Going Out, Because Staying In Is the New Awful

January 7, 2012

Somewhere in the desert near Rosamond, California; October 2011

One of simultaneously the best and the worst things about life as a self-employed freelance journalist is that you spend a lot of time at home. This is obviously great in terms of the time you don't waste commuting, the money you don't spend on workplace cafeteria lunches, and excellent news for any pets you may have, who know they can count on a free and easy food resupply mechanism throughout the working week. However, in January - with the tax bill imminent, client payments often delayed because accounts department staff haven't been at work for the thick end of a fortnight, and coffers low after the expenses of Christmas - you tend to spend just about all your time at home, evenings as well as daytime. As a result, I tend to get to see more TV in January than at other times of the year, and this isn't always to be advised. ... more »

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Taking Ineptitude to Olympian Heights

January 6, 2012

Statue on the Hoover Dam, Nevada, October 2, 2011

I don't pay much attention to the Olympics - not particularly bothered one way or another, really - but the games' imminence is an unavoidable story wherever you live in the UK, all the more so the closer you are to London. Even though I have no interest in attending, I still feel for the folks who do want to go, and whose efforts to spend their money on a once-in-a-lifetime sporting event seem to have been stymied not by the IOC, the London organising committee, or even London Regional Transport, but by Ticketmaster. ... more »

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Big Rog, Rhyming Douglas and Dependable Peter Parker

January 5, 2012


The largest slice of cake I've ever seen; Claimjumpers, Palmdale, California, October 8 2011 (Note on why image bears no relation to text HERE, note 3)

On a day otherwise notable chiefly for a trip to the dentist and relief at the fact that the fence panel that blew down in the garden was a) one of the ones that technically belongs to nextdoor and b) fell onto their side not ours, and after Newcastle's terrific performance last night, I was always going to be in the right mood for this.... more »

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One Final Look Back

January 4, 2012

An Airbus A330 being prepared for conversion into a new Voyager tanker for the Royal Air Force, in Cobham's hangar near Bournemouth: September 2, 2011

So after the last two days' posts looking backwards, it's high time I turned my attentions in the opposite direction. But I like the measurable, quantifiable concept, and may well stick with it as the year progresses. With that in mind, then:... more »

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More Stats from Last Year's Work

January 3, 2012

Low clouds over Highway 375, Nevada - October 5, 2011

A short addendum to yesterday's statistics shows that the words that get published are really only the tip of the iceberg.... more »

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2011: My Working Year in Review

January 2, 2012

Looking north from the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, appx 6:15pm, October 3, 2011

I thought that a quick trawl through personal work-related statistics for the calendar year just finished might help me make some plans for what I'm sure is going to be a much more challenging 12 months to come. The broad brush strokes look promising - I had over 110,000 words submitted to and/or published by 21 different outlets in 2011, and none of my work was returned as unfit for purpose, so my ability to generate output of an acceptable standard seems pretty good. But a closer examination reveals a few trends which are rather less auspicious.... more »

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January 1, 2012

Bats disturbed at the Qal-i-Bost fortress, near Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan; August 2011

Happy new year to both of my regular readers. I will try to update this blog more frequently from now on.... more »

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