The Coop Hall

This is a transcript of an audio-recording made by my grandfather some time before I was born and uncovered by a cousin of mine decades later in a loft. Finding these recordings was the first time I heard his voice. If you right click and save-as you can download 'The Coop Hall' for posterity. Pretty sure my Grandad would be buzzing if you did that. -- On a particularly cold day last week I stood in the entrance hall of
- The Coop Hall

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New Job

I lived in the middle of London for five years. Proper middle, Zone1, London Bridge, Borough. No messing. Fuck your Clapham or Brixton and all that. During that time, although my head-office was but ten minutes stroll away I worked daily with my clients at their offices. Over those years that meant three different commutes. A five hour round trip to Surrey on tube/national rail, a three hour on the train to West London and a slightly shorter one,
- New Job

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The Half Marabastard is Complete!

Well, I completed the Marabastard but it wasn't all plain sailing. It took me 2 hours 34 minutes, which was way over my target and disappointing, but I wasn't in the best state... I had three days off work immediately prior to race day. Stinking headache, a cough and lots of snot. I was feeling much better by the Saturday night but even on the Sunday morning of the race I was considering just going to watch. Once I got
- The Half Marabastard is Complete!

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Samsung Chromebook

Last week I purchased a Chromebook, (the cheap Samsung one not the £1050 job announced yesterday, I haven’t completely lost my mind) and I think it’s a really really awesome little laptop. I’ve been met with intrigue and derision in roughly equal measures since starting to walk round the office campus with it this week. Let me tell you why I understand the sneers, why I like it and why it works for me. Since 2005 I
- Samsung Chromebook

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The Passage of Time

Saturday morning at The Barn we did a small amount of gardening, helping to clear an overgrown area which was full of thick bush and ivy. A couple of big trees in there looked quite damaged so we needed to make room for them to be properly inspected. The trees will have to face the chop. The ivy has owned them. At one point I looked around at the shifting, sawing, lopping, dragging and thrashing going on, and I wondered
- The Passage of Time

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