Tis the season…News Online to get a new look. My own little redesign continues apace. If I could only get the stylesheet switcher to work in Mozilla, or get everyone using the Internet to agree to use one browser, then I might even be finished this week. Most likely I will post the new look and add the others later. Ohh don’t get excited, it really is nothing radical. Long gone are the days of a popup window, animated mouseovers and the like…

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Equating experiencesThis kind of thing is why I like reading personal websites. Those moments when you smile inwardly, or laugh outloud when someone describes one of those little things that you have done so many times and never really given a second thought (and if you had given them a second thought then they wouldn’t have happened). Those thoughts that run through everyone’s head that you never ever talk about:Black-belt level exercises in Neuroses

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Great Google Blogs!One of the downsides of not really surfing much over the weekend (preferring real life activities like cleaning out the loft… ohh no hang on…) is that I miss the big stories, and this one is pretty darn big: Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time.

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Sport 24 MondayWell it certainly was a big sporting weekend. But that’s enough about that… Did you watch it? What do you think? Who is the bad guy? What is the Secretary of State up to? Can we trust George this time around? How hot is Jack’s daughter now… oops.. sorry true colours and all that… Good start to the series though and I resisted the temptation to watch the next episode on BBC Three, although if they keep doing that then of course I will probably succumb at some point. And so it’s Monday, although having done a couple of hours work at the weekend it doesn’t feel quite so bad. Nah, rubbish. It’s Monday. They’re ALWAYS bad!

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Set an alarmIt’s almost here, and I’m getting excited already…24 – new series. Right off to watch Scotland thrash Ireland at Murrayfield.

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100th WindowMassive Attack’s latest album appears to be, to resort to the vernacular, a ‘grower’ (as Jez suggested). So I will revise my previous opinion, and as Lyle pointed out, it sounds much better when played on a decent system (and not my laptop). I also bow to Stuart’s one-liner “I think it’s about texture, rather than melody” as I missed a lot of the subtler nuances… so, I am happy to say that yes Mike, I love it too! (Ohhh hark at me with me posh words…)

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Anti-War SentimentLadeez and Gennnlemen…. With a link found, ohhh flippin everywhere.. I give you… Observations from a reluctant anti-warrior.

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St.Valentine’s Day“Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.” Today St.Valentine’s Day has become a card-fest and has lost almost every piece of it’s romantic beginnings. Find out more about the History …

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Fate“…And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And look upon myself, and curse my fate…” So who should nip onto my carriage of the train last night and sit directly behind me? Why it’s Loud Woman and a friend of hers. Sounded like they had been for dinner and some wine. Well that’s all I could guess during the sonic battering my eardrums took. And, having left the house all of two minutes later than normal, who should I find myself walking behind on the way up the station platform this morning… why look everybody, it’s Sauntering Woman. I am cursed. P.S. Despite claims to the contrary, Loud Woman is not Gert – although I was a tad worried …

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