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By Dave Snowden  ·  June 2, 2014  ·  Trivia

After the mental stimulation of six days at Hay (more backfill blogs to come there) and the physical stimulation of a 13.7 mile bike ride twice a day in all weathers, it was back to the grindstone of email backlog and travel today.   It started badly with the news of the death of a good friend in Hong Kong Danyll Wills.  A range of tributes are being assembled and I will blog my own at the weekend when I get time too reflect more on my all too brief encounters with a scholar and a gentleman (all said without any irony and he would...

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Of rings and things

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 22, 2014  ·  Trivia

An odd and messy sort of day.  I am in the middle of sorting out the study to accommodate the new desk (that allows me to site down or stand up to work) and that means I have lost my old roll top desk with all of its storage.  Good news is that I can now look out to the beauty of the garden (for which I claim no credit that is all down to my wife Sheila's labours over the last two decade).  Either way it means that there are holes in the wall, and it needs repairing anyway so I cleared everything out and have spent the day with...

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Playing tourist in the rain

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 25, 2014  ·  Trivia

Last night was all a bit traumatic.  I got back in time to take Sheila out for dinner, but then phone calls from children indicated multiple failures in the transport system.  Net result I picked Eleanor up from Oxenholme as planned just after 2100, but having deposited her at the hotel had to drive south through fog and rain to Lancaster to pick up Huw, finally getting him to the hotel at midnight thirty.  By then I had drunk enough coffee to keep me up for the next few hours.   The original hope for this trip had been sunshine and...

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Desultory Day

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 4, 2014  ·  Trivia

I had a gentle day, the rain was such as to discourage a walk.  I had no conference calls, no commitments other than the normal backlog of work.  Saturday has the advantage that it is not Friday or Sunday.  That may seem obvious, but on Friday people are still working and expect you to do things.  On Sunday, Monday is immanent with its attendant duties.  On Saturday however you can always take the I'll get round to that tomorrow approach to any deadline.   Also some days you just need to do nothing.   I spend a few hours sorting out...

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