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The impossible task (of cleaning a bookshelf)

The situation was getting desperate. The shelves were bending. The thing looked like this: The geckos had started renting out The Prophet’s dust jacket to a family of huntsmen. No mercy, we said. Only if we’ll read it again. We said. The rest can go into this empty beer carton and we will have pretty [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:28+10:00February 1st, 2016|Personal|0 Comments

Meanwhile, in India…

January 26 is Republic Day—the date in 1950 that India’s constitution came into effect. Marking the end of British rule in India, the new constitution is the People of India’s statement of justice, liberty and equality. This is not just a country reacting against 90 years of unequal treatment and exploitation by outsiders, but a rejection [...]

By |2016-01-26T19:34:47+10:00January 26th, 2016|Personal, World|0 Comments

Word of the Day: Epizuexis

This is both a Word of the Day and a figure of speech. (Double word score?) Definition: Repeating a word (or phrase) for emphasis. (Usually 3 times.) For example, if you asked me what I did over Christmas, I might say: Eat and drink, eat and drink, eat and drink. At which point, you might [...]

By |2016-12-27T14:29:12+10:00January 5th, 2016|Did you know, Personal, Rhetoric, WOTD|0 Comments

What Not to Cook: Doom Juice (AKA Chilli Sauce)

Chillies are rad. This is a known fact. What's not so known is that they originated in the Americas, and weren't brought to Asia—the place people generally associate them with—until the 16th century by the Portuguese. Christopher Columbus brought a boatload back from one of his expeditions, believing it to be actual pepper. It wasn't.

By |2017-05-19T08:20:30+10:00December 14th, 2015|Personal|2 Comments

What this beer ad doesn’t tell you …

I used to see this ad every time we drove through the Valley—it’s hard to miss. (See above!) In case you can’t see the picture, the ad says that this beer has: 50% less calories than wine per millilitre 80% less carbs than a regular beer. But how many calories are we talking about? This [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:30+10:00October 8th, 2015|Marketing, Personal|0 Comments