Category Archives: Humour

The Hut of Alleged Towels

The Crane Hotel, Barbados has a hut whose purpose is to take in used beach towels, and dispense fresh ones. It has no other purpose. It is staffed during daylight hours by a helpful young chap, but on our recent … Continue reading

Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Barbados, Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

What Are Your Waypoints?

How do you remember the waypoints and landmarks on a journey? What are the key features by which you can replay in your mind, or to someone else, where you went and what you did? Like any good Englishman, I … Continue reading

Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Normal Service Of This Joke Will Be Resumed Shortly

When I was a lad, there was a joke. It went: "It must have been tough in the old days." "Why?" "They had to watch TV by candlelight." Last night we were just sitting down to dinner and our evening’s … Continue reading

Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Just Get On the Train!, Updated

Regular readers may remember that I classify films and plays according to whether they are about talking about getting on a train (i.e. deep and meaningful journeys into the soul), or actually getting on the train (/boat, /plane, /nuclear power … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

A Laser-Like Focus?

I suspect we all have something which can attract our attention, like a missile locking onto a homing beacon, even against significant background noise. With Frances, it’s shoes. With me, it’s bread! There was a scene in the excellent, but … Continue reading

Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Humour, Morocco Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

A First Day Mistake I’ve Never Seen on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is full of useful little articles about mistakes not to make in the world of work. However here’s one I’ve never seen mentioned. I’ve just had a kick-off meeting with a new client. In order to appear friendly and … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Schizo!

It has been said that the ideal car for Darth Vader would be an original Mercedes CLS, in black. I think I have discovered the ideal car for Dr. Henry Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde! Mercedes themselves acknowledge the dual personality … Continue reading

Friday, May 15, 2015 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

What Camera Should I Buy?

Just Brilliant: Continue reading

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Humour, Photography

‘Nuff Said

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Humour, Travel, USA 2014

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

This week I am supporting the TRW presence at Automechanika in Frankfurt. Due to a cock-up on the packing front by the team leader this morning found us short of a wireless router essential to connect our demonstration vehicle to … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Two Nations Divided By A Common Language

This doesn’t survive “translation”. Researching our forthcoming trip to the South Eastern USA, I found a guide to a small town on our route in North Carolina with the splendid, and somewhat misleading, title Doggin’ Asheville. Not what I expected … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in Humour

Scarily Bad

Reversing the scarily effective performance of Google Now, I just had a dangerous experience with Google Voice Typing. I attempted to make a note in a busy café with a lot of background noise. After I stopped talking it sat … Continue reading

Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Dysfunctional Hotel – Not Impressed!

Today I was working in Solihull at short notice, and couldn’t get into my regular hotel, so I’m trying the De Vere Village. This is a modern and allegedly upmarket hotel in Shirley, but I’m simply astonished how poorly it … Continue reading

Monday, November 4, 2013 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Balloon Fiestas – The Awards

We are becoming quite the connoisseurs of balloon fiestas (unless fiesta is its own plural :)). Following on from Northampton 2008 (0 balloons) and Albuquerque 2012 (over 500 balloons) we’ve now added Britain’s biggest festival on Bristol, which featured a … Continue reading

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

World War Z – One from the Ministry of Strange Coincidences…

I’ve just posted my review of World War Z – The Book. In it, I liken the book to a science fiction version of “The World At War”. Now here’s the real oddity – the book of The World at … Continue reading

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in Humour, Reviews, Thoughts on the World

Just Get on the Train!

I have decided that there are essentially two types of film or play, those which are about whether to get on the train, and those which are about how to get on the train. I don’t really like the former, … Continue reading

Friday, November 23, 2012 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Master, Master, Give Us A Sign

Apparently this goes back to the notorious spare poultry dumping incident of ’06… Continue reading

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Humour, Photography, Travel, USA 2012

It’s Not Over…

You know how they say “it’s not over till the fat lady sings”? Well, if the fat lady starts singing along to her iPod in the gym it’s definitely over. I’ve never seen a gym empty that fast! Continue reading

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in Humour

I Thought They Were Supposed To Be Getting Smaller?

Musings on why my laptops are getting bigger and heavier, instead of smaller and lighter Continue reading

Monday, November 14, 2011 in Humour, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World, VMWare

What Are The Chances Of That?

For the last couple of years, I’ve been working fairly regularly with a chap called Carl. The other day a group of us were chatting, and got to talking about cars we had owned. Among others, Carl had once owned … Continue reading

Friday, October 28, 2011 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Simply the Best!

Not a lot to say about this one – it just made me giggle when I was reviewing the photos from a wedding I attended last weekend. Enjoy Continue reading

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Humour, Photography

What’s in a Name?

I just had a bit of a scare. An app which tracks my Twitter activity informed me that “DignitasLtd” had started following me. Of course, I immediately thought of the Swiss clinic, and wondered what they knew that my doctor … Continue reading

Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Humour

Ask A P’liceman

I think it was Will Hay who popularised the notion of added value timekeeping and navigational services from the forces of law and order. This doesn’t always work. On Barbados recently, we were trying without much success to find Fisher … Continue reading

Monday, May 2, 2011 in Humour, Travel

A$$hole Driven Development and Other Anti-Patterns

Musings on antipatterns in development, project management and IT governance Continue reading

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, Humour, Thoughts on the World

Getting Wider?

Frances always says I’m getting wider. I hope this doesn’t give her too much evidence. Continue reading

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 in Cuba Travel Blog, Humour, Personal News, Photography

Photos from Sunny Crete!

We’ve just got back from our trip to Crete. Nice people, but the weather was a bit deficient considering this was supposed to be a “week in the sun” :(. Here’s an early version of what may be my best … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 in Humour, Photography

The Half Arsed Agile Manifesto

If you’re wondering why agile methods don’t work in your organisation, look no further than this. Very funny, but scarily accurate. In the words of the Tao of Lao-Tsu, “If you want to control something, you must first let it … Continue reading

Saturday, September 18, 2010 in Agile & Architecture, Humour

Hereinafter

We used to take the mickey out of Japanese user manuals for not being written very well. My favourite example was “engine not turning very round”, although sadly I suspect that may have been apocryphal. Now, I think there’s a … Continue reading

Monday, July 26, 2010 in Humour, Photography

A Confident Prediction

Musings on the history and future of Microsoft Windows Continue reading

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Humour, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World