Monthly Archives: May 2008

For mash get Smash, and the sugar butty

What’s not commonly known that Smash granules could be eaten raw, like peanuts. For a time I had a craze on this, as an alternative between-meal snack to cubes of Rowntree’s jelly. Brother Bumble was addicted to Smash in this … Continue reading

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And She Laughed No More

I’m delighted to report that we’ve just done the deal with Short Books for a book following Stoke City in the Premiership next season (the follow up to She Stood There Laughing), as title of this post. Am off to … Continue reading

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Fashion note

A friend has brought it to my attention that he has left the house without wearing a belt. That is wrong, and the friend knows it. It’s not a question of whether you need it to hold your trousers up … Continue reading

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Have been out for about my eighth lesson tonight and can feel the change in ability from absolute beginner to hopeless novice. We went four miles on the river, in a four-man scull in a crew consisting of two novices … Continue reading

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Top 5 smells

1. New tyres 2. The sandpaper on the side of a matchbox 3. Pipe smoke 4. Coffee 5. Old-fashioned linseed oil-based putty I’ve just been sniffing Dylan’s cheesy feet, something I often do when he is making himself comfortable next … Continue reading

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The new Wemberley

Went down there today to see Rochdale vs Stockport County in the 2nd (old 4th) division play-off, in wretched weather, in company with a 35 yr-old Dale fan called Daley who has only ever known his team in the bottom … Continue reading

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Megan’s spaniel

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