On great Customer Service

Rest-posten Laden (shop for all kinds of unsold ‘leftovers’ from other shops) Me, holding a slim white folder at the checkout: Any chance you have any more of these folders? Cashier, without really looking up: Only what’s on the shelves, sorry.. Me: Ok, no problem. Do you know if you’ll be getting any more in? […]

On homemade crumpets and future memories

“Thank you” he said, wrapping the second tissue around the small stack of slightly soggy crumpets. “That’s really sweet of you.” He looked at me, “this is the sort of thing I’ll still remember in 10 years..” He paused and looked briefly at his feet before looking up again, “..I wonder what I’ll be remembered […]

On learning to drive again

Once upon a time, a handful of years ago, I learnt to drive. I was given a car by a friend of now ex-DB’s which I drove until it (more-or-less literally) fell to pieces. Then I sold the pieces and started riding my bike instead. It’s been a couple of years since then, and I […]

On adding to the pile

You know what the best thing to do is, when you have a to-do list a couple of miles long and more deadlines than you can remember? Yup. You add something else to the list. Something with an even closer deadline, and with even more at stake. Not going to say what it is yet, […]

On belated new year news

Happy Newish* Year people! I realise I’m a bit late to the party.. (if I were Chinese I would be only be days instead of weeks late..) ..but I hope you can and do choose the kind of new year you want to live in and then really live in it. While we’re talking about […]

On reconnecting

I’m back at my parents’ house for Christmas. The friend from school I hadn’t seen in something like 16/17 years was home for Christmas too, making this the perfect time to meet up again in person. The original plan was to go to a pub for a drink, but I’m not a big drinker (or […]

On the seventeenth..

Today started with a Christmas lecture held by one of the professors I work for sometimes. It ended with me handing my notice in. These two things are completely unrelated, except for their joint ability to make me smile when I think about it 🙂 About to celebrate with chocolate ice cream. More another time […]

On waiting for parcels

I recently bought a couple of things from ebay. Having the tracking number is part blessing, part curse. I would like to say I’m a patient person but in reality I’m not. I refresh the DHL app’s tracking page as if that would make it arrive more quickly. As if it knows, the delivery date […]

On asking the other questions

“I was talking to my brother earlier. He’s like you, he asks all the questions I don’t want to be asked..” – S (but slightly paraphrased by me) I think this is a good thing. In this particular case, and also in general. I think we should ask ourselves, and others, the difficult questions. And […]