What is it?

This is what's left of Jonathan Palfrey's personal Web site, first established in 1996.

In those days, your own Web site was about the only way to express yourself on the Web. But now I interact with friends on Facebook, display my photos on Flickr, write book reviews on Goodreads, and write occasional blog posts. So this site is on the back burner, and serves as a home for mostly old stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else. I make minor updates here occasionally.

If you want to know who I am or how to contact me, click here.

If you want to know what Thurb means, or why this is, click here.

What's relatively new here

Monthly: Update my log of local temperatures.
Mar 2020: Add a new page listing Lord of the Rings actors in order of age.
Sep 2019: Add a new page of historical turning points.
Sep 2019: Update my Terry Pratchett page.
Dec 2018: Update my Doctor Who actors timeline page.

Miscellaneous writings

I've written a bunch of book and film reviews, a Lord Darcy timeline, and accounts of a cruise in the Caribbean, my holiday in the Seychelles, and two weeks in Bavaria. If you want any more, here are my thoughts on politics, religion, programming, the Swatch beat, a sensible calendar, and space travel times.

My photos on Flickr

Having lived in 12 countries and visited 16 others, I have a large collection of travel and personal photos, and I'm gradually uploading a small selection of them to Flickr. Here are links to an overview of the photos, the latest photos I've uploaded, some family photos, and my travel photos in chronological order.


Here are my favourite Web sites, quotations, music, books, and short stories.


I've always liked playing games of skill, but I rarely seem to get the opportunity these days. You can find here complete rules for the Advanced Battleships pencil-and-paper game, incomplete rules for the game of Zola Bola, notes on American Civil War games, a list of computer games I've bought (should anyone want to know), and my thoughts on unreal-time games and Chess.

Family corner

This currently contains a record of my sister's acting career and my mother's biography of the ballet dancer John Gilpin.

School corner

A long time ago, I attended two boarding schools in England while my parents were in Africa: Stouts Hill in Gloucestershire, then Blundell's in Devon. Blundell's has its own Web site, but Stouts Hill closed down as a school in 1979, so I've dedicated some pages to its memory here. These are intended for other veterans of the school and aren't really of general interest.

Assorted funnies (not written by me)

Signs of life, school history, IKEA divorce video (3.8 MB), job application, not fishing, ruin sorbees, fur comment, rejection rejected, parenthood, tax, the reluctant cannibal

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