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Saturday, January 31, 2009 14:30 No Comments

High temperature (although admittedly not as bad as yesterday afternoon). Sore throat — can hardly speak, and the idea of eating food causes me to wince with the antipation of pain. Bah.
Not much to say therefore unless I have any draft posts kicking about I can dust down, or I feel better later on. Otherwise [...]

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Bunglers Alarmed (Part 2)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 0:35 4 Comments

After allowing the Environmental Health chappie time to read my emails, I gave him a ring to find out what the situation was. Now, I’ve got no complaint with him: he’s got to do his job, and if you get a complaint, you investigate it. Perfectly logical, and I have no problems with the way [...]

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What The Cat Dragged In

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 21:44 3 Comments

Anyone who has cats will be familiar with the concept of presents.
Because your cat loves you and appreciates you feeding it, stroking it, keeping it warm and providing a loving home for it, it wants to do something for you in return. And what could you possibly want more than a small animal, half-disemboweled and [...]

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Three Nativities

Monday, December 22, 2008 11:45 No Comments

After my recent post Four Christmases (Dinners), and now Three Nativities, you may well be wondering precisely when the Partridge is going to appear along with a tree of variety Pyrus communis. However, I can assure you that at present I have no plans for such a post.
Three Nativities?
Well, you have to bear in [...]

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Four Christmases (Dinners)

Thursday, December 18, 2008 0:36 3 Comments

It’s not Christmas yet, and I’ve already had four Christmas dinners. This may sound like something from a Vince Vaughn film, or indeed a Vicar of Dibley plot, but it’s all perfectly logical when you have it explained to you.
First, I went out for a Christmas meal with the people I work for. This consisted [...]

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What Do You Believe In?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 0:28 2 Comments

It’s coming up to Christmas time: the time when my kids start asking questions about Santa Claus — “would Santa have seen me being naughty then, Daddy?”, “how long is it now until Santa comes?” and “can we get some jelly babies to leave out for Santa?”
I’m quite familiar with the concept of believing in [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, The Pickards

ThePickards Site Stats

Monday, December 8, 2008 0:43 1 Comment

Someone asked me the other day “how many people read your blog?”.
As I felt my answer (”er… I dunno, really”) lacked that certain something, I decided that it was worth having a poke around in my site statistics to see what I can find out.

My site statistics program was defaulting to show all statistics [...]

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Saturday, December 6, 2008 0:08 2 Comments

I was in Birmingham recently. For which I was roundly castigated by Andy for not telling him in advance so we could meet up for a drink.
During this time, I went out for a drink in a bar near The Mailbox, and then wandered along to a real ale bar called the Canalside Cafe. As [...]

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 0:19 1 Comment

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Last weekend the GLW and I, with assistance from our two lovely children, put up our Christmas tree. Yes, technically it was only the 29th of November and it wasn’t even December yet, but as long as you don’t tell John, we’ll probably get away with it.
This was [...]

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Quite a Spectacle

Saturday, November 22, 2008 15:49 No Comments

We’ve had a trip to the opticians.
As far as the family goes, we’re fairly crap, eyesight-wise. My wife wears glasses or contacts. My wife’s parents wear glasses. My parents wear glasses or contacts. I was prescribed glasses at around 14, but never wear them because I am only short-sighted (admittedly very short sighted) in one [...]

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