The Last Furlong

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Food, food, glorious food

Us old Furlongs fell off our food perch.

Most of us Furlongs are on one kind of food perch or other. To fix something -or-other from allergies to weight, to diabetes. Continue reading



It’s official – it’s science – God does you good

I am so absolutely tired of scientist ‘trashing’ religion as Richard Dawkins has done so obsessively for an interminably long time (it seems).  Continue reading


Our hot, sunny bank holiday

Our hot, sunny bank holiday was cloudy, cold, windy and now it’s raining. Continue reading

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This world is such a fascinating place

This morning, I picked up a video off Reddit that intrigued me. I wandered down the puppet path, interested to find out who Barnaby Dixon was, who made it.

Well, turns out he’s British and? living at home with his parents, like so many young people today.  Continue reading


The bad news about sciatica infection

Well, I’m going to shut up about sciatica soon.

It’s a horrible thing.

It has crippled me.

I’m worst in the morning,

Best at night.

I’d take an antibiotic if it would help.


The BAD news about Propionibacterium acnes, the little bugger that causes much more than acne, is that it has learned to be very antibiotic resistant.

I have asked a question about antibiotic resistance before – Pseudo science biology question

But have not found a satisfactory answer.

Here is everything you might want to know about Propionibacterium acnes.

Propionibacterium acnes




Ariadne – our ‘baby’ (spider)

The Furlongs have a new pet. She’s not mature yet, so this year, she won’t be breeding. We have watched her grow from a tiny thing to a substantial  ten pence size.

She lives in a corner of our kitchen window. Continue reading


Escaping from a sinking car

Several years ago our friend and her dog died in her car when it was pulled into the river in a flood. The shock of that kind of event is unbelievable. It’s always something that happens to someone else – never to anyone YOU know. Continue reading