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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Not enough Blogging - apparently

There have been complaints from regular local readers of my blog that I do not post enough or regularly enough. Well if you guys replied or made comments on the post’s I would know you’re reading them and make more effort. Take yesterday for example, how many took the trouble to download SKYPE – free of charge by the way and takes about 45 seconds on broadband- and gave me a call? I’ll tell you – None, Nada, zilch, zero- that’s how many. I go to the trouble of finding these programmes, tests or little quizzes and nobody bothers to look, but when somebody comes up to me in the pub and says ‘you haven’t been blogging lately’ my usual answer is that I haven’t had the time lately, which is partially true.
I expected to be able to write commentary on daily humdrum life in between organising two major pervasive computing event for next month, putting together a budget for renewing my contract with the DTi next year, which is not guaranteed, finding a new house to move to because the cottage is too small and noisy, getting my son sorted for college, writing a novel, restoring guitars ( a Rickenbacker project started this week now I’ve finished the Gibson) finding time to play golf and I’m in deep shit as I forgot about a 41 club match I was due to play in last Tuesday!but it seems that this is not always possible, anyway I leave all the politcal rantings to grogce jack.
The visitors to the site shown by the site meter (roughly 12,500) mainly consist of people searching for pictures or reference to Carol Vorderman’s arse or David Beckham, both ae mentioned somewhere in this blog so it comes up with a hit,
( now I mentioned them again this will double) There are actually only about 8 people who read this blog and only three of them comment, Steve W. Grocer Jack and Den.( ok and RG but she’s colonial and doesn’t count).
I only ever intended to comment about thing that were happening in this country that mattered or annoyed me. The problem is I don’t get time to read the paper these days and when I do and get all hot under the collar about something His Tonyness has done, I have forgotten all about it by the time I get to work.
So I will promise to blog more if you promise to read it

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Pah! who needs email?

I have hust discovered this great new programme called Skype, you download this and you can make a voice call to anyone who also has the software. If you have a laptop you just speak at the screen and the onboard microphone picks it up, but if you have a desktop you will need a plug in microphone. This service is Free for computer to computer. When you have installed the software you can call anyone free on a computer or for 30€ per year ,you can choose 10 land line numbers anywhere in the world and call it only cost 1p per minute.You just use your computer as a telephone DOWNLOAD HERE just follw the download instructions the email me with your user name and I'll call you to test.Hope to speak to you soon!easy quicker than emailing and it's really great fun

Monday, September 12, 2005

Free again

Dom went off to college yesterday and we managed to fill the car to the roof with all sorts of essential items a student needs to make life bearable in his accommodation ie. TV, 6 speaker surround sound system, Fosters beer fridge with glass door, lava lamp, Bob Marley wall drapes, Tuck box full of super noodles, laptop, cd player, Ipod and mp3 and numerous other ephemera. Suitable clothing, equipment and stationary for a Countryside Management course were not worthy of consideration, such is life.

Crap round of Golf on Saturday, couldn’t put for toffee, still the weather was kind.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Give it a miss

I dined with 41 club last night at the Angel, take my word for it and give this venue a miss. I found it difficult to eat as my forearms stuck to the table, the cutlery was sized for 5 year olds and I don't know if I got what I ordered as the meat was totally unidentifiable.


Well I thought I’d better post something just to let you know that I am still around and that lack of posts have been entirely due to a massive dose of apathy.
Bank holiday weekend came and went with unusually good weather and equally good golf. The boy survived Reading festival but swears he will never touch cider again, we traveled on Tuesday to Yorkshire to see my family and I swear I will never touch the M1 again, certainly not on a week day.
I spent an unusual way last Thursday of seeing how easy it can be to waste public money, by attending (along with the legendary Ron Tarry) the adjudication panel of SE England’s hearing of the alleged breach of code of conduct of the standards board by our local Mayor. This was the climax of eight months investigation which has cost the tax payer around £2 million and was all down to one member of the public falling out with him and so reported him to the standards board for supposingly favoring my planning application –and a couple of other equally insignificant parochial breaches of the councils code of conduct, like failing to disclose interests etc.
The panel listened carefully to all the facts, witnesses for the council (who were an absolute joke and at least added a humorous angle to the proceedings) and the rather attractive lady lawyer for the standards board (who added a certain eye candy angle to the proceedings, shame about the fat ankles though) and then decared that it was time for lunch. After lunch they listened a bit more to a load of twisted untruths and then declared another break whilst they make their decision. They then returned and declared that he was guilty of all charges and should be immediately taken henceforth to a place in the courtyard of the chequers hotel and hung by the neck until dead, have his head removed and impaled on a spike and displayed outside the town hall as a reminder to all town councilors to disclose their interest in whatever or whoever about anything no matter how insignificant or perhaps a warning to those well spirited members of the public not to volunteer to join the town council.
I jest of course, the Mayor’s punishment was merely a disqualification for 12 months from being a member of the planning and finance committees which just go to show how seriously the tribunal took it and highlights the waste of our money.

New Orleans
I wasn’t going to mention this as so many other blogs have commented one way or another on the Bush administrations lack or support, and as Grocer jack put it so succinctly on Friday 2nd, but having seen a documentary the other night, I was compelled to come to the conclusion that it was almost a purposeful lack of action, a way of ethnic cleansing by doing nothing to help dying people and being seated in the deep south I’ll bet the KKK were hanging out the flags. It has been alleged that the aids virus was brought out of the jungle in the early 70’s by American scientists, modified and then returned to Niger in an attempt to control the spiraling out of control birth rate. After watching this documentary I believe this to be entirely possible.