All work, no play

OK, let me just get this out of the road up front. I enjoy my Work. I enjoy the Work part of it, I enjoy the people (mostly), I enjoy the challenges, the thinking processes, the bigger picture planning and the day to day detail that I need to attend to. I get frustrated from time to time, who doesn’t, but ultimately my week is very much focussed on Work. I also enjoy my work, as there is a large crossover between that and my Work. Apologies, I’m presuming that you’ve read this post about a presentation given by Clay Shirky that I have, which offers the following quote: “(Capital-W) Work is what we have considered for years: your boss …

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On baking and Harry Potter

A nothing weekend started with a wonderful meal on Friday night, courtesy of my parents. Well they didn’t cook it, but they did pay. If you are ever near Bothwell, I thoroughly and highly recommend The Grapevine. Has yet to fail us. Saturday morning started early, with plans of heading into Glasgow to see just how big a fuss the Apple Store was making, before heading off to wander, camera in hand, round the People’s Palace. Dreich is the best way to describe the weather, a thin pall of grey lightly drenching us as we wandered up Buchanan Street. Arriving outside said store at around 9.15am, the queues were already snaking up and down a few times, neatly contained by …

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I know I'm busy when…

I start to lose focus. I was going to write up a post about why I think this happens and how generally ‘meh’ I’m feeling about.. well.. everything, right now, but I can’t even manage that. I’m not unhappy, just tired. I think. I wonder if it’s just because I’ve not been for a run for almost a week. I’ve hardly commented on any other blogs recently, which isn’t really like me, so I’m taking that as a sign. Of what, I have no idea. The annoying thing is that I’m not short of ideas, just short of the inclination to do anything with them. Maybe I should just list the ideas and be done with it. I’ll be changing …

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The Goblet of Fire

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic Finally got some free time today and nipped to the cinema to catch the latest Harry Potter movie. Bloody glad we did too! From the opening credits to the closing scenes this is a dark movie, much darker than the previous movie and all the better for it. The movie centres around a wizard tournament into which Harry finds himself mysteriously involved. Dangerous challenges abound and for the first time in this series of movies I found myself not noticing the CGI scenes as much as I did in the past. The tone of the movie allowed the pace to high, moving from action sequence to action sequence with a little character …

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The Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling Those of you who’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books should scroll on down to the next post. Although I will suggest you give them a try, they’re quite good fun, dead easy to read, and are a good way to unwind without having to read a “serious novel”. And for those of you still reading, yes I do think the Harry Potter novels are serious, and the fact that I’m already looking forward to the next one worries me slightly as it’ll be a long wait! Quite enjoyed this one but I think I should have re-read the previous book as so much was referred to that I …

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Wizardly

I am fated. It seems that I’m not allowed to read the Harry Potter books without having the endings, the “BIG SECRETS”, revealed to me before I’ve read the books. The previous book was spoiled by a friend who didn’t realise I hadn’t read it yet, she was mortified (bless) and I’m not allowed to mention it as she genuinely feels really bad about it. We both read a lot of similar books and she knows how she’d feel if it had been spoiled for her I guess. The current book was accidentally spoiled by a work colleague (who will remain nameless) who posted a link to a website which had, as it’s first entry, details of who dies and …

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Book Count

Well it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’ve only got 38 books that I’ve not read. Mind you another one – The American Boy – should arrive today, then there’ll be Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I’m sure I’ll pick up some more on Saturday when I drop off some old books at the local Oxfam (around 40 of them going, wonder how many I’ll bring back with me). Ohh and I’m currently, still, reading London Fields, and the Black Echo, and have a couple of books on loan from my Dad. Is it any wonder I don’t get around to practising on my keyboard more often?!

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Wizard!

Just back from watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Pretty good if you ask me. Although some of the younger actors need to be given a few more acting lessons… just as well Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and Emma Watson (Hermione) are up to the job. Of course it DOES miss out a lot of the detail from the book, but needs must and I think it works. Louise is a bit miffed though as she’s a huge fan of the books. Which means I’m in the doghouse for saying the movie was pretty darn good. Still, the sofa is quite comfy..

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Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban First off, I think this is the best of the Harry Potter movies so far. It’s nicely dark and mysterious and to me reflects the qualities of the book. The direction is excellent, as is the editing, this is a smooth movie to watch with the scenes flowing nicely. The script is well handled (I’d hate to have to adapt such a well loved set of books), but some of the younger actors need to be given a few more acting lessons… thankfully Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and Emma Watson (Hermione) are up to the job and appear to be maturing well into their craft. Of course the movie DOES miss out a lot …

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2 to go

2 weeks today I’ll be at the Fracture clinic to be ‘assessed’. Regardless I’ll be telling them to get this bloody resin cast off my leg as it is slowly driving me mad. Of course there is an upside, although as Louise hasn’t yet allowed me to get a little bell so I can summon her when I want something (my toe scratched, the blinds titled 0.5 of a degree…), I’m pretty sure I’m not getting the most out of my enforced immobility. In other exciting news, I’m finally getting around to reading the latest Harry Potter – The Order of the Phoenix. I’ve read the others and this one is following the same theme (boy goes to school, does …

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