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Well, advent has begun! Advent is one of my favourite times of year, although technically carols are meant to sung between Christmas and Epiphany, I do enjoy singing them, and I love the heavy expectation in the run up to Christmas Day. Traditionally advent is a time of reflection – a bit like Lent – before the joy and celebration of Christmas, but that seems to have got a bit turned on it’s head; now we party until January 1st, and then reflect (from bed, with an alka-seltzer!) This idea of advent reflection makes sense – after all it was […]

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Had my SonyEricsson K700i for a bit now, and what I great phone – does everything I want a phone to do, and seems to have been designed really nicely. The repeating alarm is great – you select what days you want it to go off (so I don’t need to remember to switch if off on Friday, and then on again on Sunday), and it will play an MP3 as the alarm signal, so I’m lulled gently awake by the Moonlight Sonata. There have been complaints about the battery life, and I don’t really see it. Ok, so it’s […]

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It’s funny how the busyness of the trains’ vary. All this week I have arrived at my local station at about the same time, got the same train into work, amd arrived at Leeds statation at about the same time. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were fairly quiet – plenty of Metros left, platform not too crowded, one or two people standing by the time we got into Leeds. At Leeds, I sailed straight through the ticket barriers. Yesterday, platform was heaving, all the Metros gone (one of my pet peeves), people were being turned away at the penultimate stop because […]

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Another film bites the dust – Hideous Kinky with Kate Winslet amoungst others. Not bothered to do a full review as there is nothing really to say; I guess I suffered for not having read the book first, but found the whole film pretty uninspiring. Beautiful photography and costume, but no real character development (or affinity), no great journey, plenty of stuff never explained properly – all art and no substance! On a happier note, I ordered my new camera last night (thank you again, Cici, for your generosity in death as you were in life). A’s going to wrap […]

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Snow. SNOW! Only halfway through November and it’s snowing. Ok, so it’s not going to settle, but it was definitely snowing when I went outside just now. It has been blooming parky all week, and that just proves it! Actually, it has settled a little – the lawn had a light dusting of white when I glanced outside. Mind you, I’m not going to complain if we have a nice snowy winter – love it: curled up in front of the fire with a book and a hot chocolate looking out at the deep white snow outside.

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Seem to be doing better at seeing films that are not on my to see list then films which are! Anyway, latest flick is Dogville (starring Nicole Kidman), which is a very curious but interesting film, quite apart from normal Hollywood fair. The entire play is shot in a single location – the titular town of Dogville, which is at the end of a mountain road in the Rockies. Grace (played by aforementioned star) arrives in the town, population 15 adults, claiming to be running away from Gangsters (who very shortly afterwards turn up, looking for her). The main player […]

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My Linux for Playstation 2 kit arrived this morning – huge box containing a hard disk and network adaptor, USB keyboard and mouse, and a monitor cable. A short afternoon’s playing, and my PS2 is now running Linux – I was installing some development tools onto it from this box even while it was running in the sitting room (someone else in the household was using the TV to watch Neighbours, you see…) I can’t wait to actually run some of the graphics demos, and get my hands a bit dirty. I’ve also taken the plunge and decided to upgrade […]

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OOO – exciting, exciting!! First trailer for Star Wars III (Revenge of the Sith) has been posted online! I found it via Lucas Online, but I’m sure it’s elsewhere too. Ok, so it’s still 6 months away, but it is looking quite good…

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Just discovered a new aide-memoire for the New Testament letters – God’s Electric Power Company (Galations, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.) Not bad, but it doesn’t beat my method: So, there’s the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – just have to remember that), then Joan of ARC (Acts, Romans and Corinthians (1 and 2)), then AEIOU (GAlations, Ephesians, PhIlippians, COlossians, and ThUssalonians). Ok, so that last one’s a cheat! 🙂 After that it’s tricky – but it sort of rhymes: Timothy Titus phi-le-mon Hebrews James Peter John Jude is another one you just have to remember, and then Revelation is […]

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By the way – a couple of interesting bargains: Canon EOS 300D – Canon are doing a 100 cashback/rebate on any 300D bought between now and Jan 31. I guess this excludes ones from eBay though! Playstation for Linux – had a price chop (actually in March) to 150 Euro, but if you have any connection with an educational establishment just 100 Euro. This includes a network adaptor and hard disk, so it’s pretty much worth that much money for those alone. Given that you can now pick up a new PS2 for around a hundred quid, you could set […]

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