Monthly Archives: September 2014

SUCH A THING AS TOO MANY POCKETS

When I’m preparing to go fishing, my starting point is to zip up all the pockets in my fishing bag and all the pockets in my fishing jacket, while they are still empty. Left open, they are a temptation to … Continue reading

Posted in talking tackle | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A FILOFACTS ON … WINE

to be filled out later, but some preliminary notes … Victoria Moore, Guardian, laying down some general rules for buying cheapish wine said her colleague Matthew Jukes (D. Mail and blog) recommended Beaujolais and Loire wines for value from France … Continue reading

Posted in the filofacts | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A FILOFACTS ON …. POINTING & GROUTING

In Telegraph of 13.4.14, the paper’s DIY and building consultant, Jeff Howell, was asked his opinion of mechanical re-pointing tools. He commented: “As with any method of repointing, the main problems are that (a) it is usually unnecessary, and (b) … Continue reading

Posted in the filofacts | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A FILOFACTS ON … GRAVEL PATHS

In Telegraph of 23.8.14, the Ask A Builder column dealt with the following question from MW of Basingstoke … “I want to install a gravel path around my house. Owing to the confines of the area, and the fact that … Continue reading

Posted in notes from the shed, the filofacts | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Shednotes15 – On pointing, grouting and gravel

As previously mentioned, one of The Shed’s projects is The Filofacts, a reference work designed for your go-anywhere steam-powered personal organiser. It is not yet layout-ready, but making it so is a project for the winter months. Meanwhile, help yourself … Continue reading

Posted in notes from the shed | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shednotes 14: The downside of trade unionism

The Shed includes a former shop steward but also has connections in middle management and, having heard their stories, would not want them to have missed the following anonymous testimony from a Trade Union Officer in the What I’m Really … Continue reading

Posted in notes from the shed, opinion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Shednotes 13: A Filofacts on LONDON SHOPPING

The Shed sometimes thinks it is producing a Mainly For Men magazine but its committee includes both female and just-gay-enough advisers, who recommended the following list, edited down from an astonishingly knowledgeable guide to the 50 Best Boutiques In London … Continue reading

Posted in notes from the shed, the filofacts | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Shednotes 12: On painting

In a piece on careers in construction, in one of the old newspapers which are always standing by for duty in The Shed, somebody was quoted as saying dismissively: “If you can piss, you can paint.” That might apply in … Continue reading

Posted in notes from the shed | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Shednotes 11: On Celebrity Big Brother 2014

In the interests of broadening The Shed’s cultural knowledge, and because there was nothing much else on for a bit, our tv panel watched most of the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother – intrigued by a line-up which included … Continue reading

Posted in notes from the shed | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment