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March 27, 2015

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun...or when you get past 40 years of age.

No links to the strange, weird or interesting this week, so it's straight into the pictures. Have fun.



































































































And with that parental burn, I bid you adieu




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Published on March 27, 2015 12:17 • 1 view

March 24, 2015

How many books do you have on your shelf that you'll never read, or never read again? Me, I have loads.

At the last count I had over 700 books, not including the ones on my Kindle, fiction and non-fiction in equal measure, most of which I will never read, or read again, but keep. Why? With the fiction it's mostly for the memories, with non-fiction in case I ever need to refer to it for research, for a quiz question or just general interest.

I have a Book Club edition of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco that I originally bought in the early 80s. It was a book whose story I remember to this day, partly because of its style but mostly because I identified with the religious struggle and the hypocrisy of some religions. The most jarring, and memorable, part for me was the conference where two opposing ideas within Christianity fought over whether Christ owned the clothes he wore. It's a scene that I've witnessed play out many times since, and not just in churches but in businesses too.

Then there are the books that I want to read at some point but admit that I may never do so, like the short story collections of Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov. I keep them in the hope that I will be able to make the time one day. Okay, I could stop buying books until I've read them, but where's the fun in that?

The non-fiction books fall under one of three categories: read, skim-read and unread. I've skim-read a few books, mostly the ones with lists or short chapters on individual areas, such as books of a year. I have some that tell me what happenend on a certain day of the year, such as historical events or the weather. Others I've skim-read are science books that I only wanted a small piece of information from. The large number of unread books are those that I'll refer to as the need or interest arises, such as the histories of London.

In the end, it boils down to one thing: I love being surrounded by books. They contain unknown mysteries and stories, some true, some not, a heaving mass of information and thrills that remind me of my humanity and of how forunate I am to be born when and where I was.

They remind me I'm human.

See you on Friday.




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Published on March 24, 2015 12:57

March 20, 2015

Yeehaaa.

To get you in the mood for dinner, here are some facts that you may know, may not know, or, after reading, may wish you didn't know. Numbers 3, 12 & 15 may put you off your dinner. You have been warned.

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And on that note, I bid you adieu and hope you have a great weekend.




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Published on March 20, 2015 11:19

March 17, 2015

Sometimes when writing, or doing anything for that matter, you just have to keep going. You might not reach your target, but if you stop you'll never reach it.

A friend of mine has got a publishing contract after several yers of trying. There have been times over the past few months that she's doubted herself, but she's kept going and is now nearing the end of the first edit. She could have given up at any point, and there are days when she still feels like giving up, but she hasn't. In October, the book will be published. She kept going.

At work, a store I've been dealing with has had multiple I.T. problems with their tills, printers and PCs for the past six months. There have been times when I've wanted to drive over to the store, take a large axe to the whole shebang and start from scratch. But, between the manager and myself, we've got the place up and running to the point where instead of only three out of eight tills working, we have them all working with just a network printer to be linked to two of them. We didn't give up.

It's a cliche, but it's true. Your dreams may not come true, your goal may not be attained if you carry on, but if you stop, they never will.






See you on Friday.





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Published on March 17, 2015 11:48 • 3 views

March 13, 2015

Ahh, another end of week thrill....for me at least.

No links today as I haven't got any, so it's just pictures to amuse, make you cringe and think about the world around you.







































































































































I'll be on the dark side of my duvet tonight. Have a great weekend.







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Published on March 13, 2015 10:39 • 2 views

March 10, 2015

I'm not tired, I'm not grumpy (no grumpier than usual anyway) and reasonably well-fed. So today I'm gonna catch up with the links I missed out on Friday.


Some people are just great with creative ideas. These expectant mothers have painted their bellies in impressive styles.Sometimes a book title sounds an excellent idea, until the public sees the double entendre. It's even worse when the books are aimed at children.Architects: love or hate them they can provide moments of inspiration and pure stupidity. Kids are also very inventive, especially this bunch answering questions in tests.Having a bad day at work? I doubt any of your mistakes will be as public as these ones.How are you at insults? Me neither. But some people, like these famous individuals, have got it just right. How good is your general knowledge? Really? That good. How many of these facts, or these or even these, do you know?Song lyrics sometimes paint a utopian world where true love is found and couples split but still remain friends. Here are some song lyrics that have been changed to give a slightly more realistic nuance.
And with that, I bid you adieu and hope you have a great week.








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Published on March 10, 2015 10:53 • 1 view

March 6, 2015

Just pictures this week as I was working late and I'm cream-crackered.  Enjoy.




























































































And with that ear worm I bid you adieu and hope you have a great weekend.





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Published on March 06, 2015 13:19 • 2 views

March 3, 2015

Not feeling good. Tired, ratty and irritable because I had to walk home as the taxi didn't turn up. Not a disaster, but I do have to restrict my exercise after the op.

So how about a laugh instead.








Laughter is ALWAYS the best medicine.  See you Friday.






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Published on March 03, 2015 14:01 • 2 views

February 27, 2015

Ah, Friday, love of my life. (You can tell I'm single)

There are some things that just defy description and some that defy sense. Did you know it's possible to rest a human body on a bottle? How about nearly frozen waves. Try surfing on them. Some photos are taken with the best of intentions but end up being photobombed. Then there are those who just post the strangest flyers ever.

Ever had a wrong number? Some people get the right wrong number and end up laughing.

Lastly, if you think you've had a bad day, think of these people having a worse one.

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And on that note it only remains for me to bid adieu to Mr Spock. a.k.a. Leonard Nimoy. You will be missed.







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Published on February 27, 2015 11:11 • 1 view

February 24, 2015

Ever wonder what I get up to on twitter? Ever wonder what idiocy I share with with my 700 stalkers? Here's a selection.

1. Today, one of them was about pathologists and the work they do. The lady interviewed didn't even heave when she was pregnant and had morning sickness.

An insight into pathologists and their work. (Seeing inside dead bodies http://bbc.in/1vuc7Iw ) #health #death

2. Yesterday, one of my tweets was for a book I'd finished. They come from my goodreads profile (you can link up with me there as well).

4 of 5 stars to The Stainless Steel Rat for President by Harry Harrison https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1206071241 … 


3. Some of my tweets, as you'd expect, are quite silly, such as this one for a piece of putty that eats magnets.

We can't stop watching this magnetic silly putty eating a magnet http://boingboing.net/2015/02/20/watch-magnetic-silly-putty-ea.html … 

 4. There are times when I'll retweet an intereseting quote.

"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning." - James Russell Lowell

5. As well as comedy videos.

This guy is so clever and damn hilarious (yes, of course he's an Aussie) ;). http://fb.me/32UBGeYOi

6. I also post odd snippets of information with the hastag #10things.


Who earned more in 2014. Grumpy Cat or Gwyneth Paltrow? (10 things we didn't know last week http://bbc.in/1zSx4ga ) #10things


So now you know what I do over there, come and stalk me without fear of being prosecuted. There's a direct link on the left or you can do it manually, searching for @willabywriter. See you Friday.







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Published on February 24, 2015 09:21 • 5 views