Soul of a Butterfly

The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. I know I’m not alone in my admiration of this man, and I know that that admiration may be flawed but when you begin to understand what he has been through in his life, Parkinson’s aside, he becomes all the more remarkable. I don’t share his religious/spiritual viewpoint and I do think he still lapses from his self professed humility but the facts remain that he IS one of the most recognisable people in the world – in this book he mentions a dream of travelling across the world with no money or luggage, seeing if he could get by on his fame. This book is written by the man himself, with …

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B.C.

Some people say that bloggers whine and moan a lot. That they are self-absorbed and lack certain characteristics. Some even say that we only respond to instant gratification and have shortened attention spans. I wonder if anyone else is bothered about the future?

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Avoidance

*grumble* work… deadlines… changes… pressure… ANYWAY… What say I get rid of the blogroll and go to one column on the left there. The site links under the photos and the miniblog under that.. hell I could even leave the blogroll to appear under the miniblog I guess. And what say I freshen up the colours a little, a touch more contrast maybe? And how about a stylesheet switcher bar across the top? And why isn’t the C in my logo superscripted – should be McLean, not MCLEAN. Speak now of forever hold your gob shut. Or maybe you don’t care and you’d rather hear about my past life as a musician? One more thought: Google adsense adverts? Good or …

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Guero

Beck – Guero @ Amazon.co.uk Beck’s new album is a return to his Odelay days and it’s much the better for it. Kicking off with the nicely distorted guitar of E-Pro the influence of the Dust Brothers production is evident as it slides through the next track and onto the latin guitar of Missing. As with most Beck albums, he isn’t afraid to mix genres and sounds and make everything sound, well like Beck. Whilst this album doesn’t see him stray far from well trodden tracks, it retains the characteristic sound of previous albums and adds a much better vocal performance. There seem to be a select few who can flirt with mainstream popularity yet retain a unique sound, and …

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Morality

So I bought an item on eBay. I won the auction four weeks ago. I still don’t have the item. However I have exchanged several emails from the seller and he assures me that he sent it, and from what he’s said I believe him. Or am I too trusting? It wasn’t expensive so this isn’t a financial issue (total value £4) but I’m still pondering whether or not I should do anything about it. It seems a bit churlish to give the guy a bad rating (he’s got over 500 positive ratings and NO bad ones to date) and he says that he doesn’t have any more to sell (I’ve checked the rest of his items and he doesn’t). …

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Ahoy!

This week I will mostly be working like a person who has several project deadlines fast approaching. Next week I will mostly be working like a person who has several project deadlines looming that week. Expect some very disjointed ramblings then as typically, whilst I actually enjoy working to deadline (helps keep me focussed), I do have a tendency to ignore the world at large. Mind you I did note that that old bloke in Rome died the other day, what a fuss about a silly old man. I’ve also noted that that English bloke, who’s Mum lives in that big house at the end of that red street in London, is getting married this week. Trying to figure out …

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Quiet

Gran is getting home today, and will be getting 7 day a week care from until such times a space in a nursing home opens up. My Mum has contacted one in Dumbarton which will be a lot handier for my Mum and her brother. Unfortunately my Gran has been diagnosed as an MRSA carrier. I’m still reading up on what that means exactly, I know it’s not criticial or immediately fatal, but she is in her mid-80s and has been getting more and more fragile. In other news I managed to re-open the wound on my back today whilst gardening. We were taking advantage of the weather to get the grass cut and some weeding done, as Louise is …

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Spell "Ego"

I have a shockingly bad memory. Fact. It’s one of the main reasons I married Louise as she remembers everything. Frequently she’ll turn to me and say “today is [insert obscure person she went to school with and hasn’t seen for 20 years] birthday” to which my only reply is to murmur “ohhh” and shake my head slightly, mainly because I haven’t the foggiest as to who she is referring (and the thought has just struck me that she could be making it up, after all we went to different schools and whilst some of the names are familiar in the “faint bell in the depths of the back of my head” kinda way, I’m not ever going to be …

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Anyway…

Let’s put that nonsense to one side, shall we? Back to the matters at hand. Has the Pope died yet? ~ News on my Gran – it’s looking like she’ll get home tomorrow with a three week care package in place. The idea being that this gives time to arrange the next step, presumably into sheltered housing. By coincidence the physiotherapist who has been helping treat my Gran was friends with Jennie so at least we know the information we are getting is accurate. ~ According to uswitch.com we could be paying less for our gas and electricity so that’s one of my tasks for today. Another is finish that post about diversity in blogging, and yet another is to …

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No spaghetti tree

Er… April Fool? Gosh, talk about backfiring. I guess, given recent circumstances this wasn’t in the best of taste, but hey, it IS April 1st (confused? I had this page showing earlier). This feels very like one of those moments at a party when silence crashes in and everyone turns to stare at the idiot who just broke the CD player. He stands there, blushing and embarassed and wills the ground to open up. Related Fool if you think it’s over. Top 100 Hoaxes of all time

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