Archive for December, 2009

Once in a Blue Moon

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
So, it’s been a while but well, you know, time flies when you’re having fun eh?
Time for a wee round up of happenings ahead of nooyear.

Dieter Rams has probably, without you knowing it, touched your life in some way. Maybe you bought an Oral B toothbrush, you admired a smart Braun coffee maker or perhaps you used the calculator on your Apple iphone; all of them, and thousands more industrial products, bear his influence. Rams does not speak in public very often and so in February I made a point of arriving early for his appearance at the V&A. Tick, another design hero seen and heard in the flesh. More on that story later.

On my birthday, my third visit to the Chelsea Flower Show, evidence if it is still needed, that gardening now has me firmly in its grip.

A trip to the Houses of Parliament on the very same day that Mrs Obama and daughters got their own private visit to Big Ben; complete with armour plated people carriers, menacing looking men with bulging jackets and twitchy looking policeman with submachine guns on the Members Terrace. I met Barbara Follett and snarled at Quentin (Tosser Boy) Letts.

The final acceptance that I can no longer read microscopic print. Or quite small print. Actually, anything smaller than 10 points and I’m buggered. The convoluted saga of acquiring my first ever spectacles which took about three months to arrange. More on that story later.

The surprise offer of another job which I accepted because it fits with my Programme for Employment Enjoyment.

I ditched Virgin Mobile. Oh sorry, that should read, “hi drd, the guys at virgin mobile have just decided to increase their prices by 600% cool huh! we’ll make it easy for you to ditch us cos we’re cool and we don’t use capital letters evah.” whateva buggeroffbranson.

I blogged less and less and suffered the loss of readership and linkage. On the one hand this saddened me; readers and links were sort of hard earned so for them to not be there anymore did not leave me unmoved. My thanks to the faithful few who keep coming – even now. In my life I value loyalty above all else; you are right at the top of my Respect List. On the other hand I got some of my life, privacy and sense of not having to find things to blog about back. A life lived online is not wholly lived – I have concluded.

Wildlife of the welcome and unwelcome kind came acalling. Call me Nature Boy.

Daniel Libeskind has probably, without you knowing it, not touched your life in some way. Maybe, though, you’ve heard of him, read about him here or know about his involvement with The World Trade Center site. Libeskind does speak in public quite a bit, but not in Britain, and so in October I made a point of arriving early for his appearance at the RIBA. Tick, another design hero seen and heard in the flesh. More on that story later.

During the year I broke even, in a Net Worth sense, for the first time in my life. This happened quietly, without my realising, and only dawned on me very recently. After twenty five years of work I am, so to speak now in profit; er…Yippee! I will refrain from getting carried away though because, as we all know, Past Performance is no guarantee of Future returns etc etc. There’s a recession on Doom Gloom Agogo. But, hell, Yippee! New Year blessings, peace and happiness be upon you.

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Thursday, December 17th, 2009