Category Archives: Life

What I did on my holidays

I work for Index Data, the world’s tiniest multinational, where fourteen people of seven different languages work together from twelve locations in six different countries. Although we work well by email, Skype, bug-trackers and so on, it’s important that we all get together for a week once or twice a year. Here’s where we got together last week:


This is the view from my room at the Sonesta Great Bay Hotel, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, a small Caribbean island. I know, I know: it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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Application to coach the England rugby team

I just sent this letter off to the Rugby Football Union:


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Dawkins’ new “atheist bus” doesn’t go down as well as the original


(Credit to my son Daniel for coming up with this idea.)

The TO-DON’T list

My wife, Fiona, works as a music therapist for two charities — in a school for three days a week, and usually in one or two homes on the other days. She composes, and she’s finishing up a book. She also does a lot of work for our church, and runs the house. She always has a hundred things to do, so she nearly always has a TO-DO list on the go.


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How Europcar stole £22.08 from me (and why you shouldn’t rent from them)

I mentioned last year that, living in rural England, I often find it useful to drive a hire car home from airports, and that Europcar had been my favoured option. But now they’ve stolen £22.08 from me, so I’ll have to find a different car-rental company to use.


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Why does my knee hurt? Someone must know

Five years ago, when I was at the 2010 SVPCA meeting in Cambridge, my knees were very painful. Walking was a trial, and going up and down the steps to the accommodation was pretty awful. I had no idea why my knees had started hurting, and neither did the doctor who I consulted. I also have no idea why they stopped hurting a little later. This whole episode makes no sense, given my generally good health.


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Paul Actual McCartney

I’ve waited 30 years for this, but on Saturday 23rd, at the O2 Arena in London, I finally saw Paul McCartney live!

He’s 72 years old — he’ll be 73 in less than a month. Yet he played forty songs.

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