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Go links for beginners
Having been firmly bitten by the Go bug, I've been digging around on the web to try to find information to help me stop getting beaten all the time ;-) If you don't know anything about the game and want an overview I can highly recommend this ...
18-Jan-2004
16:37:00
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A grave offence
My mum's partner Trevor has been driving for over 50 years with an unblemished record. Recently he unfortunately had to attend the funeral of an acquaintance, and was following the cort├Ęge to the cemetery. He got left behind a bit, so he sped up ...
03-Jan-2004
11:09:41
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The way to Go
I was hunting around in Borders looking for something to buy for James, my eldest, and I found a boxed beginners Go set and book. For those of you who don't know what Go is, it is a 3,000 year old game that originated in China. Go is the European ...
22-Dec-2003
09:49:55
24
A cave and some good pub grub
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Graham and Shirley, were up over the weekend for a pre-christmas visit and general family gossip, and yesterday we went to Castleton to go down the Blue John cavern. Blue John is a semiprecious form of fluorspar ...
14-Dec-2003
06:22:34
25
Bilberry sunset
The car is in the garage at the moment, so this afternoon we all squeezed ourselves into the Peugot 106 courtesy car the garage had lent us and struggled our way over Holme Moss to Digley and Bilberry reservoirs for a quick walk. As we got to ...
23-Nov-2003
11:04:33
26
A weekend away
I was up at my mum's last weekend, along with my brother, sister and their families - 8 adults and 6 kids, so it was a full (and frantic) house. Mum lives in Ambleside in the Lake District, another of the UK's National Parks, and on Sunday we all ...
22-Nov-2003
05:26:10
27
Perl 5.8.1, so near yet so far...
Anyone who subscribes to the perl5-porters mailing list knows just how difficult it is proving to be to get perl 5.8.1 finished and shipped, and how incredibly patient our long-suffering Pumpking Jarkko Hietaniemi is being. I often marvel at his ...
18-Sep-2003
10:02:42
28
Going batty
At dusk we took the kids out for a short walk up Shire Hill near the house to watch the bats. We have been seeing them nearly every evening over the last few weeks from the kitchen window as they hunt for insects across the garden, but standing under ...
17-Sep-2003
11:01:43
29
Scenes You Seldom See
Private Eye has a regular series of cartoons entitled "Scenes You Seldom See". Bearing in mind my recent experiences with spam, I thought this was rather amusing :-)
17-Sep-2003
03:04:42
30
In the interests of brotherly harmony...
Having put Mark's hedgehog picture up, it only seems fair that I do the same with one of James's pictures (or so he tells me). The artist informs me that this work is entitled 'Butch has found a new juicy bone to gloat over', and the medium is ...
04-Mar-2003
04:05:16
31
Whitewings
Last time I was in the US, I was wandering around Frys looking for something to take home for the kids. I ended picking up a couple of packs of Whitewings paper gliders (http://www.whitewin...
02-Mar-2003
06:53:12
32
Mark's hedgehog
One of Mark's drawings - no idea where he gets his artistic bent from. I wonder if the Tate Gallery is interested?
19-Feb-2003
09:55:15
33
Kids today...
James' class has 'mountains' as their class topic this term, so on Wednesday I had the pleasure of accompanying about thirty nine and ten year olds on a mini-expedition up onto the moors surrounding Glossop. I'm no athlete, but I was pretty shocked at ...
14-Feb-2003
07:57:38
34
Stupid White Men
On the basis that anything that generated such a number of completely polarized reviews on Amazon had to be worth a look, I spent some of my Xmas book tokens on a copy of Micahel Moore's book Stpuid White Men. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed ...
21-Jan-2003
11:23:42