Paint the whole world

Every morning should have one, arching across the sky as the drizzle falls, all the colours in such glorious vibrancy. Site news: HaloScan continues to play silly buggers, I’m trying to get in touch with the site admin to see what the problem is. Other news: Mark Conrad wrote about the media coverage of Beslan in yesterday’s Observer: Should we have looked away? Rather than transmitting facts, it exists to stir up emotions – literally to orchestrate them… Ethical scruples may make us avert our gaze from such images. But are we then colluding with the politicians who want to suppress them because of the inconvenient truths they tell? Interesting piece, worth a read. And, possibly on a similar note, …

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Life on Air

As we now have a smaller car, the trip through to Loch Lomond yesterday required one of us to take the train (I’m convinced that one of the in-laws suitcases contained only alcohol and cigarettes, I digress). I quite enjoy a leisurely train journey and jumped at the chance knowing it would give me some time to relax and finish off a book I’ve been reading for a while. David Attenborough: Life on Air (currently only £3.99!) was a present (at Christmas I think) and I highly recommend it. If you enjoy the man’s natural history programmes then you’ll find this book fascinating. It recounts his entire working life, with many anecdotes surrounding the filming and techniques used. He has …

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Forging ahead

My best mate is handing in his notice today and is off to startup his own company. I’d tell you what it is but I’m not 100% sure and it’s very specialised so I doubt you’d need his services anyway. He works in the Lighting industry (as in concert/stadium/T in the Park) and does clever things with computerised lighting design. Ohh look, I did manage to tell you. I’ll be giving him a hand with some web stuff soon, so more on that later. As it’s Friday, it’s time to look ahead to the weekend. The slightly longer than normally weekend for me as I’ve taken Monday off (we don’t get Bank Holidays as standard). First up, cakes this morning. …

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Home

I grew up with a dog. No, not JUST a dog… She was part of the family, always there, she went everywhere with us for the most part. She was a bit daft, as golden retrievers are prone to be, but she didn’t have a nasty bone in her body. She loved giving people presents (including the oft recalled ‘tortoise incident’). I miss my dog. I miss taking her out for walks. Brushing her, playing in the back garden, taking her to the park. I miss Sintra. The nearest park to us was Levengrove (Dumbarton Common was the nearest piece of ground but was surrounded by roads) and every weekend, and some week nights, we’d pile into the car and …

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Survived

Loch Lomond was fun. Beached the boat on Inchconnachan, had a few drinks, a BBQ, and then spent the best part of 30 minutes trying to get the damn thing back off the beach… If you have ever tried getting onto the front of a boat you’ll understand our quandary. Been a while since we were all together and I miss the laidback ease that we have. I guess that’s the thing about seeing your oldest friends, everything is comfortably familiar. Only disappointment was having to tidy up the rubbish left by other people, it only took us 10 minutes to go over the little bit of beach we were on, but the disregard for nature that some people have …

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Weekend looms

Tomorrow: Head to Loch Lomond for a ‘wee jaunt’ on my friends boat. Then back to his house for a BBQ. Hangover expected on… Sunday: drive to Edinburgh airport to pickup sister-in-law and two of her kids. She’s leaving the other two in Spain (with her parents). Then dinner at brother-in-laws (possibly). And still got shelves and towel rail to put up in the bathroom…. hmmm Also need to get Car Tax, hire a 70s outfit for a party a week on Saturday, and finish rebuilding my old PC for my nephew. It’s no wonder I’m knackered come Monday morning (ohh yes and another BBQ on Monday night too for a friend’s birthday.. ). Some pics will ensue (and possibly …

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So much to saySo little energy. Long walks yesterday round Balloch Park on the shores of Loch Lomond. Emptying a loft on Saturday. It was a busy weekend. And then Monday struck and I spent most of my day trying to re-install Windows 2000, and once I managed that, re-install all the applications I use. One quick suggestion for you all: note down every application you use, big or small, from TweakUI to Photoshop, from Winamp to Office XP, get URLs, registration codes, the works. Do it now and thank me later. Put this one down to experience! So I now feel drained. Maybe a quick bite to eat and a shower will perk me up. Or maybe not. P.S. …

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To do that is doneFlippin knackered… Clear out bathroom cupboard Clear out understair cupboard Get new shower fitted (at last!) Get haircut Go to gym Paint bedroom Re-format old PC Tidy office and shuffle desk Sunday – go for family lunch (at Duck Bay Marina on Loch Lomond) So far so good.. but I doubt I’ll see 10:30 pm tonight…

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Friday at lastBeen a long week for me, and already I can see my weekend shrinking (mainly cos I forgot about the family lunch thing on Sunday). Today is cake day = goodToday is our PS footie tournament after work = good (although I’m short of practise)Today is Comic Relief Day = good for others (remember to visit Mike and leave him a comment (he only needs a few more to get the target of 235!) Ohh and not only did I not make it to the gym last night, the pub quiz was cancelled because of the Celtic vs. Liverpool game, which I should’ve guessed to be honest, all of which leaves me with a weekend that looks like …

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Surviving

Start drinking at 3:30pm + Finish drinking at 11:30pm = Sore head this morning. More drinks at 5:30pm, dinner at 9pm, guess what I’ll have tomorrow… In saying that yesterday was excellent. It was the (soon to be ‘traditional’) meeting of friends at Stu and Alan’s flat. Pressies were exchanged, drinks and food consumed, and the time flew by far too quickly. When people start falling asleep you know it’s been a good afternoon! And so, onto tonight. More friends, more booze, more food. A sedate, civilized dinner with acquaintances or sitting getting pissed in the pub? Well kinda both I guess. Well, better get back downstairs, Louise is in ‘spring clean’ mode and has dismantled half the kitchen cupboards …

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