Thursday, May 22, 2008

Resolutions Update

My new year resolutions were:

Set up a new home with Debbie (In progress. I feel a bit like the Queen this last month - there always seems to be a smell of paint.....) Get fit (Patchy progress....) Blog regularly (Check!)

and, [drum roll]:

Get a golf handicap below 20 (CHECK!)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I hate it when I think I'm missing out on an underground subculture

A list of all available Bluetooth devices in the front carriage of the 8.30 train this morning from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street: 8 Nokia 6300 Unknown Device JOHNLAPTOP Whore Unknown device Nick Barley’s Computer

Monday, May 19, 2008

Infinite Monkey Theorem So far Unproved

The internet is great, anyone can use it. Think of this site like a greatest hits, so you don't ever have to read the comments on The Herald's politics stories ever again. (With thanks to doctorvee)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Kaizen in practice

Continuous improvement must be the watchword of every successful business. That's why I was delighted to see that the best off-licence on this side of Edinburgh has taken it to heart......

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Coming to terms with my inner middle-class self

The first in an irregular series:

1. It’s been impossible to live my middle class lifestyle while keeping my green guilt in check, so one of them has to give. I’m therefore going to buy a new car at the first available opportunity. The Car Club isn’t working for me: the cars either don’t work or aren’t available when I want them. What’s the point of walking 20 minutes there and 20 minutes back to hire a car for 2 hours?

2. And I’m going to buy the biggest car I can afford so I can keep my golf clubs in the boot.

3. The Edinburgh Golf Club is not great, as the greens on the public courses are crap and I’m blaming them for the spate of 3-putting. I will work out how to blame the quality of the course maintenance on my hook later. I want to join a private golf club and am willing to pay for the privilege.

4. I’m looking forward to living in a big house with a garden and dining kitchen. Probably in Perth. We won’t be out partying in the big city at the weekend, but will be able to host fabulous dinner parties. I can invite people from the golf club.

5. I’m not adversely affected by the abolition of the 10p Income tax band.

6. We’re going on holiday to a villa in Tuscany.

7. My biggest pleasure in life is going for dinner with friends. A nice dinner, in a good restaurant, with a carefully chosen bottle of wine. And then leaving in good time to get home at a reasonable time as we’ve got to get up early and clean/de-clutter/decorate the house because we want to get it on the market in June as then we can use the capital to put down a decent deposit on a new place because we reckon that being able to put in quick, low offers is the best way forward in a slowing market and anyway we can use the opportunity to try out the commute from Linlithgow/Perth to see if it’s manageable, Debbie’s already raised it with her boss and so she’ll probably be able to work more flexible hours and it won’t be much of a difference to me as I commute from Edinburgh to Glasgow every day anyway.

This is not a complaint. I’m just guilty and thankful at the same time.

Friday, May 2, 2008

From an election spectator

I’m currently in London, where I now go to take my orders ;) A few personal reflections about the election here today:
  1. I went to the bookies to put money on Boris and couldn’t do it. Partly because of the economics of the short odds, partly because of the moral implications of betting on someone you wouldn’t vote for. Will those who thought they’d vote for Boris when they woke up today face a similar dilemma? Is his vote weak?
  2. I put £20 on Ken to win. YouGov got the gap between SNP and Labour wrong by about 6% in last year’s Scottish election, and today predicted a similar gap between Boris and Ken. Given this, and the Ken lead shown in the other polls in the past week I think it will be within about 2% on first votes, so well worth a punt on Ken.
  3. Likely Labour voters – folk my age who have probably always voted for Ken – talked of their motivation today in terms of what a disaster Boris would be rather than how good Ken was/is/will be. Will the lack of positive motivation for Ken and Labour voters harm him and make a difference to voting?