Can't stop

Glad you all liked that joke, Louise was most pleased as she told it to me in the first place. My Mum is likely to be disappointed as it’s not a dirty joke (my mother’s specialty) but as she’s up to her ears in an IKEA delivery fiasco at the moment, she’s not had time to visit and correct my grammar. Me? I’ve been fighting an FTP server, completing a survey about blogging, running in torrential rain (ace!), getting quotes for a new front door as we are sick and tired of having to mop up the leaks, and possibly, maybe, buying a 40″ LCD TV (can get about £200 off it). AND searching for a DVD Recorder that doubles …

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Baaaa

The farmer looks out of the kitchen window at the pouring rain, lashing across his land on a ferocious gale. He turns to his trusty sheepdog, sighs, and says “Ohh my, I really don’t want to go out in that, but I really need to go and count that newly arrived flock of sheep”. His sheepdog, eager to please his master, says “That’s OK, I’ll do it, I don’t mind!”, wags his tail enthusiastically and darts out the door. The farmer watches his faithful companion as he runs frantically around the field, turning towards the door as his, now rather soggy, sheepdog bounds back into the kitchen. “There are 40 sheep in the field!”, barks the sheepdog, shaking himself and …

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Bankers

Remember that complaint letter I wrote to the bank? Well they had until we got back from holiday to respond, and.. um.. OK OK I kinda forgot about it a wee bit. However, I did remember on the way home from work last night and would have been on the phone as soon as I was in the door except that, lo and behold, a letter from the bank was sitting on the doormat waiting for me. Certain that they were writing to beg me to keep my account with them, and that the manager would be presented on my doorstep to shine my shoes for the next month, I ripped open the envelope with no small amount of gusto, …

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The Art of Leaving Comments

As bloggers (most of us) we know, or should know, that comments are generally seen as a method of conversing. So when I post something on this blog, anyone who wants to chip in with some advice, a story, or a continuation of the theme is free to do so (within the commenting guidelines of course). All good, right? And yes, I’m over-simplifying, but that’s the crux of the matter, no? Personally, I generally try to only comment if I have something to say, a specific viewpoint on the topic, or have something constructive, helpful and within the spirit of the post to add. But sometimes, and this is more often than not, I find myself just wanting to say …

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The wind blows

Blimey, what a night. The lamppost outside is rattling back and forth, leaves are whipping round the garden and all manner of weird banging, clanging noises are making me wonder what state things will be in come morning. Visited friends last night, and managed not to drink TOO much (I managed to win a couple of games of pool later on so can’t have been that bad) as I was out for a run this morning. Even then it was still a struggle, I’m just not a morning person I guess. Spent rest of day working on three different websites, fixing stuff mainly, with a little thinking about a new site that I can’t talk about, yet. Hopefully that’s me …

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Questions Answered #7

In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them. Question 7: Hans adopts the “complete this sentence” approach and gives me the opening line of “If one life is all you get, then:” which is a bit of a broad sweeping statement but, hey that’s never stopped me in the past. If one life is all you get, then you’d better live it to the full! That’s what everyone thinks, right? You’ve only one life, so why waste it doing menial things like.. ohh I dunno, washing the car, brushing …

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Why you no redesign?

Apologies for the recent spate of grammatically incorrect post titles, for some reason my brain keeps uttering them in a foreign-tinted accent, ya know mon? Most unsettling really, and personally I blame … umm … someone else (obviously, it’s not MY fault). However, the question remains, I had planned to redesign this little corner of the interweb but didn’t find the time, far less the inclination, to do so. Why? Read on MacDuff, afore ye lies the answer, or at the very least several ponderings, questions and other general wonderingments. You see, anytime I think of redesigning THIS site I become a client of myself and lord knows I’m a terrible customer. I know what I LIKE but what I …

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Stuff wot I missed

One birthday party which seems to have gone very well, and was attended by virtually every single blogger on my “must meet before I die or contract leprosy” list. One birthday. The delivery of one mug (no smart comments, thank you). A Halloween party but no probs there as I’m very ‘humbug’ about dressing up like an idiot. Guy Fawkes night which is a bit of a bummer as I wanted to test the new camera! My own self-imposed ‘redesign deadline’. Too much going on at the moment, but more on that, later. And yes, when things calm down a bit I might even get back to posting properly!

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Books wot I red

After much deliberation and swithering I ended up taking 5 books with me last week. Well, technically that’s not true. After much deliberation and swithering I ended up packing 3 books and then bought another two at the airport (I know, I know!). So, here are some brief thoughts on the ones I read. 1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Always late to the party, this is a book which most people who would want to read it probably already have. So, suffice to say that I found this hugely interesting although not as immediately personal as Blink. Gladwell delivers a lot of fairly complex information in an excellently languid and accessible style, and whilst he is largely standing …

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Holiday by numbers

12 tapas, 4 bottles of red wine, 2 jogs along the beach, 3 books (The Tipping Point, The Liar, A Short History of Tractors…), 1.5 litres of Southern Comfort, 247 photos taken (50 or so that are any good) 12 litres of Mahou, 2 days of full sun, 4 warm but cloudy days, 1 delicious Argentinian fillet steak, 2 witches (it was Halloween when we arrived), 1 skint knee (not mine), 1 full moon, 1 power cut, and 632 emails waiting for me this morning.

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