Category Archives: Life

Ten years of blogging: 2005

If you look in this site’s archives for 2005, you’d think that I completely gave up blogging, save for writing review of Doctor Who episodes. This is because of the problems with my old hosting company that I mentioned at the end of the 2004 company, which led to me losing most of my posts […]

Ten years of blogging: 2004

2004 was the last year of my blog being on Blogger. I’d talked about moving it to Movable Type – and you can find out how long someone’s been blogging by asking if they remember Movable Type – during 2003, but found that didn’t work on my hosting company, but eventually at the end of […]

Ten years of blogging: 2003

I never made any great plans for this blog when I started it. Its origin stems from me spending three months travelling around the US in 2002, and then – in those days before I knew of sites like Flickr and its descendants – deciding to get myself a website to show off some of […]

Continuing in the grand tradition

I’ve just realised I’ve made a mistake in working out when my 10th blogging anniversary is. Because I looked at a file name rather than the dates on the post themselves, I had it down as being on the 26th, when it’s actually on the 30th. It kind of fits for the way I’ve run […]

Countdown to ten

As you may have noticed, I’ve been unearthing a lot of old links and posts recently. This is because my blog’s approaching its tenth anniversary on January 26th, and I wanted to go mark it and remember a lot of the stuff I’ve done. So, I’ve been reading through all my old entries and gathering […]

Councillor Camp 2013 (#cllrcamp)

I spent yesterday in London at the first ever Councillor Camp. This wasn’t a group of local government people hanging around in tents and/or pretending to be Kenneth Williams, but a version of BarCamp especially for councillors who wanted to look at ways we could use social media to better carry out our roles. It […]

Eric Pickles wins quote of the day

Discussing the Cabinet’s Jubilee gift to the Queen: Asked whether she might have enough table mats already before today’s gift, Mr Pickles said: “One can never have too many table mats.” Further comment is superfluous. Related PostsThe comic genius of ‘Eric Pickles’ Elsewhere Another strange tale of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles’ bin fetish Do Tories […]

Introversion and politics

I’ve recently finished reading Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking which I found interesting, though it suffered a little from trying to cover a lot of territory. There were many times when it felt like she’d just begun to explore an area and then turned away […]

Clare Balding, Duchess of Cambridge

The Radio Times have discovered some shocking news about the Royal Family. In the Christmas issue during the interview with Miranda Hart, they casually drop this bombshell: Yes, unbeknownst to all of us, Clare Balding’s career was even more remarkable than we imagined. On top of all her other work, she also manages to be […]

Monty Python fans block women directors

The General Council of Monty Python have today rejected moves to enable women to become directors of Monty Python films. This comes twenty years after it was agreed that women could attempt to tell jokes on screen, but were not allowed to ascend to the position of director. Hopes had been high that women would […]