Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Not the usual litany of whinges today, rather several things to feel decidedly chuffed about ...

a) fourteen lengths of the local pool & in to work before eight o'clock had struck
b) I find the horribly expensive David Crystal Language Lectures DVD that I had assumed was irretrievably lost/half-inched by a student/ 'borrowed' by an ex-colleague & never returned
c) fiddling with the pen I broke last week, I slam it down end first (just for the hell of it) & discover - miraculously - that it works again!
d) the revised text I drew up over the weekend from a dog's breakfast of a policy document takes barely 50 minutes to check through & we're done
e) out of curiosity I drop in to the new Nias art shop down the road & find the very fountain pen I'd been looking for
f) late last night's discovery as I lay in bed listening to Radio 4 Extra trying to ignore the winds raging outside ... Elastic Planet. (A strange 'pataphysical series of absurdities narrated by the late great Oliver Postgate).

Yes, the blossom is cherrying.


Monday, March 30, 2015


The tooth gets a for-the-time-being repair with a stern warning that next time it's likely to be a crown.

But for the Achilles' tendon niggle, the footsteps leaving are lighter than those arriving.

How visits to the dentists make our sense of time elastic.

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Thinking, once more, about the concept of sympathetic resonance & its relevance to schools in an age of crippling uniformity & (dread word) "alignment".

Do Administrators look at trees? Not one grows the same way & yet each finds its form. (Apply this principle to students.)

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The younger Wafflette turned 13 yesterday (thanks to all who sent cards & good wishes) & today appears in one of the national newspapers riding her Scout group's entry to the 24-hour cycle marathon that took place this weekend.

& this despite the tempestuous wind & rain.

Positively heroic.

Sunday, March 29, 2015





Must be an issue with the iPad, works fine like this.

Cosmic symbolism in utility company access covers.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Just wasted ten minutes deleting & then reloading the Blogpress app. For some reason it has decided not to accept photos.

So you will have to imagine the picture I was trying to upload of the metal water hydrant cover that looks just like a medieval engraving of the cosmos.

Maybe tomorrow.

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The blossom is out in the road.

Friday, March 27, 2015

I drop my biro (the good birthday present one that has lasted over a year) & - yes - the mechanism has gone. Useless now.

5 minutes later ...

I bite on a cheese sandwich & suddenly my tongue senses something sharp. The side of a back molar has gone.

This just when I'm feeling rather chipper after managing the third early morning pre-work swim & the prospect of the weekend ahead.

Look on the bright side etc..

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Thinking today of the disappearance of the sense of shame in public life. How rare to hear of a politician, celebrity, sportsperson, director (you choose) admit yes, what I did was wrong & yes, I take full responsibility & yes, I will accept the consequences of my actions (which will include those of a financial nature proportional to my earnings). The kind of thing the Japanese still seem to do well.

Instead, there are the behind the scenes negotiations with lawyers & PR people & other 'contacts', a suitable period of lying low & then - surprise! - a reappearance & an even more lucrative deal. Maybe a little bit of consultancy work to tide you over (private contract rates, of course).

& I'm not only thinking of Jeremy Clarkson ...



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Q: What have your belly button & Athens got in common?
A: They're both in the centre of Greece.

(A joke that requires some imagination & tolerance of French to English but certainly has the twelve year-old member of this family in hysterics).