Category Archives: Cheerful stuff

Equilux

Twice a year, as you know, there’s a day when the hours of darkness and the hours of light are equivalent. One of those days is in the autumn, and marks a point of transition as the year dwindles down … Continue reading

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An explanation of my absence, and my version of the ‘personal float’

Apologies for the long gap without posts.

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A quite difficult quiz in The Guardian

The Guardian published a quiz about language – specifically one about errors that have crept into its own pages. There are, obviously, rich pickings to be had here, given that newspaper’s propensity for middling op it’s worms. (In fact, at … Continue reading

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Sci-fi fans like Douglas Adams because he wrote good sci-fi

Today would have been Douglas Adams’ 61st birthday, if he hadn’t gone and left the world a smaller, darker place by carelessly dying in 2001. Google have a celebratory Hitchhiker’s doodle (currently on their search homepage, after today it will … Continue reading

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From dawn to daylight

Here’s a folk expression you might know: “The darkest hour comes just before the dawn”. And here’s a common criticism of it that you might also know: “Actually, it starts to get light before the dawn, actually, so that statement’s … Continue reading

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Aethelread’s traditional Christmas message. This year with added Pet Shop Boys!

Well, it’s December 25th, which means it must be time for my traditional actually-written-and-posted-on-Christmas-day post. (Can I get away with calling it traditional, do you think, given that I did it in each of the last two years?) I am … Continue reading

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It’s easier to enjoy irony when it’s not bludgeoning you awake at 4am

Picture the scene.

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More spammy goodness

Ok, so I’m essentially repeating myself here, but today’s bumper crop of spam threw up a couple of things that amused me, and I thought might amuse you, too.  Viz.:

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Behold! I am the King of BOGOF!

When I was a teenager, I used to – well, mock is too strong a word – gently rib my dad for the fact that he was, as I saw it, obsessed with Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) offers … Continue reading

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(Don’t) Be My Valentine

Another year, another increasingly desperate attempt to find something light-hearted and not too serious to write about the orgy of capitalistic pseudo-romance that is Valentine’s Day.  As ever, I should stress that I’m not actually suffering from heartsick lonesomeness, I … Continue reading

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