Early Bird

Note to self: Sure, the early train is always good to catch but haring along the platform like some deranged mutant doesn’t make a great impression. Neither does sitting for the entire journey trying to recover whilst looking like you’ve spent 30 minutes too long under a sunbed. Great start to the day, you numpty. Now, does anyone have a spare lung? I appear to have coughed one up and can’t find it. So yes, getting into work early on a Monday morning is a tad masochistic, but it does mean that I can take Monday at my pace for a change. This was helped by Louise getting a lift to work, meaning I had the car and could run …

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INCREDIBLE!

The important bit first: Paul, Louise’s brother, is being kept in so they can give him an ultrasonic scan tomorrow to check there is no damage. He was in good spirits, and other than being bored out of his mind, said there was only a dull ache. He’s hoping to get home tomorrow. Now the movies: We only managed two today as we decided to visit Paul. First up The Incredibles. Well what can I say that hasn’t already been said. The guys and gals at Pixar are at the top of their game with this one, the storyline, pacing, and script are all first rate and the animation.. ohh the animation. There are a couple of scenes where, I’m …

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Visual Torrents

Louise’s brother was kept in last night, and they want to keep an eye on him for a couple more hours. If he’s ok after (i.e. he stops passing blood) they’re happy for him to go home. Looks like he’s just had a bash and a small spot of internal bleeding which, fingers crossed, has stopped. We’re off to the cinema to try and relax – phones on silent/vibrate just in case – to watch The Incredibles and maybe something else too, either Bridget Jones or The Manchurian Candidate (yeah it won’t be as good as the original, I know, I know). And tonight I come home to clear out my PC as it’s suddenly gotten awfully full. Damn you …

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Oh yaaaa

Well I didn’t watch The Pianist last night, plumping for something familiar instead, namely Fargo. I’ve had the DVD for a while but I think it’s only the second time I’ve watched it. Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s dark humour and languid pace matched my mood perfectly. I also forgot just how watchable Steve Buscemi is, particularly playing the ‘on the edge’ loose moralled type. Ohh and I also caught part of a programme about martial arts on BBC3. They had an expert if preying mantis style kung fu demonstrating his ability to withdraw his testicles into his body to protect them during battle. The presenter of the show even checked, warily, and completely freaked out “There’s …

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Jesus Christ

Just finished watching The Passion of the Christ. What an incredibly moving experience. I’m not hugely religious and I’m NOT going to pass judgement on the accuracy or portrayal of anything in the movie because I’m not the best qualified person to do so (this may be the first case of a blogger NOT stating an opinion for these reason, I may be mistaken though). However if you take the movie as a glance at humanity it is stunningly brutal and accurate. From a purely “movie” viewpoint, it is excellently executed, the cinematography is delightful, and the actors were supreme. It IS very very bloody and violent. Very graphic, but it never feels like itt is being done for effect, …

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Milligan'd

Today I will be posting random thoughts as and when they pop into my head. Call it an experiment if you will (or call it the desperate product of a brain-dead mind) but that’s your lot. I urge you to do the same in the comments box. Together we will create a masterpiece of nonsense. Spike will be proud. Is there a term for that time when you are snoozing in bed and EVERY position you move into is extra comfortable? At what point will things like this stop making me giggle? It’s childish and immature. I wish our office had cubicles. But then I hate being disturbed each and every minute of the day. Charmin toilet paper – don’t …

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Mrs. Lindsay

It’s not often I post about someone in particular but I’m making an exception. I’ve known Susan for about five years and she’s become a very good friend. Over the past few years she’s had a lot of trouble with illness and it’s been painful watching her fight and struggle with a variety of symptoms, side-effects and so on. When I first met her she was a lively, outgoing, full of self-confidence and always fun to be around. Over the past couple of years, whilst she has retained her sense of humour she has lost a lot of confidence and has become more withdrawn. Various specialists, consultants and doctors have had her operated on, tested, prodded and she ended up …

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Say what?

Nursery Rhymes too violent. I’m not sure what to say. Speechless. UPDATE: OK OK, the above mentioned report is tongue-in-cheek but this is the best I can do today. I’m trying to juggle 4 projects at the moment and it’s all I can do to stop myself screaming out loud and running round the street with only a saucepan on my head. Wibble. Note to self: Why did you even POST this rubbish? Get a grip!

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Swish

Damn that time sure does like to fly, doesn’t it… Working at home today, fitting in a doctor’s appointment which was a waste of time (the appointment was made two weeks ago, when my toe was still slightly numb. Toe is fine now, I cut the nail back and the feeling has all but gone – what is the point of an appointment so far away from the symptoms?), and trying to get some serious stuff into my head. It’s the kind of work that is best done in peace and quiet, something you don’t get in our office, and I’m racing through it, but still the hands on that clock are zipping round, always two steps in front. Anyway, …

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