Monthly Archives: April 2011

Peacock’s Shed Paradox

I’m getting rid of the shed. I call it a shed, but it’s one of those mini-sheds you can’t walk into, and I’d rather have plants or a garden bench.
This momentous decision came about when I had an epiphany and realised that the only things I keep in the shed are things I use for maintaining the shed – roofing felt, wood stain and so on.
I’m sure this is a metaphor for something – the selfish gene, the British economy or something.

Pom Pom Tree


My pom pom tree’s looking rather good at the moment. I’ve no idea what its real botanical name is.

Grumpy Grace

My favourite image from today’s royal wedding was three-year-old bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem who was clearly not amused on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Royalist Riverside Residence


There are quite a few union jacks and smiling royals in Hertford this week. I wonder whether it goes back to the time when the royal family stayed in Hertford Castle and hunted in these parts. Who knows?

What God Has Joined Together Let No Man Put Asunder

Splendid to see there’s a goodly quota of silly double-barrelled names at the forthcoming royal wedding.
My favourite has to be Isabella Amaryllis Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe.
Tiggy Legge-Bourke will also be attending, as will Alicia Fox-Pitt, Natalie Hicks-Lobbecke and Annabel Glynne-Percy.
I must admit I have relatives called de roos Norman (no hyphen) and have, over the years, known a Pleydell-Bouverie, a Bridges-Baker III (American of course) and a Swann-Fitzerald-Lombard.
But Peacock thankfully doesn’t entitle me to join the Facebook group I am a posh person with a ridiculous name.
This exclusive clique includes Ticky Hedley-Dent, Lucinda La Wing and Tuppence Ormesby.
But these are mere minnows (sorry – Phoxinus-Phoxinuses) in contrast to
Admiral The Honourable Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax and Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache.
They can’t have had much fun filling in forms.
The Windsors were of course triple-barrelled before the name was invented for them in 1917. Their real surname is Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

Peacockshock 3000


Gosh. Just realised there are now 3000 entries on Peacockshock. If you spent one minute reading each one, it would take you over two days (50 hours in fact) to get through them. The 3000 postings live in the rooms listed on the left.