From the archives: On Saturday 20th September 2003, as I was preparing to attend the first (as far as I know) Manchester lomomeet, I pondered the joys of meeting people you don’t know off of the internet… “It was then suggested, by someone who shall remain nameless, that these people may not be as entertaining in person as they are online. Could it be true? Is there a chance that Scaryduck is simply an ordinary boring husband and father to Mrs Scary and the scary ducklings? Could Green Fairy in

Thought I’d rummage through my Movable Type blog archives, before I bin it all, and dig out any interesting snippets from my past that are worth keeping. Here’s a rather important post from 4th May 2003… Recently I had to travel to my company’s head office to deliver some training and decided to drive rather than take the train. This decision was made mainly because trains suck and my last experience on one was so bad that I arrived 2.5 hours later than planned. I also figured that I could

A few years ago, after a yearning for knee-high boots had gone unsatisfied for many seasons, I discovered that well-known high street store Evans sold boots that I could actually zip up. As the style I chose were made from leather, they were not cheap, so I caved in and opened a store card to get a discount. The card has not been used since but it does mean that I am on their mailing list, with many enticing offers popping into my inbox only to be promptly deleted. After

At the weekend, I spent some time with my younger sister who lives in a rather pretty part of Berkshire. On Saturday morning, we headed out with our cameras to a nearby field which contained mostly buttercups and white Shetland ponies. Combined with the lovely blue sky, this was perfect photographic fodder! As we headed home, we spotted that the local wine estate was offering free tastings as part of English Wine Week, so we popped across the road to Stanlake Park to check out their shop. Ended up pottering

This week’s outing to see Maxïmo Park at Brixton Academy has not made it into my top five gigs list. Probably wouldn’t make it into a top ten, to be honest. Still, as I want to keep the list, ready for possible future updates (I’m looking at you Spiritualized), I thought I’d re-post it here for your perusal. 1) Muse, Wembley Stadium, June 2007 There were lights and video screens a-plenty and the band appeared in the centre of the new stadium amidst much smoke/glitter/cheering, before Muse crashed through one

Although I bought my domain on 12th July 2001, I didn’t start blogging right away. 19th March 2003 was the date of my first Movable Type post and therefore the ‘official’ birth of my blog. After many years of ranting and rambling about all kinds of subjects, I moved house to a more exciting city where I gradually became rather too busy to blog and also, like most of the online world, became quite engrossed in Facebook. As my ‘spare’ time online became somewhat limited, this resulted in an unintentional

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