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Me at the Guateke concert in Los Llanos de Aridane

Carnival, and an interview.

A bit late, but here’s a video of my favourite thing from Los Llanos day carnival on Saturday. Carnival is like a giant street theatre: almost everybody joins in, demonstrating their creativity for everybody who cares to see. So here’s the Canarian Unsynchronised Swimming team with their mobile pool. The other thing I like about the video is the music. That’s my husband playing the drums in the band, and…

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Queuing

This morning I went to sign off for the month as an self employed. I tried to do it on Friday, but Social Security said I needed to sign off at the tax office first, and they said I needed to make an appointment, which I couldn’t get until today. When I got there at 9:10 I had to queue while another lady got a huge pile of papers rubber…

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Hammer

Squee Sunday: hamsters

My story “Agent Hammer: Licensed to Kibble” was in On The Premises issue 17. Agent Hammer is a genetically modified hamster and a secret agent who does things like jumping out of burning buildings using a lady’s frilly knickers as a parachute. I keep thinking I ought to do another Agent Hammer story because it was such fun to write.

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Trappist-1 and it’s 7 dwarves

Well squee! NASA announced that the little star TRAPPIST-1 has 7 rocky planets, ranging in size from 40% to 140% of Earth’s mass. They’re all very close to the star, closer than Mercury is to our own Sun, but TRAPPIST-1 is an ultracool dwarf star, with a surface temperature of perhaps 2,500 ºC. Our sun is about 5,500 ºC. This means that several of the planets are in the Goldilocks…

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A podcast about me!

For some time I’ve been a fan of Chris Guillebeau, who blogs about unconventional careers. He’s now doing a daily podcast called Side Hustle School. He believes it’¡s a really good idea to have a side line, both for the obvious extra income, but also fun, new skills, and to be less dependant on your employer. The episode with me is at https://sidehustleschool.com/episode/38 It’s 8 min 21 sec.

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