Wednesday 1 August 2001
I didn’t forget the bumfluffchops
I didn’t forget the bumfluffchops jibe. I’m just a forgiving person. Or something.
staying up late after three
staying up late after three pints and a VRB down the pub, adding to the beer consumed prior to pubwards departure and the post pub beer, coupled with Mark Eitzel on loop, is not good for the spirit. Maybe another VRB will help.
whilst I can’t say I
whilst I can’t say I feel fresh as a daisy this morning, I don’t feel bad considering I sat up until 2.30am, drinking and poking about the net. Don’t think this is likely to be a stressful day though (shouldn’t speak too soon).
late trains for three nights
late trains for three nights in succession mean that I haven’t been able to get into watersones to buy myself a new book, but here is a review of the last one, Bordersnakes by James Crumley. I’m not normally a big fan of American crime writing, but this is good – gripping and page turning, packed with violence, sex, drugs and much more, with a pretty good plot. OK, not high art, but certainly entertaining. Recommended. A bright orange too.
rather nice to have a
rather nice to have a little chat on AIM with an old e-friend, Julie – quite possibly the first Graypie that ever was, and still a Graypie now, four years on.
Thursday 2 August 2001
Blogger has been offline for
Blogger has been offline for most of the day, which makes updating this site much more difficult. But now it is back online, I don’t really have much to say.
Friday 3 August 2001
tonight: beer with Arron ,
tonight: beer with Arron , Paul F (briefly), Kristian, Joel, Dan, Leah, Hayley, Rebekah and her fella (snogging at the bar – guh), Leroy and his knob (you don’t want to know!), Sally – oh, loads of people. A fun evening – the best laugh in ages.
I am 37% gay, which
I am 37% gay, which makes me less gay than average for people of my gender and orientation. but only just. hmm.
There seems to be some
There seems to be some confusion about the target of this post. I thought I might have an inkling, but now I’m not so sure. Meg: the masses demand clarification! (well, if you call me “the masses”!) And if it is about what I now think you are getting at, are you not over-reacting?
woohoo! my team is top
woohoo! my team is top of division 17 at itsagoal.com.
I’m going to the races
I’m going to the races tomorrow. Top tips from all you pundits will be welcome!
Contrary to popular belief, terrorist
Contrary to popular belief, terrorist bombs are not the sole preserve of London. A few years back, the IRA planted and detonated a bomb just down the road in Bognor Regis – the explosion could be heard here at work, five miles away. And even us poor provincial folk are alert – earlier this year, a suspicious package was blown up near the Rousillon Barracks in Chichester, just 500 metres from my home, although it only turned out to be someone’s shopping I think.
It has to be said though: how can anyone possibly respect an organisation that targets pubs in busy streets, or even flower beds in seaside resorts? Compare these two attacks with the Tamil Tigers recent attack on Colombo Airport and air force base – a heavily defended and well guarded site, certainly much harder to target than either of the targets the Republicans have chosen. The Irish terrorists should be careful – the Omagh bombing did more to damage their cause than strengthen it, and they are in danger of making the same mistake again.
Saturday 4 August 2001
Well, it seems I was
Well, it seems I was wrong about that, but no harm done – there was a three-way online virtual hug earlier this evening, which seemed to satisfy nearly everyone.
Except me, of course. I was only satisfied by beer, which tonight was found with Paul F, Kearn, Simon, Jeremy, DA, the ever-youthful Aris, Steve C, Leah, Kristian, Joel – the usual suspects. Sight was also made of an attractive blonde lady I have seen in the bar more than once who I should very much like to get to know – but she was surrounded by undesirables, so I avoided the area, although I noticed she shook them off with grace and ease at the end of the evening. Respect due.
There is another one of
There is another one of those mood-enhancing rains falling on Chichester this evening. Couple that with drinking stupid amounts today and this evening, and my mood becomes *highly* enhanced.
Sunday 5 August 2001
OK – day report: up
OK – day report:
up early, then ran a few chores and errands before heading round to Ian’s house to go to the races with Ian, Sacha, DAGS, James, Jayne, Dom, Emma, Stein, Simon, Jeremy, Kearn, Paul C and Tam. A disastrous day at the hands of the bookies – two wins and one place did little to offset the losses, but it was good fun nonetheless, and I’ve been flattered by the number of people who said I looked “sharp” in my blazer, smart trews, shirt and new yellow tie.
Then back to Ian’s in DAGS’s sick car before heading to Pizza Express for a very relaxing meal, followed by beers in the Nags and W2 in the company of the aforementioned posse, plus Matt, Clive, DA, Paul F, Arron, Tim W, Joel, Simone and new-person-behind-the-bar-Katy.
Now I’m absolutely exhausted. The last thing I want to do is go to work tomorrow. It doesn’t help that I am less than bouyant, although that is probably drink-induced (and rain aided).
I’ve been pondering what makes
I’ve been pondering what makes girls my age “tick”. I’m mentally working towards a long post on the subject, so don’t all rush to comment just yet. But Angie has posted this which has given another angle and some food for thought.
I’ve just caught up with
I’ve just caught up with the rest of humanity and downloaded WinAmp and now sit listening to online radio as I work. And it is truly evil, as I’ve already noted four albums that I want to buy – spend! spend! spend!
Monday 6 August 2001
Further proof (if any were
Further proof (if any were needed) that my ongoing policy regarding older women is entirely justified. Although 27 years might be stretching it a bit, I think I could make that sacrifice in this instance.
Another all new meme from
- “that’ll be 45p, please”
- “tickets from Chichester please”
- “why do they always put them at the bottom?”
- “do you want your coffee here, over there or up the top?”
- “can you plug two PCs into that socket?”
- “why don’t you take a copy from that? then I can throw the original away”
- “is there something sweet smelling in here? is it you?”
- “you can’t really take a bath ballistic into the shower, I find”
Hmmm. I guess more people talk to Meg than to me. At least, they have more interesting things to say.
Tuesday 7 August 2001
sorry, not had much to
sorry, not had much to say the last few days, which is the result of
- being tired
- being uninspired
- spending too much time listening to Groove Salad at Soma FM
- being busy at work
I’m still working on that “what makes girls tick” post, though I get a feeling it could turn into a lifetime’s work, a magnum opus.
ooooo – got a brochure
ooooo – got a brochure for the Chichester Film Festival – lots of really good stuff, most of which I’ll probably not get to see (best intentions and all that). Several world and British premieres as usual – it’s such a good festival, and we’re damned lucky to have it in Chichester.
oooo ooo – I know
When I was a child, my brother used to keep a weblog using a PC he built at home using only fish paste, elastic bands and a hamster. Of course, back in those days, there weren’t many other PCs for people to read your blog, especially not hamster-compliant ones.
Thinking about this got me onto the subject of fish paste, and how turbot flavour is my favourite.
What’s your favourite?
Make your child a walking
Make your child a walking billboard.
To be honest, what is the difference between this and clothing your child in Gap sweaters or a Coca-Cola t-shirt, for example? Not an awful lot, if you ask me. However, a company would have to be pretty needy of publicity to go down the avenue of naming a child.
UPDATE: since I typed this,
UPDATE: since I typed this, the Festival website has been updated with a full programme and details of all the films. If they’d done it yesterday, it would have saved me the effort. guh.
By popular request: a list of films to be shown as part of the Chichester Film Festival:
- Ali Zaoua
- All About My Mother (Todo sobre Mi Madre)
- Amelie from Montmartre (Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain) (English premiere)
- Around the World in 70 Minutes (eight animated shorts for children, including three UK premieres)
- As You Like It (new print from the National Film and Television Archives)
- Atlantis: The Last Empire (preview prior to general release)
- Bad Beasts and Creepy Creatures (ten animated shorts for children, including three Tex Avery classics)
- Baise-Moi (preview before general release – and yes, the title is French for Fuck Me)
- Barry Lyndon (as part of Kubrik retrospective)
- Battle Royale (English premiere)
- The Believer (English premiere)
- Bona Cornucopia – the best of Kenneth Williams (part of London Lesbian and Gay Festival on Tour (LLGF))
- Britflicks (eight British animated shorts for children)
- Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups)
- By Means of Music – talk by Tony Palmer on the use of music by Stanley Kubrik
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – with John Madden (director)
- Cats and Dogs
- The Center of the World
- Central Station (Central do Brasil)
- The Children’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – introduced by Oliver Stockman (producer)
- Chorus of Disapproval (part of Michael Winner day, including an appearance by the man himself)
- The Circle (Dayereh) (English premiere)
- A Clockwork Orange (part of Kubrik retrospective)
- Crocodile Dundee in L.A.
- Terence Davies Trilogy (part of Terence Davies day, featuring a live interview)
- Death Wish (part of Michael Winner day)
- Distant Voices, Still Lives (part of Terence Davies day)
- Dr Strangelove (part of Kubrik retrospective)
- Escape to Life (preview before general release. Part of LLGF)
- Eureka (English premiere)
- Eyes Wide Shut (part of Kubrik retrospective)
- Farewell My Concubine (Ba Wang Bie Ji)
- Fat Girl (A Ma Soeur!) (English premiere)
- Ghost World (English premiere)
- The Girl (preview before general release. Part of LLGF)
- The House of Mirth – introduced by Terence Davies.
- I’ll Never Forget What’s ‘Is Name (part of Michael Winner day)
- Il Postino
- The Isle (Seom)
- The Jokers (part of Michael Winner day)
- La Bete (The Beast) (complete with scenes of “excessive ejaculations!”)
- La Ville est Tranquille (The Town Is Quiet) (English premiere)
- Life is Beautiful (La Vita Bella)
- Little Otik (Otesanek)
- The Long Day Closes (part of Terence Davies day)
- Lucky Break (English premiere)
- Maelstrom (British premiere)
- The Magic Pudding
- Me, You, Them (Et Tu Eles)
- The Monkey’s Mask (preview before general release – part of LLGF)
- The Neon Bible (part of Terence Davies day)
- New Year’s Day
- The Nightcomers (part of Michael Winner day)
- The Parole Officer
- Paths of Glory (part of Kubrik retrospective)
- Presque Rien (Almost Nothing) (preview before general release – part of LLGF)
- The Princess Diaries (preview before general release)
- The Score (British premiere)
- The Shining (part of Kubrik retrospective)
- Sidewalks of New York
- Stanley Kubrik – A Life In Pictures – introduced by Jan Harlan (director)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (part of Kubrik retrospective)
- 2001: The Making of a Myth
- Urbania (preview before general release – part of LLGF)
- Watch With Mother (eight animated shorts for children – including The Wombles, Bagpuss, Captain Pugwash, The Clangers, Roobarb – likely to attract a lot of 30-somethings!)
- What’s Cooking
- …plus 25 short films shown together with a feature
There is no way in the world I am going to get to see all the films that I want to. I also need a few days to get my head around the programme and decide what I want to see. But an impressive line-up, you have to agree.
The Festival runs from 23 August to 9 September. If you want a copy of the programme, I suggest you send a large (at least A5) self-addressed envelope, with a couple of first class stamps stuck on it, to Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road, Chichester PO19 1XN
Wednesday 8 August 2001
Soooo tired. Serves me right
Soooo tired. Serves me right for sitting up half the night chatting with Graypies.
Cricket fans: this will prevent
Cricket fans: this will prevent you from doing any useful work all day.
This afternoon, one of the
This afternoon, one of the ugliest women I have ever had the displeasure of seeing said that I was a “very handsome man”. On the one hand, this is naturally flattering. On the other, it is quite horrifying. I don’t mean to be unkind when I say that she was ugly, merely truthful. Even my mother (who was standing nearby) was quite mortified. To be honest, I couldn’t get out of that room fast enough.
Thursday 9 August 2001
sorry for lack of updates
sorry for lack of updates – haven’t been near a PC all day. And now I’m going to the pub.
More tomorrow (or later if I feel like it).
beer tonight with Arron, Sarah,
beer tonight with Arron, Sarah, Joel, Dan, Simone, Leah, Kristian, Steve C, Dec, Graham VS and Sal. Amusing, but not much to report.
Friday 10 August 2001
The fluorescent tube in my
The fluorescent tube in my kitchen is dysfunctional. It flickers on and off making “bzzzzzt” noises. I think it is trying for a bit part in a 60s B movie starring Warren Oates.
Busy again today. Updates later
Busy again today. Updates later if I can.
Tomorrow I’m taking the day
Tomorrow I’m taking the day off and going to West Dean (which is just up the road from Chichester) for the Chilli Fiesta – 200 varieties of chillis, chilli foods, chilli beer, chilli plants – anything chilli related really. Seems a good opportunity to turn red and sweat a lot!
Saturday 11 August 2001
Beer last night with Sarah,
Beer last night with Sarah, Brenda, Greg, DA and Kearn. Also sighted: Paul S, Anne, Simone, Kristian and Katy. Everyone was on top form, so there was some side-splitting laughing going on.
Archinect launches its first design
Archinect launches its first design competition, and it isn’t just for architects in the traditional sense. Designers of just about any sort can enter physical or digital designs for a “communication booth”. Sounds interesting – I’ll be looking out for the results.
Well, the Chilli Fiesta was
Well, the Chilli Fiesta was excellent. For such a small event, a hell of a lot was packed in and there was a huge number of people there. I consumed a fantastic dish involving pork and chilli, which resulted in me turning scarlet, eyes watering, sweating profusely but feeling great! Beer was also taken, and purchases made of sauces, peppers and suchlike. If you can get to West Dean tomorrow for day 2, then go – highly recommended.
Sunday 12 August 2001
Dinner tonight in the Nags
Dinner tonight in the Nags with the parents, my brother, sister-not-in-law and the nursery staff and their husbands. This was followed by beer in W2 and Cafe Metro with Clive (happy birthday!), DA, Kearn, Matt, Ian, the lovely Susan, Amanda, Julie, Dom, James, Anthony, Dan, Claudette and Paul S. Most worrying when Julie, who I have only met briefly before tonight, walks up and says “I’m not going to tell you anything because it’ll end up on the web”. I can do discretion you know!
Another quiet day. Bit tired
Another quiet day. Bit tired after last night’s excesses. Nothing much to say.
Life has taught us that
Terre des Hommes – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
We’re always using other people
Who am I to talk? Who the hell do I think I am?
I am the greatest.
I Am The Greatest – A House
Today is the birthday of
Today is the birthday of an ex-girlfriend from several years ago. We are still in touch, albeit infrequently these days and only digitally. We lived together for just over a year and a half. It wasn’t always a happy relationship, but we had some really good times.
I learnt a lot during our time together, not least that you should not regret what you have done. It may have been better if you had made another decision, but you can always say that with the benefit of hindsight. The fact is that you made the right decision at the time, based on the circumstances you were in, the information you had, the emotions you were feeling.
Happy birthday Kate.
Beer tonight with the wonderfully
Beer tonight with the wonderfully gorgeous Michelle, the stunning Simone and …ummm… Arron. Joel, Dan and John also seen in action. Michelle has joined the exclusive club of people who live within 5 minutes walk of the bar, so I can see her bank balance going seriously into the red! And Simone is having her leaving party on Tuesday, so Woodies regulars will be expected to be in the bar and prepared to go to Thursdays (horrid club) afterwards. I’ll miss Simone – she has a great sense of humour.
Monday 13 August 2001
hmm. It’s monday and it’s
hmm. It’s monday and it’s the 13th. That has to be a bad combination.
I was (unusually) driving to
I was (unusually) driving to work this morning. As I was driving into Barnham, this woman in a red car came racing up behind me and was “all over my backside”. Being the sort of bloody minded person that I am, I drove at exactly 30 miles per hour. Where did she choose to overtake me? Right by the only speed camera for miles. *FLASH*. Serves her right.
I’ve only just spotted this
The International Center for Bathroom
The International Center for Bathroom Etiquette. Thanks to Meg for pointing this out to me – please don’t ask how Meg and I got to talking about urinal etiquette. It all started with an innocent conversation about trains, honest! (how Freudian is that?!)
I’m weak. Just been and
I’m weak. Just been and purchased Suzuki by Tosca (no weblink at the moment – the !K7 site is down. Although you can check here at Amazon). And it is very very good.
Tuesday 14 August 2001
This is the first opportunity
This is the first opportunity I’ve had to get near a PC today, and it’ll only be brief. I’ve been busy busy busy.
Remember that song – “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm” (who did that? I can’t remember). Today, something made me go hmmmm.
Wednesday 15 August 2001
I’m tired. I’m confused. I’m
I’m tired. I’m confused. I’m a bit down. I need to sleep. Stuff is happening. Shit. More soon, when I have my head sorted.
Beers last night (in case
Beers last night (in case you couldn’t tell from the drunken rambling I posted here at 12.10am) with Arron, Sarah, Simone, Claudette, Joel, Dan, Michelle, DA, Kearn, Paul F (back from hols), Kev and Andrea. I chose not to go on to Thursdays for various reasons, which I think was a good decision. However, in spite of that I am still tired this morning, which I guess is my own fault.
I’ve been asked by the
I’ve been asked by the publishers of this book to check for mistakes in the picture captions. All I can say is this: it’s a shame they didn’t get it checked before it was published, as I have found errors in 25% of the pictures in the Geraniums section. Not just tiny errors either, but big glaring ones. And although I’ve not been asked to look at it, the text seems to be littered with mistakes too.
Not good. Not good at all.
Bark Psychosis. You don’t hear
Bark Psychosis. You don’t hear them on the radio much these days.
Newly discovered. With attitude too.
Newly discovered. With attitude too. I like, lots.
There are some nights which
There are some nights which are absolutely lovely, and tonight was one of them. A long, gentle evening of chat, laughs, anecdotes and good company with Fi, sitting in the twilight in the corner of the courtyard at Sadlers, catching up on life and stories and gossip and “stuff”. I am blessed with fantastic friends.
And for icing on the cake, just as we were leaving, I bumped into Becs, who I haven’t seen since she and Chris left Woodies to go and run a restaurant together. They are going to be at Claudette’s forthcoming Bouncy Castle Party, which, it has to be said, is not to be missed.
One of the advantages of
One of the advantages of having met a few of the UKBloggers™ is that sometimes you read something they have written and can actually hear them saying it.
Thursday 16 August 2001
Been out of the office
Been out of the office for most of the day, so no opportunity to write anything here. Not that I have much to say at the moment.
Apparently there is karaoke in the Nags tonight for Dave(the landlord)’s birthday. I’m not inspired, so might skip it. I could do with a cheap and early night anyway, as tomorrow night threatens to be expensive (more on that later, if I feel like revealing anything).
Oh yeh, football season just
Oh yeh, football season just about upon us, so here are my fantasy teams for this year.
In Andi Turner’s Fantasy Football (which Nico put me on to) (henceforth referred to as AFF):
|Full back||Jamie Clapham||Ipswich|
|Full back||Joe Tessem||Southampton|
|Centre back||Matt Elliot||Leicester|
|Centre back||Wes Brown||Manchester United|
|Midfielder||David Beckham||Manchester United|
In the Telegraph Fantasy Football (henceforth referred to as TFF), the team looks like this:
As you can see, there are some similarities between the two teams, with a few well known names and a couple of wildcards too. These are only the starting lineups, so there will be transfers during the season, although AFF rules allow for far fewer transfers than TFF. Weekly reports will be posted here, as usual.
And in other football related news, my team is 4 points clear at the top of division 17 at itsagoal.com, which is nice.
This story is being treated
This story is being treated as amusing by most of the news agencies that are covering it, but it is actually a serious problem for public gardens and nurseries. I’ve seen people take cuttings, flowers and even whole plants and put them in their pocket or bag, both at the nursery and elsewhere. The trouble is, even taking cuttings is a theft – and the cumulative damage can be considerable. Imagine a garden like the one in the article – it receives 60,000 visitors each year – if each one of them took a cutting, it wouldn’t be long before the garden was reduced to bare earth.
We have a policy at work – if we catch anyone taking a cutting, we charge them as if they were buying a fully grown plant (so that is around £5 – £10). I think if other gardens and nurseries imposed similar punitive measures, this sort of thing would cease. I’ve even heard that it is common practice amongst some garden visitors to carry scissors, plastic bags and even labels to facilitate theft!
Friday 17 August 2001
Well done to Simon. The
Well done to Simon.
The CIM had another go at trying to give me a heart attack this morning when another envelope arrived from them – once I’d got over the omigoditsmyresults stage and opened the envelope, I found it was only ballot papers for committee members of something. However, tomorrow should be another story.
UPDATE: apparently the CIM Education Department answering machine (because clearly it is too much trouble to have a person on the phone around results time) says that results are due in the last week of August – i.e. next week, and not today (so that we receive them tomorrow). The CIM is worse than useless – for an organisation that promotes good customer service and customer orientation, they treat their members really shabbily.
FURTHER UPDATE: apparently the CIM are telling some people that results will not be mailed out until 31st August, so we won’t get them until 1st September. grr.
Just when you thought the
Just when you thought the world was strange enough, Nick gets a food-obsessed stalker.
More from Nick, bless ‘im!
More from Nick, bless ‘im!
Saturday 18 August 2001
Went for drinks and dinner
Went for drinks and dinner in Soho last night. Had a brilliant evening, full of good company, good conversation and an improbable amount of good Chinese food. Already I am looking forward to the next occasion.
Utter bollocks. Apparently, the fact
Utter bollocks. Apparently, the fact that more than half of the users of friendsreunited.co.uk are women is a reflection of the fact that men don’t have friends with whom they discuss personal topics. Well, I certainly have friends (of both sexes) with whom I discuss personal topics, and I don’t think I’m unrepresentative.
Idle thought: if you can
Idle thought: if you can feel listless, why do you never feel listful? Ditto ruthless/ruthful, wonderful/wonderless.
Tomorrow, I’ll be getting up
Tomorrow, I’ll be getting up stupidly early to go and organise a plant fair at Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, East Sussex. Hopefully the weather will be better than the forecast. See you there?
Sunday 19 August 2001
Well, in spite of the
Well, in spite of the fact it blew a gale, poured with rain, and was thoroughly miserable and uncomfortable, the plant fair was less than a disaster, although it was far from a success.
And, aside from all that, I’m in a bloody good mood.
Monday 20 August 2001
I’m feeling all sentimental this
I’m feeling all sentimental this morning. Not sure why – could be because of the silly chain mail that was in my inbox this morning about “the good old days”; maybe because it is my parents 41st wedding anniversary today and they had loads of greetings in the mail inbox when I switched on this pc – all from distant relatives in far-flung corners of the world; maybe because I heard today that the wife of someone I know through work has been admitted to hospital with breast cancer; perhaps because I’m thinking a lot about someone at the moment. I’m tired too after yesterday, so I guess I’m vulnerable to sentimentality.
Whatever the reason, I don’t think it is a bad thing at all.
I’m not only feeling sentimental,
I’m not only feeling sentimental, but my concentration levels are low as well.
I think that sending emails to friends will help (arf!).
Of course, parsley is traditionally
Of course, parsley is traditionally used in Italian and other Mediterranean cookery as an antidote to garlic. It very effectively nullifies the halitosis-inducing qualities of that bulb, even in dried form. And it also adds a pleasant freshness to new potatoes. But then, I am a fan of parsley – always have been, since I used to nab sprigs of it from my father’s plants in our garden when I was a child.
and on the subject of
and on the subject of food, I think that Nick is doing this deliberately.
I’ve just had an idea.
I’ve just had an idea. More in the coming days and weeks.
I’ve just been giving Mo
I’ve just been giving Mo some advice about his Yucca plant, and began pondering the way that they have this ability to revert to a sort of log-like stasis, and then spring back to life as soon as they are fed, watered and generally cared for. Wouldn’t it be handy if people could do this? Tom could become a log until he gets a new job, which would certainly cut down on the household bills.
As further proof that I
As further proof that I am so busy that I don’t have time to do all the blog reading that I would like to, I am a few days late in getting my congratulations in to Fredshead. And that is still, in my opinion, the best American blog by miles.
I know that everyone else
I know that everyone else linked to this mastery days ago, but I thought some of my readers might not have seen it (ok, so I’m bored, I’m wondering what to post here, and hey presto!). NASA faked the moon landing photos – the truth is revealed.
Tuesday 21 August 2001
Good ol’ paranoia is setting
Good ol’ paranoia is setting in today. A hug would remedy that. At least the sun is shining.
Busy busy busy today, working
Busy busy busy today, working on the principle that a busy mind doesn’t have time to wander off on to subjects that shouldn’t be worried about. If only that principle actually worked in practice.
Feeling a little better now.
Feeling a little better now. All pointless paranoia as usual.
Beer tonight with Joel, who
Beer tonight with Joel, who works his last night on Friday (everyone should be there) and will be sorely missed. The music in W2 is certain to get worse, as well as the service. Good luck with the end of your degree, mate.
Wednesday 22 August 2001
TFF week 1 score: 39
TFF week 1 score: 39 points. Not a bad start.
AFF week 1 results delayed until next week as Andi is overwhelmed by the number of people taking part.
In the village where I
In the village where I work, we have a shop called “The Trading Post” which sells cheap and cheerful food and junk. They do a nice line in cheap crisps that have about two weeks to go before their “use by” date, Marks and Spencer jam that failed the cut, and packets of sweets with packaging in strange languages. Which is why I am currently chomping my way through a pack of Fruit Pastilles labelled as “Frutips” and with Chinese writing all over the pack. Although they are marked “Made in UK”, they don’t taste quite the same as regular Fruit Pastllies. It’s hard to describe, but the flavours are slightly more acidic, the green (apple, allegedy) ones tasting slightly coconut-ish and the red (strawberry, or so it says) ones tasting of…um…well, I’m not sure! The ingredients list isn’t helpful. Clearly the regulations in Hong Kong (where these sweets were originally meant to go) are less stringent than in the UK, as there is not so much detail. But I like them anyway.
This is being blogged here
This is being blogged here and there and people are suggesting that it is wrong. I have to say that I see nothing wrong with it at all – we don’t all want to drink Coke with our Big Macs, but we might drink some other drink if only we were offered one. It’s a simple case of suppliers (in this case, restaurants) reacting to changing demand from their customers. And, yes, they can satisfy the needs and wants of their customers (i.e. needing a drink with their meal and wanting something other than Coke) whilst fulfilling the organisation’s objectives (i.e. making more money) – everybody is happy. So what’s the problem?
Thursday 23 August 2001
Two things worked on my
Two things worked on my mind this morning as I walked to work – here’s the first (I’ll blog the second one later):
Opposite my home is a house where three girls live. I say girls mainly because just about anyone female and roughly my age or younger is a “girl” in my book – it’s not meant to be derogatory or anything. Anyway, I guess two of them are in their thirties, the third a little older, perhaps her early forties – all three are attractive and apparently single.
This morning, as I was leaving, I saw a ParcelForce driver delivering a large box with what looked like Damart in large letters on the side. Somehow, I wouldn’t have thought of these people as the sort who wear Damart’s products, which got me thinking about preconceptions. I mean, I think of these three as typical single thirty-something girls sharing a house. I’ve no idea what they do for work or whatever. I’ve never even spoken to them in the two-and-a-half years that I’ve lived there. They seem to go out quite a lot, and I’ve seen a parade of fellas going to and from their front door.
Which got me thinking: what do they think of me? That bloke who lives on the corner, always wears black, seems to go out quite a lot, has a different woman around every other day (even if it is just Sarah or Fi or whoever), the one who really needs to repaint his windowframes.
Have you ever thought about the sort of image that you project?
I’m trying to get myself
I’m trying to get myself a new mobile phone, getting rid of the old pay-as-you-go one and getting one on a contract. And it is very complicated and confusing – thank god for the comparator at Carphone Warehouse. I’ve narrowed the choice down to Orange Everyday 50 vs Vodafone Leisure 200, and I think Vodafone may have the edge.
UPDATE: just checked Genie. Free SMS is *very* tempting.
FURTHER UPDATE: and KJC are offering a pretty good deal too.
Blogger is two today. And
Blogger is two today. And Grayblog will reach the grand age of one in just a few short weeks – celebrations (of some description) are planned.
Beer tonight with Arron, Paul
Beer tonight with Arron, Paul F, Simone (for the very last time! sob! wail!), Joel, Mich, Phil, Gary, Bek and the very gorgeous Celine. Tired now, so bedtime (and yes, I know I didn’t blog the second thing that was on my mind this morning, and I possibly never will).
Friday 24 August 2001
places in my head:in a
places in my head:
- in a chateau in Brittany
- under a rock in Yorkshire
- at Beachy Head, eating fish and chips
- on Mount Teide
- Piccadilly Circus tube station
- the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
- at the bar
- on the seafront near Gosport
- on a bus by the Lego factory, Billund, Denmark
- Waikikamoocau, Kensington Gardens, Brighton
There was thick, thick, thick
There was thick, thick, thick fog over Chichester this morning. Add in a hint of hangover, and it makes for an arduous walk to the station. Now the sun has burnt it off, and it’s become another hot and sticky day.
It was suggested to me
It was suggested to me last night that this site could be improved if I had an editor. hmmm.
It’s Robyn’s birthday. Send carrot
It’s Robyn‘s birthday. Send carrot cake.
To quote the little black
Tom also wears his underpants
Tom also wears his underpants on the outside of his trousers.
Beer tonight with Joel, Brenda,
Beer tonight with Joel, Brenda, Greg and Donna. Yeh. Hmm.
Saturday 25 August 2001
hmm. How odd. A woman,
hmm. How odd. A woman, about my age, who I couldn’t quite see because she was in silouette, has just walked up to my window, called out “bonne soir” in a sweet French accent, waved, and walked off. On her own. At 12.40am.
After yesterday’s early morning fog,
After yesterday’s early morning fog, today Chichester has been treated to an early morning thunderstorm, quite a violent one too. But it has done nothing to ease the sultry stickiness that is all-pervading this morning.
Book review: Motherless Brooklyn by
Book review: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem.
Simply put, this book is utterly brilliant. On one level, it is a fairly typical Marlowe-esque American crime novel. But there is a deeper side to it than that, a more emotional side. The principal character is an orphan and suffers from Tourette Syndrome – at first, the Tourettic ticcing appears humourous, and then is portrayed in a much more sensitive way, and becomes an intriguing plot device. As a reader, you begin to have some understanding of what it must be like to be a Tourette sufferer, the way that other people interact with sufferers, their perceptions of them.
Aside from those issues, the plot itself is fantastic – a total page-turner that makes the book very hard to put down, slowly revealed as our protagonist conducts his investigation, and not without one or two twists and surprises along the way.
Dedicated readers may recall that I have raved about Jonathan Lethem’s writing before. Well, I’m definitely on the look out for more of his writing now. He could easily be elevated to most-favoured author status.
Yes (in my opinion) -
Yes (in my opinion) – it’s even ok to decide that you don’t like someone at all. But be warned that this medium has lots of problems – most especially that it is open to misinterpretation due to the fact that it is text based and gives no opportunity for non-verbal communication. As I’ve said before.
Sunday 26 August 2001
OK – why are fruit
OK – why are fruit fools called “fruit fools”? That has to be the most ridiculous name for a dessert ever, but I’m sure that someone who reads this knows the reason why. Whatever the reason, they taste good.
Out for beer tonight. Sighted:
Out for beer tonight. Sighted: Paul C, Kearn, DA and DAGS (parents to be! ohmigod! congratulations!!!!!!), gorgeous Mich, Arron, Dan, Steve C, Kristian and Cat. Drinks with Julie, Andrew, the eternally lovely Jo and the splendid Andy – top people if ever there were any.
Decided not to go to
Decided not to go to Claudette’s party after all – a combination of feeling fundamentally tired (I slept for nearly two hours when I got in from work) and the fact that a day filled with rain does not a good outdoor party make.
So now I’m sitting here, feeling sleepy and lethargic. I really should do *something*, like tidy the flat or start reading one of my marketing books, but instead I feel like just vegging out and doing nothing. Maybe that would be a good thing to do.
Monday 27 August 2001
Lazy day today. Did some
Lazy day today. Did some reading, trawled around the city getting quotes for a mobile phone (and decided to go with Genie), bought a new book (Freezer Burn by Joe R Lansdale – not likely to win any major awards, and certain to upset anyone who has PC opinions, but fairly entertaining), went for lunch with Sarah in Starbucks, then headed to the park to sit and read and enjoy the sun.
The main discovery of the day is that my free-at-evenings-and-weekends dialup ISP doesn’t consider a bank holiday Monday to form part of a weekend. guh.
Tuesday 28 August 2001
Beer last night with Paul
Beer last night with Paul F, Aris and Dave in the Nags.
Busy at work today, so not much blogging.
Hello to visitor 25,000, whoever
Hello to visitor 25,000, whoever you were (someone using Navigator on a Mac with a .org.uk address, who visited at 2.24pm, apparently). See you again soon.
For a few years now,
For a few years now, I’ve had a Kentia palm called Ken – Ken the Kentia, geddit? I’ve now got a new plant, a Calathea. There is such an obvious name.
Wednesday 29 August 2001
Yup. Redecorated Grayblog. I’ve been
Yup. Redecorated Grayblog. I’ve been threatening to do this for a while now, and I’m pretty pleased with it. Use the comments function to throw bouquets and brickbats, if you feel like it.
Thanks for all the comments
Thanks for all the comments about the redecoration (I refuse to use the word “redesign” because that would imply more than a few alterations to the CSS). Looking at it today at work where my monitor is smaller, I agree with those who have said that the text can be a little hard to read – so I’ll work on that. And I’m sold on the idea that the navbar should be something other than white, but I’m not yet convinced by the arguments for the blue or black. So I’ll tweak the colour scheme a bit when I get home this evening, and hopefully improve on it.
One of the finest posts
One of the finest posts I have read on any blog in ages.
I’ve just been described as
I’ve just been described as “too new-age-sensitive-guy”. hmm.
Consider this site tweaked in
Consider this site tweaked in the following ways:
- text size increased
- timestamp colour changed
- sharpness of banner image improved
- navbar background colour changed, border reinstated, text colours modified
- useless black space at the top of the page removed
- background of tables changed to white so that you can read them
Katie’s photography. Go see. Admire.
Katie’s photography. Go see. Admire. Commission. Pay. Repeat.
Everybody has been talking about
Everybody has been talking about this. As I see it, the man is either brave or foolish (or possibly both) to have such a candid blog (assuming, of course, that it isn’t another dumb hoax – and I have an uncomfortable feeling that it may well be).
nearly forgot: TFF – 27
nearly forgot: TFF – 27 points this week, total now 66. Unbelievably, the top team already has 180 points after only two weeks!
Redesign news: there *will* be
Redesign news: there *will* be a proper redesign at some point. One of the features I am currently considering is a choice of skins for this site, particularly as so many people have said that they preferred the old colour scheme to the new (although the response to the new colours has been generally positive – I felt it was time for a change). Not sure how I’m going to achieve this yet (some time trawling the “how to” stuff on the web, and possibly pestering a few online friends as well), but I will do it *when I have time* (i.e. not in the near future – college restarts on Tuesday, so time is going to be less plentiful).
Thursday 30 August 2001
The big news today is
The big news today is that I got my exam results – a B (credit) for Management Information for Marketing Decisions, and a C (pass) for Effective Management for Marketing. Yay!! No resits!!
So I shall be in W2 tonight, celebrating. Anyone who wants to join in should be there from around 9pm.
One of our former employees
One of our former employees has just dropped in – always excellent to see Michael, and worth catching up on his news and gossip. Hopefully, he may even show up for beer drinking in the bar tonight.
This morning, Ev at Blogger
This morning, Ev at Blogger revived the blog search function which used to be offered there and collapsed under the strain at the beginning of the year. Within a matter of hours, he had pulled it.
Why bother relaunching it in the first place? Surely, with his experience of the fate of the last incarnation of the search function, he would have realised that the demand for it would be enormous, especially in view of the massive growth in Blogger usage. I don’t think he has done anything to enhance the reputation of Blogger, which I was beginning to think was improving following the problems with reliability and server performance that plagued it in the first few months of this year (when so many users switched to other ways of powering their sites, or even gave up entirely). Surely it is common sense to make sure that something is robust enough *before* you launch it?
AFF – combined score for
AFF – combined score for week 1 and week 2: minus 5. MINUS 5?? That puts me in 286th position out of 287 teams. Could be a long season.
got pissed tonight with Nick,
got pissed tonight with Nick, Anne (newlyweds – and very happy too – congratulations!), Michael, Chris (Michael’s mate), Arron, Sarah, and the eternally gorgeous Abs and Polly. Thanks for helping me celebrate my exam success guys – what top friends you are!
Actually, I could do with a hug right now. Yeah, I know I’ve had a few beers, and that’s the way everyone who is single and has had a few beers and walked home on their own feels – but it’s true, I’d like a hug.
Giant wave to hit
Friday 31 August 2001
I think I might take
I think I might take the day off tomorrow – I’ve a few errands to run and jobs to tidy up.
Admittedly, not the most exciting thing I’ve posted here – it’s a bit of a slow news day.
The good news is that
The good news is that there is a new version of Reblogger in development. Its creator has asked for feedback from users and ideas for the new version – as you guys use it here, go over to his site and throw in your suggestions.
This morning, Seamus (my parents’
This morning, Seamus (my parents’ cat) was asleep outside – a sure indicator of fine weather. However, about 11.30 he moved indoors. Sure enough, within 15 minutes, it started raining, followed by thunder and lightning. Who needs the Met Office?
The dear ol’ CIM have
The dear ol’ CIM have sent me a second set of exam results. They match the original set, but why have I got them? Hopeless organisation.
Just listened to Dead Ringers
Just listened to Dead Ringers on Radio 4 – utterly utterly brilliant!
I got an email today
I got an email today from Genie telling me that my phone had now been sent to the warehouse for packing. I found this slightly disturbing, and reminiscent of the emails that you might get from IT3C just before your package gets lost on Mount Fuji.