Monthly Archives: October 2006

Midnight

It’s midnight and I’ve just finished packing before setting off tomorrow. Packing took about 17 hours. I have various tried-and-tested packing checklists on my computer and I travel pretty regularly. But packing never fails to take up a stupid amount…

Hola. Voy a Espa

I’m frantically swotting up on my dodgy broken Spanish this weekend, as I’m off to Andalucia next week to celebrate Mum’s 80th. I’m also trying to think up a surprise of some sort, inspired by Matthew Parris’s mum’s 80th party.…

October 17th 2006

Apparently, the History Matters project was inundated with blog entries on 17th October. I don’t normally do diary-type entries, but I decided to record all my movements on that particular day for posterity. No matter how mundane. Here they are…

Four Bishops

Thank you to Jane for informing me that Richard Hale School in Hertford has produced four bishops (almost five). David Smith (former bishop of Bradford), John Gladwin (Guildford), John Flack (Huntingdon) and Richard Chartres (John Peel lookalike and bishop of…

Five Bishops

I note that the forthcoming JD Wetherspoons pub on Parliament Square will be called The Five Bishops and I approve of the name. In 678, Hertford Castle, which is nearby, was the venue for the first General Synod of England.…

Be The Hit of the Party

A man crying out to be sectioned During a recent search for a spam filter, I accidentally stumbled on a website for Spam enthusiasts. I know it will give me nightmares. One of the products advertised was an outfit which…

Clever Marketing

Outside the art shop on St Andrew Street – Sorry. We’re now selling Christmas cards.

Owl Crisis

The Hertford Owl I was walking down Fore Street at the weekend and noticed a large owl on a chimney. I watched it for a while, then had to go. It was very still, very statuesque. It was still there…

The Meaning of Tingo

This is a fab new book by Adam Jacot de Boinod, published by Penguin. It’s a fascinating list of single words from around the world, embodying concepts which we English speakers have to express via long phrases. bakkushan (Japanese) –…

You Mghit Fnid Tihs Itnreseitng

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a…

Sad news. Fran’s cat Teddy died last week during an operation which revealed he had an aggressive and terminal form of cancer. I didn’t meet Teddy but I was a big fan and followed his progress. Here’s an excerpt from…