Mice and men

“Weekend plans” meet “long stay headache”.“Long stay headache” meet “weekend plans”. Managed to do some shopping on Saturday. That was about it as the rest of the time consisted of channel surfing, painkillers, doze on couch, painkillers, lunch, painkillers, dinner, ryder cup, Dr.Doolittle 2 (see, see how bad it was!), and bed at 10.30pm. Feeling better now, still a bit groggy though although the sight of horizontal rain, first thing in the morning, isn’t a great lift to the spirits. In other news, blogrolling still refuses to show updated blogs – messages HAVE been left. And, on the plus side, a certain DVD box set should land on my desk today, and my returned mobile phone should be waiting when …

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The High Road

R.E.M. are to follow Runrig and Oasis and play at Balloch. Ahhh memories. Runrig, at the time, were huge. Their version of “Loch Lomond”, recorded at the event, charted in the top 10 (I think). The gig itself was more like a mini-festival, with several bands on stage before the headliners – Wolfstone, Hothouse Flowers, The Big Dish, Capercaillie and The Fat Lady Sings. I can still remember sitting on the hill overlooking the stage, a beer in hand, the sun shining, and the sound of an amplified didgeridoo reverberating around the hills (from the opening to a Hothouse Flowers track I can’t remember) – there was a stunned semi-silence as you couldn’t see anyone on stage, only hear that …

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Thank… goodness..

It’s Friday. Bit of an odd week. All that commotion in the Commons managing to deflect from Tony’s playground answering tactics – where you respond to the current question with the answer from the previous question. The annoying ‘campaign’ by BBC Breakfast: “How British are you?”. English? British? All the same surely? Then Batman, dissertations, broken mobile phones and rainbows. And that’s only in my limited view of my world. The weekend edges closer.

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Big Chuffer

My mate, my best man, my taller than average friend celebrates another year on the planet. Happy Birthday Keith! Note to our friend Stuart: Keith’s birthday is today. Mine is next month. Just so you don’t get it wrong… again* Anyway, have a good one Keith, and as soon as I figure out what to buy you I’ll get it in the post! (I’m guessing the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD is already ordered, right?) * Stuart once phoned me on this date to wish me a Happy Birthday. Once I’d stopped chuckling I told him he was a month early…

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To see, or not to see

Yesterday I mentioned that seeing Glasgow was on my agenda for the coming fortnight. Perhaps I should’ve checked that I could still get tickets. Arse. All sold out. That leaves the SMS tour round Merchant City, and the Open Door Day. We’ll probably go for a wander round the Necropolis ourselves though as Louise and I share the same fascination of cemetries (for reasons I won’t go into here, and that only a handful of people know, he said, mysteriously).

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Sky is Falling

You know those little suspended basket things window cleaners use on tall buildings. The ones that are suspended over the edge of the building and move slowly up and down as they wash the windows. They should really have some sort of ‘reversing’ sound or something. That way whilst I’m sitting here next to the window, and one floats down into my peripheral vision, I might have had SOME warning and might not have thought that the ceiling was collapsing!

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Sporting Life

Man. Who?? Sorry Gert but your team aren’t looking too hot these days, dare I suggest that Mr.Keane is needing replaced? Where is the Gerrard, Vieira or Lampard for Man U? Most impressed with Liverpool last night, looks like the recent acquisitions will pay off. Owen who? And Bayer Leverkusen prove what all football fans know, money can’t buy you everything, by beating the Galacticos 3-0. And finally a mention for Tuesday night’s Scottish representatives, from the Guardian Football section: “With two away games looming, Celtic boss Martin O’Neill already has one eye on the Uefa Cup. That’s the spirit.” Golf now, the Ryder Cup looms and I have to admit that it’s one of the few golfing events I …

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Bits

No mobile phone for a few days. Possibly a good thing, but ultimately annoying. Just got an email about our work’s Christmas night out on December 17th. It’s SEPTEMBER! Tonight I MUST MUST MUST complete my tax return. October 16th will see me paintballing, clay pigeon shooting and the like, before heading to Glasgow’s bars for a friends stag do/day. I have a fireplace to build. Still. Wife not too happy at lack of progress.

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Bloody edge

That’s the problem with being an early adopter type, sometimes that bleeding edge bites back. Turns out that the USB connector isn’t accepting data connections, only power. I suggested this last week and it’s taken them a further week to confirm that I am right. Mind you the phone is only out a few weeks, the first time I phoned, they didn’t even have any of them for the support staff to work with! So I’ll be sending my new phone back tomorrow, and hopefully the replacement will arrive before the weekend. Especially as my wife is now flaunting her just arrived, and rather smart, little Samsung E800.

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