archive of posts from September, 2011

Snakes & Ladders

  • Housing Association Chasing Quotas?!!-1
     
  • So this guy comes around to do a survey of the energy efficiency of my residence on behalf of the Housing Association. As a consequence, two weeks later I get a phone-call from a contractor commissioned to insulate the piping for the hot-water tank and he’s wanting to arrange an appointment. more »

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This Blog’s Gone Mobile

I finally got around to sorting out a mobile friendly version of the site. It was easier than I thought it would be, although the choices were more restrictive than I imagined. I can’t decide though whether it’s actually easier to use, or more difficult.

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An Unwanted Performance

She was back again. I think she’s overplayed her hand. I can understand it. The new intake of students had just arrived, and there are a number of halls of residences surrounding her stage. I guess she had to go for it whilst they’re all still cash-rich, unknowing new arrivals, all seeking to impress with their shows of selflessness. But her problem now is that they live there. I’ve seen her act thrice in three weeks, they got played yesterday, the nearest shops are still in the same place so they’re gonna make the same journey again, they’re gonna see her again. She’s known now, her face is now familiar. She’s played out, I suppose one tragedy will be how long it takes her to realize.

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Lately I’ve Been Reading:

T.F. Powys, Kindness In A Corner (New York: Viking Press, 1930)

I have found the short-stories of Theodore Francis Powys fall into two camps: there are the just slightly odd stories, and then there are the remainder which are just plain fucking boring doodles of nothingness. Consequently, I approached one of his novels rather warily. Indeed, I only persevered as far as the fiftieth page, it was just…

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My iPod [26/09/2011]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
Dan Penn And Spooner Oldham | I’m Your Puppet | 1998
 

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Lately I’ve Been Reading:

Hobsbawm, E. & Ranger, T. (Eds.). (1993). The Invention Of Tradition (Cambridge: University Press)

I first read this over eighteen years back, re-reading it now it’s exactly the same. When I first read it, I borrowed it from a library, and found the first essay on the fabrication of a Scottish highland tradition hilarious (then and now it incites an enjoyably English sense of condescension at the whole trying-too-hard ersatz embroidery). The day-to-day travails of living in Scotland throughout the intervening era have allowed the essay to endure in my memory, and caused me recurring irritation at not having bought the book, until inevitably, I eventually had to succumb and buy a copy…

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With Hope In Our Hearts…

  • Liverpool's ups and downs
  • Liverpool 2-1 Wolverhampton
    I keep repeating a mantra as I try to keep the thought at the forefront of my mind: “Well, that’s three points we didn’t get last season!” more »

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