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Blogcember 10 [Dec. 10th, 2014|04:42 pm]
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So I'm just watching yesterday's Pointless1, and the question is "Football teams who have played in the Scottish Premier League". Someone has just said "Glasgow". Now, I follow football so it's obvious to me that this is wrong, but am I being harsh in expecting that just existing and vaguely paying attention to what's going on around you should allow you to absorb the name of at least one Scottish football team?

So, another poll. I'm not trying to look for clever answers here, I'd rather you gave an obvious correct answer than a wrong one.

Name a football team who have played in the Scottish Premier league




Ooh, it's the next round now, and the category is "Radio 4 programmes". I suspect my readers here would probably do okay on that one.

1In case you don't know, Pointless is a bit like Family Fortunes in reverse - they ask 100 people to give as many answers as possible to the question, and the contestants have to predict the correct answer that the fewest people gave, ideally a correct answer that none of the 100 people gave.
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Blogcember 9 [Dec. 9th, 2014|11:06 pm]
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This isn't going as well as I'd hoped. Here, as a placeholder, have a poll like it's the olden days.

What is the best flavour of crisps?

Ready Salted
5(20.8%)
Cheese and Onion
6(25.0%)
Salt and Vinegar
8(33.3%)
Other, because I'm some kind of pervert
5(20.8%)
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Blogcember 5 [Dec. 5th, 2014|10:46 pm]
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Left it too late to do a proper substantive post again, so I'll do a brief report of the Darwin's Dream exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in St Pancras church, which I visited this week. It was all chicken related stuff - part of the artist, Koen Vanmechelen's ongoing project, The Cosmopolitan Chicken, which involves crossbreeding chickens for the purpose of art. It was interesting, and it's free and on until next Sunday so it's worth checking out if you're in the area with some time to kill.

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Blogcember 4 [Dec. 4th, 2014|11:13 pm]
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Okay, so I may have failed on day 2, but that's no reason to abandon the whole thing is it? But what to write about today? Well, yiskah asks "Surely you have more genitalia-themed posts lined up for December?"

I don't actually, although I suppose I could always - no, probably better not. There is this though - I went to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition today, and one of the sections was a very good portfolio of photos of birds of paradise. From the description of one of the photos:

Having persuaded a female to approach, the male 12-wired bird-of-paradise twisted the lower part of its body left to right, brushing the female’s face repeatedly with its tail wires.


This is fine, but, it does seem a little unfair that when I brushed a female's face repeatedly with my tail wires I had to appear in Crown Court, and I was subsequently forced to sign the sex offender's register. Honestly, it's one rule for the 12-wired bird-of-paradise and another for me.


[Proper post, with actual non-frivolous content to follow soon. Possibly tomorrow, depending on whether or not I sleep properly tonight.]
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Blogcember 3 [Dec. 3rd, 2014|08:01 pm]
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Well, that went well didn't it?
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Blogcember 1 [Dec. 1st, 2014|10:12 pm]
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I want to get back to writing on here more, so I've come up with an exciting new concept, called "Blogcember". It's all my idea, and it isn't based on anything else at all. It's obviously not immediately apparent what it means, but it's simple enough - I'm going to try and post on Livejournal every day during December. It's a portmanteau word made by combining the words "Blog" and "December". Clever, hey?

Anyway, I've left it a bit late today to write anything of any particular substance, so I thought a cheap gag would probably be best. It concerns the over a year old Brazilian mascot being used to promote awareness of testicular cancer, "Mr Balls". It's not a new idea - it's previously been done in this country, as shown in the userpic I've used for this post. Anyway, I'm sure you all want to see a picture of Mr Balls, so without any further ado, here he is.




What? Oh, sorry, it seems there's been a network error which caused us to bring you the wrong picture. Here's the right one.

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(no subject) [Nov. 29th, 2014|04:46 pm]






He'll be popular.
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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2014|07:43 pm]
Tumblr's okay, but it's impossible.
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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2014|07:42 pm]
Facebook is well rub though. Bah.
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(no subject) [Oct. 24th, 2014|11:51 am]
I wonder what happened to all the people off livejournal who didn't make it over to Twitter?
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(no subject) [Apr. 7th, 2014|09:57 pm]
Hello! I went away for the weekend - I stayed in Cromer and it was v nice.

I went to the zoo, which only has South American animals, including capybaras. Giant guinea pigs!



The main reason I went to stay in the area was so that I could see seals. I got up early on Saturday and caught a bus to Morston, from where I went on a boat trip to Blakeney Point. We went out to the end of the point, and it was great - there are loads and loads of seals just basking on the beach, and plenty of them in the water, coming up to the boat to say hello.



After seeing the seals, the boat landed on the point to let us have a wander around it for an hour - it's lovely, a big area of dunes with lots of birds there, including oystercatchers:



I also saw sand martins, terns and also - and they're really called this - greenish warblers. Come on bird namers, you can do better than this.

While I was messing with my camera, I realised that it has a tilt-shift mode, and so I had to have a bit of a play with it:



On Saturday night, I had fish and chips which I ate on the sea front.



Fun weekend!
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hashtag firstworldproblems [Apr. 2nd, 2014|01:16 pm]
My mobile phone contract's up for renewal in October so obviously, I've been getting eggcited about it absurdly early, and trying to decide what I'll have next. I'd pretty much nailed it down to being between the Google LG Nexus 5 - because who doesn't like a tax avoider, if they make cool stuff, and the Samsung Galaxy 4. The final decision would come down to which one I could get the best contract on with 3 in October. This morning in London Bridge station, I saw an advert for the forthcoming Galxay 5, which just throws me into a whole new world of turmoil. New shiny thing!

Last night I made sandwiches to bring into work today, which I like to do from time to time as it makes me imagine that I'm going to start being sensible and be more careful with my money - after all, you may have heard that there's a cost of living crisis. Although I'm lucky enough that I'm able to cope with this, things have got noticeably more expensive haven't they? Particularly tinned tomatoes. Anyway, obviously, like I always do when I do sensible things, I followed it up with a non-sensible thing this morning, namely that I forgot to bring the sandwiches out with me.

Anyway, in nice news, I'm going to East Anglia tomorrow for a long weekend. I'm going to see seals. Also, we're having an Easter Egg decorating competition at work and I've already got an idea. Which I'm not revealing here because at least two people from my work might be reading this, but I can eggsclusively reveal that it's based on a pun around the word egg.
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Free stuff! [Mar. 13th, 2014|10:57 pm]
Hello. Long time no post. I don't know how many people still even read this, but I'm trying to declutter, and I'm giving stuff away, starting off with old computers. I have two Commodore Amigas - a 500 and a 1200, and also a Commodore monitor which would go best with the 500. Oh, and several games, both legitimate and otherwise. They're free to one or more good homes but you have to come and collect them in North London.

I've also found a Mario Kart cartridge for the Nintendo DS. This is also free to anyone what wants it, but I'll happily post that to you so it's a little less London-centric. Gone!
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2014|12:51 am]
mrs_leroy_brown requested cat photos.

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Quincegate [Nov. 21st, 2013|02:28 pm]
So, Dean is my neighbour, and Deborah is another one of my neighbours. Last week, a tray of quinces appeared in the hall of my block with a note from Deborah inviting Dean to help himself. A few days later this note appeared on the wall:

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This morning, this was there:

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That's quince jam. At least I hope it is.
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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2013|05:34 pm]
A couple of weeks ago at work, it was declared "Fish and chips Friday" and one of the partners went round the office just before lunchtime taking orders. Yesterday, we got afternoon tea - scones (plain, cheese, currant), clotted cream, jam, strawberries. I'm convinced that they're fattening us up, and in a couple of weeks the partners are going to shed their human skins, and eat us all with their sharp, lizardy teeth. Still, while it lasts it's the next best thing to working for Google, and without the tax controversy.
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Italy in photos: part 1 - Bay of Naples [May. 22nd, 2013|11:54 pm]
Day 4

Wednesday was the last day in Rome, so with a teary eye we headed for the railway station and got on the train to Naples, speeding through the Italian countryside at 300 km/h while the UK argues about whether to bring its rail network into the 20th century. The plan on arrival was to catch the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento, but when we arrive we discovered that it was on strike because of May Day. Luckily, there was a plan B and we got a taxi across the city to the port to get on the ferry and before long Naples was in the rear view mirror:

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with the seagulls in hot pursuit:

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It was a lovely ferry trip, past Vesuvius:
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and before too long we were in the hotel. We were on a fairly busy road, but the sea was in the distance and the balcony was a terrific people-watching spot:

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Day 5

We spent Thursday in Sorrrento, which is amazing. The main town overlooks the sea:

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which is accessed by a lift built into the cliff, so we went down and had a drink while watching some of the local cats:

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Then we got the lift back up to the town. By now it was lunchtime, and the locals were enjoying their break:

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After lunch we spent the afternoon just wandering around the pretty streets - it's one of those places where every time you turn a corner there's something else lovely in front of you:

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There are plenty of souvenirs on offer too:

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Day 6

Pompeii! Everyone should go to Pompeii, it's excellent. It's huge, and fascinating, and look, here's some pictures of it:

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There are lizards wandering round the ruins, like in Rome. Surprisingly there are no cats.

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Basilica, where trials and business deals happened.

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Forum.

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Ancient mucky pictures in the brothel.

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Amazing painted walls in the Villa dei Misteri.

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Amphitheatre.

Day 7

And that was it. Early the next morning we were at the station on the way back to Naples airport to fly home.

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Tick vg Italy. Would visit again.
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Italy in photos: part 1 - Rome [May. 16th, 2013|12:21 am]
So, it was lateish on the Saturday by the time we'd checked in to the hotel, so we just went and ate nearby. Therefore, I'm counting Sunday as:

Day 1

We wandered into the city down to Piazza Venezia, where there's a big old monument to Victor Emmanuel II, who was somehow the first king of Italy, making one wonder what happened to Victor Emmanuel I. It's also surrounded by ancient bits.

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Victor Emmanuel II monument and Trajan's column


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Temple of Mars in the Forum of Augustus

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View of Trajan's Forum

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There were lots of lizards basking on the ancient monuments


We then wandered down past the Colosseum to the site of the Circus Maximus:

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and stopped to get some lunch, after which we wandered up the Capitoline Hill to look at the Roman Forum:

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before heading back to the hotel via the Spanish Steps:

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Day 2

The next morning we got up, and our first stop was the Torre Argentina cat sanctuary, where cats live amongst the ancient temple ruins.

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After this, we wandered through the narrow streets to the magnificent Piazza Navona:

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where we ate lunch looking at the caricature artists' displays:

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Is that Ben Elton.

Then back to the hotel for a bit of a rest away from the insane heat, and then out again to go and look at the Vatican. Here's St Peter's Square:

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and nearby, Castel Sant' Angelo:

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Day 3

Colosseum!

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The Colosseum is cool, basically.


To follow: Part 2 - Sorrento.
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2013|06:58 pm]
Arising from a discussion on Twitter.

Poll #1912541 Macaroni cheese

What type of cheese goes in the sauce?

What else do you add to the sauce

English mustard
7(18.9%)
Dijon mustard
2(5.4%)
Grainy mustard
2(5.4%)
Onions
7(18.9%)
Bacon
6(16.2%)
Mushrooms
3(8.1%)
Nutmeg
4(10.8%)
Something else
6(16.2%)

What else?

What type of cheese goes on top?

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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2012|01:46 pm]
Liveblog your day? Do you not have work to do or something? You clearly don't have proxy servers which prevent you from constantly refreshing livejournal anyway.

When I was walking from home to the station this morning I saw, for the second time in a few days, a small child being propelled along on one of these. What the actual fvck? It seems fairly obvious to me that cycling in rush hour London traffic is risky to say the least, and not something you'll catch me doing, but if you want to put yourself at that risk knock yourself out. But pushing your child ahead of you into the oncoming lunatics behind wheels? Really? That doesn't strike me as the action of an entirely responsible parent.
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