Monthly Archives: May 2015

SHEDNOTES 116: Notes from the back of the class

The Shed had been meaning to read The Shepherd’s Life, by Lake District farmer James Rebanks, and was convinced by an extract published at http://tinyurl.com/lv3hau6/ Mr Rebanks remembered: “I realised we were different, really different, on a rainy morning in … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 115: How tofu-chompers lost it for Labour

The Shed once again found wisdom in Zoe Williams on politics in the Guardian, 20.5.15, addressing the divide between “metropolitan” Labour and the blue-collar votes it has lost. Her observations included: * “The Labour party has now lost two of … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 114: Real drama on The Island

A fallback Shed activity is untangling fishing line, the zen way to understand the frailty of human attempts to impose some temporary order amidst cosmic chaos. Shed grandchildren are taught that a length of unbroken line is a valuable tool … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 113: For the Filofacts – add Quotes

    In the course of site reorganisation, The Shed needs to refile the following … ON AGE “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” American columnist … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 112: A floating vote lands

The Shed promised 99 comments over 99 days of election campaigning and has failed to deliver, but luckily has disappointed not too many people. In the end … Our well-occupied Tory benches argued that despite a lacklustre campaign, Cameron is … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 111: For the Filofacts – Jokes by Bernard Manning

Some time ago, The Shed filed the Best Of Bernard Manning as recalled by Telegraph readers after his death in 2007. But it was in a corner of this site which is now being closed, so here they are again. … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 110: Notes from the smoking shed

According to somebody down the pub … * There was this letter in the Telegraph about somebody’s mum making tea for a couple of social workers who were assessing her needs. When she put hot water into the pot to … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 109: Talking Tools – on clamps

The Shed recently envied a professional pair of one-handed clamps and resolved to upgrade from the lightweight Chinese cheapies it has used for years. Forgot to write the brand down though and got led astray. A local diy store had … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 108: West Dartmoor Notes 1

The Shed introduces a new occasional column, West Dartmoor Notes, written by A Correspondent. Not quite inside Dartmoor Prison A Shed reporter joined a guided stroll around the outside of Dartmoor Prison and a visit to the prison museum. The … Continue reading

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