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  • Heaps (and snogging)

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    This made me laugh. The Stoics were one of the philosophical schools that flourished in Athens in the third century BCE. They went on to conquer Rome, to the point… Read more

  • Things to wear shoes for.

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    A stylish male, apparently, never commits the following style faux pas. I mean there are others. I think there were eighteen in total, but right near the top of the… Read more

  • The canine cynic

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    Taken from the ‘Prodouge’ A little closer in time and place to the roots of the Western Philosophical tradition, the Persian Zoroastrians were much taken with both the sagacity and… Read more

  • The dark side.

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    I need to pee. I’m waiting outside my daughters playgroup… so it probably wouldn’t be the greatest game-plan in the world to inflict… well, water, salt and electrolytes really, on… Read more

  • The downhill slide…

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    I ended up in the ER on Sautrday morning. Looking back on it now, it seems really dumb. I’ve been spinning in the evenings to get my bike fitness up… Read more

  • Skin jobs

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    skin job (plural skin jobs) (science-fiction, slang) A robot or android with humanoid flesh and skin. If this pandemic has taught me anything its that a large percentage of my friends… Read more

  • Fudge

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    Alice was our isiXhosa nanny. The almost two year old is going to play group now and then naps from twelve thirty till about three, so Alice’s role as a… Read more

  • Misery Business

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    I broke my flipflop last night. An unmitigated disaster in my life. I’m not even sure I mean that hyperbolically. The number of footwear items in my wardrobe have been… Read more

  • Academic deadlifts

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    If an American conservative and an English conservative were hanging off a bridge by their fingertips, and in classic trolley car fashion you could only save one of them, I’d… Read more

  • No Mercy!

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    For the first time, in what feels like forever, my Scoobie friends and I met up for actual in person gaming… risking death to roll dice, drink beer, smoke cannabis… Read more

  • Killing time

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    *slurp* I’ve been making turmeric-ginger-cinnamon-honey tea. Boiling it up in a sauce-pot on the hob and then straining it through a sieve. Its actually pretty good. Although it looks like… Read more

  • Unforgiveable sins

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    Messing up my Spotify algorithm. My brother in law once stayed with us for a week. He’s gay. *considers* I only mention his sexuality because… well… maybe its not pertinent…… Read more

  • Southern latitudes

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    There comes a point in every hamster owners life (usually in the wee hours) when you come to regret giving them a wheel. You imagine, with their near constant nocturnal… Read more

  • All manner of betrayers

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    I couldn’t sleep last night. Or rather, I’d fallen asleep with the four year old reading Enid Blytons, Famous Five (Five on Kirrin Island again). I’d like to say we… Read more

  • My Octopus Teacher

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    I’ve never really been a fan of ‘nature’ documentaries. I briefly consider why this would be. Maybe I’m a closeted Republican and I prefer my nature on a plate, or… Read more

  • Sorry for your loss.

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    How many stages of grief are there again? Five or seven. I have a suspicion its an odd number. Nine seems a bit on the high end though. Do we… Read more

  • Eulogy #1

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    My Dad died last week. I did the eulogy on Wednesday. I’m posting it here for posterity. This is the first eulogy I’ve done, but I guess I’m entering that… Read more

  • Seventh innings stretch

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    It was my wedding anniversary yesterday. Seven years ago. I’ve sorta been overtaken with other events of late… but I still wanted to post some pictures to mark the occasion.

  • Dad.

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    My dad died on Friday morning at 3am. My mom came running over to our house shouting that my old man wasn’t breathing. I jumped out of bed and grabbed… Read more

  • The Ender Wiggin approach to…

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    Bullies. I’m sitting in the car, waiting to pick up the almost two year old from playgroup. I’m feeling a bit apprehensive. Yesterday she pushed another kid (who was trying… Read more

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