Category Archive: Misc.

Jul 13

Sticks and Brains

Recently I attended a seminar on self-defense for women.  It’s totally my cuppa tea.  There are very few Causes with a Capital C in my life, but environmentalism, literacy and women-awesomeness are probably the top three, followed closely by respect for the scientific method, and maybe a campaign to lower the price of belgian chocolate …

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Jun 30

Sparring Partners

I love learning escrima.  Classes make me happy, thinking about it makes me happy – it brings me joy.  When I first started learning, I found half a broom handle to practice the movements with.  Now, when I’m working as a lighting designer during intense periods, and can’t make it to class for a while, …

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Jun 25

Okay, I admit it…

Firstly, I do keep an eye on comments, and am always thrilled and grateful when people a) add to b) reply about c) criticise a lot or d) just generally get involved in a conversation on this blog.  To you all: my thanks. Secondly, as Tim Minchin once pointed out, all those people who, as …

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Jun 05

Don’t Drill A Hole In Your Head

I love podcasts.  At a wedding a few days ago, it was only through my habitual fondness for podcasts, I suspect, that I was able to win the marriage-based quiz.  Win, as in 3/10 was a winning score.  (There was no prize, and one of the questions had a massively waffly answer so laced with …

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May 27

Public Copyright Abounds!

… or, equally, this blog post could possibly have been entitled ‘In Surprised Praise of Elementary‘. So, as we all know, Arthur Conan Doyle has now been dead just long enough.  Long enough for his works to slip into public copyright, at which point any old mackerel can have a play with it.  Thus, we’ve …

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May 10

More Thoughts On Violence

Ah escrima.  It makes me so happy.  It keeps me calm.  I love learning escrima. That said!  If I’ve been in tech for a while (and these last few months, I’ve been in tech a lot), when I finally go back to stick-hitting, I really feel it.  My lungs try their very best to pack-up …

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May 02

The Expert

Blimey this could be used to sum up, not just a lot of people’s lives, but also a lot of lighting designer’s lives…  

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Apr 30

Little Things That Make My Day

1.  When you inhale deeply while at rest in the swimming pool, you naturally rise in the water.  Go to a pool and try it now, it’s remarkably therapeutic.  There’s nothing surprising in this whatsoever – lungs inflate, the air is lighter than air, you become more buoyant, tada!  However, like many little things in …

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Mar 31

Injury Time!

I shouldn’t be so surprised that after 4 episodes of Hamlet on BBC Radio, and 3 hours of listening, Claudius still isn’t dead. Hamlet in the afternoon has been my background noise while working this week.  There’s something about the woes of a semi-suicidal-insane-Dane that really lifts the day, not least when that moment comes …

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Mar 27

Writing Battles

A very friendly drunk man, learning that I wrote books for my living, once turned to me and exclaimed, “Christ, I’m writing a book too!  It’s going to be incredible!” At these words, a polite smile naturally locked itself onto my features.  For 45 minutes I listened as he told me all about his imminently …

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