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We’re in! 

20 May 17

Well we are in! We have moved.


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The joy of moving home…. 

18 May 17

I have read recently that “moving house” no longer makes it into the top list of most stressful life events.


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Happy Easter Everyone…. 

15 Apr 17

What the heck is going on in the world? Little Britain (for we are sadly no longer the United Kingdom) has turned its back on the one institution which has largely kept the peace on the continent of Europe (if you ignore the Balkan wars that is….


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It is Nineteen Eighty Four……Resist. 

25 Feb 17

At first I thought it must be “fake news”……but it wasn’t.


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To Fly. To Serve. My Arse! 

18 Feb 17

@ To Fly.


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America! What’s this got to do with me? 

31 Jan 17

For those (hopefully few) people turning a blind eye to events happening across the Pond in the US at the moment; for those hiding behind the “democratic will”,  take a pause.


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So that was 2016! 

31 Dec 16

So that was 2016.


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Just sayin’….. 

7 Dec 16

Filed under: middleman…


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It is a man’s world… 

27 Nov 16

It is man’s world.


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The truth is out there…. 

12 Nov 16

Do not worry America.


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Time to travel again…. 

12 Oct 16

I have just started to travel on business following a “lay off” of a couple of months.


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The Russians are coming….. 

14 Sep 16

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! This used to be the Cold War warning which would cause any American child to check under his bed anxiously.


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#SavingLabour 

16 Jul 16

Jeremy Corbyn is a principled man.


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Should we stay or should we go? 

21 Jun 16

Please vote to remain.


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Springtime in Paris…. 

15 Jun 16

I have been working in Paris, the City of Light, for a few weeks now and, as the flood waters of the Seine have now retreated and Euro 16 is in full swing, I have been reflecting on how it feels to be a visitor here; how the capital city of our …


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Home is where the heart is…. 

6 Jun 16

It has been just two packed weeks of unpacking since moving South.


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Shere delight… 

27 May 16

It has been a surreal, emotional, strange, unsettling yet exciting and fulfilling week- the week of the big move South.


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A Brazilian anyone…. 

17 May 16

Brazilian brəˈzɪlɪən/ noun 1.


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What a rollercoaster…. 

30 Apr 16

It has been a stressful week.


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The Great Divide……Chips 

24 Apr 16

C and I are finding the search for a buyer of our Cheshire house and for a place to rent in Surrey quite stressful.


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#OldGuysOnTour 

12 Apr 16

Just a couple of weeks ago I had a “significant birthday”.


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Are you being served…. 

2 Apr 16

We had a rather successful trip to Wilmslow today.


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In search of sun-dried tomatoes…. 

21 Mar 16

In his book “Pies and Prejudice”, Stuart Maconie describes the moment he realised he had become a Southerner…..


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Learn the lessons of history….please! 

19 Mar 16

Forget the fact that Donald Trump is sexist, a misogynist.


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Good and not-so-good customer service…. 

21 Feb 16

Increasingly companies are using technology as part of their customer service mix.


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Stress purchase….. 

25 Jan 16

We went shopping yesterday.


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2015 in review 

30 Dec 15

The WordPress.


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The aftermath of Christmas…. 

29 Dec 15

It is that strange time between Christmas and New Year.


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Merry Christmas Everyone! 

24 Dec 15

Tis the day before Christmas and the shelves of the fridge are straining under the weight of their mixed bounty of lactose free, and gluten free, and pregnancy friendly produce, and fizz and wine…..


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The Force Awakens….. 

22 Dec 15

Spoiler alert – your parents will want to see this.


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The Day the Music Died…. 

22 Nov 15

At a time when the West is holding its breath, while rattling its nuclear sabres, as Brussels is in lockdown and Paris and Beirut are in mourning following horrendous terrorist attacks, it was a relief to find a gentile tranquility in the exquisite …


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Stranded… 

29 Oct 15

Imagine the scene….


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Death by sausage…. 

26 Oct 15

So the WHO declared today that I will die of sausage.


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Death by sausage…. 

26 Oct 15

So the WHO declared today that I will die of sausage.


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It makes “Noah” look good…. 

10 Oct 15

Media Studies actual degree exam question 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road.


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Don’t “Call ME Dave”…. 

4 Oct 15

I want to make one thing very, very, very clear – I am not David Cameron.


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I would walk one thousand miles…. 

19 Sep 15

I had a happy accident of birth.


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A green and pleasant land? 

12 Sep 15

Today I have seen the future and it is beautiful.


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The Seagulls Are Coming! 

4 Sep 15

Unlike the native human populations of Scotland and Manly in Sydney, the UK’s seagull population seems to be thriving on its diet of deep-fried food and chips.


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A long way from home…. 

2 Aug 15

Well that was a long way.


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Groundhog Day on Virgin Trains 

13 Jul 15

I am a fan of Virgin Trains.


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What’s wrong with the garden centre? 

11 Jul 15

I kid you not but I just nearly got run over by a mad old lady on a mobility scooter, right by the frozen food aisle in Waitrose, Sandbach.


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Damn Hot! 

1 Jul 15

It is that very rare confluence of the opening week at Wimbledon and a heatwave in the UK.


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Flying the flag…. 

27 Jun 15

This was a week of three flags.


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Do the math (s) America….. 

19 Jun 15

There are more guns in America than there are people, and that does not include those that belong to the military…..


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Shame on you FIFA…. 

30 May 15

Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.


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I am not a commuter….I am so much better than that! 

18 May 15

Those of you who frequent this site (my thanks!) will know that I am regular “commuter” between Crewe and the Smoke.


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The people can’t be trusted….. 

11 May 15

  There is a very good reason why most contestants on the TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire put more value on their “phone a friend” option than they do their “ask the audience”.


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It’s Time for Change! 

10 May 15

Things need to change.


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As Time Goes By…..Quickly 

1 May 15

Where did all the time go? Why does time move faster the older we get? It is May 1st.







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