Saturday, September 22, 2007

just back from London

Just back from a three day course in London, right opposite the Royal Courts of Justice at 218 Strand, WC2.

Two things that made me smile - the first was the beautiful structure of the RCJ - the second was the ridiculously positioned loo in the ensuite of the hotel room I rented. Talk abour cowboy builders......

Sunday, September 16, 2007

podcast 161, how smooth is this music?

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podcastpaul podcast no 161
16th September 2007
How smooth is this music? wow!
Once I get up - The Fonkmasters
Monlight - Christopher Burke
The Heys
Shangrila - The Rebel Soul band
Odd Bird - Lascivious Biddies
East of West - Coast to Coast

Saturday, September 15, 2007

podcast 160 - Live from the caravan on 14th September 2007

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podcastpaul podcast no 160
14th September 2007
Last Night - Stingray
Hello to Taytana, helsinki and Andrew; Wellington
Camping with Phil & Gaz
Just feel good - Anduze
bob cartwright - great refelction in the caravan!
Mark Crook - podcastnation
Paul Parkinson / Linda Mills
Mangomad - Search for Zen

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Why I love England.

I took this picture from the turret of Ludlow castle on Saturday. I think the picture says it all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Studies, footie v rugby, London and Madeleine.

I started back at Uni for my final year studies at postgrad. At the end of this stint, I'll have studied law for 12 years in total, 8 when I first qualified and 4 at the end of June '08. I'm studying 6 -9 twice a week, and there three days full time this week.

I've blogged about this before, but it's so much easier - and more difficult at the same time - studying when you're a bit older. I'm creeping towards my 40th in mid- December.

I find that I'm so much more conscientious this time around. I'll do the prep, do the reading, take part and listen hard during lectures. It's more difficult by virtue of the fact that I've such a demanding job, have four kids I want to make sure I have the time for, and the other stuff I do, Church, Governors, blogging, podcasting, etc etc....

I'm in London next week for three nights staying in central London and studying to become an accredited mediator at the Strand - something I'm hoping will add to the CV and hopefully become another income stream both for work and additionally for me personally, particularly out of hours. I'll take the Edirol and lap top as I've tons of mixing to do - and some shows to produce.

Yet, I'd still swap the lot to live in Swaziland and help in some way at the project. It's so difficult with the kids studies. Maybe I could look at transferring to become a Swazi lawyer later in my career?

I'm typing the blog as Owen has scored his second goal against Russia. As much as I feel I ought to watch the football, it just isn't rugby.... I think I'm enjoying it, but I'm flitting between the TV and the laptop. I'm riveted when I watch England play rugger. There's just no contest between the sports for me. I know so little about football, but I do know that Heskey shouldn't be on the pitch, he's useless!

The McCann coverage continues. I cannot help but feel so desperately sorry for the McCann's. I just canot believe they had anything to do with Maddies disappearance. I imagine they forever rue the day they were so lax in leaving their children unattended. I fear that the investigation will take a sinister turn for the worst eventually. I can't help but feel that Madeleine was watched and handpicked. Knowing the cost of legals, I cannot but imagine the financial hardship they might face. I wish there was a fund to donate legal costs to, rather than the missing fund. The McCanns must be living through a hellish nightmare at present.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

just back from ludlow food festival

I 'm just back from Ludlow food festival - a beautiful medieval market town in rural England, just 45 miles from home.

What a beautiful place. Foods of all descriptions within the castle walls visited by thousands.

I'm booking my ticket for next year.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

photo's from podcampuk

I'm at home today and really pleased with the amount of stuff I've done.

The supply of tea has been virtually intravenous, and I haven't been distracted by the trappings of home in any way - the TV has stayed off, the computer, just like work has been on, but has been an aid rather than a hindrance.

I really enjoy working from home. The tranquil peace and fact I've not had to endure the turgid 60 mile round trip has been something of a blessing too.

I'm off in a short while to see an old pal and client of mine in a couple of hours. I'll catch up with him, do the work I need to there, have another cuppa and then set back to wind down for the day.

I need a haircut - I'm beginning to look like a cross between David Haselhoff and an onion. hmmph.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

wireless issues

Boo... the wireless network and my pc aren't talking, so I am using one of the fixed banks of pc's.

All is going great here - lots of good chat and great company.

I'm finding that the best thing about this bash is the conversation that I'm having with folks. It's great to be here and not being involved in any of the organisation of it.

Right, back to the coffee, cakes and chat!

At PodcampUK

Well, we're here. I'm sitting next to Paul Parkinson's arms jostling for space next to a couple from Denmark. There are a good 50 or so folks of the anticipated 120.

I've had my bacon and egg sandwich and a coffee and we're deciding the conference agenda, podcamp style.

Lots of old faces, some new...... looks to be a good day!