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Posted by Tim Ireland at March 27, 2008

Category: Updates

Here’s the certificate they give you when you successfully make it through the last 2 weeks of this 6 week programme without a single cigarette:

1) Hell, I made it through all 6 weeks without falling over once. That’s a first for me. I really do think I’ve cracked it.

2) Group really helped… and yes, we managed to get through the entire 6 weeks without any hugging.

3) My next task is to wean myself off the nicotine (I’m already on a lighter patch) and send those bastard nicotine receptors into a dormant state.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 12, 2008

Category: Updates

I’d love to take the No Smoking Day challenge, but it’s too late for me… I quit 2 weeks ago and I’m feeling fine and dandy.

I’ve tried to quit before, but this time I did it with the help of the NHS, and I heartily recommend that service to anyone in the UK who’s serious about giving up.

It hasn’t been easy… but it’s been the easiest it’s ever been.

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 29, 2008

Category: Updates

1. The latest contact list just arrived, and I am now officially a local flood warden.

2. I have just received notice that my submission to the public consultation on SOCPA has been read/viewed.

3. Oh, and Paul Staines is waving his lawyers at me. Again.

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 7, 2008

Category: Updates

Uzbekistan’s non-election (via) almost tempted me out into the open… almost.

I’m enjoying my little recharge, and – after a day of catching up on email – I’m going straight back into my cave for a post-hibernation lie-in.

Cheers all.

PS – The thought police are on the loose. Watch your step.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 22, 2007

Category: Updates

Just a quick heads-up for those who don’t already know:

Until further notice, Unity’s blog will be located at

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 12, 2007

Category: Updates

Late on Thursday night (happily, before I had printed out everything required for my Friday meeting) my computer was struck down by swollen capacitors.

The best option for repair was an under-warranty visit from a technician on Monday (today) and….


… the operation was a complete success!

Everything is fine and dandy, I have access to all of my data (and email) again, and I am no longer forced to make do with the rickety loaner that struggled to keep up with the demands of tabbed browsing alone.

Next: Educational fun and games with Dizzy.

UPDATE (1:45pm) – Zip zip zippety-zip! Oh, I almost forgot how wonderful life could be! I missed you, baby!

[hugs computer]

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 9, 2007

Category: Updates

Until further notice, I’m on a foreign and quite rickety computer.

I will be using what limited time and capacity I have to address and moderate comments here at Bloggerheads.

If you wish to reach me via email, bloggerheads DOT com AT googlemail DOT com is your best bet until Tuesday at the earliest.

Cheers all.

Oh, and well said Garry and Justin.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 8, 2007

Category: Updates

Added under ‘associates’:
Mr Eugenides – Don’t always agree with him, but enjoy the read regardless.
Devil’s Kitchen – Don’t always f**king agree with him, but enjoy the c**ting read regardless.
Matt Wardman – Actually thinks about ‘little’ things like crowds and Google.
Hopi Sen – Anyone who can earn one of these from Iain Dale is well worth my time and yours.
Leon GreenSensible, brain-engaging chap with a sense of humour.
Ben Goldacre – Out there inviting scrutiny on his own site instead of leaving it to the newspaper to (maybe) do it for him.
Richard Bartholomew – Good, clear-headed forensics.

Removed from ‘associates’:
British Bullshit Foundation – Has closed.
Not Saussure – Has been inactive for far too long.

Updated under ‘associates’:
Tim Worstall – I prefer the broadsheet.

Added under ‘sources’:
Liberal Conspiracy – I have faith in its potential as an information/opinion feed.

Updated and moved to the very top of the otherwise purely-alphabetical list under ‘associates’:
Justin McKeating – Trust and respect.
Craig Murray – Trust and respect.
Septicisle – Trust and respect.
Garry Smith – Trust and respect.
Clive Summerfield – Trust and respect.
Unity – Trust and respect.

Has never been on my blogroll:
Iain Dale – Initially, because he thought that blogroll links were designed to be handed out like candy and then became a pest about it. Later, because… well, I don’t want to spoil the party, so I’ll just leave it at that, shall I?

[Note – I’ll be a busy bunny tomorrow and a persistent publishing glitch has returned to haunt the comments function. If you do leave a comment, even if you’re a regular/trusted commenter, it may not appear until late tomorrow afternoon. Cheers all.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 1, 2007

Category: The War on Stupid, Updates

Bloggerheads is back online, but I suspect that most of the action will take place here for a few more days at least.

If you miss the old ‘obsessions’, here’s some local news of (online) poll-rigging and the immediate reaction from Guildford Borough Council.

Also, the fight for freedom in Burma has led to a minor mutiny (swiftly put down) a little closer to home. (And before you start yelling at me, yes, I’m well aware that our present government does draw the line at shooting protestors in the street.)

[Psst! Another Uzbek parallel emerges here.]

UPDATE – Justin has another related affront to democracy here. Heaven forbid that any protest march should come within a mile of Parliament while it’s in session.

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 13, 2007

Category: Updates

BBC – New foot-and-mouth case confirmed: A new case of foot-and-mouth disease has been confirmed in Surrey, the government has said. Chief vet Dr Debby Reynolds confirmed the outbreak near Milton Park Farm, near Egham. A 10km control zone has been set up around the site…. The latest outbreak in Surrey comes just days after the government declared the county to be free of foot-and-mouth. The farm is about 10 miles from an animal research site in Pirbright, which was the centre of an outbreak in August. The surveillance zone around the original outbreak was lifted only at midday on Saturday.


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