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February is Festival of Camellias month

In the USA, tomorrow is the start of Festival of Camellias month. I've only just heard of it, but sounds cool to me. In the UK, I think February should be Festival of Crocuses month. After a prolonged spell of downpours, showers, drizzle, raining cats and dogs, and deluges, it’s back this week to warnings … Continue reading February is Festival of Camellias month

Estate agent speak translated

Estate agent speak is always entertaining! In fact, estate agent speak is a unique language. Lots of trades and professions have jargon. And if you’re trying to sell things, it’s natural to try to make them sound worth buying. But estate agents (or ‘real estate agents’ in other countries) are consummate experts at making a … Continue reading Estate agent speak translated

Garden design – some ‘do nots’ for your plot

If you are about to design a new garden, a new bed, or just thinking of filling in some gaps when winter ends, here are a few useful tips. Cover v smother If you have bare earth between shrubs and would rather it wasn’t all dandelions, the idea of ground-cover plants seems a good one. … Continue reading Garden design – some ‘do nots’ for your plot

How to decline an invitation gracefully

Saying ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ when trying tactfully to decline an invitation is a social minefield, where the best of intentions can end up giving the wrong impression. The Imposition You’re busy. Really busy. And then you get an invitation from a friend or relative that would mean giving up time you can’t spare. And possibly … Continue reading How to decline an invitation gracefully

Proof that algorithms can’t beat human creativity

Today’s post is proof that automation and algorithms are no substitute for real people and creativity! First of all, I’m not knocking Lumen5. Which is ‘a video creation platform powered by A.I. that enables anyone without training or experience to easily create engaging video content within minutes’. I’ve tried it a couple of times (eg … Continue reading Proof that algorithms can’t beat human creativity