Cynic-less

I must be getting old. I’m losing my cynicism. Or rather, I’m refusing to be curtailed by it, and I’m stating this now so you can all point this out later on when I suddenly perform a dramatic U-turn. Which reminds me, to the lorry driver in front of me this morning, yes you. The one who was veering all over the road, never indicated once and seemed to be braking randomly. May I gently suggest that suddenly throwing your three ton lorry to the left at a small roundabout, so hard that two wheels come off the ground and without any indication of your intent, may be the reason that some of the other drivers seemed a little irate? …

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Eagles of Death Metal

First time I’ve been in the ABC in Glasgow and as first impressions are, supposedly, important then I think my relationship with the venue is off to a flying start. Small without being dingy, large enough to hold a big crowd without feeling crammed in, it’s an ideal venue for all but the largest acts. I’ll skip over the support act as they were largely ANOTHER punk/rock type band (was supposed to be The Spores but they pulled out). All thin trousers, raspy guitars and more energy than craft. They were called “The Mothers of… ” something or other but their lead singer needs some elocution lessons. I want to say “.. Invention” but I seriously hope it wasn’t. Waiting …

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Miscellany

Vroooommm click Wouldn’t it be cool if you had a front mounted camera on your car. How many times have you been driving along, admiring the view laid out before you, without anyway of stopping and capturing it? Those mornings when the sun is streaming dramatically through the clouds, whilst some idiot is 2 feet from your rear bumper meaning that any deviant from your course will problem result in the removal of your rear bumper. Yes that type of camera would be very nice to have. Please Mr. Manufacturer, make it so. Either that or fit a rear-pointing rocket launcher to my car. Thankseversomuch. Red moon Arriving home on Saturday night, Louise commented on the colour of the moon. …

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Blogs are rubbish

I do not watch Coronation Street. I do not knit. I do not collect stamps. I do not spot trains. I do not attend football matches. I do not spend afternoons shopping. I do not go to the opera. I do not do crosswords. All of those things, and many many more, baffle me. Why do you do it? What is the compulsion, what drives you to repeat the activity time and time again? It’s kind of odd, isn’t it? Yes I realise we all must have our little hobbies, our “down time” during which we can indulge and relax. But surely your time would be better spent doing something else? Me? I blog. This post is in direct response …

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And so, it begins

Please excuse the dust, and mind your feet, I’m still tidying up. I was always told you should finish a website before launching it but, in the days of instant gratification that advice seems somewhat stilted and old-fashioned. So here it is, yes, it’s another blog. I’ve been blogging for many years now but this is my first attempt at writing a professional blog. To make it a little bit easier on myself I’ve chosen an area in which I’m fairly well-versed – Technical Communications. I have been a Technical Writer/Author/Communicator (I’ll cover that issue another day) for over 10 years and have worked in a variety of different environments, for a variety of different companies, with different cultures and …

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Laugh when you are crying

Laughter, according to the Reader’s Digest, is the best medicine. So it was good to hear a couple of jokes last night from my main source of terrible jokes, my mother. It’s a rare day when she tells a clean one, and last night was no exception: A man arrives home having just purchased a pack of the new ‘Olympic Condoms’, he strides through the door and announces his purchase to his wife. “Olympic condoms?” she blurts, “What makes them so special?” “They’re in three colors,” he replies, “gold, silver, and bronze.” “ What color are you planning on wearing tonight?” she asks cheekily. “Why, gold, of course.” says the man proudly. “Really?” she responds. “Why don’t you wear the …

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