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


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