Notes about any interesting things that have happened during the course of my day or my general thoughts on random topics.

The History of Ben’s Birthday Songs


If you’re reading this, then you’ll most likely know that I’m also somewhat of a musician. While I don’t claim to be a great singer, I do enjoy writing and recording songs. They’re often just silly little songs based around a joke, rarely meant as a serious attempt at writing a commercially successful pop song. I…

How to steal from Dunelm


Before we get started, I’d like to make it clear that I’m not actually endorsing the idea that you steal from Dunelm, I merely want to point out how easy it would be if one did fancy some free homeware. Last week, I bought my mother a photo frame from the Dunelm round the corner from…

The Clever Girl on the Train


We’re off to London today for Mother’s birthday. I’d decided not to bring my headphones, thinking it would waste my phone battery, so I thought I’d make an effort to have conversation with mother. Sadly, she didn’t seem to like this plan because shortly after the train departed she told me she was going to…

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Why I Don’t Name My Instruments


Yesterday, I bought my colleague, Laura, a ukulele for her birthday. She loved it and decided to call it Peggy. I rather like that name, it’s a good pun for those who know about instruments (the bit you turn at the top to tune a guitar/ukulele is called a tuning peg). This got me thinking:…

The Naughty Duck


When I was young, there was one character that frightened me. An animal that scared the willies out of me every time I saw it. Who was this terrifying beast I hear you ask. It was none other than… The Naughty Duck. What do you mean you’ve never heard of him? I guess I should…

My Top 12 Tweets


I’ve recently been feeling quite nostalgic/bored and so I’ve been browsing through my own Twitter feed to read back some of my tweets. Sad, I know. But be fair, there are some good ones. Quite a few I’d forgotten about and they made me laugh, so I thought what I’d do is share some of…

What happened Siren?


Had a weird experience at lunch today. I’m in Lichfield, as I’m putting a newspaper together for a company we work with. Lunchtime came and I wandered into Lichfield town centre. I’ve been to Lichfield a few times, so I know my way around a bit. I got my lunch from Subway but went into…

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Jersey Guernsey Diary – Day 5


The final day of my Jersey Guernsey Diary includes a disappointing museum, Ben’s birthday and a shock in the gents toilets. Read on to find out more. On the last day of the holiday, I woke up about 8:30am. Grandad had already gone out for a walk, so I turned the TV on. To my…

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Jersey Guernsey Diary – Day 4


Day 4 of my Jersey Guernsey Diary includes the smallest chapel in the world and the worst cafe in Guernsey. Read on to find out more. People often complain when they go on holiday that the length of the stay is either too short or too long. I think we timed our holiday perfectly. We…

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Jersey Guernsey Diary – Day 3


Day 3 of my Jersey Guernsey Diary includes a holiday crush, a one-eared pensioner and Dame Judi Dench in a public toilet. Read on to find out more. On Wednesday I was woken up by the sound of traffic and construction work going on outside. Still, it wasn’t as bad as Grandad’s snoring. I went…

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Jersey Guernsey Diary – Day 2


Day 2 of my Jersey Guernsey Diary includes a missing chandelier, a glass church and some futuristic mannequins. Read on to find out more. The next morning, I was awoken by Grandad, as he flung open the curtains with a cheery “Good morning!” Grandad always wakes up early. He usually gets up about 6am and…

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Jersey Guernsey Diary – Day 1


Day 1 of my Jersey Guernsey Diary includes a dangerous toilet, a terrified octopus and a waiter called Ted. Read on to find out more. Woke up Monday with the worst back pain I’ve ever had. I think I must have lay on it funny. Not the best start to the holiday. At the airport…

A day at the hopsital


Today I went to the Queen Elizabeth hospital for my annual heart check up. The first part of the day was waiting. We were there for a good half hour beyond our appointment time. Mother spent the whole time talking, which irritated me a bit. I should have brought a book. We were eventually called…

Tales From The Business Startup Show


Yesterday, at work, we went to London’s ExCel for The Business Startup Show. We’ve been there a couple of times before to get some interviews and do a bit of networking. It’s usually a fun day – especially when Mak’s flirting or joking around with the people on the stands – but very tiring. Last…

The Dream Database


I’ve had quite a few dreams with celebrities in. Sometimes I wonder if they found out would they want royalties? Cos if you hired a celebrity for a party, you’d have to pay them to come. So why not for dreams? Anyway, this thought led to an idea. What if there was a way to…

Why I’m no good at socialising


Tonight I went out for a drink with some of the folks from work as it was one girl’s birthday. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t really want to go, for reasons that will become apparent, but I thought I’d make the effort and since they were my colleagues I actually knew almost everyone…

Why I feel bad today


Today during lunch I went into town. On the way, a foreign woman – who looked a lot like Felicity Smoak from Arrow – stopped me and asked directions to New Street station. She was heading towards the custard factory, so I told her it was back the way she came through town and pointed…

I Am… Captain Clean


Strange thing happened at work today. I was in the toilet cubicle at work and a guy came in and had a wee, then went to leave. I heard the door open and without thinking I said – in a deep, rough voice – “You didn’t wash your hands.” and to my surprise I heard…