Shopping

We seem to have spent most of the weekend (and most of our monthly budget) shopping. We’ve not ‘been away’ on holiday for several years and our wardrobes were in dire need of updating with some ‘holiday’ clothes, so we hit the shops yesterday at 9:15 a.m. and got home around 3pm. Back out the door 30 minutes later for a “Odd beer and wine” evening at a friends house. Old Engine Oil, Sheepshagger and several eastern europe beers were quaffed resulting in a slightly thick head the next morning (and you don’t even wanna know about the other end!). Today, our niece’s birthday (Happy Birthday Megan!), a quick visit to my parents who are in the midst of interrogating …

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Calling all europhiles

Did you realise that, according to a journalist in the US of A, Europe still doesn’t get the Internet. I won’t comment on the fact that… ohh bugger it, I will.. we do get the internet, in fact I have been accessing the internet since 1995. Did you mean, Mr. American Journalist, that Europe doesn’t ‘get’ the Internet.. as in we don’t understand it? I think you did, so how about you tidy up your ‘English’. Thanks. Reading between the lines, it seems that we (Europe) should create a First Amendment (or borrow one from the USA). It also seems that we (Europe) are seen as one large ‘state’ by some people, whereas we (the UK) are still self-governing, and …

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Europe

Stopped vomiting (which is nice) and managing to get some work done, only for our Office Manager to phone and say my new camera has arrived at work – typical! Wasn’t expecting it until next week (this also means that our lovely Office Manager had to pay the duty on the item, £50, so now I feel doubly bad, although as it is pay day not too bad… she’s a gem though!). Di-di-di daaaa, Di-di-di-di daa!!! (Damn you Becca!)

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Lunchtime findsFLEA. The most basic cartoon ever (via Bloing Bloing) Ugly sentiments sting American tourists. Interesting article about how American tourists are being perceived in Europe. Includes some tips for American tourists wanting to avoid confrontation, e.g. “Soften your speech; Americans typically overshadow their hosts in the volume department” which in itself is atypical (‘overshadow’ – what an understatement). Thankfully the article does point out that most people in Europe are against the American government and the way it portrays itself, but quite welcoming to Americans in general, I’ve heard there are a couple of them that aren’t too bad… 😉 And nicely related to the previous link is this article by Simon Schama: The Unloved American ?It is incredible …

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Firefighters StrikeReluctant history makersSome random thoughts whilst I make up my mind about this:+ Yes I agree firefighters (and those in public service) should be paid more, they risk their lives, and how do you put a value on what they do?– But, they choose the job knowing the salary, and those in the public services are the few who, these days, have a job for life.+ I agree that more funds should be given to all public services, looking at figures that detail how the UK compares with the rest of Europe, we fall well short.– I don’t think that public service workers should be allowed to strike. Add to that, the current worries about terrorism that are playing …

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It's up to you

thelefrakwebsite. The wonder of the Internet. I have a friend who lived in New York. She used to work for Time magazine, and we shared an enjoyment of the Saw Doctors music. In the 4 or more years I’ve known her she’s been married, been made redundant, found a new job, visited Europe, and is now moving house. I’ve never met her. We’ve exchanged gifts, laughs, sobs, and everything else that goes with friendship. Yet we’ve never shaken hands. The horrors of 11/9 were all the more real from me because maybe she was in the area when it happened. The wonder of the Internet. Back still v.f*ckin’ sore (sorry but my pain threshold is directly related to my ability …

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Petrol

“That is not the way to make policy in Britain and as far as I am concerned it never will be.” – Tony Blair. Totally agree Tony. Well said. We can’t have a government that is dictated to, that’s the entire point in voting, elections and the democratic process. Slight problem though, aren’t the people we voted for supposed to act on our behalf? Aren’t they supposed to listen to what we say, take it on board and at least consider it? Mr.Blair’s reaction seems rather childish. He is already lifting what is a simple campaign, based around one simple idea (we pay too much for our petrol) into the political arena, and trying to stamp his authority on the …

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