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O2 Arena Parking Tips

This post is just to round up things I've found out about parking at the O2 and my own experience of event parking there, as most discussions you find through Google date back several years. I hope it's useful. • Read the rest...

Top 10 Songs by: Steely Dan

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A really tough 'top ten' to compile. In the end, most selections came from three albums, 1975 to 1980. Plus a couple of Donald Fagen solo pieces. With copious track commentary lifted from reviews elsewhere on the internet. • Read the rest...

I Cannot Delete Dad

When I first heard this, I couldn't quite believe what I was hearing. And a few years on, whenever my Mum rings me and the photo of my Mum ...and Dad pops up, I think of this amazing poem. • Read the rest...

My Dad

There's nothing I can say here to do justice to how much of a loss we've just suffered with the passing of my Dad. He was a great man, and will always be my hero. • Read the rest...

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

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I don’t know if this is ironic, or just a palindrome or something, but on the day I consigned the September 2009 edition of The Word magazine to the recycling, with Robert Wyatt on the cover and a Half Man Half Biscuit interview inside, the postie delivered a December 1985 issue of NME from eBay, with, er, Robert Wyatt on the cover and a Half Man Half Biscuit interview inside.… • Read the rest...

That made a big difference!

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Wow. After nearly two weeks of relatively little activity while the stonemasons converted those painstakingly cut-out plastic templates into the real granite thing, it all happened today. About two billion tonnes of black shiny worktop was lugged into the kitchen, and beautifully fitted in.… • Read the rest...

The Extension is Finished. Now the Kitchen begins…

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OK, the builders are just about done, inside at least, and Dawn has diligently done a lot of the painting (a nice creamy yellow). On Monday morning the kitchen fitter will be here. Indeed, the boxes are already arriving (below). Tony the electrician, my hero, has just about finished wiring in all 29 downlights and connected up the incredibly jazzy Lutron controller.… • Read the rest...

There’s a hole in my kitchen

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Of course you were all wondering what was going on inside the extension, weren’t you? No? Well, here it is anyway. Twice the kitchen! 100% less worktop and storage space (for now). The wiring is all in place for the groovy lighting, and once the plumber is happy, they’ll be boarding up.… • Read the rest...

We hit the roof

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Now that’s looking like an extension. The lads done great. Windows, roof …it could almost be finished. Except for the small matter of the internals. But now the inner wall has come down and we have an idea of what the new kitchen space will look like.… • Read the rest...

Things begin to take shape

Well, progress might best be described as “steady” rather than sensational, but it has been raining, and the council inspectors’ lack of instant availability doesn’t help that much. However, we’ve got a lot of the brick and blockwork in place. Doesn’t it look nice?… • Read the rest...

Baby Diary

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This is a diary we kept of Alex's development, from a few weeks of age to nearly three years old, presented as it was written at the time. • Read the rest...