Copenhagen Diary

Copenhagen is lovely. I sit here, mid-conference, catching up on emails (only 250 to go). Will write more about it when I return, but the one thing that everyone I’ve spoken to agrees on, this is a lovely city. Clean, efficient and very friendly (I was thanked for my smile last night…), standard of living is high, everyone seems to cycle to work. Someone remind me why I live in the UK again?

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B'Ball

Man it sucks living in the UK. The Lakers win the championship and I don’t get to see one game of the Finals… hell I don’t even know if I will be able to catch any highlights… American Football, Baseball, Champ Car all get regular coverage, we have basketball courts in our parks, and every kid I know under the age of 16 knows who Shaq and Kobe are… This is a global game, and we get SQUAT on TV – and don’t give me that “ohhh it’s on ITV2” crap, they don’t advertise it, and the times keep changing… why the hell do I pay for this again? Damn this is pissing me off!

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Catchup

Been listening to a track by Bjork. It’s on one of those free CDs I got with the latest issue of Empire. Brass band playing, nice drop beat going on. Wish I could remember it’s name. Jury service is over. Trial was postponed. What a colossal waste of money (and time). Still means I can now plan the rest of my week – hmmm plan what work I will do…bummer. Ohh and I MUST find out if we are getting the All-Star game live here in the UK, so I can take the next day off, although I will probably end up working at home. That’s something else I MUST do. Stop working at home!! I’ve plenty of other things …

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Bulger email

I was sent an email by a well meaning friend. My initial reaction was ‘Yeah! I agree with that….’. However after reading it again I started thinking, hold on… not sure if I agree with this. Here is the email, included with my reply first. —–Original Message—– From: Gordon McLean Sent: 22 January 2001 10:40 Sorry I can’t do this. Much as I agree with the general feeling that these boys should be punished I can’t leap on this kind of moralistic bandwagon. I doubt very much that this is as black and white as is painted (nothing ever is). I have no doubt the boys knew they were doing wrong, but to what level was their understanding? The email …

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Future now

I ache. As usual I did too much in the gym on Wednesday, so my shoulders and arms are stiff and sore. The pain in my legs is nothing new and I’m used to it. We play football every Thursday (should I say soccer? Hell no!) and every Friday I’m stiff – is regular exercise not supposed to improve this? Mind you the game of netball on Tuesday should prove fun… Looks like I’ll soon have SurfTime (Evenings and Weekends) setup – for those outside the UK, it is an unmetered service offered by BT and chosen ISPs. Unfortunately everytime an ISP launches an affordable 24/7 unmetered package the end up pulling it, or poorly implementing it because “some people …

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Fiasco

Survived footie. Night out (company thing) in Stirling, should be fun, haven’t been drunk for ages! I’ve downloaded NextStart in another step to finding a system I can use – very customisable, skinnable etc etc. Might even lead to me rekindle my interest in design software skins, but not until I’ve finished the website re-design… The internet fiasco in the UK continues, my unmetered 24/7 access ends soon (end of month), and I’ll probably switch to BT’s evening and weekend deal. I’ve hunted about, but looks like I’m going to have to rely on the regulatory body to do SomeTHiNG! Hewlett Packards current adverts over here make me laugh – a newspaper straight to your PC, presuming you can afford …

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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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Upbeat

I enjoy working with computers. It may be sad, but it is true. I will quite happily sit for hours on end, tweaking a database design, updating a website, designing a skin etc etc. I don’t play games on it much. Recently though, it’s been taking over a bit. I’ve been spending more and more time on it, neglecting the important things. At the moment I have this website, Instant Ideas (a resource for hospital radio in the UK), and the Hospital Radio Lennox website which needs drastically updated. We have a couple of databases for our CD’s and video’s and I’m planning one for MiniDisc as well. I am in the midst of creating skins for WinAmp and WindowBlinds …

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