Clairvoyant Clive

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Heteropalindromes quiz answers

Answers to the Heteropalindromes cryptic quiz

1. dog god

2. stressed desserts

3. eat tea

4. evil live

5. yob boy

6. sore eros

7. regal lager

8. avid diva

9. smug gums

Heteropalindromes cryptic quiz

A quick cryptic quiz in which the answers are all a pair of heteropalindromes (i.e. an answer might be something like ‘spool loops’ or ‘devil lived’)

  1. canine deity (3)?
  2. not a diet food and anixous about it (8)?
  3. to consume hot beverage the wrong way (3)?
  4. ‘The…’ logical prequel to Sam Raimi classic horror film (4)?
  5. rough youth who feminist might say is ‘chromasonally challenged’ (3)?
  6. primordial fertility deity chaffed by too much sex (4)?
  7. queen’s amber nectar (5)?
  8. eager prima donna (4)?
  9. too proud of what’s behind our stiff-upper-lip (4)?

Answers are here

Wrongful Language: Misnomer

While fixing my laptop, which was overheating, I discovered the problem was that I was using it on top of my lap. It seems that Compaq laptops are not meant for this purpose, to quote the user manual:

‘To reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries or of overheating the computer, do not place the computer directly on your lap’

So in the case of Compaq, ‘laptop’ is a misnomer, like peanut (which is a bean not a nut) or guinea pig (neither from Guinea nor a type of pig).

This reminded me of some old lyrics I wrote in the early nineties, which use a play on the word ‘miss’ similar to that used by a number of female R&B artists for their stage name:

She likes to think that she’s just a loner,

but I like to call her my little Miss Nomer,

hiding behind that loner persona,

I hope she’s had enough,

and life is getting tough,

I’m hoping that she’s coming around.

She is the one who will go down in history,

the only one to stay a bit of a mystery,

and I am hoping that perhaps she will miss me,

I’m hoping it’s getting rough,

that she’s had enough,

I’m hoping that she’s coming around.

The space between the beats

Here is the space between the beats,
that pumps the warmth between our sheets.
This is the space between her feet,
growing longer as the strides down the street,
And I follow her, anywhere.

This is the space in what a sing,
the space is silence ’cause I’m listening (for her).
This is the space in what I see,
the space is her, when she’s not with me,
So I’d follow her, anywhere.

This is the space between the straps,
the space is mine, where her neck meets her back.
This is the space ‘tween her and me,
Growing closer as the days become weeks,
become months, become years,
And I and her, become us,
in everything.

Because this is the space I fill,
a space where I fit so well.

‘Just because’

My son and daughter are both still at the ‘Why?’ age. However they recently gave me a taste of my own medicine. When asked why they were pretending to be hamsters in the imaginary game they were playing the 3-year-old answered, ‘Oh, just because!”

This made me wonder if I am killing their inner philosopher… and think about the general absurdity of some of the things I say to stop the incessant questions.

Because I told you not to.
Because it was your turn yesterday.
Because you need to learn to share.
Because your mother said so.
Because she knows best.
Because you can’t always get your way.
Because we’re not made out of money.
Because money doesn’t grow on trees.
Because you can’t have everything.

Sarcastic parents

Kids don’t get sarcasm – it just confuses them – but it is so tempting sometimes. Here are a few of the crazy things I’ve heard people (including myself) say to their kids recently:

Where has your bedroom floor gone? I can’t seem to find it.

No, you don’t need to brush all of your teeth – just the ones you want to have when you’re older.

That’s a lovely pictures darling. What is it?

Wow, aren’t you the clever one, spreading that all over your face!

Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.