I have been remiss in not contributing to this blog for ages, years in fact. The last couple of years have been interesting, I mean interesting in the scenes of the Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times”. My mother died just over two years ago and then I was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagas. Things are a lot better now, don’t hold your breath too much but I shall be back contributing to this blog shortly. I shall be writing about things as diverse as electric bikes and pressure cookers.