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Talented Crouch Enders 2

Talented Crouch Enders 1 was not meant to be taken entirely seriously - more sort of Keystone Kriminals.

Try and guess, from my broadly signposted clues, the tone of this entry.

Clue number 1 - the subject - me. Greying, wrinkling, sliding down the wrong side of the slippery geriatric slope. Any talent this silly old bugger may ever have had is clearly in decay. And yet there's…


Added by Mac Heath on March 31, 2011 at 17:17 — No Comments


I am a grumpy old man, I have been for some time. Quite possibly I was a grumpy young man. Come to think of it, most babies are a bit grumpy from time to time. Maybe its been a lifelong thing with me. One of the things that makes me grumpiest is the way our language is sinking into decline from carelessness and ignorance.

Obviously, the growth of entirely content free conversation is a huge worry "I was like, you know, "Oh my god", and she was like, "Whatever", and I was like "SHUT…


Added by Adrian Essex on March 29, 2011 at 10:40 — 1 Comment

A Spring day in Crouch End

This morning is spent pottering around in the sunshine with a few other mums, helping the nursery children at Weston Park sow sweet peas and tomatoes.  With the seeds safely covered and placed in the greenhouse, I glance at all their names on the pots and will them to grow.  The aim is for each child to have a tomato plant to take home and sweet peas to pick through out…


Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on March 24, 2011 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Blacklists, fraudsters and megacorp

Just to recap. I had come into possession, via ebay, of an iphone which had been reported stolen after I bought it. The insurance company (LSG on behalf of Vodafone) had blacklisted the IMEI number (a unique identifier for the phone) with CEIR (see here for a  narrative on what this means) and I was trying to get this blacklist lifted so that I could use the phone.

Vodafone was my…


Added by Adrian Essex on February 11, 2011 at 14:16 — No Comments

Blacklists and fraudsters

This is the story of me and my blacklisted  iPhone. I never intended to become the owner of an iphone, it happened almost by chance. In August a family member found that her Samsung smart phone had a very short battery life, so she and I looked for a second hand iPhone. The going rate on eBay seemed just beyond affordable, so when a Vodafone handset came up  (tied phones are slightly cheaper) we bid for and bought it.

    Now our experience of eBay has been pretty good. As a vendor I have… Continue

Added by Ivan O'Pinion on January 9, 2011 at 16:16 — No Comments

Just So

I saw this image on Sunday in the Telegraph and how could it not remind me of the Just So stories I read as a child. The Elephant's Child was one of my favourites and this photo is really very like the one I remember from the book. From memory I think the Elephant's Chils suffered from (had the benefit of ) 'Satiable Curtiosity and the nose legthening took place on the banks of the great grey green greasy Limpopo river all set about with fever… Continue

Added by Adrian Essex on November 22, 2010 at 15:56 — No Comments

socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother's basements and ranting

Andrew Marr recently characterised bloggers as all those things listed in the title.

Obviously he is wrong - all generalisations must be to some extent. I, for example, am neither single nor young, rather, I'm a grumpy old man.

I am writing this blog, and I reply to online discussion forums, at least in part, because I like the thought that my writing is being published, its good for my ego, even though no-one may ever read it. Here on my blog I can combine authorship with editorial… Continue

Added by Adrian Essex on November 5, 2010 at 7:51 — No Comments

Cancelled Fireworks

I was very disappointed to discover that Haringey have cancelled the fireworks display at Alexandra Palace after I don't know how many years. It has been possibly the biggest success in Haringey's events calendar for over 25 years and provides a delightful evening for thousands of residents whilst boosting local traders with the influx of visitors from outside the Borough.… Continue

Added by Sally Littlefair on October 31, 2010 at 13:37 — 1 Comment

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