Crawling through technology, life and love
Pool Paradise - GC on Wii
Podcasts - Chris Moyles, Mark Kermode and Stephen Fry
Bits and Bobs:
Gerry's Lyrics Pop Quiz
Sites I like:
Top 40 Singles
Some blogs I enjoy:
Books recently read:
Time Out Guide to Havana (and Cuba)
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks - William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac
At My Mother's Knee ... and Other Low Joints: The Autobiography - Paul O'Grady
Star Maker - Olaf Stapledon
My Booky Wook - Russell Brand
When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
Then We Come To The End - Joshua Ferris
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
The End of Mr. Y - Scarlett Thomas
I Never Knew That About London - Christopher Winn
The Arsenal Miscellany - Adam Gold
Young Hearts Run Free: The Real Story of the 1970s - Dave Haslam
Magical Thinking - Augusten Burroughs
Veronika Decides To Die - Paulo Coelho
Time Out Guide - Amsterdam
Lillian's Story - Kate Grenville
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Schott's Original Miscellany - Ben Schott
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling
A Gay History Of Britain - Matt Cook
Time Out Guide to Madrid
Time Out Guide to New York
Kingdom Come - J. G. Ballard
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Mutants - Aramand Marie Leroi
A Young Man's Passage - Julian Clary
Growing Pains - Billie Piper
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Highbury: The Story of Arsenal N.5 - Jon Spurling
Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - Rupert Everett
Affinity - Sarah Waters
Lighthousekeeping - Jeanette Winterson
Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Of Human Bondage - W Somerset Maugham
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Lucky Man - Michael J Fox
Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
The Pedant's Revolt - Andrea Barham
The Republic Of Trees - Sam Taylor
Written On tbe Body - Jeanette Winterson
Untold Stories - Alan Bennett
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
Read All About It - Max Clifford
The Folding Star - Alan Hollinghurst
Thursbitch - Alan Garner
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris
Staying Alive - Matt Beaumont
The Bookseller Of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince - J K Rowling
A Short History Of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
Count Karlstein - Philip Pullman
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst
The Double Life Of Daniel Glick - Maurice Caldera
The Smoking Diaries - Simon Gray
Straight- Boy George
Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
Deception Point - Dan Brown
The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Sydney - Time Out Guide
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
The Scarecrow and His Servant - Philip Pullman
Tha Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Planet Simpson - Chris Turner
The Line Of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst
Barcelona - Time Out Guide
The Closed Circle - Jonathan Coe
The Clerkenwell Tales - Peter Ackroyd
Copenhagen - TimeOut Guide
The Butterfly Tattoo - Philip Pullman
The Broken Bridge - Philip Pullman
In Search of the Pleasure Palace - Marc Almond
Brick Lane - Monica Ali
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
Last Exit To Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jr
You Shall Know Our Velocity - Dave Eggers
Touching The Void - Joe Simpson
Life Of Pi - Yann Martel
Istanbul - Time Out Guide
Millennium People - J G Ballard
The Duchess Who Wouldn't Sit Down - Jesse Browner
Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
Our Man In Havana - Graham Greene
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
Doran - Will Self
Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
the book, the film, the t-shirt - matt beaumont
High Society - Ben Elton
Man And Wife - Tony Parsons
I Was A Rat - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix - J R Rowling
Great Apes - Will Self
Barrel Fever - David Sedaris
Round Ireland With A Fridge - Tony Hawkes
Close Range - Annie Proux
The Third Way - Anthony Giddens
dot.con - John Cassidy
The Salmon of Doubt - Douglas Adams
One Hit Wonderland - Tony Hawkes
The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
The Cloud Sketcher - Richard Rayner
Keane: the Autobiography - Roy Keane
A Wasteland of Strangers - Bill Pronzini
The English - Jeremy Paxman
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - Toby Young
Dead Famous - Ben Elton
The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman (again)
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman (again)
Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman (again)
The Bear and The Dragon - Tom Clancy
101 Reykjavik - Hallgrimur Helgason
Forward The Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Carter Beats The Devil - Glen David Gold
The Tin Princess - Philip Pullman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Tiger In The Well - Philip Pullman
The Rotters Club - Jonathan Coe
Generation X - Douglas Copeland
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
All Families Are Psychotic - Douglas Coupland
The Shadow In The North - Phillip Pullman
No Logon - Naomi Klein
The Dirt - Motley Crue
Miss Wyoming - Douglas Coupland
The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman
Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman
The Ruby in the Smoke - Phillip Pullman
The Sandman - Miles Gibson
Blood and Gold: The Vampire Marius - Anne Rice
The Actrocity Exhibition - J G Ballard
Shameless - Paul Burston
Sing Out! - Boze Hadleigh
Brilliant Orange - David Winner
New Boy - William Sutcliffe
London - Peter Ackroyd
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
One For My Baby - Tony Parsons
How To Be Good - Nick Hornby
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
Lust - Geoff Ryman
Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach
Dead Souls - Ian Rankin
The House Of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
What a carve up! - Jonathan Coe
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
The Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Heartwood - James Lee Burke
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Man and Boy - Tony Parsons
The Map Of Love - Ahdaf Soueif
e - Matt Beaumont
The e Before Christmas - Matt Beaumont
Monday, August 31, 2009
On Saturday night we went to Slingbacks at The Rose on the Albert Embankment. The gorgeous Darren was DJing. We danced and danced. Well, apart from when the Elvis impersonator was on (no really). More snaps here.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wind turbines? We're big fans...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Disinterested vs Uninterested...
Someone at work just told me that they were disintersted in attending a meeting. I think that they actually meant that they were uninterested in going to it.
I think we've perhaps finally lost the battle on this one; 'disinterested' (impartial, doesn't take sides) has finally beaten the more lowly and now less used 'uninterested' (shows no interest) in common usage. Shame. I guess people would rather 'dis' than 'un'.
Arsenal 3-1 Celtic (agg 5-1)...
It was a thrilling game last night; a penalty that never was, Celtic in the most bizarre bumblebee strip and outstanding play throughout by the Gunners. So we're through. Phew!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Lego Video Games...
This is simply genius. Frogger, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Breakout, Tron and Asteroids faithfully recreated in stop motion Lego.
And here's Super Lego Mario
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Captain Pugwash, Master Bates, Seamen Stains et al...
There is a persistent urban legend, repeated by the now-defunct UK newspaper the Sunday Correspondent, which ascribes sexually suggestive names Ė such as Master Bates, Seaman Staines, and Roger the Cabin Boy Ė to Captain Pugwash's characters, and indicating that the captain's name was a slang Australian term for oral sex. John Ryan, Pugwash's creator, successfully sued both the Sunday Correspondent and The Guardian newspapers in 1991 for printing this legend as fact. In a stage show in Frome on 5 June 2009, Richard Digance claimed to have originated this urban legend in a 1970's sketch. A 25-year injunction preventing Digance making any further references to Captain Pugwash expired at the end of 2008 and the material is now part of his act.
The characters were actually Captain Pugwash, his crew; Master Mate, Barnabas, Willy, Tom the Cabin Boy and the Captain's mortal enemy Cut Throat Jake.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Doctor Who: Dreamland...
A new Doctor Who animated series called Dreamland is starting this Autumn. It will star David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and air in seven parts (six minutes each) starting in Autumn 2009 on BBC One's Red Button service and the official Doctor Who website. It will later be broadcast in its entirety on BBC Two and BBC HD.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth...
It was our first home game of the season and Paul and I were in seventh heaven. We'd moved into the Red Action area in Block 6 and were singing, dancing and jumping up and down for the whole ninety minutes. Great after noon and great result.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I walk past here everyday but I'm not sure I'd want to live there.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Shake Your Tail Feather...
Last night Stu and I went down to the Ritzy in Brixton to listen and watch Darren spin some tunes for Shake Your Tail Feather. Great fun.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
World Pride 2012...
2012 is going to be a busy year in London. First we got the Olympics, then there's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to celebrate. And now London has won the right to host World Pride in 2012 too. Heavens.
Here's the winning video bid (which brought a tear to my eye).
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Facebook for iPhone 3.0...
Coming very soon. So what's new in this update?
1. The "new" News Feed
3. Events (including the ability to RSVP)
6. Create new photo albums
7. Upload photos to any album
8. Zoom into photos
9. Easier photo tagging
10. Profile Pictures albums
11. A new home screen for easy access to all your stuff, search, and notifications
12. Add your favorite profiles and pages to the home screen
13. Better Notifications (they link to the comments so you can reply)
14. Quickly call or text people right from the Friends page
15. Messages you are typing will be restored if you quit or are interrupted by a phone call
Monday, August 17, 2009
Gays Up The Arse...
Last week Paul had a letter published in the Metro about homophobia (or lack of it) at football grounds. I have to say, I agree with last week's issue. We never experience any anti-gay feeling when we go up the Arse of a Saturday afternoon.
Jim and Phill's Big Day...
We were privileged to be invited to help celebrate part of Jim and Phill's big day. More snaps here.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I had a dilemma over the NHS recently.
We get private health cover at work and I had to see a specialist (for something fairly trivial I might add). The dilemma? Should I go NHS or should I go private for my treatment?
In the end I went NHS but was conscious I might be using up some of its valuable resources unnecessarily when the private healthcare was already paid for. Granted I'd probably have seen the same specialist in either option!
Did I do the right thing?
Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy...
This genius series, which consists of comic cartoon shorts unrelated to each other, is added to every month or so on YouTube at SethComedy. There have been twenty-three so far and will be fifty altogether. The series is similar to the "cutaway gags" of MacFarlane's TV series Family Guy. Since the twelfth episode, profanity has been uncensored. The first season will be released on DVD in the UK on September 21 2009. Right before my birthday (hint, hint).
Thursday, August 13, 2009
How To Open A Banana...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
1980s Sax Solos Rated...
Careless Whisper? Baker Street? Will You? True? What's you favourite 1980s sax solo? This guy has rated them all.
"I realized about 5 years ago that at some point in the 1980s, lots of the popular music started incorporating saxophone solos into their songs. Some of them are fine, but most of them are ridiculous to have in the songs. Below, I have attempted to separate the quality and appropriateness of the solos from what I think of the song as a whole..." Hear the solos and see the reviews here.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Matt's rooftop 40th. It was a brilliant afternoon; buckets of Pimms, cakes, great crowd, sweet family, sexy men, Punch & Jude (sic) and a live Kate Bush show. More snaps here.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Eminem meets Dr Who meets Benny Hill...
Friday, August 07, 2009
Periodic Table of Typefaces...
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Why can't gay men donate blood in the UK when they are able to donate organs? Here's the reasoning.
Ok, so let me get this right... apparently it's about discriminating against the sexual act, even if it was oral sex and it happened once, not against the population group. Yet there is no exclusion recommended for women who have ever had sex with a man who has ever had sex with man. If itís only based on sexual activity, this population group of women must carry the same risks as the excluded group.
It isnít about individuals and their sexual activity because this exclusion is recommended on the basis of epidemiological research at a population level, therefore it does discriminate against individuals (even if the intention behind it is worthy). It doesn't consider variation within the population group some of who will be zero-risk takers and others extreme-risk takers with the majority somewhere between.
But thatís a more complicated message to convey and the Blood Transfusion Service only has a limited resource to do it, but the BTS should at least be honest. Say that this will discriminate and scapegoat individuals but we believe itís in the common good to do so. The gay community should be able to cope with that, what is difficult to cope with is avoiding the issues and dressing them up in anti-discrimination terminology.
You make some good points. Something I'd not really thought about before.
Ultimately, it's about responsible self-exclusion/inclusion, isn't it?
For example, I recall one occasion when I was asked whether I had ever been to New York, which at the time was a ground for exclusion. I had recently returned from a visit, with my mother, staying with my aunt, and I led a more chaste life in that three weeks than at any other time in my entire post-pubescent existence. I made the decision, knowing that HIV etc are not air-borne, that that exclusion actually didn't apply to me.
I know from conversations with female friends and other observations that many 'respectable' straight women have multiple instances of unsafe sex in less-than-permanent relationships, yet very few 'respectable' women have HIV tests, except after sexual assault or work-based contact (eg health staff), so, to my mind, there is an evidential flaw in the assumptions about prevalence. I suppose a lot of women get picked up in antenatal settings, but I think the majority of women blood donors have probably not been to antenatal ever, or recently.
I use 'respectable' as clumsy shorthand for women - such as myself and most friends - who don't (knowingly) fall into the stated high-risk categories.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Beyonce dances to the Birdy Song...
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Brighton Pride (the next day)...
We had a lovely day on Sunday. The weather was fantastic so we pootled about on the seafront and at the various street parties. Here are some of the snaps I took on the day.
Monday, August 03, 2009
We had a lovely day on Saturday. Sure, the weather was pretty lousy towards the end of the afternoon when the heavens opened but that just meant we had the opportunity to huddle with some cute men in tents. Here are some of the snaps I took on the day.
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