Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Back to Work

hey, ho, back to work today. Thought it might be a struggle to get up but surprisingly not the case. Even had quite a productive morning.

Yesterday I didn't manage a ride, except on the turbo at home. It was very, very tempting to get out for the first time in a few weeks, but it was misty and rainy all day and I just ended up thinking "this would be dumb". So, I stayed home and instead watched a French movie while I cycled.

I was, however, the dutiful dad and took Alice and her friend Fraya up to Sandy Balls to do a bit of ice skating. Its obviously a long time since Alice went skating, and she seemed to have forgotten anything she ever knew. But Fraya was even worse! Still, they both seemed to have fun and by the end of the session Alice, at least, ventured away from the side wall. Scary to see them both dressed up to the nines in Jack Wills clobber - a right pair of budding scallies.

Scallies!
Interesting to see Fraya, she's obviously a bit more mature than Alice and is very much into "boys", even scoped some at the skating rink. So in many respects this could be the shape of things to come!

Yesterday evening went out for a curry - the Shere Khan at Redlynch - absolutely delicious, they always do us proud.

This morning I was greeted by both of the packages that didn't arrive in time for christmas. At least the razor, which was a christmas/birthday present from Jac, arrived in time for my birthday......which is today!

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me.....

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Christmas Cheer

Today is my last day off over christmas, so I am double-determined to be chilled. We had snowfall a week before christmas, and since then the temperatures haven't been high enough for the snow to melt - one night just before christmas the weather station registered -6°C, although we were safely tucked up indoors so didn't notice it! But it has gotten warmer over the last day or so and culminated last night in heavy rain which has washed away all the ice.

I've been itching to get on my bike - didn't go near it when the snow/ice was on the ground - and thought that today might be the day.....except that even as I write it is really wet and misty outside. So it looks like if I do go for a ride, it'll be on the turbo trainer in the lounge.

Christmas was quiet - I took the 23rd and 24th off so was able to ease gently into it. We did a big Sainsbury's shop when it was relatively quiet, which has sorted us for the duration. The only thing we ran out of, really, was bread, although we have some part-baked stuff in the cupboard still.

Keeping up her tradition, Alice has been ill over christmas, although this year it is nothing more than a cold (although she's making the most of it). I got her some Jack Wills vouchers for christmas and it is a gauge of her illness that she was desparate to go out to Winchester on Boxing Day to spend them.

Jacqueline, bless her, has been working every day since Boxing Day, mostly seeing people with flu-like symptoms. They come and see her in the hope that she'll wave a macic wand and prescribe some antibiotics - except that most of the time she can't (there are specific criteria, apparently). So these people wait an hour to see her then leave empty-handed.

A bit fed up with couriers. My main present from Jacqueline (from Amazon) did not arrive, neither did Jacqueline's present from Alice (which I have tracked and which arrived at my client's office the day after I left there). I know there have been issues with the weather, but when I bought the item Amazon were quite happily saying that it should be with me the week before christmas - and I still chose the "expedited delivery" option. And Jacqueline's present - which came all the way from Denmark - arrived in the UK on the 16th but was not delivered until 23rd. And this to central London. Total crap. Anyway.....

I just subscribed to the satellite channel Cinemoi, so have watched a bunch of French movies over christmas. Very hit and miss as regards quality. However Sky did show Avatar over christmas, and that was really good. But it was surprising how much of what was on tv was repeats - we've seen stuff like Dad's Army and Only Fools and Horses over the last few days.


Just seen some guy cycling in front of the house, maybe I should get out later?

Ho hum, back to work tomorrow.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Normal Service Resumed

After the last couple of days during which they ran an emergency servive due to the snow, South West Trains announced that they were resuming a normal service today.

Arrived into London 20 minutes late. Normal Service Resumed.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Dedication.....or madness??

From my mainline station, I cycle to clients' sites in central London. This is what I wore on the way to the today's clients:


  • Assos winterPlus Socks. These are the warmest socks produced by the best cycling clothing manufacturer. TWO PAIRS!
  • Shimano cycling shoes (not thermal)
  • Decathlon running tights (not thermal)
  • Campagnolo winter bibtights (very much thermal)
  • Helly Hansen woollen base layer (thermal)
  • Endura winter/thermal jacket
  • lightweight rain jacket
  • Milano winter/thermal gloves
  • Polartec Buff, for my neck and the back of my head
  • plus the obligatory safety glasses and helmet.
AND I WAS STILL BLOODY COLD!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The Power of Technology

It has happened again.

The death of Ian Tomlinson at last April's G20 protest would surely have been covered up by the police, were it not for the bravery of the person who filmed the incident and posted the footage both to the media and onto the web in general.

Now we hear that footage exists on YouTube from last week's student demo, of a guy being pulled out of his wheelchair and dragged across the road by a policeman.

It is very sad that these things happen, but it is wonderful that mobile phones have evolved to such an extent that it is easily possible for people to record such evidence at the drop of the hat, meaning that it is far harder for the police to cover up the criminal actions of individual officers (although I note that the guy whose blow killed Tomlinson was never charged).

The politicians talk about "consensual policing" but exactly how much respect do they think the public will have when they log onto the web and see what some of the thugs dressed up in uniform get up to?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Tomorrow Never Knows

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon's death.

I woke up to the news, and the world stopped. As I lived in Liverpool, people seemed particularly crushed, like losing a member of the family.

Lennon was an important figure because he held fairly open political views, and was not afraid to speak out. And because he was a Beatle, anything he said attracted publicity.

A great shame Lennon was not around to speak out about the terrible injustices that have been waged by the US and the UK in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the way he spoke out about the rape of Vietnam.

Just imagine...

Monday, 6 December 2010

Blogger Droid

must just add that these last few posts have been written and published using the Android app Blogger Droid. Marvellous!!

Back to normal

Well after the weekend's excitement (our first visit to France for two years) it was back to normal, and to London, and to the client's, and to work today.

In Rennes on Saturday I did look at getting another pair of "jeansy" type trousers (only have one pair of jeans) but I didn't look too seriously because I was damp and didn't feel like all the "trying on" nonsense. Plus, I didn't see anything sufficiently likeable.

So I made up for it with a stroll from the client's (in St James's) up to M&S at Marble Arch. This is their flagship store so I figured if I was going to find anything, this was my best chance.

Anyway, lo and behold I did see some really nice looking pants (although Jacqueline will be the final arbiter of "nice"!), cut like jeans but made of moleskin rather than denim. Lovely and soft, warm too. So I picked up a couple of pairs.

Best thing was that when I tried them on, I could quite happily get into a 34", I have not been that small for several years. This cycling mularchy really has done wonders. And although I can feel things like ribs again, I can feel a fair amount of flab too so I know I'll get leaner still over time. Excellent!

Part of my route today took me through Grosvenor Square, and I couldn't help noticing just how ugly a building the US embassy was. A real concrete monstrousity. An huge eagle sits at the top-centre (clearly the symbol for freedom, lest we should mistakenly think that this was the embassy of the world's biggest bully), and one can't help but think that if we were to replace the eagle with a hammer and sickle, the building would be at home in Brezhnev's Soviet Union. Especially on a bleak, wintry day like today. Kind of ironic, or at least I thought so.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Dilemma

Its now 8am Fr, 7am UK, and we dock in another two hours. Unfortunately although I was tired in my earlier post, I never did get back to sleep. In the end I got up and had a shower, and have just had a bracing walk on deck. Lovely, everything is so quiet - the restaurant is open and a couple of early birds ae tucking into a cooked breakfast - I must admit that sounds tempting, but not just yet. Apart from that, everyone else is crew.

And the reason for my insomnia? Well, I try to keep my talk about work to a minimum, for two reasons mainly. First, there's an amount of confidentiality involved - these people are clients after all so I really should behave professionally toward them. Second, and more importantly, it'd probably bore any reader to tears.

Anyway, my company performs consulting services to these people, which means we engage in contracts at an agreed rate, with fixed start and end dates, rather than it being some kind of permanent arrangement, where there's hope of a pay rise year on year.

The problem I have is this. The current contract is up at the end of the year, and the client has offered an extension. I would like nothing more than to wave goodbye at this juncture, the problem is that I have no other work lined up right now. So whilst walking away from them would give immense satisfaction, it might be something of a pyrrhic victory.

Plus I have the family to consider.

Trapped.

Welcome Break

Well believe it or not it is right now 4:30am, and I have woken up to the gentle rocking of a cross-channel ferry. Right now, we're somewhere in the middle of the English channel.

We took advantage of our local radio station, Wave 105, having a christmas cruise across to Saint-Malo, and I managed to get tickets including a cabin both ways, the car, and an evening meal, for around £200. So we left a very icy Portsmouth Friday night, arrived in a thawing France on Saturday morning, and spent yesterday roaming around Brittany.

First destination off the ferry was a visit to Decathlon, hopefully with a suitable breakfast stop on the way. I'd researched this beforehand, to the point of pinpointing the shop on Google Maps and putting the co-ordinates into Tomtom. Unfortunately what I didn't realise was that this was a new build, and did not appear on my two-year-old Tomtom maps.....d'oh!! Still, after dicking around for a half hour, and eventually turning satnav off, we reached our destination, an enormous shop ("the largest in the west", if we were to believe the signs) at Betton, just north of Rennes, which even had a little cafe, so we got to have café and croissants for breakfast.

This part of France had obviously had a fair old bit of snow the last few days, and our drive to Decathlon, in above-zero temperatures but often quite heavy rain, was having the effect of washing away the snow. In fact this was the pattern for the day - whilst it was good (for the most part) not to have to contend with snow, we nevertheless got soaked a couple of times.

The first of these times was to be in Rennes, our next destination after Decathlon, when the heavens literally just opened. But we were undeterred, the rain abated, and we had a great walk around this lovely city, even managing to catch the end of the Saturday market at Les Lices (we have a delicious-tasting Breton tart for after supper tonight). We also stopped for a nice lunch in a pizzeria which we first visited a couple of years ago, which not only gave us some decent food, but allowed us the opportunity to dry off.

So, a decent walk around Rennes, then out, westward, to the town of St-Méen-le-grand, which was the home town of the cycling legend Louison Bobet. For anybody not into cycling, this was the first guy to win the Tour de France three times on the trot, from 1953-5. So, a real cycling superstar of his day. And these days there is a small museum dedicated to him, which was the purpose of our visit. (Not interesting enough to tempt Alice, but Jacqueline was happy enough to tag along.) Anyway, lots of memorabilia, photographs, and a couple of his old bikes. Brilliant stuff. Despite some more rain, Jac and I also had a walk around the town centre, and I quite easily found Bobet's birthplace. I'd have liked to have visited the cemetery and paid my respects at his grave, but it was really too wet by this time.

Musée Louison Bobet, Saint-Méen-le-Grand


Onward and upward, this time back up to the lovely old town of Dinan, where for the first time we saw evidence of the recent snow. Basically the place was covered in slush, obviously thawing but somewhat more slowly than everywhere else. So we ended up having to watch where we walked, and my poor old feet got soaked. But still, Dinan is ua charming place and we found a Salon de thè, where I tried some delicious coffee and walnut cake - the orange and vanilla tea wasn't bad either!

rue de la Chaux, Dinan


Must have been around 5:30 by now, and time to head back up to the coast. I was a little concerned about the driving conditions - around Dinan in particular there was lots of snow still piled high by the side of the road, but as we neared Saint-Malo everything was clear once again. Despite another wrong turn (this time total user error), we eventually reached our final stop of the day - the Carrefour at Saint-Malo.

Now, there are certain things, such as toiletries, where I like to buy French products. This, coupled with the fact that it has been two years since our last visit, and we don't have another planned, meant that our shopping trolley contained a very strange assortment indeed! Anyway, €200 later...

Very weary now, 7:30pm and with enough energy just to get back to the ferry. Fortunately because this was more of a cruise than a ferry crossing, they'd opened boarding right up, and we were allowed to board any time between about 5 and 10 o'clock. So the upshot was we were able to drive straight on, with no queues. Even better, we went straight up to the restaurant and where I had expected to find a wait, we got a table straight away. One of the plusses about Brittany ferries is the standard of food, and last night's meal was no exception. Absolutely delicious, despite us being dead on our feet by this time. Time only to go to the bar for a quick drink before heading off to bed. The Wave 105 people had organised a "Glitz Mix" disco, but this didn't start until 11pm, so there was no way I'd last the distance (although I think Alice went along for a short while).

So there we are. Its now almost 6am (not sure whether that's UK or FR time, but either way time for another 2 or 3 hours kip before we land in Portsmouth.

Nice trip

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Why not to use Steam

My wife was never particularly "into" computers. However, once she met me, she saw me playing a particular game and gradually became addicted.

That game was Sid Meier's Civilization. In those days, it would have been Civ II. When we were dating she would quite happily kick me off my computer (the only one in the house in those days) to spend hours on this game.

For those not in the know, Civilization is a turn-based world domination game. Very complex, games can typically take anything up to 10 hours gametime, so its the kind of game one can definitely "get into"!

Anyway, we got married, we moved house, we bought computers. Civilization, too, evolved. Through III, to IV, she bought them all. After the "standard" Civ IV, there were spin-off games, and she bought them all. Two or three years ago, she even bought herself a laptop, for other stuff as well but playing Civ was a big factor.

You get the picture...

Anyway, imagine her excitement when she hears that Civ V was being released! I must admit, I thought I had her christmas present sorted, but she just couldn't wait and went out and bought the game herself. It was then that her problems began. You see, what she didn't realise was that her laptop was not longer a good enough spec to run the new game. Very disappointing.

But still, I quite like Civilization too, and the spec of my computer is good enough to run the game. So, disappointing for Jacqueline, but at least the money wasn't wasted. It could have been her christmas present to me.

Until, that is, Steam get involved. Steam is a software distribution mechanism which is used by Civilization and other programs. And because Jacqueline installed and attempted to play the game, it is registered to her. The only shortcoming of their mechanism is that once registered, it is not possible to de-register - an intentional oversight, perhaps? So, bang go any hopes of registering it to me instead.

This really pisses me off since my wife has bought this dvd, a totally pucker piece of software, complete with totally pucker license to run it, and what she is left with is nothing, nada. She can't even mitigate her mistake by giving the software to someone else. So there's thirty quid just gone.

Ostensibly this is about piracy, but of course it is plain to me that it is just about profiteering. They are forcing people to buy the game from them and from them alone, and completely taking out the second-hand market. I'm sorry but when confronted with such an intransigent attitude all I can say is good luck to the pirates.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

White World

Britain has been gripped over the last few days by a cold snap, lots of regions have had snow and even where we live, normally missing the worst of the weather, there was a smattering of snow last night. I had to drive home in it though, and it was very light - a fraction of a centimetre as opposed to the tens of centimetres that fell elsewhere.

Light snow as seen from our webcam


But it remains very cold - I keep a bike at Waterloo and commute across London on it is hard work at the moment. I don't think I'll be taking the road bike out this weekend.....though I may ride it on the trainer in the lounge.

Work-wise, if you've read other entries in the blog you'll know that I run my own consultancy company, more something I just "do" these days rather than enjoy. I have a decision to make this weekend, for my current clients have offered to extend their contract for another year. I can think of many, many reasons not to do so, but it provides an easy route to generating income for the company, and untimately to me paying the mortgage.

So its a big step to walk, although I have a very good technical skillset and the market is quite buoyant at the moment. My instincts tell me that I am well-placed.

Well, its eight o'clock on a Saturday, and we have no particular plans for the weekend. Jacqueline mentioned visiting Blaskford Lakes if the weather is bright - although the hides there will be cold. Alice meantime has decamped to the sofa where she is watching Spongebob Squarepants - an eleven-year-old. But I am beyond worry, Alice continually makes it clear that when she grows up, the world will owe her a living.

Generally fed up.

Monday, 22 November 2010

First of the year!

Well, in the following entries you'll be able to read about all the woes I've had with my web server, and as a result, with my ability to blog. Consequently, this is the first proper blog, I think, of 2010.

There's not much point in going over what I didn't write about, but I'll try to add detail where it may be necessary.

The weekend was rather quiet, although Alice is giving us jip at the moment. Saturday morning we went into Salisbury, Alice to her tutors, Jacqueline and I into town for a coffee. It remains really nice just to have some "us-time". The only thing is, we've both got new phones at the moment (I got a Samsung Galaxy, and am majorly impressed after upgrading from my painful old Windows Mobile device) so probably spent most of coffee playing on our respective toys.

I'm totally new to Android but am impressed with the applications available for it. I'm a fan of Ordnance Survey mapping software called Memory Map, and at the weekend I even found an application which will read their maps on my new phone. To be honest, it was being able to use Memory Map which made me keep my Windows phone for so long. Ah......gadgets!

The new phone has come in useful, though. I went out on a short bike ride yesterday [I should probably explain that back in June I got myself a Trek road bike which I adore more than my family. During the summer I went out riding at every opportunity, mostly in the New Forest, and even managed to crash at the end of August and break my collar bone, although obviously I'm all better now], along a route I'd never ridden before, took a wrong turn, and used Google Maps to get me back on track. Brilliant.

Another gadget of mine is a Garmin cycle computer, whose hi-tekkiness resulted in this output from yesterday's ride. Don'tcha just love technology? The point of this ride was to climb Dean Hill, which defeated me a month or so ago. This time I climbed it no problem, although I should say that the ride I did a month ago was far longer and comprised several climbs before Dean Hill. But now I've done it once, there's no further excuse!

What else? Well, Saturday afternoon I went out to the local Garden Centre and spent a whopping £38 on stuff for the garden birds over the winter. This included a massive tub of peanuts, a couple new feeders (the ones I've used for the last few years were on their way out) plus a couple of new nest boxes which I need to hang out at some point. I have to say that the garden looks something of a mess, though, since because of my collar bone I never got any important gardening done - where I would normally clear stuff, I spent September just gone in a sling.

Of course, the other major activity this weekend was launching this blog. Transporting my old entries across has proven to be quite labour-intensive, I'm having to go through every one of the old posts and am actively having to correct things like web links. Of 419 entries to start, I'm now down to around 325 to go, I think. Going back in time (my first blog entry appeared in November 2003), this equates to going back as far as mid-2007. But because of the intensiveness, I can only really import 25 entries per session, say, so I think it'll be a few weeks before all is sorted. On the plus-side, though, last week I moved my broken web site to new, hosted, hardware, and everything apart from the blog has gone extremely smoothly.

One last thing. Yesterday's ride was also used to try out some new winter kit from Assos - some gloves and some bib tights. Very expensive kit, but sooooooooooo good. I was lucky enough to get the bib tights off eBay (even on eBay they cost £150!), but I had to buy the gloves from a bike shop. What can I say? This stuff is just the best. Off the back of the ride last night I bought a couple of pairs of Assos winter socks, and am going to ask Father Christmas for a Body Insulator top. Superb kit.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

An explanation....

Six months ago I managed to squeeze out a blog entry from my dying web server, and it turned out to be the last.


As someone who works in IT, I took the decision way back in 2002 to host my web site on my own web server, and followed this up in 2003 with a self-authored blogging application. Well, several years later, the blogging app still worked well, but the server was on its knees. Unfortunately over the years my enthusiasm for anything technical has now waned somewhat, and it has taken me this long to start to do something about it.

Originally, I thought I would just replace the server, and indeed a twin-processor blade server sits idle in my garage, where it has been for several months. My motivation is so low that I've now concluded that the only way to get my stuff up and running once again is to pay someone else to host my site. This is great for the web site, but the blogging application seems to be sufficiently complicated that my basic hosting service can't support it.

So, another decision, to move the blog onto blogger.com. And here's the result. Over the coming weeks and months I'll gradually populate my back-catalogue of blog entries, but over the 7 years I've been blogging, this amounts to over 400 entries. I'm planning on checking each entry to make sure it looks ok on within the blogger.com environment, so this is going to take some time.

So, when you hear me talk about server problems, blog problems, etc. in posts which pre-date this, I'm probably talking about all my old kit which is now, alas, defunct.

On the plus side, fewer servers make wifey happy!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

A Tekky Posting

Wow, the web server has stayed up all on its own for the last week now. However, it matters not, because I have bought a "new" server off eBay. In Tekky speak for a moment, this thing has dual Xeon processors running at 2.4Ghz (since the current machine runs at 800MHz, that should be fast!), 4GB RAM (current machine has 1GB), a pair of 36GB hard drives. The current machine has three hard drives configured in a RAID5 array, which is nice. The new one has larger disks, plus has onboard RAID capability. So only two disks, but I can live with RAID0 no problem.

Of course, it is second hand so we'll have to see how impressive it is when it finally arrives... Fingers crossed, and all for eighty-five quid!

Aside from this I should mention another business purchase recently. For ages my colour laser has been giving me jip when it comes to printing. A shame because whilst I get the feeling that the problem is quite small, I've had trouble in the past with people being willing to fix printers, far cheaper just to buy a new one. The problem is that although I hardly ever print stuff out, when I do print things out it is important stuff and I really don't want to be faffing around. Now, I'd resolved to live with this, until Jacqueline took us to Staples one day. There, I saw a small Samsung device which was not only a colour laser printer, but also a scanner, copier, fax too. And not only did it come network-ready, it was wireless. This looked brilliant since it would mean I could dump two printers - the laser and a small inkjet all-in-one I bought so I could send faxes - and still have the added bonus of siting this thing nowhere near a computer. So, as soon as some money was available, I bought one. Not from Staples, of course, they're far too expensive for me. I set the printer up on the wireless network (five minutes to basically just change its IP address), and all the other setup I could do from its built-in web site. Really easy.

And the final bonus, this thing now sits in the hallway under the telephone table. So there's less clutter in the office and less far to walk if I happen to be working elsewhere in the house. Not bad printouts either! If anyone is interested the model number is CLX-3175FW, and the cheapest place I found was at lambda-tek.com

A very tekky post indeed!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Silence was golden

Well I'm quite surprised that the web server has stayed up for something over 36 hours now, although if truth be told I have already decided to buy and build a new machine. The machine which servers my blogs (as I write this) is a dual PIII-800 with 1GB RAM, so to all intents and purposes is very much obsolete. I bought it 2nd-user in 2002, so I would estimate at least ten years old. It has server me well, but these days for around GBP100 I can pick up a dual 2-3Ghz Xeon with a couple of GB RAM, so it makes sense to retire the old machine. The main hit will be the time it takes me to configure, but hey, we have a bank holiday coming up...

So I'm in a position where I haven't been able to update the blog for something like five months, however it is scary to think now that so little has changed. My clients forced me to take a fortnight away from them over christmas, but apart from that I have taken absolutely no time off. Still pretty skint and owing taxes, but the sums are sufficiently small now that I can see the light. I've never really got on with HMRC but they have been very reasonable about my repaying them, I can only imagine that there must be millions of people in the same position as me so they don't have much choice. There's very little for them to gain by taking court action, they certainly won't get their cash any quicker.

We've found out that Alice will be going to her senior school of choice, thank goodness. That all went through very smoothly despite the scare stories one reads in the press. Despite living in Wiltshire we're taking the Hampshire route once again. Hampshire has a true comprehensive system and I think this will be best for Alice. Wiltshire operates a grammar system and for one, Alice isn't up to grammar standard, and for two I think going to a secondary modern almost puts them into a "failed" state right from the off. I can't help thinking that in the two stream system the grammar kids are going to get a better deal academically than the secondary modern kids. At least where she's going the playing surface is flat.

I've got them booked in for the Race for Life in a month or so, a 5km charity run in aid of breast cancer. However I've seen no evidence as yet of any preparation.

I'm still (still!) at the same client, although this is very much touch and go. They asked me again to go perm around christmastime, which I refused again. Now they seem to be taking steps to get rid of me. After they were forced to make all those cuts a year ago, they've obviously decided to get as many people in as permanent employees as possible. More difficult to fire, I guess. But I couldn't in all seriousness go perm with them, there are just too many things about how they operate that I think are crap, being perm would just totally wind me up. In any case there are a fair few roles on the market at the moment, I have been for one interview for something that was totally wrong, but although I am looking have not found anything good just yet. Must keep looking.

I'm also still cycling. Cycled right through the winter too, even when the snow was on the ground. I'm not really changing shape any more though, so I think I'll need to cut back on what I'm eating in order to get any slimmer. That'd be nice though, so I'm trying desparately to avoid the dreaded crisps etc.

And of course we have a general election shortly. I had pretty much determined to spoil my ballot paper as a register of disgust, however I was pleasantly surprised when our Labour guy told me he was very much anti-war. This is a guy who is a youngster, in his mid-twenties, so it was refreshing to hear him say something that was so totally out of step with his party leaders. That he happened to have an identical view to me on a question I still feel passionate about was an added bonus. So, he'll get my vote.

And yes, I'm afraid for me the war is still an issue. Britain is a first-world country and should be setting an example. It is important to me that the people who run the country do not feel as though we can quite happily roam the world resorting to thuggery when we come across regimes that won't co-operate with us.

Anyway, the size of this entry almost makes up for five months without an entry, so I shall stop now.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

No Entries

A very brief update, my web server went down just after the last entry and I haven't got around to fixing it until now.

Even now I think what I have done is just a patch. The server is something like 10 years old and creaking somewhat, I think I'm going to end up having to get hold of a new server.

I'll start blogging regularly again once I've replaced the server, in the meantime everything might be somewhat intermittent.