Can a mute person whistle?

Over recent weeks I have found myself asking a lot of strange things of Google. The question used as the title of this post is the latest in a long line of random queries I have submitted in the quest to keep my stories relatively accurate. For Gastro The Great I spent a good chunk of time finding out about unfounded food scares and the potential for genetically modifying chickens. A Matter Of Time had me checking out how many times a person breathes on average during his or her life as well as the number of hours a person spends on a train. Pretty much everything else in the story I extrapolated (in a highly mathematical and scientific fashion of course) from those two facts.


Time is irrelevant

I seem to spend a lot of time thinking about time. More accurately, I spend a lot of time bemoaning the fact that there’s just not enough time. Perhaps this is something that happens once you’ve turned forty. Life is supposed to begin now but there’s just not enough time for it to happen. I can take solace at least in the fact that scientists have concluded that fifty three is now officially the start of middle age so I’ve got a way to go yet.


Internet Explorer followers glitch

For some reason my lovely little followers section on the right hand panel of the blog doesn't render correctly in internet explorer unless you run in compatibility mode.

So if you want to follow me rather than get the email updates and you are hitting this problem then please navigate to tools > compatibility view. This will add my site to the compatibility mode list and hey presto the widget appears.



I learned a new word this week - drabble.

A drabble is (and I wikiquote) an extremely short work of fiction of exactly one hundred words in length not necessarily including the title. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.



I was recently asked to contribute a piece for Traffic entitled Garagiste. The idea behind it is to show lots of people who know lots of things about cars (that's not me) that other people who know nothing about cars (that's me) get up to all kinds of cool stuff in their respective garage - homebrewing in my case.

It's always good to have a certain synergy between one's hobbies and I'm starting to find the correct balance. I make beer which is a fine accompaniment to writing. My time spent writing is balanced by going running, and what's better after a run than a beer? (anyone who answered with smoothie or some kind of energy drink is not a real runner)

New site up and running

So I have officially gone from being a human to being a domain.

For anyone checking this out let me apologise in advance for all the looming bugs and glitches while I sort out how I want this thing to look.

It's likely that I will mess up the DNS settings again and the page will disappear.