And now, the end is near

2004. Not a bad year, not a great year, but probably better than average. 2005 is creeping over the horizon (depending where you are reading this it may already be 2005) and I’m already looking forward. What will the coming year hold for us? What do I resolve to do this year? Well I don’t do resolutions, never really seen the point. Sure I could resolve to lose some weight, spend more time with friends, less time on the computer, read a book a week and so on and so forth, but I won’t. I always have dreams and aspirations they don’t just appear on Hogmanay so I never really bother with the whole resolutions thing, life’s just too short …

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Evil Empire

I’m a happy Telewest customer. They supply a good, reliable cheap phone service (my in-laws live in Spain now, so 2p a minute isn’t to be sneezed at), a reliable broadband service which isn’t the cheapest around but isn’t too far off the mark and all the TV channels we (don’t really) need. So why am I considering switching to Sky? Well a couple of reasons, firstly Telewest recently dropped Nickelodeon. No, we don’t watch it, but the background as to WHY it was dropped is slightly worrying. Seems like negiotiations of carrier charges broke down, Nickelodeon started showing ads saying that Telewest were dropping the channel and to switch to Sky, so Telewest yanked the plug a day later. …

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2004 lists

I don’t normally do these. I’m not a great fan of looking back at the past, but then I don’t make resolutions so I guess I’m not so fond of the future either. Live for today and all that! Still it was a pretty good year, and I DO have some plans for next year… and I’ve got nothing better to do (emm… except tidy up) ohh go on then. Read on for my “Best of 2004” lists.

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Asia Quake

Still awake. Still processing the news. The horror doesn’t wane. I didn’t mention it before because surely everyone is aware, everyone is thinking the same thoughts. Three days on, numbers rising, still only fleeting moments of comprehension. It’s so safe and warm in my house, surrounded by Christmas gifts, material items. So easy to put this news aside and just keep score. 40,000, 50,000, 60,000. As one reporter said, the numbers overwhelm, easier to focus on the father holding his dead daughter, the mother who lost four generations of her family in an instant. Aid organisations are being co-ordinated through the U.N., so I don’t think it matters hugely WHO you give to, but if you want to help, here …

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Survived

Home again. Christmas morning spent an hour packing the car. Picked up my Gran and headed to my parents. Gifts, food, and wine. Headed to brother-in-laws at 7.30pm. More drinks, food and gifts. Got to bed a 2.30am (earlier than expected). Woke on Boxing Day with same headache that had been threatening to develop all of the previous day. Went back to bed at 2.30pm, woke at 5pm. Watched TV. Finally felt human(ish) at 9.30pm – too late to go and meet friends. Majorly pissed off. Luckily managed to meet couple of friends for lunch yesterday, planned extravaganza for next Christmas. Home late evening, just in time to receive phone call from Susan. her husband had fainted and split his …

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HO HO HO

Right, I’m signing off for a couple of days. I don’t trust myself to post whilst full of turkey and copious amounts of alcohol. Thankfully my parents house, where we are staying for a few nights, is broadband enabled so I MAY post between now and when we get home on Tuesday, don’t hold your breath though. This evening, once I’ve extracted myself from the pub, my darling wife has threatened to drive me to Coalburn to see the lights. But aside from that, it’ll be our usual Christmas Eve. Snuggled up on the sofa, candles, wine and the Muppets Christmas Carol. Hey, it’s our tradition and one of the best bits of Christmas. Tomorrow we pick up my Gran …

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Revelation

Let me set the scene (ohh and if you’ve not glanced over my recent post, 4×4, then go there first). I was walking home last night, having completed the last last-minute shopping, it was cold and raining. I was cold and wet. I got to a busy road and stopped to wait for a gap in the traffic so I could cross. I waited, the wind blew, the rain fell. I cursed, the wind blew harder, the rain got heavier (that’ll teach me to blaspheme). Finally, just as I’d uttered another curse at all those inconsiderate car drivers, one of them stopped to let me cross. The wind fell, the sun came out and a bird sang. I hurried across …

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Merry Christmas

…or Seasons Greetings or Bah Humbug! Whilst I’m not going anywhere, I realise that a lot of people will be sans interwebnet access over the coming days so, to one and all, have a good time and remember a reindeer isn’t for life, it’s for Christmas!

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KABOOM

Gordon’s brain is slightly overloaded at present, it asks that you please excuse the following. I’m shifting through some outstanding work issues, trying to collate a short document for myself so I don’t forget to do anything when I come back in January, I’m trying to remember the name of something that I still need to buy Louise – it’s an art kit but can’t recall the right name, and I’m trying to figure out if I’ve got enough time to nip to the art shop AND go for a curry at lunchtime seeing as I’ll be heading home at 4ish tonight (but hey, I was IN the office early!). I’m trying NOT to think about the redesign for this …

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Memo?

Did I miss something? Is there a reason that there are only two people in the office, including myself? I came in early as I need to leave early to get that last present for Louise, but even by 8.30 am there are usually at least three or four people in the office. Did I sleep too long? Is it Saturday?! UPDATE: 9am and now three of us. Ohh there is one advantage to a quiet office, I can actually hear when the kettle is boiled now. Admittedly that’s because we got a new one that whistles when it’s boiled but it is SO very quiet in here. Kinda spooky. Think I’ll put some music on. UPDATE: As you were. …

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