Saturday, 29 February 2020

A Puzzling Sleep Pattern

Often I feel sleepy in the afternoon, suspect that I may not be getting enough sleep at night and resolve to go to bed earlier. Yet, as bed time approaches, I feel wide awake as I potter away on the computer. If I compel myself to go to bed before about 23:30 I usually wake up every couple of hours or so during the night, while if I defer bed till midnight I usually sleep through the night until around 06:00, and sometimes don't wake till my alarm wakes me at 06:50.

How strange !!

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Don't Shake Hands

When I was teaching, a colleague with a medical background told me that one way colds circulate is by people shaking hands. Even people considerate enough to wash their hands after using the WC often do not do so after blowing their noses. Indeed, even people like me who wash their hands when they can, often need to wipe their noses when no washing facilities are available. Therefore


Wednesday, 19 February 2020

A very high price

I've just noticed that the price on the Daily Telegraph is now £2-50.

In the mid 1950's I usd to buy a copy on the way to school. It cost 2d making it the third most expensive daily newspaper. The Guardian cost 3d and the Times cost 4d, while the lesser papers cost 1 1/2 d.

In those days there were 240 pence in the pound, so 2d was 1/120 of a pound, and at £2-50 the price is now 300 times as much as it used to be. Few prices have risen by so great a factor.

Friday, 7 February 2020

The Undefined

When I listen to the media I often hear people say 'by definition' without indicating what definition they are referring to.

I think that people often pick on phrases that they believe are used by clever people, and use them hoping to appear clever. They frequently fail.