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Stratton School rugby Biggleswade 1975

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Stratton School rugby Biggleswade 1975








Stratton School Biggleswade 1975

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This is the sports pavilion, rarely used...


...except by pupils who smoked. My whole family smoked, so I didn't, but I stayed with my friends company as they puffed away.
Which has reminded me that there were two common rooms at Stratton School, the one for non-smoking teachers and the one for smoking teachers. The corridor near the later teacher's common room was always full of the smell of tabaco and smoke.

What is this cloud of unknowing?

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Sometimes, between a morning of programming and an afternoon of programming I have thirty minutes of complete rest, horizontal, eyes closed.
Programming is an art and a craft, so problems swirl around in the brain, unless you distract it. I need the "distraction" to get the most out of my half an hour.

Somehow I've come to merge two religious phrases into one.

The first is from Buddhism: "What is this?" It is a question which you are supposed to ask yourself intently and honestly. As far as I can tell "this" has never been specified. But oddly enough it does concentrate the mind.
The second is from a 14th century work called "The Cloud of Unknowing". In that book it is suggested that you forget a rational or logical or even religiously proscribed way of thinking of God, and just try to pierce the cloud of unknowing (of what God is) with...what...love?
Anyway, together the two phrases form a single question:
What is this cloud of unknowing?
And as…

Will the Philips A60 7W E27 220-240V CL LED light bulb really last 15 years?

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I bought this Philips LED light bulb and noticed the words "15 years"...




...really Philips? I haven't met a LED bulb which last more than 3 years so far. The light is on for 12 hours a day, so it should last 30 years don't you think? Well, we'll see, I think though the 15 years a a downright lie.
(OK, OK, I have nothing else to do today. O rather nothing else I want to do)