Monthly Archives: July 2010

Such stuff as dream are made on, (or My ongoing battle with computers)

Some of you may have come across the Jesuit motto: ‘Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.’ I’d like to offer my own motto in its place: ‘Give me a computer for … Continue reading

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All Cats are from La-La Land (or A Feline Perspective on Multi Personality Disorder)

Cats are capricious creatures. I realise this is a tautology –  that cats are renowned for being contradictory and I may as well just say, ‘cats are cats.’ So why do I make this rather obvious point, you ask?  Around … Continue reading

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Why I refuse to get excited about Paul the ‘Psychic’ Octopus

For once Wikipedia gets it right: ‘Paul (purportedly hatched January 2008) is a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany.’ I draw your attention to the word ‘common’ – that’s right, people! Paul … Continue reading

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An Instructive Lesson from Charlotte Bronte, or ‘Fina Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’

If rereading Jane Eyre has taught me anything, it’s that the cat is mad and will have to be shut in the attic. The only problem is we don’t have an attic. I went to Richard and explained to him … Continue reading

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