Monthly Archives: March 2007

How Many of You Are There?

I’ve just discovered an extraordinary fact. There are 84 thousand Ians in the USA. Ian is the 579th most popular US name. And 99.9% of USA Ians are male. If my terrible maths serves me right, that means there are…

Dick Dick – Silly Name Googlewhacking

I’ve invented a new displacement activity – googlewhacking names on How Many of Me? I tried Bert Snodgrass first and discovered there are two of them. Then I tried my mum’s cousin in New York whose real name is Ranulph…

Herb Horror

I had a terrible crisis last night. I accidentally put a pot of fresh basil in the fridge and it died. This meant I had to eat my Waitrose vine tomatoes without basil, which no human being should have to…

Urbs

By the way, if you’re American, please pronounce ‘basil’ as ‘basil’ and not ‘bayzel’, and ‘herb’ as ‘herb’ and not ‘urb’. It has an ‘h’. Haven’t you noticed??? Haven’t you????? While I’m on this subject… If you’re British, please note…

The First Sneeze of Spring

I’m happy to announce that spring has officially arrived. For some, this is indicated by harbingers such as cuckoos or groundhogs. But for me, spring is heralded by my first hayfever sneeze. This year, it occurred at 3.17 pm on…

Top Cat

Thank you to this week’s Herts Mercury for catapulting Bollinger to even dizzier heights of feline fame.

Boll was joined in the Mercury by her friend Shirley Basset, who used to live next door. I spotted Shirley modelling in an article about Pet Week at Photography by Louise on St Andrew Street.

‘Our stunning Egyptian themed room is draped with golden fabrics. Ancient relics, gilded sarcophagi and hieroglyphics envelop you throughout your dream’ announced the website of the Talardy Hotel in St Asaph in Wales. When I arrived on a short trip…