Pleonasm

Learnt a new word today. Pleonasm. I got a new debit card today with information about my PIN which reminded me how much it annoys me when people say “PIN number” or “ATM machine” or “LCD display”…. eeeergh! As I’m a bit of a lists-man, here’s a list of pleonasms & also tautological redundancies. Shows … Continue reading “Pleonasm”

Learnt a new word today. Pleonasm. I got a new debit card today with information about my PIN which reminded me how much it annoys me when people say “PIN number” or “ATM machine” or “LCD display”…. eeeergh!

As I’m a bit of a lists-man, here’s a list of pleonasms & also tautological redundancies.

Shows how much crap we come out with every day.

Glove trading

Over the weekend & helped out the in-laws on their garden glove stall at The Spring Gardening Show in Malvern. It was physically tiring to be on my feet for 10 solid hours for 2 days running. But it was a well received change from the usual stress of 9-5 office job.

Over the weekend & helped out the in-laws on their garden glove stall at The Spring Gardening Show in Malvern. It was physically tiring to be on my feet for 10 solid hours for 2 days running. But it was a well received change from the usual stress of 9-5 office job.

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Finding Cool Tunes

So many adverts seem to use a soundtrack straight from my CD collection. But when I like them & I don’t have them, I want to know where to get them. Luckily, thanks to websites like Commercial Breaks and Beats we can find out just what these tracks are. Recently, sounds that have really caught … Continue reading “Finding Cool Tunes”

So many adverts seem to use a soundtrack straight from my CD collection. But when I like them & I don’t have them, I want to know where to get them.
Luckily, thanks to websites like Commercial Breaks and Beats we can find out just what these tracks are.

Recently, sounds that have really caught my attention are coming from that O2 advert with the speakers & sunflowers. It sounds PHAT!

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Music: The Next Generation

I’m seeing signs of friends & myself getting older. Sitting round MTV2 bitching about the quality of sprouting bands I can’t help think about how my parents & elders have said the same Nirvana 10 years ago. One band I just can’t get into is The Libertines. I do like a couple of tracks on … Continue reading “Music: The Next Generation”

I’m seeing signs of friends & myself getting older. Sitting round MTV2 bitching about the quality of sprouting bands I can’t help think about how my parents & elders have said the same Nirvana 10 years ago.

One band I just can’t get into is The Libertines. I do like a couple of tracks on their first album, but I saw them earlier in the year at Brixton Academy & I can’t say I was impressed. No fantastic musicianship & nothing really struck a chord with me.
Scissor Sisters is another one. What’s all that about? They just sound like Elton John with the Bee Gees on backing vocals!

Maybe Iím not into the type of music these bands provide, but I do know that when I was listening to Nirvana, opinions like “That’s just a load of noise” & “It doesn’t take any talent to do that” were commonly voiced by my parents. Now my peers & I are starting to say the same thing about music today & I can see that when we’ve got kids we’re going to find it hard to enjoy their music, even if we think we can be the coolest of parents.

Do you see what I mean?

Chip and PIN

So I’ve just started to see the adverts on TV. Chip & PIN is making it’s way into the UK. At the point of sale we simply tap in our 4 digit code for authentication. Great! Seldom does a shop assistant say “sorry, you’re signature does not match that on the card” & that’s even … Continue reading “Chip and PIN”

So I’ve just started to see the adverts on TV. Chip & PIN is making it’s way into the UK.
At the point of sale we simply tap in our 4 digit code for authentication. Great! Seldom does a shop assistant say “sorry, you’re signature does not match that on the card” & that’s even if they’ve bothered to look (I don’t think petrol station attendants even know what a signature is).

Somebody said to me that a mugger could just watch you type in your PIN, steal your card & use it. True, but they can do that now anyway & take your money from a cash point.

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Customer service

Trying to find an alternative to an iPod I came across a Toshiba Gigabeat. Looked alright but I couldn’t find any info on the Toshiba web site, so I contacted them via email. This was my reply… Thank you for your email We don’t know when, or if, it will be available in the U.K. … Continue reading “Customer service”

Trying to find an alternative to an iPod I came across a Toshiba Gigabeat. Looked alright but I couldn’t find any info on the Toshiba web site, so I contacted them via email. This was my reply…

Thank you for your email

We don’t know when, or if, it will be available in the U.K. and for further
information may we suggest you try a search engine such as Google and type
Toshiba gigabeat into the serach criteria box
and there you should find the
information you are looking for.

Regards
Customer Contact Centre

…guess I wont be getting a Gigabeat then.

Dealing Lilys

Just a quick one to brighten up the place. Went to get some flowers from a stall on the way home of Friday. The guy was packing up & offered me a whole bunch of Red Lilys for £5. Bargain I thought & took them. Some woman turned up & tried to buy some of … Continue reading “Dealing Lilys”

lilys.jpgJust a quick one to brighten up the place. Went to get some flowers from a stall on the way home of Friday. The guy was packing up & offered me a whole bunch of Red Lilys for £5. Bargain I thought & took them.

Some woman turned up & tried to buy some of them before they were handed over, but quick thinking flower stall guy told her they we sold to us for £25.

Result!

Greenpeace scale Disney

The first thing I saw on Thursday (15 Apr 2004) morning was Mickey Mouse waving at me – which was nice, until I realised that his paper-mache head enclosed a Greenpeace Activist who, along with Minnie & 2 helpers had managed to scale the UK headquarters to building to protest against their use of hazardous … Continue reading “Greenpeace scale Disney”

The first thing I saw on Thursday (15 Apr 2004) morning was Mickey Mouse waving at me – which was nice, until I realised that his paper-mache head enclosed a Greenpeace Activist who, along with Minnie & 2 helpers had managed to scale the UK headquarters to building to protest against their use of hazardous chemicals in childrens clothing.

With their massive banner which read “Disney: Stop selling toxic pyjamas to kids – Greenpeace”, Greenpeace camped out on the reception part of the building until half way through Friday.

Second album syndrome

Many bands find that second album difficult. Artists spend years striving to be heard & perfecting the work & seldom get noticed by a record label to release it. That difficult second album can, often prove to be simply pony! Here though, it’s my problem. Trying to invest in more of the great sound I … Continue reading “Second album syndrome”

Many bands find that second album difficult. Artists spend years striving to be heard & perfecting the work & seldom get noticed by a record label to release it. That difficult second album can, often prove to be simply pony!

Here though, it’s my problem. Trying to invest in more of the great sound I originally stumbled upon is causing problems. Not always the next album chronologically, but they next album I purchase. They are increasingly failing to hit the spot.

Is it the impact of the first offering is so original that the next purchase can’t sound so fresh? Or is it because I’m listening to the albums repeatedly all day & getting bored? Or is it the fault of the artists themselves who can not cover more than 5″ of polycarbonate substrate with their talent? Or (my greatest fear) I’m getting old & like my elders, buying an album on the strength of a single & thinking I’m still cool!

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Saw Concorde & a parrot

Where was I? – London. Yesterday was such a lovely day that we needed to make something of it & went for a walk. Walk became trek as we crossed the Thames to Barnes & eventually hiked from Chiswick to Richmond. Saw a woodpecker, a parrot (which I think has escaped from some stupid Chiswickian … Continue reading “Saw Concorde & a parrot”

Concorde on it's way to ScotlandWhere was I? – London. Yesterday was such a lovely day that we needed to make something of it & went for a walk. Walk became trek as we crossed the Thames to Barnes & eventually hiked from Chiswick to Richmond.
Saw a woodpecker, a parrot (which I think has escaped from some stupid Chiswickian – good luck Polly!) & then BAs last Concorde which is on it’s was to Scotland.
Wish I took my camera instead of relying on my crappy Sony Ericsson T610, so many photo opportunities slipped away.
I recommend everyone to get out once in a while & see London from a different perspective.