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Six Months!

You might’ve noticed (all three of you!) that I haven’t blogged on here for six months. Choke. Yeah, well, lots on my plate and etc etc etc. I just moved this thing to a new server so I thought I post to, um, celebrate.

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Happy Blogday

Guess I thought I’d post about it. This decrepit ol’ blog was 12 years old yesterday. No, really, 12 years of angst, indecision, success and failure, creative pondering, moving home, people (and pets) dying, prosperity and poverty, friends and enemies… oh, all that crap.

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WTF?

Would the person from London who visits this site more or less every single day via a Google search for “paul gavvet chrissy harper” at least try to spell our names correctly? That’s CHRISSIE. And I assume you mean Paul GRAVETT.

Otherwise, yeah, nice creepy stalker action there. Bookmarking out of the question? (Ab)using a works computer perchance? Very bizarre and annoying.

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Sunday Post

Well, the ISP/wifi issue is resolved, I think. Goodbye, BT. I think you’ve lost a potential customer permanently—your services are way overpriced, the peak hours performance is mediocre at the best of times, upload speeds are significantly and consistently out-performed by a 3G connection via a tethered iPhone—your dismal PR, customer service, habit of badmouthing the competition (who, BTW, did not return the favour) and general inflexibility simply rub salt in the wound.

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ISP Bother

Switching your home Internet from BT to another provider can, I’ve discovered, be quite a chore. You need something called a MAC Code to facilitate the switchover. Last Thursday, after a ten-minute lecture on how terrible the ‘competition’ is, BT finally gave me a code. It didn’t work. I called again and got another code—it was one letter shorter than the previous one. This didn’t work either. I called again and they insisted the second code was valid and I couldn’t get another one until May 15th—and if it didn’t work it was the other company’s fault.

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Weight & Traffic Reductions

I’ve lost a small amount of weight. It was intentional. I think a bit more could come off, too, although otherwise I’d like to tone my arms and stomach a bit. It’s not like I’m overweight, really, so much as slack and out-of-shape. But it’s a start, ain’t it. I may regress, obv, but I’m hoping not to… slackness is a common curse of middle-age I’m not awfully ready to embrace at the tender age of 28, *cough*…

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Etc

I made a firm decision today that my efforts to relocate, though temporarily derailed, are not being put on hold. Get back up and do it again. Why not? I’ve had two near-misses in the last year or so. Third time lucky? Yes. I think so. I had a funky experience when I went out this afternoon—I was seeing stuff on passing vehicles that seemed to allude to change, movement, newness. For instance, one van had PHOENIX written on it (and I am, after all, rising from the ashes of a less than successful attempt to move), and I saw at least three transport/moving company vehicles (one of them was following me—I saw it three times)… stuff like that. It means NOTHING (I’m a realist!), but it was interesting and inspiring anyway. So it gave me a fun kickstart. I thought, ‘Yes. It’s going to happen. Very soon.’

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Life Etc

Right, so where is my own life at? This has been a rocky week for me, to be honest. Knowing Martin was in hospital and unlikely to be going home again was a very dark cloud. On Monday night, too, I started to feel the emergence of a cold/flu bug that was in full flow by Tuesday. Overdosing on Vitamin C has probably helped to blunt the edges of it a bit. Today I feel pretty blocked-up and I’m sneezing a bit, but overall I don’t feel too bad.

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Big News

Which I didn’t even blog about till now. Well, I had a London-based job offer a little over two weeks ago following an interview on March 28th, which I accepted. I’ve been flat-hunting quite intensively and I’m viewing a place I’m quite hopeful about on Friday. Not 100% yet but it seems to be looking good. So maybe I’ll blog a bit more often again! :b Seriously, between various projects and the focus on relocating back down South, I’ve had little time to spare. This could change. We’ll see.

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A Decade

Just realised I missed this blog’s tenth birthday by a few days. But anyway, so it’s ten. That’s either impressive endurance or just depressing because of how quickly it flew by. Probably both, actually.

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Preoccupied

It hasn’t been a week for drawing anything after all. Too much on my mind, I suppose. I’ve been looking for a job, i.e. full-time & salaried—down in the London area. I’ve been doing same locally for ages (this area sadly being of one of the country’s darkest & deepest pits jobs-wise), being that the lack of stability of freelancing has certainly caused me problems—and a lot of other people, during the recession, as far as I can tell. But, I thought, if I’m investing so much time into this, why am I looking round here? I don’t like it round here.

Well, yes, down south was littered with bad judgement calls last time. I messed-up repeatedly as far as places to live were concerned, and my mom’s death was still affecting my morale. It went badly. But in actual fact, I didn’t want to leave. It just became the only ‘sensible’ option under the circumstances. Even at that, the experience left me shattered enough to ask my GP for anti-depressants. They helped a bit for a while, but I stopped taking them back in January because they had clearly outlived their use. Doing so hasn’t left me in a worse mood, at any rate. Perhaps a touch better generally, once withdrawal had passed.

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Groundhog Day

Neat trip down memory lane for you. February 2002, to be exact. Funny thing is, I did return to the forum mentioned, sometime around this time of year in 2008. And boy, did I fairly quickly suffer for it… to the extent that by Sept ’08, I left again. The attacks on me (from one particular person) continued even after I left and eventually I returned to the forum again in May ’09—for reasons unclear to me, I must admit. To be fair, the problem with this individual was ultimately resolved, but a perhaps less drawn-out but actually more sinister and troublesome issue with another person developed.

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Renewal

As I type this, we’re at roughly 1:10am on the 27th. Of May. Not the friendliest of dates for me. Today, four years ago, my mother passed away. I’d be lying if I said it had been the greatest four years ever. It’s had its good points. Just not enough of them. And since moving back here in Dec ’07, I’d say the good points have receded quite dramatically.

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Hi!

Phew, ain’t it just been the quietest on here? Is anyone still reading this? I think I asked before… I’m not giving up on the place, y’know, as this is actually the year of its tenth birthday. But with a very tough, ongoing struggle to find work and just doing other ‘stuff’, it’s been low on my list. Are blogs fashionable anymore?

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