Good Intentions

I came home, switched the computer on, got the camera with all its lovely photos on ready. Kids to bed, quick dinner and then…

I gave up. Maybe it was the two hours of fun in the sun in Struisbaai beach this morning. Maybe it was the beer with dinner.

Either way. Tomorrow.

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How Many Late ’90s Premier League Stars Can You Name?

Buzzfeed quizzes aren’t really my thing, but this one, spotted on Facebook (obvs) was quite fun. If you are a fan of football (or more specifically, if you were a fan of Premier League football in the late ’90s) you might enjoy it too:

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What? I’m not helping you.

I managed full marks, but there were a couple that I had to close my eyes and hope for the best.

How’s your Scandinavian Liverpool Central Defender Knowledge from 18 years ago? Let me know.

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Incoming stolen quota photo opportunity from


Very pretty – one of my favourite building on the London skyline. I did some of my Masters degree right underneath it. Interestingly, when it was built in the early 1960’s, as part of the British Government’s new microwave communications network, the UK was in the middle of the Cold War. The (then) Post Office Tower was designed as a cylinder, rather than a block simply because it had been noted that a greater number of cylindrical buildings survived the nuclear blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was hoped that if (or when) the Ruskies bombed London, the tower might survive, and with it, the all important communications network.

It may well have survived that, if it had ever happened, but it infamously fell foul of Twinkle, the giant kitten.

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Yes. Kittens were huge (literally) in popular culture, even before the internet was around. And if Brian reads this before the end of the day, he’s got a lovely Feline Friday tie-in opportunity with his post from yesterday.

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CapetoCape BBC interview

We’ve told you several (if not more) times about the Swedish Pilot Johan Wiklund and his crazy plan to fly from Nordkapp in Norway down to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in a 1935 Tiger Moth biplane.

Johan is currently in Kenya , taking a break from the flying and doing some well-deserved maintenance on the plane. BBC World caught up with him there for this short interview.

We’re now into October, which means that it’s actually later this month that Johan is due in Cape Town Stellenbosch.

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Money for words

Not an advert. OK, a bit of an advert.
Just sharing a few lines from a post I did a while back:

This blog isn’t, as I have been forced to point out several times, my job. For me, it’s a hobby, it’s mostly enjoyable and it allows me to speak my mind when no-one else will listen. Quite regularly, no-one listens on here either, but that’s not the point. When people do listen, it’s also provided opportunities to meet and engage (digitally, at least) with a huge number of interesting people in many different places, with many different viewpoints. I like that.

Also, it doesn’t provide much income – there [were] google ads dotted around and occasionally, people get in touch wanting paid links or sponsored posts. I can choose to be very selective with these, because I know that the blog isn’t my source of income, and I’ll always tell you if I am endorsing a product in exchange for cold, hard cash of course.
It doesn’t happen very often, but if it does no harm, why would I not want to earn a bit of beer money?

Some of you will have noted that I did one of these sponsored posts recently. And why not? They write it, I correct their spelling errors and click publish, they consider giving me some dollars. Have you seen that exchange rate? Thanks be to JZ.

In addition, I am also available to supply words to other places for money.
If you want me to do the same for you, please get in touch.

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