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Who is this Woman?

First some imperatives:
Listen to this: http://joebrown.org.uk/images/JAttendais.mp3 or: http://joebrown.org.uk/images/JAttendais.wav
Whilst reading this:

Et j’ecoutais longtemps couler l’eau des fontaines.
Et j’ecoutais le vent chanter infiniment.
Vagues de quietude et de paix d’aussi loin que je me souvienne.
L’enfance est un immense ocean.
Et je revais longues annees, longue indolence.
Ou rien ne se passe mais ou rien ne s’oublie.
J’allais sereine et sans connaitre [...]

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Google – Stop f***ing asking for my mobile number when I sign in to GMail

No, you aren’t getting my Mobile number.
If you persist in asking me – I will close my gmail account.
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Why am I bad at Maths?

After a long and successful career in Software Engineering, it is assumed by most who meet me, that I am good at Math – I’m not.
Arithmetic and number systems – yes; Analysis – yes; But when it comes to all the weird squiggly stuff, which shifts around on the paper in front of me, I [...]

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My Serial Failures

My original blog on one.com is still there – see Serial Failures in the ‘Connectablogs’ side panel menu. Here are a couple of samples of the fare available – the first from April 24th, 2009.

My little stick of Blackpool Rock

I’ve just come back after a visit to Blackpool and my partner was very angry with [...]

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Have you seen this man?

Have you been affected? Call our helpline for constructive counselling.

Do not approach

Touting himself as a retired FSB operative, but believed by police to be an active Azerbajani bus conductor, he is wanted in connection with a spate of PC power supply failures in the Cullercoats area. Sometimes alone, but at other times being known [...]

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Please clame this moeny, before it getz confisicated!

Like so many other lucky people in the UK, I have been blessed with many offers of free money, but being naturally shy and retiring, have so far declined to take up any of them. Here’s one I received recently, as an example of the kindness and generosity shown by those African brothers of ours. [...]

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While you were out…

It’s been a while – too long in fact, since I took a look at the stats for any of the sites I run. A complete change of emphasis about what is important and what is not has occurred since the ‘jump start’ in Hospital back in the early spring. Now I’m not complaining. I’ve [...]

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Astonished? I was not!

Warning. This post contains ranting and incompletely-redacted profanities. Read at your own risk.

Candidate for Prize For The Most Useless Product Of 2010

Astonished I wasn’t. Despite a heavy-weight list of powerful agents contained in it’s formulation (non-ionic surfactants and perfume), this product failed to give satisfactory results in tests on my sink – in fact [...]

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I saw the writing on the wall – written with a Blue Spot!

The time has come, the Walrus said, to speak of many things.
Of sailing ships, and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings.
And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.
(Lewis Carroll)

Yeah – I was in my early twenties, and back then I thought I knew it all. As it turns out, I didn’t. [...]

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The Hard Times of Old England

Too achy and sore to finish off more work on the shelving in my ‘music’ room, I got down to compiling a directory of my all-time favourite Steeleye Span and/or Maddy Prior mp3 tracks, and of course, playing these favourites as I sifted amongst the various Album directories on my hard disk. The eponymous track [...]

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