I know, its been ages sine the last entry. If I remain this sporadic there's no way I'll ever collate enough material for my autobiography!
Not been up to much. On the business front I got some parts and built a
couple of these sexy-looking aluminium "cube" PCs - the type of machine that
looks at home under the TV. They were quite cheap to put together, were
incredibly high-spec, and only took an hour to build, although when I finally
got round to selling one (on eBay) it went for a small loss. I suppose I gain a
little more hardware knowledge but I don't think I'll try the experiemnt again -
we don't go into business to make a loss!
On the family side, we had a lovely weekend just gone. Saturday we went out
to Bournemouth, for a change. All the rage in Alice's school currently are
Tanagotchis, so the first visit was to Argos to get her one. Nowadays they
have infra-red ports so that kids can use them to interract with each other.
Clever. Its amazing how important it is to conform when you're six!
We had a bit of a browse around the shops, then went for lunch at Harry
Ramsden's. The food was fine but is was infuriating at how poor the service was.
It was over half an hour between getting into the restaurant and the food
arriving, which was totally unacceptable. They have obviously made a decision
that they get sufficient "occasional" trade that they're not fussed if people
come back or not. Anyway, stuffed, we then had a nice long walk along the beach.
Cold but sunny, a beautiful winter's day. After the walk Alice was ready for
more replenishment so we stopped for her to get a '99 - I don't know how she
Sunday, therefore, meant the obligatory trip to the supermarket to replenish
supplies. Once that was done, however, we went wandering once again, basically
heading due south to the coast. First stop was Calshot, right by the refinery at
Fawley and just across Southampton Water from Southampton itself. Lovely views
of the Isle of Wight, and from there it looks remarkably close. We drove on
through Lepe and Exbury, just tootling along, then on to Lymington via Beaulieu.
A nice walk in Lymington, culminating in afternoon tea in one of the cafes along
the quay. Lovely part of the world. If London didn't need to be so
accessible.... (Actually if I didn't need to have access to London without doubt
we'd look at moving to Cornwall, but that's another story.)
Will leave the client's early tonight since Barcelona are playing Chelsea,
and that should be a decent game. Both teams are amazing to watch. People talk
about Rooney the wonderkid but Barca's Melli is phenomenal, and roughly the same
age. Plus, of course, its easy to forget that Ronaldinho is only something like
Read some good books lately - I bought a biography of Marco Pantani, whom I
really have a soft spot for. I think cyclists in general are perhaps the
ultimate athletes, and Marco in particular had that certain spark, that
charisma, which even great riders like Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong
didn't match. Tragic, of course, what happened to him in the end. Second, I have
just read a historical book about how the Nazis came to power in Germany.
Fascinating, although reassuringly a set of completely unique circumstances
stemmed from the expectation developed under Bismarck, followed by the
humiliation of losing the Great War. Fascinating stuff - in fact I'm now working
my way through the sequel, detailing the years when they were in government
until the Second World War, from 1933-9.