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Happy New Year

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

So that’s it, another year over.  

Despite the various theories as to why it might not have, the Earth has made another successful revolution around the sun.

 Ten days after the end of the world and we are still here.  Let’s hope it stays that way, but I’m sure over the next few weeks and months we’ll all be given a new date to put in our calendars to start stocking the tinned food for.

As the year draws to close I thought I should post something, either a retrospective of the last year, a list of resolutions, or perhaps an uplifting/inspirational message to carry us into the new one.

But looking at it, despite the 2nd half of my year taking a turn for the better, the 1st half was somewhat turbulent and upsetting.

As far as resolutions go I’ve never been all that good at them and to be honest I find doing them secretly somewhat easier, I find the pressure that I put on myself by telling someone else actually makes it more difficult, so whilst I might well have some, I’ll keep them to myself for now.

As for the uplifting/inspirational message?

I don’t think I’m going to beat the musings of my friend Slyph, so I shall point you in his direction with a hearty recommendation that either on the eve of this New Year or upon returning from your celebrations that you give it a read.

Keep Your Eyes on the Sky


Snow Day (Almost)

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment


I woke up to this morning to a text containing the magical words

“have you seen it snowing”

Now first of I’m not excited by the snow itself, it’s almost an impossibility that I will be out making snowmen, snow angels and I haven’t been tobogganing since I was a very young boy.






With it, Snow does bring the most awesome of things, something that we all secretly or let’s be honest not so secretly crave, the Snow Day.



For me it’s a relatively new thing, when I was a kid as far as I remember, we didn’t get snow as often and the school wasn’t likely to close its gates when the first snowflake hit the gym roof. And for the most part of my adult life I have worked in retail, where you not making it into your store is treated as a life and death situation, so come flood, snow or alien invasion your store better open on time.

For those of us working in an office the threat of the “world” ending based on you not making it in is much reduced and with the internet and the ability for many people to work from home, the disruption to work is even more muted.

Whilst this ability to continue to work somewhat diminishes the enjoyment of the unplanned and unexpected day off, it does still come with the bonus of working in comfort, in the warm and with the chance to take the “occasional” TV break when work becomes a bit too much.

Today did not turn out to be a snow day, for a brief 10 minutes as snowflakes the size of my first where falling rather quickly passed my window it looked like it might be, but it passed as quickly as it started leaving only a centre meter or so of snow.

This brief and unexpected snow shower however causes the worst type of snow day, whilst it’s not enough to change your plans and get a bonus day off; it is enough to thoroughly Fubar the British transport network.

Based on the 2 ½ hours I had to wait for train this morning, coupled with the copious reports of delayed trains, motorway pileups and general chaos you would have thought that it was like this outside.



Not this.



Man Flu

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment

First of all welcome back, I imagine it’s been a long time since you’ve visited and of course it would be, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything.

I’m not going to start this new wave of writing by making grandiose statements about writing every day/week/month as it pretty much always ends with me having egg on my face. I think perhaps it’s the weight of those self imposed expectations that make the blank page seem quite so frightening, although it could also be that I am very easily distracted.

Anyways on the subject of today’s post.

Over the last 4 days or so I have been suffering from Man Flu, it started on Wednesday and has been getting steadily worse over the last few days. Culminating in me taking a half day on Friday, those who know me will understand that the decision to take time of sick is not one I take lightly and will realise quite how ill I must be for such a thing to happen.

As I am writing this I am sure that there are Female readers all across the globe rolling their eyes and sarcastically saying or thinking the words “Man Flu”, they may even go so far as to scoff at the idea that it exists!

Well for the uneducated here is a quick Man Flu Facts Vs Fiction crib sheet, from

Man Flu is simply a cold, the symptoms of which are greatly exaggerated by men.

FALSE – Man Flu is a serious and potentially life threatening illness, and will no doubt soon be on the Health and Safety Executive’s list of Reportable Diseases. Man Flu is a distinct disease in its own right, and should not be misdiagnosed as a mere common cold.

Women can catch Man Flu

FALSE – Man Flu does not attack humans with the XX chromosome, only those with the XY chromosome. This genetic mutation effectively immunises females against Man Flu. This may account for the reason that women widely believe that Man Flu is actually just the common cold, but with a bit of extra drama thrown in for good measure.

The best way to deal with Man Flu is to just ‘get on with it’

FALSE – Extensive research has proven that the only way to combat the crippling effects of Man Flu is complete withdrawal to the sofa and uninterrupted mollycoddling by the girlfriend / wife.

Men have a slower recovery rate from Man Flu than women do from the common cold

TRUE – The effects of Man Flu can linger for days and days, compared with just a few hours for the common cold. If the man is not permitted the correct period of convalescence following an attack of Man Flu he can be plunged back into a critical condition (see The Woman’s Role as Carer).

Man Flu is just a way for men to get sympathy / time off work / time in front of the telly

FALSE – Man Flu is a bona-fide and debilitating illness, would men make a meal of that sort of thing?

The pain and suffering of Man Flu is similar to that of child birth

TRUE – Though at least with child birth it’s all done and dusted in a few hours, but Man Flu can last for weeks…

The best cure for Man Flu is a cocktail of Night Nurse, Day Nurse, chicken noodle soup and whiskey.

FALSE – There is no cure for Man Flu. Once infected the afflicted can only hope that the gods roll the dice in favour of life rather than slow, lingering death.

While suffering from Man Flu, men would like nothing more than to go to work and try to forget about their affliction.

TRUE – However, men recognise the huge risk of spreading Man Flu to other men. Indeed, a single cough in the wrong direction could hold enough Man Flu germs to wipe out a small rainforest tribe.

For those of you like me suffering from this terrible affliction this winter, I’ve got some articles (from “reputable” sources) that you should point your respective female care givers to.

Links to the headlines

‘Man flu’ may be all a matter of evolution, Cambridge scientists sayThe Times, March 24 2010

Man flu real says expertsDaily Mirror, March 24 2010

Why man flu isn’t his fault (it’s because he’s so macho)Daily Mail, March 24 2010

Man flu is no myth as scientists prove men suffer more from diseaseThe Daily Telegraph, March 24 2010

Could evolution make men more prone to coughs and colds? BBC News, March 24 2010


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