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I took the plunge (again) last week and installed Linux on the Thinkpad. I first used Linux back in 1998, and every couple of years do an experimental install to see how it’s changed. I’ve never really stuck with it though, as I find myself forced back to Windows because of my reliance on Notes. A couple of years ago I tired to get Notes 5 running on Mandrake Linux (with Wine) but it never got through the installation. With my usual determination I gave up after two attempts….

This time I would like to stick with Linux for a little longer, and may attempt to get Notes running (which would mean no more Windows). I figure that if I was not forced back to Windows all the time by running a dual boot system I would be Linux ‘power-user’ in no time.

And another reason to stick with Linux, I’ve just seen one of my sites in Konqueror – oh shite.

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, November 30th, 2003

Memories of Paris

Us in Paris Hitler in Paris

Like most tourists to Paris, you get your snap taken here and forget what has gone before. It is chilling to think that you have stood in the same place as Hitler. Seeing the picture makes me realise how recently it all happened. When I was a kid I used to think that such a thing would never happen again, and yet in reality we are always closer to the nightmare than we think.

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

Shave the Bush!

Shave the Bush - protest in Trafalgar Square

I was down in Trafalgar Square venting my frustration at the emperor tonight. It’s a lot of fun at these gigs, there are so many different characters there. We had a chat to the loony Socialist Party guys for a while, lovely folks but without a clue. And I got handed a pamphlet from an Islamic Fundamentalist… pretty way out stuff about the media, fashion, alcohol, gambling…. The craziest thing about it was that you could substitute every quote from the Koran with one from the Bible and it would read as a Christian Fundamentalist pamphlet.

Maida Vale, London, Thursday, November 20th, 2003

Photos from Wales

Beach on the Gower Pen. WalesAnother beach on the Gower Pen. Wales

A Welsh Castle

The stadium in Cardiff

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

All this week – a double margin super-bonus from Internet Explorer

Here’s an IE bug I’ve just found out about… if you create a div, assign it a margin: and then assign float:left; to the div, IE gives you a bonus DOUBLE MARGIN WIDTH! Oh, yes, I feel like the big winner here today.

Fortunately there is an answer. It looks as though all(?) versions of IE can be fooled (in much the same way as that clever bastard Tantek Celik’s ol’ box model hack ).

The answer, and other goodies, at CSS hub.

Undercrank is where I found the first reference to the problem, and again, there is some other good stuff on this site.

Here is a list of browsers that it works with from

Tower Hill, London, Friday, November 14th, 2003 boredband

A curse on “broadband”! It has been incredibly slllloooooowwww for weeks now. It may take, say, 10 minutes (while I make the tea and watch a bit of telly) to download just the top graphic on a page. They have promised that come the 14th of November all will be well, but I will believe it when I see it. To celebrate I will download Mandrake Linux 9.2 and Notes 6.5 so I can have a poke around.

The worst thing about virgin is that they still haven’t replied to my email asking for an explanation – I have had to try and check their web site, which is an odyssey in human patience. However, when I spoke to a friend who’s also on virgin he said he was having no problems….

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, November 12th, 2003

Catherine Zeta-Jones is a choice piece of ass

The last two films I saw:

The Matrix Reloaded – yawn, blah blah, talk about cashing in. I don’t know if I’ll bother with the final one.
Intolerable Cruelty – the Cohen brothers haven’t quite hit top gear (for me that’s The Big Lebowski and Fargo) but it’s still very entertaining and well worth a look. And CZ-J is cast as the gold-digger. I never knew that she was a method actor.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, November 12th, 2003

A picture of Ms Goldfrapp

Goldfrapp - oooh-eer!

At the Goldfrapp gig

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, November 5th, 2003

The Last flight of Concorde

Last flight of the Concorde

Concorde passes the Tower of London for the last time?

People at Tower Hill watch Concorde's last flight

People at Tower Hill watch Concorde’s last flight

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, November 5th, 2003

On the tube

I go to a film course on a Tuesday night – on my way home tonight a guy had finished with his newspaper and offered it to the bloke next to him. The simple act of generosity made them both very happy.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, November 5th, 2003


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