The World Cup

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There was a large sporting event happening in South Africa, you may have heard about it. I’ve been really good and, despite watching almost every game, I’ve not really mentioned it here and I’ve tried not to be too boring about it on Twitter (I feel sorry for my followers at times, I really do). Spain won. I yelled and punched the air when this happened. I was most pleased. Mainly because Holland seemed to think the best way to stop Spain was to kick them (in the chest at one point). And here endeth the football.

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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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Lengua española

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Para el momento en que usted leyera esto, I’ el ll se esté asoleando en España. Apologies for my butchery of the Spanish language for, despite visiting my father-in-law once or twice a year, I’ve yet to pick up much of the language. It’s lazy of me I guess, and if I’m honest I’m surprised that I’m not more interested. But, considering language and grammar are fundamental to my job perhaps there is a small part of my brain that would really just like to switch off from all of that for a while. So I’m jetting off to Spain for a week of sun, reading novels, drinking cold beer and generally doing not a whole lot. I’ll be trying …

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Panic!

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There is a sense of mild, but controlled, panic in the air. I’ve only just realised that, a week today, we’ll be flying to Spain for a week in the sun. Don’t quite know how this has taken me by surprise but there you have it. All of a sudden I’m in the “pre-holiday zone” where every choice of t-shirt needs to be carefully considered, and the locating of cables, chargers and other sundry essentials starts in earnest. That said, we are taking hand luggage only, and all I’ll need are: 7 Books – already stacked and ready to go. 5 t-shirts – I have so many t-shirts that I’ll just take whatever I pick up on Monday morning 4 …

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Nota Bene

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Just a quick note to say that there is nothing of note to note here because, like everyone, I’m pretty busy at the moment. I’m heading into a period of 6 day work weeks, from now until the end of June. I’m close to finishing off a website for a client despite a fairly snag ridden build. Something I’ll need to invest some time in to investigate a better way of working. I’ve started going to the gym. Aiming for 3 times a week. I’m also off to Spain for the first week in June. We are getting quotes to get a new bathroom fitted. I really must get the car booked in for a service soon, MOT is due …

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Camtasia

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Back from a week in Spain (weather was lovely, as was the cerveza and tapas!) I’ve taken some time to look into some suggestions for screen recording. Part of the developer community website we have was always aimed at providing online video tutorials showing the latest features. However we’ve had acres of issues getting these produced. The recording usually goes ok but editing them and getting them into a format that is acceptable for the website seemed to be causing us problem after problem. Having checked out all three suggestions, Wink, Demobuilder and Camtasia Studio I have to admit (and you’ve probably already guessed from the title of this post) that Camtasia Studio blew me away. It’s a very slick …

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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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The weekend that was

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Friday was damp. Friday was wet. Friday was a pretty fucking good day mainly because a band called Radiohead was playing at Glasgow Green and, whilst it there was a light drizzle for most of the evening I really didn’t care. I was just happy to be there and listen to them blast their way through most of my favourites; 2+2=5, There There, Everything In Its Right Place, Paranoid Android, Just(!), Fake Plastic Trees, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, and more. As usual there were several knobs who did their best to spoil it but it didn’t work. Why do these people go to gigs? Regardless a good time was had by all, even if by the end of the second …

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Remember to live

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It seems I can’t avoid this blog post so I may as well crack on and see what falls out of my head. My father-in-law lives in small town in Spain and, as such, is part of a tight-knit ex-pat community over there. Early this week a man we’ve met a few times, and who was always friendly and welcoming, dropped dead. We saw him just last month. Quite a shock. Then I read this post from Tom about a man who dropped dead in the street. Tom closes his post with some advice: …live life to the full. Make yourself happy. Try to make those that you care for happy. Your life is the only thing that you truly …

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Spain was Spain

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Peggy enquired how we got on in Spain last week and I guess I should mention it. Thing is it’s not really a holiday as such. It’s more a sojourn, or retreat, or… some other words that has the connotation of going somewhere warm and doing sweet fuck all. On holiday I like to do things, visit places, learn about the area, sample the cuisine, the nightlife, the culture etc etc. But when we go to Spain we are there to visit my father-in-law and so we fall into his routine. We’ve seen the surrounding area and he’s not big on doing tourist stuff anyway… so our days were pretty straightforward: Wake up around 9am, sometimes later, sometimes earlier. Breakfast, …

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