Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tramway Segue

I admit I’ve got a soft spot for the Seaton tram. It must be the sensation of slowing down, and experiencing life at a different pace. The first time I took the tramway was a couple of New Year’s Eves ago with my partner, D____.  Trams are now an event in themselves, rather than a […]

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Pleasantries 4# : a mug’s game

Do you remember Tim? He left the house few months ago, so I feel like I can try to take a few lessons from the experience at this distance. Small innocent incidents can cause trouble when you live with people you don’t know very well. Probably because small is relative to the persons involved. I […]

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On Patience

You may think I’m a little hard on my lodgers, but I’m generally relaxed and busy at home. I only tell you the difficult moments, not the everyday easy-going times, as there is nothing to write about when everything is going well. I’m generally relaxed except during the first few days after someone new has […]

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Pleasantries#3: Trivial, 1 minute read

Last night I gently wrestled a saucepan from the hands of my quiet lodger, Ben. He wanted to wash up for me. A kindness, he is a sweet chap… But he was doing his washing up in what looked like a bowl of greasy yellow fishtank water, without the bubbles. So I said no, It’s […]

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Helios and the Hill Observatory

High above Sidmouth, hidden in dense sylvan woodland, is The Norman Lockyer Observatory. http://www.normanlockyer.com It is named after Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), known as one of the founders of astrophysics. His original solar physics laboratory was in South Kensington, on the site of the current London Science Museum. He opened the Hill Observatory above […]

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Pleasantries #2: The Art of communication

Sergio, my Italian lodger, left home for Italy today. Time to reflect. He was smart and well presented, he spent an hour in the shower and blow dried and styled his hair daily. He had recently traveled back to Italy to get a shave and hair trim after 2 months, and his father hadn’t recognised […]

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