| Sunday 29th December 2002 21:52MST | → 0 Comments |
[later that same evening]
My arm was really paining me so I went to the hospital. They think it’s a fracture but can’t be sure so I have to go back to the Fracture Clinic on Thursday. That means skiving off my first morning back at work. I hope my arm doesn’t keep me awake for the next four nights.
A&E was practically empty and the triage, x-rays and consultation were over and done in less than an hour. Very efficient. In general my experiences of the NHS have been good.
| Sunday 29th December 2002 17:12MST | → 0 Comments |
Valentina brought the remainder of the sofa bed and now I have proper seating in the sitting room. We went out for lunch in town. On the way back I slipped over in the carpark (it has been raining all day) and twisted my arm. I hope it isn’t broken as it’s the same one I trashed while snowoarding a few years ago.
| Saturday 28th December 2002 21:43MST | → 1 Comments |
Boyf emailed again. Notable by its absence were thanks for my card and (arrived and due) presents. It’s not much to ask but such things never seem to cross his mind. His emails are usually only about himself.
I’ve faxed my MP again. This time I’ve asked her to lobby the Government to ratify Protocol 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights which would commit it to not allowing executions even during time of war (which is technically possible according to existing Protocol 6 and the Human Rights Act 1998. As war is imminent, I don’t want the UK getting any ideas from the US.
It’s not even 2003 yet but I’ve come up with a good resolution: be more green. I’m already getting a recycling box from the Council and I’m planning to get a load of low-energy light bulbs. Also I shall invest in more rechargable batteries, buy a canvas reusable shopping bag, re-use my envelopes, buy products with minimal packaging and investigate green electricity tariffs. I think that’s good for a start.
I’m glad xmas is now over - I found it little more than an irritating diversion. Spot who’s getting old.
| Thursday 26th December 2002 13:15MST | → 0 Comments |
A quiet Christmas, which was what I was hoping for. Most of the time it was just my mother and myself. We tolerated family invasions (mit Kinder) but they’d all gone by lunchtime and we had a pleasant meal.
I mostly got money, despite asking for very simple things like baking trays and dusters. I also got loads of chocolate which has now mostly gone - best to get it out of the way as more dieting will be required next year.
Today we’re off to visit relatives in semi-far places.
| Tuesday 24th December 2002 19:37MST | → 2 Comments |
Happy Pagan Mid-winter Festival.
Trains were the usual nightmare in getting to my mother’s house but at least I got a seat. I think it now goes without saying I’ll have to get a car (or at least hire one when the need arises). It’s sad to have to abandon train travel when, not only does it have the potential to be fun (but rarely is), but I’ve become more ‘environmentally conscious’ as I’ve got older. Hyper-pragmatism.
The filesystem on my MP3 player has become corrupted so I’m having to take everything off, re-format it and put it back on again. I seem to have lost some tracks but they’re easily replaced.
| Saturday 21st December 2002 22:45MST | → 0 Comments |
Boyf has emailed festive greetings. I’m glad to see he’s still in one piece (and still loves me). His arm appears to be on the mend. I’ve sent him a gift to make up for the other one’s failure to arrive in time for xmas.
| Saturday 21st December 2002 15:45MST | → 2 Comments |
Xmas shopping is complete. Now I can comfortably laugh at everyone else.
In the absence of MPs, the Parliament Live website is showing some documentaries on how Parliament works. Unfortunately, they’re only in Windows Media format. The plug-in doesn’t work at all on my Mac (and is undoubtedly non-existant on Linux). When will people learn?
Something to consider for my new machine?
NOT POWERED BY MOVABLE TYPE
| Friday 20th December 2002 14:27MST | → 1 Comments |
Boyf has gone quiet recently. Maybe he’s not talking to me anymore. Annoyingly, the book I ordered for him from Barnes & Noble, well before Christmas, now probably won’t arrive until the new year. That was the first time I used them and will be the last.
Last day at work before holidays. I wore my flourescent yellow jumper. People were stunned into silence.
My eyes have alighted on a different (and cheaper) world-band radio. Consumer debt, here we come.
| Wednesday 18th December 2002 21:16MST | → 0 Comments |
At least I now have a completed list of who wants what for xmas. I plan to leave slightly early tomorrow (it’s late night shopping in Guildford), significantly earlier on Friday (last day at work for everyone) and finish everything else on Saturday.
Lolo is coming to visit in March. Amongst other things she wants to see Lewis Carroll stuff, as he lived (and died) in Guildford.
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| Monday 16th December 2002 20:23MST | → 1 Comments |
I’ve asked for such mundane things for Christmas. Included on the list are a baking tray, a door stop and a comfy blanket. If that isn’t a sign of getting old I don’t know what it. Maybe I should have asked for a new radio as I dropped in old one this morning.
I am absolutely stunned by this. Has any other country said anything about the US giving itself the right to assassinate anyone it ’suspects’ of being a bad guy? Where is international law in this? It makes you mad and sad.