Monday, March 22, 2004

Six Non-Sequiteurs in Search of a Theme

Tonight will be my first meeting with other Doctor Who fans since the announcement that Christopher Eccleston is to take the lead in the new TV series. I shall have a pint for each if his predecessors.

Spent five hours on Sunday clearing the banks of the Union Canal at Wester Hailes. We had the neighbours round for drinks in the evening, during which time the phone rang at least six times. Crazy!

Started watching The Opposite of Sex on Saturday, but it was dull, so we watched an old Jonathan Creek instead. I think I have created quite a fan in Helen.

Clocks go forward this weekend. That means G and Ts in the garden before dinner. Best Man is coming to case the joint at the weekend, too.

Quite sick of work.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Gym Boasting and Edinburgh Studies

Since Friday 27 February I have cycled the nine miles to and nine miles from work every single working day, often detouring to visit the gym or the shops. I haven't been drenched with rain once. This morning I was up at 0600, went to the gym to do my workout (getting on to the disturbing stuff now, involving rope splits and balancing on big balls like something from The Prisoner) had a quick swim and cycled to work. By 0900 I had already listened to four episodes of Doctor Who.

Here are some pictures from a fortnight ago, the day Helen and I set up our wedding gift list.

Street-level selling

Edinburgh's Shangri-La


Princes Street, showing Scott Monument at dusk

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

A Day Out In Glasgow

It's been ages. Sorry. So I'll be quick. No pictures, then. Soon.

I wrote this month's Star Letter in Viz. Yes, be impressed.


We had a great Saturday. Went to Paisley to choose wedding rings from a young jeweller who Helen selected. Then up to Pollok to see the Burrell Collection's Turner seascapes exhibitition and go around Pollok House itself, and then up to the Glasgow Science Centre on the South bank of the Clyde opposite the SECC for much fun with magets and spinning circles. Then to Hillhead for a few drinks in Brel and dinner at a nearby Italian before taking the train back to Edinburgh.

It was a nice day, like being on holiday, which reminded me that we need to get out of the house more often and we tend to rattle around bouncing off each other in there as there are always chores to do.

I have a new routine at the gym which perplxingly includes 10 minute on an exercise bike. I already cycle 90 miles a week at least so this seems a little spurious. I came dangerously close to making a complete arse of myself on one of those 53cm exercise balls.

I highly recommend upgradestore.co.uk, who rescued me from a corrupt BIOS in record time. You order online, send them your corrupt EPROM and details of your motherboard and they send you a reflashed BIOS. Excellent.