| Sunday 31st March 2002 20:01MST | → 2 Comments |
All packed. Main bag is 15Kg and smaller one is 5.5Kg - within their limits but it’s going to be a trial carrying them to the station. I hope sufficient reading material has been included (Beowulf, The Odyssey, Plato and a book on Haskell).
Mother is slightly better. It looks like some weeks rest is what she needs, even though she’s moaning about getting bored given how active she is normally. I suppose it’s all very well talking about taking it easy until you actually watch daytime television.
The trimphone will have to go; the microphone’s gone and all the other person hears is a frying-bacon sound effect.
| Saturday 30th March 2002 19:13MST | → 1 Comments |
Just heard the Queen Mother has died. I turned on BBC2 and it seemed to have ‘frozen’ on the ident. Then they made the announcement.
| Thursday 28th March 2002 15:41MST | → 0 Comments |
Last day at work before holiday (tomorrow is Good Friday bank holiday). We had a meeting today about the company’s new structure - nothing scary, given that I got over the immediate shock of not only not seeing my name on the plan but not even seeing my department!
The Pace DTVA, which is a plug-in to allow you to get digital terrestrial TV free channels, looks like it’ll be launched this weekend. Should I get one before or after my travels?
It’s going to be a very fine day over the next few days. I may even go sunbathing by the castle, so long as I don’t take up any valuable packing time.
| Monday 25th March 2002 19:57MST | → 2 Comments |
Yesterday was fun. I like Ivan - he’s always so energetic and idealistic, though I hope he wanted to go to the Tate for the art rather than a lot of people who go only to have something to talk about at dinner parties. I wore all white, including some rather nice and expensive white trainers and carried my orange inflate. In each room it felt like more people were looking at me instead of the art
I walked over the Millennium bridge for the first time. Nice but not particularly remarkable, mainly because it was packed. Everyone was walking across it for the hell of it. People are strange.
At a nearby restaurant I (briefly) put my diet on hold and had a large-size burger and chips. It tasted good but felt incredible, as if it was the first time I’d eaten in a month - actually eaten. I don’t know if this is a good or bad sign. Either way it didn’t affect my weight.
Good day at work today too - and it’s a short week
| Saturday 23rd March 2002 14:32MST | → 0 Comments |
I’ve just bought a new set of bathroom scales and instantly I’ve lost 5lbs! That puts my BMI at 25.3, still heavier than I’d like but nowhere near the Mr Blobby proportions that everyone was trying to dissuade me from.
For those that care, here is a dark but recent picture of me.
A German friend from school has contacted me. Cool! I think e-mail has done more to engender the global village than anything else (including the propagation of the English language).
Off to Tate Modern (again!) tomorrow, this time with Ivan.
| Friday 22nd March 2002 10:37MST | → 0 Comments |
POP3 library coming along better than expected. I should be able to integrate it into the MotifMail app now.
British Airways somehow seem to have upgraded my outgoing flight to World Traveller Plus, which is their term for ‘economy with knobs on’. I’ve no idea how this happened (nor do they) as I’m sure I didn’t select it. In any case I get a bit more leg room and a greater luggage allowance, which will come in handy for all those Lush presents.
Mother hurt her hip earlier in the week. Fortunately, the doctor says it should get better of its own accord. I’m glad.
Yet another gas bill for the previous occupant of my flat. I’ll just send it off to the letting agents as usual but if my gas gets cut off there will be trouble of biblical proportions.
| Tuesday 19th March 2002 10:23MST | → 1 Comments |
Sent a single red rose to boyf on Sunday which should have arrived yesterday. I now even trust Interflora to deliver overseas.
Today’s link is Frank the cat.
| Monday 18th March 2002 17:31MST | → 1 Comments |
Went to London yesterday. Bought lots of nice little things, mostly from Muji along with a fish motif mobile from Purves & Purves that is now hanging from my sitting room lamp. It’s so delicate and finely balanced even the (admittedly not large) convection currents from the radiators set it in motion. Very relaxing.
For some reason the sound is now working on my new(er) PC. I’m not complaining though.
I’ve been in email conversation with Antony Fountain of Motif fame about the horrors of the latest OpenMotif release which apparently could take someone’s arm off if they got too close. It may be too late to remove it so I shall continue quite happily with my restarted Motif Mail app. However I’m currently engrossed in writing a POP3 library as all the open-source ones I found were cack.
Snow was originally forecast but now seems to have turned into bumper rain. Boo.
Re-established contact with Lolo from Madison again. I’m sending her the photos of Lewis Carroll’s house and gravestone. He lived (and died) in Guildford, don’t you know.
| Friday 15th March 2002 13:38MST | → 1 Comments |
Latest books either purchased or on order:
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, D Crystal
Beowulf, S Heaney translation
Not recently discovered but only recently exploited is Radio 4’s Listen Again site, which maintains an archive of the latest broadcast programmes. Now I don’t need to get up so early on a Sunday morning to listen to that apex of cynicism that is Broadcasting House. It’s also good for catching up on the early bits of the Today programmes before they decend into the silly stories that form the majority of content after 8.30am.
Listening to: Red Engine Nine.
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| Wednesday 13th March 2002 15:11MST | → 1 Comments |
While shopping in Sainsbury’s I found myself not only looking at the Quorn section but almost being tempted to buy their mince. However I resisted, and quite rightly so as today I asked a veggie friend of mine about them. Surprisingly, he wasn’t much of a fan - especially after telling me their minced beef tasted like minced lamb.
Mini rant: why oh why do veggie sausages have to have so much garlic in them? Do they think that’s all it takes to make up for the lack of (yummy) meat flavour?
I found some pictures of Link