Monthly Archives: February 2012

How blogging helped me make the best cup of coffee ever


One of the nicest things to happen this year was a surprise gift of coffee all the way from Lebanon. And all because of a blog. Last year, I did a 30 days without supermarkets challenge, in which I aimed … Continue reading

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In praise of (occasional) marginalia


As you leave the Institute of Education library, there’s a montage of photographs showing the awful things that people have done to books, like water damage and coffee stains, highlighting and tearing, as a reminder to treat their books nicely. … Continue reading

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IT tips: how to stop Chrome opening your pdfs


I love Chrome, but I hate the way it takes over your pdfs and opens them in the browser. I also hate the way this isn’t straightforwardly configurable on the preferences page. However, it’s easy, and this is how you … Continue reading

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Zorn’s ‘Grammar’ online, for all your polka mazurka needs


I got my copy of Zorn’s ‘Grammar’ via Abe Books a few years ago, but it occurred to me that it must surely be out of copyright, and digitised by now? And sure enough, here it is, Grammar of the … Continue reading

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Happy National Libraries Day – especially to Tooting Library and the IOE


I’m no Luddite. I was an early-adopter of computers and the internet. I earn about 25% of my salary from playing the piano, and 75% from being a pretty expert user of all kinds of software. I use the internet … Continue reading

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