Monthly Archives: May 2006

Identity crisis

A couple of years ago eBay, in one of their characteristically arbitrary and peremptory decisions, deleted my seller account. (The details behind it are too dull to go into, but it was all Madonna’s fault.) In order to bypass this … Continue reading

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Number Plates of Doom

I saw a hearse with a personalised number plate yesterday – a good one as well, JO32. I always thought the point of personalised number plates was a) to accentuate the inherent impressiveness of your vehicle, b) to illustrate the … Continue reading

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Altrincham Town

My sympathies are extended this morning to the fans of Altrincham Town, whose 18 point penalty for fielding an ineligible player has caused them to be relegated from the Conference. As asinine, by-the-book administrative decisions go, this has to stand … Continue reading

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Richard Herring, beer

I am giving very serious consideration to attending Richard Herring’s gig in Oxford this evening, if for no other reason than to berate him for getting me hooked on Consecutive Number Plate Spotting. However, I notice from his website that … Continue reading

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Big Brother

I had this on a quiz machine yesterday – “Which TV presenter had a famous encounter with a high-class prostitute in 2002?” Begs a question, doesn’t it? Namely, quite how high-class can a prostitute be? “Hey sonny, fancy a good … Continue reading

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Parental Guidance

The burdens of raising children are numerous and onerous (after Numerus and Onerus, twin Roman gods of last-minute tax returns). You have to feed them, clothe them, instil in them an ethical and moral framework – there are so many … Continue reading

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Piano, Spanish, statistics

I was looking at David Newton’s website earlier (www.davidnewton.net for those of you with a taste for sublime jazz piano), and an anecdote he recalled about being asked to alter his choice of material took me back to a similar … Continue reading

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