Phantom of the Broom Cupboard

20110512 Smiling Speaker 150x150 Phantom of the Broom Cupboard

Musicals, plays or just plain music?

People seem to fall into one of two categories: those who like cats, those who like dogs, those who like neither or both and those who can’t count.  I call it a dyscalchotomy.

A similar trichotomy exists for plays and musicals, with the third option being people who like neither.  And then there are, of course, people who like both…  See?  I can’t count and I’m a Structural Engineer…

Plays vs. Musicals

I have seen a few plays in the last year or so – one amateur production and the rest professional.  These … Click to read more

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Helga: The face that made a thousand ice-creams

20110425 Smiling ice cream maker lid 150x150 Helga: The face that made a thousand ice creams

It’s been a hot Easter here in the south-west of England and it’s come and gone for another year.

Easter has come and gone for another year and what a fantastic one it was; the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I managed to sneak in a couple of picnics.  Because of poor planning on my part I had already eaten before I turned up on both occasions but enjoyed the sunshine, the company and watching others eat: a picnic by proxy perhaps, or a proxnic.

With the Royal Wedding next week (that’s Kate Middleton and Prince William, I think…), … Click to read more

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An eternal stare

20110419 Kenwood Mixer Face 150x150 An eternal stare

I love interaction from readers, as it alleviates writer’s block and sets the random train of thought in motion.

Martin from London sent in another picture, this time of his trusty Kenwood 250 mixer.  He writes:

In a rare outing, the Kenwood 250 looks wistfully out to the other side of the kitchen. Thinking outside the box he contemplates his future whilst still enjoying the moment. He thinks of the comrades that have fallen before him after battle. The Breville that got squashed at Cheddar and the future not being so bright for the orange juicer. He remembers the other Click to read more

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I swear they have got smaller! Damn chocflation!

20110403 Smiling electric heater dial 150x150 I swear they have got smaller!  Damn chocflation!

Have you ever remarked that something used to be bigger?

It’s Mothering Sunday in the UK and flowers and chocolates abound.  Now that that’s nearly over it’s time to get the Cadbury’s Creme Eggs out for Easter.  Commercialisation – we loves it, but that’s a topic for another article.  I swear Cadbury’s Creme Eggs aren’t as big as they used to be.  I call it chocflation.  25 years ago they were only slightly smaller than my hands and now I can hold many of them in one hand.  Of course, I have grown and my hands have got bigger.  … Click to read more

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You would cry too…

20110227 Sad fax machine face 150x150 You would cry too...Remember when fax machines were all the rage?  My dad used to run his own business, so we always had a fax machine in the house.  It was pretty annoying because we didn’t have a separate number for it.  From time to time this meant that on answering the phone you would be greeted with a loud high pitch squeal and if that hadn’t blown your head off you’d put the receiver down and the fax machine would start to spit out reams of paper.  Not just any paper, either –  it was that special thermal paper on a roll … Click to read more

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Go-go-gadget remote control!

20110217 Remote control happy face 150x150 Go go gadget remote control!I need a new compact camera because the one on my phone is pretty useless and produces grainy images.  I don’t blame it – it’s a phone and “smart” though it may be, it’s not designed to be a camera, unlike my D-SLR, which obviously is.  If I had two of them and tied a piece of string around both, they might work as a primitive phone, rather like baked bean cans.  But it would be rubbish.

Gadgets can come in handy: I have been caught out battery-less with a proper camera on site and have had to rely on … Click to read more

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Sucker for a smile…

20101226 Vacuum Cleaner 225x300 Sucker for a smile...You know those Henry vacuum cleaners with faces on? They are an iconic design and a whole family of vacs exists in that range. Not only are they iconic, they are kind of cute. I wonder what inspired the designer to draw a face on it… I visited my parents over Christmas and spotted an accidentatal face in their vacuum cleaner. That’s the second vac I’ve seen with a face on, the other one being my good friend Vic. Makes me wonder if there is a trend here. Maybe designers are hiding faces in their vacuum cleaners in a … Click to read more

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Chew on this!

20101127 Scary Tin Opener 225x300 Chew on this!Ever tried opening a tin can with your teeth? No, nor me. Never had to, thanks to this little thing called a tin opener. Ever used your teeth to open a bottle? Again, never had to. But this cheeky little chappy has. It’s a combined tin and bottle opener with massive front teeth. He has opened many a bottle for me in the past: bottles of ale, cider and fruit juice to name but a few. He has a slightly psychopathic look in his eyes, either from a lifetime of opening bottles with his teeth, or maybe that’s the reason … Click to read more

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Technology overkill

20101020 Romsey Handwash Station 225x300 Technology overkillYou know those clever handwash stations, where you stick your hands in and they automatically dispense soap onto your sleeve, drench you and then proceed to apply heat to bake the soap onto your clothes? Is it me, or is it technology for the sake of it? Apart from this they have another downside to them in that the user is forced to hog one appliance for the duration of its operational sequence. In other words, whilst one person is drying their hands, the next person can’t wash theirs. A particular annoyance is when someone doesn’t finish the “drying cycle” … Click to read more

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Another dimension

20101014 Oce Scanner Console 300x225 Another dimensionForget looking at things from different angles (A Different Perspective and Part 2), the new perspective is 3D, apparently. This seems to be all the rage at the cinema these days. The only film I have seen in 3D so far is Clash of the Titans. I can’t remember the story. I have an appalling memory for films and film “stars” and have been told by someone I know that I am the least star-struck person they have ever met. I always proudly tell everyone I didn’t recognise Tom Cruise in Lions for Lambs. This cheeky … Click to read more

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