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Toilet humour (or “Honey, I broke the toilet”)

Reports are coming in from reputable sources that our neighbour has broken his toilet. Our neighbours in the flat downstairs are an old woman and her son, and quite frankly they can be a right pain in the arse sometimes. Their capacity for watching the TV all night with the volume turned right up knows no bounds, and although they have always turned it down when asked, they always make it sound l

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Christmas and aftermath

Well, all in all, it's been a great Christmas long weekend. Lucky next week is broken up by New Year's Day, otherwise going back to a full work week would be a bit of a blow. On Christmas Day we awoke to the inevitable pile of presents under the tree, and proceeded at a leisurely pace to open them all. I think we all did pretty well, just about all the presents had been very well chosen. Which is

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Only one more sleep til Christmas!

Last night, the night before Christmas Eve (which could be called Christmas Eve Eve, but it sounds silly) found us enjoying dinner at a nice little (well, medium sized) Italian place in the city with friends from my previous jobs. We had been going to have Indian, but at not quite the last minute, I discovered some features of the chosen Indian place which I felt may have detracted from our dining

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Christmas time

Yowsers. It's almost Christmas again, which means the year is practically over. Quite frankly I'm amazed at how fast it's gone. We're all ready for Christmas. We've bought all the presents, we've sent all the cards. Well, okay, so I personally didn't do most of it - like most married men in the western world, when I say "we've" done it all, I mean my wife did just about all of it. Every

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Suddenly running

Suddenly, I was running. The tiled walls of the corridor became a blur, as I scrambled towards the end. There were people all around - some walking, some running in the opposite direction to me. And worst, some walking the same direction as me, in my way but oblivious to what was happening, and to my urgency. I reached the end of the corridor, and leapt up the steps, two or three at a time. A wom

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The update

Another busy week. Highlights included: I got a room mate at work. My desk is in a converted conference room, because they ran out of regular desk spots to squeeze people into. After arriving in the morning once or twice to find meetings happening in there (and calmly walking to my desk and settling in, ignoring whoever was gathered in my office!) people seem to have got used to the fact that t

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Bendigo

On Saturday, as part of a gentle introduction to our quest to see more of Australia, we set off for Bendigo. Bendigo is about 150K's north of Melbourne, in the heart of Victoria's goldmining district. The train took about two hours to get there, weaving its way through varying countryside - from well farmed fields to thick rainforest - and towns of varying sizes. By the time we arrived in Bendigo

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My week

I've had a pretty good week this week. Not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but pretty good. It began on Monday, when I had a job interview. Despite almost getting lost in the wilds of Doncaster, I managed to find the place, and spoke to the guy. It went quite well, I thought, and in fact he rang me late that afternoon and asked me to start on Thursday. Cool - so no more feeling nervou

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How did your Melways get like that?

You sometimes hear stories about how taxi drivers drive like maniacs. Certainly my driving instructor reckons I should be on the look-out for them (as well as people driving company cars from a certain well-known very large telephone company that recently floated on the stock exchange...) My own experience with taxi drivers is that some of them do drive like maniacs. Some of them drive very sensi

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The ups and downs of lifts

Well, with my current contract job expiring, ceasing to be, going to meet its maker, etc on Friday, I'm merrily job hunting once again. I wouldn't have left it so late, but The Perfect Job(tm) reared its head last week and appeared to be the ideal way for me to continue bringing in enough dosh to feed the family over Christmas. Alas it evaporated on Tuesday, as is the case sometimes. But I'm not