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<strong>Canadian 2005 Music</strong><br />Always grateful to Pro for his end-of-year review.
December 26
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Canadian 2005 Music
Always grateful to Pro for his end-of-year review.
<strong>Flow</strong><br />For Christmas I received a pair of Flow AMP-5 bindings for my snowboard. This is me prepping for the real snow.
December 26
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Flow
For Christmas I received a pair of Flow AMP-5 bindings for my snowboard. This is me prepping for the real snow.
<strong>Surprise Present</strong><br />Nazar sent us a surprise present from California - some delicious olive oil. Thank you.
December 26
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Surprise Present
Nazar sent us a surprise present from California - some delicious olive oil. Thank you.
<strong>Oh Yes</strong><br />At the 11th hour, my London Marathon place is secured, thanks to the running club. :-D
December 22
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Oh Yes
At the 11th hour, my London Marathon place is secured, thanks to the running club. :-D
<strong>Samurai 2</strong><br />Last weekend I successfully completed the Times Samurai Sudoku ... and promptly forgot to send in the solution for entry to the prize draw. Doh!
December 21
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Samurai 2
Last weekend I successfully completed the Times Samurai Sudoku ... and promptly forgot to send in the solution for entry to the prize draw. Doh!
<strong>City Chambers</strong><br />Edinburgh City Chambers looking very cool indeed.
December 21
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City Chambers
Edinburgh City Chambers looking very cool indeed.
<strong>Treemendous</strong><br />Version 3.0 is now in operation. Next year I'll leaf out the tree gags; not sure what I'll branch out to, though...
December 13
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Treemendous
Version 3.0 is now in operation. Next year I'll leaf out the tree gags; not sure what I'll branch out to, though...
<strong>Tree 2005</strong><br />This year's tree, fresh from the yard. For reference next year: over 6 feet, £28.50. Buy a taller tree!
December 13
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Tree 2005
This year's tree, fresh from the yard. For reference next year: over 6 feet, £28.50. Buy a taller tree!
<strong>Samurai Sudoku</strong><br />Saturday's completed challenge ... but with errors. I blame the Times.
December 13
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Samurai Sudoku
Saturday's completed challenge ... but with errors. I blame the Times.
<strong>IT Fuel</strong><br />Red Bull for the IT profession. Thanks, Rich.
December 13
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IT Fuel
Red Bull for the IT profession. Thanks, Rich.
<strong>Edinburgh Christmas</strong><br />My parents were over on Saturday, so we took a walk around the market and a ride on the wheel. The market was cool, but the wheel was a rip-off. £2.50 for just over one continuous rotation. Grrr.
December 13
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Edinburgh Christmas
My parents were over on Saturday, so we took a walk around the market and a ride on the wheel. The market was cool, but the wheel was a rip-off. £2.50 for just over one continuous rotation. Grrr.
<strong><insert curse here></strong><br />
December 3
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<strong>Slim Podcasting</strong><br />The SlimDevices community is legendary. Latest version of the software handles podcast feed browsing and then streaming. SO cool.
December 2
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Slim Podcasting
The SlimDevices community is legendary. Latest version of the software handles podcast feed browsing and then streaming. SO cool.
<strong>Free WiFi</strong><br />Baroque on Broughton Street in Edinburgh offers free wireless access. For once, I had nothing to do with it.
November 20
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Free WiFi
Baroque on Broughton Street in Edinburgh offers free wireless access. For once, I had nothing to do with it.
<strong>Dinner</strong><br />A Frenchman, a Scotsman, an American and an Englishman went for dinner at an Italian restaurant. No joke! David Mery, me, Russ Beattie and Jim Hughes.
November 8
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Dinner
A Frenchman, a Scotsman, an American and an Englishman went for dinner at an Italian restaurant. No joke! David Mery, me, Russ Beattie and Jim Hughes.
<strong>MoMo</strong><br />Rafe & Jim, with Dan Applequist in the background.
November 8
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MoMo
Rafe & Jim, with Dan Applequist in the background.
<strong>Boxes</strong><br />World of boxes at Tate Modern.
November 8
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Boxes
World of boxes at Tate Modern.
<strong>MobileMonday London</strong><br />The first meeting - packed out.
November 7
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MobileMonday London
The first meeting - packed out.
<strong>Museum At Night</strong><br />Last night Jams had a job at the Museum of Scotland. Looks pretty cool, eh? Jams knows his lighting!
November 6
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Museum At Night
Last night Jams had a job at the Museum of Scotland. Looks pretty cool, eh? Jams knows his lighting!
<strong>View From...</strong><br />... Chateauneuf du Pape.
October 29
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View From...
... Chateauneuf du Pape.
<strong>Orange In Orange</strong><br />
October 29
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Orange In Orange
<strong>Poolside</strong><br />Relaxation Central.
October 29
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Poolside
Relaxation Central.
<strong>Cigars And Alcohol In The Pool</strong><br />Ian & Jams relaxing in the pool.
October 24
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Cigars And Alcohol In The Pool
Ian & Jams relaxing in the pool.
<strong>Happy Birthday</strong><br />Happy Birthday	Hazel!
October 24
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Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Hazel!
<strong>Patent</strong><br />Jams patented y-splitter delivers Russian Shandies without requiring a glass!
October 24
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Patent
Jams patented y-splitter delivers Russian Shandies without requiring a glass!
<strong>Provence</strong><br />En route for a week of fun in Provence.
October 24
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Provence
En route for a week of fun in Provence.
<strong>Hello Manolo</strong><br />Here they are: one pair of incredible Manolo Blahnik's.  This picture does 
not do them justice at all, plus they need a beautiful girl to be wearing them for the 
full effect.  :-D
October 18
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Hello Manolo
Here they are: one pair of incredible Manolo Blahnik's. This picture does not do them justice at all, plus they need a beautiful girl to be wearing them for the full effect. :-D
<strong>Hazel and the Magic Shooz</strong><br />After visits to Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, Hazel finally 
found a beautiful pair of shoes.  When we went for dinner last night, she waltzed off 
without me, saying she had everything she needed now...
October 18
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Hazel and the Magic Shooz
After visits to Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, Hazel finally found a beautiful pair of shoes. When we went for dinner last night, she waltzed off without me, saying she had everything she needed now...
<strong>SatC</strong><br />Yesterday Hazel and I went on a Sex and the City bus tour.  It was a very cool way 
to not only see so many of the locations, but also to see parts of New York we wouldn't 
have had time to otherwise.  We're sitting on Carrie's front stoop here.  :-D
October 18
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SatC
Yesterday Hazel and I went on a Sex and the City bus tour. It was a very cool way to not only see so many of the locations, but also to see parts of New York we wouldn't have had time to otherwise. We're sitting on Carrie's front stoop here. :-D
<strong>Knicks</strong><br />On Sunday we saw the New York Knicks getting beaten by one point, by the Dallas Mavericks.  Even though it was a pre-season game, the atmosphere was electric at the end.
October 18
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Knicks
On Sunday we saw the New York Knicks getting beaten by one point, by the Dallas Mavericks. Even though it was a pre-season game, the atmosphere was electric at the end.
<strong>Empire State Building</strong><br />
October 18
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Empire State Building
<strong>Hot By The Hudson</strong><br />We made all our flights on time (just!). Today the rain has stopped, and we've wandered around in glorious sunshine. I'm enjoying a sample of beers before Hazel decimates the holiday budget at Jimmy Choo. Stand by New York!
October 15
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Hot By The Hudson
We made all our flights on time (just!). Today the rain has stopped, and we've wandered around in glorious sunshine. I'm enjoying a sample of beers before Hazel decimates the holiday budget at Jimmy Choo. Stand by New York!
<strong>Mighty Muesli</strong><br />I picked up a tub of Mighty Muesli at Herbie (deli) the other day, after reading a short article about it in the shop. I was wary about quite how worthy it appeared, and how tasteless it might be, but after two large bowls I can confirm it is truly excellent, despite the hefty pricetag (the tub was £5.25). More information on www.mightymuesli.com .
October 12
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Mighty Muesli
I picked up a tub of Mighty Muesli at Herbie (deli) the other day, after reading a short article about it in the shop. I was wary about quite how worthy it appeared, and how tasteless it might be, but after two large bowls I can confirm it is truly excellent, despite the hefty pricetag (the tub was £5.25). More information on www.mightymuesli.com .
<strong>Salmon Teryaki</strong><br />Hazel cooked up a storm with this salmon teryaki. Yum yum yum.
October 12
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Salmon Teryaki
Hazel cooked up a storm with this salmon teryaki. Yum yum yum.
<strong>London Marathon 2006 Entry</strong><br />My entry for the 2006 London Marathon is now in the mail. It happens just two days before I turn 30, so fingers crossed my entry makes it through the ballot and I've got a few days in London. Training has resumed apace, and the cross-country season begins a week on Sunday. Muddy fun ahead!
September 27
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London Marathon 2006 Entry
My entry for the 2006 London Marathon is now in the mail. It happens just two days before I turn 30, so fingers crossed my entry makes it through the ballot and I've got a few days in London. Training has resumed apace, and the cross-country season begins a week on Sunday. Muddy fun ahead!
<strong>Named Crisps</strong><br />As Rich said, Burts Crisps tell you who made them, as well as which field the potatoes came from.
September 23
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Named Crisps
As Rich said, Burts Crisps tell you who made them, as well as which field the potatoes came from.
<strong>Rallying</strong><br />For Christmas, Hazel gave me a present to go driving at Knockhill, the only racing circuit in Scotland. Naturally, I couldn't go alone, so we both went at the weekend. It was excellent fun, just not long enough. Each driver was assessed, and a prize given for the best driver. No prizes for guessing who took the trophy (and it wasn't me)...
September 19
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Rallying
For Christmas, Hazel gave me a present to go driving at Knockhill, the only racing circuit in Scotland. Naturally, I couldn't go alone, so we both went at the weekend. It was excellent fun, just not long enough. Each driver was assessed, and a prize given for the best driver. No prizes for guessing who took the trophy (and it wasn't me)...
<strong>Scrubs Series 2</strong><br />My most wonderful girlfriend bought me Scrubs series 1 on DVD for my birthday. My addiction was mildly lessening after days of compulsive viewing, and then series 2 came out ... and the same day that same lovely girlfriend bought it for me. That ROCKS!
September 13
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Scrubs Series 2
My most wonderful girlfriend bought me Scrubs series 1 on DVD for my birthday. My addiction was mildly lessening after days of compulsive viewing, and then series 2 came out ... and the same day that same lovely girlfriend bought it for me. That ROCKS!
<strong>Microwave Meals</strong><br />In general I do my best to minimise the amount of cash I spend in supermarkets, preferring smaller, local shops, but tonight Viv & I took a trip to the 24hour Tesco. Microwave meals are long gone, it seems, with meal solutions taking their place.
September 13
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Microwave Meals
In general I do my best to minimise the amount of cash I spend in supermarkets, preferring smaller, local shops, but tonight Viv & I took a trip to the 24hour Tesco. Microwave meals are long gone, it seems, with meal solutions taking their place.
<strong>Sonicare</strong><br />After the crisps & ginger beer, something healthier. My dentist advised me to go electric in the toothbrushing department. This bad boy, the Philips Sonicare Elite 7800 Professional, not only does normal electric toothbrush things, it also does some sonic-style cleaning to keep my teeth healthy. Word!
September 5
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Sonicare
After the crisps & ginger beer, something healthier. My dentist advised me to go electric in the toothbrushing department. This bad boy, the Philips Sonicare Elite 7800 Professional, not only does normal electric toothbrush things, it also does some sonic-style cleaning to keep my teeth healthy. Word!
<strong>Bundaberg Ginger Beer</strong><br />Better known for rum, this bottle caught my eye at lunchtime.
September 2
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Bundaberg Ginger Beer
Better known for rum, this bottle caught my eye at lunchtime.
<strong>Firecracker Lobster</strong><br />That's probably a good name for a band -- something electronic. They were interesting crisps. The UK seems to have a proliferation of crazy flavours and crisp makers. Is it the same elsewhere?
September 2
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Firecracker Lobster
That's probably a good name for a band -- something electronic. They were interesting crisps. The UK seems to have a proliferation of crazy flavours and crisp makers. Is it the same elsewhere?
<strong>PipeFest</strong><br />Good turnout for the mass gathering. Nice weather too.
August 21
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PipeFest
Good turnout for the mass gathering. Nice weather too.
<strong>Famous</strong><br />Jamie Theakston & Daniel Kitson in the secret special festival bar.
August 19
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Famous
Jamie Theakston & Daniel Kitson in the secret special festival bar.
<strong>Balagan</strong><br />Final picture.
August 17
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Balagan
Final picture.
<strong>Balagan</strong><br />
August 17
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Balagan
<strong>Balagan</strong><br />Last night Hazel & I saw Balagan at Assembly @ St. George's. It was BRILLIANT! Music, gymnastics, humour, singing, acrobatics plus an incrcdible changing backdrop made for a great show. This is a must-see.
August 17
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Balagan
Last night Hazel & I saw Balagan at Assembly @ St. George's. It was BRILLIANT! Music, gymnastics, humour, singing, acrobatics plus an incrcdible changing backdrop made for a great show. This is a must-see.
<strong>Laidback Gaming</strong><br />Playing old-school Asteroid at the EIEF.
August 15
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Laidback Gaming
Playing old-school Asteroid at the EIEF.
<strong>Versus</strong><br />Four player game craziness on the big screen at the EIEF.
August 11
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Versus
Four player game craziness on the big screen at the EIEF.
<strong>EIEF</strong><br />At the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival. It's way cool!
August 11
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EIEF
At the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival. It's way cool!
<strong>Complain Complain</strong><br />Ken complaining about a lack of site updates, when he should have been fixing the network!
August 10
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Complain Complain
Ken complaining about a lack of site updates, when he should have been fixing the network!
<strong>Sunny Clyde</strong><br />Sunday was a lovely sunny day in Glasgow. This is looking down the Clyde, towards the Science Centre, on the site of the Garden Festival.
August 1
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Sunny Clyde
Sunday was a lovely sunny day in Glasgow. This is looking down the Clyde, towards the Science Centre, on the site of the Garden Festival.
<strong>Vintage Port</strong><br />This 1963 bottle of Graham vintage port wine was a very nice present to my dad. This afternoon we decanted it, and tonight we thoroughly enjoyed drinking it. The debris (it requires a much more substantial word then sediment) left in the bottle was incredible. Look carefully at the picture.
July 31
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Vintage Port
This 1963 bottle of Graham vintage port wine was a very nice present to my dad. This afternoon we decanted it, and tonight we thoroughly enjoyed drinking it. The debris (it requires a much more substantial word then sediment) left in the bottle was incredible. Look carefully at the picture.
<strong>Online Poker</strong><br />After watching Poker on TV, my dad and brother decided to try their luck online. They're winning so far!
July 30
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Online Poker
After watching Poker on TV, my dad and brother decided to try their luck online. They're winning so far!
<strong>Babies-o-rama</strong><br />Although Josh is not yet 6 months old, his magnetic personality draws other kids in.
July 30
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Babies-o-rama
Although Josh is not yet 6 months old, his magnetic personality draws other kids in.
<strong>Josh Is Christened</strong><br />
July 26
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Josh Is Christened
<strong>Difficult Su Doku</strong><br />My first and second difficult rated Su Doku, complete.
July 26
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Difficult Su Doku
My first and second difficult rated Su Doku, complete.
<strong>Wonka</strong><br />No golden ticket for me. Must try again!
July 26
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Wonka
No golden ticket for me. Must try again!
<strong>Rat Race 2005</strong><br />Hanging out at the finishing line of the 2005 Rat Race in Edinburgh. Next year...
July 17
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Rat Race 2005
Hanging out at the finishing line of the 2005 Rat Race in Edinburgh. Next year...
<strong>Tesco Self Checkout</strong><br />No more need for checkout staff at Tesco. Worked pretty well.
July 17
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Tesco Self Checkout
No more need for checkout staff at Tesco. Worked pretty well.
<strong>eBay Gets Religion</strong><br />One of the many borrowed variants of the eBay logo & styling.
July 17
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eBay Gets Religion
One of the many borrowed variants of the eBay logo & styling.
<strong>Calton Hill</strong><br />
July 17
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Calton Hill
<strong>Happy 30th Rich</strong><br />A quality night out for Rich's 30th birthday. Congratulations, dude!
July 17
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Happy 30th Rich
A quality night out for Rich's 30th birthday. Congratulations, dude!
<strong>Going, Going</strong><br />Time to leave. :-(
July 15
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Going, Going
Time to leave. :-(
<strong>Last Day</strong><br />Gorgeous sunshine for Thursday, our last full day on holiday.
July 15
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Last Day
Gorgeous sunshine for Thursday, our last full day on holiday.
<strong>Montalcino</strong><br />The real place to go for fine wine! I *love* this picture of Hazel on the tower wall. After a brief visit to Pienza (sp) we stopped here before flipping, once again, to the east coast. Tonight we're about Pineto, north of Pescara, beside the beach and keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine on our last full day.
July 13
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Montalcino
The real place to go for fine wine! I *love* this picture of Hazel on the tower wall. After a brief visit to Pienza (sp) we stopped here before flipping, once again, to the east coast. Tonight we're about Pineto, north of Pescara, beside the beach and keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine on our last full day.
<strong>Tuesday</strong><br />We took it very easy, apart from a big walk in the hills.
July 13
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Tuesday
We took it very easy, apart from a big walk in the hills.
<strong>Croatia, Croatia...</strong><br />Despite the reason for being in Italy was to get to Croatia, we've decided to remain in the boot. I'd have turned a four-day visit into a speed tour of the country, when what we both want to do is totally relax. To that end, we traversed the country once more and are again in Tuscany, staying at La Crocetta in San Casciano dei Bagni (www.agriturismolacrocetta.it). We were attracted by the promise of delicious food made by one of the owners, and were VERY happy with dinner last night. Right now we're lying in lhe garden, pondering a wander into San Casciano for a lunchtime beer. :-D
July 11
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Croatia, Croatia...
Despite the reason for being in Italy was to get to Croatia, we've decided to remain in the boot. I'd have turned a four-day visit into a speed tour of the country, when what we both want to do is totally relax. To that end, we traversed the country once more and are again in Tuscany, staying at La Crocetta in San Casciano dei Bagni (www.agriturismolacrocetta.it). We were attracted by the promise of delicious food made by one of the owners, and were VERY happy with dinner last night. Right now we're lying in lhe garden, pondering a wander into San Casciano for a lunchtime beer. :-D
<strong>San Marino</strong><br />On Sunday we visited San Marino. My impression of the republic before we visited was of an upmarket, pretty place with some interesting history, thus we made the two hour  journey through *torrential* rain. In reality, the San Marino we found was full of the worst kind of tourist trash: shop after shop of cheap perfume, watches, fake bags & clothes, not to mention swords, knives & guns (really). The people we met did nothing to improve our impression. They seemed bored and really fed-up. The town was pretty, but we left quickly.
July 11
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San Marino
On Sunday we visited San Marino. My impression of the republic before we visited was of an upmarket, pretty place with some interesting history, thus we made the two hour journey through *torrential* rain. In reality, the San Marino we found was full of the worst kind of tourist trash: shop after shop of cheap perfume, watches, fake bags & clothes, not to mention swords, knives & guns (really). The people we met did nothing to improve our impression. They seemed bored and really fed-up. The town was pretty, but we left quickly.
<strong>Firenze</strong><br />The rooftops of Florence from the top of the Duomo.  We've now moved to a micro-location called Campegna in Marches to form a plan of action.
July 10
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Firenze
The rooftops of Florence from the top of the Duomo. We've now moved to a micro-location called Campegna in Marches to form a plan of action.
<strong>Friday Night...</strong><br />... is music night, in Pizza la Repubblica.
July 9
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Friday Night...
... is music night, in Pizza la Repubblica.
<strong>Food</strong><br />Yesterday we ate at an excellent restaurant called Coquinarius in central Florence. Highly recommended.
July 8
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Food
Yesterday we ate at an excellent restaurant called Coquinarius in central Florence. Highly recommended.
<strong>Project Gotham</strong><br />Last year I lost a few days racing around here on my X-box. Now I've shortened my life by a few years by driving along here for real. ;-)
July 7
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Project Gotham
Last year I lost a few days racing around here on my X-box. Now I've shortened my life by a few years by driving along here for real. ;-)
<strong>Siena</strong><br />We took a few hours in Siena before driving to Florence (Firenze). Luckily we decided to give ourselves 2.5hrs to do what should have been a one hour trip. We got to Florence without issue, but then spent almost two hours trying to navigate the streets, even with expert direction from Hazel. Having put the Punto through the tightest of gaps (we had to fold the wing mirrors in), my driving skills are much improved. Just as well no-one will ever know about our excursion through the pedestrianised city centre and discussion with six unimpressed carabineri. ;-)
July 7
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Siena
We took a few hours in Siena before driving to Florence (Firenze). Luckily we decided to give ourselves 2.5hrs to do what should have been a one hour trip. We got to Florence without issue, but then spent almost two hours trying to navigate the streets, even with expert direction from Hazel. Having put the Punto through the tightest of gaps (we had to fold the wing mirrors in), my driving skills are much improved. Just as well no-one will ever know about our excursion through the pedestrianised city centre and discussion with six unimpressed carabineri. ;-)
<strong>Goodbye Chianti</strong><br />We left Chianti  for Siena & Florence yesterday, with a nice bottle that used to live in these barrels.
July 7
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Goodbye Chianti
We left Chianti for Siena & Florence yesterday, with a nice bottle that used to live in these barrels.
<strong>princes street closed</strong><br />not sure why but obviously things are a little tense given the situation in London. (richlloyd)
July 7
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princes street closed
not sure why but obviously things are a little tense given the situation in London. (richlloyd)
<strong>Rush hour</strong><br />50,000 people head home after the concert. (richlloyd)
July 7
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Rush hour
50,000 people head home after the concert. (richlloyd)
<strong>Live8 Edinburgh</strong><br />The last of the Live8 concerts as it happens. Thanks to Duncan for the stadium photos. (richlloyd)
July 6
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Live8 Edinburgh
The last of the Live8 concerts as it happens. Thanks to Duncan for the stadium photos. (richlloyd)
<strong>Half an hour to go at Live8
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July 6
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Half an hour to go at Live8
<strong>Greve</strong><br />We had a lazy day on Tuesday, with a wander around town, lunch, lazing by the pool and then dinner. There was a small (rock|pop) concert in the square during dinner.
July 6
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Greve
We had a lazy day on Tuesday, with a wander around town, lunch, lazing by the pool and then dinner. There was a small (rock|pop) concert in the square during dinner.
<strong>Chianti</strong><br />We've moved north and west to Greve in Chianti, staying on a vineyard here: fattoriaviticcio.com. The last piece of advice I was given before leaving the office was: no matter how fast you drive in Italy, there will always be someone going faster. Despite 'making good progress' on the autostrada today, an Audi appeared behind me like our car was stationary!
July 4
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Chianti
We've moved north and west to Greve in Chianti, staying on a vineyard here: fattoriaviticcio.com. The last piece of advice I was given before leaving the office was: no matter how fast you drive in Italy, there will always be someone going faster. Despite 'making good progress' on the autostrada today, an Audi appeared behind me like our car was stationary!
<strong>Beautiful Girl, Beautiful Architecture</strong><br />From Montepulciano.
July 4
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Beautiful Girl, Beautiful Architecture
From Montepulciano.
<strong>Montepulciano</strong><br />A glass of MontepuIciano in Montepulciano, at the cool Sax Wine Bar.
July 4
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Montepulciano
A glass of MontepuIciano in Montepulciano, at the cool Sax Wine Bar.
<strong>G8 protests get a little more heated</strong><br />Some groups clash with police in Edinburgh. (richlloyd)
July 4
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G8 protests get a little more heated
Some groups clash with police in Edinburgh. (richlloyd)
<strong>Macerata</strong><br />Today after a traditional breakfast we headed to Macerata, a typical central Italian town. We wandered about, lay in the gardens and generally soaked up the experience. Tonight we ate pizza, drank beer and watched local 5-a-side football in San Severino. All good!
July 3
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Macerata
Today after a traditional breakfast we headed to Macerata, a typical central Italian town. We wandered about, lay in the gardens and generally soaked up the experience. Tonight we ate pizza, drank beer and watched local 5-a-side football in San Severino. All good!
<strong>Saturday Italy</strong><br />Classic architecture, warm 10pm weather and football in the middle of town.  Add superb company, a quality dinner (juno999.it) and drinks for EUR 42 and everything's looking good!  Being on holiday rocks.
July 2
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Saturday Italy
Classic architecture, warm 10pm weather and football in the middle of town. Add superb company, a quality dinner (juno999.it) and drinks for EUR 42 and everything's looking good! Being on holiday rocks.
<strong>Wine Rack</strong><br />The wine rack at the Radisson Stansted hotel.  There was a lady on wires dancing up and down to select each bottle.
July 1
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Wine Rack
The wine rack at the Radisson Stansted hotel. There was a lady on wires dancing up and down to select each bottle.
<strong>Boarding Up</strong><br />Shops on the march routes in Edinburgh board up ahead of the weekend.
July 1
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Boarding Up
Shops on the march routes in Edinburgh board up ahead of the weekend.
<strong>Anti-G8</strong><br />The first anti-G8 poster I've seen in town.
June 28
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Anti-G8
The first anti-G8 poster I've seen in town.
<strong>Nags</strong><br />Tonight I met my parents at Musselburgh Racecourse for the evening meet. Mostly I was giving my money to the turf accountants, but my rents were slightly luckier. Back to work it is, then.
June 27
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Nags
Tonight I met my parents at Musselburgh Racecourse for the evening meet. Mostly I was giving my money to the turf accountants, but my rents were slightly luckier. Back to work it is, then.
<strong>View From</strong><br />Jams & Deek's view of the timber being hoisted into the kitchen. Genius knot-work by Rich!
June 26
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View From
Jams & Deek's view of the timber being hoisted into the kitchen. Genius knot-work by Rich!
<strong>Loading Up</strong><br />Jams roped Rich, Deek & I into helping him shift some wood for his new kitchen. Loading the truck was EASY, compared to the unload and carry of 15 sheets of MDF weighing 35kg each up three flights of Edinburgh tenament stairs. The things you do for friends. ;-)
June 26
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Loading Up
Jams roped Rich, Deek & I into helping him shift some wood for his new kitchen. Loading the truck was EASY, compared to the unload and carry of 15 sheets of MDF weighing 35kg each up three flights of Edinburgh tenament stairs. The things you do for friends. ;-)
<strong>Pavement Information</strong><br />A veritable overload of information by Edinburgh Council saying they are regenerating the main road I live close to.  Why does it need regenerated?  Could it be due to stupid council-imposed parking restrictions???  In reality all they're doing is fixing the pavement.  And putting up big signs. I'd love to know how much the jargon-laiden metal cost...
June 26
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Pavement Information
A veritable overload of information by Edinburgh Council saying they are regenerating the main road I live close to. Why does it need regenerated? Could it be due to stupid council-imposed parking restrictions??? In reality all they're doing is fixing the pavement. And putting up big signs. I'd love to know how much the jargon-laiden metal cost...
<strong>Goodbye Old Phone</strong><br />My mum upgraded her phone today. Her trusty Nokia 402(?) has lasted about 6 years.
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Goodbye Old Phone
My mum upgraded her phone today. Her trusty Nokia 402(?) has lasted about 6 years.
<strong>Martin Wishart</strong><br />We had a mighty lunch at Martin Wishart in Leith today. Fine dining to the max. This was the superb cheeseboard.
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Martin Wishart
We had a mighty lunch at Martin Wishart in Leith today. Fine dining to the max. This was the superb cheeseboard.
<strong>ATC</strong><br />The very cool-looking new air traffic control tower at Edinburgh Airport.
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ATC
The very cool-looking new air traffic control tower at Edinburgh Airport.
<strong>R.E.M. On Stage At Balloch 2</strong><br />
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R.E.M. On Stage At Balloch 2
<strong>R.E.M. On Stage At Balloch</strong><br />
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R.E.M. On Stage At Balloch
<strong>Balloch</strong><br />A lot of people ... and a stage.
June 18
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Balloch
A lot of people ... and a stage.
<strong>Barry Cryer and Colin Sell</strong><br />Quality comedy.
June 11
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Barry Cryer and Colin Sell
Quality comedy.
<strong>R.E.M. Tickets Are Here</strong><br />I'll be off to Balloch. Amusingly, my parents will see them before me after winning tickets to the Glasgow Green gig.
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R.E.M. Tickets Are Here
I'll be off to Balloch. Amusingly, my parents will see them before me after winning tickets to the Glasgow Green gig.
<strong>Podcast Listening</strong><br />My first podcast listen (tartanpodcast.co.uk).
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Podcast Listening
My first podcast listen (tartanpodcast.co.uk).
<strong>Come Dance</strong><br />As I was walking along Princes Street tonight, I heard a band, and saw people dancing. Open air ceilidh (Scottish) dancing! It was a perfect night for it, too -- almost balmy. Sometimes Edinburgh just totally rocks.
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Come Dance
As I was walking along Princes Street tonight, I heard a band, and saw people dancing. Open air ceilidh (Scottish) dancing! It was a perfect night for it, too -- almost balmy. Sometimes Edinburgh just totally rocks.
<strong>Calm Down!</strong><br />Jack tells Bob to cool his jets.
June 5
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Calm Down!
Jack tells Bob to cool his jets.
<strong>Bud</strong><br />Pail under the urinal. Nothing more to be said.
June 1
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Bud
Pail under the urinal. Nothing more to be said.
<strong>Underberg</strong><br />Just wrong.
June 1
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Underberg
Just wrong.
<strong>A380</strong><br />OK, so you *really* have to look hard, but there IS an Airbus A380 just over the buildings. Looks different ... and distinctive.
June 1
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A380
OK, so you *really* have to look hard, but there IS an Airbus A380 just over the buildings. Looks different ... and distinctive.
<strong>Hamburg 2</strong><br />Expensive shops!
June 1
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Hamburg 2
Expensive shops!
<strong>Hamburg 1</strong><br />
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Hamburg 1
<strong>Photo Shoot</strong><br />Schwarzkopf photo shoot @ 25 hours hotel. It seriously was that cool.
June 1
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Photo Shoot
Schwarzkopf photo shoot @ 25 hours hotel. It seriously was that cool.
<strong>Oxygen</strong><br />The girls looking uber chic after buying their peppermint oxygen in the 25 hours hotel.
June 1
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Oxygen
The girls looking uber chic after buying their peppermint oxygen in the 25 hours hotel.
<strong>Dietmar and Birte</strong><br />Married!
May 29
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Dietmar and Birte
Married!
<strong>Sunny Wedding</strong><br />Dietmar & Birte's wedding in Eutin yesterday. All the ladies looked stunning and the kilted gents looked sharp. Everyone survived their hangovers, no-one got shot, the speeches were excellent and the dancing top-notch. It's been an epic weekend with an incredible group of friends.
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Sunny Wedding
Dietmar & Birte's wedding in Eutin yesterday. All the ladies looked stunning and the kilted gents looked sharp. Everyone survived their hangovers, no-one got shot, the speeches were excellent and the dancing top-notch. It's been an epic weekend with an incredible group of friends.
<strong>Beer In The Afternoon</strong><br />In the sunshine. It would be wrong not to.
May 27
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Beer In The Afternoon
In the sunshine. It would be wrong not to.
<strong>Married</strong><br />Dietmar & Birte are married!
May 27
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Married
Dietmar & Birte are married!
<strong>Irresponsible</strong><br />It would NOT be wise to go for many many drinks with the couple-to-be on the night before. Would it?
May 26
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Irresponsible
It would NOT be wise to go for many many drinks with the couple-to-be on the night before. Would it?
<strong>Das Choons</strong><br />Coming out on old skool vinyyyyyl.
May 26
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Das Choons
Coming out on old skool vinyyyyyl.
<strong>Eutin</strong><br />We're ALL in Eutin, near Hamburg, for Dietmar & Birte's wedding. Metres of beer all round.
May 26
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Eutin
We're ALL in Eutin, near Hamburg, for Dietmar & Birte's wedding. Metres of beer all round.
<strong>Office Move</strong><br />Time to tidy out!
May 26
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Office Move
Time to tidy out!
<strong>No Cheques</strong><br />For many years I've felt that cheques (or checks, if you're American and can't spell ;-), suck. It's good to see them being put in their place! Electronic all the way. :-D
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No Cheques
For many years I've felt that cheques (or checks, if you're American and can't spell ;-), suck. It's good to see them being put in their place! Electronic all the way. :-D
<strong>Cable</strong><br />If you're going to neaten up loose cables, be sure to cut the right one, not the expensive TV aerial. Basics. D'oh!
May 22
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Cable
If you're going to neaten up loose cables, be sure to cut the right one, not the expensive TV aerial. Basics. D'oh!
<strong>Millionaire</strong><br />I'm a millionaire ... unfortunately only in Turkey, and in their old currency. In the real world this isn't enough for a round. Back to work it is, then.
May 18
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Millionaire
I'm a millionaire ... unfortunately only in Turkey, and in their old currency. In the real world this isn't enough for a round. Back to work it is, then.
<strong>I'm A Millionaire</strong><br />Unfortunately only in Turkey. In the real world this isn't enough for a round. Back to work it is, then.
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I'm A Millionaire
Unfortunately only in Turkey. In the real world this isn't enough for a round. Back to work it is, then.
<strong>Currencies New & Old</strong><br />Euros, French Francs & Deutsche Marks.
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Currencies New & Old
Euros, French Francs & Deutsche Marks.
<strong>Blog Meet</strong><br />A great get-together at the Jolly Judge. Thanks for the beer, Ali.
May 14
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Blog Meet
A great get-together at the Jolly Judge. Thanks for the beer, Ali.
<strong>Favourite Buildings</strong><br />I love this old tram terminus & power building in Stockbridge.
May 14
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Favourite Buildings
I love this old tram terminus & power building in Stockbridge.
<strong>Groove Armada</strong><br />I'm practically on stage with them!
May 7
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Groove Armada
I'm practically on stage with them!
<strong>Election Coverage</strong><br />As expected, Tony keeps the keys to Downing Street.
May 6
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Election Coverage
As expected, Tony keeps the keys to Downing Street.
<strong>Peter Snow</strong><br />No election night is complete without crazy stats and ridiculous images from Mr Snow.
May 6
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Peter Snow
No election night is complete without crazy stats and ridiculous images from Mr Snow.
<strong>Polling Station</strong><br />After voting. Alarmingly, my voting card did not arrive in the post, yet without showing any ID I was able to vote.
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Polling Station
After voting. Alarmingly, my voting card did not arrive in the post, yet without showing any ID I was able to vote.
<strong>Monday Kalpna</strong><br />Delicious thali at the Kalpna. Just not big enough!
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Monday Kalpna
Delicious thali at the Kalpna. Just not big enough!
<strong>Tesco.com Delivers...</strong><br />... knocks a huge communal bin over, then drives off. If your Edinburgh-area delivery van has a registration starting W483 and sports a broken rear offside brakelight, ask the driver if they would mind being a little more careful when executing 3 point turns and significantly more thoughtful if they do manage to do something stupid. Having Tesco on the side of the van makes it kind-of easy to work out whodunnit. :-|
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Tesco.com Delivers...
... knocks a huge communal bin over, then drives off. If your Edinburgh-area delivery van has a registration starting W483 and sports a broken rear offside brakelight, ask the driver if they would mind being a little more careful when executing 3 point turns and significantly more thoughtful if they do manage to do something stupid. Having Tesco on the side of the van makes it kind-of easy to work out whodunnit. :-|
<strong>Cherry Blossom</strong><br />It's that time of year, and the tree is looking incredible.
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Cherry Blossom
It's that time of year, and the tree is looking incredible.
<strong>Chewits Return</strong><br />How old-skool are these???
April 22
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Chewits Return
How old-skool are these???
<strong>Beer</strong><br />I'm trying to get back off the wagon. ;-)  In case you ever wondered what five pounds worth of beer looks like, this is it: one pint of Nastro Azzuro in Ricks.
April 20
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I'm trying to get back off the wagon. ;-) In case you ever wondered what five pounds worth of beer looks like, this is it: one pint of Nastro Azzuro in Ricks.
<strong>Eye See London</strong><br />We went on the London Eye yesterday. Definitely a very recommended thing to do.
April 20
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Eye See London
We went on the London Eye yesterday. Definitely a very recommended thing to do.
<strong>Marathon Medal</strong><br />
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Marathon Medal
<strong>London Marathon: Complete</strong><br />Yesterday's marathon was incredible, and something that will stay with me forever.

My time was about 4hrs 26mins which was slower than I'd wanted in my secret plan (sub-4hrs was the goal), but the weather was too much for me. Not rain & cold, but too much sun! My shoulders, neck & head are all bright red and I had sunstroke last night. Back on track today, though.

HUGE thanks to my brother, my parents, Al & Ann for turning out to cheer me on, and special thanks to Hazel for looking after me last night, too. Time for sightseeing now.
April 18
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London Marathon: Complete
Yesterday's marathon was incredible, and something that will stay with me forever. My time was about 4hrs 26mins which was slower than I'd wanted in my secret plan (sub-4hrs was the goal), but the weather was too much for me. Not rain & cold, but too much sun! My shoulders, neck & head are all bright red and I had sunstroke last night. Back on track today, though. HUGE thanks to my brother, my parents, Al & Ann for turning out to cheer me on, and special thanks to Hazel for looking after me last night, too. Time for sightseeing now.
<strong>Home Check-In</strong><br />British Airways lets me check-in up to 24hours ahead of take-off AND I can print my own boarding card. Word!
April 15
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Home Check-In
British Airways lets me check-in up to 24hours ahead of take-off AND I can print my own boarding card. Word!
<strong>Shower!</strong><br />Now that's what I call a shower. In the BA lounge in Heathrow. Miracles do happen. ;-)
April 9
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Shower!
Now that's what I call a shower. In the BA lounge in Heathrow. Miracles do happen. ;-)
<strong>NBA</strong><br />I'm *finally* at an NBA game: Warriors vs ROCKETS! OH YES!!!
April 6
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I'm *finally* at an NBA game: Warriors vs ROCKETS! OH YES!!!
<strong>Reasons To Live In California</strong><br />Sitting outside at lunchtime in this environment is very 
very nice indeed.
April 5
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Reasons To Live In California
Sitting outside at lunchtime in this environment is very very nice indeed.
<strong>Mobile Monday</strong><br />Here's a pic of everyone with a cameraphone taking a pic of everyone else 
with a cameraphone.  There's a whole flickr world of them.  I'll post that link as a comment.
April 5
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Mobile Monday
Here's a pic of everyone with a cameraphone taking a pic of everyone else with a cameraphone. There's a whole flickr world of them. I'll post that link as a comment.
<strong>MobileMonday</strong><br />Bluetooth central!
April 5
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MobileMonday
Bluetooth central!
<strong>Wet SF</strong><br />Finally there's a weekend day I'm not running, working or doing laundry, so I head to the city ... and the heavens open. Luckily, there's a quality wine bar close by!
April 4
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Wet SF
Finally there's a weekend day I'm not running, working or doing laundry, so I head to the city ... and the heavens open. Luckily, there's a quality wine bar close by!
<strong>Diego And Russ</strong><br />Yesterday I met up with Diego and Russ for a barbecue and general 
Saturday hanging out.  After one visit to Krispy Kreme and a tour of the Googleplex, we 
headed over to Fry's and can't have spent any less than an hour and a half wandering around.
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Diego And Russ
Yesterday I met up with Diego and Russ for a barbecue and general Saturday hanging out. After one visit to Krispy Kreme and a tour of the Googleplex, we headed over to Fry's and can't have spent any less than an hour and a half wandering around.
<strong>Russ Dances</strong><br />Russ caught trying out the Dance Dance Revolution in Fry's.
April 3
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Russ Dances
Russ caught trying out the Dance Dance Revolution in Fry's.
<strong>Krispy Kreme</strong><br />Mmmm!
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Krispy Kreme
Mmmm!
<strong>How Many Types Of Milk Are There?</strong><br />Last night I went to the market to get some milk. 
After just over two hours trying to decipher the labels on the shelves, I gave up and 
bought some flavoured water instead.
March 29
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How Many Types Of Milk Are There?
Last night I went to the market to get some milk. After just over two hours trying to decipher the labels on the shelves, I gave up and bought some flavoured water instead.
<strong>Californian Rain</strong><br />Where has the nice weather I'm used to gone?  Rain, rain, rain...
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Californian Rain
Where has the nice weather I'm used to gone? Rain, rain, rain...
<strong>Wheels 2</strong><br />This time I've got a Pontiac Grand Am V6.  Lucky I didn't request a large car, 
eh?  ;-)
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Wheels 2
This time I've got a Pontiac Grand Am V6. Lucky I didn't request a large car, eh? ;-)
<strong>New Soundz</strong><br />One swift trip to Tower Rekkids and I've got a bagful of new tunes, mostly 
from groups I've never heard before.  Nice.
March 24
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New Soundz
One swift trip to Tower Rekkids and I've got a bagful of new tunes, mostly from groups I've never heard before. Nice.
<strong>AMP Part 2</strong><br />OK, I survived ... just.  This picture doesn't quite get the radioactive 
colour of the drink, but I certainly do feel much more awake.  I'm fairly sure I could get 
addicted to this stuff, so probably best it's not available in the UK.
March 23
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AMP Part 2
OK, I survived ... just. This picture doesn't quite get the radioactive colour of the drink, but I certainly do feel much more awake. I'm fairly sure I could get addicted to this stuff, so probably best it's not available in the UK.
<strong>Mountain Dew AMP</strong><br />As if Mountain Dew wasn't hardcore enough, there is now AMP, an energy 
drink (ampenergy.com for more information).  I'm about to try some right now, so if you 
see my head exploding...
March 23
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Mountain Dew AMP
As if Mountain Dew wasn't hardcore enough, there is now AMP, an energy drink (ampenergy.com for more information). I'm about to try some right now, so if you see my head exploding...
<strong>Feet Up</strong><br />Travelling in full feet-up mode to San Francisco.  I'm here until 1st April, so 
if you're in the area let me know.
March 23
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Feet Up
Travelling in full feet-up mode to San Francisco. I'm here until 1st April, so if you're in the area let me know.
<strong>Frankfurt</strong><br />Last night was Frankfurt, London now then San Francisco this afternoon.
March 22
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Last night was Frankfurt, London now then San Francisco this afternoon.
<strong>Kilt Roller</strong><br />If you've got a kilt, this is the way to carry it - rolled up. Works a treat and not folded in half.
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Kilt Roller
If you've got a kilt, this is the way to carry it - rolled up. Works a treat and not folded in half.
<strong>One-Shot Cornflakes</strong><br />Whoever dreamt these up deserves a promotion. Cornflakes, milk, sugar & spoon all in one handy package. Ideal at any time!
March 20
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One-Shot Cornflakes
Whoever dreamt these up deserves a promotion. Cornflakes, milk, sugar & spoon all in one handy package. Ideal at any time!
<strong>Michelle & Gareth Wedding</strong><br />A fantastic day in Paisley for Michelle & Gareth's wedding.
March 20
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Michelle & Gareth Wedding
A fantastic day in Paisley for Michelle & Gareth's wedding.
<strong>Marathon Registration</strong><br />So, I'm number 24485! Woohoo!
March 18
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Marathon Registration
So, I'm number 24485! Woohoo!
<strong>So Next Season</strong><br />Pete modelling next season's look.
March 13
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So Next Season
Pete modelling next season's look.
<strong>Poker Styles</strong><br />Serious money at stake.
March 13
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Poker Styles
Serious money at stake.
<strong>Poker & Cocktails</strong><br />The fun continues!
March 12
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Poker & Cocktails
The fun continues!
<strong>And Home...</strong><br />One swift visit to Tesco later...
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And Home...
One swift visit to Tesco later...
<strong>More Drinks</strong><br />Hazel & James made me go for another beer ... or two.
March 12
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More Drinks
Hazel & James made me go for another beer ... or two.
<strong>Orocco Pier</strong><br />Lunch with friends.
March 12
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Orocco Pier
Lunch with friends.
<strong>Lovely Sunset</strong><br />It's a gorgeous sunset in Edinburgh tonight. Hello light evenings too!
March 10
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Lovely Sunset
It's a gorgeous sunset in Edinburgh tonight. Hello light evenings too!
<strong>Niji, Part 2</strong><br />Niji doesn't seem to have a site I can point you to, so here's the flyer I was given on Saturday. Lunch is going to happen in the next week or so; let me know if you fancy joining me. The restaurant is at 64 Thistle Street smack-bang in the middle of Edinburgh. If you're planning to go for dinner, call ahead, or else you may be waiting for some time. There is only one chef! :-D
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Niji doesn't seem to have a site I can point you to, so here's the flyer I was given on Saturday. Lunch is going to happen in the next week or so; let me know if you fancy joining me. The restaurant is at 64 Thistle Street smack-bang in the middle of Edinburgh. If you're planning to go for dinner, call ahead, or else you may be waiting for some time. There is only one chef! :-D
<strong>Manhattan</strong><br />My one-night-a-week-of-drinking has been going well, but I've been missing a beer with the boys. After a few in Teuchters on William Street, Rich and I made it to Oloroso where we were tempted to these.
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Manhattan
My one-night-a-week-of-drinking has been going well, but I've been missing a beer with the boys. After a few in Teuchters on William Street, Rich and I made it to Oloroso where we were tempted to these.
<strong>Hmmm</strong><br />What exactly are Pret indicating with this picture on their bags?
March 8
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Hmmm
What exactly are Pret indicating with this picture on their bags?
<strong>Niji</strong><br />Japanese food in Edinburgh is either tasteless, expensive or both. Niji is the *complete* opposite, with authentic, tasty and well-priced food (the same people as ran Tampopo along the street). HIGHLY recommended!
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Niji
Japanese food in Edinburgh is either tasteless, expensive or both. Niji is the *complete* opposite, with authentic, tasty and well-priced food (the same people as ran Tampopo along the street). HIGHLY recommended!
<strong>St. Andrews</strong><br />Too windy to fly the kite on St. Andrews beach.
February 13
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St. Andrews
Too windy to fly the kite on St. Andrews beach.
<strong>St. Andrews</strong><br />Hazel has whisked me away to the lovely St. Andrews Bay Hotel for the weekend. This is the view from our bed(room). Just had a mighty five + toast course breakfast, so time for a walk!
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St. Andrews
Hazel has whisked me away to the lovely St. Andrews Bay Hotel for the weekend. This is the view from our bed(room). Just had a mighty five + toast course breakfast, so time for a walk!
<strong>Confluence + Geocache</strong><br />At 57N 4W.
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Confluence + Geocache
At 57N 4W.
<strong>Snow</strong><br />Nice weather for a confluence & geocache effort.
February 6
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Snow
Nice weather for a confluence & geocache effort.
<strong>Building Inside A Building</strong><br />The old Post Office building at the end of Princes Street has 
been rennovated internally, but the exterior retained.  Now there is essentially a whole 
building wrapped inside the old building shell.  Looks cool.
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Building Inside A Building
The old Post Office building at the end of Princes Street has been rennovated internally, but the exterior retained. Now there is essentially a whole building wrapped inside the old building shell. Looks cool.
<strong>Siblings</strong><br />Allan and Viv at the fusball table, taking is seriously serious.
February 2
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Siblings
Allan and Viv at the fusball table, taking is seriously serious.
<strong>Dynamic Earth</strong><br />Looked so good, I had to take a picture.
February 2
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Dynamic Earth
Looked so good, I had to take a picture.
<strong>Stylised</strong><br />/The Enrico Miralles-styles Saint Andrews cross in the ceiling of the entrance 
of the parliament.
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Stylised
/The Enrico Miralles-styles Saint Andrews cross in the ceiling of the entrance of the parliament.
<strong>Hammer Beam Roof</strong><br />More from the chamber of the parliament, inspired by the dining room(?) 
in the castle.
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Hammer Beam Roof
More from the chamber of the parliament, inspired by the dining room(?) in the castle.
<strong>Parliament People</strong><br />These are the people of Scotland, watching their MSPs.
February 2
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Parliament People
These are the people of Scotland, watching their MSPs.
<strong>Parliament Chamber</strong><br />Looks nice!
February 2
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Parliament Chamber
Looks nice!
<strong>Beautiful Day</strong><br />Nice to be on holiday, and seeing blue sky!
February 1
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Beautiful Day
Nice to be on holiday, and seeing blue sky!
<strong>Swiss Chocolate</strong><br />If you're going to eat chocolate, it's a good plan to make it Swiss. 
These fine morsels were a present from Zurich, and I am *all* about Confiserie Sprungli now!
January 31
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Swiss Chocolate
If you're going to eat chocolate, it's a good plan to make it Swiss. These fine morsels were a present from Zurich, and I am *all* about Confiserie Sprungli now!
<strong>Christmas Tree Deconstructed</strong><br />We've been BUSY!  It's all gone now, though.
January 31
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Christmas Tree Deconstructed
We've been BUSY! It's all gone now, though.
<strong>ERI Visit</strong><br />Continuing the series of visiting controversial new Edinburgh buildings, I had call to go to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary this afternoon. Totally nothing major - just a small slice on my finger by a broken glass, but was advised to have it checked for any lurking splinters. All clear!
January 25
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Continuing the series of visiting controversial new Edinburgh buildings, I had call to go to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary this afternoon. Totally nothing major - just a small slice on my finger by a broken glass, but was advised to have it checked for any lurking splinters. All clear!
<strong>Scottish Parliament Building 1</strong><br />The Girl & I finally took the tour. Full report later.
January 25
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Scottish Parliament Building 1
The Girl & I finally took the tour. Full report later.
<strong>New Royal Infirmary</strong><br />Continuing the series of visiting controversial new Edinburgh 
buildings, I had call to visit the Royal Infirmary this afternoon.  Totally nothing major 
- just a small slice on my finger from a broken glass I was washing, but I was advised to 
have it checked for any lurking splinters.  All clear, thankfully.
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New Royal Infirmary
Continuing the series of visiting controversial new Edinburgh buildings, I had call to visit the Royal Infirmary this afternoon. Totally nothing major - just a small slice on my finger from a broken glass I was washing, but I was advised to have it checked for any lurking splinters. All clear, thankfully.
<strong>Scottish Parliament Building 1</strong><br />The Girl and I went for a tour of the new parliament 
building today.  It certainly looked good.  Full report to come!
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Scottish Parliament Building 1
The Girl and I went for a tour of the new parliament building today. It certainly looked good. Full report to come!
<strong>Scottish Parliament Building 2</strong><br />
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Scottish Parliament Building 2
<strong>Snowy Day</strong><br />We've got a bit of snow on the ground here today.  Can you spot the castle?
January 18
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Snowy Day
We've got a bit of snow on the ground here today. Can you spot the castle?
<strong>Fedora Core 3</strong><br />I'm finally moving away from Fedora Core 1 to Core 3. My home machine, lofi, isn't the fastest, so it literally has taken all afternoon to upgrade. My withdrawl has been significant. How do people survive with no permanent Internet connection and only standard TV & radio???
January 16
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Fedora Core 3
I'm finally moving away from Fedora Core 1 to Core 3. My home machine, lofi, isn't the fastest, so it literally has taken all afternoon to upgrade. My withdrawl has been significant. How do people survive with no permanent Internet connection and only standard TV & radio???
<strong>Happy Pongal!</strong><br />Pongal is an Indian harvest festival (primarily south Indian/Tamil, I 
think), which runs for three days from the 14th of January.  As with almost all Indian 
festivals, there is food associated with the festival, and this one is also called Pongal. 
  This photo doesn't do it justice, but the sticky, sweet rice is tasty, not disimilar to 
rice pudding (with cardamon) here in the UK.
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Happy Pongal!
Pongal is an Indian harvest festival (primarily south Indian/Tamil, I think), which runs for three days from the 14th of January. As with almost all Indian festivals, there is food associated with the festival, and this one is also called Pongal. This photo doesn't do it justice, but the sticky, sweet rice is tasty, not disimilar to rice pudding (with cardamon) here in the UK.
<strong>London Marathon Entry</strong><br />Thanks to my coach at the running club I'm in, my entry to the 
London Marathon is now being processed.  Our club was allocated four spots, and I got very 
lucky and snagged one.  My goal is to complete in five hours or thereabouts.  Here's 
hoping that everyone else who's going for it makes it too -- running with my brother and 
several friends would be a lot of fun.  Last night was my first visit to the gym in a 
while, to kick off my preparation ... and it feels like there is a lot of prep to do.  My 
coolrunning.com training plan is at my side!
January 11
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London Marathon Entry
Thanks to my coach at the running club I'm in, my entry to the London Marathon is now being processed. Our club was allocated four spots, and I got very lucky and snagged one. My goal is to complete in five hours or thereabouts. Here's hoping that everyone else who's going for it makes it too -- running with my brother and several friends would be a lot of fun. Last night was my first visit to the gym in a while, to kick off my preparation ... and it feels like there is a lot of prep to do. My coolrunning.com training plan is at my side!
<strong>No Bread</strong><br />Tonight I popped in to my local supermarket for some salad, bread -- you know, 
normal kinds of things.  The shelves were *bare*.  There was absolutely NO salad, and only 
a few loaves of bread left.  What's going on???
January 6
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No Bread
Tonight I popped in to my local supermarket for some salad, bread -- you know, normal kinds of things. The shelves were *bare*. There was absolutely NO salad, and only a few loaves of bread left. What's going on???
<strong>A Printer Has Never Looked So Good</strong><br />Mahyad's new Canon Pixma iP8500 looks stunning, and 
produces some incredible output.  Something of a far cry from those old beige boxes that 
litter the landscape.
January 5
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A Printer Has Never Looked So Good
Mahyad's new Canon Pixma iP8500 looks stunning, and produces some incredible output. Something of a far cry from those old beige boxes that litter the landscape.
<strong>Diego</strong><br />We caught up with Diego, a fellow Mobitopian, in the Gravity bar @ Guinness brewery.
January 2
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Diego
We caught up with Diego, a fellow Mobitopian, in the Gravity bar @ Guinness brewery.
<strong>Mighty G</strong><br />Enjoying a pint of black gold at the brewery.
January 2
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Mighty G
Enjoying a pint of black gold at the brewery.
<strong>Nice Day In Dublin</strong><br />The sun is out for our final day.  Off to visit the Guinness Brewery 
and meet Diego.  :-D
January 2
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Nice Day In Dublin
The sun is out for our final day. Off to visit the Guinness Brewery and meet Diego. :-D
<strong>Drink!</strong><br />This shop had ALL the drinks!
January 2
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Drink!
This shop had ALL the drinks!
<strong>Happy New Year</strong><br />Happy New Year to you all!  The Girl and I are celebrating in Dublin.  We 
spent last night in Cafe en Seine.  Today we've wandered around, bought some luggage (long 
story for another time...!) and had dinner in a Spanish restaurant.  Now we're off for 
some proper Dublin action in Temple Bar.
January 2
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Happy New Year
Happy New Year to you all! The Girl and I are celebrating in Dublin. We spent last night in Cafe en Seine. Today we've wandered around, bought some luggage (long story for another time...!) and had dinner in a Spanish restaurant. Now we're off for some proper Dublin action in Temple Bar.