Mini breakdown

Posted on November 19, 2014

The car, not me. Sod's law, the wife's Mini has been taking about 5 to 10 pushes of the starter button to fire into life, but today, when booked into Coopers Mini in Norwich, it came to life immediately. Unusual service from Mini in that they didn't have a courtesy car for me so ordered a taxi to take me and another Mini customer into the city. Unfortunately, I was in the city yesterday so familiarity was beginning to breed contempt. ...

Read More


Trust

Posted on October 26, 2014

Trust. A powerful word. When we go out for a meal, as coeliacs, we place enormous trust in chefs and waiters. Is that bread really gluten free? Has the side dollop of coleslaw with the salad been cross contaminated? Did they use a clean knife to cut open the jacket spud? If that trust is broken, cue vomiting, cramps and diarrhoea, for me and my daughter. That passes though in time. What about trusting colleagues, your boss, your ...

Read More


Namaste Norwich

Posted on October 19, 2014

Been meaning to go for ages and finally did it yesterday: dinner at Namaste's, a vegan and vegetarian, alcohol free, genuinely Indian restaurant in Norwich city centre. Marvelling at the 4G signal on my Lumia 1020, which I'd not experienced since a weekend in Cambridge, the first thing about the menu I spotted was the relative expense: starters from £3 to £5 and most main dishes around £10. We'd got online vouchers for Pizza Express but our ...

Read More


Waving not drowning

Posted on October 11, 2014

On Monday, I will bid adieu. I am not going anywhere - I'm pursuing writing. Not teaching, and not estate agency, Writing,

Read More


Doctors

Last week I fielded a cold call from the doctors. An unusual call. They wanted a favour. A senior doctor at the James Paget hospital here in Gorleston had apparently had a look at my records and decided I was prime material, sort of a medical Jeremy Kyle attendee, who could talk to a live audience of wannabe doctors in their third year of study. The man who'd been looking at said records was incredibly charismatic and effusive. I was warmly ...

Read More


Today

Posted on October 4, 2014

I had a walk to Morrisons today. Found my Adidas Samba and set off. Quite wet out. Maybe I should have taken the Focus. Decided though to walk and when I decide to do something I do it. I've lived here ten years now but am not really on speaking terms with anyone. They don't know my name, what I do, where I work; just the occasional nod from a resident when I leave for my job at 5.30 am and return at 7 pm. Anonymity occasionally frustrates ...

Read More


LinkedIn

Posted on October 4, 2014

Fairly new to LinkedIn. Had an account for years but left it dormant. I've realised though - recently - its potential. Some great group discussions here. This morning, I've been thinking about leadership, as you do on a Saturday morning. I'm long enough in the tooth to recall heads and deputies and senior teachers being called SMT or SMG. I don't recall though when management became taboo and the M was dropped for L. I've worked with some ...

Read More


Cool Hand Luke

Posted on September 28, 2014

I had a flashback last night to Cool Hand Luke. We all know this seminal movie with Paul Newman, eating raw eggs for fun before they hit £2 for 6. Chicken eggs more expensive than Creme Eggs etc. It's a film I've not seen in years, so tonight in a state of heightened awareness, decided to watch it on Amazon Prime. Not available. Odd that. Amazon are a company I admire - not for their work practices which are akin to Nazism - but their focus ...

Read More


Yarmouth is Great.

Posted on September 14, 2014

Had a splendiferous afternoon on the final of the free heritage open days. Climbed the Britannia column in Yarmouth, which has amazing views at the top of its 217 steps, despite a meagre viewing platform. The apocryphal story of the architect throwing himself off the top was scotched as, the guides told us, it was the surveyor who died of a heart attack on his way up the cylindrical stone tower. We then headed for the Royal Naval Hospital, ...

Read More


Punchline

Posted on September 12, 2014

Instinctively, despite urges to flee, I held my tunic sleeve against my mouth and knelt. Check the pulse, training had taught me. This looked clear cut: a fall downstairs, the corpse abandoned for days but I knew I needed experience to deal with this. Still suppressing an urge to vomit, I left, heading for the patrol car radio to call for back up and forensics. I spat on the pavement, a rheumy globule, unaware that neighbours had gathered to ...

Read More