What's for dinner?

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Tonight is the night then. Get your haggis in the oven, mash those neeps and tatties, open your best whisky and enjoy the company. O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us An foolish notion: What airs in dress an…

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Walking by myself

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Inspector Sands has bought himself a pedometer in an effort to measure if he walks the suggested 10,000 steps each day – he’s not far off as it turns out. Seemingly the average is around 3,000 steps, and I thought I’d analyse my average (work) day walking habits. Hell I may even buy a pedometer!…

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(nice dream)

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I hear her breathing but when I woke up, with a start, she wasn’t there. The breathing continued whilst I frantically pull at the covers searching for her, I can hear her, where is she? Suddenly she appeared, standing over me, panicked and sweating, something about my Dad… my heart racing I suddenly sit up…

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Concerts

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I forgot one other thing that I promised myself this year. More concerts. I’m toying with going to see Ed Harcourt in February, already got tickets for R.E.M. at Loch Lomond (couldn’t NOT go as it’s my spiritual home) and then U2 announce their dates. I’d LOVE to see them again but £45 a ticket…

February

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New Year has long since passed but it’s only now that I’m going to start focussing on the year ahead. With being away in Spain earlier in the month, and our nephew turning 18 – celebratory dinner/pissup this weekend – we’ve not really been looking any further than the end of this month. So what…

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(Knee) Jerks

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BAN IT. CENSOR IT. HIDE IT AWAY. PRETEND WE ARE DOING SOMETHING. Predictably enough, the politicians have started to bleat the above (paraphrased ever so slightly) in the wake of Luke Mitchell’s conviction. Seemingly the reason he killed Jodi Jones was because he listened to music. OK, he listened to Marilyn Manson which, whilst possibly…

My Music Express

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Prompted by this. The last twelve months have seen me introduced to several new bands. So many, in fact, that I struggle to remember who sang what and which track I liked more than the other one. If I average out the number of bands I think it works out at around.. oh hang on,…

Because It's Friday: II

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Once again, The Washington Post has published its annual word-definition contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. And the winners are: 1. Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon. 2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained. (!!) 3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all…

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Put it off-itis

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Just been checking through some old draft posts that never got published, including the following which, in light of yesterday’s post about the wonders of Sky+ and how it will change my TV viewing.. well it’s a tad… ohh what’s the word… ironic? OK, this has a PROPER name I know. Some sort of -ology…

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Just Push Play

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Since we got Sky+ late last year I’m already noticing that it’s changing my attitude towards the gogglebox. But let’s rewind a bit first. Despite having a video recorder we rarely, if ever, used it. Sheer laziness, coupled with growing apathy about even watching television, was the main reason. If I did spot something I…

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Notes on a Family

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I can’t remember which one it is, but there is a sketch that Lee Evans does when he “learns” comedy from a tape. It starts off with him reciting the opening line to a joke: “My mother-in-law…” It’s quite a funny sketch, but more because of Mr. Evans than the content of the joke. You…

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Boy, Interrupted

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Finally we have internet access back. It’s odd, I hadn’t really noticed just how much I relied on the internet to fuel my working day. I would venture that I’m slightly LESS productive without it to be honest for, despite it’s propensity to distract, it was an good way to help me refocus on a…

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Read in Spain

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I’m trying to keep track of the books I read this year, just to see.. er.. how many I read or something. Anyway, I started the year with three books on the go – Lazy Ways to Make a Living, London Fields, and Snow Falling on Cedars. Despite that I read the following whilst on…

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Musical Meme

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Don’t do these often but I’m lacking inspiration – via Lyle and Uborka 1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer? 48.8 GB at time of writing (9217 songs to be precise). 2. The cd you last bought is: Still waiting to be delivered! The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom. 3….