.  I wish I were more INTERESTING. Not some geek who loves sci-fi and the Big Bang Theory and has no life at all. As you can see on that … Continue reading

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We had sun, and now it’s gone again…

Big Garden Birdwatch 30-31st January.  I encourage all you Brits to participate this year – with the very cold weather we had, the numbers will be especially needed. It only takes an hour and there’s a handy dandy form to … Continue reading

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Why is my gmail showing snow?

(I use “Tree” background which usually echoes (rather cleverly) the weather outside.  It’s not snowing. and as far as I know there’s no forecast of it. Stop it, Gmail!! This is the weather symbol for Tuesday.  I have no idea … Continue reading

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My appointment for the eye specialist came through. It’s not until March. Hope I don’t go blind before then, eh? What tickled me was that it’s on the Ides of March.  OMINIOUSITY! In “Tributary” I’ve changed “Armstrong’s” name to “Calloway”  … Continue reading

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Hot soup on an empty stomach

Ouch! dinner was an unmitigated disaster – I tried to make a pasta bake with one of those sauces – never done it before – the only pasta I had was spaghetti and it doesn’t seem to work with that. … Continue reading

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You know your head needs a rebore when…

You read this: So here’s my response to Chuck’s post yesterday: Personally I wouldn’t favor the kind of fee structure he proposed. But I thought Chuck did a great job of thinking outside the box and proposing some options, and … Continue reading

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