Digitalk: Why is my computer so slow?
May16

Digitalk: Why is my computer so slow?

Please! Stop slamming your keyboards and punching your monitors in frustration! It’s not their fault that your computer is running slow. A slow computer can be one of the most aggravating tools to work with, especially if you are busy, as it can slow your day right down. Oh, I just need to print this document that I need to post…. And the computer is still booting up 5 minutes later. I’ll just open this program… well I might as well...

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Folkmoor: Phantom Black Dogs
May02

Folkmoor: Phantom Black Dogs

Folklore researcher and author Mark Norman profiles the phenomenon of ghostly apparitions of Black Dogs which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his most well-loved Sherlock Holmes novel. When asking people about the ‘Black Dog’, the first thing brought to mind is either the metaphor for depression popularised by statesman Sir Winston Churchill, or the Sherlock Holmes story “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. However, apparitions...

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Gardening with Michael Pell: Spring
May02

Gardening with Michael Pell: Spring

Spring, time of reawakening in the gardening year, though if, like us you garden on heavy clay, spring has been a long time coming. The ground here at Lewis Cottage is only just drying out, so I’m thankful that I managed to get ahead during the winter months, clearing the herbaceous borders, though I tend to leave the woodland well alone so that there are plenty of areas for the local wildlife to hibernate. That’s not to say that...

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Has the console war been won?
May02

Has the console war been won?

Since the beginning of gaming there’s been constant disagreement among gamers about which platform is the best. While it’s generally accepted that as the hardware can be upgraded exponentially depending on the depth of your pocket, PC offers the best gaming experience. The title of the best console however, is a matter of constant debate. Normally, it’s a close fought battle between the 2 giants of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s...

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View from the Whitehouse
Apr18

View from the Whitehouse

It’s time to admit once and for all that I am an Old Fart. Once you’ve realised that every single pocket contains Polo mints, dog kibble or chicken feed there really aren’t any other options. All I can aim for now is becoming a magnificent Old Fart. Horsey people are probably the best at that; farmers are pretty good and dog-owners a close third. Cat people are, of course in their own category of bonkers but a previously...

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View from the Whitehouse – Chickens
Mar22

View from the Whitehouse – Chickens

I may have a few talents but I’m definitely not a chicken whisperer. Last year, I purchased three bantams at point of lay. I thought that, being smaller, they’d be less destructive than the Marans we’d had before. Pardon me while I laugh bitterly at the wreck that once was the rockery… What I really hadn’t counted on was a) the lightness and b) the flat-out awkwardness of these mini-chickens as they conspired to get through,...

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