Year: 2008

August 8, 2008

I have just finished The Patron Saint of Plagues, a novel by Barth Anderson. Absolutely wonderful page-turner, a kind of futuristic medical techno-thriller, with touches of cyberpunk.

August 8, 2008

It’s been a while since I wrote about the garden, and things have moved along a bit – some good, some bad. The brassicas suffered terribly this year from the Cabbage White butterfly. Being a novice gardener, I had no idea the effect their caterpillars…

August 8, 2008

When electric/hybrid cars first started appearing, I said they would have to make them artificially noisy, so they wouldn’t increase the chance of road accidents. Seems Lotus agrees with me: The Independent: Introducing the hybrid you can hear “Lotus is developing technology that will put…

August 6, 2008

A couple of years ago, I used to go to The Acoustic Sessions, a monthly acoustic music club in nearby Barnack. Unfortunately, not many other local folk I know seemed interested in going along, and after a while, you get fed up of going on…

August 1, 2008

Unfortunately, this part of the trip wasn’t as successful as the movie. It turned out that Birmingham’s Science Museum is a lot more kiddie oriented than I expected, and young kiddie at that – I’d say in the 8-10 year old range. As such, there…

August 1, 2008

There’s not a lot I can say about this, that others haven’t already said. This was a Batman movie pretty much grounded in a real world Gotham City, in my opinion, unlike the fantasies that have gone before. Heath Ledger did steal the film, but…

August 1, 2008

At the showing of The Dark Knight, they played a trailer for Watchmen, due to be released next year. It looked utterly gorgeous, expecially on Imax. Visuals were spot on perfect, as far as I could see – it was as if the pages from…

July 31, 2008

Eating Well – A Diet BlogJuly 31, 2008 9:15 A.M. Weight: 345.0 lbs. Yesterday, it looked like I was going to miss my monthly goal by just 0.6lb, even allowing for my normal weight loss. So last night, I was going to just have a…

July 30, 2008

Eating Well – A Diet Blog:July 30, 2008 2:48 P.M. Weight: 345.6 lbs. I’ve just had a bit of a shock. I can’t stand artificial sweeteners of any sort, so if I buy squash or cordial, I buy something fruit-based. Lately, I have been drinking…

July 29, 2008

Have just booked tickets to see The Dark Knight at IMAX in Thinktank, Birmingham. I’m not working on Friday, so I have got a ticket for their midday Planetarium show, then the afternoon looking round the science museum, and some 5-storey-high Batman in the early…

July 29, 2008

I usually have two holidays a year – one for me alone, and another one where I take my mum away for a week. This year, I seem to have skipped my solo holiday – I will probably end up spending it in the garden,…

July 26, 2008

Eating Well – A Diet BlogJuly 26, 2008 6:42 P.M. Weight: 345.6 lbs. I spent most of yesterday putting my garden back to rights, and I have just spent another hour out there finishing off. Socially, I’ve been fairly busy lately, which means things like…