Right, where were we??

Ahhh yes, I have a holiday in Torquay to waffle on about. But first a quick thanks for the well wishes for my Dad. He’s doing fine, and quite possibly is enjoying everyone running around after him just a little TOO much.. perhaps.. I’ll make sure he gets all your messages, they’ll be much appreciated (by me too). Anyway, Torquay/Devon. Fantastic. Great holiday, ideal for my sister-in-laws kids as there was plenty to do at the caravan site, and loads to do in the surrounding area. We visited Buckfast Abbey, Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, Cockington Court, took a boat trip around the bay, and Louise and I drove to Cornwall to visit someone she works with. Sunshine for two …

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Home again, home again…

Writing this entry from my parents’ house. So, back from sunny Devon where we had a glorious time. Thoughts, photos and whatnot will follow in a couple of days. What did we miss whilst we were away? My sister graduated and can now add the letters B.A. after her name, dead chuffed and very proud of her. What else? Live 8, G8, the Olympic bid, the London bombings, and all that kind of “news”. However it was all overshadowed by one thing, and whilst he’s back home now and is doing fine, my Dad had a heart attack (or heart incident as they are now called). Needless to say it was a bit of a shock and hastened us home …

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Constantly Diverse

Prompted by this discussion about typography on the web and having been working through the archives here (still to finish) I’ve come to a ground breaking, earth shattering conclusion. No, seriously… If you are interested in my take on web design issues, read on. If not… er… come back later (but DO come back!).

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Picasa

I discovered Picasa a while back, and since then I’ve been using it fairly regularly to control my photos (quite easy as I take so few these days). The greatest thing about Picasa is it’s price – completely free. Those nice people at Google bought out the company last year and whether you are now beginning to think that they are Microsoft-incarnate you can’t argue with that kind of price for a fairly sophisticated piece of software. It’s primary function, at first, is purely as an album. Point it at the folders where you store your photos and it’ll scan them, and keep an eye on them for new files, organising them by date (amongst other options). Once you get …

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She sells…

“And now for something completely different”. Sex. Well sexual imagery at least, we were sitting chatting a few weekends ago, and ended up putting on some music channel for some background noise as we chatted – younger generation today, must have noise!! – a plug for the channel came on screen and each snippet was of a young scantily clad lady, writhing and generally shaking her booty. Hormones rushed off to parts of my body and attention was diverted. Think Britney, Christina and that lot, all marketed, packaged and waiting for drooling blokes to ogle. Then Big Brother hits our screens and we are “treated” to acres of cleavage (both ends) and once again sex is the focus. Sex most …

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Blog Etiquette*

Prompted by this comment thread over at troubled-diva, which started when mike revealed, according to his recent site survey, that “By far the strongest currency in blogging is inter-blog linking, be it on a main post, a linklog post or a blogroll” and that “Comment-whoring doesn’t work!” I, amongst others, was slightly taken aback by this as I’d always presumed that inter-blog links were rarely followed, with the real value and “currency” coming through the discussion and comments on a site. So inter-blog links, blogrolls or whatever you want to call them, are where the value is held, are they? Hmmm, well I guess they may be, and looking back at the history of blogging practises it’s understandable. A recent …

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Tattoo

I’ve just finished reading “The Electric Michelangelo” which follows the life of a tattoo artist. More about the book later, but I’d like to pull a quote from the novel: “Tattooing distresses those it does because it’s as generous as a whore on her birthday. It’s human art that you can’t peel back off the human or put away in a dresser drawer… it’s personal socialism. Everyone’s included, everyone gets to look in to a person and share them, like what they see or not. A tattoo says more of a fellow looking at it that it can do of the man who’s got it on his back.” I’ve written about tattoos before but this book gave me pause to …

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Steiner

Steiner schools – my initial reaction was of curmudgeonly old bugger ~ If schools aren’t going to instil a level of discipline and basic education then any new fangled “wishy-washy” approach isn’t going to help ~ and then all of a sudden I was off and pondering my own attitudes towards these things. The Steiner approach focuses equally on “standard” curriculum lessons and other more general areas to help give an more rounded education. From the knowledge point of view I think it’s probably a good thing if kids are taught practical things over, say, calculus until they get to the point of specialising in preparation for college/university (or not). Looking back it would have stood me in better stead …

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