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I don’t think I’ve done this before and to be honest it’s more an experiment than anything that has particularly good reasoning behind it, yet here I am, tapping away on my iPhone.

It’s because I can, pure and simple, yet there is a part of me screaming “SWITCH IT OFF!!” and begging me to step away, switch off, detox from all of this modern technology.

And I should, I have the books, the moleskine contains few scrawls and aches for more, yet I’m drawn to this tiny screen.

How sad.

So I will, turn it off I mean, and go lose myself in a book, or wander across the empty pages, trailing inky thoughts behind me. This is a holiday. So I will turn it off.

For today.


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Blimey, where HAS this year gone? More specifically, what the hell happened to December? And more specifically still, why am I so busy over the next couple of weeks considering I finish work tomorrow!

A brief pause then whilst I consider what I need to get done… and what I should’ve done already.

First up the obvious stuff, Xmas wise, cards have been posted, presents are all bought and wrapped, cupboards are reasonably stocked with alcohol (to take to places and drink), biscuits and ‘stuff’ to have when people come to visit, and the Sky+ is programmed with.. well not much. It’s usually all dross at this time of year and I’d happily spend most of the coming weeks with the TV OFF. Or at the very least, watching nothing but old movies. And yes, It’s a Wonderful Life still makes me cry..

Once we get the festivities of the season out of the way I’ve got an old site to finish off, a new site to start, and this place is due for a spruce up as well. I’ve still got some questions to answer but they’re written up and ready to post and will be done by the end of the year, I promise. And, of course, there will be books and gadgets and stuff to play with as well.

Ohh and I’m trying to keep the running going too, with rumours of an early evening run on Christmas Eve and quite probably a few extra ones jammed into my days off. I doubt I’ll get much chance during the first couple of weeks in January though, but we’ll see how it goes.

Did you know that George (Asda clothing department) is selling suits for £50? I’m sorely tempted as my current suit, which wasn’t a cheap one, is now kinda hanging off me. A stop gap suit to get me through the next couple of months is all I need, and as it’ll not get more than a couple of outings I’m loathed to spend too much. I’d better get my finger out though, I need it for tomorrow night… more on that tomorrow.

I’m still considering posting my “Best of 2006” lists but, frankly, I’m not sure I can be bothered. We’ll see, it might end up being a “highlights of 2006” list instead… or it might not happen at all.

Right, stuff to do, people to see, etc etc.

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Tee hee. Just off the phone to a customer services woman for my home insurance company. I received a letter from them telling me I’d missed a payment (via direct debit). So I phoned yesterday and obviously caught her in a bad mood (although I didn’t think so at the time). She was rude, talked over me, talked down to me, and halfway through her making the same point a third time, I hung up on her. Not something I usually do, honestly, but she was PISSING ME THE HELL OFF!!

So I phoned back today to resolve the situation (new account details hadn’t been sent out by my bank). The same woman answered, and was all sunshine and light, very cheery, took her time to listen to me, and, and this is the best bit, apologised to me for their phone system which had ‘cut me off’ yesterday. It was all I could do not to laugh down the phone at her. She assured me she hadn’t hung up on me and that it had happened to a few other callers that day.

Which leads me to presume the whole of her office was in a bad mood yesterday.

I won’t name and shame as she was very nice to me today, but if you live in the UK and can think of a logo with multicoloured bowler hats in a grid then you may know who I’m talking about… 😉

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