Slight Visual Impairment…

One of those strange, pre-migraine visual problems tonight. Generally referred to as an ‘aura’, I believe. Anyway, cue yours truly unable to see anything that’s right in front of him, staggering around the flat like a gimp. Ever tried cooking when you can only see clearly in your peripheral vision? It’s fun.

Damn, and I had been hoping to watch a film tonight too.

Still, no splitting headache, which is good. Used to get these frequently when I was a teenager. In the last year or so, the problem seems to have kicked off again. My head is not happy about something. I thought I’d note it down here when it occurs so I can maybe see how frequent they really are.

Oh look, one of those meme thingies

Welcome to the 2005 edition of getting to know your friends. What you are supposed to do is copy this entire blog entry and paste it onto a new blog entry that you’ll post. Change all the answers so they apply to you, and then publish! Leave a comment if you do this.The theory is that you will learn a lot of little (random) things about your friends, if you did not know them already.

What time did you get up this morning?
Diamonds or pearls?
Diamonds. James Bond has taught me that you can build orbiting death ray lasers with diamonds. How many weapons of mass destruction can you build with a set of pearls, huh?
What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The beat that my heart skipped
What is your favourite TV show?
What do you usually have for breakfast?
Toast, delicious toast. With a mug of tea.
Favourite cuisine?
Not sure. Thai, probably.
What food do you dislike?
Anchovies. Marmite too.
What is your favourite CD at the moment?
Mogwai, Government Commissions. says I’m listening to yo la tengo a lot.
Morning or night person?
What are these mornings of which you speak?
Favourite sandwich?
What characteristic do you despise?
Favourite item of clothing?
New red chucks. Second place goes to the old red chucks.
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be?
What colour is your bathroom?
White with an old red carpet I ought to replace one day.
Favourite brand of clothing?
Where would you retire to?
The Caribbean (like that’s going to happen, but hey, why not?)
What was your most memorable birthday?
I can only remember the last one, and then only vaguely. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.
Favourite sport to watch?
Cricket’s nice to have on in the background. I don’t have the patience to sit still and watch anything for 90 minutes or more.
Who do you least expect to complete this?
The two people who actually read it.
Person you expect to complete it first?
Person who is least busy?
See above.
When is your birthday?
28th June
What is your shoe size?
Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us?
Sadly, no, my life is dull.
What did you want to be when you were little?
Astronaut? I’m not sure.
What is your favourite flower?
Flowers are girly. (ok, I like carnations).
What date on the calendar are you looking forward to?
One word to describe the person who you snaffled this from?


So the November book sale has come and gone, and we raised £3,444. The June sale almost reached £7,800, giving us just over £11,000 for the year. Not bad for two dozen people or so, working in their spare time, over a few weeks or so, to sell books for two days.
Just goes to show what you can achieve if you really want to do something.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out. Many thanks to everyone who bought books too, or took away freebies at the end. We still had to dump two tonnes of leftover books down in Woolwich.

Now I have a big pile of secondhand/nearly-new books to get through before next June. This year’s stash includes:

  • Thomas Pynchon, VIneland (since I liked Gravity’s Rainbow)
  • Brand spanking new copy of Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment
  • Similarly new copy of Nick Webb’s biography of Douglas Adams
  • Billy Childish, My Fault
  • Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, The Buenos Aires Quintet
  • Len Deighton, Faith, Hope and Charity. (I’m curious to find out what happened to Bernard Samson after the rather downbeat ending of the previous trilogy)
  • Absolutely pristine, shiny new copy of The Secret Annexe, an anthology of war diarists

shoot the crow

Went to see Shoot the Crow last night at the Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall. Very enjoyable play. Four Irish tilers are working on a job. Out front is a pallet of tiles not accounted for on the delivery sheet. They have plans to steal it, and each has his own hopes for the money that they’ll get. A lot of it’s played for laughs, but with some quite poignant moments. Jim Norton (Bishop Len Brennan from Father Ted) puts in an excellent performance. Man, I wish I could talk like him. Him, Orson Welles or James Earl Jones.

T minus 3 days and counting

Many thanks to absolutely everyone who turned out tonight to help set up the Amnesty book sale. Rachel’s garage is empty and the Church of the Ascension is full of boxes of books, ready to be emptied and set out. We still need lots of help to get the church ready by Saturday, but we’re doing well.

If you came to this site to find out more about Blackheath & Greenwich Amnesty, our November book sale is on Saturday, 19th November. We have somewhere in the region of 10,000 books to sell. If you can give any time at all to help, please consider coming along to the church tomorrow or Friday to help set up. We’ll be at the Church of the Ascension in Dartmouth Row from 7 – 9pm on Thursday and Friday night.

If you fancy picking up some decent books at low, low prices, drop by the church on Saturday and have a look at what we’ve got.

Back (in black)

I’ve revived this site, after almost a year. It started attracting an awful lot of comment spam, and trackback spam, so I turned off comments and stopped updating it until I’d figured out what to do about spam. Then MT 3.2 came along, with built-in filtering and I got broadband. So I thought, “Why not revive eat your greens?” Indeed. Just need to decide what to do with it now.

Useful stuff that’s come up in the last 12 months:

My flickr account
All new digital photos are being posted there, rather than here. A few old ones are going up too, as I find them on various hard drives scattered about the place. Older photos are still on this site
Joe Clark’s accessibility workshop
“The discussion between Joe and the audience on the subject of real practical issues was most helpful”. Yes indeedy.
Smart playlists in iTunes
Handy guide from Andy Budd on creating playlists from other playlists. My iPod is up to 4,500 songs now, so it’s useful to program it to play songs I rarely listen to.
The War of the Worlds, from Dark Horse Comics.
A serialisation of the original Victorian novel. Updated every Friday.
Live Music Archive
Too much Grateful Dead for my taste, but I’ve downloaded a Camper van Beethoven show from 1988 and shows by the Handsome Family and fIREHOSE.