Stuck in draft

Patiently they sit, biding their time. Eager for limelight and growing nervous. What if they pass unnoticed? As the slow trickle of sand reaches an end some of them wonder if they have already missed their opportunity and, if so, what then? In past times they were given a new life under a different guise, a subtle shift of opinion or view rendering their colours vivid, but now their fate is less certain. They have watched, with transfixed gaze, as others have been removed and deleted and, whilst this knowledge offers little hope, some succumb quietly knowing full well that this is always how it was going to be. Fate is a fickle mystery and holds no comfort. And still, …

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Weekender

A stop/start weekend. Saturday saw us heading into Hamilton for some more supplies for Louise, a quick jaunt out to MacArthur Glen shopping outlet (more supplies for Louise) and then racing through to Dumbarton in an effort to beat the traffic that was sure to build up for the Cup Final on… um… Sunday. Thankfully my parents had also thought the Cup Final was on Saturday so I was glad it wasn’t just me… or I was slightly disturbed that I’ve started thinking a little TOO much like my parents… jury is still out on that one. We caught up with my sister-in-law in the evening. She’s recently decided to put her university course on hold and it was good …

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The Book Title Meme

Don’t let the title put you off, this is no ordinary meme. Firstly, and for a change, I know who started it, but most of all this meme requires a fair amount of pondering and no small amount of writing – after all, you’ll be trying to match up to a published author! Enough of my waffle then – there are six parts to this meme, instructions included for clarity. 1. The Dying of Delight “Briefly describe an aspect of your life for which ‘The Dying Of Delight’ would be an apt title.” The state of delightedness, of enchantment, is hard to attain. So hard that many people stop trying and let themselves be grind down by the machinations of …

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Whoosh

The Guinness Surger sounds a bit like a bad American car but it’s actually a clever wee ultrasonic widget. Plug it in, add a spot of water to the base, sit a glass of cold, freshly poured, Guinness atop and WHOOOSH (check the video on the page). I have to admit that I could happily lose an afternoon in the pub just watching pints of Guinness settle. There is something mesmerising and hypnotic about watching the black and cream blend and split, swirling round the glass, a tiny maelstrom settles to deliver it’s delicious payload. Mind you, I’m pretty sure that, after a few “oooohhh” and “ahhhh” moments, the Surger would end up consigned to the depths of the bottom …

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Damned lies

A boring post about website statistics follows. Feel free to scroll on down to the next post which may, or may not be more entertaining. What? You want a LINK to the next post? You lazy bugger… Last month (or was it the month before?) I asked you for recommendations for a new stats package for this site. I had used Extreme Tracker and SiteMeter for a while and had always got inconsistent results, timeouts and generally have been unimpressed. Now, whilst I’ll happily admit to being a bit of a stats whore, long gone are the days when I care how many hits I get, it’s much more fun seeing where you all come from. That’s not to say …

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The Global Goggle Box

The internet brings us many things, many of which have been listed before and it should be said that most of the things are joyous and good, although some of them are nasty and bad. I really like the good things, the people, the ability to lose three hours and not realise it, and the way I can sculpt information to how I want it delivered and stored. I really don’t like the bad stuff like spam, viruses and the rampant globalised information. I guess I should qualify that last one, huh. Most of you know that the USA and the UK are connected. Physically by miles and miles of cables, geographically by an ocean, and socially by the ever …

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Mixed message

Aretha caresses my ear as the headlines leap off the page and stab my eye. News of a Home Office campaign to warn men that “having sex without consent could lead to a prison sentence” is launched today. I didn’t think that was something new, but it turns out it’s more to do with raising awareness and re-educating minds. A good thing I’m sure you’ll agree. However, it does make me wonder. Will future liasons be marked with the presentation of a pre-printed card. Fancy a shag?    Yes            No Sign here ____________________ ~ Bloggies 2006 results and many congratulations to, as Anna graciously puts it,”Girl, Tokyo Girl and Zoe (“ZoeGirl”?), you are all fabulous, …

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Books

I’m an avid reader of Ian Rankin’s Rebus books but, for some reason, I missed the publication of his latest paperback Fleshmarket Close. So, last week, after a quick check on the interweb I spotted it on Amazon with £3 off. Excellent. Ordered. It arrived at work today. All good so far. However, based on the book that arrived, I’d like to suggest to Amazon that they include the dimensions of the book somewhere on the page. Why? Well, let’s delve into the mind of an over-organised, slightly obsessive, bookworm. You know I mean me, right? OK. I have my copies of every previous Rebus paperback arranged in order on a shelf in the living room. They are all the …

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Hard to ttyppe

They were working on the power supply in our office over the weeekend. Which means the heating has been offf all weekend. Which means the office is verry cold. I have hat and scarf on and finding it hard to tyype wearing glovess.

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Weekender

A quick jaunt through to Dumbarton on Saturday, lunch with parents, and home just after three. Disappointed by the rugby but still proud. We locked the door, opened a bottle of wine, to go with the pie, chips, and beans we had for dinner, we’re nothing if not classy, and settled down to watch Man on Fire. Not bad, I quite like Denzel playing a ‘bad’ guy. Today Louise has been working and I’ve watched the first F1 Grand Prix of the season. How good was Alonso coming out of the pitlane after his last stop?! Picture me screaming at the TV for him not to yield to Michael! DO NOT YIELD!!! Louise shaking her head in the background. I’m …

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