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The algorithm

The algorithm

Do you remember Maureen Lipman (Beattie) in the brilliant 1988 British Telecom TV advert “he’s got an ology”? Her grandson (Anthony) failed all his exams except pottery and sociology – but to Grandma having an ology was special – “you’re a Scientist” … everybody needs...

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How to chill

How to chill

How to chill! I had several large boxes and a huge mound of my son’s books in my home office whilst his bedroom was redecorated. Today I finally cleared all of it (back to his bedroom) and jettisoned (to Oxfam) a few of my own books – surplus to requirements. I felt a...

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Leader of your own gang

Leader of your own gang

My son is an avid book reader and has no desire to get rid of any he has read. Yesterday I was moving his “book mountain” to enable us to decorate his room whilst he’s away working. I came across “The Book of Thunks” by Ian Gilbert. There is an interesting mindset....

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Retirement lessons

Retirement lessons

“Susannah certainly wanted to throttle me within a few days of (my) retiring”.   These were the words that Richard used when we were talking yesterday. (Names have been changed “to protect the innocent”.) Richard ceased full-time work a year or two ago. He’d...

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The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room

A day out Yesterday we had a lovely family day at Paignton Zoo. I started thinking about the elephant in the room – tricky because, since 2019, there haven’t been any elephants at Paignton Zoo, in the room or elsewhere.   Elephants You see, elephants have complex...

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Let’s play

Let’s play

The scene I was standing in my kitchen looking out at the rain (yes, I know, I couldn’t find a suitable rain image). Observation became amusement when I noticed a little girl, in full wet-weather gear, jumping through the puddles in the street. Wonderfully, her Mum...

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What powers the 100 years life?

What powers the 100 years life?

A child born in the UK today has a 50 percent chance of living to be over 105. If you are 40 you have a 50 percent chance of reaching 95. If you are 60 there is a 50 percent chance of living into your 90s. You might see this as good or bad. For the last few years, I...

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Living a life less ordinary

Living a life less ordinary

I spent parts of Monday watching the Queen’s funeral on TV. I was not alone in that. Here are some staggering numbers – and if you don’t like numbers, stick with them and we’ll move on soon. This article is saying something a bit different.   The numbers 250,000...

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What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me?

My son took this photo through a bus window in London. Remarkable really, because when he went to London a few weeks earlier, using buses was not on his agenda. But where he lived to where he travelled daily was a messy walk and tube journey or an hour’s walk. So, he...

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Awareness is not enough

Awareness is not enough

Awareness is not enough ……………….. but it’s a good start. At the ungodly hour of 5.00am today I was awake. As usual my brain burst into life, preventing me from returning to sleep and I gently morphed into the World whilst pondering. For reasons unknown I flipped back...

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Let’s do it differently

Let’s do it differently

He said I should do it standing on one leg! In the January 2022 edition of the BBC Science Focus magazine, Dr Michael Moseley (he of BBC’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor and 5:2 fame) wrote a single page that really caught my attention. His pitch is that we run and play with...

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