Tag: <span>London</span>

Public Lettering (via Prolific, via Zeldman) Fascinating and involving.

Reminds me of some advice my father gave me about my home city of Glasgow. “Look up.” Typically in cities these days, most of the older buildings have been shelled out and converted to shops. Their lower floors vandalised and replaced with large, featureless pieces of glass. Most of them still feature the original architecture and features in the upper floors and roofs, we just don’t notice it. It’s amazing to think that there are more things you don’t notice, than those you do.

I should point out that there are some places in Glasgow that have managed to blend into the city, Princes Square, the new Buchanan Galleries, and the Concert Hall, to name a few, all now ‘work’ as part of the city.

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Vaughan remind me about watching the London Marathon on Sunday. I was in the gym, on the treadmill, watching the men’s race hit the 21 mile mark. The three runners out front looked fresh, were moving freely, and were putting in low 5 minutes miles.

After 10 minutes on the treadmill I was bright red, heavy legged, sweating like the proverbial *****, and ready to collapse. A long distance runner I will never be.

Personal Musings

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Gym yesterday. Gym tonight.

Yesterday’s ‘session’ was odd, pounding on the treadmill whilst watching the London Marathon. They’d just passed through the 21 mile marker when I stopped… after 10 mins. Never thought I’d skulk out of a gym, but there you go.

One of those links people email you:
This is spooky, answer a few (OK about 25-30) questions and be amazed: Guess the Dictator or Television Sit Com Character.


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Mayor of London. A good site, very informative, kept up-to-date, easy to navigate and quite modern feeling for a government site.

Question: Why advertise it on a billboard near Parkhead in Glasgow?

Just curious…

In other news
Valid CSS!

CSS2 compliance achieved!! Woo Hoo!!

One page XHTML compliant – the rest getting screwed by non UTF8 characters but should have that sorted by Sunday or so.

I’m so happy I could cry. (OK not really, mild satisfaction is probably more apt).

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Ahhhhh, relaxed, refreshed and completely knackered from a fun weekend. Friday – visiting old haunts and shopping in Aylesbury. Then an excellent wedding reception. As expected Graham and Kerry looked great and were as happy (and drunk) as two very happy people who are very very happy. Was a good night, catching up with old friends. Saturday, London, lunch, beer, window shopping, beer, dinner, beer. We stayed in a lovely B&B in Stoke Bruerne right next to the Grand Union canal, in a thatched cottage. Lovely quiet village.

Memories were all good, and I feel refreshed and recharged, haven’t thought about work for 3 days. Must be some sort of record, although I admit I’ve just started checking my email, then thought… Nah! will do it tomorrow.

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Thursday – drive to Aylesbury (well just outside). Friday visit old haunts, wedding reception in eveing (Congrats to K & G – can’t wait to see her in a wedding dress, she’ll look stunning!). Saturday into London, and probably up the London Eye…. yikes. Drive back up on Sunday. Relax on Monday. Only one day of work to go.

Not sure what it’ll be like to go back there, varying memories, happy and sad, many recently rekindled. Should be an interesting weekend.

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Research has proven that wearing sunglasses boosts your ego.

No…really, a British study by Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychologist at the University of London, reports that measurable psychological benefits can be gained from wearing sunglasses.

But is it really so? I think Dr.Wilson is looking to deep into the matter and suffering from ‘can’t-see-the-wood-for-all-these-damn-trees’ syndrome.

Its simple really…when do people wear sunglasses, when its sunny! and how do you feel when you are sitting in the sun – GREAT!! So you are feeling good, and I bet you feel, measurably, better. Is it just me, or is it really that obvious?

The study goes on to reveal that “People wear sunglasses because they feel they look good in them. You feel in control”. It’s funny, I’ve come across various studies on wildly different themes, and they all make reference to control. Why is control such a major part of the modern day psyche? That’s another discussion, I digress.

One interesting (?) point – “People report having additional courage to ogle when their gaze can’t be detected” – now I wouldn’t class it as ogling, but your glance definitely lasts longer when you wearing sunglasses, and there is no harm in looking, unless you get caught!

The main point of the study does stand up, don’t you feel cool when you’ve got your shades on?

BUT! (You knew there would be one…)

BUT! (and it is a very large BUT!) do we really need to spend money on this type of research? Is the ‘name of science’ a credible argument for this sort of work? What are the benefits of this, and how much of taxpayers money did it use? So why do these types of work still manage to get funding? Now I’m all for scientific research, but it has to have some sort of focus in benefiting society, be it now or in the future. The argument of always finding something better to spend taxpayers’ money will always ring true, but never more so than in the face of such a blatant waste of money.

Whilst I am sure this study does reveal some of the intricate psychological values that modern society foists on us, surely there are many more important things to worry about. In fact, I know there are.

Thank you, rant over.


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