Year: 2010

Jelly baby family in Marble Arch

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Last day at work until next year!

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Hyde Park Corner, somewhere behind the Iron Curtain, 1971

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My first panto

Yesterday Stuart took me to see my first panto as a Christmas present: Dick Whittington, at the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre, starring Joan Collins, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers (a great King Rat, no idea who he is, but from the number

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Getting excited about going to my first panto

Later today I am going to see my first pantomime. A traditional glorious British Christmas panto. If you don’t know it, have a quick look on YouTube to get an idea of what it is. We are going to the

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A very much planned headache

Today my head is thumping, it was planned, and it has nothing to do with yesterday being Christmas (I only had a chocolate slip-up after opening presents, then had a reasonably moderate Christmas dinner, then stopped eating for the day.

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Amazon Payments 1 – PayPal 0

I just signed up with Pinboard (an alternative to Delicious) and the options to pay the one-off registration fee were PayPal or Amazon Payments. I’d never used the latter so I clicked on PayPal, but learnt that my account was

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Desperate measures not to fall asleep at tonight’s Tron Legacy midnight show

I also had a 4 hour nap after sleeping only 4 hours last night. Large popcorn should help too.

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Watching Tron before Tron: Legacy tonight

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7 things about running I did not know before doing the Great North Run

Two weeks ago I took part in the Great North Run and finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 41 seconds. It was a fantastic experience but also a bit mad because I had another commitment in London the day before,

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7 things I did not know last week

Coffee beans release carbon dioxide within 7 to 10 days of roasting. So to check if they are fresh, put a handful in a ziplock bag, squeeze all the air out and see if after several hours the bag has

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7 things I did not know last week

  McDonald's food does not age. No mold, no decay, nothing. Scary. The iPhone has only got one speaker. Butterflies fold their wings up when resting, moths hold them flat. 3% of Twitter servers are dedicated to Justin Bieber (most

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7 things I did not know last week

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein at the age of 18. The 'Free Public Wifi' that comes up on my iPhone all the time (and that I cannot connect to) is a technical quirk in the way wireless connections work. J.K. Rowling

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Broken star, Shepherd’s Bush, London

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7 things I did not know last week

Italian TV cut gay scenes from Brokeback Mountain (old story from 2008). Protesters: 'Decision reflects creeping homophobia'. Network claims censored version shown by mistake. Andrew Ridgeley (The half of Wham! who can still drive in a straight line) lives with

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My first run in the rain

Yes, I did get caught in the rain while running before, but no, I had never before willingly laced up my trainers while it was chucking it outside. But as it has been raining for what feels like forever, and

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This is London

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7 things I did not know before taking a curry making lesson

A few weeks ago we were invited by two friends to a curry making lesson at Recipease. It was a present for Stuart’s 40th birthday and our friends were kind enough to extend the experience to me. It’s a Jamie

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iPhone 4 queue starting at Westfield London Apple store

3 people so far. How many by tomorrow morning at 8 when it goes on sale?

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Goodbye Scotland, hello France

We are on our way to France after 6 beautiful days in Scotland. I’m in lazy holiday mode so I will just paste here an email Stuart sent out describing what we did. I removed the links to photos after

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American Express totally gets Twitter… and sets things right with me

A few days ago I ranted (that's what the internet was created for, right?) about American Express failing to record that I had changed my mind and closing my account. I also tweeted about it, and shortly afterwards Alex from

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American Express ‘forgot’ not to close my account

American Express ‘forgot’ not to close my account and so I’ve lost almost thirty pounds worth of cashback. I wanted to cancel my card (I don’t need so many cards, also American Express charge you if you don’t use it

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The Crypt, Euston Road, London

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7 things about UK general elections I did not know last week

Until this election, the Green party had no seats in the UK parliament. The word 'gerrymander' (to modify a constituency's boundary deliberately) comes from Elbridge Gerry who redrew Massachusetts' electoral boundaries to include a salamander-shaped constituency (Gerry + (sala)mander). Members

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Poll: who will you vote for on Thursday?

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7 things I did not know last week

International orange is a colour used to set things (like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) apart from their surroundings. You can open a beer bottle with a napkin. British politician Peter Mandelson is gay. I thought ‘Mandy’ was

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7 things I did not know last week

In Utah you can choose to be executed by firing squad. You can find a BBC programme by sticking any part of its name at the end of bbc.co.uk/programmes/, see for example bbc.co.uk/programmes/tique. The Spotify iPhone app does not scrobble

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Los Angeles: day 3

On Wednesday 7 April we checked out the hotel rooftop swimming pool (closed for refurbishment, boo, although they offered to drive us to their sister facility if we wanted to swim), then went for breakfast at Koo Koo Roo at

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Los Angeles: day 2

On our first morning in LA we thought we’d explore the ‘gaybourhood’ (our hotel was in West Hollywood). So we walked up Santa Monica Boulevard, and walked down Santa Monica Boulevard, and realised that we were the only ones walking.

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Los Angeles: day 1

Stuart turned 40 earlier this month and on his birthday I took him to the airport (he knew that) to fly away on holiday to Los Angeles (he did not know that). I packed his bags for lovely mild weather

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