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Monday 1 September 2008

Terry Pratchett's New Book - Nation

Oh. My. (Small) God.

How could I have been so remiss? Terry Pratchett's next chapter in the Discworld series is only 11 days away and I've been completely unaware of it.

The book, Nation, looks to move away from any of the existing characters, such as Rincewind or recent hero Moist von Lipwig, and story arcs with a completely new storyline.

I'm always disappointed to see Terry leave behind the familiar characters and situations, but never for long as the new ones quickly take on their own life and find their own place in my vision of his fantastical universe.

My biggest problem now is how I finish my current book, 600 page epic Matter by Iain M. Banks, before Nation is released.

Tuesday 26 August 2008

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Sunday 24 August 2008

Connor's Egg Cup


Connor made an egg cup at Play Scheme. He was ever so proud of it but realised it didn't quite do the job it was intended for.

Thursday 21 August 2008

The National Forest's Maize Maze in Burton, Staffordshire

Sharon & I took the boys today to the National Forest Maize Maze in Tatenhill near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. We had a superb day but I'd make a few recommendations.

  1. Try to go on a day when it's not going to rain or hasn't been raining recently.
  2. If it's been raining recently, take some walking boots or wellys and a change of clothes - you will get muddy.
  3. On a dry day, there's enough to do there to occupy the kids for a whole day.
  4. Buy the £1 map on the way in. If you don't use it, great. If you do need it, in the middle of the maze is too late.
  5. Don't go into the maze just before lunch. It'll take you a few hours.
  6. Take photos
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Tuesday 12 August 2008

2008 - The Counterfeit Olympics

There were many who thought the Bejing Olympics would become the Counterfeit Olympics when Chinese produced counterfeit Olympic merchandise flooded the city. However, it appears that the authorities have at least protected the intellectual property it stands to make some money from.

It would appear that the biggest fake is the Olympics itself. An indication that the authorities are more concerned with appearance than substance. It doesn't bode well for the appearance that China has moved toward a more open society with improved human rights.

Tuesday 5 August 2008

Chloe going to Prom

Chloe Prom 2008 017

Sunday 3 August 2008

Romeo Stodart / Gorg Junior


Romeo Stodart from the Magic Numbers / Gorg Junior from Fraggle Rock
Separated at birth?

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Barry Diston - Fuckin' Insane (Balearic Mix) 8:04 PM, 31 July 2008
Barry Diston Plays the Bagpipes 11:47 PM, 21 July 2008
American judge sees sense 10:42 PM, 21 July 2008
Review of Bonekickers 1:52 PM, 11 July 2008
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