Category Archives: Humour

How to Sell Gardening Equipment to Males

This is an ad I saw on Friday evening – it’s for a Fiskars Weed Puller. Go on, have a look, by clicking here. It’s not often that something attracts my attention so much that within 15 minutes I’ve looked … Continue reading

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Matilda, Revisited

A while back, I wrote a review of Matilda, the musical. I thought it was pretty darn fantastic (the show, not my review), and so when the soundtrack got released I immediately bought it. And listened to it over and … Continue reading

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The Great Camping Trip of 1838

It’s a joy to see that my children (and especially my daughter) are fitting in to life in England pretty well. But occasionally, something comes up that gives me a twinge of guilt. There we were, in the Ambassador theatre, … Continue reading

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Death by Ergonomics

Here’s a poster that went up at various places around the office this week. It’s part of a drive to improve workplace ergonomics, and follows up on an online training course we all had to do about chair positions, screen-eye … Continue reading

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Existential Runlogs

There’s a certain joy to be had in working for a software vendor. The usual position is that the client has purchased your software, and they ask for assistance in implementing it into their business. You provide this assistance on … Continue reading

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What happens when Actuaries try to be cool

Actuaries aren’t highly renowned for bouts of creativity. We tend to deal with boring reams of mortality tables. Our theorems are named after famous actuaries of the late 19th century that nobody’s heard of. They’re so boring that I’ve forgotten most … Continue reading

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How Eileen Vormwald spends Christmas morning

A while back I wrote about the stats available on WordPress, and mentioned the phenomenon of the near-spam commenter. This is the occasional comment that comes up   marked as potential spam, but WordPress isn’t sure. At the time, I … Continue reading

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A Touch of Motoring Style

This is something that’s been lying on my “Blog about some day” pile for a few months. The reason it hasn’t made to the top yet is because I’m not quite sure what to say about this car. There’s a … Continue reading

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I Wish to Register a Complaint…

There’s a commonly held belief that the British just don’t know how to complain. This is not quite true, in spite of it being used to good effect by Monty Python in numerous sketches. The reality is that the British … Continue reading

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Recipes for Recession

How do you know when a nation is going through hard times? There are, of course, numerous signs. Unemployment hits record highs, particularly among the youth. Retail sales volumes decrease, in spite of the proximity to Christmas. Doom and gloom … Continue reading

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