Archive for June, 2005

Put a mayor in your tank

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005


Dear Ken

Thanks for stating the obvious but tell me, what ever happened to putting a brick in your cistern or filled bottles in your tank?



Film star to buy our flat!

Monday, June 27th, 2005


We have just had a visit from two young women who are planning to buy our flat.  One of them is either Toni Collette, the star of Muriel’s Wedding, About a Boy and The Hours or her stunt double.  If it is her, she must be ‘resting’ between roles or doing research because she told us she’s working in a London hotel.

Well, I’ll be….

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Apple returned my iPod today via those jolly chaps in brown, UPS.  The whole reformat your iPod, update you iTunes, upload your music saga that ensued reminded me that my Sony Fontopia earbuds had gone AWOL about the same time the iPod died. 


Having accused all four offspring of ‘borrowing’ them previously, I though it best to carry out one more search of my belongings before accusing them again.  During a thorough search of the umpteen pockets and compartments of my laptop bag, I not only came up with the aforementioned earbuds but also the dessicated remains of a bee.  Yes, a bee.  The mind boggles.

Tour De France

Saturday, June 25th, 2005


The Tour de France, widely and rightly acknowledged as the most physically demanding sporting event in the world, begins in 7 days time.  Once again, ITV1 & 2 will have early and late evening shows covering each days highlights.

Meanwhile, despite being unable to commute by bike because of a thief, I continue to try and keep my meagre weekly mileage up in order to participate in the Dunwich Dynamo 120 mile night ride, which finishes on the same Sunday as the Tour.  Having tried and failed to locate my stolen Brompton amongst the stolen bikes being hawked by [expletives deleted] in East London’s street markets, I have swallowed my anger and ordered another.  As new models have been released since the theft, I took advantage of Brompton’s new bespoke service and ordered a stripped-down P in stealth black.  It is similar to the one below, though stripped of rack and lights but with the reduced gearing and Brooks saddle options.  I’m looking forward to picking it up and getting back to my normal canalside ride to the station in the mornings.


Evening Mass

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Tonight’s Critical Mass ride meets, as always, at 6p.m. on the South Bank, just under Waterloo Bridge, outside the National Film Theatre.  Departing around 7pm, the ride normally lasts about 2 hours but, with this weather, tonight’s ride might just be longer and if we’re lucky, we may get a repeat of the beautiful sunset we were treated to on Greenwich Cyclists’ Afterworker Ride last night.


Yesterday’s sunset over the Isle Of Dogs

Le Bar � Chiens

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Check out Le Bar � Chiens, a most excellent photograph by fellow blogger, Anders Jacobsen.


BBC Podcast Trial

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

BBC – Radio – Download and Podcast Trial

“As part of a trial we’re offering some programmes and programme highlights as downloads and podcasts. The trial runs from May to December 2005 and programmes started appearing on Monday 16 May.”

The choice isn’t extensive – at least not what you’d expect of such a broadcasting giant – but it’s a start.

Midsummer Madness

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Tonight, or to be more exact tomorrow morning at 0200hrs, I will be joining a few hundred of London’s cyclists to observe a modern day Midsummer ritual.


Commuter folk, couriers, Critical Mass riders and ordinary everyday bike folk will cycle from local meeting points to converge upon a succession of beigel bakeries, all-night cafes and coffee shops before riding en mass to Primrose Hill.


Here, we’ll all chat, talk bikes and before watching the sun come up as the longest day of the year begins at 0423hrs.


Afterwards, we’ll no doubt head off for a full English breakfast and pints of coffee in an effort to charge our batteries for what will certainly feel like the longest day at work.  If you fancy joining the ride, those north of the Thames can join Tower Hamlets Wheelers feeder ride, those ‘sarf’ of the river can hook up with Southwark Cyclists.

All photographs: Owen Pearson – Tower Hamlets Wheelers

my lo-fi ears are listening to Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m/Stevie Wonder/Song Review – A Greatest Hits

I’m all consulted-out

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Dilbert so knows what is going on in my company right now.

43 Foldered

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Whilst not quite in the same league as being slashdotted, I have been 43 Foldered – which is smaller, friendlier and involves more discerning folk. Merlin Mann dug out an old wiki scrap I wrote (GtD Rescue Plan or how to break the cycle of implementation) and posted his take on it (Fractal Implementation, or, On the Dangers of David Allen’s Finger) to his increasingly popular GTD – Mac – lifehack blog, 43 Folders. It is fun to see a few lines I wrote months ago picked up, picked over and provoking further debate. Meanwhile, I have emailed my good friend and host, Chuck, who is standing by with a bucket of iced water, ready to cool off my webserver.