Bye Bye Blogrolling

Despite their frequent emails over the past week —with each successive email featuring more and more exclamation marks to make the point “only one day left!!!!”— I’ve dropped my blogrolling subscription. Why? I’ll tell you why, I’m skint. No wait, that’s something else… The reason is simply that I don’t need their services anymore. I don’t use them for this site, and I don’t use them for my own little personal “internet start page” either. Simple enough. But it does leave me with a quandary, one which was of my own making and quite deliberately manufactured. You see, not every site showed up as being ‘updated’ in blogrolling lists, and as I tend to use the indicator as a starting …

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Praise where due

It doesn’t take much to say “thank you”. It’s only two words, yet they are so rarely used these days it… ohh hang on, I’m beginning to sound like Lynn Truss. Suffice to say that we are all quick to complain, myself included, and today I want to buck that trend. I would like to say thank you and well done to First ScotRail. Train companies get a lot of bad press, deservedly so on many occasion, but you don’t read about them when they are efficient, clean and run on time. When they have improved communications to the point that I get a text message sent to my phone if a morning train is delayed, and an email sent …

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Knowing me, Knowing you

(aahhh hhaaaaAAAAAAA) Snaffled from pixeldiva. Apparently “What you are supposed to do is copy this entire blog entry and paste it onto a new blog entry that you’ll post. Change all the answers so they apply to you, and then publish! Leave a comment if you do this. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little (random) things about your friends, if you did not know them already.” Sounds simple enough. What time did you get up this morning? 7.15 am (that’s a “school day” lie-in for me). Diamonds or pearls? As in “necklace”? Silly question… What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Narnia – which was OK. Really REALLY need to get back …

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Ketchup

My mate Keith is currently just over halfway through a world tour —He’s a lighting …um … technician (here)— and arrived in Glasgow yesterday. Managed to hook up with him and some mates for a few beers and dinner. Except it wasn’t a few… it was many… and it was a school night… If you want me I’ll be under my desk, please don’t shout though.

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Double check

Obsessive compulsives are a funny lot, aren’t they. I don’t mean funny “ha ha”, I mean funny “intriguing”. What makes them tick? (ha! no pun intend!) I’m sure you all have your own little personal… things… I was going to say foibles, but that’s not quite right. From arranging items on your desk perpendicularly to the edge, to the order of items on your kitchen cupboards, we all have a way of doing things that may not be unique is certainly very personal. Even the most untidy people have something that must be done a certain way, or an item that must always be left in the same place, even if that just means that the keys MUST be hanging …

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Missing Mojo

For the past couple of months Louise and I have been working to a common deadline. I had a big product release at work, and she had the first part of a big order of wedding invite… erm… “stuff” to complete. Both of us have had “end of March” in our brains for so long that, now it has passed and April is upon us, we are both wondering what to do next. Sort of. One man designs is keeping me busy, in fact I’m waiting on payment for a couple of things (one is currently “in the post”), have another two on the table at the moment, and another two looming (maybe three) in the next month or so. …

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Slimline

There are two things I’ve been meaning to fo with this website for a while. 1. Slim the number of categories. I went a bit mad when I first installed WordPress, and I’m pretty sure I can trim the number down from the 22 I currently have (although not all are used, grand plans and all that) to a more manageable and sensible 6 or 7. More on that in a minute. 2. Categorise all of my archives. I started this about a year ago and after slogging through some of the backlog – I’m tidying up, and adding titles as I go – I began to realise that I should have slimmed the number of categories FIRST. Yes, it’s …

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Open day wander

A few historical sites had open days this weekend, so Louise and I headed off to visit Glasgow Cathedral. What a glorious building. I can’t really say much more than that (or I’d be here all day), suffice to say that there is something very powerful about buildings of that stature, maybe not religious (for me at least) but very evocative. After that we wandered round the Necropolis as Louise missed the guided tour last year as she wasn’t well. Odd to think that the very next day we were rushing to the airport only to find out it was too late… Anyway, needless to say I took some photos (I took a LOT of photos, these are the best …

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Laugh?

I almost did. April Fool is upon once more. I hate this day. But then I hate practical jokes.. umm.. when they’re played on me that is… it’s a bit like laughing at someone who has fallen over. I’d hate it if it were me, but if it’s someone else? HEE-LAY-RY-USS! Anyway. The past week has gone something like this: Monday – get up, go to work, have takeaway dinner, get home at 9pm Tuesday – get up, go to work, have takeaway dinner, get home at 10pm Wednesday – get up, go to work, have takeaway dinner, get home at 10pm Thursday – get up, go to work, have takeaway dinner, get home at 12pm Friday – get up, …

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