Monthly Archives: October 2005

Comment Spam

Every time someone posts a comment I get an e-mail notification. This is “nice” – I can reply instantly if I’m online. I get the occasional bit of comment spam, one or two per day, but this is easily defeated

Posted in Blog Stuff

Never Again

She looked about sixty or so years old, respectably dressed, although with a somewhat-too-large St. Christopher medallion type thing hanging from her neck, lying on the ground with blood pouring from her face. As I approached her, a couple of

Posted in Day 2 Day


I have a friend (no, really) who works for a large translating company, she sent me the following screenshot today. If you’re going to translate something from English to German, get a German native speaker to do it and if

Posted in Language & Lit

Katrina: Six Weeks On

As another hurricane is battering the Caribbean this weekend, I received an e-mail from a regular commenter, which I’m going to put up as my first guest post. As the title makes clear it’s about the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

Posted in Admiration

Whiney Expat Blogger

Today is the 1st Whiney Expat Blogger meet-up in Marburg – a smallish University town in the north of the state of Hessen. I’d arranged to go by train, it’s a fair distance and by booking in advance I’d managed

Posted in Day 2 Day, Just Don't

Exactly 200 Years Ago Today… Pt.2

Enough people have written about exactly why the Battle of Trafalgar was so important – Securing Britain’s trade routes first and foremost, giving her a century of naval superiority, annulling any idea of invading Britain, it ushered in a century

Posted in Day 2 Day

Exactly 200 Years Ago Today…

…My Great-great-great grandfather was born. For some reason, can’t imagine why – the name was probably common at the time – they christened him Henry. Here endeth my contribution to the “On this day in history” craze that will no

Posted in Day 2 Day

Someone Loves Me

In comparison to Rachel who received a package in the mail which looked like a parcel bomb (don’t worry, she wore oven gloves to open it – a career in UXB disposal surely beckons), I received a normal looking package

Posted in Day 2 Day, Food, Drink

An Edited Post

Some of you have noticed that I occasionally edit or even delete posts after they’ve been published. This is generally because I notice that what I’d written after returning from an evening out – much like the half-eaten kebab left

Posted in Blog Stuff

Where’s Dennis Skinner When You Need Him?

The final reading of the ID Cards bill passed with a majority of 25 yesterday. Mr. Nosemonkey as well as Andrew and John are more than a tad aggrieved at the number of Conservative MPs who didn’t bother turning up

Posted in Politics, dreary