Commenting

I’ve not been leaving as many comments on other sites as I used to, even though I’m still reading as many (if not more) sites. Someone pointed out to me that I could be more constructive with my comments, and they were right. Often my comments are short, silly and pointless. I rarely engage in the ‘discussions’ in a comment box, preferring to comment once, possibly read any newer comments, and then move on. (BTW, to the person who pointed this out to me, you were right not to let it slide, I’m not having a go at you). However I think my approach is starting to affect my ‘writing’ here. I think less and less about what I post …

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Paused

A friend had some bad news last week. He runs his own joinery business and took on an apprentice last year, a young lad of 17. On Wednesday night the apprentice hanged himself. Needless to say it has provoked a lot of thought about life, values and the like, and I’ve not been able to find much else to think about. Certainly nothing I’d post here, which in itself is sad as I would’ve in the past. FYI: The previous post was in an effort to keeps things ‘normal’ but hasn’t worked.

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Knob

When does a car, let’s say the Jaguar XJ Convertible I spotted a few moments ago, fall into the ‘penis extension’ category? When it’s painted metallic purple?

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The Patient Traveller

Mr.Sevitz writes about plane boarding etiquette, or something like that, and reminds me of my own set of rules: When boarding a plane1. If it’s fixed seating. What’s the rush?2. If it’s not fixed seating. What’s the rush? You are travelling economy and ALL the seats are as cramped as the next. When leaving the plane1. The baggage handlers need to unload ALL the bags, not just yours. Dashing off the plane is pointless. Simple enough. Now, if you choose to follow these rules you will be able to join a very particular club. Well, when I say club, I mean clique. Well… when I say clique I mean a loose understanding of shared principles. You see I’m not the …

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Wizard!

Just back from watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Pretty good if you ask me. Although some of the younger actors need to be given a few more acting lessons… just as well Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and Emma Watson (Hermione) are up to the job. Of course it DOES miss out a lot of the detail from the book, but needs must and I think it works. Louise is a bit miffed though as she’s a huge fan of the books. Which means I’m in the doghouse for saying the movie was pretty darn good. Still, the sofa is quite comfy..

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Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban First off, I think this is the best of the Harry Potter movies so far. It’s nicely dark and mysterious and to me reflects the qualities of the book. The direction is excellent, as is the editing, this is a smooth movie to watch with the scenes flowing nicely. The script is well handled (I’d hate to have to adapt such a well loved set of books), but some of the younger actors need to be given a few more acting lessons… thankfully Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and Emma Watson (Hermione) are up to the job and appear to be maturing well into their craft. Of course the movie DOES miss out a lot …

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Swingers

And now I’m in a good mood. Well a tolerable mood at least. Odd that. Anyway, spent last night doing a favour for a friend, but as usual my ‘perfectionist’ view of things kept me up until 2am. I didn’t even get the damn thing finished either. Which means that the fixes for Scottish Blogs are still outstanding, as is the re-design of this place. Ho hum. In real life, aside from the new car, we aren’t up to much. Mundane, run-of-the-mill life is what we have (well, what we have fashioned), so much so that Big Brother actually looks interesting. Well, sort of… I’ve just started reading David Attenborough’s autobiography, I’ve not bought any new CDs for ages (although …

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Capisci?

OK, a couple of things you* should note: 1. The weatherman may say that it is to be ‘unseasonably cool’ over the coming days. That does NOT mean you need to have the heating system in the train going full bung, lightly toasting the hairs on my leg in the process and leaving me, and my fellow passengers, little more than greasy spots. 2. You MAY be dressed up like those twats in the 911 118 adverts, and you MAY be ‘wacky students’ just trying to earn some beer money, but it would serve you well to spot the guy who is trying to get to work having had about 4 hours sleep, and quite obviously doesn’t want you to …

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Email address

So, of course, my old email address “gordon AT snowgoon DOT co DOT uk” no longer works as the twunterooni’s at 1&1 have managed to kill the domain (roll on the 3rd when it should get transferred). In the meantime, and probably in the future, you can get me at “gordon AT gordonmclean DOT co DOT uk”. And thanks to my Dad for pointing this out. Doh! [Edited]

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Spooky

Derren Brown was at it again last night with his televised séance. He has done public séances before as part of his stage show, and fully admits that they are mocked and he is simply showing how easy it is to fake these things. Still damn clever though, even if it is using simple techniques of suggestion. Now we did figure out that the grid of photos was, basically, mathematics, and of course we don’t know what information he knew about the 12 students he chose to participate – presumably enough to manipulate one of them to enter room G7. The rest of it he explained – the wine glass on a oujia board moves because you push it, even …

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