The Appeal Of Fallen Buildings

There’s a place that haunts my mind – and it’s in Belgium. Now, the less charitable among you may suggest that Belgium generally haunts everyone’s mind. Some Belgians feel this way. But this is probably unfair, even if it’s quite funny. Belgium has had a long and glorious history of being everyone’s favourite Shortcut To Somewhere Important, and it’s not … Read More

Q10: Fitting A Door In My Brain

The problem with using a PC that’s connected to the Internet – well, there are plenty of problems. Oh, this will be a big list. Short break first. E-mail. Digg – WOAH that’s crazy. Stumbleupon. Twitter. Facebook (Friends – status updates OHMYGOD message message message). BBC News. Huffington Post. E-mail again. How’s my Space Pioneers empire going? E-mail. Check Stumbles … Read More

An Afternoon At Josie’s

(January 2005) A lot of people pass through Bempton. The village, a little to the north of Bridlington and a little inland from Flamborough Head, is the site of the ornithologically famous Bempton cliffs, one of England prime seabird nurseries (particularly gannets). The cliff walk is spectacular, so you’ve be forgiven for not lingering in Bempton itself, except to grab … Read More

Travel Tip: Smapping

Whenever I go anywhere new, I keep an eye out for information boards, so I can smap them. Smapping is the process of taking a digital photograph of a map that you won’t have access to later, except if you take a snap of it. My first smap was of the Durham train station ‘You Are Here’ glass-encased map. Smapping … Read More

Owl Call

There are few sounds that pull at you like an owl’s cry. A few days ago, I was up in the early morning, freeing a spider from my room (the mosquito season is over: normally I’d leave a spider where it was, but it wouldn’t take long to starve). I tipped the end of my V-bent magazine over the bushes, … Read More

Spring IT: Built So Never The Twain Shall Meet

At the rear of the offices of Spring (IT) in Leeds, there’s a very interesting staircase. Apparently, at one time the building was a school – girls in one half, boys in the other, and the double-helix staircase down the middle – stairs intertwining, but never touching…. Images: Mike Sowden

I Intend To Execute My Corporate Duty: Pt. 1

TO:                  All FROM:           Tom Paine SUBJECT:   I’ve been thinking. Guys, This isn’t just yet another Fwd. (ps. Jim – thanks for the one with the clowns, I nearly soiled myself). There are some things that need sorting out here. Washington’s team is doing some great work but is getting bogged down with … Read More