Saturday, 31 July 2021

Enjoying Fossil Scones

From time to time I've noticed that a cake tin in the panty rattled if I moved it. Investigation revealed two ancient scones - I estimate they were are than a year old. They were quite dry, and when I handled them I found they were quite brittle. They crumbled when I squeezed. I ate a fragement and found it quite palatable, like a very thick crunchy biscuit. I look forward to enjoying a fossil scone for tea today.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Having Fun with HTML

I enjoy creating web pages with that versatile text editor notepad.exe. I've been preparing a talk for the Science Group of my U3A. Many people use power point for that, but I prefer to produce a set of interconnected html pages. I enjoy tweaking the style sheet until I get just the layout I want. Supplementary material can be made to pop up on mouseovers, and I manage pictures with lightbox.

Some people prefer to use special html generators, but that misses the fun, and usually produces grotesquly bloated code. Press control-U while reading a webpage to see what horrors lurk behind the bland pages.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021


A few days ago I bought a copy of PC Pro. I hadn't bought any computer magazine for many years and fondly remember the days when I bought at least one every month and read it from cover to cover. This time I read the article about CIX attentively and skimmed quickly through the rest. Computers used to be so exciting!

Monday, 26 July 2021

Second Thoughts about Wallflowers

A few months ago I blogged about long living wallfloweers. Recently the oldest of my wallflower plants, having flowered prolificacally for a third year, died soon after producing a sparse second crop of flowers shortly after I pruned it. Perhaps my pruning was too drastic, or perhaps three years flowering is the limit for ordinary wallflowers. I wonder what will happen to the surviving plants. This was only their second year of flowering and they still look healthy.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Shopping Carefully

Shopping in the local Sainsbury today I was pleased to notice that almost everyone there was wearing a face mask.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Don't Talk With Your Hand In Front Of Your Mouth

So I was taught. In a televised interview broadcast this evening Mr. Cummings appeared not to have learnt that lesson. He looked very shifty to me, but I've never liked him. That our Prime Minister made him a special adviser is one of many reasons for doubting the PM's judgement.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Odd Pricing

I needed a small quantity of single cream today, and almost bought a carton of 150 ml, until I noticed that it cost 70p, while a 300 ml carton cost only 75p. I thought that strange.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Sweet Strawberries

I rarely buy strawberries, except occasionally as decoration for a trifle, but recently I did buy some, hoping they were locally grown. I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of the hard, sour, although decorative, fruit I'd become resigned to, these were sweet and tender.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Out and About

For more than a year I have restricted myself to just two shopping expeditions per week. I've now increased that to three, hoping that more exercise will help to control my weight.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

More Praise for Zoom

On Tuesday the U3A's monthly meeting was held on Zoom. The speaker was a photographer displaying a collection of splendid photographs taken all over the world. In normal times we'd have met in a church hall and seen the pictures projcted on a screen of which only a few members of the audience would have had a clear uninterrupted view, and even those few would have seen only a rather poor rendering of the pictures. Using Zoom we could see bright high resolution pictures. We could also adjust the sound level until the speaker was clearly audible without deafening us.

I shall be very sad if we ever resume physicsl meetings

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Summer Clothes

Today, for the first time this year, I went shopping in my white Summer suit and Summer hat. Nothing remarkable happened during my excursion, but I still think it worth mentioning.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Shopping in the Sunshine

Today I wore my summer hat to go shopping, the first time I'd worn it this year. I also dispensed with a tie, but still felt a little hot. I may soon consider wearing my white summer suit.