Merging CSV Files The Easy Way

For reasons which are best not explained, I was given some large data exports that had been created as a dozen or so Excel sheets (to the tune of 40,000+ lines per sheet) and asked to convert them into something more useful. Specifically, a CSV file. Continue reading


Updating MS Word Autofields

MS Word is a peculiar beast and it should be remembered that, just because it comes out of the Microsoft stable, this doesn’t mean it works the same as MS Excel. There are some obscure reasons for this peculiarity but, rather than go into these in depth, I’ll limit the scope of this article to a specific question posed recently. Continue reading

The Green Butchers

four and a half stars out of five Ok, it’s hard not to think of Delicatessen once you realise the plotline of this film – but Green Butchers is  quite a different type of movie. Continue reading


The Crimson Rivers

two and a half stars out of five It’s a bit of a croque, monsieur.

It’s like the French cinematic world decided to have a go and “do Hollywood” by just throwing as much of everything as they could think of into this film. Like someone watched The Da Vinci Code and went “I know, let’s have a Nazi consipracy, some genetic engineering, a lot of stupid gendarmes – but this being France, they have wine when on duty rather than coffee/donuts – oh, and a bit of martial arts. That will be great!”. Um, not so much. Continue reading


Proof, if proof were needed (it was)

I took the pretty shonky little snapshot below with my phone while perched on a very narrow step outside my local branch of a well-known national bank (you know, the one with the cringe-making faux radio station tv adverts…). As you can probably work out for yourself, the picture is of a section from a careers poster. This poster has been on display for at least 6 months. I know this because I took a previous photo of it back in November that was even worse than the one I’ve included here and it’s taken me until today to get round to re-doing it & finishing this article. Continue reading


Colour deafness

My husband is colour-deaf. No, that’s not a typo, he’s not colour-blind: he can see colours well enough, but they just don’t “speak” to him – hence, he’s colour-deaf. Continue reading


Excel data sort using more than 3 columns

Excel was designed so that a user can sort by 3 columns, and that’s it. Why 3? Who knows, maybe the developers figured that 3 would be enough for any user of Excel and if they wanted more they’d be using a different application entirely. For whatever reason, that’s what we’re stuck with when using the Data>Sort tool provided. Continue reading