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Posts archive for: May, 2006
  • Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living

    The other articles that caught my eye this week were one in the family section of Saturdays Guardian about giving up work to concentrate on life and another in todays Independent debunking the idea of work-life balance.

    Speaking as someone whose mobile phone started ringing at 4:45 this morning I think my life needs to get more balanced!

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  • Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

    It was interesting to read in the papers over the last three very wet days several articles about the "drought" and climate change. There are apparently flood warnings issued alongside the hosepipe bans at the moment.

    One article said that water companies blamed the lack of water in the south east on the effects of climate change which means it can rain heavily in the north and there be a surplus of water but not in the south which is why there are water shortages.

    So nothing to do with massive water losses through leaks then - apparently a third of the water in London is lost due to leaks. And nothing to do with massive under investment over many years which meant that while the population has grown the water supply hasn't. Also if there is ample water in other parts of the country why can't we pipe it to the south where demand is higher - after all we pipe oil and gas from the continent so why can't we pipe water from Scotland?

    Also in the news this week was the fact that old Ken Livingstone had blocked plans for a massive de-salination plant to serve London by turning sea water into drinking water. The reasons he gave were that they should do more to stop leaks and that it would create a huge amount of greenhouse gases. Obviously the water company were up in arms about this and a spokesman criticized the decision - obviously a different spokesman to the one who blamed the shortages on climate change then!!

    And still it rains....

  • Paint the whole world with a rainbow

    23-05-06_1812

    I've never seen so many rainbows - must have seen 40 of the buggers over the past few days. And there's a bloke down the road building a big wooden boat - says it's an ark or something!!

  • Now there's an odd thing!!

    I had a strange thing happen today - I phoned a technical support line as I was having problems making my Ipaq connect to the internet via my mobile phone. Not only did they call me back - exactly when they said they would, but the guy who phoned me knew what he was talking about and solved my problem. So ten out of ten to Vodaphone.

    This meant Sarah could e-mail me a shopping list and I wandered round tesco with a pda in my hand!! Sad eh?

  • All Jazzed up

    I went to see Sonny Rollins at the Barbican on Saturday night. It was a great show and wonderful to see one of the surviving legends of Jazz perform. Rollins is in his seventies now and has been playing jazz for over 50 years. he played with the greats, Miles, Coltrane and of course his childhood friend Monk.

    Apart from his sax the band consisted of Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion and Trombone!! Two sets worth of great music spanning over two hours. Highlights were the opening "Falling in Love is Wonderful" which set the standard for the night and the first set closer "Don't stop the carnival".

    There were some great solos from the band particularly percussionist Kimati Dinizulu and Trombonist Clifton Anderson but non as good as Rollins' 10 minute solo during "In a sentimantal mood" which stopped the show. Alone in a spotlight, centre stage dressed all in black with a white beard his body wobbling but the sax pure and clear, the solo included references such as Yankee Doodle and Country Gardens which brought chuckles from the crowd.

    A standing ovation brought an encore - even though the band never left the stage. A marvelous night with a fantastic sound system which allowed every little nuance of the music to heard clear as a bell. I did have the pleasure of a seat which was dead centre although it was just a little too far back. I hope he returns to the UK again soon and when he does I'd like to be there again.

  • Feeling myself again

    Today has been the first day since Good Friday that I've actually felt 100%, it's about time! I've actually managed three nights of uninterupted sleep which has helped. I don't like being ill and ended up feeling as if I was letting people down all the time.

    We didn't get to Bluebell hill for the Mayday sunrise which was the first time I've missed it since 1992. I didn't do three shows that I should have done at work - that's the first time I've done that in 23 years in the industry. The kids kept having to get the bus to work because I was too ill to drive them and having to find other ways to get to and from places because I couldn't say for sure I could do it.

    Anyway at least I'm over it now - onwards and upwards!!! Might even write about something else soon!

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