Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldWorld Cup News (9.12.2005, 23:11 UTC)
DEAR BLOGSo England are in Group B of the world cup, and face Paraguay, Sweden and Trinidad & Tobago in their first matches. It't not a bad group, infact none of the groups are real bad. Only 181 days to go! Had the carpet fitter call round, and I am going to very busy this weekend. I have to remove all doors, remove the old carpet and underlay, and those metal things inbetween rooms. I also need to start laying the cables for the sound system on the floor so the carpet goes over the top of it, ...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldBinge Drinking - Who Me? (9.12.2005, 18:35 UTC)
DEAR BLOGA good night was had by all from what I can remember. Started off on Stella and then proceed to move to Champagne, Aftershock and finishing the night with god only knows how many TVRs (Tequila, Vodka, & Red Bull). Woke up about 7am without a hangover probably because I managed to remember to down a pint of water just before I went to sleep.Our table or team couldn't work out the murdered and we failed miserably but obviously weren't too concerned. The disco after was quite funny. About ...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldWho Dunnit? (8.12.2005, 14:22 UTC)
DEAR BLOGWe have another team building event today. It kicks off in an hour with a presentation / review of whats happening within Odyssey which is expected to go on for about 1 1/2hours, after which the bar in the hotel opens, and stays open until 11.30pm. Through the night and meal, there is also a murder mystery thing organised. Never done one before but think it should be a good laugh, especially as the bar is free.Due to the numbers going, they have organised as DJ and transport back home b...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldKnee Held Up (6.12.2005, 22:50 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI'm tired today. Played a game of squash tonight against 'D' and luckily my knee held out without strapping which I left in the car. Its been about 5 weeks since we last played and 'D' was getting slightly annoyed with herself due to bad hand/eye co-ordination.... or the fact that there wasn't any! Wouldn't mind but she accused me of cheating as she thinks one shot bounced twice before I managed to return it!I actually needed the squash tonight as today in work has been a bit frustratin...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldRecipe World Goes Live (5.12.2005, 21:11 UTC)
DEAR BLOGRecipe World has gone live. Sure, it needs some tinkering with the layout to make best use of advertising opportunities. I also plan to add a 'Tell A Friend' feature along with an option for visitors to post details of their own recipes too, meaning this should continue to grow overtime. I pulled out of squash today as I am still struggling with my knee, to the point of being unable to walk upstairs in a normal fashion. Instead I am walking up like a kid of 5 who has to use both feet ju...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldOww My Knee (4.12.2005, 22:20 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI've just played a game of badminton and after close to 2 years with no pain, my knee gave way. It was almost impossible to bend so as you can imagine was a bit of a struggle driving home. Slightly pee'd off as I continue to do my exercises, cycle regularly, play squash and badminton along with poping cod liver and glucosime tablets everyday to help with the movement. So I am sitting here at home, foot up on the table with a cold cloth wrapped around my knee hoping it will sort it out a...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldPrada Slippers (3.12.2005, 17:18 UTC)
DEAR BLOGThe last few days have been a bit hectic with the rollout of a new Incident, Problem, Change and Cofig system meeting all the processes to make 'U' SOX compliant. I have really enjoyed the work as it took me away from the technical arena for while which was a nice change. In the past I have enjoyed the theory side of things such as ITIL and Prince2, so the launch of Prism was just another flavour I suppose. I was in our Wales office on Friday and hooked up with 'D' for lunch. She was pr...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldMad Man In Airport (30.11.2005, 23:05 UTC)
DEAR BLOGJust got back from Milan. Yesterday I got to the airport only to find that my flight was delayed by a good few hours and sat in the airport bored out my mind. I then I decided to make my own fun in the airport. First off I headed into the duty free lounge and started chatting to the girls behind the counter and after 20 minutes of chin wagging about anything and everything, left without a single purchase.Next on my target were those annoying people who keep trying to get you to join the...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldI Knew It (29.11.2005, 00:11 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI am now going to make a promise to myself, and that is listen to my head and not my heart. In the past I have always listened to my heart and today I have paid the price again and a little annoyed with myself for allowing something like this to happen again. It's worthwhile remembering that someone people in this world hurt others and the people who get hurt are the ones like me. But can I change? I have always in the past worn my heart on my sleeve, what you see is what you get. Nothi...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldFeeling Good (28.11.2005, 14:51 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI am having one of those days when for some reason, I feel absolutely fantastic! Nothing in particular has happened to make me feel like this, but it's sunny, warm, litening to good music, ready for my Italian trip, playing Squash tonight followed by a few beers with a friend. However in work, everything has now reached the level where I just have to laugh otherwise I would go mad due to the incompetency of people and departments!A new application is being rolled out on Thursday, and st...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldChocolate By Post (26.11.2005, 22:27 UTC)
DEAR BLOGToday I received a small parcel from Smart Quotes who are one of my advertisers specialising in Credit Cards and upon opening it up, was over the moon to find my very own Advent Calendar. At the time of writing this, it is still unopened but I have had big cravings for chocolate the past few hours so I am not sure how much longer it will stay in this condition!Managed to get my ass down to the game today and saw Tranmere throw away a 2-1 lead with only 4 minutes remaining. During the fi...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldWinter Has Arrived (25.11.2005, 23:56 UTC)
DEAR BLOGMy feet are freezing! The UK had it's first true taste of winter overnight, when hail and snow fell all over the country. Even on my way to work today visiting our office in Wales, my car warned me constantly about icey conditions on the road.I've had the heating on nearly all night, but because the system keeps losing pressure, and there's no carpet (its a 1930's house with original wood block flooring - nice but cold), then the house gets cold quite easily. Not sure whats happening th...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldBest Loses Battle (25.11.2005, 13:57 UTC)
DEAR BLOGToday has seen the death of one of the greatest footballers ever. George Best lost his battle with infection brought on due to his addiction to alcohol at 12:55 today. A lot of people got angry with Best after he received a liver transplant but continued to drink, however he should be remembered for his footballing skills as its this that made him famous.One of his most famous quotes that summed him up was;I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldValentine Day Ideas (20.11.2005, 19:29 UTC)
DEAR BLOGToday I woke feeling so much better than I did yesterday, and actually slept until gone 10am! Even then I stayed in my pit for a while just nodding off every couple of minutes. Managed to get a fair bit of washing done, although still no ironing simply because I haven't yet bought an iron!I got a phone call from argos telling me my new LCD TV will be delivered on Thursday which I am excited about. Being honest, I am not actually in a position to wall mount it yet, as I haven't got the r...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldScuttered (19.11.2005, 15:28 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI feel like crap! Went out last night and now I feel real, real bad. Tired, cold, sick and just generally hungover. Its been a long time since I last felt this bad and expect it to be repeated a few times over the festive season. Apart from pottering around the house doing a bit of washing, I haven't done much and can't be bothered doing anything either! Modern Way - Kaiser ChiefsEmployment
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldHave Your Say (17.11.2005, 20:31 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI like sayings, and like trying to pronouce them and often wonder what sayings other people like or hold dear to them. I came across one just now;'Les vrais paradis sont les paradis qu'on a perdus.'French | EnglishObviously it's French, but I like how it sounds and the english translation of it too. I would be interested to see what foreign sayings or quotes, readers of my blog like? Roxanne - The PoliceEvery Breath You Take (The Singles)
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldKnitting with Dog Hair (15.11.2005, 20:51 UTC)
DEAR BLOGDon't ask how I came across this book, but seriously, do people actually do this? Would it not be best to just vacuum it up like everyone else does? This world sure does have some strange people with some strange habits. Whats even stranger is a book being published and people actually buying it!Incase you would like to puchase Knitting with Dog Hair, it is available from all good bookstores, and at Amazon is priced at £4.45. The book contains easy step-by-step instructions for col...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldKeeping Tax Man Happy (15.11.2005, 13:47 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI have just finished my summary for tax year 2004 / 2005 and am now feeling a lot better with myself knowing how much money they will be asking for at the end January 2006. It's not as much as I had feared! I now need to make sure I have got all my invoices and receipts to backup the statements, and then plop them all in an envelope to keep until I get round to filing it online within the next 2 weeks or so.I have also managed to summarise 2005 / 2006 up to the end of October too and as...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldMy Life Is A Paradox (15.11.2005, 11:47 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI find it ironic that even though I work on some of the most complex computer and network systems there are, when it comes to my personal life I prefer to keep things as simple as possible. I know from people who may read my blog, this may not appear to be true because of the complications I have caused myself recently.I actively avoid any possibility of drama or choas. Perhaps I'm just hiding from the unknown? Bridget's Theme - Harry Gregson-WilliamsBridget Jones The Edge Of Reason
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldTime For Reflection (13.11.2005, 23:58 UTC)
DEAR BLOGMeet George. He was bought by me and 'A' in between Christmas 02 and New Year. At this point in my life everything seemed possible, everything seemed to be heading in the right direction and I couldn't have wished for any more. How things have changed. George left 8 months after he arrived as I was living on my own, and it wasn't fair on him being stuck in the house all day. I used to walk him every morning and evening, and drive home at lunchtime just to make sure he was exercised. At ...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldMoving In Day (13.11.2005, 15:09 UTC)
DEAR BLOG I went out lastnight for a few beers after moving back into my house and everything felt strange. I think it was the shock of moving back in, walking around, hearing voices, remembering the laughs, the arguments, the plans every room once had. In the pub, although I knew a fair few people, I felt hugely on my own and questioned what the f*ck I was donig. I know I need to try to get out and about, but I just didn't want to be there, infact I didn't know where I wanted to be. I s...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldCongratulations On Your New Job (11.11.2005, 21:02 UTC)
DEAR BLOGGood news, 'M' got the job at BUPA she went for. Admittedly, she says its not the best job, nor is it the best paid, but she has managed to get her foot in the door for a pretty big company which can only be a good thing. Really am made up for her. She is off out for a few drinkies tonight but I'll catch up with her tomorrow.In the meantime I have some packing to do ready for my move back home tomorrow! I've just had fish and chips, the first time in over 8 years and wow did they taste ...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldRemembrance Day (11.11.2005, 11:28 UTC)
DEAR BLOGWe have just had our two minute silence in work to remember those who lost their lives during WWI and WWII. This was followed by a voice conference call with german participant who wondered why we were late! I was asked last week whilst on my course, why we were all wearing Poppies by a delegate from Hamburg too! I understand that not everyone, all over the world, may remember it, but I have to be honest I was quite surprised that it was so many, including those countries we fought agai...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldMoney Money Money (11.11.2005, 10:18 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI have just lost £50,000 in one day! Sure, its not as bad as the amount Nick Leeson lost as depicted in Rogue Trader, which I still love despite the film being 8 years old.The £50,000 has gone to 'A' in return for her half of the house which I hope to be moving back in to tomorrow afternoon after watching Tranmere take on Milton Keynes. My solicitor phoned just to confirm that everything has gone through and the deeds have been updated to my name only. I have also contacted my...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldUK VoIP Site (8.11.2005, 19:04 UTC)
DEAR BLOGToday I managed to finish setting up my UK VoIP website. When I say finished, I mean configuring it, and setting all the options. There is still very little content other than explanations to all VoIP Jargon. It will be interesting to look back on in a couple of years time and see how much Voice over IP has changed our lives and way of communicating. The site still needs content, and layout/logo changes etc, but that will come with time - most probably after Christmas. I also need to fi...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldHeart Or Head? (7.11.2005, 22:23 UTC)
DEAR BLOGHelp me! My head is telling me to do one thing, but my heart is telling me to do the opposite and I have no idea which is for the best.I am the type of person who wears his heart on his sleave, and because of this, I am often easily hurt. Now I just don't know what to do or which way to turn. I know if I follow my head the hurt will be there, but it maybe considerably less than if I chose to follow my heart.I think I am also getting an abscess as my cheek has swollen up a bit, and its a...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldMind Games (6.11.2005, 18:10 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI feel that 'M' has been playing mind games with me again, although she says she hasn't. Today she is being all negative and stuff and it seems that she is looking for any excuse just to say 'Forget It' instead of just coming out with it and saying it exactly how it is.We have discussed things like a holiday before Christmas yet now she is saying she isn't 100% sure if she is ready for a relationship. This isn't the first time, and to be honest I'm getting a bit fed up and pissed of wit...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldLets Celebrate Terrorism (6.11.2005, 15:46 UTC)
DEAR BLOGIn my last blog entry, I said that this weekend I didn't really have much planned which was true at the time. I ain't stopped!After posting, I went round to the house to pick up a letter from the solicitor detailing what I owed them, and then rang 'K&R' to see whats happening with them. I ended up going for drinks and onwards for a Curry. K and I are heading off to Ikea one night this week to start getting bits and bobs and checking out new sofas.Last night I was meant to go to a firewo...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldVampire Van (4.11.2005, 18:20 UTC)
DEAR BLOGThe last few days I've been busy learning the new processes 'U' are introducing, in time for the launch of the newIT Service Management software on 30th November. As I am already trained in IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), it was relatively straight forward as aware of the terminology thankfully. The 3 day course was of a Train the Trainer flavour, and now myself and a colleague have to put together a schedule to educate 40 users spread across USA, UK, Italy and India. Doesn't sound to...
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Ordinary life in a f*cked up worldOffice Gimp (1.11.2005, 15:59 UTC)
DEAR BLOGI am finding it hard to concentrate in work today. I think the three voice conferences today have killed me! I have just been looking at my very first job spec, and it made me chuckle when I think what the wording actually means;"produce internal paper replica reports on an adhoc basis for management"(photocopying)"support management in all decisions"(nodding dog)"ensure team needs and requirements are discussed and actioned on a regular basis"(ask what drinks they want and go fetch the...
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