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Before I say anything else, a quick but very heartfelt thank you to everyone who has offered advice, support and general nice thoughtyness (either in comments or via email or Twitter) concerning my recent health news. I’m not going to go on about it, but thank you. Elsewhere in my life, the kitchen has been…

Ready or not

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I have made the lists. I have checked the lists. The lists do not lie. I think I finally have a grip on … dammit … just remembered something else. OK, let’s start over. The coming few weeks will be hectic. The arrival and fitting of a new kitchen requires preparation, the erecting of a…

Too cool for school

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Where does that quote come from? Anyone, anyone? (bueller, bueller). I don’t want to go on about this in too much length but, and I think this may be true for others, the reason there is so much noise about the current crop of social web applications (yes yes, Twitter, Facebook yadda yadda yadda), is…

Questions Answered #12

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In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them. My mum sneaks in with a family favourite question of “To beard or not to beard”….

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Like, DUH

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I visited a small branch of a well known high street shoe repairer this lunchtime — starts with a T, ends in “impson” — and have to admit that they employ people of such high calibre that the mind boggles. As I approached the door I could see a small handwritten sign stuck on the…

In other news…

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Anyone buy the Evening Times tonight? Glasgow edition that is, well if you turn to page 31 you may, or may not, recognise the person top right. Or you could just check this photo. Yes, my lovely wife has joined me in print, and she gets a full interview too. It’s a “worklife” feature so…

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The Book Title Meme

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Don’t let the title put you off, this is no ordinary meme. Firstly, and for a change, I know who started it, but most of all this meme requires a fair amount of pondering and no small amount of writing – after all, you’ll be trying to match up to a published author! Enough of…

Matchsticks

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There is nothing better than lying, slightly bedraggled and hungover, on the couch all day watching crap TV and classic movies like Clash of the Titans. I’d forgotten just how spectacularly bad the latter was, although to be fair to the actors it can’t have been easy to work with that dialogue. Fantastically awful, I…

Airport Express

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Finally!!! Considering the amount of hassle I’ve had trying to setup and configure my new Airport Express, I’ve jotted down some information which I hope may be of use to others. I may end up waffling my way through this so, if you want, skip straight to the summary. Firstly some notes on my setup…

Orwellian

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George Orwell, in Why I Write, suggested that there are “four great motives for writing”: Sheer egoism Aesthetic enthusiasm Historical impulse Political purpose Obviously there are many other more subtle reasons for wanting to write but on the whole I tend to agree. Obviously Georgie, as I like to call him (he hates it though),…

Mad busy

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I’m far too busy to even considering posting something, let alone spend the time thinking up something coherent. Admittedly it would make a nice change for me to actually THINK before posting, but hey, why change the habit of the last four or so years? So yes, very busy, working. Lots of working and business…

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Marriage

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On Friday we will be at the wedding of a very good friend. I hope she too can enjoy all the benefits being married brings. Although currently the only one I can think of is having someone to rub cream into those itchy bits you can’t reach. I THINK it’s been the bubble bath I…

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Growing Pains

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Is it just me? God, I hope it isn’t, I THINK it isn’t. But what if it is? I’m gonna sound daft…. How old do you feel? I know that no-one really feels the age they are, most people being ‘stuck’ somewhere in their mid-twenties; personally I’m still 23. I have no earthly idea why…

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Barcelona

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Do you ever feel a tad detached? Quite frequently things go on that I never hear about. This is on all levels, from global events to work gossip. I AM the last to know. It doesn’t bother me on the whole, but it does puzzle me. (I think) I’m an OK guy. I chat with…

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