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Friday, November 30, 2007

Eco Media Player

Stephen Fry has blogged about it and today, with a big ol' trip coming up, I damn near bought one. Unfortunately I have a big ol' trip coming up, so can't really justify the cost. Yet. But I'm totally loving this:

Not the most beautiful thing in the world, but have you seen the features on it? Chief of course being the ability to wind the fucking thing up! I've suddenly fallen in love with the idea of cranking up my mp3 player. Let alone the fact that running out of battery will be a thing of the past. And given the length of time I'm about to spend in planes, trains and automobiles, that's no bad thing.

And then there's the phone-charger application, the SD card expansion slot and the torch. Yes, the torch! Alright, it's not a beautiful piece of sleek modern design with a smooth, intuitive interface, but then neither am I. And it, like me and the cockroaches, will eat your sleek designer ass alive when the apocalypse comes! *

It seems to retail most places for around £170, but eco-shop Green & Easy (part of a huge network of "green" online stores that I never even knew existed) has it up for about £130.

*I mean this quite literally.

Carry on reading...

Lessons Learned Today

1) Buying a new office chair from a shady place up Holloway Road and then wheeling it back home down aforementioned road and around Highbury Corner at the peak of school lunchtime is not advisable for those who wish to have a hassle-free day off.

Scenic Holloway Road

2) There is an adult store on Holloway Road called Zeitgeist. What the fuck?

Today has been very domestic. I bunked off the gym, did laundry, fetched chair, got rid of rubbish, did dishes, took recycling to various banks (annoyingly, the group of recycling skips next to our block has no bin for plastics. Why?) and just did some general cleaning. My sister and niece arrive at the end of the week to take in some London Christmas magic. Christ only knows what they're expecting, but I guess that's the point. Ba-bum!

I never blogged about my birthday! I made out like a bandit. Got travel guides for Australia & Bangkok plus a very handy travel journal from Dana & James, a beautiful frame job on my page of From Hell art from Alex, a nummy chocolate cake from Claudia & Morgan and a whole stack of stuff from the good folks at work: Dracula special edition DVD, Commando special edition DVD, Torture Garden DVD (the old Amicus film, not the fetish club night), Casting the Runes DVD, Tintin DVD Box Set, MR James Ghost Stories audio book as read by Derek Jacobi, Milk & Cheese vinyl figures, Galactus figurine (so cool!) and special guest signings in my card!

Can you see it yet?

Well done, lads! All in all a great birthday. Many thanks to all involved!

Holloway Rd photo courtesy of google image search and this guy.

Carry on reading...

Friday, November 23, 2007


So, it's my birthday today. And as befitting my birthday, I'm off work and chilling. Which is now a firm and fast rule for what happens on my birthday. But that's not what this post is about.

I am the Least Fun Cake in the World

Be Broadband, who I can't say enough good things about quite frankly, emailed me this morning with one of those obligatory "Hey hey, it's your birthday!" corporate e-cards that my mail box has been swamped with today. But the nice thing is they actually gave me a free day's worth of internet! Okay, so it's only about 55p worth of time, but it's a very nice gesture, and more than I ever got out of Virgin media. But that's not what this post is about.


A bunch of guys tried to snatch our till on Wednesday. A group of 7-10 guys clustered around the door while Tom (Nat's assistant/writer/young gadabout/retail hero) was upstairs by himself. Then they made a grab for the till, trying to hit the No Sale button. Tom threw himself on the till and yelled for help, and got a couple of smacks to the face for his troubles. But realising they weren't getting shit, they all took off. Nice one Tom! But that's not what this post is about.

Rarrgh! I write comedy for the BBC!

I've started reading nothing less than the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier, which is perfectly fitting for a birthday treat. How did I get this unavailable-outside-the-US gem? Never you mind. Anyway, that's not what this post is about.

We're ready for our close-up Mr O'Neill.

It would seem we've nailed down a date for the wedding next year. I, Andrew Salmond, and my fiancé, Alexandra Marais, will be tying the knot on the 1st August 2008. Mark it in your diaries, invites coming in the new year. And that's what this post is about! Hurrah!

Carry on reading...

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Have I mentioned how much I love Tom Waits? I have? Oh.

Too bad!

Ahh...this song always breaks my heart.

My favourite live Waits performance. The 1.48 mark knocks me every time.

How's THAT for self-indulgent!

Carry on reading...

'70's American Made

Welcome Back Kotter has got me all nostalgic. Beer and brandy have got me drunk. But full of love. Love for Beer, brandy, and American sitcom themes...

(You'll need to hit stop on this first flash bastard. I hate flash.)

Carry on reading...

Welcome Back Kotter

I'm at home, getting trashed, watching music videos on YouTube.

What's new?

I know, I know, it's been a while. What can I say? I've been indisposed. Between houses. Between connections.

But, hey, here I am, ready for duty and all that jazz. The boxes are unpacked and the broadband is up and running at last (a whip-smart 24meg ADSL2 connection with Be).

Dirty cartoons. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I will be blogging again, hopefully on something resembling a regular basis. If, y'know, that's something you might be interested in.

And it won't even all be YouTube links. What more can you ask?


Carry on reading...