Category Archives: Humour

When to steal your own bicycle

I headed out for a long ride on Saturday, with the aim of ticking a box on Strava: the Gran Fondo challenge for August. This simply involves riding 130km, which I thought I should be able to manage, given enough … Continue reading

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Alas, their time has come to an end. My faithful walking companions of many miles, many mountains, and many countries have finally shuffled off this mortal coil. To be fair, they gave me a warning of their impending demise a … Continue reading

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Fancy a Cookie?

It’s old news now, but about a year ago, the EU (in its infinite wisdom) decided that all European websites needed to inform users that the site uses cookies. Pretty soon, most sites started showing a little pop-up at the … Continue reading

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A Bright Future

I have seen the future, and it is bright. Mostly bright yellow, but a little bit of green, pink and orange as well. ‘Tis the season to be visible, and this country has grasped the opportunity with both hands. Not … Continue reading

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Cluttered Desks

At my office, we have a Clean Desk Policy. They’re not trying to promote the whole Einstein ‘cluttered mind’ philosophy – it’s just an attempt to get people not to leave confidential information on their desks when they’re not there. … Continue reading

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Wearing the Pants

I’ve had the idea in the back of my head for months to write about the differences in language use between England and South Africa. But I never managed to collect enough of them to make for a full post. … Continue reading

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Cynical Pedants Anonymous

Actuaries are not known for their laissez-faire attitude towards accuracy. Or, for that matter, a tendency to be over-optimistic. But just because we like getting things right to 6 decimal places doesn’t mean that you have a license to take … Continue reading

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How to Track an ORSA

There’s a whiteboard at the office where someone has jotted down a few “Friday Facts”. See the pic above for some of them. After the first few, they went dormant for a few months. Then someone added the google ‘fact’ … Continue reading

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Building up to the Olympics

I remember when Cape Town made a bid for the 2004 Olympics. Back in 1996, we were newly back in the international world, thoroughly enjoying our elevated status as a fledgling democracy. Optimism was high, and the enthusiasm for the … Continue reading

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Lost in Shelfield Space

On the road from Wootton Wawen to Morton Bagot, there is a beautiful section of road. The land falls away on the left, running steeply down to a stream in a valley, rolling gently up to another ridge about a … Continue reading

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