Friday, May 20, 2005

No trains, no tunes. Just a taxi that's due in less than six hours, and me not ready for it.
Another damn holiday! Lovely was right, I should've been all packed since Tuesday.

Back on Bank Holiday Monday when
Tim will no doubt be posting pictures of me falling off my bike on a variety of Umbrian Backroads.

At least I get to miss the cup final.


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

I Seem So Out Of Context....

17.12 On Time
Might get into trouble for some of my case recording today. If anyone ever picks up on it.

Especially the caller who was unhappy with the quality of her shed:
"C had disappointing erection in garden"

and the woman with the incompetent stylist:
"Bad hair do. She can smile about it now, but at the time it was terrible"

or the man with the caterpillar in his broccoli:
"Bug in veg. Veg replaced. Panic over"

Perhaps I was still feeling the effects.

Blacking Out The Friction - Death Cab For Cutie
So Long - Jason Anderson
Late - Ben Folds
Say Yes - Elliott Smith
So Long - Rilo Kiley
We Are Nowhere And It's Now - Bright Eyes
The Other Shoe - Eels
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - The Postal Service


Monday, May 16, 2005

17.12 On Time
Lovely spent all weekend arguing with Mrs Lovely because she doesn't want to move house. Thing is, 'til last Friday, neither did he.
Harmony has been restored and, in a sort of sequel to the 600 mile garden furniture odyssey, they are planning a day trip to London Village to look for knobs.

They won't be moving house for the foreseeable future.

TheYoungerBoy has started his new job in a SupermarketFromHell. The Manager has an interesting leadership style. The mission statement appears to be: "Serving the scum of the earth". Oh well, the only way is up.

And I have a new "Top Five Songs For My Funeral":
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist - Muse
Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Everything In It's Right Place - Radiohead
Find The River - REM
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

In that order.

(OK, Hallelujah isn't a new one)

Hey, Shut up!

7.31 On Time
There is too much music going around. It's got to stop.

I was given The Postal Service for my birthday.
TheOlderBoy has generously allowed me to rip The Arcade Fire & Rilo Kiley.
At work SecretCrush slipped a brown envelope containing illicit copies of James Yorkston and David Kitt across my desk and I came away from the Revolution (mmmm chocolate vodka) on Friday night with Perfect's Jose Gonzales tucked into my bag. (With his consent, I'm not a thief).

So, they're all on the Jukebox now, but what with the new Eels and Ben Folds still to get my head round ... Please could everyone just stop for a month or so? Let me catch up?

Bloody hell. Now

I can't cope, so this morning's playlist is courtesy of J's Birthday CD:
On The Border - Al Stewart
My Bag - Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
Doctor Wu - Steely Dan
All I Need - Air
6 Underground - Sneaker Pimps
Echo Beach - Martha & the Muffins
Fire & Rain - James Taylor
Erase/Rewind - The Cardigans


Thursday, May 12, 2005

17.12 On Time
It's my birthday and I've been shopping here again.

If The Stars Shine Tonight - The Lilac Time
Misread - Kings Of Convenience
How To Disappear Completely - Radiohead
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist - Muse
Find The River - REM
Waltz #2 - Elliott Smith
Lone Wolf - Eels
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - The Postal Service

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Let's Get It On

7.31 On Time
We have had a 'Service Communication Event'.

Unsurprisingly, it 's not about communicating. It's about HeadHoncho and his sidekick Deputy MoleMan alternately shouting and whispering at the assembled workforce for a couple of hours.
This means they can now tick a box which says "Do you keep your staff fully informed?" on the change management audit questionnaire.

Apparently we live in interesting times. We must keep a positive attitude. We will almost certainly be empowered. I think he said we could all play for Chelsea if we wanted it enough, but I might have slipped into a coma and misheard at that point. He definitely used the phrase "whatever floats the boat" more than necessary (i.e. ever).

Most unforgivably, and I'm still cringing at the image, he really really shouldn't've used "Lets get it on!" as an attempted rallying cry.

And people thought Delia was embarrassing.

Never mind though - it's nearly my birthday.

Theme From The Monkees - The Monkees
Cherry Cherry - Astrid
Too Much Love - Belle & Sebastian
Promises - Buzzcocks
Don't Lose The Faith - The Dears
Nearer Than Heaven - The Delays
Leave The Biker - Fountains Of Wayne
Sun Hits The Sky - Supergrass
With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley
Another First Kiss - They Might Be Giants

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

7.31 Cancelled
8.10 On Time
The railway station is right next door to a taxi firm. In the olden days, when a train was cancelled, TicketSellingGuy was empowered to stick his head out the window and yell across to summon up a fleet of taxis within minutes.
These days he has to ring Control in Manchester.
Control in Manchester has to ring an Agency.
The Agency diligently source the best available deal and finally, forty or fifty minutes later, two or three taxis from the firm next to the station show up.

But by then we've all got on another train.

Don't know what I was so mopey about yesterday. I'm off on holiday again in a fortnight.

Here Comes The Flood - Divine Comedy
Strung Out Again - Elliott Smith
The One I Love - REM
Manchild - Eels
Homesick - Kings Of Convenience
Ten Feet Tall - XTC
Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine - The Killers
One Horse Town - The Thrills


Monday, May 09, 2005


8.10 On Time
*Sighs Heavily*

Going back to work again. And, feeling as though I've somehow been caught out because, as Tim will now point out whenever I complain about having had a bad day: "What have YOU got to moan about? You've been with your chums all day".
Yeah, maybe, but we don't spend all day every day behaving like sugar-high five year olds and drinking vodka. Well, OK, so ... we don't spend all day every day drinking vodka.

I've only been away for a week but it feels so much longer and so much has happened.
Somehow, the person who left isn't the person who has come back.

I'm also worried that after two hours of Back In The Office my memory of the whole week will be wiped away and I'll have to resort to sneaking a peek at pictures on the internet to remind myself that it really did happen.

Question: Can you ever go back ?
And, if so, should you ever go back ?

Or, should you just try something different for the excitement ?

*Sighs heavily, with faraway look in eyes*

The King Of Rock 'n' Roll - Prefab Sprout
Grace - Supergrass
Steven's Last Night In Town - Ben Folds Five
Two Girls -Cinerama
Back In The Car Park - The Lilac Time
Goodbye Dreaming Fields - Martin Newell
There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop... - Kirsty MacColl
Eat For Two - 10,000 Maniacs
Embarrassment - Madness


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