Won't be planting my early potatoes just yet! The dog's enjoying himself, though.
Looking for a new job? Job sites have jolly TV adverts, and pop up when you’re on other websites, making it look like they are the best thing since sliced bread. In fact, they suck. They waste vast amounts of job-seekers’ time and energy, and they aren’t great for employers, either. Job sites are just … Continue reading Online job sites waste so much time
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
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?