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bucket lists

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bucket lists

I keep stumbling across “bucket lists” (things to do before you kick it) on the internet. Evidently it's a big, popular thing. I suspect most of them are made by young people, just setting out on their adult life. Travel…

cycling on TV

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cycling on TV

As I settle in to watch some of this year's Giro d'Italia on satellite TV, I feel lucky to have enough time to spare to watch road races unfold live, rather than relying on "highlights" (inevitably focussing on…

virtual worlds

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virtual worlds

Virtual worlds have come a long way since I first got access to computer networks in the second half of the 1980s. MUDs were like the text adventure games I enjoyed (and had written a couple of on my BBC…

why blog?

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why blog?

I made my first personal “homepage” in 1994 when I set up my then employer's first web server. I developed that into a website in the 1990s, as a way of learning web design, then in the 2000s I used…

42 things I love about France

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42 things I love about France

le Tour de France vast open tracts of countryside empty motorways fast trains Renault cars Paris croissants lots of public art imaginative and bold public architecture warmer than England good food, made from the best ingredients, with plenty of time…

what is a mistdog?

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what is a mistdog?

I like plenty of sleep, affection and food, and certain kinds of play. A long walk in the countryside is usually enough to make me happy. Any weather is good, but mist is the most exciting. I can generally tell…