Month: November 2019

November 29, 2019

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8.00 am: Colder but with the prospect of a dry day ahead, mercifully: 8.45 am: This would be a bitty day of necessary fragments. Procurement and set-up were on the top of my list. I needed to seal the deal (with the great reluctance) on my Adobe Creative Cloud purchase and download updates to one computer before getting down to…
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November 28, 2019

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8.20 am: Onto the road as dawn still struggled to push through the canopy of rain cloud that pressed down low upon it: I picked up combustibles. This supermarket needed to extend its range of sarnies. The Christmas dinner between two slices of bread type were now on sale: 8.45 am: My staff card wouldn’t open the main door of…
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November 27, 2019

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6.00 am: I awoke. In fact, I’d awoken a number of times during the night. Rarely, do I get a good night’s sleep when I really do have to be up early, when failure to wake up could have catastrophic consequences. Today was such a day. 7.00 am: While on my way to the bus station, I saw the town’s…
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November 26, 2019

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7.30 am: I sneezed. This can be a reaction to something in the air or the start of a cold. I can’t have a cold … not now. The weekend, maybe. But not now. Waking and breakfast are a routine. I’m hardly aware of performing them. Tasks are undertaken, but my head is in either another place or conversation with…
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November 25, 2019

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Sunday, November 24. 12.30 pm: After Holy Communion: 4.30 pm: We nailed our colours to the mast. The neighbourhood is predominately Plaid Cymru in its support. This’ll put a cat among the pigeons. One of our lunchtime guests, who is in her 90s reflected that, in their youth, few disclosed their political allegiance publicly. It was considered uncouth to do…
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November 23, 2019

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A lousy night’s sleep. 8.50 am: Into town to purchase almond croissants, a wired computer keyboard (for when Bluetooth fails on boot-up … as it has), and pick up prescriptions. Even the bland ordinariness of life lived routinely is of inestimable value. The Park Runners were out in numbers, grimly circuiting the length of Plas Crug Avenue like cars on…
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November 22, 2019

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7.45 am: The Diary (July 16, 2014 – September 4, 2018) was next in my sights. Inevitably, as one part of a website is changed, unforeseen consequences occur in another part. ‘To where have all the date-headings disappeared?’ Managing websites can be a supremely dispiriting experience. Expert advice was required in order to secure a fix. Nevertheless, I was still…
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November 21, 2019

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8.00 am: There were a few remaining changes that needed to be made to the main website. Thereafter, I prepared myself for today’s 8.30 am to 5.30 pm slog. 8.15 am: On to town in search of lunch. Today, I threw caution, diet, and health to the wind and indulged in a baguette stuffed with everything … and an apple…
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November 20, 2019

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7.15 am: The day began, as though reluctantly: 8.30 am: The cloud bank hung immovable. This was likely to remain the state of play for some time to come. I followed my customary route for those days when lunch needs to be purchased and ate on the hoof during a relentlessly busy day. On arrival at the School, I set…
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November 19, 2019

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7.15 am: The remains of dawn were a salmon-pink sky that within fifteen minutes had faded into grey. I’d missed what might have been the best part of the day. ‘Thou sluggard!’. 8.30 am: Off to the Old College along a Promenade that was eerily quiet. This time last week, waves beat against the walls and surmounted the railing, and…
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