Home is…

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It’s over six months since I moved into my flat, and it’s only now starting to feel like home. For a while I was using the old sofa (old as in age, and as in ‘pre-divorce’) but I now have my own sofa and chairs. I have art on the walls, bookcases, lamps and, once I get a couple of plants and some curtain-like things it will really start to feel like mine. Except it’s not mine, it’s rented. But aside from that… it’s mine. Right? I’m still scouring shops for a coffee table, and think I might need a rug to really pull things together but I’m in no rush. I’ve been reasonably smart with my purchases, determined not …

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On not worrying

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I’m not the best qualified person to write about this but when has that ever stopped me. A few weeks back, as we rolled towards the new year, I started to ponder resolutions. It’s something I think of every new year, even if I don’t publically state them. There seems to be something about the ‘new’ part of the new year which allows for a clean slate, new beginnings and all that. As ever most of my resolutions focus on being better, rather than worse*, at things in my life that I could control. Read more, exericse more, etc etc. Nothing revolutionary or notable there. It seems, however, that I have subconsciously been taking another tack. Whilst I’ve been joining …

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Rose tinted

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It’s funny, I always considered myself a pessimist, and whilst I certainly employ large doses of cynic it seems that I have a far more romantic view of the world than I realised. Maybe romantic isn’t the right word, let me put it another way. I day dream. A lot. I think that’s one part of being a human that I enjoy the most, aside from custard creams and other things I can’t mention here because my mother reads this and her head would spin, and to be honest so would yours. Well not YOU, obviously, but the rest of you would probably be quite shocked. Hmmm this is sounding worse than it should. Ok ok, so I also enjoy …

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What do you not do?

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When was the last time you looked at the things you don’t do? The reason I ask is that this very question is occupying my mind at the moment as I try to pull together both a content audit of what we have and a plan to create the things we don’t have. Which isn’t as easy as it may sound. There are three or four different departments involved in the audit, and from each I’ve asked the same two things: A list of all the content you currently have A list of all the content you would like to have With both lists in place, and understanding that some items in the first list may also need some rework …

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December

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I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now that it is, without a shadow of doubt, December. If nothing else, the ceaseless adverts for perfume, chocolate and some really REALLY faked Christmases (c’mon, does ANYONE have a Christmas like the ones on the telly?) should have clued you in. There is no denying it. It is most definitely Christmas. Which means two things. 1. The Christmas decorations will go up this weekend, and I’ll spend as much time as I can avoiding doing just that. 2. Blogs all over the land will start their ‘best of’ lists and recaps. Except this one. I thought I’d state it right now just in case any of you are waiting with baited breath, because …

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Home again, home again

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I’m currently operating on about 4.5hrs sleep having landed earlier this morning and suffering the return of the 6.30 alarm. Spain was warm, sunny for the most part, a little misty some mornings, blowing a gale for two of the days and we saw a beautiful lightning storm rage over the Mediterranean. I read books (more on those later), drank beer, sang at the karaoke (a rare event, I was quite spectacularly drunk mind you), sunbathed and did pretty much bugger all for the entire week. I couldn’t half do with a siesta right now though. Aside from a vigorous can of cider erupting all over my sister on the plane on the way there, and my sister-in-law deciding to …

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The Hourglass

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I’m running out of time. All of a sudden it’s Friday and I’ve only JUST bought FIFA ’09 for the PS3, where on earth am I going to find the time to master it before I go on holiday?? Seriously though, what is up with time these days? It’s either way too fast, I mean it’s almost June for fricks sake!, or it’s way too slow and no end of stern glares will make the minutes pass any quicker. It’s not like I’m just passing the time of day either, for time is, always, of the essence! Yes, still I can’t seem to control time, it flummoxes and bemuses me, for the time being at least. Oh god, I’ve just …

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Planning the big move

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I’ve waffled on about single source and our plans for long enough so, as we are finally starting the process itself, I thought I’d capture some information as we go along. However, it’s probably good to set the scene, so I’ll cover that stuff first. Over time you’ll be able to see all the posts related to this work here. With a most recent product release almost out of the door, our thoughts turn to the next few months and, finally, beginning to move our content to Author-it. During our weekly team meetings, and across several shorter planning meetings in the past months, we’ve covered most of what we think we need to have covered. However, to be sure we’ve …

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Versions

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I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. I’m not sure if I’m about to completely humiliate and embarass myself. Or (I hope) this is another one of those things that everyone else does but that we just don’t talk about. No, not picking your nose… I adapt who I am depending on who I am with. The most obvious change is when I’m in a heavily alpha male environment, where I become a lot louder, more forceful and laddish (aka “non-politicially correct) behaviour is not only pushed to the fore but heavily encouraged and instigated. In less intimidating surroundings I become the joker, eager to make people laugh, possibly eager to gain some level of acceptance …

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There's nothing like a good book

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We are off to Spain next week so there are some vital things to sort out. Namely what music to put on my iPhone (I’ve got Series 1 of The Wire on there already), and most importantly what books to take! I’ve got a Jeffrey Deaver and an Ian Rankin on standby and have just ordered Casino Royale and Live and Let Die so that should get me through the week, in between trips to the pub and general lounging around of course. I don’t really make time to read all that much these days, in fact I struggle to get through the two monthly magazine subscriptions I receive (Esquire and Runners World if you must know). Aside from that …

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