Lost in translation

Bad translation on shop front

I had been planning to take December off.  Sadly, the guest blogger I had lined up had last minute Christmas stuff to do and now here I am unexpectedly back at the creative coal face.  (And, before you ask, no, the guest blogger wasn’t Santa.)

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The golden ticket

Golden Ticket and chocolate bar

“There are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers.” (Boris Johnson)

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Dreaming of electric sheep?

Robot from 'Forbidden Planet'

Having been confined for what seemed like hours in the Carphone Warehouse outlet in Bluewater shopping centre I panicked, and, as a result, am now sharing my life with an Android.

According to the OED an android is ‘an automaton resembling a human being’.

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The Social Round

Bird next to bird food container

‘‘I might have known,” said Eeyore. “After all, one can’t complain. I have my friends. Somebody spoke to me only yesterday. And was it last week or the week before that Rabbit bumped into me and said “Bother!”  The Social Round.  Always something going on.” (A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’)

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Oggy, oggy, oggy

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Cornish pasties advertised outside pub

There I was again last Wednesday lunchtime, listening to the Budget speech.  A bit of a groundhog moment, really, as nearly everything had been leaked to the press beforehand.  The Chancellor still delivered a few surprises though.

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It looks like a booby trap, Sarge

'I love Botox' bag

In April this year I went to Melbourne for the wedding of the son of a school friend.  After partially completing my mission of consoling my friend while she lost her only son and gained a daughter I decided we needed a pick-me-up.  So we tootled off to the Barossa valley to visit the wineries.

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