Windoze keyboard

Dear Microsoft: A capital J does NOT equal a smiley!

I don’t know about you but I’ve been wondering why people now and then have been putting a capital J at the end of their emails. It got to the point where I became so bemused that I thought I’d Google it. What’s the juice…

Drain Cover

“Thatch” – The Iron Lady

I was never a “Thatcherite” (as was the term back in the 80’s). Ben Elton, popular “alternative comedian” (another dated term) at the time used to call her “Thatch” in his winding spiel – which was supposed to be disrespectful but actually over time sounded…

Eroded Sand

The erosion of accountability

Now, let’s get this straight from the outset – I am not a politically motivated person. I do however have a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. When I see someone being bullied my pseudo “spidey sense” (© Spider-Man) kicks in…

Letter cubes

The genesis of words.

“Oh bonks!” This is my eldest daughter’s (she’s 4) current exclamation of dismay, frustration or disappointment. It sounds worse than it reads but it got me thinking.. Who chooses what words are “bad” – there’s the obvious stuff where it’s offensive in a racist, sexist…