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

Friday, November 21, 2008

Today I'm on holiday as we are off to a wedding. I've been looking forward to this wedding for a few reasons, but mainly as it's the first wedding in London that we'll have gone to. As such, it means getting dressed up and getting the train in as the venue is just off the Strand. So it'll be the first wedding I've got the train too...

It should be good fun though, the venue looks great (an old house on a back lane beside Embankment) and we know a fair amount of people going as it's my wives old flatmate from when we started going out, so I'm looking forward to it. I've decided against wearing my kilt though - it's just too much hassle and the thought of getting on a train at midnight full of drunken people doesn't appeal - it's at those times when you want to blend in and not stand out. It's a shame, but there you go. I actually think I'd be overdressed for the wedding if I wore that - I expect it to be a rather casual affair.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Oh, you have to love Microsoft products. Some companies staff are now claiming their companies are due them overtime as a result of the long boot times that Vista has caused.

It's an interesting point. If you are given IT to do your job and it takes longer to do the job the old system did, should you have actually deployed it in the first place? Surely it's part of your assurance in testing that this doesn't adversely impact the users?

Home at last.

Ordered some extra memory for the old PC last week and it arrived yesterday. Fitted in minutes and already it's making a difference to the performance, as I can now run iTunes and Firefox without having to shut one down! Should keep the PC ticking over till next summer anyway, which for a 20 quid investment is pretty good going.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Oh dear. This story stunned me. I mean, everyone has had these emails saying you've inherited millions, or won millions on a lottery you've never entered, but they need you to send money to them to release the funds. Most sensible people ignore them...

How can you be strung along for 400 grand, when everyone around you is saying it's madness, and yet you persevere?

Good badminton game last night in a superb new sports center in Birmingham. Apparently, this place had caused uproar when it got planning permission as it was "in the wrong place". However, last night it was rammed with people swimming, playing tennis, badminton, judo, classes - anything you can imagine! In an age where all you hear is how obese the country is (and let's be honest about this, the statistics lie a bit when I can be classed as overweight - ) it's great to see the sports center buzzing like that.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


We had the little niece and nephew to stay last night. They came and stayed for 24 hours. It's enough to put you off having kids.

I adore the little buggers really, but when one says he wants tomato soup, repeatedly, and then you make him said soup and he is informed of the kind act by his Dad, hoping for some respite, only for the little bugger to then say "I hate tomato soup", it's a wonder he didn't go home wearing it. I think I showed remarkable restraint.

I may however have simply been smug in the knowledge that my fantasy football team wiped the floor with everyone this week. It's one of those rare weeks when all your defenders keep clean sheets and score, your midfielder go mad for goals, and your strikers get in among them too. Bliss ;-)