Friday, January 26, 2007

You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Work Here, But it Helps

Circular to all staff: response to questions about door numbers, the new signs will not have any. this is because the room numbering system dates back to the 60's and bears little resemblance to current office layouts. we feel that with these new signs and new "wayfinding" signs to come, people will find it much easier to locate services etc.


Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Bridges of Barnstaple


The Longbridge at Barnstaple across the the River Taw has carried traffic for centuries. But, now the town suffocates in cars and trucks.

Behold, the Downstream Bridge...


Carrying the Barnstaple Western Bypass, this ugly concrete structure is nearly complete. Springtime sees the bypass open and Barnstaple's traffic woes disappear.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Little Fluffy Clouds


The weather has turned. Gone are the gales and rain. It's ice and cold. As the days grow slightly longer, the walk along the Taw is in twilight. This is the Longbridge in the glow before sun up.

Photo effect fun with this picture is an extreme possibility. A Turneresque end product would most likely be the result.

the skies always had little fluffy clouds in 'em, and they were long, clear, and there were lots of stars, at night. And when it would rain, they would all turn - They were beautiful, the most beautiful skies as a matter of fact. Um, the sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire, and the clouds would catch the colors everywhere. That's uh, neat cause I used to look at them all the time, when I was little.

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Monday, January 22, 2007


A day off.


Took some cardboard to the recycling centre. Got stuck in traffic. Other than tractors, around Torrington every car has at least three Border Collies on board. Speaking of cardboard...


Other excitement: setting light to the previous owners' precious climbing vine. Without intervention it would have eaten the back of the house.


Finally, a Hitchcockian scene the other morning. They eats tyres, y'know.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Too Good to Refuse


That is why I ask that we work together so as to have the sun transfered out of my bank into your account. Should you be interested please send me your,

1,Full names,
2,private phone number,
3,current residential address,

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Yes, that's right I've been offered the sun. But, not the moon and the stars. Should I hold out for more?


Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I didn't up sticks and move 200 miles to suffer a circular debate about taxonomy.

There. Got that off my chest.

In the meantime, here's some words that aren't mine, but etched on my brain whilst walking to the Park'n'Ride.

And I, I’ll try to feel fine
While I’m taking orders from bottles of wine
Help me to stand
Help me to say
That I don’t want to be here
I just want away

Touch without touch
Feel without feel
Are we both really hoping
This just isn’t real
Help me to stand
Help me to say
That I don’t want to be here
I don’t want to stay
I can’t give today

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Meet the Neighbours


As it finally stopped raining and blowing a force 9 gale yesterday, we took ourselves for a wee sunday stroll. It took us around some of the farms surrounding the village. Lots of not-so-nice smells, a couple of barking hounds, bleating sheep and these little dawgies. They are heffers, in fact.


This is looking back to the village on the return leg. Note the large pool of water. Has it been raining? Is Arsene Wenger a French tosser?


Apart from livestock, sprouts are grown less than a mile from the village. Now, that's a gas.

Look carefully and you can see Exmoor.


No sprouts, but that's Dartmoor in the distance. Allegedly you can see Bodmin Moor too on a clear day.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

I resolve to blog

In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Read the manual.

Get your resolution here.

via a girl i used to know

I heard some such nonsense on the radio driving to home the other day that something like 75% of resolutions fall by the wayside within 48 hours.

20% of surveys come up with 80% of useless statistics.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A good start in the new job


I have no phone.

I'm borrowing a desk.

I work for the wrong boss.

And, now they're going to demolish my office.

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Waste of time

Rather than writing a post, I wasted 30 minutes creating my meez picture.

I blame Yorkshire Soul.

Get your own silly picture at Meez.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Digs

Welcome to the new Donut HQ. It lies about five miles from this festive sign, snapped on the day of arrival (19 December). Thanks to the idiots at BT (you know who you are), interweb access was not fixed at Donut HQ until yesterday. We're catching up on things like paying bills. (How do people pay bills without the interweb?)

Click on the above picture for access to a phalanx of moving out and moving in pictures. Got bored labelling all the shots, so you'll have to make a few guesses as to what you're looking at. That or you can ask. (For the lazy amongst you, here's the full set.)

Plenty of moving house stories to tell. Best told down the pub, so come on over and we can take 50 paces to the local. You buy the beer.

Now, where are those missing cufflinks?

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Is this thing working?...

Due to technical problems beyond our control, iamadonut has been broken over the holiday period. We will resume normal service shortly.