Whoosh

Friday has zipped past me leaving me trailing in it’s wake. Yet, as I sit here contemplating the evening ahead, I find myself contemplating a burning orangey pink sunset. Gorgeous. Anyway, I WAS going to comment on various things today, so excuse me whilst I take a quick dash through the headlines. 40 years for murder. Why is he being treated any different from any other murderer? You take a life, you get life (imprisonment), the rules should apply equally. What about those other murderers that get out after 15 years for good behaviour?? The pending bird flu could kill up to 150 million they reckon. Why is this NOT front page news?!! What is being done about this? That …

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Voices in my head

How wrong Emily Dickinson was! Hope is not “the thing with feathers.” The thing with feathers has turned out to be my nephew. I must take him to a specialist in Zurich. From Woody Allen, The Complete Prose And so I sat there, chuckling to myself whilst my fellow commuters stared obstinately out of the train window. At least I hoped that’s what they were doing given that my involuntary giggles were at times quite loud and mostly sudden. Now I’d warrant that you, dear reader, have heard Mr. Allen speak. You’ve heard the tones and inflections he imparts on his words, the stresses and strains he places on the punctuation, and the stuttering pause ridden asides that you realise …

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Getting Organised

Bookmarks dotted about all over the place. A del.ico.us account that rarely gets used. Various clever Firefox extensions. My miniblog. My custom start page. My blogroll(s). Bloglines. The sites I “use”, the sites I visit, the useful sites, the information sites, so many sites, so much information and so many ways of filtering and accessing them these days, I’m getting a bit overwhelmed. Aren’t you? So I put aside a couple of hours* and fired up my web browser with the aim of getting better organised, wasn’t sure HOW exactly, but figured the organic “leap in and start” approach would serve me best. I think it did. So let me talk you through the process, or better still, roll up …

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Yawn

Still recovering from the weekend, a sure sign that I’m getting older as a hangover now takes two or more days to recede. Slept in for work this morning but thankfully it’s a bank holiday in Scotland today so the roads and train were quiet. Unfortunately it means the sandwich shop at the top of the road will be shut and I’ll need to traipse into town to get my lunch… it’s all I can do to stay awake and I’m seriously considering phoning in a pizza. Keep getting flashbacks from Saturday night, including the vile taste of a cigar that I somehow ended up taking a puff on. If nothing else it reminded me why I don’t smoke. It’s …

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Weekender

Friday evening. A few beers with my mates, and a great night that was only spoiled by a pint of “flowery” beer (Deuchars I believe). Celeb spotted Donnie Munro in Babbity Bowsters (where I’ll be this coming weekend for the Glasgow blogmeet – 2pm people!), had mince and lorne sausage stovies in Cafe Source – a lovely setting in the basement of St.Andrews in the Square – and several pints of the drink “Now shipped in from Dublin”, and a few Kronenburg 1664 Blanc. And I’ve only just this second recalled having my arse groped in the Chip Bar by a nurse. At least I think she did, but as the pub has a capacity of 28 you don’t really …

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Central Perk

We’re attending the wedding reception of a couple of good friends tomorrow night, and we’re both thoroughly looking forward to it, I even have a wee ‘rehearsal’ this evening. It’s always good to catchup with friends, and I just know that we’ll come away on Sunday morning saying “why don’t we get together more often”. Funny that. I guess that sometimes friends just drift apart, it’s not easy when they do, especially if you’ve been close friends with someone for a long time, share a lot of history and yet despite the emotional ties something is missing and the friendship fizzles out. Shame. Thankfully this group of friends are the kind that you just pickup where you left off in …

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Ohh a navel!

Does blogging about your own site count as navel-gazing? Anyhoo… you may have noticed that the entries in the miniblog are getting longer. If you haven’t noticed let me state that “the entries in the miniblog are getting longer”.It started unconsciously but as with most things the habits we form and the way we use our own sites leads us down certain paths. I think the current “type” of posts I have, with mainly longer ones here and shorter ones in the miniblog, suite ME better and I certainly feel more comfortable about posting these days. When I did my last re-design of this site, I made the post titles deliberately big to both lend them some visual weight and …

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Rubber service

I’ve just witnessed a blatant display of sexism, it’s quite shocking when you see these things up close, especially as, being a middle-aged middle-class white male, there are few “-isms” that can be used against me (for isn’t that the true definition of an -ism, an aspect of yourself that others use against you??) and no I’m not counting “you-fat-bastard-ism”. Anyway, one of my chores today was to get a tyre fixed for the car. Looked like a simple puncture, so on my wife’s recommendation, I took it up to a place near her office which she had used previously. Small, local run (cheap!) and great service she said. Excellent, I thought. I dropped the tyre off and said I’d …

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Sidetracked

Oh yes, hello, forgot about you there for a minute. Terribly sorry, awful way to treat you I know, I know. You see I’m quite busy at the moment, yes yes I know that EVERYONE is “quite busy” and busy is a very relative term but I truly am… sort of… Thing is it’s not big stuff busy just lots and lots of little stuff busy. The kind of start and end of project stuff that needs done but is a bit of a chore. The kind of stuff that you add to a list and forget about because, hey, you’ve already added it to your list… Speaking of which, I’ve got a list to work through. Enough of me, …

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Lethal Force Knee-Jerk

The news that Strathclyde Police Force has introduced Taser stun-guns has already sparked the usual round of “letters to the editor” stating various figures about how many people have died in the USA since these guns were introduced over there. Personally, as a supporter of Amnesty International, I find myself torn on this issue. On one hand there is evidence that these stun-guns can kill. That is a lot more than they are supposed to do, and there are calls for more rigorous testing before Tasers are rolled out across all the police forces in the country. On the other hand these stun-guns are designed as a last-ditch option, so for a percentage of their use they will be aimed …

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