TED talks

just wanted to recommend to anyone reading this the TED talks website.
it hosts talks from some very interesting people, i think everyone would find something on here. you can watch the talks online, or you can download video or audio versions onto your computer.


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baby baby

went to the midwife today. everything seems to be going ok. listened to the heartbeat.

i want to post more about baby but i can’t think what to say. it’s just so BIG (the way i feel, not the baby). i’m trying to think of a way of putting how i feel into words but i’ve never been any good at that, not in conversation and certainly not in the written word. um…

well i know it might seem obvious but i’m about equally excited and scared. the more i feel like this the closer those two emotions seem to become. i guess in a way they’re two sides of the same coin.
my mind keeps drifting to things i’d like to do with the little one (a girl, we think) – making kites, walks in the woods, baking biscuits. then back to practical worries about the birth and money. then to the surgery that baby’s going to need to have and whether it will hurt (she has a cleft lip or palette which was detected at a scan, and will be operated on about three months after birth). then to the bloody lino in our kitchen which has a great big rip in it.
i’m all over the place mentally. monkey mind it’s called. but i suppose that’s normal.
i don’t know many dads but i at least have two good male friends who have kids, and i’ve been pumping them for advice. not as if there’es much to advise me on at the moment, but the main thing seems to be to keep archel happy. which is my general plan in life anyway because it’s fun to do that.
that’s it for now. less than two months left on the calendar. gulp!

i can’t wait.

ps i found this website today. looks to be good.

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i don’t know what was going on with these skulls that were above a shop in london road the last few weeks. one had a mohican made of trombones(?) and the other was perched atop some kind of double-helix thingy made out of golf clubs. went past this afternoon and they were being taken away by a crane. i guess i’ll never know.


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train defecator hunted by police

from bbc news website

Train defecator hunted by police

A man has been defecating in trains across south-east England, causing damage costing £60,000 to repair.

British Transport Police said the man had struck on at least 30 trains since August, smearing excrement inside carriages.

He waits until he is alone in the carriage before committing the offence.

“This is a serious public health issue as well as being exceptionally anti-social – we need to locate this man,” said Det Con Donna Fox.

She said his offences had resulted in many carriages being taken out of service, causing disruption and cancellations and serious inconvenience to the travelling public.

There was also £60,000 in damage and cleaning costs.

“There is no particular pattern as to when he appears,” said Ms Fox.

“He travels to various areas and at different times of the day and different days of the week.

“We have been trawling through CCTV images to try and track the man and remain hopeful that members of the public may know him and where he lives.

“On at least one occasion CCTV footage shows the man being disturbed by a passenger walking through a train.

“If anyone sees this man travelling on the railway network they should not approach him, but call the police or alert train staff immediately.”


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more worms

got a response from the council to my email.

Dear Mr. Holland,

Thank you for your email. Please accept my sincere apologies for the
delayed response, caused by an administration error at our offices.

I am sorry you have had cause to complain. You do raise a number of valid
points regarding people who have access to composting in their home, that
live in the city centre. Whilst I know that the council is committed to
reviewing its waste strategy in this area, I have asked for further
information regarding subsidising of composters and wormeries or
alternative solutions for you from colleagues, and we shall contact you
again shortly.

Please reply to cityclean@brighton-hove.gov.uk or telephone (01273) 292929
for further information or assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Read
Customer Service Team Leader

..still no change on the website.

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back again

yes it’s me, back after a short break due to all sorts of reasons. not much news to share but to update previous posts…
-i’ve heard nothing from the council and they’ve not changed their website
-have had two boxes of fresh organic veg delivered
-bloke who got hit by bus is out of hospital
-i have been to the literacy class twice
-i’ve rejoined the gym
-my friend isn’t leaving work for a while
-it’s now eight weeks ’til baby arrives

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nasty injuries, joining the gym, volunteering

well it’s true – you could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I went to visit someone from work today who was actually hit by a bus the other day. Four broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung. Ouch! He was in the surgical assessment unit and it was awful… the doctors and that were great but all the squeaks, squeals, yelps and shouts of pain were almost unbearable. lucky it wasn’t me that got hit by the bus really. (god, i have no heart)

i visited my old gym today to find out about re-joining. i joined about a year ago and dropped out about six months later (like about 80% of people, i read). worst decision ever. it was for financial reasons at the time but on reflection i see that the £27 a month – although expensive on my low budget – was money well spent in terms of health, mental state, energy levels, and the effect it had on my back pain (i usually have a lot of back pain, but when i was working out regularly it went away). i made up my mind last night in the basketmakers talking to a couple of mates. it looks like we all might join at the same time which might be good for motivation – gym buddies! also it might be nice to have a better level of fitness for when the baby comes along – less than 10 weeks ’til due date!

i’m supposed to be starting my new voluntary post on monday. i’ll be helping in a basic skills literacy class. i’m a bit scared as i’ve not done that kind of work before but also excited and quite positive. it might even turn into a job at some point if i’m lucky and find that i like it (and am good at it!).

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