Monthly Archives: March 2021

The Mechanical Turk Chess-Player that shocked the world!

When we think of robots and artificial intelligence, it’s easy to think that it is a modern 21st century obsession or at least of 20th century science fiction such as Star Trek.  This is not entirely the case.  One of … Continue reading

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I just watched the last year of Game of Thrones and loved it!

It’s taken me a Iittle time, well around two years but I finally got round to watching the last year of Game of Thrones.  I actually watched the final two years of Game of Thrones in a week as I … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 75 – Finding a Holy and Magical Well in St Albans.

I’ve been to a few Holy Wells in my time, some ancient pagan wells and some slightly less ancient but still extremely old Christian ones.  The problem with wells in cities and particularly near to London is that they are … Continue reading

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From bad boys to the hello girls – the origins of the Telephone Operator

As was often the case with Victorian era workplaces, many of the worst and most menial jobs were filled by boys and this was the case with the early Telegraph networks.   As revolutionary as it seems to go from … Continue reading

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A Gruntled look at Orphan Negatives.

One of my post popular posts ever was 102 great words that aren’t in English but should be! and I’ve written lots on different aspects of both English language Words we still use from Shakespeare! and Tracing words back through time others Languages … Continue reading

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Sarah Everard and making the streets a more friendly place.

The last 2 weeks London has been shocked and looking over its shoulder due to the sad abduction and subsequent murder of 33 year old Sarah Everard as she walked home on the evening of the 3rd March through the … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 74 – The day I was debated in the Houses of Parliament

Wednesday 3rd March 2021 was Budget Day, the day of the year where the government sets out its spending plans for the year and announces investments, cutbacks and virtually any policy relating to money and taxes. As such many of … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 73 – I got my vaccine!

Wednesday the 3rd of March was a big day for me for several reasons, I had another #1 book, The Budget was held in Parliament (more on that next time) and most eagerly awaited of all it was the day … Continue reading

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Oops, I did it again!

Just a short post today as I had something else planned and it wasn’t another reference to a Britney Spears song. As you may remember, my new book £xcluded Voices was released on Monday and within hours it reached number … Continue reading

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£xcluded Voices – True Stories of social injustice during COVID-19

As almost everyone reading this will know. I’m of of 3 million in the UK who has gone through the entirety of the Coronavirus epidemic with not a single penny of help even though in my case, it is both … Continue reading

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