Category Archives: Whimsy

Jun 04

Marina Bird update

Had some newcomers yesterday, if all the “hellos” were anything to go by. Haven’t heard them today. Hope the row between Bill Hates Youuu and Too Cruel Anthony hasn’t put them off…

Mar 13

Earworm again

For weeks my earworm has been mumbling incoherently to a orchestral refrain I can’t place. I’m wondering if it’s a ring tune. It sounded like dumb dumb dairry /dumb dumb dairry /dumb dumb dairry daaaaha The fog has lifted on the lyrics. Apparently they are: Tons of berries Tons of berries Tons of berriesTa! Better […]

Feb 27

A Disappointment of Owls

Is released on the 3rd March. Set in the middle of Unkindness of Ravens, Symington is adjusting to life in Fournier Street. A chance encounter with Albert Shawcross – a solicitor with a sideline in illegal divorces – is just one of those things, until Shawcross winds up dead and local bobby Constable Dennison comes […]

Yes You Do Know

Is the latest call going around the marina. And quite insistent it is too. I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with Bill Hates Youuu but I’ve been transported back to my first secondary school maths lessons, where despite my protestations to the contrary, I was told I did know. Cheers bird.

Guess who’s back?

I haven’t heard Bill Hates Youuu for a long time. But the summer was a busy one and, what with the Autumn Term of the Apocalypse happening in reality rather than virtually, my times for hearing him have been limited. But I took the dogs out for a quick wee wee walk, in the mud […]

More Wood Pigeon Saga

Bill Hates Youuu is back. To be fair he was around most of yesterday. I think he’s on a retainer However there’s a twist to the tale today. A new bird has entered the conversation with the question that’s been bugging me for days: “Bill Who?”

The return of the wood pigeon

Bill Hates Youuu is back. Less vitriolic than before. It feels like he’s just going through the motions; maybe because  he’s getting no response. The song birds aren’t giving him the solo. They’re carrying on, doing their thing. He’s having to compete for air time and this fact is affecting Bill Hates Youuu big time. […]

Yesterday

The dawn chorus is hard at it again this morning. Songbirds tweeting their joy as the sunrises over yet another day of this 2020 apocalypse. It’s the same every morning; except it isn’t. Yesterday was different. Over the top of the song birds ode to joy came a plaintive cry. “Bob!Bob!Bob!” I’d never heard it […]

My Arthur Dent Life

Since this Lockdown life began, like most people I have had good days and bad days. Days when the technology works, days when it does not. Hours of frustration, moments of amazing joy that I am still making a difference. In the old normal, Wednesday was the hump day. The one we all slogged our […]

Show me my photos

(This is a Google prompt inspired piece written by predictive text. Enjoy. Or not.) Happy New year and thanks for all the work you have done. I’m currently working on the project and I have just finished my PhD thesis with a couple of other locations. The first chapter is very often a little past […]