Explanations (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


This is a post I wrote just about a year ago, I’d been “reading” a book via Audible. I’m not massively into fiction, but I read the synopsis of this book and it sounded like it might be interesting. My wife later told me that it was a big hit, had been dramatised for tv, etc., and that she wouldn’t have thought it was my taste at all.

The book was called Outlander. The basic plot is that the book starts just after WW2. She is out walking in the highlands of Scotland one day and is magically transported back to the 1700s – clansmen, redcoats and the like. Once there, she ends up with this clansman. If you’re interested, you can read the detail for yourself but the long and short is that they end up married, back then. I thought it might be interesting, taking life in the 1940s and mixing it up with life two hundred years earlier, but in the end I’m afraid my wife was right – where I first thought the idea might be worth exploring, I came away thinking that the book was rubbish. It was far too lovey-dovey for me. In this post I was obviously in the middle of listening to it and obviously picked up on a specific tiny bit of it.

That reminds me, not long ago I canned my Audible subscription because the credits just kept building up. I posted way back about the books I have been reading – yes, I am still getting through them and yes, that is how slow I am! Which reminds me, I finished Renia’s Diary and am intending writing something soon, but it is still very raw. I’m listening to the Louis Theroux book at the moment, which is far easier.

Anyway, a year ago:

Mister Bump

Here’s a scenario for you all to consider. I’ve criticised my current Audible read in a previous entry, but it does provoke some thought.

The woman, originally from the C20th, has been transported (somehow) to the C18th.
The man is, and always has been, of the C18th.
The tale is set in the C18th, when they are also married to each other. Bear with it – if you bought that she could get back to the 18th century in the first place, this other should be no problem!

They’re having a row. She snaps at him, “why d’you always want to behave like bloody John Wayne?” Obviously, the response is “who’s John Wayne?”

Think about it. To try to explain movie star, you first have to explain movie. You probably then need to go back to still photography, how an image can make its way onto a piece of film…

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Telltale Signs (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


I had a bit of trouble finding a flashback post today.

I had been posting in previous years. Three years ago, I posted about having “met” a stroke buddy of mine online. Two years ago I wrote a few political essays. Politics, huh? So the post I went for is just from last year when I was trying to find a new job.

This recruitment malarchy is a load of nonsense, and unfortunately, I’m going to have to get into it again shortly. My current plan is to start working on tekkie stuff again next week, then to start looking again in a month or so. By the time anything comes through it should be safe enough to leave the house. But all of this is subject to no flare-ups, and things getting naturally quieter.

All you retired people…be grateful!

Mister Bump

When I worked in the City, people (agents) would often call me to see if I was interested in a new job. I got into the habit of asking them to sent a spec (specification) over to my email address. Why? The spec itself might go on to be important or it might not, but relly, in the first instance, I just wanted to satisfy myself that a spec existed. A spec showed that the clients had, at least, put some thought into what they wanted. Furthermore, clients often need to produce a spec internally to receive budget, so a spec helped me to know that there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I’d sometimes get some bright spark of an agent saying, “this role is so new that there isn’t a spec yet”, to which I’d just say, “well, when there is one…

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More Veggie stuff (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


Hahaha, I smiled when I found my Flashback post today, since it is just about a year since I became more conscious about cutting meat out of my diet.

I’m actually doing okay with it. I haven’t stopped completely but my intake has reduced a lot and I’ve kept it up. I still have a weakness for a pepperoni pizza or some beef-chilli nachos every now and again. I still eat fish, where it is caught sustainably. But I’m kinda used to it now, it’s not really a big deal.

I’m still convinced that my decision to go mainly plant-based will result in less CO2, but the difficult thing is to take a punt on how much. I’ve deliberately gone looking for information here, and found several sources on the web, all of which had a different slant. If you read our government’s literature, you wouldn’t think there was a problem. One of the offshoots of this virus is that although we pretty much stopped, our emissions did not, which makes me think that many of our emissions are made by things I know nothing, and can do nothing, about.

And I noticed that while the supermarket in recent years has phased out the use of single-use plastic bags, they were being used again when we got our delivery on Wednesday. So I am not exactly sold on just how much of a difference I’m actually making. But I keep doing it because I must be responsible for less CO2 now, right?

Mister Bump

Funnily enough, on the same subject as yesterday, I had my first interrogation yesterday about my reasons for deciding to be vegetarian. From one of my fellow-volunteer friends. I think I did ok, although it is not really an argument I had presented before, certainly not to other people. Obviously I’ve mulled these things over myself, and come to my conclusion.

This volunteer is the wife of a beef farmer, which probably gives a clue what view she has. “I just don’t think a lot of vegetarians think it through”, she said, “they become vegetarian in order to see lambs gambolling around the fields, where in fact these lambs are only there in the first place as part of somebody’s commercial venture”. And, “a lot of land that is grazed by sheep or cattle is unsuitable for farming crops instead”. Both of which, I can imagine, are perfectly true…

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