Beautiful

A while back, Vaughan mentioned the most beautiful rainbow he’d ever seen. I commented at the time and always meant to expand on my thoughts here. But how do you discuss something that is entirely subjective? What is beautiful to me may seem whimsical or down right soppy to you, not to mention that beauty can be found in many different forms, different emotions, different states of mind. Like a balloon swirling in the wind what you consider beautiful is influenced by your ever-changing mood but, whether you are carefree or melancholy, it’s there. Always. Suffice to say that, in my opinion, everyday you’ll see something beautiful, if only you know how to see it. And that’s your challenge for …

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Slow Motion

Slow Motion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro I bought this book in the local charity shop, solely based on a few paragraphs and a stylish cover (not the one that Amazon have), I’ve been reading it on the way home from work on the train, and have to admit I’m surprised to have quite liked this. The story of a young lady who has a life she doesn’t recognise, pretending to be an actress whilst having an affair with a married filthy rich lawyer in the boom times of the 80s, and how a car crash provides the literal, and metaphorical framing for her life. It’s heartfelt and honest and whilst not many people will be able to relate to …

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Wrong side of bed

*ping* Awake at 7.48am. Not sure why. Last time I saw on the clock was 2 summat… Long day ahead. But hey, it’s the weekend and we have few plans. That’s not strictly true, I do have some things I’d like to do but as a married man I have to compromise. Can’t lounge about on the sofa, drinking beer, farting, eating crisps and generally being a slob ALL day…

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Making Money

The geezer with the numbers tells us there are only 100 days until Christmas. I knew this because I live with the original “Crimbo nutter”. She has a countdown printed off and stuck up on her wall at work. She made it up a month ago. Anyway, 100 days until the big glittery, sparkling day when we all eat too much, drink too much and avoid the Queen’s speech. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little extra cash around Christmas this year? A few extra quid? Well why not join me in my revolutionary new scheme and you too could be in the money for mistletoe-time (he says, grasping for an alliteration. I do apologise, that was awful). It’s …

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Yeehhaaaaaa

Apparently they are only with us for six weeks. Unfortunately I’m not sure when that six week period began, but either way, get yourself to a BP garage (other outlets may sell them too) and purchase yourself one of these delicious “blasts from the past”. Yum Yes, they are every bit as good as they were when I used to buy them on a Saturday morning on the way back from my piano lessons.

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Upcoming

Anyone used Upcoming? The end of the year is already starting to fill up, with concerts, birthdays and whatnot. So far (and I’m missing some birthdays off here): 24th Sept – Will and Fran’s Wedding Reception 29th Sept – Dad’s Birthday 1st Oct – Glasgow Blogmeet 8th Oct – The Go! Team at QMU 10th Oct – Tour of the Necropolis as part of the Block architectural festival 5th Nov – Susan & Ian’s 1st Wedding Anniverary 30th Nov – Lee Evans in the Big Red Shed 12th Dec – Foo Fighters in the Big Red Shed 16th Dec – Company Xmas night out 19th Dec – Björn Again in the Armadillo Add in a couple of weekends of Christmas …

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iPod Nano

Our current (now “old) iPod is a 3G model. It holds 10GB of music, and is quite large and chunky. It’s not TOO big by any account and it does what it does well enough. The iPod Photo is nice as it has a colour screen but I don’t see me ever wanting to carry around 1000 photos on a gadget… that’s like the worst “wallet” photos ever. The scene, two travellers sitting at a bar in a hotel, chatting about life and family: “So, you got pictures of your kids?” “Yeah, let me just dig out my wallet, here ya go…” “They’re cute, hang on and I’ll show you a few photos of mine” Takes out iPod Photo. Bores …

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Mork calling Orson

Louise and I aren’t really that big on birthdays any more. We’re happy enough that we have (had) each other for another year. Ohh we still buy presents but it’s not really a “big day”, which is probably a sure sign that we are getting old or something (would any of my older readers care to comment? For the record I’ll be thirty-two next month..). The reason I mention this is that I got my first birthday present last night, over a month before my birthday. Why? Because my wife is a wonderful woman who knows me well. She figured that there was no point holding onto to what she had bought me for a month, I may as well …

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Offended

What’s funny and what’s offensive? The Aristocrats documentary falls short of any insight into the dividing line, although it’s universally acknowledged that the line is there and can be stepped over very easily, in fact there were two definite “not comfortable with this moments” in the documentary itself: One was a comedian telling his version of the joke to his one year old son. The kid had no idea what his father was saying, but it still made me uncomfortable after all surely it is part of being a child, part of growing up that allows you to come across these terms in your own time and make your own decisions as to what you do and don’t find offensive. …

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The Aristocrats

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic The Aristocrats of the title are the closing line of a joke, a family act that feature in a joke so disgustingly offensive comedians rarely tell it in public, or at least that’s partly why. The beauty of the joke is that the “act” can be swapped out for any one of a million perversions and so the joke has been on the go for decades – it’s reportedly the oldest joke in the industry. This documentary deconstructs the joke, it’s origins and it’s place in comedy folklore, and features most of the best known comedians currently on the planet giving their understanding and their take on the joke. It’s also the …

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