Thursday, March 31, 2005

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

14.12 On Time
Tomorrow is PerfectTeamMember's last day at work.

I have been dreading this day. Not only is Perfect actually damn near perfect but, his leaving will upset the fragile office dynamic, leave us even further understaffed and, there's a distinct possibility that I might have to do the speech.

Not that that's a problem in itself (much) - after all how hard can it be to express, in less than five minutes worth of words, how much he will be missed, how we will all wish him nothing but good, how much of a privilege and pleasure working with him has been etc?

The problem might be that no-one ever takes anything I say at face value.

I would hate for it to be taken as an outpouring of pent up sarcastic bile.

Oh, and tomorrow afternoon TheOlderBoy has an interview for a job he really wants.

Accused Of Stealing - The Delgados
Little Britain - Dreadzone
Swim For Health - Ballboy
Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
All We Have Is Now - Flaming Lips
Slow Jam - Four Tet
To The End - Blur
The Chemistry Between Us - Suede

Tuesday, March 29, 2005


500 Calories – 41 Minutes 46 Seconds
This is cheating really, as I’ve not been on the train due to having some days off. However, I did sneak into the Attic Studio Complex to try out the new equipment and almost got a PB on the exercise bike while listening to hugely inappropriate tunes on the jukebox, so I think that will cover the transport/music angle.

Spent the greater part of the day feeling melancholic and drippy, which I attribute to having finished reading "The Time Travelers Wife" and wishing that it wasn't finished. There were some tears.

Also, been listening to this over and over for the last few days. Not that impressed on first hearing – now can’t get enough of it.

The Place I Love – The Jam
The Irish Keep Gate-Crashing – The Thrills
Myxomatosis – Radiohead
2nd Law – Tom McRae
Why Won’t You Tell Me Why – Josh Rouse
Coming Second – Elbow
The Long Division – Elvis Costello
Stretch Out And Wait – The Smiths
Hostage-O – Warren Zevon
Warning Sign - Coldplay


Wednesday, March 23, 2005

17.12 Cancelled
It's been a while, but I'm still annoyed.
Bloody annoyed.
Especially by the so-up-themselves Virgin station staff with their "What do you expect me to do about it?" attitude. Especially HardFacedBitch. She's the worst of the lot.

On a happier note, PortugueseConsumer has finally got his refund and, our Lovely's back.

Whatever black dog was snapping at his heels has been kicked into touch and he's smiling again.

Maybe it's the prospect of getting up at 4.00am to make a nine hour round trip to buy garden furniture which has so heartened him and lifted his spirits.

I know it would mine.

And When She Was Bad - Cinerama
I'm From Further North Than You - The Wedding Present
This Is Hardcore - Pulp
Mr Brightside - The Killers
How Was It For You - James
For You - Bruce Springsteen
More Than A Feeling - Boston

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

In These Shoes.....?

8.10 On Time
I need some shoes.

I can feel the cracks in the pavement through the soles of the ones I'm wearing. Plus, water is seeping in.

Shoes are so dull. I've been in three shops now and felt nothing but narcoleptic. I've taken to staring at other people's feet to see what they've got going on down there, but learnt nothing - except that PinkBunnyColleague's trousers are way too short for those boots.

I went for a job in a shoe shop once (I was desperate, alright).
It was going well. I had retail experience, I was keen to unleash my creative talents on the window display, I was flexible and local (and desperate) ... then I was asked: "Where do you buy your shoes?"

I answered without blinking:

"Oh, I'm not that interested in shoes"

Didn't get the job after all.

In These Shoes - Kirsty MacColl
I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles
Get Up & Go - Cinerama
Songs Of Love - Divine Comedy
Seeing Other People - Belle & Sebastian
Knives Out - Radiohead
So Far Away - Stephen Duffy
Shark Food - Starsailor
All Time - Lorien

Monday, March 21, 2005

There Is Power In a Union

17.12 On Time
Bit of a shame really.

I was looking forward to having Wednesday

Drain You - Nirvana
Black Math - The White Stripes
Its A Wonderful Life - Sparklehorse
Little Rhymes - Mercury Rev
Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
Collective Dreamwish Of Upperclass Elegance - Grandaddy
Sunrise, Sunset - Bright eyes
Butterflies & Hurricanes - Muse
Black Amnesias - Hope Of The States

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

17.12 On Time
Tim came back from London Village and brought me a present from here.


Ticket To Ride - The Beatles

Eddie Walker - Ben Folds Five
One Horse Town - The Thrills
They Don't Know - Kirsty MacColl
Don't Look Back - Teenage Fanclub
Drive In Movies & Dashboard Lights - Nanci Griffith
I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten - Dusty Springfield
Walk On By - Dionne Warwick


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

8.10 On Time
He:“Tell me what I want to know”

Me:“Sorry. No.”

He:“You have to tell me, I have a Right”

Me:“Still ‘no’ I'm afraid”.

He:“Blah, Freedom of Information blah, Freedom of Information, blah Freedom of Information, blah blah”

Me:“No. Not really”

He:“I’m CouncillerPompousTwat from Kent, put me through to your Manager”

With alacrity & great pleasure Sir.

I love people who demand to speak to LineManager because they think this request will immediately intimidate me into doing whatever they want.

I put them through. I don’t have to deal with them. And I still get my wrap time.


11.11 - Rufus Wainwright
1776 - Hope Of The States
405 - Death Cab For Cutie
32nd - Floor House Of Love
1969 - Boards Of Canada
40’ - Franz Ferdinand
12:51 - The Strokes
146 Degrees - Cinerama
2nd Law - Tom McRae


Monday, March 14, 2005

She's Losing It

8.10 On Time
Got a email from Ticketmaster telling me my Rufus Wainwright tickets had been dispatched first class and would be with me within 2-3 days.

Four days later - no sign of any tickets.

After five days of non-delivery I sent an email, asking where my tickets were.

After a week I made a phone call.

Still nothing arrived.

Last night I found an envelope in the cupboard where important things live.
On it, in my very own handwriting it quite clearly says: "Rufus Wainwright tickets 14/4/05"


She's Losing It - Belle & Sebastian
Goodbye Lucille #1 - Prefab Sprout
Not A Reasonable Man - I Am Kloot
Black Dollar Bills - Hope Of The States
Autumn Is Your Chance - Robyn Hitchcock
Pretty Things - Rufus Wainwright
I Wasn't Scared Of Flying - Stephen Duffy
Bloodless -
Tom McRae
Jet Ski Accidents - Wolf Colonel


Friday, March 11, 2005

8.42 Four Minutes Late.
Which is sort of lucky, otherwise I would've missed it and then I wouldn't be here.

I am famished. The wind is 7% more biting than in any other West Coast town. The clouds are 12% more leaden. The first thing I was shown was the location of the panic alarm.

I am in Morecambe. Lancaster's evil twin.

Redground - Astrid
Planet New Earth - Lorien
3-Speed - Eels
Into My Arms - Nick Cave
Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky - Manic Street Preachers
Butterflies & Hurricaines - Muse
Just - Radiohead
Nightswimming - REM

Thursday, March 10, 2005

8.10 On time
"I've just got round to fitting some new radiators, and they don't work. Can I have my money back?"

"When did you buy them?"


Our Mutual Friend - Divine Comedy
Days - Kirsty MacColl
High In The Morning - Astrid
Universal Traveler - Air
Photo Jenny - Belle & Sebastian
You Wear The Sun - The Delays
Love Becomes A Savage - The Lilac Time
Agaetis Byrjun - Sigur Ros

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

8.10 On Time
I am retaining vestigial amounts of

But there is an underlying shame.
How can I feel good about playing catch with a man who made it possible for
this to happen?

Thought for the day, so far:
Irrespective of how difficult it may be to prove a verbal conversation, proving a non-verbal one is a damn site harder.

Goin’Back – Dusty Springfield
Trouble Me – 10,000 Maniacs
Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby – Alison Krauss/Gillian Welch/EmmyLou Harris
Fields Of Summer – Nanci Griffith
Time After Time – Eva Cassidy
Queen Of The Coast – Laura Cantrell
Don’t Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim – Kirsty MacColl
Anchorage – Michelle Shocked
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

Monday, March 07, 2005

It's Sheep We're Up Against

7.31 Three Minutes Late
We are having a motivational speaker today.
I am motivated enough about it to make the early train.

That isn't true actually.

I am worried enough about remembering to turn up for it that I've had a very poor night's sleep and thought I might as well catch the early train as continue to worry for a further 40 minutes.

I've also got my eye on a sheep.

If it hasn't moved by tomorrow I'm reporting it. It's that time of year again.

In My Life
And I Love Her
For No One
Nowhere Man
If I Fell
Hard Day's Night
Norwegian Wood
Here Comes The Sun

Songs were so much shorter in the olden days.

Friday, March 04, 2005

7.31 On Time
Not much has been happening lately.

That may or may not be true. What is true is that I'm too tired to write about it. I hate it when work spills over into life and spoils it.

The plot to kill SmellyColleague may well be resurrected

This email cheered me up though:

"I've already leave some information in the Dog-Watch's web site.

If someone try to steal me in the street with a knife I would have more
options to keep my money. It looks like it is organised to protect them.

Thank you for everything you're doing.



I hope DogWatch are of more use than I currently am. Though that may be unlikely.

You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby - Kirsty MacColl

Trouble in The Fields - Nanci Griffith
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key - Billy Bragg
What's The Matter Here? - 10,000 Maniacs
Surviving Twin - Loudon Wainwright III
Back In The Car Park - The Lilac Time
A Century Of Elvis - Belle & Sebastian
Cello Song - Nick Drake
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

18.08 On Time
This is bizarre.

Although, to be on the safe side, should any reputable businessmen or journalists have overheard the conversation that night when we made those elaborate plans to do away with SmellyColleauge and dispose of his body under Tim's (as yet unfinished) patio, having previously established alibis by buying tickets for a film we had all already seen - we were joking.

We didn't do it.


A Million Reasons - Stellastarr*
Trees In The City - Clearlake
Coney Island - Death Cab For Cutie
Climbing To The Moon - Eels
George Washington - Hope Of The States
Next Exit - Interpol
Do No Wrong - Thirteen Senses
Got Carried Away - Trashcan Sinatras
What Became Of The Likely Lads - The Libertines
Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll - The Killers

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