I rang Triodos, my bank, the other day to transfer some money and in the course of the transaction the woman asked me "what was the sort code there (i.e. the sort code for the receiving bank)”. I found myself saying “Don’t you mean what is the sort code, not was “. Surely, I explained to Remke it is the current sort code that is of interest not what it might have been in the past. Apparently this is a modern usage of the word ‘was’ and it confirms that I am officially a grumpy old man. I thought about ringing to apologise to the woman (Kate), but Remke convinced me that I just need to learn to accept myself.
26 February 2010 | 0 Comments
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I have just put the phone down after a 40 minute conversation with my fellow vegetable grower John G. It’s Sunday morning and he is walking a field of some 50,000 Savoy cabbage, thinking that they are ready to cut and hoping he can sell them soon. We talk about vegetables and the conversation usually covers aspects of soils, growing, harvesting and marketing and because we can talk about vegetable growing forever our conversations rarely reach a conclusion.
30 November 2009 | 0 Comments
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