Category Archives: Recipe

You say tomato…

Is it a fruit?  Is it a veg?  Knowledge, apparently, is understanding that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.  The tomato is just the best-known not-vegetable though, and is accompanied by peppers, … Continue reading

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Insert egg-based pun here

I tend towards the Richard Dawkins and Brian Cox view of the origin of life rather than those shared by the Ayatollah Khomeini and Pope Francis I.  While there is no explanation of what caused and/or preceded the Big Bang … Continue reading

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Slow learner

Every now and again in life you get one of those moments that make you stop and think about how lucky you are and how things might have been had the Almighty card dealer shuffled the deck slightly differently.  That … Continue reading

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Cancelled due to lack of interest

I’ve said before that I’m a big fan of the English language.  It’s not quite what you might have picked as the world’s lingua franca: spelling in English is game of percentages rather than an exact science, as any teacher versed … Continue reading

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A vegetarian abroad

I think of myself as patriotic.  Those who know me might be surprised by that, but patriotism can be defined in a number of subtly different ways.  It has in the past been considered a distinction from religion: a love … Continue reading

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Another barbecue summer then

I’m an optimist.  My glass is generally half full, although it was recently pointed out to me that this really should depend on whether the glass in question is being filled or emptied at the time.  I go into almost … Continue reading

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I’m sorry but I can’t help but like him

My job entails quite a bit of motorway time, trogging up and down between my home in Nottingham and my firm’s HQ in Milton Keynes (or Milk & Beans, as my five-year-old gleefully refers to it).  Combined with the debit … Continue reading

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Wedding bills

There are three big relationship commitments these days in Britain, which are, in descending order of both cost and ease of extrication: having kids, buying a house and getting hitched.  Fifty years ago, invariably marriage was the first as well … Continue reading

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We’ll go where there’s cheese

I work for a company now owned by an American private equity firm.  For those who aren’t familiar with companies like this, they are essentially a giant pot of money, buying and selling businesses in order to increase the size of … Continue reading

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Shopping

I am a man.  There are several pieces of evidence I can point to which support this bold assertion.  I can read a map, but I cannot do so and simultaneously absorb any helpful advice I am being robustly offered, … Continue reading

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