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Next to where I am working is a construction site.  All day, men in yellow hats are whizzing round doing things with diggers.  If I were four years old I would be in heaven.
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There has been thick mist all day.  Walking home this evening, the air felt cold and damp (which of course it was) and people's breath came out in big clouds.  Everything was a bit quieter too.  Lovely.

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I have been working at the computer all day.  Plan for this evening: a glass of wine, a couple of Updike stories, and season 3 of Bleach.
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I have a new electric toothbrush, and am almost embarrassed by its high-tech features.  In particular, it has a separate timing unit which connects via wifi to the hand unit.  The timer also doubles as a clock, so it is actually useful, and the whole thing is kinda fun.  But really: a wireless toothbrush?  What next?
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Freezing rain and blustery winds, and a lot more leaves on the ground.  We're definitely heading towards winter.  Luckily I can stay indoors today and play on my iphone (at least when I'm not working).
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Well, the pumpkins have all disappeared now, but the weather is beautiful.  The leaves on the trees have been changing colour over the last few weeks, and I can just now see a selection of reds, yellows, browns and oranges through the window. 
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Too busy to post the last couple of weeks (among many other things I've been too busy to do).  On the other hand, halloween is near, and this year England seems to have been flooded by large numbers of bright orange pumpkins!
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An enjoyable daying looking at art, including an exhibition of appropriated exhibition posters.  Where would modern art be without art that talks about talking about art?
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The new season for American TV has started, which means that there are many additional distractions (or there would be, if I had more time to be distracted).  I realised today that it is some time since I turned on a television set: when I do watch, it's almost always on my computer, or on my phone now.  Actually, both devices probably have better resolution and richer colours than my cheap old television, so this may be a sensible choice.

On the reading front, I am currently alternating between lowbrow fiction and highbrow poetry.  They seem to go well together.
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I finally drank the kool-aid and got an iphone 4.  Loving it.

Bzzt!

Sep. 30th, 2010 01:20 pm
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While visiting my parents at the weekend, I discovered two wasp nests in their loft. I only found this out when I went up into the loft: one wasp started buzzing around when I turned on the light, and the numbers gradually built up (although I didn’t really pay attention until one landed on my neck…). I then looked around and realized that the two disgusting blotchy things I could see in the corner must be wasp nests. I was completely creeped out for the rest of the day.

[Update: A nice man came and sorted out the wasp nests.  I feel relieved, and have stopped using boldface.]
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On my way to work is a vegetarian delicatessen, which sells rather delicious pain au raisin. 
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I just acquired two large boxes of novels that were about to be thrown out.  I now have enough trashy reading for at least a year...
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The lamb shanks were great, and I followed up with baked apples, with fig, honey and orange.  Yum.
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I am slow-cooking lamb shanks, with tomato, onion, and mushrooms.  The house smells wonderful.
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I have a six-inch high plastic Tyrannosaurus Rex sitting beside my monitor.  It's giving me a big toothy grin, which suggests that it may be friendly.

[Edit: Closer inspection reveals that it is a Ceratosaurus.  Apparently my dinosaur observation skills need brushing up.]
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Just back from a holiday trip to Lyme Regis.  Delightful: it has a sheltered bay that gets more sun than rain, a pebble beach with really clear water, good delis, a great bakery, and several interesting bookshops.  Plus the famous Cobb harbour wall, which makes an important appearance in the Jane Austen novel Persuasion (somebody falls off it).  What a fabulous place.
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[Delayed update on the Edinburgh trip]

Well, I didn't get to escape at all.  British Airways lost my baggage (fortunately not for long), and by the time it was all sorted out my walkabout time had gone.

On the plus side, I finally got to see Heathrow Terminal 5 from the inside.  It's a strange building: it's constructed on a large scale, and appears to want to make you feel you are walking through airy, open spaces.  The entrance hall actually achieves this, with plenty of open space and some interesting shops (including Carluccio's, which I would happily have stopped at for pastry and coffee if I had had just a little more time).  But once you are through to the departure lounge, the picture changes: the place is way overfilled with shops and cafes, and there is very little open walking space, with the result that it is complicated and slow to navigate through it, and it generally has a surprisingly claustrophobic feel.  I get the impression that they thought a lot about how to funnel people past a lot of retail space on pre-chosen routes, but not nearly enough about how to make that a pleasant experience.

What I saw of Edinburgh was delightful: I ate dinner at a great vegetarian restaurant, and stayed at an incredibly friendly B&B. And Edinburgh airport is small but extremely pleasant.
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Off to Edinburgh tomorrow.  It's for work, so I may not have much free time, but maybe I will be able to escape for a bit...
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I've just come to the end of a month-long work project, with two visitors who left yesterday.  I'm taking the day off!
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