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
Thanks to the property price boom that has created paper millionaires out of ordinary people who just happen to live in in-demand places, there are plenty of them (on TV programmes such as Escape to the Country) looking to swap city life for the good life in the country, with huge budgets to play with. … Continue reading The Good Life is hard work
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
Television and Christmas go together like chestnuts and open fires. Not that I’ve ever tried roasting chestnuts on an open fire: I only have the option of a gas cooker. Where, no matter how carefully I prick them, there are always a few that explode – making anyone in the vicinity jump, and blasting bits … Continue reading Christmas television – a few programme ideas
A short, (not serious) rant on Let It Snow, and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. This time of year, we are bombarded with ‘festive’ songs, and the high streets are bedecked with lights and the shops with tinsel. And that’s great. Though I did find myself in the weird situation, one day last week, … Continue reading Anyone singing Let It Snow should be locked up!
Some birds are pretty intelligent and really do have a lot to crow about Out walking the dog the other day, I noticed a crow on the path ahead of us, pecking at chunks of bread thrown out by a householder. It saw us, spent a while cramming as many pieces of bread into its … Continue reading Who are you calling bird brains?
I was recently given a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings collected by a late great-aunt. Stories relating to family members, but in the main relating to people she knew in the village where she grew up. One is an account of a famous sportsman being involved in a car accident in the village. A search online … Continue reading Is the truth always important, or should sleeping dogs be allowed to lie?
So, I've disconnected the Facebook sharing button on WordPress from one Facebook page. And then clicked 'connect'. And then selected the new Facebook page... All seemed ok. And this post has just shared ok to the new Facebook page. BUT, if you click on the Facebook button now in the sidebar of this page, it … Continue reading Why does nothing ever work?!
What distinguishes us from computer intelligence? Feeling and beauty. As proved by poetry. And as proved by hearing a machine ‘read’ a poem. A computer reading out words with no no tone, no inflection, no feeling, may as well be reading out a shopping list. That would still sound odd to our ears, because even … Continue reading Robots may be great at chess, but they really suck at poetry
Thinking of visiting New Zealand for the first time? This book will give you some useful information and pointers.