Rügen – the Baltic Pearl

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

The beach at Sellin, looking north

A few words and pictures about our short break on Germany’s biggest island, Rügen, last month. (more…)

Bye, bye, Miss American Pie…

Monday, November 16th, 2009

So my darling little sister and her dashing young man have made the leap across the pond to San Francisco. I’m now the last of the family remaining in London. Not sure for how long that will be the case, so keep watching this space.
In other news…well, I think I owe a few bloggers an apology. I thought it couldn’t be that hard, and scoffed at people described as ‘political bloggers’ when interviewed. I am now happy to admit that it’s actually a lot more demanding than I thought. Hence the dearth of blog posts recently. I just haven’t had the time. Now if I could find someone to pay me for writing this nonsense, that would be a different matter…
Still doing pretty well on the plastic bag front – I’ve decided that it’s OK to take one if you re-use it, as then it’s no longer a single-use bag. So the one I accidentally took at the chip shop last Tuesday doesn’t count, as I used it as a bin-bag.
Until the next time, dear readers.

To Blog Or Not To Blog…

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

…that is the question. I thought long and hard about my last post – some people think you shouldn’t write about your children (as Julie Myerson discovered) but given that:

  • a) I’m not a broadsheet journalist
  • b) there are only a handful of you reading this (I love you all)
  • c) it is so clearly tongue-in-cheek

it seemed OK. Of course, the fact that Carla is already more popular than I am – her Youtube video has had more views already than all my blog hits put together – had nothing to do with it…

Should I be worried about Carla?

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Consider the evidence:

Carla with an (empty) wine bottle

Carla with an (empty) wine bottle

Carla snaffles a can of Fosters

We have a kitchen cupboard that has a child lock on, where we keep various things including a stash of Peroni. If Carla manages to get anywhere near that cupboard when it’s open, what’s the first thing she goes for? No, not the sweets. No, not the cereal. Yes, you guessed it – the beer.
It’s one thing going for an empty wine bottle – she could at least smell that and work out what it was. But the sealed cans / bottles of beer? How does she know? It’s not like I drink a lot, and I rarely drink in front of her. I thought I wouldn’t have to contend with this until she hit her teens!

Hello again

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

So here I am in my lovely new home at mccormicksmith.com. Thanks again to Edward and Tom for hosting me, much kudos. Now all I need to do is write some stuff…I would also love it if the timestamp started displaying the way I wanted it to. Oddly enough this was a piece of cake on WordPress.com. but despite using exactly the same theme and doing ecactly the same edit, it hasn’t worked…


Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Fabulous though wordpress.com hosting is, there are a few things I’d like to be able to do on this blog that I can’t at the moment without paying for the privilege, and some that I can’t do at all…so I’m going to move over to some space provided by my sister’s partner – step forward for a bow, Edward, and thanks! Right now, I’m in the process of setting the new space up with Edward’s help, which means if you’re reading this you used the gilesmc.wordpress.com address – in future, you’ll be able to reach this blog at www.mccormicksmith.com/giles, though if you head over there now you won’t see very much…
The blog isn’t the only thing migating though – it looks like various family members will be leaving these shores in the not too distant future. Watch this space… (please! I need the traffic!!!)

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Hello again. I’ve been a bit busy over the past few days – mostly work, though we did go and see my Dad this weekend which was good. It’s always refreshing to get out of London. I have been neglecting you, though, dear readers, and it seems that you’ve repaid the compliment – I had no views at all from Thursday to Tuesday. I shouldn’t be bothered, but I can’t help it – when you log in, you get to see a lovely chart of how many views you’ve had per day, and mine has a worryingly flat look to it. Here’s a couple of quotes:
‘I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier’ – Brandon Flowers
‘I’ve got ham, but I’m not a hamster’ – Bill Bailey
‘I work with statistics, but I’m not a statistician’ – Giles McCormick Smith
OK, it doesn’t scan and it’s not even funny. But it’s true – I deal with numbers all day at work. So I’m a sucker for a chart like that, and of course I’m vain enough to hope that everyone will hang on my every word. The chart doesn’t lie though. There is one small shred of hope: that my lack of new posts is behind the lack of views. I’ll try and get back to more regular updates. After all, there were two of you viewing regularly until my haitus, and I don’t want to disappoint you…
Trivia fans might like to know that the title of this post is usually attributed to Benjamin Disraeli


Monday, June 15th, 2009

Where do people find the time to blog? I was planning to make Sunday night ‘blog night’, having failed miserably to get anywhere near updating the blessed thing during the week. However, Carla decided that she wasn’t going to sleep last night and so ‘blog night’ became ‘try and get Carla to sleep night’.  She eventually succumbed at about 23:45. It’s a bit upsetting – we thought she might be through the awake all evening phase, but since Thursday night she’s been waking up not long after being put down, and then staying up until 22:00 or beyond. Hopefully it’s just some more teeth coming, though we now have a paediatrician’s appointment on the way. Hopefully this won’t involve Choose and Book, which is going to be the subject of my ire and several blog posts, assuming I ever manage to write any more…


Anyone with sharp eyes will have noticed that the Party Election broadcast post above was written very shortly after this was originally posted. I think I may have discovered the answer: blog at work! During one’s lunch break, naturally…