Questions Answered #12

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. My mum sneaks in with a family favourite question of “To beard or not to beard”. Now, before I even start this one I’ll just make sure that everyone knows that I, Gordon McLean, blogger ordinaire, sport, a rather too ginger-esque, goatee. My Dad has, for as long as I can remember (bar a few disturbing moments during my childhood) sported a full beard. Once black, his is now ‘turning distinguished’ (going grey to you and I). So, why beard? Why …

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Thank you

*sniff* First of all I’d like to say what an honour it has been to be a part of this, what an incredible privilege that has been bestowed on me, one which I will treasure and keep with me at all times. I certainly never expected to receive anything like this and I’m both surprised and thrilled that is has been awarded. Of course I need to thank some people. My parents, without whom I wouldn’t be standing here today, my family for keeping me grounded and never letting me forget my roots, and last but never ever least my darling wife. She completes me and without her this award would be meaningless. Thank you again to everyone else involved, …

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Sponsor update

Well I’ve just about got all my sponsor money in, a few stragglers to catch up with (if you are one, don’t worry, still plenty of time!), but it looks like between us, we’ll hit almost £400! Originally I said we were raising funds for the Parkinson’s Appeal, which furthers research into finding a cure for this horrible, debilitating disease. Well, that close friend of my parents (my ‘Uncle’ Dave) left a comment which contained some great news! I have suggested that you make the donation to the Parkinson’s Support Group which meets at the Southern General…. And great news! We are very hopeful that the Halifax Bank of Scotland will match your donation. ~ Dave & Issy Ohh I …

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Questions Answered #11

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. Adrian asks “Why I’m glad I’m not single”. I’ll presume he’s wanting ME to explain why I’M glad I’m not single, not point out all his flaws and weird mannerisms that make girls run screaming the second he enters a room.. I’m guessing.. Why I’m glad I’m not single OK, buckets at the ready. This is gonna be kinda love-dovey. Look, I’ve even coloured it all romantic like. Awwwww. OK, maybe that’s enough of the pink… So to answer the question …

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Damper than damp

It’s been raining a little today. All day. Since I got up at 7.15 until now, some 13 hours later. There are puddles in the garden that are defying the laws of nature and we have a new drip in the house. Joy. I’m pretty sure it has come about during the installation of the new front door, as it seems the seal between the side wall of the house and the porch (which was added onto the house before we bought it) has been damaged. It’s not a flood but that’s not the point. They also damaged the lintel (sp?) under the rear window when fitting the back door so tomorrow I’ll be phoning Mr. Ali and asking him …

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Am I back?

Or is I front? Looks like a small blip on the server this morning, so if you were rendered aghast at the rather unsightly WordPress error page you received this morning (must do something about that), fear not. I is still here. Prostitutes are in the news, and for all the wrong reasons. In saying that I’m not sure there are any good reasons that said ‘ladies of the night’ should be in the news but I’ll pause on that thought, lest I pay any disrespect to those who have lost loved ones. Life takes everyone down different paths, and no-one deserves a violent death. Speaking of which, the “news” not the prostitutes, Peter is headed back into the limelight …

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Snippets

My lunch with my co-workers to be went well. Seem like a nice bunch although it’s hard to get a real impression of such a large group of people from one afternoon. Roll on January 8th! New phone is good. It’s completely different from my last phone and I’m slowly figuring out how to do the basic things, so aside from the fact that the home screen graphic features the Houses of Parliament (and even then it’s the wrong way round for some reason), it’s already proving a more than capable successor to my old C600. Bad joke from pub last night. Sitting at the bar with my mate when one of the staff came round with a plate of …

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What a lovely day…

… for a 5K! Despite the weather dealing us a fickle hand, we did it. I was a soggy, breathless lump by the finish, but still managed to sprint across the line in 31 mins 16 seconds. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! My Dad finished about 7 minutes later, Louise and my Mum walked it in under 55 minutes. Pretty good all around! And just in case you don’t believe, here’s the proof!

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*sticks two chips up nose*

I’m going slightly mad, I’m one card short of a full deck, I’m not quite the shilling, One wave short of a shipwreck, I’m not at my usual top billing, I’m coming down with a fever, I’m really out to sea, This kettle is boiling over, I think I’m a banana tree … There is just too much going on at the moment. However it’s a pattern I’m used to as we always seem to do things this way, not on purpose, cramming several different tasks and events into a short timeframe. The last ripples of the re-mortgage are lapping at the shore (for those keeping count, that was fixing the car, getting new double glazed front and back doors, …

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