Monthly Archives: January 2020

I’m Off Again!

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Freyr: Paws-itively Purr-fect!

In Norse mythology, Freyr is a god-king of sorts. In our household, Freyr is no god but is certainly king. Freyr is a male Bengal cat who became part of our family in August last year when he was about … Continue reading

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Three-inch Murder Weapon

I have on many occasions been asked to help resolve conflicts between individuals. I did it so often and saw the benefits, until I went around preaching nonstop about the advantages of proactive confrontation. I even conduct seminars on the … Continue reading

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Walking on Eggshells

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions. – Confucius It is my misfortune to know some morons who always think that they are right, that they cannot be wrong, that their stand is the … Continue reading

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Too Many Encounters with Men and Women in White

That a complex machine can still keep on going after more than 60 years of daily use is pretty amazing actually. Mine’s like giving way already haha! 2019 must surely go down in history as A Year of Hospital Visits. … Continue reading

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Crowdfunded Products? Thanks, but No Thanks!

I don’t watch movies on planes. The constant interruptions by cabin crew drive me nuts! “More champagne for you sir?” “More caviar for you sir?” “Are you ready for the lobster now, sir?” (Yeah, if only! One can always dream.) … Continue reading

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Close, but no Cigar!

Dr Tio’s wife Rosalie came back from Myanmar with some cheroots for me. Cheroots are tobacco rolled in corn husk or thanat leaves. Often, they are flavored with anise, tamarind or even mint. They became popular among the British during … Continue reading

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Smarty-pants Not Wanted on This Planet

Was having a drink at a quiet corner of a cafe when a thirty-something-year-old fellow walked in with two other slightly younger guys and plonked themselves near me. They didn’t even order a drink. The thirty-something-year-old guy proceeded for the … Continue reading

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A Pipe Made by Two (no, not a Bicycle Built For Two)

By now everyone knows Tom Richard but do you know Paul Becker? Becker is a famous pipe maker from Germany, making about 250 pipes a year, mainly using Corsican briar. Here is a picture of a pipe jointly made by … Continue reading

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Bovine Scatologists and Trumpet Blowers Galore at Bullshit Central

I’ve been told that my posts are full of anger. “I only focus on positive things in my blog,” said a friend. Well, if you find that you need a strong stomach lining to read my posts, feel free to … Continue reading

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