Catches win Matches

Before my Mum returned to work she knitted. A lot. But I’ve mentioned that before, so let’s move on. Cricket then, and yes there is a link between the two because my Mum spent a lot of time knitting she liked to watch something that she could follow whilst glancing up and down from the clacking needles and mohair and cricket fitted the bill perfectly. As it was on, I found myself watching as well and soon picked up the basics all the while marvelling at Ian Botham as he bowled and batted like a mad thing (it was ’81). Fast forward to today and I’m sitting at work with Radio Five on my headphones. It’s ten to five and …

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God* Bless America

America has been on the receiving end of some harsh criticism recently, and a lot of it has been warranted. But who are we to criticise? What do we really know about America? For a lot of us, the occasional trip to a big city or a holiday resort, for others you only know what you see or read, filtered through news networks or blogs. What do we REALLY know about America? How many people live in poverty? What’s the rate of child deaths? How many people die of starvation? Will Brad and Jen get back together? Then there are the calls for charity, for donations to help the sick and starving in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The images …

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It's a girl

Congrats to our HR/Office Manager Lynn who’s just given birth to 8lbs of baby goodness, Robyn. Which reminds me of a funny story. In my distant past I used to help out at the local Hospital Radio station (must get that site updated…) on the request show. It’s a fairly simple setup, you wander round the wards, chat to some patients and take requests for their favourite record. The maternity wards were always a favourite – younger patients, hotter nurses… er… more modern music choices – and so it was one night that we headed back to the station, requests in hand. Now much as I’d like to give the impression that it was a highly organised setup it was …

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Time flies

Met up with an ex-colleague last night for some drinks and can’t believe it’s been over a year since she headed off to Australia. In fact it turned into a bit of a re-union with Kirsten, Lesley Lindsay and Lelly all showing up as well. Half of last night’s company used to work for “the company”. Odd that, but in a very very good way. I’m terrible at keeping in touch with people. Awful. I often think of phoning or emailing or txting someone but decide against it lest I bother them or, ohh the horror, they don’t respond (they hate me, they really really hate me!!). But that’s my neurosis to deal with, not yours. So it was great …

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Fast Forward

It’s Sept 2006 and Steve Jobs launches the new iPhone after succesfully testing iTunes in a mobile phone (Rokr) and a new “phone size” iPod (Nano) … No? Note: I’m only posting this as I’ve had similar thoughts in the past but have not been able to point back at a post and say “See!! I told ya!!”.

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Damned lies and stats

Blogging malaise? Pah, easily solved. Check your stats! Except it’s not always that easy. Personally I’ve been using Extreme Tracking for quite a while now, but it’s not that reliable as it seems my “hit count” is always lower there than anywhere else. The Sitemeter site appears to be dead – although I’m sure I received my weekly email from them last week – Re_invigorate appears to have stalled, and the details offered as part of my hosting package are fine for raw numbers but don’t include referrers and whatnot (unless I’m missing something, any 34sp customers wanna put me right?). So it was with some interest that I read yesterday’s announcement about a new stats package called Mint (not …

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Mercury Music

Yay! Managed to catch the award show for the Mercury Music Prize this year and it wasn’t half bad. Firstly I’m SOOOOOO glad that Antony & the Johnsons won it as it is easily the most original album I’ve heard for a long time (well since the middle of August at least) and I’m equally glad that the Kaiser Chiefs didn’t win. Phew. Feel a bit sorry for KT Tunstall though. ‘Mon the wee Scots lassie!! The show itself wasn’t too bad, with some good performances all round (Seth Lakeman in particular) with the sad exception of one of my other favourites The Go Team! who sounded more amateur than an amateur thing that is very very amateur. Pity. However …

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Start Over

Right, where were we? Ohh yes, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is still reverberating and is proving surprisingly long in the tooth. Bombarded by images both from the media and from “real people” via internet, we watch and absorb and wonder if we are the only ones who can see the political spinmeisters hard at work in the background. Conspiracy theories lap at our ankles like floodwater, and we are starting to get annoyed that our shoes are getting wet…. hmmm a metaphor too far. Let’s change tack. If you had the opportunity to change careers/jobs, and could do anything you wanted, what would you do? Chatting with my brother-in-law at the weekend, discussing is imminent redundancy package from HP, …

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Leaving Home

Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor It has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. So starts each chapter of this wonderful collection of stories, and the essence of the collection is fully contained in that one simple sentence as it is an entire book of quiet happenings and everyday occurances. The stories are all set in a quiet mid-western town named Lake Wobegon, the kind of no-name town that exists all over the world, an entity within itself where everybody knows everybody else AND their business. Like most small towns the beauty exists in relation the people have with the society they are part of and Garrison Keillor gently introduces characters and buildings with the same soft qualities. Reading the …

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