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From an interview

with the Lizards’ David Cunningham September, 1984

Sad

bumping into limitations of crap middleware :-(

Happy

listening to the Flying Lizards’ “TV” on vinyl :-)

More thoughts on le pen etc.

(Hi dug) Here’s two “interesting” (i.e. scary) pieces from the guardian. It’s all quite depressing, imho. I still haven’t forgiven Blunkett for the “read my lips” - “well, I was only joking” thing. I decided then ...

Darn (71.60%)

According to IPSOS (Institut something something something?) the turnout was 71.60 percent. Why did I think that the turnout was poor? Now I’m really confused, I guess the figure I need is what percent of the popu...

Chirac never had it so good

What a non-starter, Chirac started running after the presidency of the Fifth Republic in the early seventies. Mitterand started his campaign in 1948 (now that’s determination). If ever you needed a reason to vote,...

5 weeks to go

Only five more weeks til I become a dad! Haven’t had much time to myself of late as I’ve been doing loads of construction work between bouts of job work. Those of you who have visited West End Lane know what a sta...

And I just wanted to add

that we have a socialist government. (Michael Howard just said “good evening” and has started telling of one of his constituents who waited 83 weeks to see a consultant. Michael Howard. Surely you remember? arg!?)

More diaries?

I’m still working on the next release of this blogging system (no time for personal web projects - work plus decorating leaves no leisure time) but even in its crude state, a couple of friends have decided to set ...

amazed (again, don’t you just love the internet?)

I got the following in the mail today. This one smells like it could run a bit… (reprinted in the original’s all caps)

wey hey!

we have a new reader - hello JASR (José-Antonio Sobrino-Reineke). Jasr is a good friend of mine from New York who lives in Germany and is about to get married :-) I have mentionned beforehand that I am going to mi...

I still remember the first all-nighter

I pulled at my first job in advertising. It was in preparation for a pitch to Conde Nast (Vogue) ah those were the days (what am I doing working at 04:28 am?)

not those corporate anthems again

Will this one not die? Once upon a time a man called Chris Raettig was slogging it out at a small consultancy called pumpernickle when he came across the first corp anthem (kpmg I think it was) - anyway, you all k...

Falby

As part of the child naming process, I’m trying to find the first name of the falby that came over from denmark in 890AD (I imagine). I realise this is entirely impossible, but I can dream can’t I? My branch of th...

another spammer relents

“As Manager of Customer Experience for CustomOffers, your recent claim with Exodus has been brought to my attention. I have personally sent a request to unsubscribe dug@pumpernickle.net from CustomOffers’ mailing ...

ok, I cried

It’s the pipes - does it every time, there’s just something about the sound of a piped lament… I’m glad the Queen mum’s funeral service was well attended. Intellectually, I think the monarchy doesn’t have a leg to...

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Lots on - little time

Well, it’s the 6th of April(!) I haven’t posted in weeks and my mom has just sent me a note to see what’s up, so I thought I’d better post. Well, I’ve been struggling to get a number of things sorted out at once. ...

Lesbian barbecue

Nicki’s friend Julie (who has produced two chilun) says “breastfeeding is worse than a sado-masochistic lesbian barbecue” - I shudder…

Meme alert

Ok, does meme have two ems? (as in memme, not mememe) - not sure about that one. Just came a cross one of them in the making (well ok, not a meme exactly). Perhaps a new form of haiku. Apple have started shipping ...

Google

It amazes me that the phrase “Wireless applications are not dead” only returns one result (a rambling piece I wrote on wml pop clients and so on). Of course without the quotes you get a lot more…

Bathroom

Sophie and Nadinne are recent art school graduates who have moved from their first few jobs to set up on their own as interior designers. They are designing and contracting our bathroom and things are looking up -...

I haven't read a hifi mag in 15 years

Remember when we were all obsessed with ‘rumble’ and balancing our tone-arms? As a teenager, I religiously kept up to date on all the latest hifi technology. Hours lost lusting for some brushed aluminum box…

Sorry about not posting

But still no computer :-(

National childbirth trust

Just got back from our first class. Wow, just like in the movies. More about this later, but nice people and good instructor called Akiko - class at her house in Cricklewood…

My friend Sally and her relationship

Now I’ve been dying to write about this as poor old Sal is going through the most horrendous shitty nasty messy relationship thing right now and I have a lot of thoughts on the matter.

Kitchen and bathroom designers

On the bathroom designer front, we’ve been seeing some more designers. Very multifaceted bunch really. We’ve also started talking to specifically female designers as Nicki is going to be spending a lot of time tal...

The nature of creation

Had a fantastic day on Sunday. Went to see the Paul Klee show at the Hayward and then took in Coppola’s “The Conversation” - yes Billy, I did spot the changed inflection ;-)

Baby boom?

Nick and I spent a large part of yesterday afternoon walking around John Lewis with a ‘baby clobber consultant’. This was the first time I pushed a pram in public (strange) and the first time the sheer logistical ...

Ben used to have this yellowed warning sign above his stereo

Which was designed to look like it might have come from the ammunition store at Colditz. The were lots of achtungs and zis and zat and so on… Imagine my surprise when this showed up on an email list I subscribe to...

Not enough hours in the day

Damn, I’m trying to get all these personal projects together and failing miserably. Ever since we moved Pumpernickle out of Berkeley Street, I can’t seem to focus on anything for any significant length of time. Th...

Bush-to-bush like Joyce Grenfell

Recovering from a weekend spent in Devon, celebrating Jed & Ruth’s 40th (Ruby) wedding anniversary. Dug and I had both been rather dreading the prospect of “hosting” tables at a formal dinner populated by weir...

I take it all back, orange

Well, the fact that they use javascript to forward certain page elements to other pages, including using javascript actions instead of using form submit buttons is infuriating and evil…

The things you find when cleaning out your disk

I was just cleaning out some backup space on the server, and you know how when you’re trying to throw away old magazines and you can’t help reading the articles and you end up not throwing half of them away?

Bathroom designer in London

If anyone reading this has had a good experience with bathroom designers (that’s another word for building contractor…) in London, UK please drop me an email with contact details. I’ve spent the day talking tub wi...

Sheppey

Nicki and I just had a fantastic day down in Kent.There’s a particularly enjoyable type of British leisure activity that involves grey skies, wet lay-bys and hot mugs of tea (or pints of real ale) and today was de...

What is this log about (additional notes)

Ruth, my mother, reads this log and has sent in corrections about the previous post. I have edited the post the get the facts straight (thanks Ruth). I’m trying to get her to keep her own web log as I know so litt...

What is this log about?

When I started the log, it was going to be somewhere for me to put thoughts about our pregnancy. It seemed like I had never written anything down and life was most definitely feeling like sand between fingers. So ...

I’d just like to say whoever built the orange website is a w*****

And whoever’s in charge at Orange and has done nothing about it for the last two years is an even sadder w*****.