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What I learned from the snake queue...

The lesson of the snake queue
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it or Leave well enough alone.  But do we?  Oh no, we are always trying to improve on things, no matter how well they work.
Progress does come from constant improvement, but it needs to be an improvement!
Hence the lesson of the snake queue…I know that life isn’t always fair, I also don’t believe that everything happens for a reason (see below).However, the advent of the snake queue made me feel so happy.  I knew that, once I was in it, I would get served next.  I didn’t have to decide which shopping trolleys in front of me had more items, and pick a line accordingly, I simply joined at the rear and waited my turn.Those stores who have duplicate snakes facing each other do add a small element of stress in terms of which one to select, but I cope quite well with this one if I have my Kindle….The same at airports, pharmacies and banks, such a fair system.Then, a colleague and I went to the USA and arrived at Washington Airport with…

Favourite Words

Shambolic – it simply sounds better to me than chaotic..Do lots of people have favourite words or just a few of us nerds?As everybody is starting to think holidays (or maybe you prefer to vacation), it seemed a good time for a different type of blog.Have you noticed how many words with pleasant associations sound more attractive than those that describe the negative.Watching a TV quiz show the other night made me wonder. The contestant hated bulbous and gusset!There have always been some words that appeal to me, triskaidekaphobia being one.I now know that I had the meaning wrong!I thought it meant fear of Friday the 13th, but it is simply a fear of the number 13, so how does paraskevidekatriaphobia grab you? That is the real word for fear of Friday the 13th. Love it!Now I prefer rural to bucolic, but Robert Beard (see below) selected the latter as one of his favourites.Effervescent is a gorgeous word, so descriptive and onomatopoeic while ethereal makes me think of gossamer and fairie…