Bloody, bold, and resolute

No, no, no. I am not falling for this Writing Challenge: New Year's Resolutions (Doomapocalypse Redux). There will be no bucket list for 2013 here, although obviously I have got goals not achieved carried forward from 2012, and some entirely new ones I have recently thought up. I do not care about the apocalypse, whether it... Continue Reading →

Paperless office

I now regret just a little the conversation held with the women at our local garage on the morning of the 24th. It was fun, actually. The convenience store where you pay for fuel has what all good Portuguese establishments have: a coffee machine. I paid for €15 petrol, bought cigarettes, and one or two... Continue Reading →

Shoes and mist

I have just done the rounds of the international TV news channels at the end of Christmas Day. In the process, I have been subjected to at least twenty similar, but different, definitions of what Christmas is all about, all of which gave me indigestion without eating anything. I'll cut to the chase, then. Christmas,... Continue Reading →

I took this photo yesterday at a friend's house in Boliqueime. The grass is very green at this time of the year in the Algarve. Olive trees are fair game too, for goats, anyway!

Dear Leader — Tampon Subsidy

This post is written in response to the WordPress Daily Prompt, and deals with something I have always thought of as a good idea. I have been away attending to other matters for a while, but could not resist writing the following letter to my, or your, Leader: The Hon. Head Honcho Average First World... Continue Reading →

Not sharing

I never share, pass on, or otherwise refer to items which appear in my Facebook newsfeed with grammatical mistakes.  This one has two, although amazingly, the apostrophe landed in the correct place. The picture above was not posted as an example of incorrect usage of "there" and "your". Whoever created it thinks it is fine... Continue Reading →

Savage talk and TED

Yay! Today is Savage Chickens day! In tribute to this excellent cartoonist who manages to fit drawings and words onto a yellow Post-it®, I slavishly follow Doug Savage's copyright rules which state that as one of the other 7 billion-odd people in the world, I am permitted to copy one of his images every thirty days. How wonderful it... Continue Reading →

Another “lost in translation” found

Lost In Translation. This is an interesting article from a reader's perspective. We translators will always do better to remember the audience for whom we are translating. Allison

Licker of Bowls, that’s me

I could not resist this mini-post. It is a mini-post because this photograph is very small: This is one of the fun things my nieces in Australia are preparing for a Dr Seuss birthday party being held for the triplets in their neighbourhood. They help the parents, along with a whole roster of others, with... Continue Reading →

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