Monthly Archives: December 2010

Encountering the village idiot?

As I stopped my Land Rover outside my driveway to get out and open the gate, some kind of pickup (I think it was a double cab with enclosed back — the kind I’ve long suspected are associated with troublemakers and idiots) with some little rectangular extra lights came round the corner and dazzled me; […]


Near the end of the Iain M Banks novel “Look to windward”, an artificial assassin arrives on the target planet as a cloud of e-dust particles, which gather together and condense into a recognizable imitation of the targets’ own species. My return to the Cambridge area seems to have something in common with this, not […]

Another way to get to work

Around the time of moving into my new house, my Land Rover started to make a worrying noise; last night it got worse, and I can’t get it fixed until next week, so when I got home I walked to the end of my road to look at the bus stop, on the offchance that […]


I moved into my new (rented) house yesterday evening. Getting there was a bit stressful, as I haven’t had a chance to get the Land Rover’s grinding noise fixed (probably a bad bearing or something like that). It’s a bit smaller than I had expected from Google Maps satellite view; I suppose that’s sufficiently detailed […]