Monday, January 31, 2011

We prop up an oppressive dictator for years and then have the cheek to worry that his people might democratically elect Islamic extremists?
RIP John Barry.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

If anyone is feeling down, the best advice I can offer is "get a kitten".
That's one parent's evening down. Another 16 (at least) to go. Kids have done well, hope they can keep it up ;)
So Andy Gray sacked. Not sure that adds a great deal. Think it would have been better for them to have to interview Massey on air.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Impressed with 10 o'clock show. Funny and refreshing in the way it actually lets interviewees answer questions.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Awful night's sleep as expected. Why are most British hotel room thermostats stuck at about 30 degrees?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Confit of duck, followed by cheese board. Always wondered if I suffered from gout.
Guy on table opposite, eating burger with knife and fork #tryingtoohard
How did we cope, away for work, in restaurants, on our own without smartphones?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Misfits season 2 watched. Absolutely fantastic. All those who never watched it - you're all fools. Fools I tell ya.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wow! Kick Ass was brutal. Brilliant, but really f*ckin brutal. Hit Girl was ace.
Welcome Obi to our strange little household. Pics to follow.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bizarre, watching Sky News fumbling to separate Arizona shooting from rights' rhetoric.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

Ah, MisFits. Hadn't realised how much I missed you.
Really impressed with Hickory's. Lovely food that isn't too expensive. Kids demolished theirs.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Oops. I've gone and done a blog post http://ping.fm/IX22W

A year lived

So that was 2010. So it's worth having a look back.

Relationships

Amy and I have now been together for seven years and the itch hasn't set in. We niggle and bitch more than we used to, but we're no less happy together and we can't imagine ever not being together. Besides, I niggle and bitch with everyone more than I used to. I'm a grumpy old man at 37.

As far as friends go, some have come and some have gone. We had to say goodbye to our old childminder as our kids were moving schools and unfortunately it was too hard for her to remain friends with us. Friends that were previously just Amy's came into our life and thankfully, some of them stayed and have become people we couldn't do without.

Being analytical, I'd say it's been a net gain in the relationship stakes ;)

Entertainment

It's been a great year for media. We got to see a couple of fantastic bands (Green Day and Biffy Clyro) and there have been some lovely albums released, Jónsi's Go being a standout.

TV has been pretty good. Some shows that had some real promise have been cancelled (SGU and Caprica) and some look like they might stay around (Walking Dead being a particular highlight). Can't help wondering if we're reaching a tipping point with the way that the popularity of shows is gauged, with Sci-fi shows suffering more than most from downloads not reflecting in the ratings.

Movie-wise, we've seen some good blu-rays thanks to Lovefilm - Moon being a surprise highlight. We also got to see Inception, which I'd honestly put down as one of the films of the decade.

It's been a good year for games, too - especially if you're an RPG fan like myself. We started the year with Dragonage Origins and Mass Effect 2. Two RPGs that contrasted the old style with the new and were both fantastic in their own way. Mass Effect 2 took RPGs to a cinematic level that I hadn't seen before. We ended with Fallout New Vegas, which managed to make subtle changes to the mechanics of Fallout 3 that had a significant effect on the game. Despite it's detractors (some people seemed to be playing a much more buggy game than I was), I still think it's pretty brilliant. The gaming year for me was topped off with Gran Turismo 5, which is the RPG version of a racing game. It's everything I hoped it could be in a racer. There are few gaming feelings better than slotting a couple of corners together properly.

Technology

Given our new sensible approach to spending, it's been a year of saving up for toys and it's been very satisfying. I've become increasing dependent on my iPod and have found a love for all that comes out of Smodcastle. My iPod has been a bit glitchy, which seems to be more to do with my library than the hardware itself and it still has a habit of crashing immediately after being synced and ejected.

The PS3 in March was a great buy, despite only buying my first game for it in December. It's simply a great media player and has finally got me buying movies again.

My new Amp is now nicely settled in, thanks in part to yamaha support who were very helpful. There are still a couple of improvements to make, but things are looking and sounding great right now.

All in all it was a lovely year.

We ended the year in a better position than we started. We're financially a little more comfortable and we're a bit more competent at most of the things that we do. I think this has required a bit of an adjustment from people as we were struggling a lot not so long ago. Perhaps our lack of dependence on others and our increased self-reliance is part of the reason that some of our relationships with others have been a little turbulent.

I hope that those who are still in our lives realise that if you're here now, it's because we want you to be.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Wow. Brilliant support from yamaha in smoothing out the last couple of niggles in my a/v setup. Very impressed.
Uncle John and Uncle Al fed me too much food. Send help.
This had been one long-ass Christmas.
From was ace. Stunning to look at (and not just Olivia Wilde). Ace soundtrack, too.
Happy New Year, everyone. Did I miss anything?

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