Archive for December, 2006

Acorn founder gets a gong —

As usual, the pop singers and sporting folks headed those getting New Year’s Honours today – not to mention a royal family member (there’s something not right about the Queen handing out an MBE to her granddaughter).  Tucked away down the list, you’ll find the influential Professor Andrew Hopper.  For those saying ‘Who?’ and ‘What […]

Homeward bound —

Halfway down the departures board, I could see that Air New Zealand flight NZ39, bound for London via Hong Kong, was now open for check-in. The pit of my stomach was churning with unbidden feelings and the thought of twenty-four plus hours on a plane made me queasy. Not an hour previous, we’d all – […]

Ten of a hundred things —

Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight. Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors. Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts. The medical name for the part of the brain associated […]

Thank you, James Brown —

In the grand scheme of things, it’s infinitesimal but thinking of James Brown will always make me smile and remind me of sleepless nights.  My eldest was unwell as an infant.  She spent her early weeks in SCBU, was consistently underweight due to rarely keeping a feed down and spent most nights in a fractious […]

Boxing Day Biking —

After the excesses of Christmas Day, of which there were several, who can resist the lure of the open road under a bright blue sky to blow away the cobwebs?  The sound of the cicadas, the smell of the pines and eucalypts and feel of the warm air wafting by brought smiles to the face […]

Not just for Kinks fans —

Dave of has posted a wonderfully evocative photo of a Waterloo sunset.  Make sure you click through to the full-size picture as the details make the picture.  Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster appear like a backdrop from an old Ealing comedy, while the Millennium Wheel and the footbridge are more reminiscent of […]