This is a party political broadcast from the Argentinian presidential elections, and it is very cleverly done. Well worth a watch.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I saw this in the New Statesman, but couldn't find it on their website to link to.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
I've just spent a hideous day trying not to yell at Freddie every time he starts a sentence "Ohhh, why can't I have chocolate/icecream/a new car/everything I want? God, it drives me mad, anyway thankfully there is a light on the horizon, Flickr maps. I've just spent a happy half an hour trying to find exactly where to put my photos in Hong Kong, Bali, Lisbon and Madrid. You can see them here.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Katherine loves going to pre-school, right up until the point where she actually lets go of our hands and goes into the room, then she screams like a banshee while we turn tail and run. When we pick her up though, she is having a great time.
Only 16 more years of waking them up in time for school to go, and we can have a lie-in again.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I've also just remembered that we were staying in a hotel that night, as we were going home the next day, and I didn't wake up in time to get dressed properly, and left a shoe in the bedroom somewhere.
Oh dear, looks like Cycling Weekly went to press too soon.
Originally uploaded by Jamie Pullman.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Now this is a brilliant idea. A google maps page that tracks the Tour de France, and shows you where the riders are in real time. Todays stage starts in 1 hour 45 minutes time, and I can't wait to see how it works.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
There were about 500 balloons in the race, and the idea is, that each one has a ticket on it, with the address of the school, and if the ticket doesn't fall off your balloon, and if it lands where someone finds it, and if they bother to send it back saying where it had landed, then you stand a chance of winning a prize. Probably a balloon.
This is a documentary about Saddam Husseins mass murder of around 8000 Kurds. For some reason Channel 4 have refused to screen the film, but luckily for us, it's been made available by pbs.org.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
In the end, they needed 20 runs from the last 2 overs, and thanks to a couple of wickets from the captain in the penultimate over, and then another couple in the last from Bomber, we won by a comfortable 6 runs.
The next match is in a couple of weeks.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
This is hilarious, but what I don't understand is, if they did somehow give birth to a living god, surely it would be able to conjure up enough loaves, fishes and nappies to avoid needing a million pound trust fund.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
As for human rights, I saw a piece in the Observer about putting information on your blogs, that other countries are trying to censor, so that's what that box on the left is for. It takes you to the amnesty site, and from there to the site being censored. I suppose it must be a mirror site or something like that, if the government in question hs blocked it.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
"The journal Nature will be publishing a report on an African catfish that hunts its prey on land. The fish wriggles out of the swamps to catch land-based prey. From the article: 'The eel catfish, Channallabes apus, catches unsuspecting victims by arching upwards and descending upon prey, trapping an insect against the ground before sucking it up. The same trick may have been used by the very first vertebrates to venture onto land, the researchers speculate.' There is a video of the fish in action."
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
An excellent site, helping make sure that corporations get as little of your money as possible.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Hooray! Now, finally I might be able to ditch the useless NTL forever.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
After a couple of weeks with the flu, it was a suprising pleasure to go
back to work, and a double pleasure knowing what a rotten couple of
weeks with Marin I had missed. It's been about 8 years since my last
dose of real flu, and that time I had to drag myself into the BBC
Concert Orchestra, or not get paid. This one was timed to perfection,
and hopefully in 8 years or so, when I get my next dose, we'll have
someone equally grumpy conducting us.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
work tomorrow. I'm still feeling fairly rubbish, and god knows how Anne
will be able to cope with the children, but hey ho, at least it's only a
crappy date in Bexhill. I can use it as a warm up for the rigours of
Sunday, March 26, 2006
I'm always interested in the daily pictures from this site, but on occasion, they just take my breath away. This picture of a star approaching supernova is just amazing. The globular dust and gas clouds around it, look like awful tumours sucking the life from the poor star, although I suppose it's the reverse of that really. The star is pouring its energy into the nebulas, expanding them away from it so they can perhaps form new stars with luck, before the awful certainty of entropy that awaits us all......NURSE, MORE PILLS, MORE VOLTAGE...
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
I was completely thrown off my stride before the first note had even
been played today. We are doing Rosenkavalier, and not having played it
before, I was determined to at least come in right, however, the
demented twitching that passes for conducting from Kreizberg
discombobulated me to such an extent that I was all over the place for
the first page. He doesn't move like normal conductors do, but flicks
the baton between his fingers and thumb, while the rest of his body
spasms and twitches as though he's got his foot stuck in an electric
socket. And he sweats. A lot. Hey ho, the concert is tomorrow so we
don't have to try and work out what the hell's going on for much longer.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Well more of a pre-concert report really. I didn't do the rehearsal of
the Ravel piano concerto yesterday, because we only needed 8 violas, and
it was my turn for a number off, but as luck would have it, someone is
off, so I have had to do it anyway, except on a run-through rather than
a rehearsal. The bummer is that the symphony is not Schostakovich's
best, but it is his longest. 72 minutes of his finest russian charm and
perkiness. Some lovely bits, but some really dreary 15 minutes'. I
really don't fancy the trip to Leeds on saturday, a 7 hour coach trip, a
long concert, and then back off at 9 the next morning. Roll on easter...
Thursday, February 23, 2006
God it's a long one. The Schubert symphony came in at 58 minutes lkast
night, and when you add an uninspiring Beethovens 4th piano concerto
form John Lill and a very sub-standard Mendelssohn overture (Athalia),
and also factor in 2 pints of grolsch, you can imagine the trouble I'm
going to have staying awake for the next few hours.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Saturday, February 18, 2006
If the photo that I emailed with this had arrived, the eagle-eyed may have noticed the lack of risers for the wind and
brass players. This is the cause of arguements every time we play in
Bournemouth. The trumpets blast away straight into the heads of whoever
is unlucky enough to be at the back of the section that week, and refuse
to have screens put up to protect the string players because they say it
is too loud for them then! Idiots. Really it's the fault of the
management for being too mean to hire risers every now and then. There's
supposed to be a committee working on ways to stop us being deafened,
but as it's run by the management, it's achieved nothing in the two and
a half years of its existence.
Friday, February 17, 2006
It's been a good couple of weeks, concert-wise. I've just come off stage
after spending a very happy 40 minutes or so listening to an Argentinian
pianist called Nelson Goerner playing Chopin 1, and although it is a
very tedious part for the viola, and the rest of the orchestra too
really, I loved every moment of it. In a few minutes I'm back on to play
Brahms 4 which I love too. Happy days. Next week it's Schubert 9 which I
can't stand, so I'm busy gathering rosebuds.
Well, I woke up this morning to the sound of screeching children, and
despite Anne fielding them in the hope that I could get back to sleep, no such luck. Anyway, I could breath without my teeth hurting, so I
knew I'd have to go to work. Honestly, I drag myself into work feeling
rubbish for days, decide to take the day off and I'm well again. Hmpf.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Oh god, even a cocktail of sudafed sinex and halls menthol sweets have
failed to clear my sinuses. Any luck I'll still feel like this tomorrow
and I can call in sick for the first time ever. On a lighter note,
Freddie is trampolining as I write, and I'll post a picture tomorrow.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
I've also managed to bunk off the last two New Years concerts so I can go to Lisbon to have a coporate jolly with the Opera Babes. Marvellous.