The Annexe of Irrelevancies
Stuff in this section has nothing to do with
aerials. It’s a mixed bag of sense and nonsense. It’s
up to you to decide which is which.
- The boomers are coming
A personal view of the impact that the baby boom generation will make as they become elderly.
- Should I put the bin out? [PDF]
A young persons’ guide.
Those with teenagers at home might like to affix their own bin days
to this and display it prominently.
- We have no cats
How we came to have no cats. If you’ve never put a roof over a cat’s head you won’t
like or understand this.
- The Fall
A visit to A & E, and a stay in hospital. If you care ab out the
NHS, you must read this
- The little arse nipper [PDF]
In 2001 Carolyn, aged 26, was due to visit Singapore. Twenty years previously
she had enjoyed ‘horror’ stories about a monster that lived in the sewers, and as an adult she’d mentioned how these stories had ‘traumatised’ her. She was slightly apprehensive about the trip to the Far East, so I sent her this ‘press cutting’. I’m
a bad, bad person, I know.
- The Nurses
This is for spaniel lovers
- Mobile vulgarity [PDF]
I have a friend, David, who used to have a campervan which was based on a
Transit parcel van. My friend is a dour person with puritan leanings. He
hates anything American; he hates Sky Television; he hates CB radio; he
hates anything that isn’t ‘tasteful’. Most of all he hates any sort of flamboyance. Oh, and we aren’t allowed to call him ‘Dave’ because it sounds common. His van was a dull brown colour. It had beige carpets and curtains, and no superfluous decoration whatsoever. I made this drawing of his van, suitable altered in ways that I thought might not please him. I was right. He wasn’t
pleased. Not even slightly. Never mind, I know my natural flamboyance gets
on his nerves anyway.
Dave — err, I mean David — when you see this, please forgive me.
- The wagon shops
Building railway wagons in the 1930s – a personal account.
- Trip to London
How some Yorkshire innocents went to London and got out alive
- The MOT fail
From a recent MOT fail notice, verbatim. The driver had been unaware of any defects
- An invitation [PDF]
Each year we try to produce an interesting invitation to our bonfire party. One year we did it as if it had been sent out in 1665, for some reason
- Another invitation [PDF]
This is another invitation to the bonfire party. This one was sort of late-19th-century-playbill-ish
- The dog carrier [PDF]
Many years ago we produced a ‘magazine’ for a group of deranged motorbike enthusiasts. Here’s
a sample page
- How to fly your own kite
Boyhood in a 1920s mining village in the north of England
- A Rural Childhood [PDF]
The life of a young girl in a Lincolnshire village at the time of the First World War.
- The British Journalist
Here are two press items, from the Times and the Sunday
Times on consecutive days.
- Paid by the word?
Mark Twain apologised to a correspondent thus: "I
didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." He
had a good point.
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