Month: January 2009

7 things I did not know last week

You can search for images on Google with the exact dimensions you need, by adding to your search query ‘imagesize:1280×960’ (no quotation marks, and change the numbers to the width and height you are looking for) Four out of the

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Old = vecchio

At a friend’s 30th birthday party tonight. They played Gary Numan’s Cars and we all cheered because it was released the year our birthday girl was born. After a while they played I’m a Believer by The Monkees. I did

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I think the scratches on the mirror day ‘SAVE’

I think the scratches on the mirror day ‘SAVE’, originally uploaded by bitful. Toilets at 93 Feet East Street (which is at 150 Brick Lane instead)

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Stuart at Madame JoJo’s

Stuart at Madame JoJo’s, originally uploaded by bitful. Shaking his head to mess up my photo, but producing instead a nicely creepy effect.

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Disguise = travestimento

I was in the toilets at work changing from my office clothes into something suitable for the gig I was going to, and I started reflecting on how both sets of clothes are a way of dressing up. I also

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Nabaz-‘tan’

Nabaz-‘tan’, originally uploaded by bitful. My Nabztag (wi-fi rabbit) now has a tan: the yellowed side is the one facing the window.

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Kept man = mantenuto

As day two of being unable to be away from a toilet for longer than one hour draws to a close, I realise that I could perfectly well stay at home forever. Give me an Internet connection, a game console

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The view from my toilet…

The view from my toilet…, originally uploaded by bitful. …on which I spent most of today, due to a dicky tummy. That towel and I are on first name terms now.

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To wish = desiderare

My body has spent most of today trying to get rid of its contents. This of course meant that I could not be too far from a toilet at all times. When I said I wanted a quick way to

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Book = libro

I have just got back from the second meeting of a book club organised with some friends. I loved the discussion we had around Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. But what I am most grateful

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This is how I feel today

This is how I feel today, originally uploaded by bitful. Distressed, tired, having seen better days, but not cheap, never cheap.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account over the past seven days: Stretching Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar Fasiciitis Treatment Stretches How can I get my books in the Fictionwise eReader format from my desktop to

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Filthy keyboard

Filthy keyboard, originally uploaded by bitful. This is what happens when you eat lunch at your desk for almost three years.

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Pride = orgoglio

Stuart and I are sticking to our commitment and just had our third Italian lesson (from me to him). I am more and more convinced that this is going somewhere. I asked him to read one paragraph in Italian (which

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Where monitors go to die

Where monitors go to die, originally uploaded by bitful. Found this on my phone from a couple of weeks ago when we went to our local recycling centre to dispose of an old computer and a lamp. The Wall*E in

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To joke = scherzare

Today we had lunch with a couple of friends in a pub they recommended. As we were sitting down, I looked around at the peculiar place (huge rooms, very high ceilings, bricks and tiles, I think) and said ‘Great place.

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Can journalists mention the nationality of suspects?

While queuing to pay in a bookshop yesterday I noticed the main headline on the Italian national newspaper Corriere della Sera: ‘Rape in Rome: they were five, maybe from Eastern Europe. The police are looking for three Romanians’. I noted

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Toilet olympics

Toilet olympics, originally uploaded by bitful. No, I have not become so obsessed with getting back into shape that I’ve dotted the flat with hurdles. It’s just because the piece of wood that covers the threshold to the bathroom has

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7 things I did not know last week

In late 1985 one pound was worth a little over one US dollar. Yarnbombing is the use of knitting as a form of graffiti. Around a third of children in care have been voluntarily given up by their parents. The

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Mistake = errore

Today I sent the following text message to a colleague: Got you milk. Are you meeting j and j in town too? Lxx The text was meant to be for Stuart ‘Dr Bitful’ ‘Mr Boyfriend’ of course, not for Stuart

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Heavy = pesante

Imagine going to the supermarket and buying a six-pack of 2-litre bottles of water. You know, the really big ones, four pints or so times six. Imagine then sticking them into a backpack and going for a run with all

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Hammersmith Park bench

Hammersmith Park bench, originally uploaded by bitful. I needed a bit of a stretch at lunch and walked to the nearby Hammersmith Park to stroll in the Japanese gardens. I found this interesting bench support, I like how thin and

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Is pork crackling meant to be hairy?

Is pork crackling meant to be hairy?, originally uploaded by bitful. I had some in a pub last Sunday lunch as part of a pork roast. It tasted very good, but when I noticed it was covered in pig bristles

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Difficult = difficile

I spoke too soon. Yesterday I was surprised at how easy I was finding it to stick to 2,000 calories a day – I should instead have shut up and braced myself. For today it was well hard, but I

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Easy = facile

Day three of my diet is coming to an end, and so far it seems to work. I am losing weight, but most importantly I am feeling full, never go too hungry, and do not miss my dozen or so

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My annual travel report for 2008

My annual travel report for 2008, originally uploaded by bitful. Click on the image to view the original size on Flickr and read all the details.

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A message for Obama

A message for Obama, originally uploaded by bitful. You have my hope. Now earn my trust. 🙂 Uploaded as part of the Message for Obama pool.

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Hope = speranza

I took a break from work this afternoon and gathered with some colleagues around a big telly to watch Barack Obama’s being sworn in and delivering his speech. I knew that was an important moment in history and I wanted

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My cheap, convenient, fat loss diet explained

Disclaimer: do not try this at home. Or if you do, remember that it is entirely your responsibility. I have been eating tinned food for the last thirty-six hours. There’s a reason – and a plan – for it. Over

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Naked = nudo

This morning I filmed myself in my Speedos, reciting today’s date, weight and body fat percentage while turning around so that all flabby angles were captured. I then spent the day wondering if I should post it here, so that

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