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What I did on my holidays

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

I have been sojourning in the village of surreal scarcrows and scarily perfect babies, link St Jean de Gonville.

St Jean.jpg

I had a lovely time visiting my friend Kerry and learning how to crochet.

Here are the weird scarecrows – they made me come over all League-of-Gentlemanish, pharm a series I was too scared to watch in bursts of more than five seconds.


One has lost his head and one has a bottle of milk in his pocket. I’m too scared to ask any of the obvious questions.

Man with Horns (Musique)

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Musings on the A9

Friday, June 30th, 2006

I stopped as usual at the Ballinluig Motor Grill last Friday for my sausage, ailment egg and chips with a mug of tea, sale and the rather substantial portions cost less than a portion of tea and cake at House of Bruar. The food is simple but good, I love the way everyone is friendly, and you can have a very pleasant conversation about the merits of the five different routes to Elgin with anyone. Don’t even bother trying to stop anywhere else, unless you take your own sandwiches to The Hermitage – a little slice of Middle Earth.

The A9 has a symbolic value – it has always been a journey of the soul and spirit as well as the physical for me. It has always connected family to family, and I’ve been travelling it since before I was born. It can be very beautiful -when the sun is out. I am not a huge rain fan.


Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

I am expanding my vocabulary of the Glasgow vernacular – not-so-recent additions have been ‘solid’ and ‘fresh’, there frequently prefaced by the modifier ‘pure’. Also, pharmacist I now know what an Emo is.
However, information pills when I got to ‘noob’, I and my colleagues were stumped. It sounded pithy, but with little obvious derivational quality. Here is a helpful section from Wikipedia.

Newb vs. noob

Newb and noob may have somewhat different connotations. Newbs are simply newcomers—noob and n00b, on the other hand, generally means someone who is obnoxious, annoying, or breaks the rules; whether they are actual newcomers or not is mostly irrelevant. Therefore, a noob may be someone who has been around for a long time but still engages in behavior that he or she should have learned is unacceptable. Noobs are generally confident in what they are doing, but in reality are annoying others. “Newb” is not necessarily an insulting word, but “noob” usually is.

Apparently it is also classed as a sort of swear word, so apologies.

Hooray for holidays!

Friday, March 31st, 2006

It has been a long and torturous term. But I am now free! Free to have long lies, side effects finish Lego Macbeth and get the Shakespeare site up and running! I am off to Wagamamas for a celebratory noodle with fellow freed colleagues later, troche and then some celebratory drinks after. Hallelujah!

And the sun is shining!

Footnote: as it was raining and we didn’t want to walk elsewhere, we ended up in the Garage. But I did bump into some fellow Moosers and a moosette! Up yet guys?


Friday, March 10th, 2006

‘Oblivious Joe’ has been reading ‘The Conspiracy of Kindness’ and has decided to help out an old widow by chopping down that eyesore of a beanstalk blocking the lovely view from her window. Shame he hasn’t noticed Jack with his treasure stolen from the giant.

This is my first attempt at a bumbling Joe vignette. He’s coming soon to a fairytale near you! To see other Joe Vigs click on the links below!
I have of course edited out any unflattering ones of me!

Happy Birthday mrBen!


My shirt is louder than your shirt. No, medicine
mine. MINE!

I am ill.

And very grumpy.

So ill and grumpy, syringe
I am about to watch some terrible Jennifer Garner films.

Please send me links to cheer me up. Or tell me jokes.


Anyone want some lego?

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

So, pills I have bought quite a lot of lego and I don’t need all the parts, so I thought I’d put it here before ebay to see what happens…

I am selling:(see photo)
Harry Potter with broom and cape

Pink skin reversible head Ron Weasley no hair

Hogwarts light grey uniform

A black octopus

Selection of modern tools

Lego keys and wings

Other stuff as shown – prices guaranteed to beat ebay! Pick and mix as desired, or I will swap. I am looking for grey bricks and a blue base board among other things.


Am I the Pope, or Gorbachev’s ear?

Thursday, January 19th, 2006
You are a
Social Conservative
(36% permissive)

and an…
Economic Liberal
(18% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

Merry Christmas! Happy Hogmany Party Type Thing

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Today is my last day at school for two weeks! Hooray! I hope that all of you have a lovely time where ever you are. I got a card yesterday saying, prescription ‘To the best teacher in the world’ which almost makes it all worthwhile!

It looks like Ben and I will be having an informal drop-in type party on Hogmany if you’re not busy, ask and probably again during New Year’s afternoon. Bring boardgames, and don’t dress up if you don’t want to. Alcohol and snacks provided. The LEGO MACBETH should be available for critique in its initial stages.


Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Well, price to be accurate, I missed the first half hour or so, but I liked it. I thought the casting was very good apart from the American wolf, and that Cair Paravel should have looked a little less like Minas Tirith. I think the people that have been disappointed are not in touch with their inner child, because that is how you have to see it. Nice scenery, courtesy of God more than CGI I believe.

And now Bleak House has finished, and I am pleased to see it has managed to achieve what it set out to do and make what was a rather hard book to follow at times into a series of well balanced episodes. Also lacking in sentimentality, and not your over-simplified romance plot either. Nice to see lots of characters of integrity as well as various shades of wicked.

I’m now looking forward to Under the Greenwood Tree, and wishing I had taped A Midsummer Night’s Dream as I may have to teach it next term.