Last Word, Memoirs, Travel

Punjabi in Paris – Day 5 – Vast Versailles


So here we go again. Another travelogue. This time to a hunting cottage of the Kings of France. Now if you're thinking about a run down, ramshackle wooden cabin in the woods, remember: This is France It had a Revolution ( The Revolution ) yup! Capital T, Capital R. Long before the Ruskies, the French showed… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Day 5 – Vast Versailles

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Punjabi in Paris – Walking Woes


I'd known about the walking bit. In fact, I'd gone out of my way to buy some comfortable walking shoes. But, as the poet Burns said, the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley. It was entirely my fault and the fault of my map-reading skills. Apparently, I'd forgotten a lot in… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Walking Woes

Last Word, Memoirs

The Chennai Conflict – 2


My stay in Chennai was not a very happy one. I was already well-short of being gruntled. ( see history in Part 1 ) I found the ultra-conservative nature of the locals disconcerting. Every light switch, every fan, fan regulator, every keyboard, monitor and tape was marked vermilion.... tagged by the little man who came every… Continue reading The Chennai Conflict – 2

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Photographs


You may know that I live in the general vicinity of The Great Lakes. A weekend trip to the shores of Lake Huron gave me the chance to try out different settings on the camera. I get the basic idea on f-numbers and aperture settings but do not have a natural instinct for photography. Some… Continue reading Photographs

Last Word, Memoirs

The Chennai Conflict – 1


I once worked for a very large IT / computer company. This job led to some very strange experiences. A lot of it was due to my inexperience with the world and my lack of communication skills. ( Which continue to plague me to this day...  🙂 ) As a newly wed, I was often away from… Continue reading The Chennai Conflict – 1

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Punjabi in Paris – The Monastery at Mont St Michel


Day 9 of The Great Trip dawned bright, sunny and warm and off we went in our Renault 308 to Mont St Michel on the first leg of our Normandy trip. From the Paris suburb of Neuilly-Plaisance to Mont St Michel is a good 4 hour drive. We took the slightly northern route that skirted past Rouen… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – The Monastery at Mont St Michel

Last Word, Miscellany, Travel

Sun-dried Underwear


It's a fact of life that as life goes on we change, we discover new things, try new food items and generally progress from sundried plums with tangy rock salt to gourmet sundried tomatoes. At this point you are wondering, aren't you, why this post is tagged "travel"? Well, maybe you're not or you didn't… Continue reading Sun-dried Underwear

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Making Glass


The making of glass is a process that I have always enjoyed watching. It is a perfect marriage of process, engineering, manufacturing and art. I love moving parts, I love seeing machines that make things and love thinking about the engineering, logic, software and hardware that makes these factories go. So when the long weekend… Continue reading Making Glass

Last Word, Recipes & Food, Travel

Blue Spring


Yes, that's the colour ( color, if American ) of spring and to prove it I'm going to show you a set of pictures with lovely hues of blue. First though, lets start with this one. As you can see, not only are the arms of the bush a brilliant red, the jacket of the… Continue reading Blue Spring

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Updated Travels


Yep! I've been busy upgrading, in the last few weeks, I have upgraded: USB hub ( actually, the old one died, so this is technically, a BCP replacement ) NAS drive Ethernet switch from 4 port to 8 port New video card for the Windows machine Monitor for the Windows machine ( old one went… Continue reading Updated Travels