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Well, the end of another week. Been quite an eventful week – little Ben got a tummy upset that kept him off nursery, so I had to stay at home for a day and look after him, and just this afternoon a couple of friends asked me to be an usher at their wedding next year, which was dead nice of them! On a rather different note, almost exactly this time last year, Arriva trains started a loco service to Leeds in the morning (I wrote about it extensively) – I got it the first ever time it was run […]

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Oh yes, and by the way we’ve succumbed and put the central heating on! Autumn is upon us.

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Random entry – here’s a procmail script that will automatically squirrel away any e-mails with [ ] in the subject into a mail folder with the name of the contents of the [ ] (after stripping out any nasty characters): SUBJ = `formail -xSubject | expand | \ sed -e ‘s/.*\[(.*)\].*/\1/’ -e ‘s/ /_/g’ \ -e ‘s/[^_a-zA-Z0-9]//g’` :0 H * ^Subject:.*\[.*\].* lists/${SUBJ}

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The observent among you will have noticed a stuff up in the last entry.. of course $670 is nearer 380 pounds on it’s own, putting the total cost up to 510 pounds. The reason for this error? Well, when I first checked the website, said camera was listed at $485, which was the figure I used throughout my previous calculations. At some point they must have realised the 485 figure was a mistake, and changed it (but I didn’t double-check my calculations!). With that price difference it’s not worth the time/effort of ordering from the states – mainland Europe is […]

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Very sad day – had to wear my coat on the journey into work because of coldness for the first time in ages. Obviously there’s been rain, but this morning was distinctly too nippy to just be in shirt sleeves. Won’t be long before the central heating goes back on after its summer break! A recent bit of research has also stated that “people who keep diaries are more likely to suffer from headaches, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and even social dysfunction.” (New Scientist, 11/9/04). These ramblings, while not really worthy of the title ‘diary’, do probably evidence social dysfunction, and […]

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I read The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, many moons ago, and yet in the last few months it seems to have made a comeback, regularly appearing in the “Top 10” shelves in Smiths, or being read by people on the train. Let’s be frank – this is not a nice book, deeply disturbing with no holds barred about the rape and subsequent murder of the book’s subject, one Susie Salmon. Let’s just say I was glad I read it before our little boy was born! I should probably also mention that, being so long ago, some of the details […]

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Middle age has set in. It’s Friday evening, and what am I doing? Eating an M&S Cantonese takeaway and watching Gardener’s World with the missus. But it’s ok – tommorow’s excitement is going out food shopping! 🙂

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So much to say, so little time. Spent yesterday in London at my Dad’s funeral (which was actually a lovely service, and huge numbers of people turned up to pay their respects, which was nice). I do find travelling by train very civilised, even if they have stuffed up Kings Cross tube station while they do whatever their doing. That said, the plans for the new tubey bit do look quite nice, and it will be ace to be able to get a train to Kings Cross, and then change over to get a train to Paris! Yorkshire to France […]

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OO – just found out there is a second season of Tru Calling! The website what I looked at only had about 5 episodes listed, so I guess it’s only just started airing in the states… Sky have got nothing to say about it yet, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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Phew – made it through The Return of the King. Got the DVD from the library, and watched it over three sessions. Was getting into it by the time they finally got rid of that ‘ol ring, but, just like the first one, I was relieved when it was finally over. Perversely, I find myself inclined to read the books again, now I can put faces to the characters. On the other hand, Tru Calling has also finished, after only 2 series, which is a little surprising. I can also understand it, as the concept ran out of steam after […]

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