Advice · At the movies · Technology

“You always have time to pee” revisited

In January 2016, a few weeks after this Blog was set up, I wrote this piece, “You always have time to pee”. It brought together two things (a story that was in the news and a personal memory) to illustrate what we have tried to teach our children throughout their young lives: there is always… Continue reading “You always have time to pee” revisited

In the news · On my radio · Technology

“Desert Island Discs” and an unwanted technical change

The website for BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” has changed. Back in 2016 I referred to “the indispensable ‘Desert Island Discs’ archive” in this piece and included a link to it. That link no longer works. It used to direct you to a page where you could search through every episode of the show… Continue reading “Desert Island Discs” and an unwanted technical change

On my radio · Technology

“Temporary traffic lights on the Redbridge Roundabout”

Our car stereo has a button with the letters “TA” on it. It allows you to control whether Traffic Announcements interrupt what you’re listening to (radio or CD in our case).  You might be familiar with the concept. The first time I encountered it in action, back in the 1990s, in a different car, was… Continue reading “Temporary traffic lights on the Redbridge Roundabout”

Home life · Sport · Technology

World Cup viewing, with distractions

Monday night’s World Cup game between Spain and Morocco was more dramatic than we expected. (We’re dealing here with the Football World Cup, currently taking place in Russia, in case you’re not following it too closely.) Morocco took the lead, twice, and Spain equalized in the final minute to make it 2-2. At one point… Continue reading World Cup viewing, with distractions

Home life · Technology

Farewell to Windows phones, and reflections on address books

For over 50 months, until two days ago, I was in a very small minority of mobile phone users: people with Windows phones rather than iPhones (Apple) or Android devices (Google). As I noted in this piece in 2016, just after my last upgrade, it felt like I was supporting the underdog, “the little guy”,… Continue reading Farewell to Windows phones, and reflections on address books