In a Pub in Fowey

Eating dinner by the sea - how very civilised.

Sussex Scenes

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It’s a pretty damn good place to live.

Nothing like a well-mown lawn to remind you that you're a middle-aged man now.

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Easter weekend

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New address. New theme. Time to get going again.

Overheard at Waitrose

"Why's this place so quiet?"

“Oh, the football’s on…”

(Panic) “Which match, which match…?”


Berlin breakfast

View from London's Cheesegrater…


Some fantastic images from RevStan here…

Eric Carle's Autumn

When I was a few years older than Hazel, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was my favourite book. How awesome is it that a few decades later, I can read the blog of the author and see his latest work?

Lewisham: killing you swiftly

A man in Lewisham Central, for example, lives for 70.8 years on average. In the Queen’s Gate ward, is in the affluent borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this figure is 88.3 years.


Lewisham Central - where I used to live - is bottom of the league for men's life expectancy in London.

So very, very glad that we got out.

Dancin' to Cantina Band

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It's a mashup… but YOU CAN DANCE to the Star Wars Cantina Band.


Tasty, tasty Canon pancake


Quite possibly my next photographic purchase…

That looks like a cool way to camp…


Not sure high winds would add to the experience, though…

Beware the elephant of intuition

Argument: Because the elephant of intuition is more powerful than the rider of deliberation, moral judgements are firstly and mostly intuitive and only subsequently and occasionally reasoned

Highlight: Experiments which test subjects’ reactions to stories involving abnormal but not strictly harmful behaviour find that, instead of reasoning leading to response, the subjects react first and then develop – often rather contrived – rationales for their reactions


This is why discussions about politics and religion so rarely go well on the internet.

16-bit 11th Doctor


Brilliant satire of the last two seasons - and is it wrong that I want the 16-bit music version of "I Am The Doctor"?

The only Infographic that matters


Unemployment & Life Expectancy

A worker laid off at age 40 could expect to die at least a year sooner than his peers.


Thanks for the year off my life, RBI…

(And yes, I know that's not how statistics work ;-) )

George Lucas and the failed narrative

Because suddenly there is a scene with Jabba himself, and …. nothing. He’s got Boba Fett with him and yet no one tries to kill Han or capture him or anything. There is no urgency. All the plot points that were just conveyed in the cantina are repeated, but without the urgency or high stakes. Han left the cantina with a job that was going to save his neck, and he barely escaped with his life. He thinks he’s got to get out of there quick before he’s captured or killed. He’s so paranoid that he thinks the storm troopers that are after Luke are after him. Yet now there is this scene with Jabba where Han is all in charge and stepping all over Jabba’s tail.


I've always been a little on the fence about the revised editions - many of the additions enhanced the movies enough that I didn't mind some of the clumsy bits. But now I've had this pointed out to me…

I'm no longer on the fence.

Bad news on the Blood & Chrome front

Now, the network has passed on the project as a regular series but is looking to do it as a digital one, while airing the already produced pilot on the network as a movie. “Though the vision for “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned,” Stern said in a statement today. “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”


It appears the "trailer" from yesterday was actually just an internal demo reel. There's a little hope in the article for BSG fans, but not much.

Starbucks wants Nespresso's business…

But the star of the meeting was the Verismo machine, which was put on display for the first time since its introduction at the beginning of this month. Mr Schultz did not hide his ambition to eat into the $3.8 billion of Nespresso sales last year by delivering the full “Starbucks espresso experience” in the home. It will initially be on sale in America, but a spokesman confirmed that the UK would be among the first overseas markets to get the machines.

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NIce to see more people fighting for the upscale home coffee market. Pity their devices don't let you choose your coffee supplier, though. That's why I won't be buying either.

Gardens in the sky


Back in my Estates Gazette days, I used to write about green roofs a fair amount. I still find then unutterably inspiring, a hidden pocket of natural loveliness embedded into an urban landscape.

If only more city dwellers valued these things, maybe I wouldn't have been so keen to leave London.

I was born under a wandering' mind

A study has found that people who appear to be constantly distracted have more “working memory”, giving them the ability to hold a lot of information in their heads and manipulate it mentally.


I'm not distracted, I'm making connections… ;-)

A brief mood movie of Brighton in the winter.

I'm testing the repair of the video card of my MacBook Pro…
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The news... it's so predictable these days



Do I really want to return to journalism? ;-)

2011: you won't be missed…

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Mad, strange year. I'm hoping for a better 2012…