Spaghetti blognese*

Furtling around for inspiration I ran a few standard blogging fallbacks through some mental checks.

  • Too busy because – nope, did one of those recently.
  • Interesting referrers – my stats are way down as it is so I’ve been avoiding looking at my stats at all. Ohhh, actually that might be a topic I could tackle, finding out reader stats across website hits and RSS feed subscriptions… but others have done that one so.. moving on…
  • Spam comments – nope, didn’t that one recently too.
  • What do I have in draft – “How to grab TV episodes using torrents” – yeah started that one but need to be at home to finish it.

I guess all I have left is to ask for music/book recommendations, after all I have a “Dear Santa” list to fill and it’s only really got some camera stuff on it at the moment (and my groovy, self-designed Reebok trainers of course. And yes, that IS the longest URL in the world…). Suggestions welcomed..

Other than that, little of note has happened to me recently as my day is largely a set of predictable and repeated steps.

(intrepid bloggers will by now have realised that I’m falling back on the ultimate of all fall backs by posting about not being able to post and why I don’t have anything to write about, thus giving me something to write about in this post. Wise is the experienced blogger…)

Get up at 6.30am, go to work, try and not get interrupted (I’m failing at this one but that seems to be the way of things), go home, chill out for an hour or so, do stuff that needs done, then get some more work done and try to get to bed before 1am (just). Boring. Not really stuff wot people will find interesting.

(great, now this is turning into an “I’m too busy to post” post.. dammit)

Next week will be different as I’m off to exotic Warwick and will be delivering a presentation to a room full of my peers. Yes I am starting to crap myself a little but I know the topic well enough (Wikis) and will get a couple more rehearsals in before Wednesday.

Other than that, the main topic in this neck of the woods is football.

For those of you not au fait with such things if Scotland beat Italy on Saturday, we will have qualified for the European Championships. We haven’t qualified for a big tournament for 10 years so this is a very big thing especially when you consider that, really, we shouldn’t even be in with a shout of qualifying at all, having been drawn in a qualifying group with the two World Cup finalists from last year and with only two teams going through.

Two shock wins against France, and some good performances at home, have put us in this position and the nation (well the bit that cares about this stuff) is rallying. One of my co-workers has come to work in his kilt.

Which is odd as the game is tomorrow but I admire his spirit nonetheless.

We are watching the game with friends, and in my heart I hope we manage it. Our national team was a joke one year ago, and whilst I think it’s fair to say we are hitting above our weight at the moment, it’s reminiscent of the Scotland teams I grew up with.

After the game we are all off out to a highly reputed local restaurant. So if the worst happens, and we concede an injury equaliser (thus almost rendering it impossible for us to qualify (there are permutations beyond tomorrow but they involve the Faroe Islands beating current World Champions Italy… hmmm)) which given the precarious nature with which the national football team seems to operate is the most likely scenario, we will at least eat well and enjoy good company, lively banter and large amounts of alcohol.

Although part of me is wishing we hadn’t booked an Italian restaurant.



  1. Cat said:

    I think I am the only person not interested in watching this game. Instead, I have a friend coming round for a feast of reality telly. And pizza.

    November 16, 2007
  2. Sadly my Italian isn’t quite up to chatting about the football with the locals, but the guys my girlfriend works with were lamenting how poorly they’ve been playing in this campaign.

    It’ll be interesting to see how it pans out.

    November 16, 2007
  3. Peggy said:

    You could do a “how we met blog” or do a trip down memory lane and post a baby picture of yourself.

    November 16, 2007
  4. Keith said:

    I still dnt understand the soccerball thing…..

    Good books though.

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – About two kids growing up in 1970’s Afghanistan, well written and quite sad at times.

    A short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka – About a Ukrainian woman living in the UK and her ageing father and stuff.

    Catch 22 – By Joseph Heller. Always a good read when nothing else jumps off the shelf at you…

    British Balls – Australian backpackers magazine available on line too, is quite happy to fill the gaps in on the news stories from home, not always with the truth but always quite funny. Good UN-PC jokes section too. (

    November 17, 2007
  5. asta said:

    Books: William Gibson, if you aren’t already familiar with him. Spook Country is his latest. Pattern Recognition is better.

    I’m looking forward to your torrents post. I’ve been looking at Miro because it appears to be the only application I could install without getting far more intimate with my router than I’d like.

    November 18, 2007
  6. Gordon said:

    Keith, mate!

    Short History was an ace book, as is Catch 22 which we were just discussing in work on Friday. Spooky. Will keep an eye out for The Kite Runner.

    Asta – William Gibson… Hmmm.. neuromancer? yes? Unimpressed. Clever yes, but not really griping. Will keep an eye out for Pattern Recognition though.

    Peggy – I have already posted a picture of me naked here, what more do you need?! (can’t find the post in question though but I was a cute baby!)

    November 19, 2007

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