I love Guinness, not mad keen on the after effects of 10 pints of the stuff mind you. Twas a good night last night, a couple of drinks after work ended up being several with Louise joining me in Glasgow and our mate Stuart coming out to play as well. A few beers, some Nasi…Continue reading Thunk


In the market for a new mobile? I strongly suggest you check out this offer. Pre-order the brand new SPV C500 Smartphone (due out a week on Monday) and get 100 mins cross network and 100 texts a month for £25, free connection, £75 cashback and the handset is FREE! Normally it would retail over…Continue reading FREE SPV C500

New blog on the block

I don’t do this often but I’m smitten already… Lazy Edinburgh Novelist is.. well exactly what is says on the tin, the blog of Edinburgh novelist Abigail Bosanko. In the Scottish Fiction section, there I was next to Christopher Brookmyre. Two copies of ‘Lazy Ways to Make a Living’ next to three copies of ‘Be…Continue reading New blog on the block

More money stuff

Well it’s payday. At last. Been a wee bit bad this month in some aspects (spent too much on… ohhh I dunno.. illuminated keyboards!) but overall it was a good month as we restructured things and are paying out less than we were before. Mortgage wise we’ll be, paper-work pending, switching to a three year…Continue reading More money stuff

Easy Rider

He throws his leg over the saddle, composes himself, then pedals off, pulling out straight in front of me in the process. He weaves a little, I hold back to give him room. He veers into the middle of the road, wobbling. Coming the other way a pizza delivery scooter slows to make a right…Continue reading Easy Rider

Stationary ache

Working at home, as I am today, has a lot of advantages. The main one for me is concentration. I’m in almost complete control of my environment here and end up losing all track of time. Louise knows to phone me around 12.30 to make sure I stop for lunch (which I frequently miss when…Continue reading Stationary ache

Money matters

Awaiting two more quotes for the new boiler installation. Both from local companies, one of which Scottish Gas would’ve subcontracted anyway. Both of them have suggested the boiler can be placed in the loft with a remote control unit (wireless) sited anywhere we want. It felt much better dealing with the people who will actually…Continue reading Money matters

My new keyboard

My new keyboard  UPDATE: OK and explanation. I had one of those big MS Office keyboards for a while but the damn thing was just too noisy. I work late into the night and the computer is in the spare room next to our bedroom. This keyboard has laptop style buttons, is much quieter and…Continue reading My new keyboard


I’m useless at coming up with new ‘buzz’ terms as I prefer my English to be plain and simple and easy to read. That aside, his series of posts (articles?) on New Musical Functionality, finds me once again agreeing, to a point, with Mr. Tom Coates. If you have ANY digitised music, and any interest…Continue reading N.M.F.


Will someone remind me to: Finish the redesigned redesign here, switching content order. Pay the overdue gas bill. Send off details to activate internet savings account (why I have to POST these is beyond me as I already have two verified accounts with the bank in question). Pay the council tax. Take a picture of…Continue reading Today