Niche

Know who else charges by the hour?

Following my blog post the other day about charging by the hour (and why you shouldn't do it), John emailed me thusly:  "hehe….reminds me of the story about the guy who complains to his dentist about the cost of a tooth extraction against the amount of time it takes….the dentist says he can make it last [...]

How much to fix the widgets, mister?

Let me tell you a story... A story about a man who fixed production lines. Let's call him Joe. He's worked in a whole bunch of different industries and seen just about every type of production line there is – and how and why they break down.  One day, one of his customers – a [...]

The Irish really go all out for the politics. In the UK, you hear on the TV and the radio, and in the newspapers about manifestos and election lies and empty promises, and debates, and all the rest...  But – in my experience – you never see politicians around on the street. The odd billboard [...]

Do you speak Polari? I bet you do, after a fashion. See, Polari is one of the secret anti-languages, spoken by outcasts to avoid The Man. You probably hear an anti-language spoken regularly without realising it. And many of the words we use freely today had their origins in less open times. Like “drag”, “camp”, [...]

Like you (I suspect) we have window cleaners. They come around every couple of weeks and do a pretty good job of making our windows see-through again. Or at least, they highlight to me how dirty the insides are... Which is nice. But they do a good job. They're friendly, they're fast, and they don't [...]

Feeling Mondayish? Nowt to say? Me too.

Bloody hell. I've been up for ages, pondering about what to write about. And do you know what I've come up with?    Diddly-squat. Happens sometimes, you know. I couldn't think of a bloody thing to write about. Which is a topic in itself, I guess. It's not "writer's block" (I don't believe that exists). [...]

Fancy stuffing a two-headed rat for fun?

We're always on the lookout for interesting things to do, Joe and I. The other weekend we went to London... starting with a visit to my accountant.   Then in the evening I met up with a bunch of people from a mentoring group I'm in for a curry. The next night, though, we weren't sure what to [...]

My mate lives in a rather nice little village in the Cotswolds, and the other day he posted something on the Book of Faces that made me chuckle.  It was a "WTF" post with a photo of a pair of socks... from an estate agent. Now, I'm a bit loathe to mock the estate agents [...]

You know it's going to be one of those days when it takes you three goes to put your pants on. And you fall over. But I persevere: no going back to bed for me.  Anyway: I have a question for you. It's one I've been thinking about for a while – and it's a [...]

If you’re a commercial battery egg producer, you need to know how to sex chickens. You’re also a horrible human being, but that’s beside the point here.  Commercial egg producers must identify female chicks as soon as possible so they don’t waste food, money, and energy feeding unproductive male chicks. It’s horrible, but it makes [...]