Saturday, 27 November 2021

A Triumph for an Ancient Brain

When I went out to the shops yesterday I forgot my shopping so I had to shop from memory. When I got home I checked against my list and found that I had bought precisely the items listed, and nothing else!

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

A Floriferous November

Although we are now about half way through Autumn there are still plenty of flowers in the garden. Zonal pelargoniums, begonias, campanulas, mexican daisies, fuchsias, feverfew, Winter jasmine, and at least tree other plants the names of which escape me, are all in flower. In a couple of months time the early Spring flowers should start to appear, so we shouldn't be without flowers for long.

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Fireworks delayed.

There seemed to be few fireworks yesterday but rather more tonight, though not a great number on either night. Perhaps smelly explosions are becoming unfashionable, though mine is a fairly quiet area with quite a lot of elderly people who may be past getting excited by such things.

Friday, 5 November 2021

Fundamntal Units Confused in the Media

This afternoon I watched a television programme about the earth's atmosphere, and was reminded why I rarely watch television programs about science. Atmopheric pressure near the earth's surface was described as 1 kilogram per square centimetre, perpetuating the pernicious confusion of force with mass.

I prefer to state atmospheric pressure at sea level as about 105 pascals. A pascal is 1 newton per square metre.

Monday, 1 November 2021

Olive Trees in England

I often notice olive trees for sale at prices that seem rather high. I wonder why people buy them. I doubt if trees grown in England would produce sufficent fruit for people to press their own oil. Yet the plants strike me as very ugly, so there seem to be neither utilitarian nor aesthetic grounds for having them.

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Triply Jabbed!!

Today I had my covid-19 booster jab, bringing my score to 3.

Thursday, 21 October 2021

The last of my Homegrown Tomates.

Apart from a few half ripe fruit that just might ripen indoors, I finished my homegrown tomatoes yesterday. The season didn't seem to last as long as usual this year, mainly because the fruit didn't start to ripen until quite late in August. Still I did have them for about 9 weeks. I've collected seeds for use next year, but I'll miss having my own.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Cutting My Own Hair

It is now considerably more than a year since I last had my hair cut. I was on the point of booking an appointment with the barber when the second lockdown started in September 2020. By then it must have been well over a month since my previous appointment, so I estimate my locks have not been professionally shorn for at least 15 months. Ad hoc snipping seems to have kept things more or less under control, so I may be able to manage without the barber indefinitely.

Monday, 27 September 2021

Indiscriminate Grabbing

Grabbing used to be an indelicate procedure resorted to only in desparate haste, but these days people talk of grabbing almost anything, but especially chairs and cups of coffee. I'm surprised that more coffee isn't spilt in the rush.

Thursday, 16 September 2021


I had my flu jab today. I checked with several chemists' shops to find out when they were doing it, and found a shop that was jabbing on demand without appointments, so I joined the queue of just one person, and was duly jabbed.

I now await the doctor's summons for my third covid-19 jab.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

A Late Spell of Summer

Several weeks ago I put away my Summer suit expecting not to need it again until next year, but this week weather was hotter than at any time in August so I got it out again and went shopping in linen suit and white hat.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Government Sponsored Cruelty

I was quite upset by televised coverage of an Alpaka being taken away for execution. It was alleged to be infected with bovine TB but look to ne in very good health. Its owner had objected strongly. I gather the official policy of killing animals infected with TB has been questioned but I'm not sufficiently familiar with the arguments to debate that. What I do question was the way in which the operation was varried out. The animal, clearly frightened and distressed was dragged away by a rope fastened round its face. That must have been very painful. Tha animal seemed to me to be a pet. When pets have to be put down we are usually concerned that the procesdure should be quick and painless and the pet should not be distressed but comforted by its owner. In this case the animal was dragged into a van and driven away to be killed elsewhere. The owner was not able to witness the event. The registration number of the van was blacked out. That alone should have been sufficient grounds for the police present to have charged the driver with a traffic offence.

My interpretation of the proceedings was that DEFRA staff wanted to punish the owner for objecting to the killing and arranged that she see the animal suffer as punishment for inconveniencing them.

DEFRA has a bad record. At one time it almost created a dustbowl in East Anglia by paying farners to remove hedges. DEFRA needs a tough minister with a mandate to remove senior staff and sort things out.