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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Basket Case

20110418 Grumpy picnic basket 150x150 Basket Case

It’s always great when readers submit pictures.  It’s even better when they write a little bit as well!

Martin from London sent in this picture of the picnic hamper in the kitchen in the house he shares with his partner.  He writes:

 The picnic hamper has a melancholy back story. I think the basis of his saddened demeanour possibly lies in his whole existence.  Initially created lovingly by a wickersmith for the purpose of containment of food and drink, the basket then fell on hard times.  He was disappointed to be purchased not by a potential loving owner. But by Click to read more

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What is music? Cacophilosophy…

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Most people like music, but what is it?

I went to see a punk band called Spunge recently, dragged along by a couple of friends.  Perhaps “dragged” is somewhat overstated; I was genuinely interested to experience it, but I knew full well that it wouldn’t be my cup of tea.  Both support acts were extremely loud and whilst I sat there absorbing the energy like a Guantánamo Bay detainee being bombarded with Barney music, my mind began to wander.  It was a classic case (and probably first recorded instance) of cacophilosophy – deep thought induced by noise.

An expression of Click to read more

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The tin can

20110409 Green giant smiling can 150x150 The tin can

In my last full article I wrote about relative size, but what about time?  In our stressful lives it seems we could all do with more of it.

How often have you heard someone say time flies when you’re having fun?  So if time has flown, you’ve had fun, right?  Not necessarily.  I have known time to fly even when I wasn’t having fun.  This often occurs in situations where I am engrossed in something I have to do – fun or not – or if there are a hundred million things to do all at once.  Work is one … 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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Built to last

20110321 Jacket chewing 150x150 Built to last

Today is my parents’ 36th wedding anniversary and a quick Google search reveals that the customary anniversary gift is bone china.  Congratulations Mr and Mrs Suckerbag!  It’s one heck of an achievement and a demonstration of commitment and loyalty.  In this age of “me, me, me!”, mañana and marital breakdown, this is becoming less and less common.  Did you like the alliteration?  Incidentally 1975 is also the year Hosni Mubarak became Vice President of Egypt.  Factoid of the day.

 Today is also the first day of spring though the vernal equinox was yesterday, apparently.  I for one have been … Click to read more

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Bananas, baked beans and crème brûlée

20110319 Bananas Baked Bean Cans 150x150 Bananas, baked beans and crème brûlée

Regular readers will no doubt have spotted that I usually post an update on Thursdays.  Unfortunately (for you, fortunately for me) I was at a lovely Mexican restaurant on Thursday.  Speaking of food, this photograph is one I took a fairly long time ago now and despite first appearances this is not a contrived face but genuinely the product of randomly unpacking my rucksack after an apparently unproductive trip to the supermarket…  Rest assured I do eat more nutritious meals than just baked beans and bananas.  These items have one thing in common: they have all been eaten and no … Click to read more

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What a waste

20110313 Unhappy polystyrene face 150x150 What a waste

Look at the image and there is a scary screaming face with different sized eyes looking back at you.  But no, there isn’t.  Look again and you’ll see what I mean.  Where the supposed face is there is actually nothing, nada, le Jacques merde absolutement – to coin a phrase (again).  It is a block of expanded polystyrene with holes cut out and the illusion of an image of a face is in fact negative space.

Expanded polystyrene (or Styrofoam if you’re that way inclined) is an interesting material that has its uses in packaging, protecting building foundations against clay … Click to read more

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A mixed bag

20110306 Smiling Paper Bag 150x150 A mixed bag

Hello everybody!  Yes I’m still alive!  Unfortunately I have been incredibly busy in the last 6 days with not a single night to myself – not that that’s necessarily a bad thing.  Normally I post updates on Thursdays but I was out. 🙂

I know everyone is eager to see more posts, so I’m going to make it up to you by posting five pictures this week (including this one).  I am actually busy again most days next week, but through the magic of scheduling I can write my posts now and make it appear as if I’m actually posting … 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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