Plumbing, from Days of Yore

You can tell a lot about a place by how robust the plumbing is. So, so very much. I know this because I come from a long line of plumbers stretching all the way back to the days of Yore. Gore is a period of history that officially extends from the late Me ...

The Art of the Perfect Work Vehicle

Ten years ago, could you have predicted what you’d be doing at this moment? If the answer is yes, then good for you (or not, as the case may be). For me, it’s an ongoing surprise. Not that all the surprises are earth shattering, mind you. Here’s an exa ...

No Landscaping…Only Memes

Korean barbecue...that's the stuff. I needs me some sweet barbecued meat, complete with those special sauces. Then maybe we can go out for ice-cream later, though if I don't feel like ice-cream that I'm just going to go for bubble tea. Yep, that's me i ...

Office Life, So Strange and Foreign!

This whole Olympic anthem competition might still be going on, but I personally think that I can do better. It's always struck me as odd that individual cities don't have anthems. Like...do people just not take the time to write them? There are loads of s ...

Renovations Make Happy Relatives

I think my parents have a bit of a problem - they can’t seem to stop renovating. It’s as though they’re uncomfortable with not having a project on the go. They fill in any spare gap in their calendar with everything from maintenance tweaks to full on room ...

My New Doggo Friend

When I first heard about micro-chipping for dogs and cats, I was a bit disturbed by the concept. But I’ve come round to it now. You see, I’ve fallen in love with my girlfriend’s parents’ Labrador, Pancake, and was was distraught when I heard he’d gone mis ...

Teen Fatigue Gets Real

One of my son’s good friends - let’s call him M - has just been diagnosed with chronic fatigue - not what you want when you’re about to start your first year of university! According to his dad, who I ran into at the chemist today, it seems to be a spin-o ...

Timber Doors Are in Vogue…Now

Apparently, our door is just not good enough. And if it's now the door, then it's the windows, and if it's not the windows, it's the bathroom, and then the kitchen, the garden, and so on and so forth until the universe implodes. And even then, Ian will fi ...

Children, Respect the Bubble

I usually try to maintain a strict no-child bubble. As in, no children may come within about two feet of me. They very rarely respect this, because children have zero special awareness and are just continually bumping into my legs and whatever else, but t ...

Television…or Streaming?

What to do, in this new and exciting information age? I like television…but I also like streaming…but can I have both? Neat-Flicks has my absolute favourite show of all time, Fiends. It’s the one about the six mortal enemies living near each other in T ...