Thinning out

Two more friends have left work today, (Wednesday!) and this presents me with a) fewer people to have lunch with and b) two more destinations to visit: Poole, Dorset and Shanghai, China. This adds to a growing list stretching from Australia via Sri Lanka and Germany. Makes me wonder if I should move away…


It was an achingly beautiful day in Oxford, paticularly next to the meadow, with the river winding it’s way between the trees whose leaves were showing the first signs of autumn, and the majestic walls of Christchurch College towering behind us. We might have stepped back hundreds of years, if you ignored the Mr Whippy van hiding around the corner.

Upgrading to Vinyl

I’ve decided that CDs are not the future. I know, I’m a bit behind the times on this one. It has always bugged me that they are often broken when they arrive in the post, and they are a bit small in the cover department, plus I’ve run out of space to store them. My innovative solution is instead to try and buy music on vinyl from now on unless it is stupidly expensive compared to download or CD. The decks are now up and running again, and I’m currently working my way through the four Beatles albums I bought at a car boot for a tenner – in total, not each. Bring on the old school technology.
Related top tip: don’t throw out your VCR, Co-op are flogging videos for 50p from the charity shelf.