Monthly Archives: April 2011


A few weeks back, I noted that a blackbird was sitting on a nest that she’d built in our pony stall. She hatched four eggs, and the chicks have all grown and successfully fledged. Today, the nest was empty. She … Continue reading

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The Devils

The Devils is a film made by Ken Russell forty years ago. Right from the outset, it ran into trouble from the censors, and still today, it is not available on DVD. I can understand why it caused such a … Continue reading

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So, How Was It For You?

I wrote about how much I was looking forward to the opening episode of the next series of Doctor Who. So I suppose I should write a few words on what I thought about it. Well, look, I’m not very … Continue reading

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Hoist By Their Own Petard

A rather ironic little story in the Dutch news today… TomTom, the Dutch SatNav company collects information from its devices installed in cars. This information gives an insight into the driving habits of the motorists using the TomTom devices. TomTom … Continue reading

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Wise Words

Christopher Hitchens was due to address the American Atheist Convention, but had to cancel because of illness. So he wrote them a letter instead. Hitchens writes like an angel wielding a flaming sword, and the letter is an excellent example … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Holst

Another note for the diary. Tony Palmer has made a documentary about Gustav Holst that will be broadcast on BBC4 on the 24th April. There is more to Holst than The Planets – but while I think Holst’s Beni Mora … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

This piques my interest. I can still remember sitting in what was then the National Film Theatre on the Southbank during an afternoon showing of Days of Heaven back in 1978 and realising that I was watching something that would … Continue reading

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“Many Tears Are Dropping”

I see the Sandd/Selektmail postman riding by almost daily, clad in yellow, astride his moped. If he stops by our letterbox, it is to deliver mail that hovers dangerously close to what most people would describe as junkmail. If I’m … Continue reading

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Almost Time

The next series of Doctor Who launches this weekend with what, by all accounts is a seriously good episode. Still, with Steven Moffat at the helm, I expect nothing less. I’ll be parked on the sofa, instead of almost behind … Continue reading

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Over The First Hurdle

Watson and I have been doing the first set of Dog Agility lessons. Yesterday evening came the moment I was rather dreading – the exam. However, I needn’t have worried Watson came through and did us proud – he passed … Continue reading

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Lost in Time and Space

Sad news today that Elisabeth Sladen, better known as Sarah Jane Smith, has died at the age of 63. Damn.

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“I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream”

That’s the title of a short story by Harlan Ellison, but it is also a reference given by Roger Ebert in his stunning presentation at TED last month. Ebert is a brilliant critic of film, but cancer has removed his … Continue reading

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Dutch Windows Phone 7 Delay

As I’ve blogged before, even though you can buy a Windows Phone 7 handset from mobile operators here in the Netherlands, there are at least a couple of things to be aware of: The phones do not yet support the … Continue reading

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Managing Expectations

Another thought-provoking post from Jan Chipchase – this time from Cairo. It’s about managing expectations in foreign situations, and being aware. Reminds me of the time I went on a business trip for Shell to Cartegena in Columbia and being … Continue reading

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VST and ASIO Performance in Cubase 6

Here’s a tip if you’ve been struggling with poor performance of your VST instruments and ASIO in Cubase. But first, a bit of history… The History Steinberg’s Cubase is one of the leading software applications for music production. It’s been … Continue reading

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Dog Agility

Having managed to pass the dog training exam with Watson, I decided to carry on training with him, and we enrolled in the Dog Agility course run by the Agility Club Achterhoek. At first, I wasn’t sure whether this would … Continue reading

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RIP, Santi Santamaria

Damn, I see that the chef, Santi Santamaria has died of a heart attack – he was only 53. We have made three visits to his three-Michelin-star restaurant El Racó de Can Fabes in the sleepy town of San Celoni … Continue reading

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Windows Home Server 2011 Online Help

While I’m deciding whether I should bother upgrading from my current Windows Home Server system to Microsoft’s brand spanking new Windows Home Server 2011, I thought that I should take a look at the online help system for WHS 2011. … Continue reading

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Inching Closer?

Back in January, I wrote about the fact that even though the Zune Marketplace was operational here in the Netherlands, it wasn’t offering any Apps for Windows Phone 7. The only thing that the Marketplace was offering here was videos … Continue reading

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A Blackbird has built a nest in our woodshed. The nest is perched on top of a wooden frame that is leaning against the wall, and is at eye-level. It’s just below the equipment that supplies the current to the … Continue reading

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