Questions Answered #10

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. Andy rummaged around and asked, succinctly, “Why are bin bags so flimsy?” Why are bin bags so flimsy? The simple answer is, they aren’t. You are obviously buying cheap bin bags from Poundland you silly, silly man. Either that or you are expecting them to carry loads heavier than they can manage, or are filling your bin bags with sharp pointy things, like kittens… no wait they go in sacks… Of course, I’m not suggesting you rush out and replace your …

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How to fix iTunes stutter

UPDATE – 13th Sept. 2009: I’m glad this post is still of use, if you do find a different solution, please add it to the comments. Mostly I think that the iTunes stutter is only a manifestation of other issues (drivers out of sync or whatever), but glad that this is helping people fix their issue. Since updating iTunes to version 7 (.02) I’ve been plagued on and off by this issue. Googling brought some success but I’ve seen a few different suggestions of how to fix this, all from different sources with different setups. I finally managed to cure MY system so thought I’d collate everything I’ve found in the hope that others find it beneficial. So, if you’ve …

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Morning Calls

Waiting at the station, a plane drones overhead, buses grumble and whoosh as they pause at the bus stop, cars rush noisily to their destinations. Commuters prowl the platform, rustling papers, whistling from earphones, chatting, yawning, heels clicking on concrete. All around the sounds of the day slowly build. A piercing melody cuts through the haze of noise, heads turn to gaze, to listen. A few people lower their morning tales of death and crime, and stand motionless to capture the serenade. All too soon the train rumbles into view and the familiar noise of morning returns. But for that moment, for one brief song, a few of us stood, captivated, lulled and buoyed. Marvelling at the beauty of the …

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New doors

I type this amid much banging and with a distinctly chemical odor pervading my home. I’m freezing cold as the heating is off, and I’ve got headache kicking in. But I don’t care because they are almost finished fitting our new front and back door. No longer will the wind whistle round the door frame, no more drafts and wet towels behind doors. Looks like it’s gonna be a nice cosy winter this year!

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Xmas is here

This weekend we have mostly been finishing off our Xmas shopping (almost done, almost), carting boxes of stuff into and out of the loft, and converting our living room into Santa’s Grotto. Sort of. I even postponed my Sunday morning run so we could hit B&Q early. Well, that’s not true. I HAD planned to go for a run but, halfway down the road, I realised I’d left my running shoes in the house. I normally wear them to drive down to the park, taking a spare pair with me but, as I’d been for a run on Saturday (can anyone say 5.4k!!) they were a bit muddy, so I thought I’d wear my spare pair and change when I …

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Questions Answered #9

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. Lesley asks “Why I will never be cool enough to own a Mac”. To which I can only answer, how the hell should I know? How cool ARE you Lesley? Ahh, but then I realised she trying to imply that *I* wasn’t cool enough to own a Mac… as if.. Why I will never be cool enough to own a Mac I’m a liberal. I’m a free spirit. I believe in an open mind. I wear t-shirts, a lot. I don’t …

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Out of whack

Ouchy My back isn’t mega-sore if I keep it moving. That makes sitting down at a computer to do work a little annoying… hence the reason I’m still awake at 1am doing some work. Thankfully it’s improving every day. Happy Birthday! Visited my Gran tonight on the occasion of her 87th birthday. She’s finally out of hospital and in a local sheltered housing unit. She has a room to herself, and seems to be adapting well to all the changes. She’s still sharp as a tack, just slowly going deaf, blind and is unable to walk without her zimmer. But hey, she’s 87. Ohh and she’s now got a mobile phone. Today she sent a text message. My Gran. 87. …

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Vido

Preface: Nothing personal is meant in this, it’s purely and solely my issue. Please do not take a fence. There seems to be a growing trend amongst some of the better known bloggers, better known than I that is, to feature video clips of themselves in lieu of text. I can’t say I’m in favour of it. Problem is, I’m finding it hard to pinpoint WHY they irk me so. It’s not the people that are doing them (4 of which you’ll all probably know), nor the fact that they are doing something that I’m not as, frankly, I just can’t be arsed with that amount of effort at the moment. It’s not the content, it’s not the way they …

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Sponsor me

I have no idea how this will work but as I’ve just dumped the form in the office kitchen, and sent round an “encouraging” email at work, I figured I’d give you beautiful, generous people a shot too. And don’t say I didn’t warn you. On Sunday the 10th December I’m running a 5k (5 kilometres). It’s easily the furthest I’ve ever run (did 4K yesterday) and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be running to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Appeal, which will further the research into finding a cure for this horrible, debilitating disease. A close friend of my parents was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years back, he’s been through all the possible treatments, including some …

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Questions Answered #8

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 8: Jane asks, quite simply, for “The ideal jogging route”. The ideal jogging route This is pretty straightforward really. The ideal jogging route: is flat. is somewhere of temperate climate, not too hot, not too cold, a little drizzle on an early autumn day for example. has a gaggle of gorgeous cheerleaders lining the route. There you go. Simple. But. Well… The thing is… If it’s flat you don’t get the sense of achievement that comes when you reach the …

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