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The Garrulous Jay – Tripadviser Syndrome

“Thank you for your review, even though it wasn’t very constructive and very badly written. Maybe you should consider spending your evenings at an adult education centre rather than at a pub.” Tripadviser review response from the Manager, The Earle Arms, Heydon I...
The Garrulous Jay – Pasta, Paper, Petrol

The Garrulous Jay – Pasta, Paper, Petrol

The recent panic buying of petrol across the UK brings back memories of early 2020. Back then supermarket shelves we’re emptied of pasta and concern mounted about a national bottom-wiping crisis as...

The Garrulous Jay – What Does DEV Stand For?

The Garrulous Jay – What Does DEV Stand For?

Hello, me again! Not for the first time George has taken off and left me holding the fort, keeping everyone in line and writing this week’s Garrulous Jay. It’s a dog’s life! At this time of year the...

The Garrulous Jay – Cheeky Monkeys

The Garrulous Jay – Cheeky Monkeys

If you’re reading this in an email you’re using a service provided by Mailchimp, the email marketing company that was last week sold by its two co-founders for $12bn. It would be easy for an...

The Garrulous Jay – Optimism

The Garrulous Jay – Optimism

Last Saturday evening two women with an combined age of 37 contested the US Women’s Open Tennis Final. Prior to the tournament they had an aggregate world ranking of 223. By the time the trophies...

The Garrulous Jay – Who Cares?

The Garrulous Jay – Who Cares?

The government’s much-vaunted plan for health and social care reform announced this week raises as many questions as it provides answers. As is so often the case the devil lies in the detail. The...

The Garrulous Jay – That Rising Feeling

The Garrulous Jay – That Rising Feeling

This week I received an email from Igloo Energy informing me that their tariff will be increasing by 14% for a typical dual fuel household. Not the first such letter reminding me that prices are...

The Garrulous Jay – Buttfaces

The Garrulous Jay – Buttfaces

There are many valuable lessons to be relearnt from Nike founder Phil Knight’s fascinating memoir, Shoe Dog, about the first 18 years of his business… There’s the resilience, passion and...

The Garrulous Jay – Frog Boiler

The Garrulous Jay – Frog Boiler

“If you want to boil a frog”, the saying goes, “put it in a saucepan of cold water and heat it slowly”. Dropping our amphibian friend directly into boiling water won’t work as it’ll jump straight...

The Garrulous Jay – Triple Shock

The Garrulous Jay – Triple Shock

Rishi Sunak has problem. The 2019 Conservative Party Manifesto states, “we will keep the triple lock” on the UK State Pension. This commits the government to increasing the State Pension every year...

The Garrulous Jay – Bloody Minded Xcellence

The Garrulous Jay – Bloody Minded Xcellence

When Hannah Roberts, the BMX Freestyle World Champion, finished her first round in the Olympics Final she threw her bike aside in a gesture that appeared to be equal parts relief and triumphalism....

The Garrulous Jay – Perspectives 1&2

The Garrulous Jay – Perspectives 1&2

My week away on Colonsay in The Western Isles gave me the opportunity that comes with every holiday to recharge my batteries and take a break from the day-to-day freneticism of running my business....

The Garrulous Jay – Deputy Dog

The Garrulous Jay – Deputy Dog

Hello! George is on holiday at the moment, so he’s asked me to step in and write this week’s edition of The Garrulous Jay. For those of you who don’t know me I’m Dudley and, along with my cockerpoo...

The Garrulous Jay – Lucky Lucky England

The Garrulous Jay – Lucky Lucky England

On Sunday evening England got lucky. If Italy had managed to retain possession of the ball until the final whistle Gareth Southgate would have been unable to bring on substitutes Marcus Rashford and...

The Garrulous Jay – The Final Countdown

The Garrulous Jay – The Final Countdown

At around 10.00pm on the 26th June 1996 a football player with one previous penalty miss for Crystal Palace three seasons previously, made the long walk from the halfway line at Wembley to take the...

The Garrulous Jay – Savaged

The Garrulous Jay – Savaged

BrewDog is a business whose success owes much to a carefully cultivated image of controversy and rebellion. This is evident in the name of their best-known beer, Punk IPA, and in the fourth element...

The Garrulous Jay – Hair Today…

The Garrulous Jay – Hair Today…

On Wednesday I did something for the first time in 2021: I had a haircut… I had wanted to darken the doors of 6 Upper Goat Lane in Norwich for some months, but when I called Flint Hair in March to...

The Garrulous Jay – Planner To The Apes

The Garrulous Jay – Planner To The Apes

Mission accomplished! The Norfolk Fellaton completed their nine day Odyssey from Land’s End to John O’Groats at 4.50pm on Sunday and, after succumbing to a virulent case of FOMO, their team sponsor...

The Garrulous Jay – Forecourt Conclusion

The Garrulous Jay – Forecourt Conclusion

“Five pounds of four-star, please!” Readers of a certain age may remember making such a request of a garage attendant, or at least hearing their parents doing so. I can recall sitting in the back of...