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"2012 – A Year in Tweets"

As is my habit, edited “highlights” (for want of a better term) of what I wrote on Twitter over the past 12 months.

  • Right, had better make my first Tweet of 2012 a good one. hang on… (Sun 01 Jan 2012)
  • Another engagement at work! And I mean of the marriage variety, not toiletry or previous. (Wed 04 Jan 2012)
  • My work pc is very unhappy after a fan heater tripped the power (and melted a 4way). Early lunch while scandisk does its stuff (Wed 04 Jan 2012)
  • Is it me, or is Sherlock turning into Jonathan Creek? (Wed 04 Jan 2012)
  • Wow – seriously SERIOUSLY windy in Harrogate. Starting to get a bit nervous about the trampoline…. (Wed 04 Jan 2012)
  • Ach – far too distracted by 365project.org and my new Danbo. Means I’ve used up my Sherlock time. (Wed 04 Jan 2012)
  • It’s 9.30pm. It’s Friday night. Must be time for bed! (Fri 06 Jan 2012)
  • Get an infographic of your twitter stats, then knock it down Angry Birds style! Can you beat my -40 pts? (Sat 07 Jan 2012)
  • Quite chuffed to have got a negative score on tweetsheet “angry birds”, but not entirely sure I understand the scoring system. (Sat 07 Jan 2012)
  • Celebrated no 1’s birthday a little early with a trip to pizza hut. Yum. (Sat 07 Jan 2012)
  • So here’s my theory. Sherlock bounced off the laundry truck (which then drove off), and Molly did a body swap with Moriarty. (Mon 16 Jan 2012)
  • .. either that or he survived by sheer-luck. (Mon 16 Jan 2012)
  • Right – need to finish off the planning for Saturday’s Growing Leaders, and squeeze in a 365. (Tue 17 Jan 2012)
  • Smallest H picked up the sickness bug doing the rounds. 🙁 (Thu 19 Jan 2012)
  • OO – very excited to another one of my pictures in the Harrogate Advertiser (sunset this time)! Thank you @HarrogateHound. (Sun 22 Jan 2012)
  • Number 2 son definitely getting words: “uh-oh”, “hot”, and “door”, and even the odd “da dee”. “Hiya” is apparently not acceptable though. 🙂 (Sat 11 Feb 2012)
  • Well, rest in peace Whitney Houston. Love your music. (Sun 12 Feb 2012)
  • I don’t think Johnny Depp was in Harrogate today. He wouldn’t want to upstage Brad Pitt’s visit tomorrow. (Mon 13 Feb 2012)
  • No 2 son seems to have taken to calling No 1 son “bum bum”. (Sun 19 Feb 2012)
  • Getting excited about Growing Leaders 2012 session 2 this evening. All about identity. (Thu 23 Feb 2012)
  • Just watched Super 8. What a great film. (Fri 24 Feb 2012)
  • … in other news, looks like the gritters are out and about tonight – icy night? (Fri 24 Feb 2012)
  • Twelve years ago today I woke up for the last time as a bachelor. Wouldn’t change a thing. (Sun 26 Feb 2012)
  • I’ve decided this week to solely use my 70-300mm lens. I love (Love LOVE) my nifty fifty, but have got a little too comfortable with it. (Mon 27 Feb 2012)
  • Had a fight with a shelving bracket this morning. I think my forehead will look like Harry Potter when the swelling goes down. (Sun 04 Mar 2012)
  • Phone contract up == new phone! 🙂 (Wed 07 Mar 2012)
  • Home Signal is working, so I can (for the first time) use my 3 mobile at home!! Plus it meant I can unwrap my ‘new’ Samsung phone. Much joy. (Sat 10 Mar 2012)
  • Great session at @HarrogateClimb yesterday. Managed my first (ever?) 6b, although it was on the slab. (Wed 14 Mar 2012)
  • @StrayFM sorry to be pedantic, but the Queen is the Supreme Governor of the C of E. ++Rowan is just the ABC. (Fri 16 Mar 2012)
  • Time to go to bed for the very last time as a 37 year old. (Fri 16 Mar 2012)
  • No 2 Son is showing signs of chickenpox… Looks like takeaway instead of family meal out! (Sat 17 Mar 2012)
  • There we are. I an now a professional developer (by the rules of micro$oft). (Mon 19 Mar 2012)
  • Forgot to take my photo yesterday. Gutted. I also managed to leave my camera and work (and am not in tomorrow). Might make a special trip in (Thu 22 Mar 2012)
  • On a train to London. Wish circumstances were happier. Hope it’s not the last time I see my mum. (Sun 25 Mar 2012)
  • Home from London. Mum as well as can be expected – just a waiting game now. (Mon 26 Mar 2012)
  • Growing leaders session 3 tonight. All about “calling”. (Thu 29 Mar 2012)
  • Made it to the Easter hols. Holy Week has crept up on me again – don’t feel very prepared! (Sat 31 Mar 2012)
  • @alexbcann Technotronic had a bit of a cult following at school. We used to randomly say ‘stomping!’ (as in feet are) to each other. 🙂 (Sat 31 Mar 2012)
  • Going on a work trip to Liverpool tomorrow. Wonder if we’ll make it over the Pennines? (Mon 02 Apr 2012)
  • No snow on the M62. On balance this is a good thing. (Tue 03 Apr 2012)
  • Maundy Thursday. Second lowest day in the Christian calendar, and the one we remember most Sundays. (Thu 05 Apr 2012)
  • He is risen indeed. Alleluia. 🙂 (Sun 08 Apr 2012)
  • We appear to have caught psychological nits over the weekend. Nothing there but head still itches! (Tue 10 Apr 2012)
  • Turns out the nits weren’t phenological. Off to Boots then! (Thu 12 Apr 2012)
  • Oo – nice ‘correction’ by my phone on that tweet. I meant pyschological, but nits are phrenological too. (Thu 12 Apr 2012)
  • Almost ready to relaunch my website, newly powered by WordPress. Still got one or two major kinks to sort – will sort minor ones as I go. (Thu 12 Apr 2012)
  • Very embarrassing to bounce up to a mum in the playground with a cheery hello, and realise she’s not who I thought she was. (Tue 17 Apr 2012)
  • Off for my monthly climb at @harrogateclimb with SH this eve. Managed 6b last time – what will tonight bring? (Tue 17 Apr 2012)
  • Sounds like improvements on the maternal front, which is great news. (Wed 18 Apr 2012)
  • Went to see The Hunger Games last night. Enjoyed it, review to follow. Was surprised by demographic – almost entirely foreign teenage girls! (Sat 21 Apr 2012)
  • Cracking childrens cabaret at church. Shame littlest one was a bit noisy in his enjoyment! (Sat 21 Apr 2012)
  • Oo-er – that’s two things I’ve described as “cracking” in two days. I may be turning into Wallace. It’s cheese and crackers for lunch too! (Sun 22 Apr 2012)
  • I think Christina Perri may be my new favourite new singer. (Tue 24 Apr 2012)
  • Growing Leaders session 4 tonight – developing character. Might be no laptop – flip chart time #oldschool (Thu 26 Apr 2012)
  • Turns out 05.30 does exist on a Sunday morning. Didn’t think it could be true. Thanks to youngest for enlightening me! (Sun 29 Apr 2012)
  • Nice bit of REST API and Gallery means I now show my latest 365 loud and proud on my blog front page! Shame latest is a picture of swede. (Tue 01 May 2012)
  • I’ve realised that I’m spending so much time messing around with WordPress that I’m not writing any entries!! Still, it’s lots of fun. (Wed 02 May 2012)
  • Just ordered my first ever Blu-Ray. Would be even my exciting if I had an HD Telly. Was cheaper than the DVD, if you’re wondering. (Thu 03 May 2012)
  • Ace ‘band’ practice / worship session with Jake. Two guys, two guitars. A bit like The Proclaimers, only not as good (in my case). (Fri 04 May 2012)
  • Briefly wiped out my entire blog with an ill-advised MySQL query. Just as well I had a backup! (Sat 05 May 2012)
  • Lovely housegroup shared lunch later. Wonder if there’ll be quiche? 🙂 (Sun 13 May 2012)
  • @alexbcann cutting your intros fine today. 🙂 (Mon 14 May 2012)
  • @alexbcann p-push it real good! #constipationsongs (Fri 18 May 2012)
  • @alexbcann or perhaps ‘stand and deliver’ #constipationsongs (Fri 18 May 2012)
  • Elton John is going to teach me to cook when he’s in Harrogate. Well – donut baking’s a start. (Tue 22 May 2012)
  • Awesome session at @HarrogateClimb. The yellow 6a on the overhang slab was the most fun I’ve had in ages + my partner couldn’t do it. Hehehe (Tue 22 May 2012)
  • I should clarify that he regularly scampers up routes I can’t, and tonight was the first time he’s fallen on me (as such) (Tue 22 May 2012)
  • Can’t fully get my head around ssh-ing to my phone. (Wed 23 May 2012)
  • In Ripon for Growing Leaders session 5 – discerning direction. Carly Rae on @StrayFM helped zoom along the A61! (Sat 26 May 2012)
  • @alexbcann time was when being out of the studio meant dead air! 🙂 Is the whole show programmed? (Sat 26 May 2012)
  • Enjoying glorious Ripon sunshine during our lunch break. We know what vision is and how to discern it. Next up – how to do it! (Sat 26 May 2012)
  • While I’m not altogether convinced about the “Happy Birthday church” thing, the coming of the Spirit was and is amazing and awe-some. #pentecost (Sun 27 May 2012)
  • PS not skiving the joint service, just temporally challenged. Tweeting and a-walking while younger sleeps. Or doesn’t sleep, more accurately. (Sun 27 May 2012)
  • Queueing for Hog Roast. Very long queue! #jubilee (Sun 03 Jun 2012)
  • What a great day. Played carcassonne, made trifle AND went to the funfair! (Mon 04 Jun 2012)
  • Brave souls that we are, we’re attempting a BBQ at Bolton Abbey today. Have packed fleeces and jumpers and flasks of hot drinks. (Tue 05 Jun 2012)
  • Don’t need tickets for Elton – can hear him fine from our house! (Tue 05 Jun 2012)
  • Off to see Monster in Paris this morning, followed by lunch at the golden arches. #daddyday (Fri 08 Jun 2012)
  • My mornings largely consist of Waybuloo, followed by Third and Bird. Surprisingly perhaps this is slim compensation for 6 o clock starts! 🙂 (Fri 15 Jun 2012)
  • Asus android tablet arriving at some point in the next hour. More excited then I should be. (Fri 15 Jun 2012)
  • Blooming cold. Torrential rain outside. Must be June then. (Fri 15 Jun 2012)
  • … OO – it’s thundering in #Harrogate. Love a good thunderstorm. (Fri 15 Jun 2012)
  • Slider arrived. Very sexy. Updated to Android 4 and rooted – now just to install a few more apps. (Fri 15 Jun 2012)
  • I’m starting to build up an Heathrow-esque circling set of draft e-mails. Need clearer head to make sure they’re really what I want to say! (Sat 16 Jun 2012)
  • Wishing fellow dads a happy Father’s day. (Sun 17 Jun 2012)
  • It probably says something that a 3hr exam on Thursday followed by the leadership development course are the last things on my mind… (Sun 17 Jun 2012)
  • … But then Angry Birds is pretty addictive. 🙂 (Sun 17 Jun 2012)
  • About to collect the boy from school to #followtheflame on the Stray. Finding myself getting quite excited! (Tue 19 Jun 2012)
  • Loved seeing the torch – really exciting and great atmosphere. Very scary and horrid thing happened back at home though. (Tue 19 Jun 2012)
  • I’m fortunate enough that the seeing the torch for me is a twice-a-lifetime event, after visiting Oz in 2000. I even held one then (briefly) (Wed 20 Jun 2012)
  • On my way to Leeds for a WCF exam. Wouldn’t have minded a less stressfull run up, but I’ll do me best. (Thu 21 Jun 2012)
  • I’m saddened and amazed that society seems to believe that all moral responsibility lies with politicians, and none with individuals. (Thu 21 Jun 2012)
  • We all seem to agree that indivuduals should make a fair tax contribution, but also say it’s not wrong to dodge it?! (Thu 21 Jun 2012)
  • Happy to report I passed my exam (phew), managed to swim home, then to cubs, then Growing Leaders. Next goal is a whole night’s sleep! (Thu 21 Jun 2012)
  • School run complete. Drowned Rat protocol followed with exceptional diligence. (Fri 22 Jun 2012)
  • The good thing about roast dinners – yum yum yum (and will do another 4 meals). The bad thing? All the washing up! *sigh* (Sat 23 Jun 2012)
  • Still, there’s time for a level of Angry Birds before I start it. (Sat 23 Jun 2012)
  • In Ripon cathedral awaiting the installation of the new canon. Can’t be too careful with all these pirates about. (Sun 24 Jun 2012)
  • Very VERY excited about potential plans to host F1 in London next year… (Thu 28 Jun 2012)
  • Funny how kids know that no alarm has been set, so they need to wake us up at 6am. (Sat 30 Jun 2012)
  • That’s it – finished my 365 photobook, and have placed the order. (Mon 02 Jul 2012)
  • Halfway through ‘learn how to grow veg’ day at RHS Harlow Carr. Interesting stuff. (Mon 16 Jul 2012)
  • Really missing my climbing. It may have only been once a month, but June didn’t happen and July delayed. (Tue 17 Jul 2012)
  • Growing Leaders tonight. Leading groups and leading a team. It’s a good ‘un. (Thu 19 Jul 2012)
  • Sundays shouldn’t start at 6.50, least of all in the holidays!! Nevermind – nice day seeing friends near York lined up (Sun 22 Jul 2012)
  • We obviously have a budding doctor in our midst. No. 1 said, of a friend, “His Dad’s got a sports car. I think it’s a BMJ” (Thu 26 Jul 2012)
  • Caught up on my 365. Slightly astonished to have got to 80 pictures in year 2 already, although the quality and frequency have taken a dive! (Fri 27 Jul 2012)
  • The latest breath-taking picture is of a tree blocking the path in the woods. No bears though. (Fri 27 Jul 2012)
  • What a nice chap @NickHancock is. Just had chat about zoomba, Cornwall, and @strayfm. Stray looking good – sun is out, bouncy castles, etc (Sat 28 Jul 2012)
  • I think the Red Arrows just flew over our house! (Sat 28 Jul 2012)
  • That wasn’t a delayed tweet from last night. This is Harrogate, sat morning. Perhaps they’re for the zoomba? (Sat 28 Jul 2012)
  • @NickHancock So you’ve bought a bra and a dog collar. I know what party you’re going to… (Sun 29 Jul 2012)
  • There are fewer things more calming to my soul than an empty inbox. (Mon 20 Aug 2012)
  • Well. Very busy day off, what with housework and constructing tents. Now off to pick up No 1 son from Holiday Club! (Wed 22 Aug 2012)
  • Decided my lens fund was never going to reach £400 for the lovely Canon macro, so I blew it on a “Vivitar” one instead. (Thu 23 Aug 2012)
  • Knaresborough library is rather nice. (Fri 24 Aug 2012)
  • Right. So Doctor Who starts up again on Saturday. Turns out there’s a mini-adventure every day next week. Shame my telly just packed up. (Sat 25 Aug 2012)
  • It’s not every day one sends a text message describing the consistency of a stool. On reflection, this is probably a good thing. (Fri 31 Aug 2012)
  • After my positive experience with a cheap-but-good lens, I’m seeing if my magic touch extends to a second flash and a wireless trigger… (Fri 31 Aug 2012)
  • Specificallly, a Neewer flash TT560 and a Yonguo wireless transceiver pair RF-603. Will review in a few days (as well as the Vivitar lens) (Fri 31 Aug 2012)
  • Who’d have thought that with our oven you have to set the temperature as well as turning it on in order for it to get hot? #coldsupper (Fri 31 Aug 2012)
  • It’s only just struck me that tent-making was an entirely secular/’normal’ occupation. I’ve always spiritualised it, I realise. (Sun 02 Sep 2012)
  • Yay – we’re going to Spring Harvest next year!! Watch out Skeggy, here we come… (Mon 03 Sep 2012)
  • Today’s top tip – cook porridge in the microwave. Much quicker, and much less washing up! (Fri 07 Sep 2012)
  • Turns out that toasters are more effective if plugged into the socket. #coldlunch (Fri 07 Sep 2012)
  • Amazing sunny day in London. St James park was heaving with tourists (like me these days). Nice b’day party with stepdad when I made Kent. (Sat 15 Sep 2012)
  • It’s a curious lyric. “Before you came into my life I missed you so bad.” Was The Doctor involved? Appalling franker too, but I’ll forgive. (Mon 24 Sep 2012)
  • Tee-hee. Should have guessed that grammer would be ‘corrected’ by the phone. (Mon 24 Sep 2012)
  • Rain, rain, and more rain. Would mind it a bit less if my waterproofs were. #wetunderwear (Tue 25 Sep 2012)
  • Something strange goung on today. Lots of weird dark areas on the ground, and it hurts your eyes to look up. (Thu 27 Sep 2012)
  • Very surreal evening yesterday. It involved a large tent (with a bar), food served on slate tiles, belly dancers, and lots of incense. (Sat 29 Sep 2012)
  • Arrggh. Just realised I’ve just described a 10/15 min queue as bad traffic. Did I really grow up in London!?! (Mon 01 Oct 2012)
  • But in my defense it was bad for Harrogate. I’ll be smug about the fact I cycle soon. Ah yes, there it is. 🙂 (Mon 01 Oct 2012)
  • I shouldn’t be, but I am surprised at the number of cars ignoring the one-way system on Hookstone. You can’t miss “no entries” and “no left turns”. (Tue 09 Oct 2012)
  • The Hookstone drivers ignoring the “one-way” have been replaced with ones ignoring “oncoming traffic priority”. Is this an improvement? (Tue 09 Oct 2012)
  • So twitter have just switched off the old API (and broke my robot). “/statuses/user_timeline/eutony.json” is no more… (Wed 10 Oct 2012)
  • .. now it’s “api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json?screen_name=eutony” The old way gets you a big fat 404. (Wed 10 Oct 2012)
  • Quick shout out to Times for the Times who have the solution (with explanations) for the Times crossword. Nice. (Mon 15 Oct 2012)
  • I’m sure it shouldn’t take me longer to do shopping online then physically driving out to the supermarket…. (Tue 16 Oct 2012)
  • Right, that’s Growing Leader’s prepped for tomorrow evening. Cracking session – on how to keep going for the long haul. (Wed 17 Oct 2012)
  • It is delightful to have my nephew (aged 1) to stay. One weekend of *three* boys wreaking havoc will be enough though!! 🙂 (Sat 20 Oct 2012)
  • Odeon kids club today. Ice age 4 with no 1 son, followed by golden arches. Must be #halfterm (Mon 29 Oct 2012)
  • Just been asked a question about my doctoral research!! 8 years later, I’ve forgotten almost all of it… (Mon 29 Oct 2012)
  • Fifth of November rolls around again. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. Esp ‘cos of the excuse to do fireworks. (Mon 05 Nov 2012)
  • Skyfall tonight. Giddy as a kitten. If kitten’s get giddy? (Tue 06 Nov 2012)
  • Managed 6 answers in today’s Times (25,319). Average is probably 7, best so far is 9. (Tue 13 Nov 2012)
  • Couple of brown outs just now in harrogate – in for a powerless Friday night? (Fri 16 Nov 2012)
  • Candles and torch on standby. Only the 2 flickers though. Am informed climbing wall has power too – just as well! (Fri 16 Nov 2012)
  • Tell you what – after a few weeks of trying the Times cryptic crossword everyday, the Harrogate Advertiser seems easier than it used to! (Sat 17 Nov 2012)
  • I haven’t studied the measure for women Bishops, but in principle I am saddened and disappointed that it’s been rejected by the laity. (Tue 20 Nov 2012)
  • Dead chuffed that I managed 16 answers to Tuesday’s Times. Tend to do them a day behind now, so I don’t hog the paper at work! (Thu 22 Nov 2012)
  • Great day today. Gorgeous sunshine, and my aunt stopped by for a brew. (Fri 23 Nov 2012)
  • Trying to decide if a war has broken out in Harrogate, or a monster firework display. No helicopters or sirens so I guess it’s the latter. (Sat 24 Nov 2012)
  • I guess it will stop raining one day. Our front garden is largely underwater, and has been all day! (Sun 25 Nov 2012)
  • 18 (count them – 18!) clues solved in today’s Times crossword. Not sure all are right (topgallant?), but entries in over half the grid! (Tue 27 Nov 2012)
  • Final score for the Times was all-but 4 (and Topgallant was right). Could have got those 4 as well, with a little bit more brain. (Tue 27 Nov 2012)
  • Enjoying coffee and cake at indulge while boy gets down (well, up and down) at @HarrogateClimb . (Fri 30 Nov 2012)
  • Other son is asleep in pushchair, which I’m enjoying now, but will pay for at bedtime later… (Fri 30 Nov 2012)
  • Happy advent all. May we find time for peaceful reflection and preparation before the celebrations to come. (Sun 02 Dec 2012)
  • Got the privilege of leading worship on Christmas Day, for the first time I think! Any particular requests? Anything except “Happy Birthday” (Sun 02 Dec 2012)
  • No. 2 son appears to have forgotten how to go the sleep in the evening. A bit tedious tbh. #parenthood (Sat 08 Dec 2012)
  • Extremely quick mini mincemeat cakes knocked up for the work Christmas competition tomorrow. (Sun 09 Dec 2012)
  • I was asked the other day how long it took me to knock up a tart. I think I declined to answer.. (Sun 09 Dec 2012)
  • Booking a 8.45 check up at the Dentist seemed like a good idea. Not looking so clever at 9.15. (Mon 10 Dec 2012)
  • At home with still poorly boy. Good for receiving post, bad for the project at work. #winsomelosesome (Wed 12 Dec 2012)
  • Finally got around to watching “Gangnam Style”, which makes me the 935 millionth, 350 thousandth, 423rd viewer. (Wed 12 Dec 2012)
  • Park Lane in town is sheet ice – nearly slid into a parked car!! @strayfm (Fri 14 Dec 2012)
  • My boss brought a nativity scene largely made of cheese, including, of course, baby cheesus. My workplace is often a bit surreal. (Tue 18 Dec 2012)
  • It was in the context of a Christmas food competition. Rather put my mince-pie buns in the shade. He even had chocolate raisin sheep poo. (Tue 18 Dec 2012)
  • It is very satisfying to have got to 9.30am and have finished all the jobs one needs to do that day. Now for things I ought to do.. (Fri 21 Dec 2012)
  • I’ve also discovered that the figures from our velcro nativity advent calendar stick to my jumper.. I sense a photo coming on…. (Fri 21 Dec 2012)
  • Well the world didn’t end, so I did the hoovering instead. Hoovering really doesn’t take long (at least not to the standard I do it!) (Fri 21 Dec 2012)
  • Hicc. Yup -its time for the Family Christmas Concert at the international centre. No 1 son is singing in school choir #proudparent (Sat 22 Dec 2012)
  • Remortgaged the house to fund interval ice cream. First half most enjoyable. Of the concert that is, not the ice cream. Tho that’s nice too. (Sat 22 Dec 2012)
  • People coming out of the HIC is like water swirling down the plughole. Not in a bad way. (Sat 22 Dec 2012)
  • Christmas Eve. The nativity scenes are fully populated. The carols are prepared. We stand by to celebrate the most wonderful birth ever. (Mon 24 Dec 2012)
  • For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son! Today we celebrate his birth. Happy and blessed Christmas all. (Tue 25 Dec 2012)
  • Off for a Christmas walk round Swinsty. I’ve got the solution for Harrogate’s traffic problems too – make every day Boxing Day! (Wed 26 Dec 2012)
  • After watching enough Cbeebies, you begin to think it’s the only thing on telly, and that you know the presenters personally. (Fri 28 Dec 2012)
  • Especially as No 2 son got a Justin Fletcher CD for Christmas (and a Something Special magazine) (Fri 28 Dec 2012)
  • Mission impossible 1, 2, and 3 all on Film4 tonight. Almost enough to make me want to be young free and single again! (Fri 28 Dec 2012)
  • Traditional New Year’s Eve in our household – i.e. early night, possibly woken by fireworks at midnight, but otherwise sleep in the new year (Mon 31 Dec 2012)
  • But never-the-less, wishing all my followers a very Happy New Year, with every blessing for 2013. (Mon 31 Dec 2012)

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