Tuesday, May 22, 2012



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

new site

trying again

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010


1. We have ants in the kitchen and they get into the water jugs. (They don't seem to infest anywhere else; we have thirsty ants.) My mother put the jugs on these grey plastic coasters we have, with a maze-like pattern, but the ants learned to climb past the maze-like ridges, and so she's put the jugs on an artfully disarranged heap of coasters of varying sizes and textures. It's worked so far, but all that's going to happen is probably that we'll be left with very smart ants, the others having died of thirst.

2. I drove! By myself! For about fifteen minutes each way (ten for a competent driver, and five if you don't drive at the speed limit), and only one almost-accident (when I stalled on the slip road). I can also park, kind of, if the lots are wide and the car park empty and the parking gods in an indulgent mood.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tail, chasing, circles

Each time I try to start afresh and write only inspired, thoughtful, sensible things, I run out of words.

I have therefore decided to return to pointless griping. 

Yesterday, in a fit of productivity, I looked through the Saturday Recruit, and last Saturday's too, for good measure. Employers are looking for, in descending order, one, scientific/engineering/technical types, for cars, pharmaceuticals, biotech stuff, paint, construction - anything to do with a codifiable and recognizable form of knowledge; two, human resource types; three, marketing types; and four, accounting types. I fall into none of these categories. I'm not sure, because I have not quite given up entirely, I want to fall into any of these categories. (I have instead acquired, slowly and haphazardly, a little snowdrift of unfiltered names and phrases and ideas, mostly from the eighteenth century, but fading pleasantly into antiquity.) This may take a little longer than anticipated.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why I should stick to walking

I am, it is clear, not one of nature's drivers.

After a long two-hour session my father looked at me and said, perhaps you just have to figure out where "true straight" is in relation to your "straight".

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Moving house

Probably to here. See you there.