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The Great British Mundanity-Off

…there are programmes about drawing and painting, hairdressing, and I’m pretty sure there was one called something like the Great British Sewing Bee.

So to save BBC brains valuable time I have thought of several mundane tasks that could be made into thrilling hour-long contests in the future…

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

An open letter to my washing machine

Dear “Washing Machine”, We’ve known each other for a while now.  We’ve been through some stuff.  I was getting to like you – I was even going to ask if … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Festive beer pressure: reviewing Christmas tipples

Christmas is looming and you cannot (absolutely cannot) have failed to notice.  It’s the season to be jolly, with the aid of several glasses of your favoured tipple, but to … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

A classical case of forgetting music

There are many people around who have a strong aversion to beer.  Many others dislike cricket, and still more have an inexplicable loathing of Lord of the Rings.  A few … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Darwin Schmarwin: health and safety vs. evolution

There must be some highly niche and wonderfully specific jobs out in the real world.  Who is in charge of manufacturing road signs?  Is there someone in a warehouse somewhere … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Not a one for the ‘teacher’ plan: tense lessons in English (2)

The long-awaited sequel to I don’t speak French, I just kiss tha…oh, wait (1) Last week I wrote about my explosion into the world of language teaching…or rather how I’ve … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

I don’t speak French, I just kiss tha- oh, wait… (1)

When I chose what to do for my undergraduate degree, I decided to do history and French pretty much only because I’d been quite good at them at school and … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 1 Comment