Random notes of no importance

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Is it wrong that I’d really rather Ollie killed the mice rather than bring them into the house to play? It’s one thing picking up a dead mouse, quite another to spend 20 minutes chasing a live one round the living room at 3 am.

Melody Gardot & R.E.M.
After catching her appearance on Jools Holland (and as a side pondering, does anyone refer to it as “Later… with Jools Holland”? No, it’s just “Jools Holland” innit) I listened to some samples from her album and promptly purchased it.

Listening to it I can picture her onstage persona, sultry jazz singer, and I wonder if that impacts how I engage with her music?

It was the same after I saw R.E.M. a couple of years ago, their last couple of albums had largely escaped my notice (to the point that, for example, I’m still not entirely sure on which album the track “Lotus” can be found), and I was a bit non-plussed… until I heard the tracks live.

Yet after the gig, re-listening to those same tracks now is a different experience.

Yeah I know, nothing startling but it’s been on my mind.

That and the fact that R.E.M.’s new album, Accelerate is rather stonkingly good.

Power out
All of a sudden the screen went blank, the music fell silent, and the power LEDs faded. We’d had a powercut.

“Bugger” he exclaimed in annoyance.

Actually he said “ohh fucksticks” because he was rather cheesed off having spent 30 minutes carefully crafting a newsletter entry. Then hope made an appearance for he had used Google Docs and Google Docs autosaves every now and then and maybe, just maybe, he hadn’t just lost all of his work.

And then the glimmer of hope widened, the websites he’d been using for research were opened in Firefox tabs, perhaps it will have saved them as well.

Lo and behold it was true. Google Docs HAD saved all of his changes, Firefox DID remember which tabs he had open.

Ahh the joy of the righteous, I KNEW I used web apps for a reason.

Mind you, it still amazes me that GOOGLE Docs don’t allow you to send the documents by email… I’m sure they have an email client as well… right?

Financial Ponderingmentness
Between oil prices rising, and the credit crunch … er… crunching, I’ve been taking stock of our financial situation. It’s not that bad, although the looming remortgage will impact it in one way or another.

I’m tempted to go through the remortgage process myself, following the Moneysavingexpert’s guide of course, but wondered if anyone else had done the same?


  1. Peggy said:

    We get all sorts of small creatures in the house in varying degrees of animation thanks to Julio. The level of animal animation ranges from quite dead to not dead at all and pissed off! I can actually tell if it is a mouse, vole or shew by its shrieks of terror.

    May 23, 2008
  2. graybo said:

    What you need is an owl. See http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/owls/

    Meanwhile, we see remortgaging coming up at the end of the year, with the added bonus that I’m self employed. I’ll be interested to hear how you get on, if you go to the trouble of not just signing up to whatever deal your current provider offers you. We’re quite strapped for cash, not least because I’m forking out 20% more on fuel every month than I was this time last year.

    As for power outs – that’s why laptops are useful as there is always the battery and the possibility to sync with your mobile for net access – although only in emergencies due to the stonking charges.

    May 23, 2008
  3. Blue Witch said:

    If you pay 40% tax, the advice has to be offset mortgage every time. Look at the first direct website for info. I think they’ve finished the fee-free deal they recently had, but, IMHO (and that of the 2 people I’ve led to it IRL and 3 more (at least) in blog life) it can’t be beaten. Espeecially if you need loans for things every now and then, as they are at the same rate.

    And then start some stoozing to put in your offset account 🙂

    May 23, 2008
  4. ahh brought a salty tear to my eye….

    a group of us recently lived in an olde olde house in Pollok Park. A full squad of fieldmice lived there and no amount of cats seemed to get rid of these mofos -were very friendly with maybe one too many single girls with cats – until i had the grand plan of getting some poison.

    didnt wanna kill them but they were living under the oven (for heat, presumably) and consistently put me off my pizza or …eh, stew! so we got some heavy dudty mouse killer stuff. cant mess with a man and his food…

    a week passes and all the poison is gone. few days later the mice are kicking about the kitchen, bold as ever, just like Bucky St Pidgeons….im glad they never did die.

    alway thought to tell the new settlers about the PFMYT – Pollok Field Mouse Young Team…never did though.

    absolute bams of the Pollok Country Estate.


    (1st post, hello, your blog is ace)

    July 23, 2008

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