Monday, March 26, 2012

My Birthday Cake

I made 50 years last week. As I had to buy my own cake, I got to choose what to put on it. I'll leave you to work out the literary reference.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Day by Day Life Goes On

Or Life Goes On Day by Day

We have two Nigerian clients - one by the name of Day by Day and the other Life Goes On.

Are they twins? I really don't know.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012


"Complaint received by a French typewriter shop, reprinted in a local newspaper on the Île de Ré:


    Il y a quxlquxs sxmainxs jx mx suis offxrt unx dx vos machinxs à écrirx. Au début j’xn fus assxz contxnt. Mais pas pour longtxmps. Xn xffxt, vous voyxz vous-mêmx lx défaut. Chaqux fois qux jx vxux tapxr un x, c’xst un x qux j’obtixns. Cxla mx rxnd xnragé. Car quand jx vxux un x, c’xst un x qu’il mx faut xt non un x. Cxla rxndrait n’importx qui furixux. Commxnt fairx pour obtxnir un x chaqux fois qux jx desirx un x? Un x xst un x, xt non un x. Saisissxz-vous cx qux jx vxux dirx?

    Jx voudrais savoir si vous êtxs xn mxsurx dx mx livrxr unx machinx à écrirx donnant un x chaqux fois qux j’ai bxsoin d’un x. Parcx qux si vous mx donnxz unx machinx donnant un x lorsqu’on tapx un x, vous pourrxz ravoir cx damné instrumxnt. Un x xst très bixn tant qux x, mais, oh xnfxr!

    Sinceèrxmxnt à vous, un dx vos clixnts rxndu xnragé.

    Xugènx X—-

From John Julius Norwich, Christmas Crackers, 1981."

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Kezia's Garden

My great friend, Martim Melo, the expert on São Tomé e Príncipe ornithology, is here and gave me a present ... a new digital camera!

So I spent this weekend happily snapping away including these shots of Kezia which I am showing you to show she is doing really well, in good health, growing fast and in the opinion of her father extremely beautiful!