Author Archive | Roger

A cat on social media

My cat Gatto is addicted to social media. There’s a particular shrub at the end of the garden path that he pays lots of attention to – marking with his whiskers and of course sniffing, since all the other neighbourhood cats also use the same shrub. Naturally we now refer to this shrub as Facebush. […]

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In, out, shake it all about…

I know I said I would avoid political comment in these blogs, but I have been so dispirited by the whole nature of the Referendum campaign on both sides that I felt a small rant was in order. I’m not going to plump for one side or the other, rather to proclaim “a plague on […]

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Top 10 hotel faults

I have been lucky enough (I think “lucky” is the word I want) to stay many times in hotels on both business and pleasure, all around the world. Some have been top class, others not so good. A good hotel will make a stay a very pleasant event, and even bad hotels tend to have […]

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On a scale of 0 to 12

With obesity becoming a national obsession, it is clear that the terms ‘thin’ and ‘fat’ are wholly inadequate to describe the range of widths of the human form. I spent my teenage years in Skegness (somebody has to), where humankind not only comes in every shape and size, but also is prepared to display that […]

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On receiving a book for my birthday

Many years ago, I gave my father a book for his birthday: the collected works of William McGonagall. If you don’t know him, then do take a look here: he was a Victorian Scot who is widely regarded as the worst poet in the English Language, and he is so bad it is actually quite […]

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To a Mouse (Robert Burns)

COMPLICATED works equally well with dialect. Take this well loved poem by Robert Burns, subtitled “On turning her up in her nest with the plough, November 1785”. One might argue that old Scottish dialect is incomprehensible enough to a modern Briton without the need for COMPLICATED, but that misses the point: COMPLICATED should not prevent […]

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Phoenix

This poem sounds suicidal but was more influenced by science fiction such as the Lensman series, where the human mind breaks free of bodily constraint. It’s not great but I was young at the time… My empty face stares through the lonely sky Until the window mists and the world is gone. How have I […]

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