A little announcement…

…no, don’t get excited, the baby is not coming early – I’m looking at __you__, you know who you are 😉

Just wanted to let it be known that Lee-Anne and I will be in Reading for the weekend.

We have __A LOT__ to do – my flat needs to be made ready for full-on stuff evacuation ahead of minor works and then renting it out, so we are going to set aside Saturday evening for some socialising.

With that in mind, does anyone fancy a couple of hours of banter on the aforementioned Saturday evening..?  I realise that it’s short-notice, but I’ve spent this week feelin’ horribly ill (I’m keeping whoever makes Lemsip in business) and so I wanted to be sure I was getting better before making a firm commitment.  This is the last weekend that we __can__ come over before Peanut arrives, but we may well be back once we’ve got past the first month, so we’ll catch you on the bounce if not on this occasion.

Anyway, hope to see some of you, and in the meantime please pass it along to those that know me / us…

T’Ra!


I’m all for Equal Opportunities…

…but this is ridiculous!

I was happy that coming to work at the BBC I would finally be working in an environment that does not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex, disability or indeed anything, but I have to admit that even I am uncomfortable working alongside a Dalek, even if he tried to tell me that he was:

“…past all that exterminating stuff and just really exciting about PHP and Open Source Web Services…”

I mean really, what does he take me for anyway..?

Dalekengineer


Amen Brother!

I saw this on a friend’s Facebook Feed today, and realised that I’d not read XKCD for a few days, so I clicked through…

Couldn’t have come on a better day… (Click here to see it on the originating Web-page)


So I’ve been thinking…

For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to plan a long bike ride, something to have as both a milestone for myself, you know a goal to achieve, and as an opportunity to raise some money for charity.

I am hoping to do something towards the end of the summer in this vein, but before then I want a kind of measure of whether or not I can do the kind of distances involved, and so I’ve hit upon the idea of doing the London to Brighton bike ride in June this year, and I was wondering if anyone else fancied doing it with me..?

I’m perfectly happy with just doing it on my tod, but seeing as general registration opens next weekend I thought I’d spend a little energy this weekend seeing if anyone out there fancied doing it as a team.

So let me know if you like the idea, and go here to find out more.

Cheers!


World Book NIght…

Last night I fulfilled my obligations as a World Book Night Giver and wandered the little village where Lee-Anne and I live giving away free copies of “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” by John LeCarré.

It was an eye-opening experience in many ways…

For those who don’t know, last night was World Book Night, upon which volunteers all over the UK gave away 48 copies of their chosen novel (from the twelve options) in the place of their choosing.  I had applied way back in December, and had finally found out that I was accepted as a Giver in late January / early February (I forget), so I was really quite excited about wandering around our village and knocking on some doors with nothing but the desire to give my neighbours a free book.

In the main it was a lovely experience; so many people were friendly, intrigued and happy to receive a good book.  A couple of people were brusque and one chap was very, very rude:

“We’re in the middle of our facking dinner, now fack off!”

but overall it was a really nice thing to do.

Did anyone else out there act as a Giver, or did someone give you a book for World Book NIght?