Deal Pier
Apr05

Deal Pier

On a recent trip to Kent we spent a couple of hours in Deal as we knew it had a castle there and we do like a good castle. But we also like piers and we saw that Deal had one of those too. This necessitated a walk down it and led my wife to remark that Deal Pier was "without a doubt the ugliest pier I've ever seen." Well, ugliness is in the eye of the beholder and it just so happens I didn't share my wife's...

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On The White Cliffs Of Dover
Apr04

On The White Cliffs Of Dover

We took a short break recently, spending a few days exploring the county of Kent which describes itself as "the garden of England." I don't know that I'd describe it that way myself but I suppose my first choice description of "far better than Norfolk" – whilst wholly accurate – might be a tad contentious. We explored castles, we visited stately homes, we wandered down piers (and up them too as...

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Siderodromophobia
Mar05

Siderodromophobia

I used to have a not-quite-phobia, not-quite-fear of trains. Let's call it an apprehension of them. I could watch them on television – not that I ever would; they're trains, not entertainment – and I could travel on them with no real problem other than the standard sort that accompanies any form of rail travel in this country (South West Trains, I'm looking at you). But my general unease would manifest itself...

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Against The Wall
Feb12

Against The Wall

You had one job to do. You had one little job to do. And you failed. Worse than that, you failed on purpose. Your comrades bravely suffered the abhorrence of the enemy as it crawled past them, but not you. You abandoned your posts in a time of great conflict. You allowed… Ugh! I can barely bring myself to say it! You allowed cars to drive freely. You failed to maintain the contraflow. You have been found guilty of desertion by a...

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Super Bowl Sunday
Feb02

Super Bowl Sunday

I'm one of those people. I'm a non-American who loves American Football. And today is the big day of the year for us fans of the sport closest to chess in padded armour there is (excluding actual chess in padded armour (which isn't half as exciting as it sounds)): it's Super Bowl Sunday! I took the time to introduce my wife to the sport when we first started dating and I'm pleased to say that she's a massive...

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The Bear Tree
Feb01

The Bear Tree

Bears grow well in temperate climates but it's when you get greater than average rainfall – such as that currently otherwise blighting the south of England – that the crops really thrive. Over the past few months one of the largest sectors for employment growth has been for bear pickers as it's vitally important to make sure every last one is plucked from the bear tree branches at just the right time; the only...

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