Category: Observations

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Conventionally Done

I attended the Kensington-based Dragonmeet convention at the weekend. I’m verging on being a regular, having attended for the last four years, but never been before as the guest of anyone. On this occasion, I attended as a guest of Arion Games owner Graham Bottley. Mind, I would not get to sit around and freeload……
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November 29, 2010 0

Deferring to Jefferson

I like it when I find a quote that really means something to me. Thomas Jefferson said – “Delay is preferable to error.” It’s quite possible you could sum up much of my character in that quote. Indeed, I get this very feature of my character picked up in personal development reviews year in, year…
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September 19, 2010 1

Oxford

Oxford – city of a million bicycles. Yesterday, I suspect it might have been more apt to describe it as the city of a trillion raindrops. From arrival around lunchtime until mid-evening, it rained – either half-heartedly, spitting and spraying, or with full-bodied summer rain. So, I spent my first day here wrapped in a…
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August 11, 2010 0

Network

Facebook might have a few issues, but social networking as a medium for restoring acquaintances I can’t argue with. I admit freely I’m uncertain why I feel the need to restore connections… guilt, possibly. I feel that I, as a person, have never done enough to maintain the colleagues and friends I made in the…
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July 29, 2010 0

Night Visitor

Nighttime. I sleep at night. Occasionally, I don’t – I lie awake wishing I could sleep. Or, I wonder what Santa might be bringing me in the morning. Mostly, I sleep. The thing about sleep, well – it tends to mean you’re out for the count with your systems largely shutdown. Your brain churns through…
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June 13, 2010 0

Shop By Subscription

I don’t see as much of it as I used to, but book clubs always used to advertise like relentless fiends. I couldn’t open a magazine without having something falling out offering me ‘5 books for £1’ or similar. The books wouldn’t be bad either. Then you’d read the small print, where the offer continued…
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May 22, 2010 0

Two Pints Good, No Pints Best

I went out last night for a belated birthday meal and drink. We had main and desert at Simple – a bar and restaurant – in Manchester, then headed a little way up the street to The Millstone, a bit of an old mans’ pub, which nevertheless is the sort we prefer over ‘younger’ models.…
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May 15, 2010 1

Debate, The Second

Thursday night, I watched the second debate on Sky News. I watched for the whole 90 minutes, as compared to the 30 minutes last time (because, frankly, there was a DVD I wanted to watch and in the balance it was preferable to watch that rather than three men yapping). I listened intently and watched…
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April 23, 2010 0

Seizing Up

I’m getting old, apparently. Actually, according to my physiotherapist, I have bits that have got old before their time. The wear and tear on parts of my spinal column appear to be progressing ahead of schedule for the average adult. I had to spend 15 minutes in a grinding, clunking, banging MRI machine to discover…
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April 9, 2010 0

Copier Fingers

Everyone has a talent. I don’t mean a skill or a qualification, I mean an innate talent. In many instances, people use that talent to help them in their work; in others, the talents is meaningless in any useful context. I think I may fall somewhere in between with mine. I can ‘Xerox’ something with…
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March 10, 2010 0