- toasted tea-cakes
- mince pies
- Christmas cake (actually birthday cake) iced fruit cake
- Simnel cake
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
the division between night and day on the planet looks a bit odd?
Also - anticipating Christmas a bit, Hecate was introduced to her new toy:
Is blogger's image upload broken? - again I've had to put these pictures on my ISP's webspace!
And then at 6:30 yesterday a shelf collapsed while a colleague was doing something to it - unfortunately it was loaded with red wine - I was in a good position and just see the frozen horror in his back view! After around 5 minutes the fumes reached us....
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The preoccupation with religion as an ideology leads to over-identification with the group, its language and symbols. Group loyalty becomes the test rather than loyalty to God or the truth.
Richard Rohr again - yes we all have those mental ticklists we assess every thought by and group pressure is insidious even where your group is 'I am the cat who walks by himself'
Sidda grabbed an apple out of the wooden bowl on the counter. Then she stepped out on the deck into the warmth of a Pacific Northwest summer morning. She looked out at the tall fir trees that surrounded the cabin. She bit down into the apple. I know nothing, she thought. She looked around at the tall fir trees that surrounded the cabin. I know nothing but the smell of the sun hitting those countless needles from these old evergreens.
from The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells. A moment wonderfully captured (I see that she lives near Seattle). When I was given this book at the book group I was told I wouldn't like it - I had mixed feelings until I got to the story of the trip to Gone with the Wind (a film I've never seen) and I was hooked. Maybe there's a resemblance to Twain's Huckleberry Finn maybe it's just the rawness of the book.
Two rather different books but I suppose they're both American.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Started playing with the Terragen 2 technology preview - freely downloadable - doesn't play so well with wine - the means by which I run WIndows programs under Linux. Buttons and panels keep on disappearing until I move the mouse over them for force a redraw - so I keep on having to shade and unshade the window! This is a wine problem and doesn't happen in windows... The above picture took around 90 mins to render, now to work out how to add vegetation (new in terragen 2)!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
And a comment on the Reform proposed covenant:
At this time in the life of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, faced with a faulty view of revelation, false teaching and indiscipline, we believe that it is necessary to set out where we as orthodox Anglicans stand, and to invite others to join us
from Thinking Anglicans:
.. indiscipline. This will be the group who withhold parish share, carry out extra-parish church plants, irregularly ordain ministers, declare impaired communion with their bishops, actively organise to defrock other priests... I could go on. Reform only want discipline if they carry the stick. They are themselves, indisciplined and scream blue murder when lawful action is taken against them.
oh the irony!
Saturday, December 09, 2006
I bet you don't get invited to parties like thisHe's probably right - though I warned him that I run a blog!
Importing into wordpress was easy! My wordpress blog - Working on it (or wit for short) now has the contents of my other local weblogs, just need to decide whether to rename the blog and/or/how to make the other blogs redirect to the new location.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I've been lent Richard Rohr's Everything Belongs and found this last night
God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste too much time protecting the boxes
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
but I see that Geoff Coupe has beaten me too it. Currently listening to Maxime le Forestier's Le Roi in the form of an alternation between him and the audience which seems to have strong melodic pre-echoes of the complaint piece.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
With our mad lust for Uniformity and a Higher Standard of Living and Expanding Markets, we go to a country like Afghanistan and cruelly try to jerk her forward two thousand years in two decades, giving no thought to the profound shock this must be to her national psychologybut maybe she - Murphy - always yearned for the rural idyll. Interesting that she describes the country then as being competed over by the US and the USSR.
Need to finish the book for tomorrow's meeting!.....
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Again, Sutherland has a digression about the way your book buying makes a kind of statement about yourself. Hence, in the bookshop queue, everyone is curious about what other customers are buying. Not so at the supermarket:
At the Tesco or Safeways check-out line, you do not care in the slightest whether the person in front has smart organic baked beans or the supermarket’s own cheap brand, so long as their cart is not heaped so mountainously high that you will be waiting all day for the till.
Oh no, John! You may feel like that; but I’m much more curious about what other people are buying at the supermarket than at Waterstones. Their trolley contents are an endless source of fantasy and speculation - as I would like mine to be for them. Why is that woman buying just two bottles of gin, a tin of shoe polish, and a toothbrush? What kind of party is that going to be, with the couple stocking up with a dozen loaves of white sliced bread, 2 dozen bananas and a packet of Alka-Seltzer?
If you don’t believe me, try sampling some of rajm’s checkout experiences.
Ah, further inspection (edit on 25th Nov) reveals that the original was part of those rescued
Must make sure I keep an eye on the contents of those trollies!
Let the roses go, that you fastened in my hair
One summer night in a garden, and the song
That we heard from another house, where the piano was playing:
The shadow a street lamp cast though the net of a curtain,
The river at night, smooth silent Thames, flowing though London.
Fitted in well with my mood that day, letting go of a person - or of one's image of a person is always traumatic, oh yes I can handle that new information but it involves losing and that's the point where it is not so easy.
Was looking for quotations of this poem - mainly so I didn't have to type it! I found this moving piece
Thursday, November 23, 2006
On Tuesday I was working one of the quick checkouts when I was aware of a customer speaking about someone apparently in the third person, I eventually realised he was talking about the person next to him as if she didn't exist. She had apparently remonstrated with him about the number of items he had (10 items or less) but he had 13 (gosh!). But he was totally over the top sexist, violent.. I was trying to get him to think about his shopping and cool things down while talking quietly and trying to decide whether I ought to be pressing my panic button. He eventually left with the injunction to 'call your husband here and we'll sort things out properly'
And we all breathed a sigh of relief! And I've still never had the opportunity to see what happens when I press those buttons!
Saturday, November 18, 2006
The purpose of bringing in chip and pin was so that people could share their PINs (and hence their cards)- from someone else this afternoon. I'm not good at fuming quietly!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Just have to manually state that: Mad Priest reports that
In a Vatican first, Pope Benedict XVI will appear in a photo calendar featuring shots of the pontiff in different poses for each month of the year. The 79-year-old Catholic church leader will appear in 14 different poses for the 2007 calendar, to be distributed with Italy's Famiglia Cristiana weekly magazine.boggle.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Ideology is a lot easier because you don't have to know or search for anything. You already know the answer to everything. It's not penetrable by facts.Faith as an exploration doesn't seem to get on the map, just easy certainties. Ideology: You get an ology: yo're a scientist
Or from Randall Balmer an evangelical
I went to Sunday school nearly every week of my childhood ... but I must have been absent the day they told us that the followers of Jesus were obliged to secure even greater economic advantages for the affluent, to deny those Jesus called 'the least of these' a living wage and to despoil the environment by sacrificing it on the altar of free enterprise. I missed the lesson telling me that I should turn a blind eye to the suffering of others.An evangelical though I doubt if he's a republican!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The streets of Great Yarmouth were paved with semolina this week when more than two tonnes of the grain billowed out of a silo and scattered over the Norfolk town.Report doesn't specify which day this week it happened so maybe it's very old news - it would appear it happened on Thursday morning - CBBC(!) was the only one I found that gave a date -err the Guardian gives a date but in the quote from the guy from Pasta Foods (company tag from the website - where reality exceeds expectation!!), The Great Yarmouth Mercury has some coverage - oops!
"While negotiating in Hanoi a few days before Saigon fell, U.S. Army Colonel Harry Summers, Jr. [...], said to a North Vietnamese colonel, 'You know, you never defeated us on the battlefield.' The Vietnamese colonel replied, 'That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.'"
our impasse is just a formula for more deaths in Iraq, a formula guaranteed to keep Baghdad burning.
Friday, October 27, 2006
The Changing Attitude Chester group are running a day conference
with speakers Kenneth Leech and Jean Mayland
Does the Church limit God's Love?
Principles & practice and Changing Attitudes - Workshops & Discussion
Saturday 11th November 10am - 4pm at Chester Cathedral
Drinks provided, bring your own lunch.
To book for the day, send cheque (payable to Changing Attitude, Chester) for £7 (£4 concessions) together with your details to: Irene Pendleton, 55 Carlton Close, Parkgate, NESTON, CH64 6RB.
For information: e-mail imp<insert obvious symbol>fish.co.uk (or me!)
Posters available at the Chester Group's website
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
visit on Sunday to Crosby to see the Gormley statues -also a visit to the Formby red squirrels. Old stamping grounds for me as back in the early 60's I went to school in Crosby. Inevitably the beach was very busy and unusually for the West Lancashire coast, the tide was in. Hadn't been to see the statues before but I was determined to get there before they get uprooted.
More pictures to come - but at the moment I can find neither the camera USB cable nor the memory card reader!
I see the last post was number 256 - a long way to 512..
Friday, October 20, 2006
At the moment we are surrounded by works in progress - for the last 24 hours drains have been cleared - the lorry was there all night - and it is still going on. Yesterday was the start of the areas move from black bin bag rubbish collection to householders sorting their rubbish for recycling, so just at the point where the bin lorry appeared to collect the paper and cardboard - for the first time - the drains people blocked the reoad with their works so the stuff couldn't be (easily) collected.
Then we have the Jordangate/Hibel Road works until Christmas, 50 yards the other way - with luck my webcam may have some pictures of this though you'll have to imagine the pneumatic drills! Unfortunately the cam can't cope with bright lights during the day - I've tried attaching dark 35mm film to the lens but haven't got it to work well yet - so when it is too bright it gets trained on here so you're likely to see me (or not!). Week after next we have the windows being replaced (needed as you can see from the window frame in the picture.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
O ye puffins that brighten the clifftops,and so on
Bless ye the Lord,
O ye curlews and lapwings
O ye dunlins that wheel together over the waves,
Bless ye the Lord.
O ye orchids that gem the grassy slops,
O ye golden flags that deck the waters edge with glory,
Bless ye the Lord.
O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord,
Praise him and magnify his name for ever
The deceased was a keen bird watcher - I thought I'd find more details on this via google but not a thing...anyone know the authorship? - ah Google groups has it Iona - as I might have guessed - and by E.D.Sedding - I see we missed out some of the more localised references.
And then that same evening - from Ecclestone's Gather the Fragments - this is currently out of print and the first google english hit is www.medicaltextbook.com - boggle! - came a poem of Charlotte Mew - Moorland Night -also on birds but far darker
This is the end of all the roads
Over the grass there is the night dew
And the wind that drives up from the sea along the moorland roads;
I hear a curlew start out from the heath
But fly off calling though the dusk,
The wild, long, rippling call.
The Thing is found and I am quiet with the earth.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Back by train from Frick to Zurich not sure what the plane was, I think it might have been an Avro RJ decorated with Swiss in Rural costumes...
Thursday, September 28, 2006
and now a picture of the laptop working hard surrounded by the Rheinterrasse
Only one extra restaurant today - I risked the wild boa here this evening and this lunchtime was at the Restaurant Meerfräulein in the Swiss end of Laufenburg.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
For lunch the Athene(?) restaurant in Laufenbug and in the evening having ducked out of a wonderful sounding trip to The Oskar Reinhart Collection at Winterthur. I had a quiet evening at the hotel enjoying their menu with 'Venisson (wild boa) steaks' though I'm sure my German translation of English would be just as risible. Couldn't face the game menu though so settled for fried pike (not sure that was much of an improvement) followed by pear sorbet. The software is now working though...
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Despite a Swissair strike I seem to be at the Hotel Rebstock Laufenburg having enjoyed a wonderful meal at restaurant schlössle - the lamb is recommended as is the San Gimigiano Rosso! Assuming I manage to get photos off my camera card - I forgot a vital usb cable - there should be some photos tomorrow! No doubt more restaurant visits - the area appears to have some good restaurants and the scenery is breathtaking!
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
The big white building is an ex-pub that's being done up and I assume they've broken something. Heading downstairs where at least there's some shielding from the noise!
More new terragen rendersare here and older ones here - these last have a few asteroid-like renders. There was a bit of a challenge on the terragen list to produce waves so I messed around with water levels and produced these, not too impressive for waves but I'm quite pleased with them.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Had to hand edit a previous blog with a youtube entry to get this...not sure why firefox is not co-operating?
Lots more Samantha on YouTube here
No subtitles so you'll all have to listen hard - but as I'm currently watching a DVD where the subtitles frequently have </l> in the midst of the text sometimes having no subtitles is less distracting!
And that should be France2 rather than tv2 in the previous blog
ludicrous cowgirl prostitute council,
with that too much they praise ch' I without I am suffered;
505 in mixed sky ludicrous cowgirl prostitute to mercy,
than more beloved;
From God, soon the bite is born in they left.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Unless you're into camp you probably won't enjoy....
Couldn't paste the embedded player from that site to the blog entry - maybe it didn't like firefox?
What is amarok up to categorising Pogo.. as Disco
PS Have just upgraded to this week's 1.4.3 amarok release and things are now a lot more sane and Pogorelic is no longer Pogo'ing
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Grrr! some idiots set fire to the local school at the weekend, million pounds or so damage - went in with son today to sort out his sixth form options and one building - the arts department - has gone. See the Macclesfield Express for full report - I do wish they'd post things more regularly than their weekly paper edition... We live very close but didn't know anything about it until we saw the local BBCTV news the next day.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Produced these this month - need to clean up a few more and post them on my home server.
Reduced my Sainsbury's hours but other hours have increased and going to be busier...and stunningly have broken the 19ipm barrier - nearly 19.5 - don't think I'd ever exceeded 18.5 before.
So updates here may be more sporadic.
Friday, August 18, 2006
You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.
What is Your World View?
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edited to get better formatting - the html from quizfarm assumes a width that blogger doesn't allow!
Monday, August 14, 2006
The 'Tynwald', the Isle of Man's independent legislature, has voted to bring the homosexual age of consent into line with that of heterosexuals on the island, simultaneously scrapping rules stopping the discussion of homosexuality in schools on the island between teacher and pupil.
no doubt some in the Tynwald were dragged kicking and screaming here.
I still remember a slightly odd holiday we had in St Mary's back in the early 1960's where we were the only residents in the hotel. Going from Southport (home!) to the Isle of Man still felt a bit of a step back in time(!)
.. well the latter half of the 20th century...
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
- Death and the Penguin (this month's)
- Talking Heads II (Aug)
- Andrea Ashworth Once in a house on Fire - and with the classic read Of Mice and Men (Jul)
- William Trevor's After Rain(Jun)
- Donna Leon Fatal Remedies with classic read of Persuasion (May)
- Andrew Greig That Summer(Apr)
- William Boyd Armadillo (?)(Mar)
- Lorna Sage Bad Blood(Feb)
- The Girl with the Pearl Earring (Jan)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Dec 2005)
hope I've not missed anything out!
Friday, August 04, 2006
|You Belong in Paris|
You enjoy all that life has to offer, and you can appreciate the fine tastes and sites of Paris.
You're the perfect person to wander the streets of Paris aimlessly, enjoying architecture and a crepe.
Monday, July 31, 2006
It was the month of May; the apple trees in full bloom were covering the yard with a roof of fragranced flowers, and were constantly showering it with a swirling around of pinks leaflets that would fall endlessly on the people and on the grass
Guy de Maupassant
and such an easy slip to make when translating. If anyone can trace the source of the quote, I'd be grateful! Miss Harriet - seems close but I've not yet found the French original.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Started with Loose Canon edited by Damian Thompson - a portrait of Brian Brindley. One of the characters of the 1970's General Synod. I'm not sure that the book helps you understand Brindley better but there some wonderful details - like faxing huge documents of &'s just for the fonts.. owned a cat called Judith with Holofernes the poodle. I regret I never visited Holy Trinity when I lived in Reading though in some respects I'm sure I would have hated the experience!
Then I picked up David Mason's The Piano Tuner in the local Oxfam shop, as I read I wondered whether this was too Maughamish - innocent colonial seduced by a woman and the spirit of the East but I think the ending convinced me that this was not quite so! Daniel Mason, spent a year studying malaria on the Thai-Myanmar border.
Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) by Jean-Dominique Bauby - read this in French though I could have done with taking a dictionary with us! I mean to re-read it with the aid of one! Bauby was editor of Elle and suffered a stroke which led to 'locked in syndrome' and the book was dictated using one eyelid. Reflections on the ordinary from an extraordinary situation. I talked about it briefly in my sermon this morning and a few minutes later there was a butterfly fluttering right in front of me as I talked - unfortunately I wasn't alert enough to link it to the book I'd just described, or wonder if a diving bell was about to descend from the ceiling a la Tom and Jerry!
The final book was Sunetra Gupta's The Glassblower's Breath - the author divides her time between writing and researching infections diseases - maybe you see the unconscious pattern of book selection here!? I've not finished it yet and am still trying to work out whether or not I can handle the - to me - rather off putting style! An Australian site has a transcript of her talking about her writing style
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Some photos of emacs (!?), Chichester and Normandy taken on our recent break, have been put on my local webserver,
The above picture was taken by the Seine on the 14th July - but I see from googling that Ronceray is a dredger so maybe being low in the water is by design!
.. and while I get myself organised for some reflections, here is a picture I took from a quatorze juillet 'foire a tous'. Hadn't seen one of these before - no not the Father Christmas! - maybe I've been missing out - but IMHO something for the man who has everything.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
I just need to work out how to get the photos off my new N343i NEC mobile phone onto the computer...
six tubes of toothpaste
two bottles of red wine
There were - I assume - expecting the red wine to stain...
Later that day I - very gently - accidentally knocked over a bottle of extra virgin olive oil and the glass broke! A litre of oil on the checkout! at least it smelt nice if it had been a bit warmer I could have grilled meat on the metal surface.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Though it would be hard to find two more different pieces. Roger Muraro performing the amazingly difficult 'Par lui tout a été fait' from Messaien's Vingt Regards, looks to be from this concert - that's guessing - but suggests the building is Saint-Simond’s Church Aix-les Bains.
Disclaimer - I have never even attempted to play this piece - though I've tried the central Lisztian section - the face of God behind the flame and the turbulence - well the bass chords anyway!
Thanks to r.m.c.r and Wayne Reimer for the link. Unfortunately the video and the audio are slightly out of sync in a few places.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
I suppose there may have been some intricate port knocking going on to get there but I doubt it especially in view of a bug that featured when entering the data. I was nearly having palpitations!
Trying to be as unspecific as possible....so as not to further weaken the integrity of their system!
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Last night the Thursday evening walk took place on Tuesday(!) so as not to clash with the Ascension day service (on Thursday) - as Thursday evenings are out for me as I work until 8:30 that night I was keen to go and we enjoyed a walk despite the torrential downpour. Went along Macclesfield canal - and saw a number of geese and a heron looking rather damp - and then through Lyme Park, unfortunately we were too early in the year for the rhododendrons. No view of the house from the route of the walk and with the conditions only one of us braved an extension of the walk up a hill to see if the house was visible. Then back to drinks and chips and the Miners Arms Adlington.
Looks like being the only one of these walks for me this summer unless my working hours change... full photo album of the evening om my web site - though with the rain there weren't many photos taken!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Stop doing that boy, don't you realise that (some English king or other) died whilst doing something very similar - Ron's son put it far betterI still haven't forgotten a wonderful King's magazine cartoon in the early 1970's depicting Ron's struggles to balance the class's school dinner money.
On the darker side was his war experiences, he was a captain and was one of the first offices into Belsen and spent 5 weeks after that helping to run the camps converting gun covers into babies cradles.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
- Astronomy picture of the day
- This is broken
- Jane's world
- my del.icio.us bookmarks
- Webcam tricks - video site doesn't work for me so as an addition an emacs demo
- ship of fools
- Robin Walker's broadband speed test
- A recent Boondocks ucomics now doesn't work well with Linux as Macromedia haven't released a version 8 for Linux
- k - a dead link (well two dead links and nothing else!)
- Mad musings of me - Music and the Home Office (and Domingo)
- A deeply broken UK government website
- Piled higher and deeper
- q - nothing
- Geoff Coupe's weblog
- The Register
- The Easter Bunny hates you video
- Java applet collecting weblog emotions (should have been Web gallery of art Caravaggio but that site wasn't working until just now!)
- x - nothing
- Right wingnut rumour jumping on the lests spread a rumour about Iran campaign.
- z - nothing
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I'm still getting my head around some of the nuances of pedalling and the relation of the themes - I've found some internet articles useful here - see recent additions to my del.icio.us bookmarks.
Then last week it was Dave Sellars with whom I went to Euro-VHDL back in 1991 where I was presenting a paper when it was in Marseille. I didn't recognise him - he no longer works for Fujitsu - and I'd nearly forgotten the event.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Stanley Kubrick
“The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut
“8 1/2" (1963) Federico Fellini
“Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) Werner Herzog
“Alien” (1979) Ridley Scott
“All About Eve” (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
“Annie Hall” (1977) Woody Allen
“Apocalypse Now” (1979) Francis Ford Coppola
“Bambi” (1942) Disney
“The Battleship Potemkin” (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
“The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) William Wyler
“The Big Red One” (1980) Samuel Fuller
“The Bicycle Thief” (1949) Vittorio De Sica
“The Big Sleep” (1946) Howard Hawks
“Blade Runner” (1982) Ridley Scott
“Blowup” (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
“Blue Velvet” (1986) David Lynch
“Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) Arthur Penn
“Breathless” (1959 Jean-Luc Godard
“Bringing Up Baby” (1938) Howard Hawks
“Carrie” (1975) Brian DePalma
“Casablanca” (1942) Michael Curtiz
“Un Chien Andalou” (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
“Children of Paradise” / “Les Enfants du Paradis” (1945) Marcel Carne
“Chinatown” (1974) Roman Polanski
“Citizen Kane” (1941) Orson Welles
“A Clockwork Orange” (1971) Stanley Kubrick
“The Crying Game” (1992) Neil Jordan
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) Robert Wise
“Days of Heaven” (1978) Terence Malick
“Dirty Harry” (1971) Don Siegel
“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972) Luis Bunuel
“Do the Right Thing” (1989 Spike Lee
“La Dolce Vita” (1960) Federico Fellini
“Double Indemnity” (1944) Billy Wilder
“Dr. Strangelove” (1964) Stanley Kubrick
“Duck Soup” (1933) Leo McCarey
“E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) Steven Spielberg
“Easy Rider” (1969) Dennis Hopper
“The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) Irvin Kershner
“The Exorcist” (1973) William Friedkin
“Fargo” (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
“Fight Club” (1999) David Fincher
“Frankenstein” (1931) James Whale
“The General” (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
“The Godfather,” “The Godfather, Part II” (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola
“Gone With the Wind” (1939) Victor Fleming
“GoodFellas” (1990) Martin Scorsese
“The Graduate” (1967) Mike Nichols
“Halloween” (1978) John Carpenter
“A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) Richard Lester
“Intolerance” (1916) D.W. Griffith
“It’s a Gift” (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) Frank Capra
“Jaws” (1975) Steven Spielberg
“The Lady Eve” (1941) Preston Sturges
“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) David Lean
“M” (1931) Fritz Lang
“Mad Max 2" / “The Road Warrior” (1981) George Miller
“The Maltese Falcon” (1941) John Huston
“The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) John Frankenheimer
“Metropolis” (1926) Fritz Lang
“Modern Times” (1936) Charles Chaplin
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
“Nashville” (1975) Robert Altman
“The Night of the Hunter” (1955) Charles Laughton
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968) George Romero
“North by Northwest” (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
“Nosferatu” (1922) F.W. Murnau
“On the Waterfront” (1954) Elia Kazan
“Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) Sergio Leone
“Out of the Past” (1947) Jacques Tournier
“Persona” (1966) Ingmar Bergman
“Pink Flamingos” (1972) John Waters
“Psycho” (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
“Pulp Fiction” (1994) Quentin Tarantino
“Rashomon” (1950) Akira Kurosawa
“Rear Window” (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
“Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) Nicholas Ray
“Red River” (1948) Howard Hawks
“Repulsion” (1965) Roman Polanski
“The Rules of the Game” (1939) Jean Renoir
“Scarface” (1932) Howard Hawks
“The Scarlet Empress” (1934) Josef von Sternberg
“Schindler’s List” (1993) Steven Spielberg
“The Searchers” (1956) John Ford
“The Seven Samurai” (1954) Akira Kurosawa
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
“Some Like It Hot” (1959) Billy Wilder
“A Star Is Born” (1954) George Cukor
“A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) Elia Kazan
“Sunset Boulevard” (1950) Billy Wilder
“Taxi Driver” (1976) Martin Scorsese
“The Third Man” (1949) Carol Reed
“Tokyo Story” (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
“Touch of Evil” (1958) Orson Welles
“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) John Huston
“Trouble in Paradise” (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
“Vertigo” (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
“West Side Story” (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise
“The Wild Bunch” (1969) Sam Peckinpah
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939) Victor Fleming
Hat tip to Geoff Coupe - original list is with Roger Ebert which has reviews.
Monday, May 01, 2006
- Links and Things in some ways a forerunner of this blog.
- Books and Things - the Book reading club of which I'm a member.
I need to set up the templates - at the moment the side bars are pretty empty!
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
- 4+ bunches of raw beetroot
- 10 bags of potatoes
- 7 bunches of spring onions - `The pakistanis got the rest of them'
JFK admits to a headache is he "hasn't had a woman in three days", while Macmillan blusters at being offered a hamburger and delights in retiring to bed early with a good Trollope.
I assume from the hamburger between the 'woman' and the Trollope the conjunction is accidental?
My name is Dmitry Sergeev and I am the manager of a Human Recourses departament of U.F.I.S. PE (Ukrainian Folk Instruments Sales).
The purpose of this message is to draw Your attention to a vacant position of a financial manager.
But first of all - a few words about our company:
We are a Ukrainian company producing specialised hand made Ukrainian folk instruments, such as Trembita, Bandura, Tsymbaly. We have been producing exclusive instruments for collectors from all around the world, for over 15 years now. Some of our clients prefer to receive an instrument with gold strings or inlaid with diamonds and rubies and we take the highest pride in our workmanship. Now we are a company with 15 years experience. Duping this time more than 15000 people have purchased high-end items from us.
Getting more inventive, but I love that 'duping this time'!
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Went over the border last night to Hawarden to see Mike Douglas being licenced as team vicar at St Deniol's Church Hawarden.
Took a coach from Macclesfield and apart from a slighly alarming moment (for some of us) when the service details were distributed in Welsh and English - there wasn't much Welsh - sighs of relief from the furriners - and Hawarden is very nearly in England - the service and the refreshments were much enjoyed. Pictures of Mike greeting people after the service and of Frank Haslam and Graham Turner - an ex and the present incumbent of St Michael's Macclesfield in animated conversation - no doubt discussing the vicarage plumbing!
Full photo album is on my webserver and if that's down I've put the pictures (no pretty album) here
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
To communicate the importance of the ‘freedom to tinker’ that free software bestows on its users, for example, I invite people to ponder the absurdity of not being allowed to modify other people’s recipes for, say, Boeuf Bourgignon or fruit scones. I often make BB without using shallots, for example, and just chop standard onions into largish chunks.
It goes on to compare recipes and recipe mixes.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
So the first, a dark one:
There are time when I think that hopes of spiritual freedom are the saddest delusion that can torment the human brain. ... Perhaps the important thing does not lie in conquering but in fighting on to the end.
and the second
As long as something inside us protests against ourselves, there is room for hope. It is when one accepts oneself as one is and gives up, that the game is in danger of being lost. In other words. . . .one can set one's mind at rest so long as one feels uneasy!
those two seem to span a vast space between hopelessness and the determination that one can make a difference - to oneself? to others?
To redress these inner thoughts, I'll reference the banner and accompanying meditation that Joy Kewney read in church two weeks ago.
I've started making a separate album per month - allows the thread of development and hopefully increase in skill to be seen rather than bundling them all together
- Feb 06 largely working on el_cang_sozi.ter - downloaded from Terranuts exploring the terrain and lighting
- March 06my own terrains working on shorelines though I couldn't resist some mountain scenes. Including a render that took 8 hours yesterday at the head of this posting; not sure about the sky, though maybe it is a bit like that at the altitude of this camera position.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
What was going on the the Guardian RSS feed last night? Or maybe it was Google's fault - or maybe it was the fun going on with NTL's DNS servers (must get named running on my home network so I have an alternative to fall back on!).
[edited to include the screenshot directly]
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
The measure that Sainsbury's use to determine my efficiency is Items per minute - a count of the number of items scanned - not including the time taken dealing with payments or when logged out. The official line is that under 17 is unacceptable - I've never managed the 17 yet let alone the - mentioned in dispatches - 19. As you see from a screenshot of the spreadsheet I maintain at least it is pretty consistently increasing.
Last week I was given a basket - by a supervisor with 19 items and told I'd be timed on it - I said that it was pretty artificial thinking that it would be a breeze but I managed 9.5 items per minute!
(what a flurry of postings - there must be something else I'm avoiding doing?!)
I do publish my weblogs but deliberately don't include the referrer stats so you can see that the traffic has gone up but can't see what the nasty bots are trying to advertise!
- Cowboy leg beautiful pole
- Coconut braises the bamboo chicken
- Gold silver lotus root silk fries shrimp fucks
no doubt this is all over the blog world already...?
Look down the comments to about the 13th comment for a useful - and funny explanation of some of the dishes.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
George Monblot writes this week in the Guardian about the way
The competition authorities have been taken over by the superstores.The way that the Blair govenment has not touched:
The policy imposed by Margaret Thatcher's administration - which later came to be known as the Tebbit doctrine - determined that the public interest could be reinterpreted as "the consumer interest", and even this could be defined in the narrowest terms.I vividly remember Tebbit sneering at those who supported Fairtrade on Panorama. And now we have a culture of intimidation of some suppliers and the extinction of small shops and thier associated support environment:
Even the OFT recognises that the wholesalers who supply the small shops are approaching the "tipping point", beyond which they go out of business. This would trigger a chain reaction through the independent sector, pulling down thousands of businesses. The network of small farmers, wholesale markets, dairies, auctioneers, news distributors and small abattoirs, with all its expertise and investment, is collapsing at an extraordinary rate. It is hard to see how it could ever be replaced.
The colleague discount card for us is a wonderful saver of money - but it ties us to a particular shop even more..
Thus, for a Christian, it is wrong to take offence. To take offence is to play the devil's games, to enter into antagonism between the righteous and the ÂunrighteousÂ, the 'sinner' and the 'saved'. In letting go of any sense of offence, one is released from the mythological pressures embedded in all stories of them and us, and is set free to become the sort of person that God originally intended - living in peace and loving the neighbour. This is what lies behind the striking language in Matthew's gospel (5:29, where Jesus commands us to pluck out our eyes if it causes us to sin language taken up by a great many moralists seeking violent self-harm, as it is, of course, to scapegoat a part of oneself). The original language used in Greek, however, is related to this word skandalon and the passage means 'if your eye is scandalized, pluck it out' in other words, do not see offence.
Anyway, back to the meme:
Four jobs I've had:
- Checkout operator
- Deputy head of kitchen
- stock taking in an engineering works
- numerical analyst
Four movies I can watch repeatedly:
- Au Revoir les Enfants
- Cinema Paradiso
- Ma Vie en Rose
- The Italian Job
Four places I have lived:
- Birkdale (Southport)
Four TV shows I like to watch:
- Mony Python
- Bill Oddie Naturewatch
- Have I got News for You
- Ski Sunday
Four places I have been on vacation:
- Valais (Switzerland)
Four favourite dishes:
- Spaghetti with broccoli
- Steak au poivre
- Plateau de Fruits de Mer
- Crepes with cider
Four websites I visit daily:
- The Register
- J Walk
- Maggi Dawn
Four places I would rather be right now:
- Up in the Swiss Alps (even in this Season!)
- Back in a computing job
- Comfortable restaurant with a bottle of red wine
- Back in bed
Far too revealing....
Monday, March 13, 2006
(now do I need a categories category!?)
Sunday, March 12, 2006
One came up ok, the other was seemingly ok but connections to the other machine and the internet were painfully slow. I rebooted the router, restarted the machines network connection ,rebooted the machine but no improvement - the other m/c's network speed was fine!
Eventually the following evening, I stuck a Knoppix bootable dvd in the drive and rebooted and with Knoppix the speed was also fine (I'd been wondering if the power cut had broken the network card). So I was more puzzled and booted back into Mandriva and it was now working! I can only assume that Knoppix tested something - in order to set up a network connection - that normally doesn't get tweaked and that got whatever it was (network card? router connection?) back working normally.
Knoppix is wonderful for diagnosing machine problems especially when they won't boot any other way, back at PTI ,I managed to pull a CD's worth of data off a pretty dead disk by putting it in the freezer and then booting Knoppix and using it to burn a CD (the machine belonged to the administrator and was therefore rather important). There were backups but...
Then yesterday St Michael's had a power cut just an hour before the organist was married! On resumption the organ didn't work! And with the choir and organ lined up to do various important things very shortly.
Normal organ maintainer lives a good journey away so someone local was rung, conversation went (roughly):
Wedding in 45 minutes? - well you can always sing unaccompanied!
But it's the organist's wedding!!!
Well he can hardly be playing and getting married!
more armtwisting and he (the electrician) dropped his current job and sorted out the small problem before the organist discovered the the carefully planned music for her wedding was in peril!
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Today Arthur Marshall (no relation) and Karen Gedd were married. I've known Karen since the early 1970's. She's currently St Michael's choirmaster and organist (as well as holding down a good job), the service was at St Michael's with an open invitation to the congregation, reception at Church with all invited and a lovely occasion - people I've not met since 1980, the local church enjoying with family and friends a joyous event. Photo of Kath stalking choir and the couple, more photos to follow.
St Michael's reordering really came into its own as a splendid setting for the ceremony and the reception. Arthur is a folk dancing enthusiast so there was a band, he has a narrowboat - so there was one on one cake, the other had a double-bass (Karen's other instrument), oh and there was another cake.
I hadn't met Arthur before yesterday when he happened to come though my Sainsbury's till and I guessed who he was:
You're getting married tomorrow?!
.. more to come!
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
On Monday night someone claimed that Chip and Pin is secure because it means that no one can use your card without your permission(!) - so if you know the pin that means you're a licit user. I refused the card but said they could use the local ATM machine and then pay for their order. They weren't happy - I said someone could see their number when they were using a cash machine and steal their card so it couldn't be totally secure - they weren't convinced. They went to get the money - 5 minutes went by - and they didn't return - obviously off in a huff - unless it wasn't their card?!
Luckily the other person waiting in the checkout was understanding.
How widespread is using your partner's card? - I'm seeing one or two cases a week when I'm working. To my mind it's just like forging your partners signature because you know they won't mind...
Image doesn't look as high quality as the previous one but I think that's a fault of the screenshot.