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Good morning

It's been a while since I wrote directly here. Viv and I are both
trying out Twitter, which enables short posts up to 140 characters
from anywhere. Loudtwitter is another tool which consolidates them
into a daily LJ post. I don't think it will replace the occasional LJ
We woke up, as expected, to snow this morning. Snow in Wirral usually
means the rest of the country is pretty much hammered by it and it
does seem like that today. Talk of 15cm in London tonight.
Solid snow as far as Rugby, where we are just arriving, with
suggestions that the Tube is worse affected.
White and bleak. That's today's assessment.

Syndicated 2009-02-02 10:29:12 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 07:46 Good morning. We move into the second month, though this Sunday seems to resemble most of the other ones. #
  • 09:09 Off to the 9.30 service. Though I will be leading the prayers at the 11 o'clock service. Simple prayers for a Family Service. #
  • 12:40 It is bitterly cold here in Bebington. Even the noonday sun seems to offer no heat at all. Welcome to my new Twitter followers. Choose Life! #
  • 13:08 It's far too cold to cook lunch today, so we're sitting in the warm at the Merebrook waiting for the steaks to arrive. #
  • 14:27 Back home, defrosting, watching Friends, drinking coffee. Like is good. But cold. #
  • 14:35 It has been pointed out that my typing is not good. I think I meant: "life is good". I like life. And Ike... #
  • 15:08 It's just started to snow. Is that good? #
  • 17:21 Looks like it was a very little flurry of snow, so that's all for now. The grass is still green. #
  • 18:03 Celebrating a famous victory: following on from too many draws, Liverpool successfully beat Chelsea by 2 to nil. Though it's still freezing. #
  • 20:35 Pretty loud at the service tonight. Not sure that it was the best attended service you ever did see. And it is getting colder by the hour. #
  • 21:06 If New Zealand beat Australia in the cricket and Liverpool beat Chelsea in the footie, then all is well in the world. #
  • 22:44 Packing my bags for next week was dead easy for once. Thank you, Viv, thank you M&S ! Now for bedtime, for it's an early start tomorrow. #
  • 05:42 It comes as no surprise to look out of the window and see that Bromborough is submerged in a light layer of white, fluffy stuff. #
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Syndicated 2009-02-02 06:49:44 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 09:24 Good morning. Once again, a gloomy morning, though on Merseyside this time. #
  • 14:33 Sitting in BB's in Birkenhead with a latte and a muffin, after some exciting clothes shopping. Including shoes that aren't falling apart. #
  • 18:14 Guess I'll have to wash some dishes while Viv prepares the evening meal. #
  • 19:14 After doing an overwhelming amount of washing up, we enoyed a meal of baked salmon and vegetables, supported with home-made vegetable soup. #
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Syndicated 2009-02-01 05:14:59 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 07:28 Today is 25th anniversary of starting my first proper job: NCR in Birmingham, where I was from 1984 to 1990. Seems such a long time ago now. #
  • 08:07 On the railway platform. In the distance, the sirens are screaming more than is usual. Otherwise, same as ever. Sun, cold morning. You know. #
  • 08:35 Cannot simultaneously deal with a suitcase, a newspaper, a BlackBerry, a bag of chocolate goodies AND an Oyster card at the Baker St gates. #
  • 16:33 On the tube at Liverpool Street, on my way to Euston Square. Once again, struck by the massive size of the Gherkin. #
  • 16:54 I'm now at Euston, waiting for the call for the 17.10 to Chester and Holyhead. #
  • 17:06 Success! I'm on the 17.10 to Chester, in a largely unoccupied carriage which is of indeterminate class, so quite comfortable. #
  • 17:43 I didn't even know this train stopped at Milton Keynes Central, yet here we are already. Next stop will be Nuneaton, I think. #
  • 19:36 On the local train home from Chester. Viv came to meet me, so that was very good. #
  • 20:19 Back home. Quiet evening. So far. #
  • 21:52 Just lost a game of Scrabble to Viv. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-31 07:01:16 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 06:22 An hour ago, I had a dream that my alarm had gone off, but a few minutes ago it was no dream. #
  • 07:36 Running a few minutes early this morning! Watch in amazement as I blow away this early advantage and still end up running for the train! #
  • 08:10 Walking to the station. What sort of a day is ahead of me? Probably another one filled with tying up some loose ends. #
  • 08:11 At last! A morning when I get a seat on the train - possibly because it has twice the usual number of carriages! #
  • 08:28 Cold out in town this morning and they're threatening us with snow by Sunday. #
  • 09:00 New York Times said it was the coldest winter in seventeen years. #
  • 12:57 Walking along Bishopsgate in the bright sunshine on my way to St Helen's. Always seems very crowded along the road. #
  • 14:00 Be sober & vigilant: your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith. #
  • 17:22 Just heading off to the new year party from Goldensource somewhere near Tower Bridge. Hope I can find my way there and back without incident #
  • 21:02 It's not every day you go along to a bankers party and find the guitarist playing stuff like "All I once held dear". Tonight was like that. #
  • 21:11 Back to Wembley from Tower Hill. District to Aldgate East. H'smith and City to Baker Street. Bakerloo to Marylebone. Chiltern to Wembley C. #
  • 21:43 Goodnight, children, wherever you are. #
  • 21:53 My left shoe has fallen to pieces. Trip to Shoe Zone on Saturday! I guess. #
  • 22:48 Guess it's pretty much time for sleepy-byes. Perchance to dream... #
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Syndicated 2009-01-30 06:06:27 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 07:26 Fell asleep listening to Tubular Bells last night...will need to try again tonight. Another exciting day is ahead of us. #
  • 08:13 Wet platform. Crowded train. Which is better? #
  • 08:31 Oh no. I think I forgot to touch in at Wembley Stadium. That makes the trip to work much more expensive. :+( #
  • 08:41 Quick check at Baker St says si, in fact I did touch in after all. Guess it must be second nature by now. Last such error was back in June. #
  • 09:24 Another Aussie has returned to these shores bearing gifts. So you know what that means: more Tim-Tam biscuits! #
  • 18:35 On the way back after a day with frankly far too much excitement. A quiet evening would be just the right thing. #
  • 19:26 Walking back up to Wembley Plaza in the rain. What exactly does a *traditional* Cornish pasty contain, I wonder? #
  • 19:34 Back in the room which is warm and dry, just like the teacher's car... #
  • 20:39 Watching a presentation about web harvesting in NZ by a guy from the National Library. Remarkable. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-29 05:48:40 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 06:44 Wow, Tuesday morning already. Coffee and cyberslacking under way. Rest of day not far behind. Hair washing, if there's time. #
  • 07:32 It's foggy here, but nearly so much as the forecast seems to be claiming. #
  • 07:48 Breakfast buffet offer whole fresh tomatoes where there used to be hash browns. What's that all about? Healthy? No thanks. #
  • 08:09 Wembley Stadium Station. The best adjective this morning is "gloomy" but that describes the station, not me. I'm as happy as you'd expect... #
  • 08:28 That was horribly crowded even for a Chilern train. Now walking to Baker Street. Dry, but still gloomy. Roads closed round here too! #
  • 08:56 Just dropped my tie off at the dry-cleaner. Is anyone interested in this level of detail? #
  • 08:57 Masses of BTPs at the exit to Liverpool Street station. Far more than usual. What is happening? #
  • 13:40 Out for a walk to buy some salad for lunch. #
  • 17:57 A busy day spent catching up on all sorts of bits and pieces. Now off to see if the dry-cleaner is still open. #
  • 18:11 Yes, so now properly attired for tonight's meeting at Dirty Dick's. Stupid name for a pub, but at least it's name with some history to it. #
  • 18:47 Change of plan: Red Lion, Eldon St, round the back of Liverpool St. #
  • 21:27 Very good Toastmasters meeting followed by a truly inspirational speech. But now, it's back to Wembley for another night's sleep. #
  • 22:00 Was going to Oxford Circus to pick up the Bakerloo Line but there's nothing to Wembley till 22.20. So it's the Jubilee Line from Bond St. #
  • 22:15 8 minutes to wait for a bus from Wembley Park to the Stadium. I reckon I could walk it in less. So I am doing. Would I lie to you? #
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Syndicated 2009-01-28 05:39:01 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 05:39 Awake, getting ready. Don't feel quite so much a zombie as I do some Mondays. #
  • 07:02 Good morning. Bromborough Station already. The birds are twittering too, a sign that winter is nearly over: can spring be far behind? #
  • 07:35 On the train at Chester. It's pretty full, probably because Network Rail won't let Virgin run half the trains in their new timetable. #
  • 08:42 Zipping through the countryside between Nuneaton and Rugby. Sunny morning, a bit hazy. Bob Dylan and The Band entertaining me as I go. #
  • 09:48 On the Metropolitan line already, just 2h 54m after leaving home. Of course, you can't always count on this happening but good when it does! #
  • 13:29 With lunch, I was given a fortune cookie: "Listen to your intuition. It will help you." So there we have it. #
  • 17:46 Pleased to be leaving the office at this early hour. It'll never last all week. #
  • 18:27 Marylebone. Looking at Upper Crust but deciding it's not the right thing for tonight. Tax returns to sort out tonight. Oh joy, oh rapture. #
  • 19:20 Back at the hotel before 7! Whatever will I do with my time? At the moment, watching C4 news and waiting for evening-meal to be delivered. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-27 05:33:11 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 08:38 Woke up. Starting the new day. Should have gone to bed a lot earlier. #
  • 09:10 Just had breakfast. Mmm. Porridge. Toast. Orange juice. Coffee. And now it's time to get ready. Communion this morning. #
  • 09:55 I've finished shaving before Betty arrives to give us a lift. #
  • 12:33 Just got on a rail replacement bus. Need to buy some milk on the way home too. Sunny but cold. #
  • 12:54 Bought milk. Bought The Observer. Want to have something to read while we're over at Alder Hey for Christopher's chemotherapy this afternoon #
  • 14:19 Watching Chris play on a cool virtual game thing at TCT. #
  • 15:52 Back home with a son with noxious chemicals coursing through his veins. Then off to buy petrol. #
  • 17:15 Coffee again, of course. Accidentally ended up watching The F Word. In other news, Matthew has discovered the screen of his laptop is toast. #
  • 18:04 Liverpool 1 Everton 1 - outrageous! Whatever happened to extra time? And we've just missed a rail replacement bus too. :-( #
  • 21:21 Home after church and the curry is here. Yum yum. Spinachy stuff, chicken tikka masala, onion bhaji. And coffee, of course. #
  • 22:51 Hello! Testing twitter4skype - because you can't have too many twitter clients available to you #
  • 23:15 Just waiting for Viv before we go and wash the dishes. Then need to pack for tomorrow morning before it gets too late, which it already is. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-26 05:17:08 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 10:26 Awake again, ready to do all sorts of things. But bacon and eggs, coffee and a bath first, not necessarily in that order. #
  • 11:33 Just finished breakfast when the Asda order arrived. So we won't starve this week. #
  • 13:49 Hey! Matthew is just home from last night's party. #
  • 19:15 Should have done more today, but at least it hasn't been a total waste of time. #
  • 20:07 Disaster strikes in the form of a broken coffee mug. And it was the "you are so special" too. I suppose Bob the Builder is unbreakable. #
  • 20:30 Off to the station to meet Viv. Because it's always good to get a bit of exercise in a day too. Seems extraordinarily dark here. #
  • 21:00 Sitting quietly in the living room listening to the new CdeB album. Drinking coffee. Reflecting on life. #
  • 22:19 I've finally found the forms I need for tax returns. #
  • 23:05 @br3nda When I was unsure, I always headed over to Leuven on Featherston Street. www.leuven.co.nz/ #
  • 23:35 Wasting time cyberslacking. Watching more ST:TOS. Making a last coffee for the night. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-25 06:49:52 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

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