Beware The Danger

Beware the danger

I like reading statistics. They give me immense pleasure because you can learn so much from them and gain a better understanding of how things really can go in totally different directions to what you think is normal and rational. Collating rock solid statistics and comparing them on a graph is a fascinating way to spend an otherwise boring Monday evening. Did you know, that in some regions of the world there is a direct correlation between the incidence of ‘Road Kill’ and the sale of Christmas trees? As there is between the sale of school bags and days without precipitation. All very useful useless information, but not nearly as


42 Forty-Two

We all know that the number 42 is made famous in the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is calculated by an enormous supercomputer over a period of 7.5 million years to be 42. But just how famous is this oddly even little number? I thought I would investigate. Perhaps Adams was influenced by reading Lewis Carroll? Examples of Carroll’s use of 42: # Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has 42 illustrations. # Rule Forty-two in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (“All persons more than a mile high to leave the court”.) # Rule 42 of

Turdling Hurdles And Other Tasty Delights

Exotic food

 While endeavouring to become a rich and famous science fiction writer with my new book ‘February The Fifth’, it seems my penchant for gastronomy is hindering progress. Although I am honoured that so many readers have commented on some of the tempting meals mentioned in the book, it shouldn’t be forgotten that I do mention a lot of sci-fi stuff too. You know, planets, space ships and even creatures with multiple appendages. Alas however, I suppose I should accept the culinary critiques in good spirit and get on with writing a recipe book next. Would you like the recipes for the following tempting fare from February The Fifth? No one

The Family Tree


I wonder how many of us know our maternal great-grand mother’s maiden name. For that matter, I think I would have a problem remembering my wife’s maiden name. Unless you are a genealogy genius, it would surprise me if there are too many ‘family tree’ experts out there. As each generation passes, our knowledge of our family seems to disappear. Wouldn’t it be a great idea if the power of the internet could come to our aid and with just one click, produce a full family tree. Simply enter your name and click ‘Build My Family Tree’ and within microseconds have all the names and details of your ancestors dating