Monthly Archives: September 2013

Herbs – the non-gardener’s allotment


No matter how big the space available I think I would always like to have a herb garden. As someone who can kill most plants on sight I have long given up hope of being able to fill a vase … Continue reading

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Jasmine of MAP…our hero in Toulouse


In my previous blog I told my tale of woe of a cancelled flight at the mercy of the incompetent Michael O’Leary and his atrocious airline. The consequences of his actions created a chain of events which were costly and … Continue reading

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Visit to the amazing Derby & Derbyshire School Library Service


Originally posted on Pictures for Schools:
After speaking to people who were in the past involved in school museum services, I wanted to visit one of the few which is still in action to see first-hand the type of materials…

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We’re all subsidising Ryanair: The O’Leary Myth


I’ve finally realised what it is about Ryanair and Michael O’Leary personally – they have no moral framework to rein in their greed. At Ryanair’s General Meeting last week O’Leary pledged to transform the airline’s “abrupt culture” which he admitted … Continue reading

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Difference as defined by meringue


There’s nothing like a holiday to make you think about where you live. I’ve just returned from a holiday in the Languedoc region of France stopping in a gite. I’ve realised that what I enjoy about France in general is … Continue reading

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Unwelcome to Ashbourne… exporting tourists


This morning I called in to one of our charity shops and was browsing the books when I overheard an American voice asking a question. I heard the assistant reply “You’ll need to go into Derby for that”. When the … Continue reading

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Jumpers for goalposts


One of the questions a bloke gets asked is “who do you support?”. In some cities there is an assumption: “Blues or Villa? Liverpool or Everton? United or City?” As an Arsenal fan born in the North East and never … Continue reading

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