Quick update

Thanks to all for your thoughts. What a lovely bunch of people frequent this silly website (err.. that’s a compliment… I think). Anyway, the good news, yes, that’s right the GOOD NEWS, is that the worst that happened to my niece was some cuts and bruises. Again, it’s the tip of the story but, right now it’s all we really need to hear. Anything else we can deal with. Right, I’m off to lie on a block of ice for the day… warm isn’t it.

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Weekender

A tad late in posting this but with very good reason. For a change I’ll cover the weekend in reverse, starting with yesterday as I was on holiday (Glasgow Fair ya know). After cautiously getting out of bed, we headed to Moodiesburn where we met Louise’s Grandpa for lunch. After that it was off to Mount Florida to visit my Gran in hospital – she’s doing OK but I don’t think she’ll be going home anytime soon – and then home. A quick change into shorts and… well we had had grand plans of gardening but it was both too hot and too soon after my hillwalking for me to have any spare energy. In bed by 9.30pm for a …

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Two things

Neither related in any way, shape or form, other than that they have made an impression on me and I thought I’d share them with you. 1. Random Homer quotes rule A couple of weeks back a few of us wasted our lunch hour downloading WAV files of his emminence Homer J. Simpson. Today, I decided to set my iTunes library to random and Homer has just announced “Ohhh floorpie!” between tracks from PJ Harvey and Matthew Herbert. Completely random, ticklingly hilarious. Feel free to substitute your own personal comedy preferences, but regardless of that, it’s a sure fire way to brighten your day. Other suggestions include the Mnah Mnah song which I’ve used successfully on a mix CD a …

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Out of puff

The time has come to admit that I’m not as fit as I thought I was. Far from it. I’ve always thought I had a reasonable ‘base level of fitness’ (a term which may be wholly of my own creation). In fact it was some what backed up a few years back when, during an induction at a gym, I impressed with my stamina on the exercise bike. I don’t remember the quote exactly, but the instructor commented on my above average performance on said bike by uttering something about “being pretty good for a fat guy”. Needless to say I didn’t last long at that gym, and that’s only partly because of the… ehh… unique motivational qualities of the …

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Thoughts for the day

(arrived via email from regular commentee “Splinter” (that’s not his real name ya know)) Life is a sexually transmitted condition. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see one without an erection, make him a sandwich. Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks. Some people are like a Slinky… not really good for anything, but you still can’t help but smile when you shove them down the stairs. Health freaks are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. All of us could …

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Blink

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for several months now, however I hate hate hate myself for buying it when I did, when it was the ‘in’ thing to read (in some circles) and so I’ve been avoiding it. The really annoying thing is, of course, that it’s an excellent and interesting read. To summarise a book like this is a challenge. Firstly you are competing with the very essence of the book and trying to encapsulate a large and complex topic into… well a blink of an eye. Secondly, you risk ruining the book for others as there is a large amount of pleasure in reading this material. Not least because it is …

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Dead Man's Chest

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic It’s hard to be critical of a movie like this, a movie which is hugely tongue-in-cheek and which is the middle of a trilogy. As it happens this isn’t a bad movie, but I think it suffers from having to both live up to the mark set by the first movie whilst balancing the storyline to allow for the third movie to happen. But, as I say, it’s hard to be critical. If anything it’s slightly too long, some scenes could’ve been cut as they didn’t really add much, and feels just a little too contrived at times… but then along comes Johnny Depp, or Bill Nighy (or Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd who I …

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My wee granny

The title is both literal and figurative. My Gran has been in hospital for the past couple of weeks. She was taken in after the carer, who turned up to make her her breakfast, found her lying in the hallway. She’d been there all night. She’s OK though. Nothing broken. Needless to say that gave everyone, especially my Gran, a wee scare but for the meantime she’s in the right place, getting good care, although she’s not too fond of the food…

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What's New?

This weekend we have mostly… Visited garden centres. Bought plants. Finished digging out the new bed in the side garden (photos will follow). Laid out new plants in side bed. Re-arranged plants in side bed. Went to visit my Gran in hospital (more on that later). Re-arranged plants in side bed. Re-arranged plants in side bed. Watch the World Cup Final. Gasped. Moaned when the Italians won. That’s the short version.

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