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For 2012

December 31, 2011

Last year, I laid out my goals for the year. If was a relatively modest list which I had no doubt I’d be able to plough through in no time at all. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. *pauses for breath* Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. At least I managed to [...]

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O2 suck: Problem now resolved.

November 30, 2011

UPDATE 5 DEC 11: Having been rather robust with my criticism it’s only fair now to be as forthright about the follow up from O2. The web team at O2 got in touch after my rather angry rant last Wednesday and asked me to email them with details, which I did on Thursday. I was [...]

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Unexpected rough seas

September 14, 2011

Hello, all the new people who’ve come here from BoingBoing or Kickstarter or Twitter. It’s nice to see you! You’ll have to excuse me for a moment, though, because this blog post contains 100% unadulterated and somewhat self-pitying me, and not much about Argleton (though I have plans… I do have plans.) I’m writing this partly [...]

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Phew

August 19, 2011

I’m almost too tired to write this, in fact, I am too tired to write this, but I’m going to write it anyway, even if I don’t quite know where it’s going. The last couple of months have been particularly intense and I feel like I am very much out of brain. Firstly, I finally [...]

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For 2011

December 20, 2010

My friend Terence Eden wrote a blog post at the end of November about his goals for 2011. I’ve never really been one for resolutions, knowing how easy they are to break, but goals I can get behind. My goal for 2011 is really very simple: Finish your open projects before you start any new ones. [...]

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Unpacking my first Graze box

January 20, 2010

I’ve just joined Graze, a service that mails you a box of fruit, nuts and other goodies for the princely sum of £2.99 per box (P&P included). A friend of mine suggested it the other day and I was so curious I signed up there and then. My first box came yesterday, and this is [...]

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Pay as you go

October 25, 2009

I have been on a lengthy crusade against the evil that is sugar, but must confess to mainly being on the losing side. The summer has been quite stressful and where once I lost my appetite when stressed now I seem to feel constant hunger. Part of that hunger is down to the amount of [...]

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RSI update: Success!

August 2, 2009

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while, but I’ve been a bit busy lately and have barely had time to pause for breath. Several months ago I started working on strengthening my shoulders at the gym – lots of machine work to try and improve the strength of my whole upper [...]

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Still alive!

July 12, 2009

Dear me, it’s been ages since I last wrote a blog post here. How things have changed since I first started Chocolate and Vodka seven years ago! Mainly, the problem has been one of time and energy. The last few years seem to have been an almost constant sequence of events and projects that have [...]

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Update

April 16, 2009

I’ve just 40 minutes of battery life left on my MacBook, and nowhere to plug it in. I might well be sitting in United’s “Economy Plus”, but they haven’t seen fit to install plugs for anyone wanting to, y’know, do work on an 11 hour flight. Things have been utterly insane of late. It’s hard [...]

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Let’s try and avoid the slice and dice, shall we?

February 24, 2009

In early November last year, I had steroid injections in both wrists to try and treat my carpal tunnel syndrome. After some initial side effects, the injections seemed to have done the trick. Instances of pins and needles in my hands over night decreased to nothing and I pretty much forgot that I’d had RSI. [...]

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A little bit, every day

January 1, 2009

Last year, psychologists discovered that humans aren’t really all that great at “willpower”: The brain has a limited capacity for self-regulation, so exerting willpower in one area often leads to backsliding in others. Another key discovery last year was made by Kevin, who found that if you overwhelm your body clock with exhaustion at the [...]

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Side effects come as standard

November 8, 2008

My physio warned me that the steroid injections would come with side effects, and he wasn’t wrong. To start with, a strange sense of tension in my wrists (that’ll be the extra fluid within the carpal tunnel, then) and then very faint pins and needles in my hands (that’ll be the extra fluid aggravating the [...]

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Steroid injections

November 4, 2008

I had my injections this afternoon. Let’s hope this is the end of things!

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The Graveyard Pumpkin

November 2, 2008

Since I met Kev, Hallowe’en has become much more important than it ever used to be. Out in the wild depths of Dorset we didn’t make Jack o’ Lanterns. In fact, I’d never made one until 2005, when we killed Kenny. This year I did the pumpkin carving on my own, which rather took some [...]

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