Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Slowing Down

Yesterday I timed myself walking to the shops. It took me just over 19 minutes to walk from my house to the Market Hall, and I'd have struggled to do it at all had I not had my shopping trolley to lean on. When I was househunting in 2014 I could manage a sligtly longer walk in 9 minutes. Visitors should not expect me to provide a conducted tour of the town!

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Quadruply Jabbed

Last Friday I joined the ranks of those who have been innoculated against covid-19 four times.

I'm not sure why anyone should be interested to learn that, but it is a snippett of news I can post here, thus reassuring anyone doubting my continued existence that I am still alive and moderately alert.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Solving the Irish Problem

When I first heard of the proposal to create a customs barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain it struck me as too ridiculus to contemplate. At that stage the Irish problem could have been dealt with very easily. Tbe British Government could have said that negotiating terms for Britain's departure from the EU was proving unexpectedly difficult, and as the referendum was only advisory so that its recommendations were not binding, the Government had changed its mind and Britain would stay in the EU after all.

However it is now too late for that. The government has agreed to accept the so called 'Protocol'. In a recent election in Northern Ireland, a majority of those elected are prepared to accept the Protocal, so we should all just wince and accept it too.

The remaining problem is the government of Northern Ireland. The province needs a new constitution in which it is not possible for a minority to immobilise the Assembly. I suggest that the speaker be elected by a simple majority of assembly members. The first and second ministers should be elected by assembly members using the single transferable vote. The person first elected would be first minister, and whoever was elected second would be second minister. The first and second ministers would then take it in turns to nominate other ministers. A party boycotting the election would simply not be represented in the Government

Friday, 6 May 2022

Old Favourites

As a child three gastronimic treats I specially enjoyed were fish and chips from the fish and chip shop - the only take away food available in the early to mid 1940s, Heinz baked beans, and Heinz tomato Soup. I still enjoy baked beans on toast occasionally, usually for breakfast these days, but a recent sample of fish and chips was very disappointing. The fish was edible but the chips were soggy and greasy. As I usually avoid fried food it was my first fish and chip meal for about a decade, and it may be my last. A few days ago I tried tomato soup, for the first time for at least 30 years. I found it edible, but not at all exciting. So old favourites now score about 1.5/3

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Misconduct in the Mother of Parliaments

A member of Parliament has applied for the Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds after admitting to using his mobile phone to view what shocked colleagues have called 'pornography'.

At first I thought he should have been paying attention to the wise words spoken by his fellow members and should not have been viewing anything on his mobile phone, but I now learn that he was whiling away time while waiting to vote in a division. The supposed offence is therefore not failing to attend to parliamentary duties, but viewing material that some fellow MPs find disagreeable. I see no reason to object to his choice of distraction and so no reason for him to leave the Commons.

Those who complained were all women. Were they annoyed that he chose to look at pictures of other women instead of looking at them?

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Early Blossom

Blossom on the pear tree was over last week and that on the apple tree has nearly all fallen now. Things were much the same last year, but a decade or so ago the apple blossom would have still been in bud at this time of year. I leave my readers to draw their own conlusions.

Friday, 29 April 2022

Climate Change

There are eleven radiators in my house. During last Winter four of them were not used at all, two were used only occasionally and one was on a low setting. That is yet another sign of a warmer climate.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Ill Timed Sleepiness

In recent months I've tended to be sleepy in the afternoons, often nodding off even while reading. I then resolve to go to bed a little earlier. However as bedtime approaches and I potter about on the computer I become wide awake and don't feel at all ready for bed. I wonder if this perverse misplacing of sleepiness and wakefulness is common.

Saturday, 26 March 2022

A Worthy Plant

The Winter Jasmine started to flower in November and there are still some flowers on it, so it has been in flower for nearly five months. I recommend it to anyone desiring a floriferous garden!

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Shopping in the Sunshine

Yesterday, for the first time this year, I shopped without an overcoat. I set out wearing a light overcoat and a scarf, but very soon consigned the scarf to my shopping trolley. After a minute or two I shed the overcoat too. One of the delights of having a shopping trolley is that I can remove surplus slothing without having to carry it.

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Speeding up the Computer

My desktop computer has been running very slowly when accessing the Internet. Today I replaced the very well known browser I'd been using with Seamonkey, an open source package that combines browser, email, newsgroup access and htmel editor. For web searches it defaults to using Duck Duck Go. Web access is now much faster.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Does my Internal Clock Need Adisting?

For a while now I've tended to be sleepy in the afternoons, nodding off every so often. I then resolve to go to bed earlier, but in the late evening I feel wide awake, and not at all disposed to slumber. Perhaps my internal clock needs adjusting!