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SMS GR8!

Very useful, this SMS thing Last week I finally got my mobile phone fiddled with sufficiently to be able to send SMS messages. Actually, that would be better written as SMSs, since "SMS message" would stand for "short message service message", which while syntactically correct, does sound rather cumbersome. While it's possible that any naff technology is exciting whi

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Doing battle with a spider

There aren't really many dangerous spiders in Melbourne. The most common dangerous one is called a whitetail, and if you get a nip from one, you end up getting welty sore type things. Contrast this to the stuff they get up in Sydney like redbacks and funnelwebs, and the whitetail seems pretty tame in comparison. No, Melbourne's spiders tend to go for the psychological angle. Take, for example, the

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Clean up

I had a bit of a clear out today. Admittedly I didn't get very far towards my long-term goal of tidying up the house completely, but remember the longest journey begins with a single call to your travel agent. What is amazing is the little bits of memorabilia you can find when sorting through old papers. This is stuff like tickets and so on that logically is no use whatsoever after the event has o

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Big

The completed shower The shower got finished on Wednesday, which is good, because I was getting a bit tired of baths. Certainly they're nice as a change, but not so good when you're in a hurry. Speaking of baths, something half amusing, half embarrassing happened on Tuesday morning. I was getting out of the bath and everything was at normal status, total Defcon 5. Just then Jeremy, who ha

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RIP Tim 1999-2001

The two surviving goldfish Bad news. Last night I noticed that one of the goldfish was... umm... sleeping with the fishes. I wasn't sure if it was Tim, Bill or Graeme who had passed on to that great fishbowl in the sky, but in the morning Isaac let me know that it had been Tim. I blame myself really. Okay, so I speculated that it might have been the heat earlier in the week that finished

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Bath

Ah, a nice relaxing bath. Can't read the paper in the shower... Well, you kinda can, but it gets pretty wet. I just had my second bath of the year. That might not sound like many baths, but it's more baths than I had in the whole of last year. Oh, don't worry, I do bathe regularly. I normally prefer showers, but the plumber came on Thursday and commenced fixing up the shower, which involv