N is for …

N is for ...
n+1 The formula for dictating the minimum number of bikes a person should own, n being the existing number. Having recently doubled the number of wheels in the shed (a Marin hybrid and an Orbea road bike) , next on the list is a recumbent. One of the guys in my cycle group owns three. ...

M is for …

M is for ...
Mud Growing up on a smallholding, mud was a fact of life. As a kid, it never bothered me. It doesn’t, does it? Who cares if you, your clothes and everything you touch is covered with mud. It (mostly) washes off. Then the teen years hit and oh boy! I developed an obsession with hating ...

L is for …

L is for ...
London I spent two years working in London, commuting in from Oxford and as much as I came to admire many parts of the city, from its historical buildings to the cultural diversity, the fact that its air is so polluted that if I blew my nose at the end of the day, the tissue ...

K is for …

K is for ...
Kittens! Come on, admit it, you can’t resist. Or if you can, you have a heart of stone. Kindle I keep to-ing and fro-ing on the idea of an e-reader. I become far less sentimental about “real books” every time I try to squeeze another few books onto the shelves and find myself longing for ...

I and J are for …

I and J are for ...
Israel and Jerusalem Today’s news of further violence between Israel and the Palestinians has made my heart sink. Regardless of the rights and wrongs (and let’s face it, after such a prolonged history of violence, everybody is right and everybody is equally wrong) of the situation, I just wish that all sides could grow a ...

H is for …

H is for ...
History I stopped enjoying history lessons when the lessons stopped being about people. Well, my GCSE and A-Level teacher didn’t help matters either, but a subject that had hitherto fascinated me suddenly became inexplicably boring and I stopped working. It’s a shame, because I missed out on a lot, not to mention an A-Level qualification ...

G is for …

G is for ...
Glasses Having been diagnosed with astigmatism as a teenager, I should – in theory – wear glasses for reading and watching TV etc but I gave up on them when the conflict between my eyes’ version of what’s horizontal and the reality became too much for my brain to cope with. Ignorance, as they say ...

F is for …

F is for ...
Fresh fruit I love living on a fruit farm. Cherry season is sadly over but I made sure that I consumed a year’s worth before it was done. Now the plums are in full flow and the apples are just about ready … and the cider ones are coming along nicely. I walk the dog ...

E is for …

E is for ...
Elegance Some people have it. I do not. I think I ended up twice in the queue for “forgets names, addresses and birthdays”. Energy None today. Late night, early start, culmination of a long week. The dog’s officially fed up with me but c’est la vie. I’ll make it up to her tomorrow. Earrings I ...

D is for …

D is for ...
Dogs Don’t get me wrong, cats are wonderful animals, but if the world was divided into dog people and cat people, you’ll find me with the four-legged creatures who don’t think that it’s appropriate to kill and eat a bird on your bed at three in the morning (gosh, that was fun!). Growing up, there ...