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Category Archives: Geriatric ramblings
Why the Headmaster’s assembly lectern grew a tablecloth
I attended Westlake Boys High School in New Zealand in the early to mid 1960s, which makes a 50th Jubilee at around this time highly appropriate. Given that I was in the first intake (Third Form then – 3 Latin, … Continue reading
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Strrrrrodel is my name…….
Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford in 2005 should be required reading for anyone in business. Or life, for that matter. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust … Continue reading
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Don’t tell me, don’t tell me….
In the distant past, I used to work with a guy with the heroically unlikely name of Waldemar. (One of the dwarfs in the Nibelungen, I believe.) He surprised us all in the late 1970s by turning into an early … Continue reading
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The modem story
Digital natives won’t know what this is about. Back in the early/mid 1990s, a modem board for your PC would cost around $200. You connected it to your phone line and dialed up your ISP, listening all the time to … Continue reading
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>Whatever happened to MTV?
> MTV Europe kicked off in 1987 with Dire Straits’s “Money for nothing”. It was quite phenomenal. It had smart and witty VJs from all over Europe, live acts in the studio and a sense of humour. And it had … Continue reading
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>RunKeeper gets it wrong
> RunKeeper is a nifty little App for the iPhone that lets you keep track of your fitness activities. Ideally suited for the 100 meters, marginal for the 400 meters and useless for anything over 3 hours. Which is how … Continue reading
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Or… “How to piss off a v. young-looking 49 year old” I’ve known Robby since she was 3. Her folks moved into our road in the early 1960s and they became Mrs jb and my best friends. No-one else … Continue reading
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>Can’t say I didn’t warn her…
> Cousin Dave’s oldest boy got married the other year. I wrote to the bride-to-be Dear Rebecca, thank you for your invitation to the wedding It would, however, perhaps be advisable to meet at some stage before you undertake a … Continue reading
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This I need
Well, my mate Houghton actually. But if only they’d had this stuff when I was a kid. And especially for wallets. We were up in the Bay of Islands and bumped into Charlie Barnes and his family (His boy, … Continue reading
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