Hogmanay

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The year is drawing to a close, the house is tidied, the bins are empty, just my grotty self to clean and polish. As is now tradition we’ll head down to spend New Year with friends. We’ll drink, drink, eat, play games, drink, laugh, drink, and finally give up and call it a night/morning. If…

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Bye bye 2008

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Almost the end of the year. I should post about all the things that have happened. But I won’t. Can’t. Will not, regardless. I could recap the books I’ve read. But I won’t. Maybe list the new bands and albums I discovered? Nope, won’t do that either. Or perhaps just relive the best of the…

Resolve

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I wonder if I’ll manage to make 2009 a year of change? Takes a lot of willpower to change, but at some point I guess I need to bite the bullet and all that. In my head I’ve already resolved to take more photographs, having got a wide angle lens for my camera I really…

Punchy

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Boxing Day. Named because of… er… the empty boxes of … stuff.. or something. I dunno. I’ve eaten too much, drank… enough, and now that we are back home I’m nicely chilled out and ready for a curry and a movie. I’ve even put my new slippers on. Christmas Day was a good one, good…

Merry Christmas

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Afrikaans: Gese├źnde Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna…

There's only one more sleep…

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It’s Christmas Eve. It’s 8.10am. I’m drinking strawberry milk, eating cherry cake and watching The Muppets Take Manhattan. The only thing that the previous items have in common is, somewhat obviously, me, so why am I mentioning them? Well, I can’t really control the fact that it’s Christmas Eve but as it’s the festive period…

Good company

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As Christmas approaches I slowly start to get into the spirit of things, literally and figuratively, with the start of the usual round of nights out, last minute shopping, and the frantic wrapping of that present that I bought back in August but completely forgot about and only discovered when I tried to hide a…

Fat, fat, fattie

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I’m overweight. I know I’m overweight, I know what I need to do to lose weight but I remain, stubbornly and without willpower, overweight. I don’t like the fact any more than you probably like thinking about it but those are the facts as they stand at the moment, laydees and gennelmenn. I am fat….

A Message for Obama (pt. 2)

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In early November I took a photo of myself holding a short message for the ‘soon to be President’ Barack Obama. It was as part of a Flickr group which I thought was a nice idea and which seemed to capture the mood at the time. I mentioned it here and, to be honest, thought…

Once upon a story

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I’m boring myself with this blog now. Not the act of writing posts for it but the act of writing posts ABOUT it. So I’ll stop. Thanks for the thoughts and comments though. You really DID help. Yes. You. I’ve been trawling through some draft post ideas, scribbles and ill conceived stories and figured that,…

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The average man

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He wanders through the streets, past the gentle glow of the houses, under dark and slanting drizzle. He has no purpose, no destination, and can barely remember where he started but this is all he knows, this is his life, his motion. He hunches forwards as another car drives past, plucking the droplets clustering on…

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Ye olde blog

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OK, perhaps if I head back to some previous “unblocking” techniques I might be able to kick start my blogging mojo. Remember when Referrer Searches were all the rage? Back when we all suddenly discovered that our blogs were being indexed by something called “Google” (weird name…) and that meant we could see how people…

Calling All Scottish Technical Writers

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(OK, mainly aiming at West of Scotland) Following a recent discussion about ISTC local area groups, a few of us based in the West of Scotland have decided to try to set up a local group. Our first meeting will be on Thursday 15th January 2009. If you work in the area (or further away),…

Apropos of… something..

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I am not out shopping today. Mainly because I do most of my shopping online. That and the fact that we have a night out tonight and Louise is already off out to get her hair done so I’m stuck in the house unless I fancy walking… This moment I’m sitting on the sofa, the…

Consistency of message

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My role in our company isn’t strictly defined so, outside of my work with the Publications team that I head up, I also get involved with other areas of the company either because I can help, or because there is a vested interest. That brought about the creation of our development community website and more…