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An Android Awakes

November 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

An Andoid Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown This is a soon-to-be-published book (Nov 13th) which I had an advance reader copy of from the publishers. Reading this book, the word that kept coming to mind was ‘kaleidoscope’, by which I mean those tube-like things we had as kids in the 60s where the […]

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You, Me and the Apocalypse

October 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

Despite its reputation for being all about Premier League footie and celebrity vehicles that sound like Alan Partridge came up with the idea, Sky have been knocking out some decent comedies over the last few years. Spy, Trollied, A Touch of Cloth, Moone Boy, Yonderland and Trying again were all series I enjoyed and other […]

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I, Robert

September 30th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

It is very rare that I buy actual paper books these days. Basically I just do not have the space for any more books. Instead I download e-books which is not the same experience but is much more convenient. The few ‘proper’ books I get are mostly proof copies from publishers or presents. If I […]

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The Transporter

September 20th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

I am getting a bit confused by how Channel 5 is treating the TV series of The Transporter. It is a TV show based on the films of the same name, Luc Besson is involved in the production, and it is a fairly high-budget show, about $40m for the first 12 episodes – high enough […]

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Under new management

September 16th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Politics

At work today… Colleague: So what do you make of your new leader then? Me: Brilliant! He seems to be delivering the goods. I wanted him in charge years ago, but he was all tied up with the Croatian national team… hang on. You mean Jeremy Corbyn don’t you? I may not be the political […]

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Wordy Rappinghood

July 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

No matter how many times I read this I can’t make it make sense: While the process was laborious, for, as is often the case, because the computer systems managers have specified don’t report data of this kind, it resulted in atitudinal changes amongst engineers. I think you have to remove “for” and put the […]

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A coping strategy

July 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

I am currently ploughing my way through a book about ‘systems thinking’ (Freedom from Command & Control by John Seddon). It is not exactly a page-turner, but there is no option to wait for the film to come out. It suddenly got to be more fun when I decided to add some bits of my […]

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Party lines

July 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

Since re-joining Crawley council I have been to a stupid amount of meetings, briefings and seminars. I think I had 8 different meetings last week. In a lot of those I have noticed something that I don’t think was always the case, although I may be mistaken – it was a long time ago – […]

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Bye bye branches

July 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

I had an interesting email from Barclays today, inviting me to take part in a trial of paying in cheques via online banking. Interesting because this is exactly the feature I was saying they should have when I last received a cheque from somewhere. With online banking capable of doing most things and cash available […]

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

June 14th, 2015 · Comments Off · Life

We arrive at books by many different routes. It may be that a cover catches our eye in the shop, or a review in a magazine sounds good, or somebody recommends it. I came to this book by a bit of a backwards route. I very much enjoyed a book called The Reader on the […]

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