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{ Monthly Archives } June 2016

Windows chaos

I’m gradually trying to drag my Victorian cottage at least into the 20th century, if not the 21st. The latest episode in the ongoing saga of renovation is getting new windows in the bedrooms. The current ones have very leaky secondary double glazing, and are draughty and have lots of condensation. As a result, the […]

Letting slip what they really think?

It’s Referendum Day today. I did my civic duty this morning and voted on my way in to work. For the first time that I can remember, there was quite a long queue at the Polling Station at the village hall. I’ve always walked straight in before, but not this time. Which I suppose could […]

A brief trip to York

I seem to be doing a tour of Northern universities at the moment. Three weeks ago it was the Engineering Department at Durham; this week I’ve been visiting the Physics department at York University. I really wasn’t comfortable with going all the way there and back in a day, as it would have been a […]

Flatronisation (n) 

A colleague in my office came up with a really good new word this week.  Flatronisation (noun) from flatronise (verb) meaning “to flatter in a patronising manner”. It covers such a wide range of situations, both domestic and professional. I think we should start a campaign to get it adopted as a recognised word……  “Don’t […]