On the 18th April 1930, the BBC announced that was no news that day – so listeners were given the opportunity to listen to piano music.
A technological nightmare. My MacBook Air is displaying an intermittent fault, and it would appear that the Apple support team have no idea of what ‘intermittent’ means. If you understand the concept of an intermittent fault you would realise that any change may have an effect on the problem or it may just not have happened. Enough . . . . you see how easily I was drawn into the minutiae of technology and I have only touched on the issue(s) ?
So I reverted to technology that was under my control. I wrote a cheque and a letter with a fountain pen. I placed the items in an envelope and then with a final flourish sealed the envelope. A job completed in a satisfactory and satisfying manner. It required no PIN or 8 character password containing a Cyrillic symbol and a veiled reference to Checkov. I poured myself a glass of Primitivo and sat back to listen to Bill Evans.
Why do bookshops insist on putting stickers on the covers of books? I then feel the need to carefully remove the offending item. To make matters when I have succeeded, without damaging the cover of the book, I discover that hidden underneath is an endorsement by the Daily Express, that I would rather not have been aware of. . . .
Monday morning is always Monday morning. To complete the scenario there has to be a ‘sign’ to confirm this. To fulfil this role, my Perfect Pencil – a modestly titled writing product from Faber Castell – leaped unaided from the bookcase performing a perfect dive into mug of, now cold, coffee which my considerate wife had brought me an hour earlier. Hmm.
Overheard in the pub: ‘Modern chainsaws are so safe they’d only cut half way through your arm before they cut out!’
My questions is this: what sort of mentality is required to put the word ‘only’ in this statement?