• Cheese and pickle.

    How to make a Cheese & Pickle Sandwich

    8 July, 2014

    What a strange species we are! Dan contemplates the complexity of a cheese & pickle sandwich.

  • Blacksmithing

    30 June, 2014

    Dan and his coworker Liz take a day's course in blacksmithing, and discover quite how much hard work it...

  • Annabel looks out over the Eden Project

    Devon – the trip we’ll never forget

    16 June, 2014

    Dan, Ruth, JTA take a holiday in Devon. And for better or worse, it becomes a trip that they’ll…

  • Dan holding the geocache he's found above his head, triumphantly.

    Geocaching Like Batman

    18 May, 2014

    Dan finds his first "terrain 5" geocache. They said he needed a boat, but Dan laughs in the face...

  • Social Engineering of the Day

    15 May, 2014

    Dan goes to deliver a lecture on security and, before he's even identified himself, manages to find out from...

  • Ice and Lemon, by Pete Hartley

    Ice and Lemon

    22 April, 2014

    Recently, Dan read a book about an alternate-universe version of himself, authored by somebody who very-nearly shares his father's...

  • @SelinaWilken: Sometimes I'll read horoscopes, and just go down the list until I find the one I like best. This month I'm Aquarius.


    17 April, 2014

    A long time ago, Dan dated a girl who would read several different horoscopes for her star sign, and...

  • Sarah and Richard announce to the rest of the family that they're now married.

    Surprises, e.g. a Brother-in-Law

    18 March, 2014

    While on the way to a stag night in Edinburgh, Dan stops to perform magic in Preston and is...

  • Lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'. I need some hot stuff baby tonight. I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'. Gotta have some hot stuff. Gotta have some love tonight.

    Cosmo – Building A Watercooled PC (Part 1)

    10 March, 2014

    Mostly-irrationally, Dan decides that it's time to build a new computer, and sets out to make a souped-up, liquid-cooled...

  • Dan rocking the baby, in the sunlight.

    “Uncle Dan”

    14 January, 2014

    Dan reflects briefly on the birth of "tiny", and the crazy week that's come since, along with some adorable...

  • Gypsies, a Turkey, a pan of French Fries, and the Kings of Leon

    Odd One Out?

    24 December, 2013

    Which is the odd-one out: gypsies, turkeys, french fries, or the Kings of Leon? It's a simple riddle, but...

  • A hanged man being quartered by his executioner.

    The Hardest Hangman

    15 December, 2013

    What's the hardest possible word to guess in Hangman? Many have wondered, but Dan felt the need to find...

  • Narrowboating

    12 December, 2013

    Back in the summer, Dan went narrowboating with Ruth, JTA, and Matt P, and the experience slowed his thinking...

  • De Klerk, by Philip van Djik.

    Pen testing

    13 November, 2013

    When testing a pen, some people write their name, some people scribble, and some write something. Dan looks at...

  • Dean is accused of the murder.

    The Ambassador’s Notebook (Murder Mystery)

    4 November, 2013

    Dan, Ruth and JTA host a murder mystery party based on a kit given to them for free by...

  • The Ambassador's Notebook

    Wanted: Two Murder Suspects

    29 October, 2013

    With apologies for the short notice, Dan, Ruth and JTA seek players for a murder mystery party this weekend!...

  • Pocket Searching

    22 October, 2013

    Accidental pocket-dialling is so last decade. Dan's been practicing accidental pocket-searching, and he's coming up with some strange results.

  • Becky and Sarah in the front of Becky's car, as seen in

    The Family Vlog

    24 August, 2013

    Dan introduces his sister's weekly vlog, and his own review vlog (reviewing his sister's weekly vlog), along with playlist...

  • Dan is handed keys and a bottle of sparkling wine by Mark, the estate agent.

    Buying A House, Part 6

    21 August, 2013

    The epic conclusion to the Buying A House series, in which Alec comes over and helps Dan, Ruth, JTA...

  • Bus/cycle lane heading South on Banbury Road.

    Wear Your Cycle Helmet

    14 August, 2013

    Today, Dan was involved in a collision between his bike and a car, and sustained minor injuries. But if...

  • One of the existing owners talks to the surveyor as he inspects the conservatory.

    Buying a House, Part 5

    1 August, 2013

    As part of their ongoing efforts to buy and move into a house of their own, Dan, Ruth and...

  • Buying a House, Part 4 – Call To Arms!

    19 July, 2013

    Can you help Dan, Ruth and JTA to move house on 27th & 28th July? They need your help!

  • Ruth's pregnancy test, showing

    Second Time Lucky

    8 July, 2013

    Ruth's pregnant! That's all, really, but you can click through to the blog post for a little more information,...

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    New Volunteers for Three Rings

    8 July, 2013

    Following their weekend in Jersey, Dan, Ruth and JTA went off to Malvern to train three new Three Rings...

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    2 July, 2013

    Dan sticks googly eyes to things. Hilarity ensues.

  • Q from James Bond.

    Just One Q

    28 June, 2013

    With the recent announcement that his friend Jimmy and his ex- Claire are engaged, Dan realises that he might...

  • A 22-page form; each page is double-sided for added insanity.

    Buying a House, Part 3

    27 June, 2013

    In the third blog post in this series, Dan, Ruth and JTA acquire some lawyers, fill out a mortgage...

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    24 June, 2013

    JTA, Dan, Ruth, and her mother take a long-weekend holiday to the island of Jersey, and nobody kills anybody.

  • Cougar Town characters playing Penny Can.

    Movie Title Mash-Ups

    21 June, 2013

    Dan and Ruth spend the greatest part of an evening playing "Movie Title Mash-Up", the second-silliest social game to...

  • Mortgage broker Stefan Cork amidst our mountains of paperwork.

    Buying a House, Part 2

    30 May, 2013

    Recently, Ruth, Dan and JTA went looking at lots of houses. Then they decided to buy one, and engaged...