Monthly Archives: March 2005

Clinton Blogs!

I discovered today that Bill Clinton is also blogging. Naturally, his blog is in a different universe to mine, and all the better for it. Surprisingly, for a politician, he doesn’t seem to pull any punches, take for example this … Continue reading

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At the Back of My Mind…

…is the realisation that I live in a manmade environment. The area where I live is almost the lowest point of the Netherlands – at least 6 metres below sea-level. One of these days, something is going to happen. Will … Continue reading

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Wildlife in Reeuwijk

Another of life’s simple pleasures is the ability to get on my bicycle and cycle to Reeuwijk – a 15 minute journey. There you can guarantee to see a variety of wildlife. Today, for example, I saw at least ten … Continue reading

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One Born Every Minute

Someone is threatening to eat his pet rabbit unless he receives $50,000 in donations by 30th June. Amazingly, he (it’s bound to be a he – a woman would be much more subtle!) has already received nearly $20,000 in donations … Continue reading

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Life’s Simple Pleasures

One of life’s simple pleasures is sitting at the table at breakfast with a cup of coffee and watching the birds through the window…

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Send In The Language Police

Lisa Stone over at Surfette burbles: "I’m talking about a conference that enables women bloggers to tesseract to proactive social and intellectual networking with each other". What on earth does that sentence even mean? Tesseract ain’t a verb, it’s a … Continue reading

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History of Mobile Computers

Another entry for us computer nuts… Mobile PC Magazine has an interesting article covering the history of mobile computers. It’s clear from the article that, particularly in the early days, the meanings of the words "mobile" and "portable" were often stretched almost … Continue reading

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Feeling Fragile

Yesterday, Martin and I threw a party for the neighbours to celebrate the fact that today marks the official beginning of Spring. We prepared an eclectic array of party food – Thai Indian, French and English. In the event, over twenty people showed … Continue reading

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A Mere Trifle (Not)

This weekend, we’re giving a party for the neighbours to celebrate the arrival of Spring. I’ve been trying out recipes to prepare for the onslaught. One of the tryouts was an Edwardian Trifle from Nigel Slater, published in The Observer … Continue reading

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It’s That BirdAgain

So there I was, wide awake and waiting for the song thrush. And it did not disappoint – it started even earlier this morning, at 4:23 am. And then at 4:40am, Martin turns over in his sleep and starts to … Continue reading

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Starry, Starry Night (Not)

A post on the star-gazing messageboard over at the BBC from an astronomer who is currently working in The Netherlands. He bemoans the fact that it’s been raining since he got here, and so he hasn’t been able to see … Continue reading

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Spring is in the Air

And how do I know? Because for the past three days a song thrush has decided that it will start its routine of singing its little heart out in the tree outisde our bedroom window. Trouble is, it starts at … Continue reading

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Gordon Bell Video

Another one for us computer geeks… Channel 9 has just published a video interview with Gordon Bell that is worth watching. Gordon chats informally about his work, and his involvement with the Computer Museum in Boston. I love the way … Continue reading

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Microsoft to Buy Groove Networks

OK, this entry is for the computer geeks amongst us, the rest of you can talk amongst yourselves. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it was buying Groove Networks, the maker of a particularly fine piece of software for supporting team collaboration … Continue reading

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Omigawd, It’s…

… Peter Mandelson!

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Knowing Ads of the Noughties

A friend forwarded some examples of the poster campaign that was running in Dublin’s buses last year. They’re funny and cheeky, but to my mind are just a trifle too knowing and full of themselves. Apparently though, they were considered risqué … Continue reading

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Dorcus Menswear for Men

I love the tautology in the title – it subtly hints at what you will see if you peruse the on-line catalogue. Yes, this is another collection of genuine material from the 1950s and 1960s from the man who gave … Continue reading

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Attention, Mike…

…this one’s for you! The Gallery of Regrettable Food. Hey, I inherited some of my mother’s cookery books, and they are just like that! I haven’t dared try any of the recipes though. I suspect some will call for powdered … Continue reading

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Attention, Ed…

… this one’s for you! Ancient Chinese Sex Implements.

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As We May Think

The title of this entry is also the title of an article written in 1945 by Dr. Vannevar Bush, then director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development in the US. In this article, Bush envisaged a machine called … Continue reading

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