A tale of a Scotsman living in SW london...

Friday, March 02, 2007


Ah, a cracking birthday was had yesterday. I arrived home to find Katy had made some birthday muffins instead of a cake :-) Then we headed out for a wonderful meal in Zero Quattro in Wimbledon, and home to play Buzz on the playstation (which was a birthday present). Buzz is a cracking game, it's like a gameshow and you have a buzzer and four coloured options for every answer. Games like fastest finger etc are all on there so we played a lot last night and kept ourselves very amused :-)

Today has been spent working on a paper while dealing with plans and project managers. Quite a frustrating day. However, tonight meeting up with some friends in Wandsworth for an engagement party for Lewis & Kirsten. Some old collegues are going, so will be nice to catch up with them.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Birthday blues

Today I'm feeling a bit iffy. It's my 31st birthday today and it feels worse than being 30. Waking up in a Travellodge on your birthday also sucks, particulalrly when all night you've had drunk people wandering the corriders chatting. Gits. Hope they all had horrid hangovers this morning.

So I can't wait to get home to my own bed and see my wonderful fiance (she hates the word!), and a lovely dinner is planned in a local favourite Italian (my favourite food country - this place does a cracking rack of lamb).

Dinner last night was a laugh. Mexican food is always great for a change (cheese, meat, salsa - what's not to like!) and it was good to get in somewhere new.

On the plus side, this weekend promises to be a good one - engagement party for an old collegue on Friday, birthday drinks for me on Saturday. Have also received an email, so there is now a planned trip home at the end of March for a bit of a party with some my oldest and best friends. Will be good, but March is looking very busy now!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Where's the kit kat?

Sometimes, you just can't make stuff up. This is an article about Swiss farmers who've been feeding cattle cannabis.

Switzerland's Agriculture Ministry has called on the country's farmers to stop feeding their cows cannabis.

Several recent adverts have promoted feeding hemp to farm animals even after a March 2005 law banning its use.

The Agriculture Ministry has now warned that farmers doping their cows will be prosecuted.

Farmers consider the cheap and easy to grow plant is good for their cows.

They believe the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, makes cows happy and produce more milk, but the Agriculture Ministry say THC can get into the milk and create a health risk.

They also said that there was a risk that Swiss cheese products could be contaminated.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Sometimes, my job is great. At others, I wish I had a standard 9-5 home every night type job. Having been offered tickets for next weeks Chelski v Porto game, in cracking seats, I've had to turn it down as I'm at a work conference.


The annoying thing is, it's from the same guy who had a spare ticket for Brazil v Portugal at the new Arsenal stadium a few weeks ago and I couldn't go then either. The end result is I've not seen this mate for ages, even though we both live in London, and he may stop offereing me these tickets as I can never go.

How annoying.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Life is what you make it

So yesterday went well, the place is still lovely and is taking shape. Afterwards lunch was had in a little village (which turns out to be close to Chequers), in a little pub and was really tasty. Shame it tipped it doen all day!

Lot's of people have been very excited about Second Life recently. Personally, I don't think it's anything particularly new and has been done for years (one example - The Sims anyone?). Anyway, I liked this website, which kind of sums it all up to me:

I mean, seriously, get outside! You spend all day in front of a PC, you don't really want to spend all night there too do you? I've been going to the gym a lot recently, but nothing beats getting the mountain bike out and flying down a hill. You get the exercise and learn some skills such as balance and judgement (do you really want to do 30mph over that log? - you only do it once...) and sheer joy. I've never left the gym feeling joyous.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Road trip

It is with some trepidation I approach today. For it is today that we take the future in-laws to the see the potential wedding venue. It's an hour away in the car. Which on the way up will have lots of questions about what else we've done about the wedding (honestly? not too much). On the way back, it'll be all about the venue and practicalities of the day. Great joy. I'm driving, so can't resort to my usual method of getting through these trips by turning to whisky. I jest, however it is one of those days that I'll be glad when I get home.

The rugby yesterday - Scotland have learned that you cannot give a 21 point head start to anyone, including the Italians, in international rugby. Unbelievable. At least I was at a friends house playing with the new cat, which meant I couldn't see the tv due to the allergic reaction. Why are cat's always attracted to people who are allergic to them?