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  5.  <title>Daza Journal</title>
  6.  <subtitle>This is not your life.</subtitle>
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  8.    <name>Mopy Strawfellow</name>
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  12.  <updated>2009-08-03T00:41:42Z</updated>
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  19.    <title>Alotment day</title>
  20.    <published>2009-08-03T00:41:42Z</published>
  21.    <updated>2009-08-03T00:41:42Z</updated>
  22.    <content type="html">Paid a visit today after a few weeks away and things weren't too bad - a few more weeds in some places, but almost none under the beans - do they exude some nasty other plant poison or something? The strimming was fun as usual and dealt effectively with the long grass.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The weather has been wet ad humid and it looks like a few folk have had blight attacks, but our potatoes still look okay. I picked:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ol&gt;&lt;li&gt;A few onions from the excellent crop as rain is forecast for the next few days and I'm worried they might rot.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;Some carrots, which are small and stocky, but have an incredibly strong carrot smell.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;A huge marrow- I hate marrow but leaving it on the ground seemed a waste - anyone know an edible recipe for marrow?&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ol&gt; I expected to pick some blackberries but they are still sour as so I'll wait a few more days. &lt;br /&gt;The wall supported by the contentious &amp;quot;pigs ear form of buttresses&amp;quot; has mysteriously disappeared - parish council shenanigans I expect.&lt;br /&gt;</content>
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  28.    <title>Livejournal, the recession</title>
  29.    <published>2009-01-07T11:16:46Z</published>
  30.    <updated>2009-01-07T11:16:46Z</updated>
  31.    <content type="html">News of layoffs at LiveJournal spurred me to track down an archiving tool to save my occasional posts if the worst happens - &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;ljarchive&lt;/a&gt; did the trick - though it is unthinkable that folks would let the LJ disappear.</content>
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  37.    <title>We love mr t</title>
  38.    <published>2008-08-24T12:16:08Z</published>
  39.    <updated>2008-08-24T12:16:08Z</updated>
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  46.    <title>Beautiful Days</title>
  47.    <published>2008-08-18T21:17:58Z</published>
  48.    <updated>2008-08-19T07:44:50Z</updated>
  49.    <category term="mud"/>
  50.    <category term="festival"/>
  51.    <category term="beautiful days"/>
  52.    <content type="html">Summer in England means music festival time, so we three went off for the weekend to &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;Beautiful Days&lt;/a&gt; for music and fun.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;As it is held just down the road from us it wasn't too long a drive on Friday afternoon to get to the site and pitch our tent. This was done amazingly fast as Enid had selected a great tent from on a trip to Trago Mills several months ago. Once set up in our home away from home we wandered off to explore the stalls and music on show. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Nouvelle Vague were fun with their cabaret style interpretations of classics such as dancing with myself and ever fallen in love. The had a nice sound but it was a bit restrained for an out door venue, suspect a CD or a smaller club are the best experience.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Sleep in the tent was easily achieved, with the family area proving to be calm enough.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Saturday saw rain hit the festival site which made me feel more inclined to sit and read in out wonderfully waterproof tent. We did venture out for some exploring, with Small trying out whittling at the &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;Escot education&lt;/a&gt; display.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We listened to Transglobal Underground who put on a good set, but my day was upset by the news that John Cooper Clarke wouldn't be performing as planned. Bum! I went and listened to Ian Cognito for a while, but he just seemed to be swearing for his own amusement so wandered off for a while, returning to the little big top for Attila the Stockbroker who was swearing just as much, but with some wit and left wing vigour.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I fled from the rain for a nap, and returned to hear the last bit of Stiff Little Fingers' set - and good they were too!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Small enjoyed splashing in the mud, as we had all come prepared with wellingtons to keep our feet dry, which was a good thing cause there was a lot of mud about!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;After a bit of a rest and read we ventured out again for Supergrass, who I thought were a bit tired. They seemed to be going through the motions of a festival gig without actually having much fun. The "You're a great crowd" patter sounded really forced. At least the rain had stopped by this time so everyone could dance or sit in relative comfort.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The next morning we awoke to a clear sky which made packing the tent an easy task. Plans to hang around at the festival soon gave way to the decision to escape the mud, which involved negotiating a large mud slide that had been the drive into the car park. At first we tried cutting across the car park via vacated spaces, but soon gave up as we became stuck. With some assistance we made it closer to the main drive and decided to turn on the hazard lights and wait for a tractor to tow us out as per the signs around the place. With only three tractors their was along weight. We tried to get Small to look upset hoping this would make the tractor drivers take pity on us, but Small kept laughing. The wait gave Small and Enid a chance togo off and collect Smalls clay diorama of a camping scene from a kids craft tent. Upon their return I decided to give the mud slide/exit a go, having observed a few woks having success with one particular set of tracks in the mud bath. Having suggested to a four wheel drive enabled family they give it a try, we used their free tracks as our link to the magic ruts, and with just a a few pushes along the way the rover slide and spun it's wheels all the way to the exit! Hooray!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I had a great time as did Enid and Small, so we are already planning to attend another festival next summer.</content>
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  58.    <title>Going home</title>
  59.    <published>2008-04-21T22:29:11Z</published>
  60.    <updated>2008-06-02T07:31:27Z</updated>
  61.    <content type="html">after a delay at christchurch and a missing bag in lax we are at least safe and sound..</content>
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  67.    <title>Jet planes</title>
  68.    <published>2008-03-25T21:12:14Z</published>
  69.    <updated>2008-03-25T21:12:14Z</updated>
  70.    <content type="html">Mad my way by bus and plane from Exeter back to Christchurch New Zealand. Small and I are here for 5 weeks, though she is off doing family things while I visit my friends and family. The trip went well, with no technical difficulties, and shorter queues than I'd expected. Guess that's the benefit of turning up hours before the scheduled check in times. We both managed to entertain ourselves on the trip with books and in-flight entertainment systems. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;New Zealand is still where I left it, and I hope to explore it over the next few weeks to see what improvements have been made while I was away. So far the only change is that TVs have grown bigger - I though in the future things were supposed to get smaller?</content>
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  76.    <title>I'm a bigger geek than you!</title>
  77.    <published>2008-01-02T10:25:41Z</published>
  78.    <updated>2008-01-02T10:25:41Z</updated>
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  81. &lt;td width="50" bgcolor="black"&gt;&lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;&lt;img border="0" src="" alt="Take the Sci fi sounds quiz" fetchpriority="high" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;
  82. &lt;td width="225" bgcolor="black" align="center"&gt;&lt;span style="font-family:Tahoma; color:White; margin:5px; vertical-align:middle;"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:14px;"&gt;I received &lt;b&gt;86 credits&lt;/b&gt; on &lt;br&gt;&lt;a href="" style="color:gray;" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;The Sci Fi Sounds Quiz&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:10px;"&gt;How much of a Sci-Fi geek are you?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/td&gt;
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  85. &lt;td colspan="2" style="width:325px; background-color: black !important; vertical-align:middle !important;"&gt;&lt;a href="" style="font-family:Tahoma; font-size:10px; color:gray; text-decoration:none; float:left;" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;Take the Sci-Fi Movie Quiz&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href="" style="font-family:Tahoma; font-size:10px; color:gray; text-decoration:none; float:right;" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;canon s5&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;
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  93.    <title>Brian Eno a vote winner?</title>
  94.    <published>2007-12-19T17:06:03Z</published>
  95.    <updated>2007-12-19T17:06:03Z</updated>
  96.    <content type="html">Happened across the latest news that the UK Liberal Democrat party leader has called upon Brian Eno to act as the parties youth adviser.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;hmm. While I admit Eno is a clever chap, I fail to see how a nearly 60 year old will drag in the youth voters. When asked what she though of Brian, Small said &lt;i&gt;Never heard of hi!&lt;/i&gt;. His appeal I would have thought is limited to 40 something folk like me, fan's of Roxy Music, and geeks. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Maybe the Lib Dems choice of Eno is appropriate as they are as ignorable as they are interesting.</content>
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  102.    <title>What's up in Burma?</title>
  103.    <published>2007-10-07T19:47:24Z</published>
  104.    <updated>2007-10-07T19:47:24Z</updated>
  105.    <content type="html">John Weeks made an interesting comment in an e-mail that I thought worth sharing:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;"Festival of Pchum Ben, the Hungry Ghosts, is coming up in Cambodia. Why are the military in Burma so ticked off? It's because the monks are refusing to feed their family ghosts for their similar observance. Yup. In a nutshell, that's what kicked it off."&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Busy weekend getting the house in order, we have several rooms now, so we can move between them as our moods allow. Rooms rock!</content>
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  111.    <title>Been doing stuff</title>
  112.    <published>2007-09-28T22:04:21Z</published>
  113.    <updated>2007-09-28T22:45:37Z</updated>
  114.    <category term="jersey"/>
  115.    <category term="holdays"/>
  116.    <content type="html">Okay, so it's been a few days... well actually quite a lot of days since the last post. Since then I've been to Jersey, moved house and done lots of regular stuff in England. Most of it probably wouldn't be of interest to you dear readers, and I'm not sure which bits would, so I'll open the floor for questions: if you want to know something about my life in the UK ask away and I'll answer to the best of my ability.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Golders Green asked a while ago about my trip to Jersey, so here's a travelogue of sorts. As a visual aid be sure to check out the &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;photographs at flickr&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We flew to Jersey care of Flybe, a UK budget airline that operates out of smaller airports such as Exeter International, which consists of three sheds  and a carpark. We checked in online so as to speed things up, but for some reason there was only one person at the online check in desk and about 3 at the normal check in, so we actually waited around longer than the folk in the normal check in. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The flight was quick and calm. Once on the island we decided a rental car would be useful, something we were very pleased about as our time there went on. Sure, the island isn't that big but the car gave us the time and freedom to explore. Plus petrol seemed to be cheap so it didn't cost us that much over the period. The car rental was likewise very reasonable for 6 days.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We immediately drove off to a beach for some sightseeing and a coffee at Plemont. It's a small beach surrounded by cliffs. Most of the day there is no beach at all, and with the tide in we never got to swim there but it was a nice place to sit and drink coffee.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We paid a visit to another beach, Greve le Lecq. This is much more beachy with lots of sand and several restaurants/souvenir shops close by. We wet our feet but as we couldn't find any lunch decided to drive off to the Devil's Hole, where we had some good pub grub after a nice walk to look at a blow hole in the cliffs that wasn't actually blowing....&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It was then off to the guest house for a nap. I had a walk round Saint Helier looking for beach equipment. The town was pretty much like any other - the usual shops etc. I also noted that even though I had been lead to believe that it was a duty fee paradise, consumer goods weren't really that cheap. The main shopping district was your typical street mall - busy and not very entertaining, with some quaint old buildings hidden amongst the more modern shops. Enid joined me later and we had fish and chips, then visited the waterfront.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Day 2:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We went to the Jersey War tunnels in the morning for a tourist experience. We were to learn over the course of our stay that the WWII occupation was a strong part of the national identity, even now. It made me realise how protected NZ is all the way down at the bottom of the world. In the UK too, there is a sense that people live with the memories of war and it still influences them greatly in their opinions of the military and international relations.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The war tunnels were very interactive; lots of exhibitions that got you thinking about what happened. The human figures with a TV screen where the head would be that represented German soldiers were very confrontational in their presentation, challenging you to think "what would you do if a German soldier said hello?" as the video showed a man greeting you and uncomfortably waiting for a response. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;After that we went walking on another beach  and had a look at the quite stunning Lalique glass in the St Matthews Church at Millbrook  - well worth seeing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Next stop was St Brelade's to see a Norman era church and the medieval fresco in the Fisherman's Chapel. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Day 3:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Went off to Portelet for some swimming and sunbathing. The walk up the steps for lunch was exhausting in the heat.  That evening I took Enid off to La Capannina for a lovely Italian meal. The waiting staff took their jobs very seriously. The main waiter was actually preparing many of the dishes and really knew his stuff. At the end of the meal we went for a random drive around the town, ending up in a fun fair.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Day 4:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Spent much of the day on Greve le Lecq beach lying on a deck chair. Every so often I went snorkelling but it was a relaxing, lazy day. Great beach for doing that as there is lots of sand. It was busy but not overcrowded.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Day 5:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Went to St Catherine's bay for a swim and collecting sea glass. Very very hot so we moved on to Plemont, but the tide was too high for a swim so had chips instead, and briefly visited St Ouen to look for fresh seafood - sadly the shop was shut. Retired to the B&amp;B and a neighbouring hotel for drinks and a game of pool. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Day 6:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The trip was coming to an end. We checked out and went off to town for a look at the markets. Then to visit the Living Legends shopping village, which was rubbish. We expected some craft shops but it was all tat! Then back to St Ouen to buy some fresh cooked crab, and a picnic at Grosnez, by the castle ruins. Took the time to write some postcards, and had some drinks at the farmers inn near Agateware pottery, before the trip to the airport and home.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In all it was an entertaining visit. The main pastime for us were the beaches and had good weather most days to enjoy them. The cultural attractions were low key but interesting, though I don't think we could have entertained ourselves for many more days. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;With Jersey being so close to England, and fairly cheap to get to we are amazed that more UK folk don't go there, but our B&amp;B host told us that tourism is in decline from the good old days. We recommend it to beach bums everywhere, just don't mention Bergerac!</content>
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  122.    <title>Quiet</title>
  123.    <published>2007-08-19T10:25:49Z</published>
  124.    <updated>2007-08-19T10:25:49Z</updated>
  125.    <content type="html">Sorry I've been silent for ages, been too busy loving EnidW - she's hot.</content>
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  131.    <title>home movies</title>
  132.    <published>2007-07-06T23:49:56Z</published>
  133.    <updated>2007-07-06T23:49:56Z</updated>
  134.    <content type="html">&lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;I you tube&lt;/a&gt; some of my old home movies just to see if I can.. and I can!</content>
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  140.    <title>Bristol</title>
  141.    <published>2007-05-12T18:31:01Z</published>
  142.    <updated>2007-05-12T18:31:01Z</updated>
  143.    <content type="html">Bristol comics expo is kind of fun, haven't sold much in the way of comics, and the local bus system is hard to follow if you come from out of town.</content>
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  149.    <title>Trip to Wales</title>
  150.    <published>2007-04-09T21:14:53Z</published>
  151.    <updated>2007-04-09T21:22:36Z</updated>
  152.    <content type="html">&lt;div style="float:right;margin-left:10px;margin-bottom:10px"&gt; &lt;a title="photo sharing" href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;&lt;img style="border: 2px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);" alt="" src="" fetchpriority="high" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;span style="font-size: 0.9em; margin-top: 0px;"&gt;  &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;Tom Jones' Birthplace&lt;/a&gt;  &lt;br /&gt;  Originally uploaded by &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;killerstraw.geo&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;Over the last few days we have visited several exciting places:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At Western Super Mare we did some honest work in Camilla's allotment and had tea overlooking the sea.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We paid a visit to Wales to look at lots of Roman ruins, which were cool, and to find the reputed birthplace of the great entertainer Tom Jones.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In Bristol we watered the plants at badastronauts home in between taking in the M5 a few times. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On Monday I toured the comic shops of Bristol and the joys of Ikea while Enid flew to the United States.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Now I am back home and we have no hot water - Between the gas and electric heating you would think one of them would get the job done!!&lt;br clear="all" /&gt;</content>
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  158.    <title>Walking the walk</title>
  159.    <published>2007-03-26T15:18:01Z</published>
  160.    <updated>2007-03-30T20:31:28Z</updated>
  161.    <content type="html">Went for a long walk on Saturday on the heath. I always thought that "The Heath" was something weird or unusual, so was take aback to find it just means some hills with gorse on it. Not that this detracted from the enjoyment of a nice walk in the great outdoors with good company. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Today was spent looking for a settee/sofa to ensure our antipodean guests have somewhere to sit.  This has proven harder than expected, as a few candidates for sofa of the moment wouldn't fit in the car. The great problem in the UK is the decision between a big car that one can fit things in and one that actually fits on the small roads here.</content>
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  167.    <title>Wires</title>
  168.    <published>2007-03-15T21:03:19Z</published>
  169.    <updated>2007-03-15T21:04:38Z</updated>
  170.    <content type="html">&lt;div style="float:right;margin-left:10px;margin-bottom:10px"&gt; &lt;a href="" title="photo sharing" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;&lt;img src="" alt="" style="border: solid 2px #000000;" fetchpriority="high" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;span style="font-size: 0.9em; margin-top: 0px;"&gt;  &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;Wires&lt;/a&gt;  &lt;br /&gt;  Originally uploaded by &lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;killerstraw.geo&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;Several rather mundane things have gone on since I last posted, the most annoying of which is a flu that has arrived uninvited. Don't like it.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The house was getting a bit messy so I went to the local recycling centre and their junk shop - there was a line of many dyson vacum cleaners for the grand cost of £10 each, as is where is. I picked the one with the fullest dust compartment, in the hope that this meant it worked, and took home. On plugging it in I was heartened to find it made the sounds a working vacum cleaner should, though the sparks from the on off switch were a distraction. Looking on the web I found that this is a common fault, fairly easy to fix so I gave it a go. It wasn't all plain sailing but after a few hours the offening broken wiring was fixed and the floors were cleaner.&lt;br clear="all" /&gt;</content>
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  173.    <id></id>
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  176.    <title>Settling In</title>
  177.    <published>2007-03-04T16:00:45Z</published>
  178.    <updated>2007-03-05T17:33:58Z</updated>
  179.    <lj:music>Sound of a fish pie being cooked</lj:music>
  180.    <content type="html">After a few false starts we have settled into our new home. Renting it was harder than one would think for a house supposedly available immediately, what with the need to get references from Enid's employers and some strange goings on with the owner having the property on the market and open homes the weekend we were faced with being homeless. But we are here, and BT managed to get us a phone and broadband after 7 days, with a free upgrade to their cool looking broadband hub which in design and packaging tries to look like an Apple product. (a moment's silence here for my laptop that died a few weeks before I left New Zealand....)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We are located in Clyst St Mary, a nice little village split in two by the A376, with the M5 not far away. Even so, with double-glazing and 17 century stone walls we are sheltered from most traffic noise and nice and warm with central heating. With Small's school just up the road and bus routes into Exter it's well situated for our current needs, and has a few interesting public footpaths to ramble along. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;England so far isn't as weird as some people suggested it would be, but some thing are very different, such as the way banks need lots of evidence before they will let you open an account. All the narrow roads are a bit daunting for me - I'm used to having plenty of room to steer a car, where as here most streets are barely wide enough for one car. I'm getting the hang of it though. The weather is a mix of nice but cold days and rainy days that I find quite agreeable, though I am told this is a mild winter/early spring.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Another tricky thing that I hadn't expected is the difficulty in finding second hand furniture. While three are lots of charity shops selling clothes, books, linen, and nic nacs; only one in the whole of Exeter had any furniture, and the few second hand dealers here don't have much that is useful. The best place I've found is the store attached to the recycling depot - they at least have a section to choose from. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Exmouth was a bit better stocked, and I was able to return with 6 cafe chairs at a bargain price of 50p each!  Will be sure to visit there again soon.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;School uniform shopping with Small was tricky as we don't have a telephone book and didn't at the time have the internet. After some false starts at Woolworths (no, we don't have a fitting room) and Marks and Spenser (We don't have much in at this time of the year) a bit of snooping on the library computers lead us to a store FULL of school uniform stuff, and they even had plimsolls. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;After Small started school I had the time on my own to track down the local comic shop in Exeter, which was a mild disappointment as it only has a small range of new releases, no back issues to speak of, and conveyed the news that they haven't seen any local small press comics for years. I guess monthly comic workshops are going to be tricky getting off the ground.</content>
  181.  </entry>
  182.  <entry>
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  185.    <link rel="self" type="text/xml" href=""/>
  186.    <title>Are we home yet?</title>
  187.    <published>2007-02-08T11:44:40Z</published>
  188.    <updated>2007-02-27T08:21:53Z</updated>
  189.    <category term="this"/>
  190.    <content type="html">After a few false starts we have located an abode that will be our new home. It has that certain bonkers quality that we were looking for, and should mean visiters can be sheltered with ease.</content>
  191.  </entry>
  192.  <entry>
  193.    <id></id>
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  196.    <title>UK</title>
  197.    <published>2007-02-07T11:45:19Z</published>
  198.    <updated>2007-02-07T11:45:19Z</updated>
  199.    <category term="house hunting"/>
  200.    <category term="exeter"/>
  201.    <lj:music>Led Zepllin - I'm a Highway Star (in nthe internet cafe)</lj:music>
  202.    <content type="html">Arrived safe and sound. badasstronaut cooked us a grand roast chicken and filled the larder for us!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We are staying in a cottage in Buckfastleigh, using it as a base of operations until we find a place. Had been thinking of a country village but it seems more practical now to be in Exeter. More investigations to follow, but we hope to be able to say yes to a place later today... perhaps.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Somethings here are odd, like the need for lots and lots and lots of references before moving into a flat. Exeter is a nice mix of old cute lanes and a big city feel. We think we like it.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Till next time...</content>
  203.  </entry>
  204.  <entry>
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  207.    <link rel="self" type="text/xml" href=""/>
  208.    <title>Travel</title>
  209.    <published>2007-02-03T00:15:47Z</published>
  210.    <updated>2007-02-03T00:15:47Z</updated>
  211.    <category term="travel"/>
  212.    <lj:music>airplanes</lj:music>
  213.    <content type="html">Well, Singapore is busy, humid, expensive and very exciting. We very much enjoyed the pool at the hotel, but the party next door to us last night was an annoyance. Santosa Island was being remodeled so not much open, and we couldn't be arsed paying to walk up all the stairs in the Merlion. The night safari was like Jurassic park on a good day. Small took some photographs of snakes, and owl and a sabal (sp?). Keep an eye out for images. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Off to the uk in about 45 minutes so see you later.</content>
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  219.    <title>So much happening!!!</title>
  220.    <published>2007-01-26T01:11:46Z</published>
  221.    <updated>2007-01-26T01:11:46Z</updated>
  222.    <lj:music>Summer rain on the roof</lj:music>
  223.    <content type="html">Be a while since my last update - moving to the other side of the world is a hectic activity. So much stuff to pack, sell, donate, throw in the skip.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;For those interested, the general details of the move are that enidwillyblyton got a job in the Devon area of the UK and I'm off to lend household support for her and small and make my fortune in some way or another. Don't ask about the thesis, I have a different opinion about it every day - all my research and postcards going to England but I won't see them for 12 weeks.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We had a garage sale last week which went well until the rain at 11, but things had slowed down by then anyway. It an amazing variety of people who turn up to these. Just what do all those old men do with all the rakes, hoes and garden forks that they buy? Do they keep braking them in fits of anger or something?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In an effort to divest my self of stuff I've also been selling things on trade me, and much to the amazement of enidwillyblyton lots of my old rubbish has getting shockingly good prices - all those years of carting boxes of "junk" around have paid off!!! We noticed that Star Wars fans are big spenders while Star Trek good don't get much at all. There's a thesis or at least a piece of graffiti to be written about that.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I'll try an post every so often if I see a internet terminal anywhere, but I won't have the internet for some time. I'm not sure how I'll cope with that.</content>
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  227.    <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href=""/>
  228.    <link rel="self" type="text/xml" href=""/>
  229.    <title>Digital Life style</title>
  230.    <published>2006-12-06T04:03:17Z</published>
  231.    <updated>2006-12-06T04:03:17Z</updated>
  232.    <lj:music>Lots...</lj:music>
  233.    <content type="html">So, New Zealand finally gets its own itunes store. Shall I go crazy buying lot of songs? I was tempted, but really the selection isn't that great. No early Simple Minds, only a smattering of David Bowie, none of the last couple of albums by Warren Zevon, very little Doris Day, nothing from the Chills, only 4 Rolling stones tunes, only one Sex Pistols track, no TV on the Radio....&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Still, there are a few surprises such as the abundance of Gil Scott-Heron and Scott Walker. Cool&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Oh, and those of you I haven't tracked down yet might want to know that the plan is (if a visa comes through) that I'll be moving to the UK early February next year. If I owe you money track me down in the next 60 odd days....</content>
  234.  </entry>
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  239.    <title>Friday Night</title>
  240.    <published>2006-09-16T00:33:30Z</published>
  241.    <updated>2006-09-16T00:33:30Z</updated>
  242.    <content type="html">After work I wandered around a mall looking for dinner. Found it in the form of KFC - I know, that's so bad but hey, I love the potato and gravy. I was very tempted to get the new limited edition Star Wars DVD that contain the original versions as well as the re-engineered ones. Reviews suggest the image quality sucks, but the chance to see Han Solo shoot first and avoid the other pointless tinkering is a good deal I feel. The real question is, do I have to buy Return of the Jedi?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;After dinner it was another video evening double feature:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Infernal Affairs - A tense police thriller about moles, traitors and doing the right thing that just works. Just the right mix for me of emotion and action without either getting ponderous. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Crimson Rivers - French thriller that follows the parallel investigations of two French policemen on the trail of a serial killer. This manages to be creepy without to much in the way of violence, though the detail on the corpses is a bit grim.  Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel do some good work and the cinematography of the alpine settings is spectacular. The story doesn't make huge sense but the general thrust of the plot is passable. Watching the extras was a deflating experience as you learn the writer/director never really had a proper structure organised for the film and was making it up as he went along and going with what felt cool. Nice work if you can get it. Also, an hour long documentary made up of cast and crew explaining what they think happened in the film without talking much about how the film was made is boring viewing.</content>
  243.  </entry>
  244.  <entry>
  245.    <id></id>
  246.    <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href=""/>
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  248.    <title>Tell use the real reason!</title>
  249.    <published>2006-09-15T08:33:11Z</published>
  250.    <updated>2006-09-15T08:33:11Z</updated>
  251.    <content type="html">Ages a go I mentioned how I found the arguments against the Resource Management Act hard to fathom aside from the selfish interests of developers who just want to do what they want without having to pay attention to other peoples opinions. A great example of this sort of things has arisen recently as part of idea behind Auckland: Super City. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I didn't have any idea of what the drive behind this was, so though a discussion with some of the people involved (&lt;a href="" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"&gt;Radio NZPodcast&lt;/a&gt;) would make it plain. Bob Harvey is one of the mayors who wants it, but in a magnificent display of lack of insight he isn't able to give any real coherent justification for such a move aside from a vague "the time is right" and an insistence that it would speed development up for the city. His skills at putting forward his case is appalling. Who voted for this guy?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Sorry Bob, things take ages in a democracy because people get to have their say and be consulted. If you can put a logical argument you might be able to convince some people.</content>
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  257.    <title>News from the Alps</title>
  258.    <published>2006-09-14T23:09:12Z</published>
  259.    <updated>2006-09-14T23:09:12Z</updated>
  260.    <lj:music>Get The Message-Electronic-Electronic</lj:music>
  261.    <content type="html">&lt;span  class="ljuser  i-ljuser  i-ljuser-type-P     "  data-ljuser="enidw" lj:user="enidw" &gt;&lt;a href=""  target="_self"  class="i-ljuser-profile" &gt;&lt;img  class="i-ljuser-userhead"  src=";v=736" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="" class="i-ljuser-username"   target="_self"   &gt;&lt;b&gt;enidw&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt; wants imporatant people to know she is safe in Geneva, but that her phone doesn't work and access to the internet is crap. Pass it on.</content>
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