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Reading Along

Since updating to OS X 10.6.6 and having available the new Mac App Store, I have acquired yet another book app: Amazon’s Kindle for Mac. There have been, and are, others, none of which have the killer function that I look for in an eReader.

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Childhood Dream Strikes Back

Think dreams can’t come true? Or that the only ones that do are mediocre ones that were achievable anyway? Think again! I can prove that if you believe hard enough, for long enough, even the most ridiculous fantasy can come true. But to do so, I must take you into the past…

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Brussels II: ManneKen-Pis(sed?)

Despite the late night, Brussels beckoned on the morning of our first full day. One of the deciding factors in choosing the Scandic Grand Place was its inclusive buffet breakfast, at which we could shamelessly stuff our bellies to save money on food later. So stuffed, we trotted out into Bruxelles, data-less on our phones […]

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Brussels I: Half the Fun

In normal circumstances, I have no time for superstitions. Wives’ tales, folklore and religions can be fascinating, and perhaps offer skewed glimpses at deeper truths buried in our animal psychés, but in my opinion, you’ve got to be a certifiable nut to believe them at face value. Enjoy them, why not? Believe them, why? All […]

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Tweet Me Right

Last week I heard in the news that Twitter had bought Tweetie and turned it into their official client. “Tweetie…” thought I, “is that one I’ve tried?” Like most people, I found the idea of Twitter, when explained to me, thoroughly uninspiring. I believe it was this post by the legendary Wil Wheaton that convinced […]

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“Press ‘Play’ on that one, and ‘Record’ on that one.”

I heard someone say it today at STV.  It about sums up the best of my childhood, that.  From copying a rental edition of Empire Strikes Back (later paying for it twice on VHS and again on DVD, not to mention the cinema tickets for the re-release) to making mix tapes to impress a girl, […]

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Coffee morning

We had our new coffee machine wake us up with a fresh pot this morning.  I’ve never been much of a coffee-drinker, but now I’m beginning to feel like I did when the family took its first foreign holiday (to Rimini, Italy) when I was fourteen or so and I discovered that I did like […]

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Absolutely, the Scottish sketch show, is just as brilliant as it once seemed to my teenage self, putting all modern examples to shame.


Monty, Ikea, Gym, Pished

Took Monty to the park this morning, early. The promise of a reasonably quiet park on this beautiful day, and a relatively sober Friday night, made the sacrifice of a Saturday lie-in more than worthwhile. There was a mist in Kelvingrove that glowed in the morning sun which was so low in the sky the […]

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The UK has the final stretch of Battlestar Galactica

UPDATE:  I have discovered that this post is mostly bollocks, because Sky have been showing the new episodes in this country for weeks (in fact, just four days after the US broadcast).  Shows what I know.  I’m leaving it up, though, firstly because I feel simply deleting it will be dishonest regarding my ignorance, and […]