My response

What did I do? So far I’ve had a variety of suggestions, and so far I can confirm that each and every single one of them skipped through my mind. I could ask him politely and hope he, with a certain amount of embarassment, would take his feet off the seat and apologise for his behaviour. I could have taken a more aggressive stance in the hope that he would back down. The proximity and position of his knees were the reason behind this thought. Some downward pressure would be all that is required to ‘make my point’. I could have moved seats, I could have just ignored him. However I, like some of you, presumed the ticket inspector would’ve …

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Regardless

Last night on the train on the way home, as I settled down with book in hand, a couple sat down across from me. They were a similar age to me, reasonably well presented, and engaged in quiet whispers. At first I took them for a new couple, still at that stage of exploration where nothing beyond the other exists, but it turns out they were just a little tipsy, drunk enough to yield similar results but with the advantage of familiarity. I was sitting at the window seat, directly opposite the lady of this couple and already I could tell that the ‘gentleman’, sitting diagonally across from me, was anything but. Something about the way he dominated the space …

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Less Important

Safe in the knowledge that she probably won’t read this (I’m joking!), I thought I’d take something Clare mentioned a while back and see where it lead me. She recently said: “… come on, admit it, you are a bit full of yourselves sometimes, aren’t you? And you do go on at great length about the most mundane of things (Yup, I know – pot, kettle – well that’s no surprise; I fell into a womb of testosterone when I was a baby). Oh shit. This was a bad idea.” Note: She wasn’t talking specifically about me, but male bloggers on the whole. I think. Now I’m fairly au fait with the content of my blog, although not as much …

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Supermarket Sweep

Apparently the lovely Shauny got some flack over a recent post featuring some of the.. ahem.. delicacies available in Scottish supermarkets. One commenter —and to be fair to the rest of the lovely people who commented, it does seem to have been only one or two naysayers… always the way, isn’t it— even goes so far as to point out that: If you insist on shopping in Asda then of course you’re going to find low quality food, they cater for low quality people and low quality taste. Which made me wonder (as these things are wont to do, how else do you think I come up with this rubbish?), does buying cheap food from a cheap supermarket mean you …

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Today…

… I will mostly be meeting met “BritBlog” Mark (he’s organising a blogmeet dahn sarf by the way). It was Be good to finally meet him having exchanged so many, and some heated, emails in the past year or so. We chatted about this and that but mainly, obviously, the plans for the merger of Scottish Blogs and Britblog. Over the past couple of months since the first announcement we’ve been round the house with the design and now we both agree that we’ve got a good model to take forward. We’ll issue an update soon, but I have to admit that I’m getting a little excited about things. Mark’s a great guy, very self-effacing and I think meeting face-to-face …

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Weekender

This weekend we have mostly been: Visiting garden centres and buying plants (4 for £10!) Cutting grass, planting plants, weeding etc etc Trying not to remember Saturday would have been Louise’s Mum’s birthday Eating a delicious Thai curry – made from scratch by my talented wife Watching Spirited Away – wonderfully animated, imaginative and totally captivating NOT watching the London marathon Finishing reading Dave Eggers “How We Are Hungry” – a wonderful selection of short stories A little bit of web design work Trying to rediscover Placebo without much success I’m pooped.

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Snippets

Money for old rope? Or is it possible to blog full-time? Last year Jason Kottke tried it, couldn’t make it stick. Now John Gruber is heading down the same road. The reason I ask is that yesterday’s somewhat tongue-in-cheek post seems to have… well not quite enraged but definitely “irked” a few people somewhat. I guess for a lot of people it comes down to personal values, namely what you value most in life. Me? Cold hard cash. Piles of it. Enough to burn. OK, not really, er well maybe just a small pile.. ~ Web design posts have been few and far between on here of late. There is a very good reason of course, namely that I want …

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Predictable

Wow, that Paypal donation thing really works! Question is, what on earth am I going to spend 9p on?? It’s a quandary of epic proportions… It would be very easy to get caught up in trying to figure out how much money this blog could POSSIBLY make… 1p a week, from 200 visitors… multiply by 52, discount for weekend figures… etc etc… but the bottom line is that, unless you have an inordinate amount of traffic and traffic comprised largely of high-earners, the chances are the your blog will make you NO money. Sure you might pull in a little from adverts and donations but, comparatively you won’t even break even. How much does it cost to run a blog? …

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Not deleted

The previous post is a prime example of both “How not to blog” and of a post that should never have seen the light of day in the first place. The fact that I haven’t deleted it is a testament to my belief that… umm… you … eehhh… shouldn’t delete things? Whatever. Thanks for your kind comments and emails, I really REALLY wasn’t fishing for anything and that’s part of the reason that I don’t like posting that kind of stuff any more. The whole ‘woe is me’ thing is very boring, and so passé (dahling). Anyhoo, I’m only really posting to say that I’m fine but I think I need to change things a little. I’ve got a few …

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