2019 Notebook

From the late 90s I blogged frequently with various random observations and things I wanted to record. Pre-2003 material seems to have been lost on various early web platforms, and this sort of stuff went over to Twitter eventually, but I’ve gathered together the shorter WordPress blog posts in these annual roundups…


Beds, Scientific Instruments and more: a few new websites

Monday 27 May 2019

A few websites I feel obliged to recommend to you, mainly because I had a hand in making them. Slumbers Bed Shop in Colchester is jointly run by my nephew James Rand and has really helped their bed and mattress business relaunch this year. James and Phil have been in the beds business for many years and reckon what people want is the right bed, delivered and set up in your home with a smile. Good luck to them. My friend Sam Davies recently decided to run for a seat on Cambridge City Council, and I offered to help her create a “Sam for Queen Edith’s” campaign website which she has since developed into a blog. She did really well in the election, for a first-time independent candidate, and it’d be great to see her run again in 2020. “Sam 2020” sounds like it should be on baseball caps, doesn’t it? Finally, another friend, Paul Butler, has set up his own business, a specialist service and repair company supporting laboratory instrumentation from Cecil Instruments, a UK manufacturer which no longer develops new products. There are many Cecil instruments in laboratories around the world, and Cecil Instrumentation Services is the official supplier of parts, spares and consumables, repairs, maintenance and calibration for them.

Faces Of The Year Printable Christmas Picture Quiz UK

Wednesday 18 December 2019

December 2019 Always popular at our Christmas party, this one, and people always ask for a copy, so here it is (below, click for printable PDF). All you need to do is to identify the faces who have been in the news in the UK this year. Do use and enjoy, wherever you may be. I reckon it’s best tackled in teams of two. Our winners this year managed 22/24, although one team only got 9. Anyway, here it is (click for PDF): Faces Of The Year Printable Christmas Picture Quiz UK …and here are the answers! If you print this out and use it, please give full credit as: “I got it off some bloke’s website somewhere”. Thank you.