10 Things You Didn’t Know About Stirling Albion

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Stirling Albion

I may have mentioned before that I am a Stirling Albion supporter.  Stirling Albion is a team currently playing in League 2, the lowest tier of the professional game in Scotland.  You might not think it’s terribly rewarding following a small football team that has never really won anything of note, not even the Challenge …

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One Nathan Fisher

One Nathan Fisher

There’s something eerily appealing about eating food that’s bad for you, outside, in the rain, with a small group of complete strangers with whom you have a shared, albeit temporary, interest.  And the more arcane that interest the better. It’s all about counterpoint.  The relationship between the independent yet somehow interdependent forces that govern our …

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Animal Farm to the Rescue

Animal Farm to the Rescue

My dog watches a lot of TV and has a lot of time to think about it. As a consequence, she subjects me to Stasi-like interrogation about the lower ends of human society and house prices in England, pretty much the only topics that TV companies see fit to render in these enlightened times. And …

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The Dog and the Amazon Dot

The Dog and the Amazon Dot

Alexa arrived in our family this week.  Finally.  After nine months of waiting. :-\ Now that you’ve picked yourself from the floor, I’ll explain. We’re not pushing back the boundaries of biology and haven’t encountered a clutch of faintly glowing eggs in the swimming pool.  And it goes without saying that we haven’t acquired another …

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Sam Allardyce and the Labradors

Sam Allardyce and the Labradors

Normally, I work quite a bit from home.  This is because I have a tolerant employer and I’m quite grumpy.  These two facts mean that my absence from the office for prolonged periods usually slips by without too much fuss or notice.  Indeed, I suspect that the place is all the happier and more pleasant …

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Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

I’ve been struck recently by the onset of a condition that I thought would never visit me. It came upon me quite suddenly, just a few weeks ago.  Its symptoms are easy to spot. You’re lying in bed in the morning, planning the rest of your day, when your head suddenly fills with images of …

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Last Turkey in The Shop

Last Turkey in The Shop

Sometimes I think the mutt doesn’t like Doggy Daycare.  In fact, I might actually have heard her refer to it as ‘The Gulag’ and not in a post-modern ironic kind of way. I can usually tell.  The signs are obvious.  I arrive, ring the buzzer and announce myself to Cheryl.  The mutt appears, gives me …

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Dog Poo and Chips

Dog Poo and Chips

Dog poo is a necessary evil for the dog-owner.  Something up with which we all just need to put. Wait. Bag it. Bin it. Simple enough.  Except that we all know that not every dog owner is imbued with an equal degree of civic responsibility.  For every Jimmy Reid there’s a David Chaytor.  Or a …

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Oxytocin

Oxytocin

Mutt: My eyes, my eyes, look into my eyes Me: What? Mutt:  My eyes.  Look into my eyes Me: What the hell are you on about? Mutt:  Oxytocin.  Look into my eyes Me: Have you been sniffing the furniture polish beneath the sink again? Mutt:  No.  Of course not.  Well, yes I have actually, but …

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A Case of Mistaken Identity

A Case of Mistaken Identity

As part of my job I sit and think about identity.  If you’re transacting online in the public sector how do you prove who you are? ‘Surely we’re all in a big giant database’, I hear you say. ‘Yeah, thanks for that’ is my reply. Anyway I have no intention of yakking on about the …

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