Monday, September 28, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 20:28 Watching @stephenfry and mark carwardine in Last Chance To See #
  • 17:57 So Orange will get the iphone 3GS. Not sure if I'm happy about that or not? #
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Just When You Thought Apple Couldn't Get More Devious

Sometime ago I wrote a post about why I wasn't going to be buying an i-phone.  Since then the i-phone has grown, it got 3G and has now become much more of the phone it should have been in the first place.  Now this has happened.  Which removes one of my last reasons for not going i-phone.  Plus my mobile (the one I use for a lot of my video blogging etc has died).
I've been onto the Orange website and registered my interest.  Now all I need to do is wait and see.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 20:26 Watching "The Boat That Rocked" on DVD #
  • 07:10 So today is going to go something like: walk dog, allotment, lunch, F1, gardening, roast beef, upload allotment vid (if recorded), bed #
  • 09:16 @Documentally enjoy #
  • 09:28 Doing battle with the weeds - not sure if I'm winning #
  • 10:56 Finished refelting plot neighbour's shed roof - a good job if I do say so myself #
  • 11:15 12seconds - Saving Seed #
  • 11:16 Saving seed #
  • 11:26 I uploaded a YouTube video -- @tontowilliams [Saving seed] #
  • 12:11 Settling down to watch grand prix #
  • 12:13 New Post on #
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Allotment - Late September Update

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Is It Really Only a Week Since Our Holiday?

It's strange but this time last week we had just got back from our holiday. It seems much longer. Work has been particularly frantic this week, and next week is shaping up to be the same. There's been no blogging and hardly any tweeting, so for the time being at least I thought I would re-live at least part of our holiday with a video. The safari video.

Tweets for Today

  • 08:42 RT @thermalsatsuma: Just checking that ur not throwing any fud away #caturday #
  • 09:21 @thermalsatsuma have fun #
  • 09:25 Work's been so unbelievably busy this week have had little time for anything else, first time this week to visit allotment #
  • 11:53 Done on allotment today going home to do hoovering and then watch grand prix qualifying #
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Tweets for Today

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 19:42 Haven't tweeted for days. Been busy back at work boo! #
  • 22:01 @WestonGreenMan yep mine went in last Sunday. Hoping the winter is milder this year. Frost got some of 'em last winter #
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:29 Awake early. I thought you were supposed to sleep better in your own bed after a holiday? Time to walk dog then off to #allotment #
  • 10:14 Buzzard just flown across allotment. Now sitting in neighbouring oak tree watching proceedings #
  • 11:48 @david_hewson is your civic not the hybrid version then? #
  • 12:22 @david_hewson sounds like you got the best deal all round #
  • 17:35 @willkay allotment was fine thanks - notice you didn' t do any weeding either, but thanks for looking after the blog! #
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 19:27 Must update my twitter profile which, at the moment is blank. What should I write? #
  • 19:33 RT @paisleyofficial: Topic for 2day:favorite Dinosaur.mine would be either Allosaurus or Giganotosaurus. => brontosaurus for me #
  • 20:47 @langley when I emailed Kodak they said mid-sept but it's still not available so I don't know now #
  • 22:41 @mariarocio that's a great photo of will and a great post too #
  • 22:42 RT @MDuette: For sheer creativity..ding ding ding! RT @RusticLad The waterKoi #petfilms #
  • 07:33 Headin' for home soon #
  • 07:48 RT @thermalsatsuma: I haz a soft pillow #caturday #
  • 09:00 Setting sail (I mean hitting the road) #talklikeapirateday #
  • 10:05 Yarr putting into port for supplies (need caffeine) #
  • 12:26 Home again 2 #
  • 16:26 @langley kodak Zi8 listed on amazonUK as a pre-order for availability 1st October '09 £149.99 kodak have online for same price but no date #
  • 16:45 Big thank you to @willkay and @mariarocio for posting on my blog whilst I've been away <3 #
  • 17:13 Posted a videoblog - day one of our holiday #
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Holiday Day One - Getting My Bearings

A Really Big Thank You To Will and Maria

Thanks for posting on my blog while I've been away guys. Excellent job!

Friday, September 18, 2009

cry havoc

Last post! Yep, this is definitely my last guest post (for now). At some point (the mighty) Alan should return home and take back the reins of his blog. I hope I've managed to do my part in looking after the blog. I've tried to stick to topics that should be covered (or would be covered) in Alan's blog - good news, I deleted the whole political rant and the libellous attack on Phil Collins. Which means that I'm left with talking about dogs.

Here's something you can try at the next cocktail party you're at. As you mingle, occasionally nibbling on a carrot stick dipped in humus, swallowing a vol-au-vent whole, attempting to drink around the fly in your Chardonnay (wouldn't that be ironic) casually drop into conversation one of these two bon-mots:
I really don't get on with children.
I really don't get on with animals.
And discover which one makes you the most unpopular. Oddly enough, it is the not getting on with kids that is the more socially acceptable. Society tends to be quite understanding about the fact that some times people just don't like/understand children. However, casually mention that you don't like/understand animals and you can suddenly become a social pariah.

I don't really get on with animals. Don't get me wrong, I like animals, so long as they are in the wild, far away from me, or behind bars. I really don't get on with a specific group of animals, pets. Oh, it's not a medical condition, I don't suffer from allergies or asthma. I'm just not comfortable around animals. I don't like them up close.

...and this is where I alienate myself from all of Alan's readers....

Anyhoo, what I really wanted to write about was dogs, dogs in Tijuana. There are many dogs that run wild on the streets of Tijuana. They survive how they survive, and sometimes they don't. In theory I shouldn't have a problem with them (the street dogs) because at no stage do I have to put up with them sniffing my crotch, licking my face, shedding hair. However, there is one major problem with street dogs - the dawn chorus.

There's this bit in 101 Dalmatians, and I mean the original cartoon because I haven't seen the real life film, where the dogs bark at sunset? They send out a message looking for the missing puppies. I think there is a special name for it? The Dusk Discussion or something daft like that. It's been so long since I've seen the cartoon that I might have got this wrong, but bear with me. Well, that doesn't happen here. What does happen is that, round about 5am, every morning, a group of street dogs come down our street. This sets off all the dogs in people's houses - except they aren't in their owner's houses, they are outside, patrolling the grounds, waiting to bark. And bark they do. And the street dogs bark back. And total and utter bedlam ensues for the next five minutes. Every. Blummin'. Morning. Except Tuesday morning. Tuseday morning is slightly different. Tuesday is bin day, and the binmen come whenever they want. So, most people put out there rubbish on Monday night. This means that the street dogs don't just walk down our street, they stop at every bin bag for a good sniff. This means that Tuesday's bark-a-thon lasts for a good thirty minutes. I'm really not that keen on dogs, especially ones that bark at 5am every day.

And on that note, I'll finish. I hope that you've enjoyed my guest posts. If you have, you can find me here. If not, don't blame Alan.

Tweets for Today

  • 19:40 RT @CharleyBoorman: BAM 2 is coming out on Sunday 27th of September in 10 days. Tell your friends. X #
  • 17:51 So we have to go home tomorrow! Can't help wondering what state the #allotment and garden will be in. Feels like we've been away longer #
  • 17:56 RT @AllotmentAli: RT @BAAF: BAAF is gearing up for National Adoption Week. Help spread the word #
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 18:37 @willkay post to your hearts content. those are some amazing trees! #
  • 18:40 @Documentally tee hee, how does he pull a pint? #
  • 18:44 RT: @thelittleidiot New post: Moby begins extended tour of USA, Canada and Mexico! #
  • 18:45 Cooking dinner (well stirring a pan of beans) and reading tweets #
  • 19:46 @documentally - Cheers - hope you're having a great holiday ! #
  • 11:00 Reading a James Lee Burke novel and trying to enjoy the last few days of holiday #
  • 14:48 A bit of religous architecture #
  • 14:54 Despite being one of God's creatures - he's barred! #
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raised like royalty

Weirdly, we were all raised as if we were not ever going to have to get our hands dirty. I thought it was just my mother, but speaking to one of my kids' godparents the other day, he said to me that he was having trouble starting a new business because he's having trouble charging.
So. He works, but people don't pay him.
I asked him why he couldn't just say "It's going to be this much" and he said exactly what I would say in his situation. "Money is so vulgar!"
It is. It's how we were raised. How does one get through that hurdle? I've given him some advice - things that I think I could muster, given his circumstances -, but I really don't know the right answer nor do I know why we would both feel this way. Is it our parents? Did they never discuss money or, maybe, argue about money so much that we in turn find it infinitely pedestrian?
I don't know. But I don't like it. It impedes my own development. It's very frustrating.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 22:09 @mariarocio yay day off! Enjoy :) #
  • 07:15 @willkay hey thanks for posting again, twice in one day on two blogs! Enjoy your day off #
  • 13:57 Gonna climb this next #
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would photos help?

Re: the post below (no, not that one, below that one, further down, the one about gardens and stuff). It occurred to me that mayhap my words weren't explanatory enough. So, I nipped out with a camera this morning (try to feel special dear reader, try to feel that I stepped out especially, in the early hours of this morning, on my day off, just for you - in reality maria wanted to get some photography done so I tagged along and then banged off a couple of shots) and took some photos just for you, yes you.

Now, I'm not sure how to get photos in Blogger, nor how to position them. Plus I don't want to flood Alan's blog with pictures. So, I'm going to load them in small and hope that you can click on them to biggerize them (or is it embiggen? never sure what the correct name is). The picture here, on the left, is a roundabout. You can't see the real work that goes into it, but you have to remember that this is Mexico. You need to think how hard it is to grow stuff in a place where there is (on average) 20cm of rain a year. Then think of the work that goes into keeping this roundabout green, clean, and growing. The picture on the right is of trees (just in case you don't recognise trees), not mushrooms. And on the left they are cut into cuboids. And this is what I was trying to say in my post. The trees are all cut into shapes, not left to grow willy-nilly. And the thing to note is that this isn't some important road, in the middle of the city, that might help attract tourists. And this is what helps to make Tijuana beautiful. It's all in the details. A side road off a side road, reveals how a tree has been cut to make a shelter for a car. This morning, as we driving around looking for photo ops for maria, we came across countless examples of trees, roundabouts, and weird bits just off the pavement that someone had gone totally mad with. Considering that it hasn't rained now for nearly five months, it's surprising how green and pleasant this city is.


I'm on holiday too

It's 7:48pm in Tijuana, which makes it 9:48pm in Mexico City, and 3:48am in London. It is Tuesday 15th September. In an hour and a bit (9pm my time, 11pm in Mexico City, 7am Alan's time) the President will ring a bell. Several times. This is because nearly two hundred years ago Miguel Hidalgo rang a bell, summoning the Mexican people to war. Mexicans celebrate their independence on the 16th September. However, the celebrations start now, on the evening of the 15th.

They don't have 'Bank Holiday Mondays' in Mexico, but they do have days when the banks are shut. These are national holidays. They are fixed to dates rather than Mondays. Tomorrow (for me) is a day off work. The country will (semi) shut down, and everyone will get a chance to sleep off the hangover, that the majority of Mexicans are casually working their way towards as I type. As the President rings the bell he repeats the call to arms, he calls out the names of the heroes who have died defending Mexico, he mentions the names of the leaders of the independence. Each time he says something he prefaces each statement with ¡Viva! When he finishes, the crowd respond ¡Viva! At the end he will ring the bell another three times, ¡Viva Mexico! The reply is ¡Viva!

So, now you know, in case you are stuck in a Mexican bar tonight and a bell starts to ring. It isn't last orders, it's a call to arms. And the bar will be full. All the bars are full. And the streets are full. The majority of Mexicans will be out of the house tonight, together, waiting for that moment when they proclaim their readiness for Independence. It's a great evening. On of those things you should try to do before you die. Get yourself into a bar full of Mexicans on the 15th September.

And tomorrow is a day off work. There is a great advantage to having holidays on fixed dates, and there is a tremendous disadvantage. The good news is when the day falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, because when that happens I also get the Monday/Friday off, making it a very long weekend. This is fantastic in May when 1st, 5th, and 15th are days off. It is possible to get the 1st of May on a Thursday which means I don't go to work until Tuesday. If it falls on a Friday, no work until W*dnesd*y. However, there is a problem. When the date falls on a weekend, you get no day off work.

May 15th is my birthday (make a note), it is also teacher's day. Teacher's Day is a day to celebrate teachers (that's me), and to celebrate, they shut the schools! Whoot! A day off on my birthday! How cool is that? In four years of teaching it has become something I (sort of) expect. Therefore, can you imagine my disappointment when I discovered (as you discovered when you went to make a note of my b'day) that in 2010, the 15th May is on a Saturday. In 2011 it is on a Sunday. I don't get my day off work.

And those days off work are important. The majority of Mexicans work 9/10 hour days. Vacations are 6 days in the first year, 8 days in the second, 10 from then on (basically, after 3 years you qualify for two weeks holiday a year). So, national holidays are important because they are the "free" days, the days that don't count as part of your holiday allowance.

So, enjoy your holiday Alan. Know that I am also on holiday, and so is the whole of Mexico. However, we will all be back at work on Thursday. There are no "half term" holidays in Mexican schools, so the next day off is November 2nd. Hey ho.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:50 RT: @mariarocio posted at @tontowilliams's blog. more than I've written in ages. => thanks for the post :) #
  • 14:10 On safari #
  • 15:23 Still on safari #
  • 15:27 @mariarocio don't think you can break a blog - and yes i did like the post #
  • 17:07 My guest bloggers @willkay & @mariarocio are getting comments on their posts. Thinks I should holiday more often #
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guest post. different guest. obviously.

Or maybe not so obviously. Why would I think it was obvious that it is someone else?

I met Alan through blogging. I think he arrived through neil h, but I might be very wrong about this. I remember being a teensy bit worried about his showing up because he's English. Then, when I realised that he wanted to be friends, in spite of who we were, I remember being awed by his braveness. He's a brave man, Alan. Maybe you don't think he is, I don't know, I know it must seem all so very normal, with his allotment, his water butt, his dog, his books, his life. Know that he's an extremely courageous man, Alan.

-The courage that it takes to have hope. To go to his allotment and see the ravages of some bug or other, and still believe everything is going to come through, to struggle through every day life, that takes courage.-

And that is not even the courage Alan had to display to be our friend. When Alan found us and commented, there was a small - it felt huge - sub-segment of the bloggy blogginess that hated us with hatred only known in Mexico by people who live around people from Veracruz.

Big hatred.

I think we even warned Alan.

But he persisted. And we loved him for it. We love him now. We live for his videos (much like we live for neil h's caturdays. When I say we, I may be using the royal we, but I'm confident I'm not), we wish his life was better - damn water butt stealing bastards! -, we wish we all lived closer.

And to think we didn't even know each other a few years ago. And now we kind of feel like adopting him. How life changes.

Anyway, the photo is our fair city, Tijuana, Mexico, and I am maria. I have a blog, somewhere in Typepad, where I try to make sense of my life and show images of the city.

Don't go there now, though, because the images are not that beautiful at the moment. I usually try to show the best side of the city, but it's an uphill battle, because, beautiful as Mexico is, Tijuana is not the most shining of examples. Some people feel like it's not really a part of Mexico at all, it looks so... outside of it. It's like we've put together the worst of it all and just dumped it at the border.

I'm not going to say that all people find it ugly. Tourists seem to love it (and it's hard to express how much not like Mexico it is), or hate it (and then you're really disappointed that they think this is Mexico), and the people who are actually from Tijuana believe it's the best city in the country (and who can blame them? I think my hometown is the best even though I know it sucks). It doesn't lack excitement, though, and it's where we've made our home.

And this is where maybe we're a little bit like Alan, courageous. Or at least that's what I always hope to be. A little bit like Alan, because he is awesome.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 20:03 RT: @FaunaFloraInt Last Chance To See Stephen Fry & Mark Carwardine search Africa for the northern white rhino. BBC2 8pm #
  • 08:42 Small gardens good for wildlife #
  • 11:01 Just remembered that it's Monday and I'm not at work 'coz we're on holiday #
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 20:34 We're here settled in, checked out local pub already #
  • 21:12 @willkay I assume trash means writing a pulitzer of a post? #
  • 21:35 @willkay Me. Worried? Is this the face of concern? #
  • 21:39 Not the face of concern #
  • 21:54 @Soggous if i heard news right - Lewis pole, Sutil 2nd, Kimi 3rd. Jenson 6th #
  • 08:16 RT: @willkay I have written a guest p ost on @tontowilliams's blog about how green Tijuana is. => Thanks will :) #
  • 09:43 Out with the hound getting to know the lie of the land #
  • 10:47 Back at base. Walked a good few miles this morning #
  • 10:49 It's @tontosgirl 's birthday today. The hound and I are now waiting for her to get up so she can unwrap her presents #
  • 11:28 @Documentally not harsh at all. I'd have deleted his comment, and blocked him #
  • 16:57 @tontosgirl official birthday bbq photo #
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

need a gardener?

Shhhhh! Try to read without moving your lips. Rumour has it that although Tontowilliams (can I just call him TW from now on?) has left for his holidays, he might have left traps around the place. I know he got very upset when he woke up to discover his butt had been tampered with (I've always wanted to write that line "his butt had been tampered with", I wonder how many times I can get to write it today?) and I'm a bit worried that when he discovers that his blog has been tampered with he might get all cross again. I love TW (or Alan as I will now call him) in that whole way that a man can love a man (without tampering with his butt), however I have a sort of set image of Alan in my mind. He always seems to be a very patient, understanding bloke. Never seems to get too over excited. So when he swears (and I know this is a bit childish) it comes as a bit of a shock. And boy, did he swear when his butt was tampered with (yes, I know, his water butt was stolen, but it sounds funnier when I don't type water and do type tampered). So, I'm a bit worried that if I say something wrong, do something wrong, in his blog, then he'll get all medieval on my bottom.

Oh, hang on, here I go, talking about Al (nope, don't think that works does it? I can't call him Al because that makes me Betty) getting medieval on my bottom and you don't know who I am. Sorry. How rude of me. Hello. I'm Will. Although I tend to go by will because I'm down-wiv-da-kids and don't use capitals. But I find that it gets confusing sometimes when I say will without using a capital W and I'd hate to start italicising my name, that would just be weird. Anyhoo, I'm Will and I live in Mexico - Tijuana to be more exact. Last week I was lying in bed (it was 9am Saturday morning) checking the footy scores on my laptop. Although I live in Mexico I'm not Mexican (well, not for a another year). I was born and brought up in England. This means that I have a totally irrational devotion to Sheffield United. Therefore every Saturday morning I have to get myself to a computer to check on how the mighty Blades have done. Except there was no match last Saturday. However, there was the other delight of Saturday morning, am allotment post from Alan. Even betterer, it was a video post. We (that would be maria and I) love Alan's video posts and have a Saturday morning ritual of loading them up, checking out Neil's caturday picture, then settling down to watch the video. Except there was no sound. Somehow Alan and I ended up in a chat on gmail, he explained he was going on holiday, asked me to guest blog on here.

So, guest blogging. What the heck am I supposed to do? Do I just copy out posts from my blog and stick them up here? Except that wouldn't be a good idea.I mean, if you read my blog you read it for your own (sick and twisted) reasons, reasons that would be totally different to why you read Alan's blog because, let's face it, we tend to write about different things. I'm fairly sure that people who read Alan's blog don't read it to hear about the gun battles in the streets of Tijuana, the problems of crossing the border, the annoying people I work with. You might be interested in tacos, what a real Mexican taco is like, because Alan sometimes posts about food. Or I could write about books because I know Alan likes his books, but I've hit a personal reading block at the moment (it's an age thing). But I think I'd probably write about gardens and gardening because, if there is one thing I can be pretty sure about, the readers of Alan's blogs like stories of gardening.

Except I haven't seen many gardens in Tijuana.

Not gardens as English people know them. The smallest, awful-est, rattiest, unkempt garden in England is still better and bigger than most gardens in Tijuana. If you have any space in front of your house (that would be space between the house and the pavement) then you park the car there, behind the eight foot wall (topped with razor wire) that surrounds your property. You see, you don't keep your car on the street if you can help it, and you don't have a garage because it only rains six days a year. So, you squeeze the car into the space between your house and the wall. If you have space at the back of your house this is normally taken up with the washing machine and the dryer (it only rains six days a year), the water heater (you don't really want that inside the house because of the heat it generates - anyhoo, it makes more sense to be out in the open air where it gets heated by the sun), and the grill (for cooking on because there is nothing better than a Carne Asada and who wants to cook in the house in this heat?). So, in my experience, there aren't a lot of gardens in Tijuana BUT there are a lot of gardeners in Tijuana.

Yes, I'll give you time to re-read that again - no gardens, lots of gardeners.

It is amazing how beautiful Tijuana is, and it is beautiful because "the devil is in the details". Although there appears to be little greenery on private property, there is a lot of greenery on public property. The side of the roads are covered in green, the middle of the roads are covered in green, the roundabouts are covered in green, and there are parks all over the place. All of these green areas are carefully manicured and lovingly cared for. And not just once every six weeks. Squads of (council?) gardeners move around the city tending to the grass and the trees. And when I say "tending to the trees", I don't mean giving them a bit of a trim. The trees are all shaped. They aren't hacked back a bit, each tree is shaped. There are streets with rows of trees that are cut to look like fat, bass drums perched on wooden sticks. The trees in the shopping mall car park are cut to look like birds.

I am often asked what is the difference between London and Tijuana or England and Mexico. When comparing the countries, the first thing I have to say is that Mexico is immensely bigger (mind-boggling bigger) than England but England is green. England is very green, whereas (the) Mexico (I know) is brown. When it comes to comparing the cities, again the Mexican city wins in the size category (mainly because the city is spread out and there are few buildings taller than two stories). Tijuana is a huge sprawling city built in a bowl (there's a beautiful picture of Tijuana at night here). However, and here's the strange bit, I'd say that Tijuana was also greener than London. Oh, I know London has its parks but so does Tijuana. And Tijuana has its streets. Its streets that are four lanes wide with a row of trees down the middle of the street. Its streets that have, not just trees and grass on its pavements but has areas that whole corner gardens appear. Its streets that have roundabouts covered in grass (and often statues). All of this greener is tended to with great love and care. If England is seen as a nation of gardeners I would suggest that Mexico comes a close second.

Tweets for Today

  • 20:10 12seconds - 12erator: The 12seconds User That I'd Like To Meet In Person #
  • 08:07 RT: @thermalsatsuma Doris oversees the recycling bins #caturday #
  • 08:08 Holiday starts now! #
  • 08:23 @Soggous just right for overwintering broad beans variety aqua dulce claudia #
  • 08:47 AudioBoo: I've posted a phoneboo... #
  • 08:49 @thermalsatsuma thank you #
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Tweets for Today

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Guest Bloggers

Someone will be blog sitting. Can you guess who?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 18:23 At a pub on the beach enjoying the late summer weather #
  • 19:09 Just had dinner here #
  • 19:58 Picked up parcel it is my @scottevest ultimate hoodie and it is awesome! 13 pockets of awesome, attention to detail are phenomenal #
  • 21:11 @ScotteVest my top 2 Life is an Adventure. Don't Run Out of Pockets. Clothing for hands free travel #
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 20:44 RT: @gavingough "Bangkok Photo School: November Classes Announced" at #photography #
  • 16:59 My @scottevest hoodie is at the parcel office gotta go pay the VAT on it #
  • 17:02 If iphone going to Orange is the good news bad news has gotta, be their merger with T-Mobile. Expect exceptionally 5h1t service from now on #
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Monday, September 07, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 18:12 At last. Video post on my blog - now with the soundtrack! #
  • 19:12 RT @tontowilliams: Don't miss "Last Chance To See" with @stephenfry and mark carwardine tonight BBC2 2000hrs BST #lastchancetosee #
  • 07:35 Holiday: T-minus 5 days #
  • 16:40 Work done. Closer to holiday #
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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 08:22 Time to walk the dog then feed the birds then possibly play #batmanarkhamasylum #
  • 08:32 Don't miss "Last Chance To See" with @stephenfry and mark carwardine tonight BBC2 2000hrs BST #
  • 08:35 Don't miss "Last Chance To See" with @stephenfry and mark carwardine tonight BBC2 2000hrs BST #lastchancetosee #
  • 09:48 Just realised that one of the books I read during our last holiday is all about where we are going this holiday #
  • 09:51 Just made a coffee following instructions given in one of @documentally 's audioboos from last week and can taste the difference #
  • 09:55 PS3 has just updated it's software for a new look. Now time to play #batmanarkhamasylum #
  • 10:54 RT: @Danny_DiVito I'm gonna try follow my initial followers but only if you tell ppl to follow me. I need a fuckin beer. #
  • 11:31 RT: @EmmaK67 Hang tight on following @Danny_Divito peeps. He's spelling his name wrong and he's not validated #
  • 15:29 Sitting reading and watching the birds in the garden #
  • 17:08 12seconds - 12seconds Wazzup #
  • 17:26 I uplo aded a YouTube video -- The Weekends Are Just Too Short #
  • 17:56 @willkay Damn, and still no sound the second time I tried. Will try something else #
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The Weekends Are Too Short

Apologies to those people who have been trying to watch the YouTube version of this vid which has lost the soundtrack. Here's the same video with sound (hopefully)!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 19:34 Sitting in the garden enjoy the last of todays sunshine and a beer #
  • 19:36 The birds are wary of my presence though staying away from the feeders #
  • 19:39 @Documentally cheers #
  • 21:06 Have onion sets to plant tomorrow if the weather stays fine #
  • 08:38 Gonna walk the dog then off to the allotment. Hoping postman might bring my order from @scottevest today #
  • 08:54 @mariarocio Goodnight Sweet dreams #
  • 11:02 I'm recording short videos on the allotment this morning. When I get home I'll edit them together and see what we get #
  • 15:06 @ScotteVest no not today. Will have to wait until next week now #
  • 16:04 I uploaded a YouTube video -- Onion Sets 2 of 2 #
  • 16:04 I uploaded a YouTube video -- Onion Sets 2 of 2 #
  • 16:21 I uploaded a YouTube video -- Onion Sets 1 of 2 #
  • 16:34 I favorited a YouTube video -- Onion Sets 1 of 2 #
  • 17:27 Video Live Now #qik #
  • 17:38 I uploaded a YouTube video -- Qik - cooking dinner by Alan #
  • 17:42 @willkay Seem to have a slight problem with my videos - they are set to upload automatically everywhere, but then everywhere tweets about em #
  • 17:50 @willkay I am selective with my head apparel #
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Editing failed. So here are todays allotment vids one after the other.

Onion Sets 2 of 2

Editing failed. So here are todays allotment vids one after the other.

Onion Sets 1 of 2

Editing failed. So here are todays allotment vids one after the other.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 18:28 RT: @FaunaFloraInt ambassador @stephenfry & Mark Carwardine 'Last Chance to See' shows planet's most endangered species #
  • 06:04 Hooray for Friday #
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 19:06 @thermalsatsuma He sure did although it's a bit like giving a child a drum set or a violin - there's only so much squeaking you can take! #
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Qik - dogs birthday by Alan

Tweets for Today

  • 06:06 RT: @Documentally Looks like 3 mobile's version of the MiFi will cost £99 WI-fi for #allotment #
  • 06:51 My love/hate view of bank holidays continues love the 3 day weekend / hate going back to work Tuesday #
  • 06:52 But only 9 working days 'til holiday now #
  • 07:32 All our IT still in bank holiday mode #
  • 09:42 IT still down chillerfail apparently could be a long day #
  • 11:27 Latest news on IT - no service before 3pm at the earliest #fail #
  • 16:18 So IT finally came back on an hour before I due to leave #ITfail #
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