Common Sense from Scottish ParliamentSpotted over at ScotBlog where I commented:"Smacking (which I take to mean a light tap with an open hand) can be effective. It doesn't have to (and shouldn't) hurt the child, it merely acts as a shock mechanism to make them understand that their actions are not acceptable. Obviously if it

YawnI''m on holiday next week. I finished working last night at about 10:30pm. I sit here at 7:30am. trying to get everything done.I'm on holiday next week.I'm on holiday next week.I'm on holiday next week.

Tuppence worthMuch has been written and said about A Rush of Blood to the Head, but I have to add my say.It's fucking brilliant.Sorry, wish I could be a bit more sophisticated and intellectual about it.[Post written in a darkened room, with only the phosphor glow, my Sennheiser headphones, and the aforementioned CD for company

To look for a needle in a hay bundleTake the occasion for the hairs.In the country of blinds, the one eyed man are kings."This 1883 book is without question the worst phrasebook ever written. The writer, Pedro Carolino, who was Portuguese, did not particularly speak English, nor did he have a Portuguese-English dictionary available. Instead,

CountriesI live in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (of which Scotland forms a part). This is also known as the United Kingdom, or the UK. *Yet I was under the impression that the 'United Kingdom' was not a country. I'm not sure why, possibly I picked up something erroneous at school,

YesterdayI decided not to post yesterday. Partly out of respect, partly out of a desire not to add my clumsy thoughts on the matter, but mainly because I'm still not sure what I want to say, what I should say. I did write down some of my thoughts about the events last year, but for

September 11th

One year on. Over the days leading up to the first anniversary of this atrocity I've been talking to friends and family, trying to make sense of what transpired a year ago today. In a way this is my generation's JFK assassination. The defining event where we will always remember where we were and what

Which month is it?According to the (US-based) National Health Information Center it's:Baby Safety MonthChildren?s Eye Health and Safety MonthCold and Flu CampaignGynecologic Cancer Awareness MonthHealthy Aging MonthLeukemia & Lymphoma Awareness MonthNational Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery MonthNational Cholesterol Education MonthNational Food Safety Education MonthNational Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention MonthNational Sickle Cell MonthOvarian Cancer Awareness

Everything you know is wrongA quiz for you. Reveals a lot of interesting facts, and the book it's based on might be an addition to my wish list.Take the disinformation: quiz.(I got 14 - pass but only just!)

Leia is on the goAlways fun to watch a design-in-motion, so I'll be logging in to Random Thoughts From a Large Head over the coming weeks to see how she gets on (ya just know she ain't gonna stick with the default template).

Ahoy there!Mark your calendars - September 19th is talk like a pirate day."Every now and then, some visionary individuals come along with a concept that is so original and so revolutionary that your immediate reaction is: Those individuals should be on medication.''So, avast me beauties.. Arrrrr...(Link shamelessly stolen from Alex)

Embarassment is...Finding that 'lost' Shreddie on the collar of your polo shirt. During the first meeting of the morning.Not that it happened to me of course... So, what's your most embarassing moment?

The past rememberedI was reminiscing with a friend today on the way home from work. We chatted about school pranks, and mis-doings, and, I'm quite glad to say, the mood has invaded my evening. Musically I was finding Scottish bands around this time, The Humpff Family, The Silencers, Love & Money, The Kevin McDermott Orchestra

And another thing!Blogatelle : Happiness through oral sex. - not only wins the 'best tagline of the day' award, but also looks all spiffy and flowery... (I miss the angel though)

An experimentAs part of a "sociological observation" over at Hydragenic, I urge you to tell us which you are: a) A helpless soulb) A quiet door openerEhhh, you might have to visit Hydragenic to make sense of this... (I reckon I'm a quiet door opener, but only to save face, I'd much rather be the