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Past events

DateUserEvent typeEvent descriptionRating
24 August 2012filmScott Pilgrim vs the World - +7000. Kinda want to watch it again immediately. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 June 2012football matchVancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids - 1-0 to the Whitecaps, with great assistance from the woodwork  
16 June 2012concertThe Dandy Warhols at Commodore Ballroom - Awesome show. Cool 'Come Dancing' style venue too #showingmyage Rated 4 out of 5.
13 June 2012filmLimitless - I'll have what he's having. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 June 2012film4 Lions - Flawed characters, plot and not many laughs to make up for it. And I *really* wanted to like it. Perhaps that was the problem. Rated 2 out of 5.
10 June 2012restaurantKirin - Dim Sumday  
9 June 2012pubThe Whip - Catching up with Lisa & co for the first time in aaages  
27 May 2012holidayto UK for 3 weeks 
26 May 2012pubThe Edinboro Castle in Camden 
26 May 2012museumThe British Museaum in London 
25 May 2012dinner partyat Nik & Sarjana's flat in Lambeth 
25 May 2012museumThe Natural History Museum in London 
24 May 2012picnicin Lincoln's Inn Fields 
24 May 2012museumThe National Portrait Gallery in London 
23 May 2012pubJaguar Shoes in Shoreditch 
23 May 2012boat journeyto Millbank 
23 May 2012museumTate Modern in Southwark 
23 May 2012museumTate Britain in Pimlico 
22 May 2012pubThe Queens Arms in Victoria 
22 May 2012museumThe Ashmolean in Oxford 
22 May 2012museumThe Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford 
21 May 2012dinner partyat Rich and Sarah's house 
21 May 2012boat journeyto The Thames 
19 May 2012daytripto Bradford on Avon 
1 May 2012pubEl Caminos - Beer & tacos in celebration of Jo's 41st Tuesday  
29 April 2012filmInception - Rewatching with Nick & Hannah. Much clearer second time through.  
28 April 2012dinner partyat Columbia St - Having Lisa over for a bite and an evening's chatting  
27 April 2012albumBlueprint 3 by Jay ZRated 4 out of 5.
26 April 2012pub8 1/2 - Back to an old favourite for the weekly post-badminton drinkies  
22 April 2012bookThe Hipless Boy by Solly - Great, ideas led graphic book of short stories Rated 5 out of 5.
20 April 2012bookSlaughterhouse 5 by Kurt VonnegutRated 3 out of 5.
14 April 2012filmHeat - Still epic 17 years later, with barely a tiny misstep in dialogue or direction. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 April 2012dinner partyat Jo's - Gettin tipsy with Nick, Hannah, and the hosts.  
9 April 2012long weekendin Galiano Island - Showing Robyn the gulf islands for the first time. Log cabin, wood burning stove and Orcas.  
25 March 2012snowshoe hikeat Cypress Mountain - Finally got up into the mountains this winter. Glorious day.  
24 March 2012pubNarrow Lounge - Fun evening in a great hidden find on Main with Nick and Robyn.  
19 March 2012filmThe Brothers Grimm - Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and some weird but good English accents Rated 3 out of 5.
18 March 2012restaurantKirin - Dim sum with the roomies.  
17 March 2012pubThe Hub - St Paddy's day with the visiting Tomtin and Hayley  
16 March 2012filmMidnight in Paris - Everyone loves a Woody. Wish I could have picked up more of the classic lit in-jokes though. Rated 4 out of 5.
14 March 2012bowling sessionCommadore Lanes and scored 124 - Not been 5 pin bowling before. Not very good at it it seems.  
11 March 2012filmThe LoraxRated 3 out of 5.
9 February 2012bookGoldfinger by Ian FlemingRated 3 out of 5.
31 January 2012filmHugo - Lovely film, and great use of 3D for a change. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2012pubAlibi Room in Gas Town - Fun departure drinks with the OMI crew.  
29 January 2012restaurantKirin - Chinese New Year dim sum with the whole crew.  
28 January 2012pubBarney's Cafe - A few last minute Saturday night drinks with Robyn  
27 January 2012bookColony by Doug Naylor - Silly but fun quick read to recover from Snowy Cedars. Rated 3 out of 5.
21 January 2012filmThe Adventures of Tintin at Tinseltown Odeon - Really well done, capturing the books' spirit just right, Rated 5 out of 5.
20 January 2012bookSnow Falling on Cedars - A bit slow, but nicely written, and with added Pacific North West historical interest. Rated 3 out of 5.
21 December 2011restaurantSt John in Smithfield - Tasty nose-to-tail lunch with Woolfy and Emily  
1 December 2011attractionDr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - Fascinating evening seeing the gardens for the first time while attending a Shark-fin awareness fundraiser.  
27 November 2011weekendin Oak Harbour - Visiting Stefanie, Jake and little Erik  
27 November 2011filmDirty DozenRated 4 out of 5.
27 November 2011albumReady to Die by Notorious B.I.G.Rated 4 out of 5.
27 November 2011filmTron - Shiny HD fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
22 November 2011filmSource Code - Inventive Jake Gyllenhaal time twisting Sci-Fi Rated 4 out of 5.
14 November 2011holidayto Florida for 10 days 
13 November 2011filmPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Silly. But good for a flight. Rated 2 out of 5.
12 November 2011weddingfor Maricar & Jaran in Orlando 
30 October 2011bookDifferent for Girls by Louise Wener - Enjoyable insight into the middle leagues of Britpop from a pretty sane perspective. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 October 2011albumMonsters in the Closet by Swollen Members - BC Hip-Hop at its finest. Apparently. Rated 2 out of 5.
26 October 2011filmThe Ipcress File - Good recuperating from laser eye surgery fare with a typical turn from a 60's Caine. Rated 3 out of 5.
11 October 2011albumThree Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical RomanceRated 4 out of 5.
2 October 2011filmVon Ryan's Express - 60's war flick starring Frank Sinatra. Perfect Sunday afternoon fodder. Rated 3 out of 5.
29 September 2011filmThe Skin I Live In at Vogue Theatre - Vancouver International Film Festival's gala opening screening. Red carpet and everything! Rated 4 out of 5.
28 September 2011concertArctic Monkeys at The Orpheum - Excellent evening of shouty Britishness to remind me of home.  
24 September 2011concertBroken Social Scene at Malkin Bowl - Lovely evening for an outdoor gig, and a good one at that  
19 September 2011ice hockey matchVancover and Calgary 
16 September 2011bookTravels With Charley by John Steinbeck - Fascinating travelogue round 1960's America Rated 4 out of 5.
15 September 2011filmWilde - Well done, but depressing, as I knew it would be. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2011filmBobby Fischer Against the World - Not a life story I knew, and well done with it Rated 4 out of 5.
8 September 2011holidayto Breckenridge, Colorado for 10 days - Via Seattle, Denver and a family wedding.  
3 September 2011weddingfor Stephen and Olivia in Breckenridge 
25 August 2011bookPerfume by Patrick Suskind - Inventive page turner. Now onto the film... Rated 4 out of 5.
25 August 2011albumOracular Spectacular by MGMT 
21 August 2011long weekendin Manning Park - Hike-in camping among beautiful alpine meadows. Only slightly marred by a billion mozzies.  
18 August 2011restaurantThai Sun - Ok cheapo Vietnamese. Rated 3 out of 5.
14 August 2011barbequein Columbia Street - Meeting the neighbours in glorious sunshine.  
13 August 2011house partyat Jo's flat - Post beach pizza and racing demon with Nao and friends  
10 August 2011restaurantGranville Island Hotel - Groupon-powered burger noms Rated 3 out of 5.
7 August 2011walkin Lighthouse Park - A sunshiny treat for the pooches, with amazing views of Baker seeming to loom over downtown.  
6 August 2011restaurantFassil - Excellent and friendly local Ethiopian place. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 August 2011restaurantTopanga Cafe - Filling, but otherwise unamazing Mexican Rated 3 out of 5.
23 July 2011bookSmiley's People by John Le Carre - Well-paced and satisfying end to the trilogy. Rated 4 out of 5.
22 July 2011filmHarper - Paul Newman as a Bullit-esque private eye following convenient clues to a predictable conclusion. Rated 2 out of 5.
20 July 2011filmSpy Kids 4 - Preview copy, watched to help with a project at work. Not as funny as the trailer. Rated 2 out of 5.
20 July 2011restaurantNew India - 2 for 1 eat all you can/like Wednesdays. Followed by hurty belly. Rated 3 out of 5.
16 July 2011house partyat Jo's place - Racing demon til the wee hours. Turbocharged by Sambuca win penalties.  
14 July 2011filmThe Fellowship of the Ring - Lo, two years pass and I watch it again. I wonder if I'll ever stop doing that? Rated 4 out of 5.
14 July 2011walkin Grouse Mountain - First (and probably last :-) Grouse Grind with Robyn  
12 July 2011restaurantIndia GateRated 3 out of 5.
10 July 2011weekendin Hardy Island - Excellent weekend at Randy's island retreat. Camping and campfires, drinking and dogs. Much fun.  
3 July 2011walkin Grouse Mountain - First Grind of the year - because my gondola pass has run out  
3 July 2011bike ridein Steveston - A loop round the Richmond peninsula sea wall on an amazing sunny day. Hi there Summer.  
2 July 2011filmBody of Lies - Pretty slick and smart spy thriller. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 July 2011barbequein Jericho Beach - Canada Day, with badminton and slightly under par weather  
28 June 2011restaurantOishii Sushi - Groupon fun n frolics Rated 4 out of 5.
28 June 2011museumVancouver Art Museum - By donation evening, with pretty comprehensive Surrealist exhibition - though few world-famous items in there.  
20 June 2011filmThe Kovac Box - Would have just about justified an 'ok', had it not been for the awful dialogue and delivery throughout Rated 2 out of 5.
18 June 2011house partyat Columbia Street - Our housewarming, with (quotes) the best burgers ever  
12 June 2011motorsport raceThe Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal - Despite the rain a fantastic spectacle, with a fairytale ending, including a run down the pit lane to watch the podium shenanigans Rated 5 out of 5.
10 June 2011restaurantLa Banquise in Montreal - Best poutine place in town apparently. A shame then that I regard poutine as little better than devil vomit. :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
10 June 2011museumMusee des fine arts in Montreal - Excellent and free permanent collection in an interesting new building. Fancy old building over the road sadly closed for restoration.  
5 June 2011museumMusee d'art contemporain in Montreal - Not massive, but many familiar names and a nice building, and only $10 so well worth it Rated 3 out of 5.
5 June 2011museumArt Gallery of Ontario in Toronto - Awesome Gehry-designed building, and a large and beautiful collection. Sad to only have an hour there. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 June 2011train journeyto Toronto from Vancouver - Although slightly marred by grey weather, this was nonetheless a great trip along the epic cross Canada rail route. Rated 4 out of 5.
20 May 2011house partyat Matt & Lisa's in Kits Beach - Woke up at 6am on the sofa. Must have been awesome.  
17 May 2011albumThe Boy With the Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian - Just another BS album. Which is lovely of course. Rated 3 out of 5.
17 May 2011albumAll Day by Girl Talk - Good, but left me wanting to hear the individual songs as ever Rated 3 out of 5.
17 May 2011albumJurassic 5 EP by Jurassic 5 - Nicked off Robyn. Gav was right, V excellent. Rated 4 out of 5.
17 May 2011albumGood News for People Who Like Bad News by Modest MouseRated 4 out of 5.
17 May 2011albumHow I Got Over by The Roots - Another Robyn recommendation. Another really nice laid back hip hop album Rated 4 out of 5.
17 May 2011albumLiving in America by The Sounds - Backfilling with their first release. Nice pop album. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 May 2011albumGrow up and Blow Away by Metric - Deeper and less poppy than Fantasies but all the better for it Rated 5 out of 5.
16 May 2011albumComfort Eagle by Cake - I've no idea why I like Cake so much. But I do. Rated 5 out of 5.
16 May 2011albumIn Ghost Colours by Cut Copy - Neat pop album. Rated 3 out of 5.
16 May 2011albumWeather Underground by Geneva - More '90's backfill. Great cousins-of-Gene album though. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 May 2011albumTouch Up by Mother Mother - Weird style I shan't try to describe that definitely works. I shall buy more. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 May 2011albumCrossing the Rubicon by The Sounds - A great pop album, and perhaps more mature than earlier efforts Rated 5 out of 5.
7 May 2011karaoke nightFantacity in Vancouver - Seeing Gaz and Hils off in fine style. I'll miss them.  
26 April 2011long weekendin Kelowna - Lovely long weekend by the lake in the sun  
16 April 2011house partyat Widya and Trevor's - Surprise birthday party for Yee. A particular surprise for her as we turned up 3 hours after everyone else :)  
16 April 2011skion Grouse Mountain - First and only trip skiing of the season. Hadn't completely forgotten how in the decade since I last went :)  
15 April 2011house partyat Randy's - Game two of the first round playoffs, with a brief interruption to go and collect my dad from the airport  
12 April 2011pubHabit - Name That Tune bingo night, and a chance to catch up with Mike and Jen  
9 April 2011restaurantIndian Oven in Kits - Last supper with Ed & Sophie before they head back to Europe  
7 April 2011filmWithnail and I - Film night at Devon Manor, introducing some North Americans to one of my all time faves Rated 5 out of 5.
1 April 2011pubCorduroy - Making the most of Gaz 'n Ed before they both escape home  
30 March 2011house partyat 12th Avenue - Racing demon night number two, with some quality sledging and solid competition.  
27 March 2011weekendin Whistler - First trip along the sea to sky since I arrived. Walking, snow shoeing and boozing in lovely spring sunshine  
20 March 2011filmAdam and Paul - Depressing, funny, interesting mish mash of genres Rated 3 out of 5.
19 March 2011house partyat Jen's place 
19 March 2011snowshoe hikeat Cypress Mountain - Second snowshoe outing, again imperfect weather initially, but again really fun and beautiful  
18 March 2011ice hockey matchVancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes - First ice hockey game, with free tickets from cousin Jo. Really, really entertaining, despite unexpectedly losing, Rated 5 out of 5.
17 March 2011pubBilly Bishop - St Patrick's day outing with Gaz, Hils, Ed, Sophie and Robyn  
12 March 2011snowshoe hikeat Grouse Mountain - Finally made it before the trails closed, and had a really lovely walk in a winter wonderland  
10 March 2011pubChaise in Main Street - Poutine avoidance with Robyn's visitors  
9 March 2011restaurantTanpopo's - All you can eat sushi with Robyn's visiting buddies Nicole and Kelly Rated 4 out of 5.
3 March 2011filmClockers 
27 February 2011filmDead Fish - Promising cast, but ultimately failed to be even average. Shame. Rated 2 out of 5.
25 February 2011filmVertigo - Twisty and twisted, a comfortable top 250 inhabitant. Rated 4 out of 5.
23 February 2011filmLucky Number Slevin - Second time through, didn't remember a jot of the plot. Rated 4 out of 5.
22 February 2011filmThe King's SpeechRated 4 out of 5.
20 February 2011filmUltraviolet - What is this I don't even. Rated 1 out of 5.
13 February 2011filmBlack Swan - Unnerving and creepy. Excellent.  
12 February 2011restaurantThe Top of Vancouver - Off to the revolving restaurant at the top of the Harbour Centre for an early Valentine's day treat. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 February 2011concertMother Mother at Colombia Light Festival - February. Outdoor. Raining. Time for a gig!  
11 February 2011filmDespicable Me - Fun animated fare Rated 3 out of 5.
8 February 2011albumShootenanny by Eels - Great album, up there with Daisies of the Galaxy in hit 'n miss ratio terms Rated 5 out of 5.
7 February 2011albumInfinite Arms by Band of Horses - Nice album, with bonus touches of Grandaddy - which is never bad Rated 3 out of 5.
6 February 2011filmWasabi - Besson & Reno together again for a cartoony French Japanese caper. Not wholly convincing. Rated 3 out of 5.
4 February 2011pubYaletown Brewing Co. - Out for a raucous night with Lisa and friends. Nearly lost my voice trying to be heard :)  
3 February 2011restaurantSaravanaa Bhavan - Delicious South Indian cuisine, with huge dosas FTW. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 February 2011bookThe Best of Rumpole by John Mortimer - Collection of amusing yarns from Britain's bizarre legal system Rated 4 out of 5.
31 January 2011albumTen Years of Tears by Arab Strap - As it says on the tin. Which is great, obviously. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2011weekendin Seattle - Probably the first trip of many, to a fascinating old US city  
25 January 2011pubThree Lions - Trying out a new pub quiz, on Burns night, with free haggis to prove it, and an extended pool session at Fairview to improve it.  
25 January 2011walkin Grouse Mountain - Checking out the snowshoe routes, without snowshoes.  
23 January 2011filmFantastic Mr Fox - "If what I think is happening is happening, it better not be." Fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
22 January 2011pubBierCraft in Cambie - Trying out the Belgian beer place with Robyn. God beer list, but pretty damn pricy  
21 January 2011dinner partyat Gaz & Hills - A nice evening of cheat and Cariboo  
20 January 2011bookDr No by Ian Fleming - The usual enjoyment of the harsher, clumsier more realistic Bond that the books portray Rated 4 out of 5.
18 January 2011bookPlayer One by Douglas Coupland - Engrossing as ever, though wish the glossary wasn't a separate turgid postscript. Rated 4 out of 5.
17 January 2011filmEmployee of the Month - Slightly ham fisted black comedy in the same vein as Falling Down Rated 3 out of 5.
16 January 2011filmLe Premier Cercle - Jean Reno not really stretching himself in this by the numbers heist flick Rated 3 out of 5.
12 January 2011filmIron Man 2 - Even sillier than the first one, therefore quite fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 January 2011filmIron Man - Silly, but it's about a comic superhero, so I can't really criticise it for that. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 January 2011filmGreen ZoneRated 3 out of 5.
10 January 2011tv showWeeds season 1 - Good series. Funny and light, with a slightly dark edge. Rated 4 out of 5.
9 January 2011beachSpanish Banks - A wintery walk by the sea with Robyn and the doogs.  
7 January 2011pubFairview - Boozy night out with Gaz, Hils, Ed, Sophie and Brad. Not my finest pool hour though.  
6 January 2011filmThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Second time of watching, still engrossing. Rated 4 out of 5.
6 January 2011restaurantVera's Burger Shack - Celebrating Robyn's successful lease signing with probably the best burgers in Van so far. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 January 2011walkin Grouse Mountain - Robyn's first trip to the mountains, accompanied by an amazing sunset.  
31 December 2010pubThe Billy Bishop in Kits - New years shenanigans with almost everyone at the Canadian Legion pub.  
29 December 2010filmHot Fuzz - Accompanying G in watching his christmas present  
28 December 2010filmThe Proposition - Australian Western, written by Nick Cave of all people, and therefore a typical happy-go-lucky chucklefest Rated 3 out of 5.
27 December 2010filmLittle Miss Sunshine - Just as brilliant second time through Rated 5 out of 5.
26 December 2010filmThe Getaway - A solid McQueen film, which oddly I'd forgotten a lot of, despite owning the DVD Rated 4 out of 5.
26 December 2010restaurantThe Keg - Steakhouse visit with G and his friend Honor Rated 3 out of 5.
25 December 2010house partyat Gaz & Hils - Christmas morning with bubbly and smoked sockeye salmon - really nice  
21 December 2010filmGia - Ravaging true story of 80's modelling and the destructive power of heroin addiction Rated 4 out of 5.
19 December 2010walkin Queen Elizabeth Park - Enjoying a spectacularly clear winter day with Robyn & the doogs  
18 December 2010restaurantThe Reef - Post Saturday-in-the-office Groupon-fuelled Jamaican dinner with Robyn Rated 3 out of 5.
15 December 2010restaurantCampagnolo - Engine Digital's Christmas shindig, at a nice authentic Italian Rated 4 out of 5.
14 December 2010pubThe Morrisey - Birthday shenanigans with all my non-tennis-y buds  
13 December 2010filmThe Hunter - Steve McQueen's last film. Odd mix of comedy and menace. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 December 2010film500 Days of Summer - Kinda enjoyed it, then pondered for a bit and realised it was actually totally vacuous. Rated 2 out of 5.
11 December 2010restaurantBandidas Cafe - Veggie Mexican with Robyn, started as we meant to go on: With tequila.  
10 December 2010filmRed - Fun Rated 4 out of 5.
10 December 2010tv showCoupling series 4 - Such a shambles compared to the awesome writing in the first three. Pity.  
9 December 2010pubThe Fairview - An evening watching octogenarian singers and comedians with Gaz. Totally normal. Totally.  
5 December 2010game of footballin Kitsilano - First time out to G's regular pick-up game. Played ok til a twisted ankle slowed me down, good game tho.  
4 December 2010albumFantasies by Metric - Great pop album, in the same vein as the Sounds Rated 4 out of 5.
4 December 2010daytripto Langley - Chop-your-own Christmas tree outing to Sean and Lisa's childhood stomping ground - with a brief stop to pick up the largest sandwich I've eve seen.  
3 December 2010dinner partyat Randy's - Nice pot-luck evening with Robyn and the tennis team.  
2 December 2010restaurantFish on Rice - Huge bentos and a nice post first day at work debrief with Robyn  
25 November 2010filmPaycheck - Hey, 'Minority Report' called - it wants its absurdly unrealistic plot back. Rated 2 out of 5.
25 November 2010bookBlood Sucking Fiends by Christopher Moore - Ok, but I should probably stop reading comedies - books just don't make me laugh. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 November 2010film3:10 to Yuma - A bit silly at the end, but otherwise a straightforward, solid western Rated 3 out of 5.
20 November 2010conferenceBarCamp VancouverRated 5 out of 5.
19 November 2010dinner partyat Jo's place - Civilised dinner party, meeting some of Jo's work friends alongside an awesome stew  
14 November 2010filmThe Social Network at 5th Avenue Cinema - Kinda almost made my profession look sexy for a second there. Rated 5 out of 5.
14 November 2010bookWalking on Water by Brian Clough - Blunt and brash, but never dull. Stupid damn FA. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 November 2010dinner partyat Yee's in Burnaby - Usual delicious dinner and shouty enthusiastic company.  
12 November 2010pubThe Academic in Broadway - Absurdly noisy kids pub. Sod that.  
11 November 2010filmBabel - Interesting mix of semi-tragic stories with the common thread of communication failure Rated 4 out of 5.
11 November 2010restaurantFoundation - Attempting to demolish a stupidly large plate of Nachos with Robyn. The nachos won. Rated 4 out of 5.
8 November 2010bookFrom Russia with Love by Ian FlemingRated 3 out of 5.
5 November 2010filmRead my Lips - Typically quirky gallic thriller/romcom with enough hints of Amilie to be compared. Rated 3 out of 5.
3 November 2010long weekendin Galiano Island - A weekday weekend away with C in glorious November sunshine  
1 November 2010albumFirst Impressions of Earth by The Strokes - Missing the stand out zingers from the first two. Perhaps it's more of a grower.  
31 October 2010restaurantFish on Rice in Broadway - Tasty, extensive and decent value if you get one of the Bento's. Nom. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 October 2010house partyat My place - Halloween shenanigans / Housewarming with strong costume performances from all  
26 October 2010filmNosferatu (1922) - Getting up to speed for Halloween, and a public domain film dontcha know. Rated 3 out of 5.
25 October 2010filmBright Young Things - Don't understand how I've not seen this slice of Brit-set fun before. Spiffing. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 October 2010filmThe Tailor of Panama - A bit odd: Can't imagine Le Carre's original being so styalistically camp. Not awful though. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 October 2010house partyat Gaz and Hil's place - Cards and a natter, accompanied with class North Shore hip-hop.  
23 October 2010restaurantFoundation in Main & Broadway - Awesome veggie nachos in hipster surroundings  
22 October 2010dinner partyat Jen's swanky pad - Nice evening with my new roomies in celebration of Lisa's graduation and birthday  
20 October 2010pubSammy J Peppers - Catching up with Gaz post parental visits  
17 October 2010long weekendin Saltsping - 5 lovely days with the folks, Jo and John in a brilliant place. Again!  
16 October 2010bookThe Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carre - Second in the Smiley trilogy. Nicely paced, slow burner, which gently immerses you in east asia, then violently wakes you up with a action-packed final quarter. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 October 2010albumBright Lights and Other Revelations by Eels 
6 October 2010attractionThe Harbour Center Lookout - A fun escalator ride up to amazing views of Downtown and beyond - totally recommended Rated 5 out of 5.
6 October 2010walkin Lighthouse Park - Beautiful park, with first growth trees and lots of vantage points to look at the Gulf islands or back at Vancouver - and glorious wether for the folks to boot. Rated 5 out of 5.
5 October 2010restaurantTanpopo's in the West End - Met up with Bernie and Brian (for the first time since 2002) along with the family for all you can eat sushi, sashimi, gyoza and so on. Delicious, and great for $20. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 October 2010restaurantThe Observatory in Grouse Mountain - Luckily a great view of the sunset and nighttime Van, accompanied by really good haute cuisine - thanks Pa! Rated 5 out of 5.
4 October 2010walkin Gastown - A nice bit of exploring with the folks  
3 October 2010dinner partyat Jo's place - Nice chilled evening introducing the folks to Pebbles  
3 October 2010attractionVan Dusen Gardens - Beautiful and peaceful botanical gardens - lovely place for a city stroll  
2 October 2010restaurantNaam in Kits - Veggie dinner with Jo, Buraj and Daria, planning their India trip, with my folk's assistance too  
2 October 2010restaurantGranville Island Hotel - The usual slow service, but a lovely sunny day to sit on the patio and watch the boats go by  
1 October 2010karaoke nightShanghai Chinese Bistro - Hitting the Karaoke booths for Graham's birthday and a spot of Lithium. Yeah-eh-eh-eh-ehhhhhhhh.  
1 October 2010attractionEye of the Wind in Grouse Mountain - Introducing the folks to the bears, and climbing the turbine for a beautiful view of the back country. Fascinating to see the blades that close up too.  
30 September 2010game of footballin Jericho gym - First weekly indoor game with the Sunday league guys. Really good fun, won't be missing these if I can help it!  
27 September 2010game of footballin Robson Park - Kick about on a rubbish pitch in the pouring rain. Way more fun than it sounds :)  
26 September 2010bike ridein New Westminster - Something of an epic. 50km, to New Westminster and back, down a great mostly car-less route following the skytrain  
25 September 2010restaurantGranville Island Hotel - Post tennis lunch in the unseasonal sunshine  
25 September 2010game of tennisJohn & co in Granville Island 
24 September 2010house partyat Janney's - Celebrating and comiserating my departure with a film night and drinks  
24 September 2010filmThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Pretty well judged adaptation, with the right things removed. Along with good casting and cinematography. Still damaged by reading the book though. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 September 2010filmInglorious Basterds at Gaz and Hil's - Ok, but little of the cinematic invention or dialogue that made Tarantino's name Rated 3 out of 5.
16 September 2010pubThe Keefer Bar - Great evening, but damn: $7 a bottle. Drinking in this country is a wallet basher  
13 September 2010albumOk, Cowboy by Vitalic - Radio Soulwax inspired purchase. The Rock 01 is *such* a good coding track. Rated 4 out of 5.
12 September 2010filmEurotrip - That annoying mix of hillarious and utterly rubbish that American trash comedies do so well nowadays. Bring back American Pie, and never let Vinnie Jones talk. Rated 2 out of 5.
11 September 2010house partyat Jo's place - Watching the women's US Open final with the tennis girls and a *lot* of food  
11 September 2010albumTake London by Herbaliser 
10 September 2010exhibitionNew Frontier Festival - Opening night party of a Downtown elctronic art and sound fest with Gaz. Got remarkably tipsy. Ace evening.  
5 September 2010filmThe Terminator - I'd forgotten how 80's this is in places, and that they use Ray Hausenthingy stop motion. Still totally watchable though. Rated 3 out of 5.
5 September 2010game of footballin Trafalgar Park 
4 September 2010restaurantNaam in Kits - Finally made it, at Gaz and Hil's invitation, to the famous veggie place on 4th. Delicious and good value. I can see why my UK Canuck friends recommended it. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 September 2010dinner partyat Yee's place - Delicious hot pot, with astonishing selection (and amount) of things to throw in.  
1 September 2010filmEnigma - As good as the book. That is to say, alright. Rated 3 out of 5.
31 August 2010restaurantBao Bei - Chinese tapas-style place Downtown. Pretty darn good. Rated 4 out of 5.
31 August 2010bookElenor Rigby by Douglas CouplandRated 4 out of 5.
30 August 2010pubCascade - Pub quiz night, and, with a scant 26/50 a pretty tough one too.  
29 August 2010weekendin Garibaldi Lake - Including a climb up to Black Tusk on Sunday. A really beautiful part of the world.  
26 August 2010tv showAndrew Marr's History of Modern Britain - Excellent Rated 5 out of 5.
25 August 2010pubBrowns in Kits - Catching up with Gaz & Hills post UK jaunt  
25 August 2010bookWorld War Z by Max Brooks - Uber realistic account of a global zombie pandemic, told via interviews with survivors. Unnervingly good. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 August 2010long weekendin Hardy Island - 4 days camping on the shore of a mostly empty island. Gorgeous, with added dolphins.  
20 August 2010albumTongue N' Cheek by Dizzee Rascal - Nothing else as good as Bonkers, but some growers on the 2nd half Rated 4 out of 5.
17 August 2010flightto Vancouver - Cheerio Blighty. Stay gorgeous, and I'll be back to visit in a year-shaped jiffy.  
15 August 2010dinner partyat Wilton Road - Relatively quiet evening in with Nik, Dave & Steve, watching the sun set from the roof  
14 August 2010restaurantThe Norfolk Arms - Nice gastro tapas with Nik, Dave & Paul  
13 August 2010pubThe Portobello Gold - Catchup with my Beeb homies. I miss those guys.  
12 August 2010exhibitionMagnificent Maps at The British LibraryRated 4 out of 5.
12 August 2010exhibitionThe Surreal House at The Barbican CentreRated 3 out of 5.
11 August 2010filmThe Devil Wears Prada - Sure, bit of a feelgood hangover movie, but since it made me feel good when I had a hangover... Rated 4 out of 5.
11 August 2010albumOur Love to Admire by Interpol 
11 August 2010filmThe Abyss - Not as good viewed as an adult, which is a shame really. Rated 2 out of 5.
10 August 2010pubThe Shaston Arms in West End - Out with Nik, Dave, Annie, Olly and co for some boozy fun  
10 August 2010restaurantApium in Shoreditch - Nice lunch catchup with Rich, debriefing from the wedding and planning their trip to BC  
9 August 2010daytripto Oxford - Spent the whole day painting flat #2. Ending with a lovely dinner round at Rich and Sarah's.  
7 August 2010weddingfor Gav and Alix in Norfolk - An awesome day, with everything going right, even down to the now traditional ripping it up to 'poison' half way through the evening  
6 August 2010pubThe Castle - Catching up with old school Beebers and seeing Jane off to Manchester  
4 August 2010pubThe White Hart in Littleton on Severn - Taking Diego and Manu down the pub for dinner in the sunshine  
4 August 2010attractionBristol Zoo - Introducing Diego to gorillas, lions, snakes and so on, in a really well designed and maintained zoo. Some lovely pics to follow.  
3 August 2010albumSuperheroes by You Love Her Cos She's Dead - Yay for being able to buy mp3s again briefly. Yay to for more 8-bit shoutiness. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 August 2010album by Justice - Hit & miss, a few powerful stompers, then it all goes a bit disco Rated 3 out of 5.
3 August 2010albumMaths + English by Dizzee Rascal - Know this one well from Spotify, but have to buy a proper copy for Canada. Only £4 tho :-) Rated 4 out of 5.
2 August 2010daytripto Oxford - Cleaning and painting the new flat with pa. Busy day.  
31 July 2010restaurantRegency Cafe - Welcome back breakfast with Bob, C and Nik  
31 July 2010flightto London - My reverse holiday begins. Will be around in the smoke from the 9th: Clear your diaries!  
29 July 2010beachJericho Beach - Boozy leaving party on the beach with the tennis gang  
26 July 2010pubCascade - Second stab at pub quiz. Still some way from glory. We'll be back.  
21 July 2010bookThe Honorary Consul by Graham Greene - Appealing South American kidnap drama, with sadly unconvincing characterisation Rated 2 out of 5.
20 July 2010filmSpy Hard - And it was awful. Rated 1 out of 5.
19 July 2010pubCascade - Girls v boys for the pub quiz, ending in an honourable draw - if you do the maths a certain way :-)  
18 July 2010game of footballin Trafalgar Park 
17 July 2010beachJericho Beach - Listening to the folk festival and taking a quick dip.  
13 July 2010restaurantCongee Noodle House - Catching up with Jo and co after buying a tent for the weekend Rated 3 out of 5.
12 July 2010walkin Grouse mountain - Second time ever on the grind. 1 hr 2 mins. There's a cear target for next time then...  
12 July 2010bookThe Road by Cormac McCarthy - Zoomed through it in a couple of days, partially because of the lack of punctuation, and partially because it was excellent.  
11 July 2010concertVancouver Symphony Orchestra at Deer Lake Park - Complete with the Imperial March from Star Wars as a bonus track at the end. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 July 2010football matchNederlands vs. Spain - Watched in a Greek restaurant in Canada with Swiss and Indonesian company. Good game, gutted for the Dutch though...  
11 July 2010game of footballin Trafalgar Park - Second time out with this group, with marked improvement in my fitness. Still tactically rubbish at 11 a side though.  
10 July 2010bookMurder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie - Complete with classic unmasking finale Rated 3 out of 5.
9 July 2010beachJericho Beach - Last minute clouding over dented it slightly, but not cold.  
9 July 2010restaurantBurgoo - Lunch with Jo, in a nice little bistro, albeit with a slightly wintery menu. Rated 3 out of 5.
8 July 2010beachJericho Beach - Possibly my first ever swim in the Pacific. Really nice, and good to see Jo back too.  
6 July 2010beachJericho Beach 
6 July 2010bookMr Nice by Howard Marks - Amazing life story. Inspiring and saddening, often simultaneously. Rated 5 out of 5.
5 July 2010pubCascade - The pub quiz that never was, then ice cream from an awesome dozens-of-favours parlour on Main  
4 July 2010barbequein Janney's - Tennis club round for tea (and wine, and salmon, and sausages, and tofu etc.)  
4 July 2010filmBuffy the Vampire Slayer - Silly 80's flick, seen for the nth time Rated 3 out of 5.
4 July 2010game of footballin Trafalgar Park - Trying out a different pick up game, mostly populated by upsettingly fit seniors. Being outrun by 50+ guys was an education. Nice bunch though.  
3 July 2010restaurantQuattro in Kits - Delicious Italian, and lovely wine, with a socking great bill to prove it  
3 July 2010game of golfat Musqueam - a couple of mini putting compos with John  
2 July 2010barbequein Jericho Beach - Partially in honour of John's birthday, partially because it's a beautiful place to hang out  
2 July 2010filmGrosse Pointe Blank - Still awesome after all these years. Some of my favourite filmic dialogue and banter, up there with the Player and Clerks  
1 July 2010barbequein Stanley Park - Canada Day shenanigans with Hilary's aquarium colleagues  
30 June 2010filmZombieland - Great zom-com, aside from an ill-judged Bill Murray cameo Rated 3 out of 5.
29 June 2010pubHabit in Main - A few drinks with the usual suspects to celebrate John's birthday and argue about gun control and police corruption  
27 June 2010dinner partyat Randy's massive deck 
27 June 2010football matchEngland vs. Germany - Balls.  
26 June 2010daytripto Victoria in Vancouver Island - A lovely trip to see Nicole and Giles, meet Anais and explore Victoria  
24 June 2010attractionVancouver Aquarium - Great day out, with backstage passes courtesy of Hilary  
19 June 2010bookCity of Thieves by David Benioff - Harrowing but pacy story of two mistfits during the convincingly depicted Leningrad siege Rated 4 out of 5.
18 June 2010filmUp in the Air - A simple but well scripted, pacy and generally well-exected morality tale about isolation and friendship Rated 3 out of 5.
18 June 2010football matchEngland vs. Algeria - In the Lions with Gaz and Hilary. Another missed win. Sort it out lads.  
17 June 2010pubVan Lawns tennis club - World cup national flag competition goes my way. Yay for pointless knowledge. :)  
15 June 2010attractionLions Gate Bridge - Finally directed one of my biking jaunts to the north shore, albeit for about 5 minutes  
14 June 2010bookDreams from my Father by Barack Obama - Fascinating. That such an intelligent and thoughtful man is in the Whitehouse is a thing of wonder to me. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 June 2010pubJericho Tennis Club - Watching Max in the BC provincial championships and seeing Owen Wilson discover the Pacific's really quite cold this time of year  
13 June 2010game of golfat Queen Elizabeth park - Discovering I'm not utterly useless at pitch n putt. Well, the pitch bit anyway...  
12 June 2010pubSeafood Grill - Post-tennis gossip with the girls  
12 June 2010football matchEngland vs. USA - Not as dismal performance as everyone else thought,but then I'm ever an optimist. Nice to meet Gaz, Hills and friends for the first time too.  
11 June 2010barbequein Janney's - Jo, John and Andrew round for a quiet Friday natter  
11 June 2010bookPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith - Really good. Now want to read zombieless version Rated 4 out of 5.
10 June 2010albumLight & Magic by Ladytron - Getting set to party like it's 2003. I'm *so* like totally with the programme Rated 4 out of 5.
6 June 2010filmThe Men Who Stare at Goats - Some laughs, but generally a mess of contradiction between the believable and the paranormal. Rated 2 out of 5.
5 June 2010beachJericho Beach - A nice afternoon chatting, reading and throwing stones at each other. Followed by ping pong and a swim at Miyuki's place  
4 June 2010pubThree Lions - Friday drinkies with Jo and crew  
4 June 2010albumCrystal Castles (II) - Looking forward to this one. Plus, mini win: Canadian iTunes & 7digital both cheaper than UK.  
3 June 2010film1941 - Spielberg, Akroyd, Belushi, Candy, Lee. Sadly rubbish. With added racism. Rated 1 out of 5.
29 May 2010house partyat Sandra's flat - Marni's 70th birthday. Present? A mini push scooter. Awesome.  
27 May 2010bookCurtain by Agatha Christie - Clever, quick and unexpectedly funny. Odd choice for my first Christie though - being Poirot's last case. Rated 4 out of 5.
26 May 2010filmExit Through the Gift Shop at Tinseltown - Interesting and funny docu-story of street art, filming and mental illness Rated 4 out of 5.
23 May 2010daytripto Steveston - Down to Richmond on the Skytrain for some coastal cycling and fresh fish 'n chips  
22 May 2010bookHouse of Suns by Alastair Reynolds - Vast scale space opera expertly interwoven with a human story. Excellent, as ever. Rated 5 out of 5.
20 May 2010restaurantChutney Villa - Nice Thali with Jo and John, after a 15:20 ride to Jo's place. 15 mins flat beckons...  
16 May 2010house partyat Daria's - Poker night, won with some outrageous beginner's luck. Oops.  
9 May 2010beachJericho Beach - Awesome weather for my second day in the country, so beach time it was.  
6 May 2010restaurantSekara in Victoria - A spicy farewell meal with C Bob, Nik and the folks, setting ourselves up for a night watching the election Rated 3 out of 5.
5 May 2010restaurantBodeans in Westbourne - Decent meatfest, with the Beeb clique on generous form Rated 4 out of 5.
4 May 2010concertAsh at Electric Ballroom - On form, in a cool smaller venue - great night Rated 4 out of 5.
3 May 2010restaurantBig Bang in Oxford - Decent grub as the backdrop for yet another goodbye outing, this time with my lovely university friends Rated 3 out of 5.
3 May 2010weekendin Littleton - Back for a family dinner, with a final carfull of stuff and some sad farewells  
30 April 2010pubThe Marquis of Westminster in Victoria - Wonderful emigration party, with lovely folk coming from far and wide to ensure I actually leave.  
25 April 2010filmHackers - A solid contender for the worst film I've ever seen. Jolie and Miller and some top class 90's Hollywood IT. Rated 1 out of 5.
24 April 2010pubTattershal Castle - Catching up with SJ and a newly-homed Dave  
23 April 2010pubSeven Stars in Holborn - Out with my motley crew of lovely colleagues  
21 April 2010bookTom Holt by The Portable Door - Fun little comic fantasy novel. Rated 3 out of 5.
21 April 2010filmDie Hard 4.0 - Surprisingly well done invincible action hero flick with some novel cinematography and some great 'destroy everything' scenes  
17 April 2010tv showSnuff Box - Awesome lost Fulcher & Berry series from BBC3/2006. Seek it out! 'Whisky!!' Rated 5 out of 5.
16 April 2010pubThe Brickhouse - Nice little club to serve as background to a fab evening out with Ollie, Annie and Hennigannery. Then on to Fire!  
15 April 2010pubThe Olde Explorer - Happy birthday Jase!  
12 April 2010comedyEd Byrne, Rufus Hound and others at The Monday Club - Top night with no duds. Recommend this night to anyone. Rated 5 out of 5.
11 April 2010weekendin Oxford - A nice jaunt on the boat with Nik and C - willing summer into existance.  
10 April 2010restaurantPierre Victoire in Oxford - Tasty meal with Becky, Ian et al. Particularly good branch that one. Rated 4 out of 5.
9 April 2010pubMarquis of Westminster - Welcome back drinkies with Charlotte and Bob  
5 April 2010filmThe three burials of Melquiades Estrada - Understated modern western, where everything goes awry for every character Rated 4 out of 5.
5 April 2010long weekendin Littleton 
2 April 2010filmHot Fuzz - Fun. Again. Rated 4 out of 5.
2 April 2010filmBack to the Future - Surprised by how little of this I remember, great hangover movie nonetheless Rated 4 out of 5.
1 April 2010pubGrand Union - Delightful evening wishing bye bye to Smithy and planning a filming expedition to the boat  
31 March 2010restaurantGBK - Catching up with the lovely @abi281. Emigration, Africa and awesome authors on the menu  
31 March 2010game of footballin Westway - Fun, with a few local Ronaldos making up numbers. Picked up an annoying ankle injury tho  
28 March 2010motorsport raceThe Australian Grand Prix - Now *that's* more like it. Legion position changes and lots of shouting at the telly  
27 March 2010restaurantAbout Thyme in Victoria - Great beef medallions and really good sevice, and on my doorstep too. Nom. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 March 2010bookGeneration A by Douglas Coupland - Everything I like about his writing: Full of great ideas, characters and storytelling Rated 5 out of 5.
26 March 2010restaurantMestizo - With Fraser, Jase, Andy & Alex - the oldies and the goldies of BBC NM :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
25 March 2010pubThe Goldhawk - Catching up with vision and bantering with Glando. Mmm, peppery coffee...  
24 March 2010filmAntichrist - Dark, visceral, but ultimately excellent effort from Lars von Trier Rated 5 out of 5.
24 March 2010game of footballin Westway - On the most part an awful display, with the teams all mixed up by injuries.  
23 March 2010filmAlice in Wonderland at IMAX - Little to do with the books, but a fun visual treat nonetheless Rated 4 out of 5.
23 March 2010restaurantGourmet Burger Kitchen in St Pauls 
22 March 2010dinner partyat Victoria - Catching up with Rich over a slapped together roast chicken salad  
20 March 2010daytripto Oxford - First boating of the year. Drizzly, but nice to catch up with Rich and Sarah  
20 March 2010restaurantCafe Noir in Oxford - Delicious comfort food in generous portions with tasty wine to boot Rated 4 out of 5.
19 March 2010pubThe Bull - Catching up with Alex for a bit of old-skool csd-ery.  
18 March 2010filmTaking Lives - Not bad serial killer thriller set in Montreal, though predictable and with fairly flat characters Rated 3 out of 5.
17 March 2010pubThe Churchill - Happy St. Pats with Jon, Brian, Chris and no car bombs  
15 March 2010bookAll the President's Men by Woodward & Bernstein - Reads like a thriller, totally engrossing, though ends too abruptly Rated 4 out of 5.
15 March 2010filmBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Werner Herzog and Nick Cage. Odd and unsettling in a good way. Rated 3 out of 5.
13 March 2010clubHernan Cattaneo in Ministry of Sound - Surprise! I'm not too old for this kind of thing at all!  
12 March 2010pubClerkenwell House - Mel's 30th welcomed in 90's style with music and costume to match. Jessica Rabbit getting a massage from The Dude's carpet being a memorable feature.  
10 March 2010pubThe Champion in Notting Hill - Good luck on the other side Kimble!  
10 March 2010game of footballin Westway 
8 March 2010weekendin Brussels - Featuring the Atomium, a brewery tour and just a smidgen of clubbing.  
8 March 2010restaurantChez Leon - Mussels in Brussels. Nom.  
7 March 2010pubDelerium in Bourse, Brussels - Back to bar with 2000+ beers and a quality election of 90's rock CDs  
7 March 2010attractionAtomium in Brussels - Just as enjoyable for a second visit - and (bonus) I hadn't just had my camera nicked this time.  
6 March 2010clubStop Suffering, Start Dancing in Les Halles Saint-Gery, Brussels - Awesome night out with Dave and Tim, frightening the locals with some big-assed boogieing  
6 March 2010attractionCantillion Brewery in Brussels - Interesting tour of a very traditional brewery, with a certifiable guide.  
5 March 2010pubThe Castle - Nice night of nattering with the usual (and some unusual) suspects  
4 March 2010pubThe Portobello Gold - Damn Tequila. Damn Dave. That is all.  
3 March 2010game of footballin Westway 
1 March 2010filmTop Secret - Zucker Abrahams Zucker, and starring Val Kilmer. You get the gist, though it was no Airplane. Rated 3 out of 5.
27 February 2010pubTwo Rooms in Soho - SJ's birthday and Nik's return, ending with some cultural tourisming in a goth club on Wardour Street.  
26 February 2010pubThe Bull - Proper old skool night, with Beeb old timers hanging from every rafter. Ace.  
25 February 2010restaurantCubana in Waterloo - Okay, but I really must find some better haunts round there - any suggestions? Rated 3 out of 5.
25 February 2010filmAvatar at IMAX - Crushed my (admittedly meager) expectations underfoot - well done. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 February 2010lectureInformation is Beautiful by David McCandless - Entertaining insight into the process behind his gorgeous output Rated 4 out of 5.
24 February 2010game of footballin Westway 
22 February 2010long weekendin Normandy - Another fun, health-stretching trip to Chris' barns.  
18 February 2010albumX Marks Destination by The Whip - A Blease recommendation I think, backed up with solid Spotify 'research' :)  
17 February 2010game of footballin Westway - Big pitch, and a 'Butler triple' of goals (4), mostly toe punts :-)  
16 February 2010pubThe Champion in Notting Hill 
15 February 2010filmAngel-A - A very French B&W love story, featuring the put-upon grocery boy from Amelie and an angel. No, really. Rated 3 out of 5.
14 February 2010dinner partyat Tom's place - Rugby and fantastic home made curry with Ben, Kim, Tom and Emily  
13 February 2010bookHow to be Good by Nick Hornby - Not only a pretty poor book, but a pretty poor book I've read before and forgotten about. Doh. Rated 1 out of 5.
12 February 2010pubPontefract Castle - Happy birthday to Vanessa, after a cheerio to W12 snifter with Jon at the other castle.  
10 February 2010game of footballin Westway 
8 February 2010flightto Heathrow from Cairo - I'm back, baby!  
7 February 2010attractionHatshepsut's temple - Totally different to the other temples, it makes a great spectacle from a distance, although there's not a lot to see when you get close up Rated 3 out of 5.
7 February 2010attractionValley of the Kings - One of my favourite visits. A spooky place, with amazingly vivid colours inside the tombs giving it a different feel to any of the temples Rated 5 out of 5.
7 February 2010balloon tripover Luxor - A dawn ride over valley of the kings, queens, and Hatshepsut's temple. Breathtaking. Rated 5 out of 5.
6 February 2010attractionKarnak - The big daddy of temple complexes, including the amazing pillared Great Hypostyle hall, and several detailed obelisks Rated 4 out of 5.
6 February 2010attractionEdfu - Like a supersized Philae, accompanied by some rightly famous beautiful granite statues of Horus Rated 4 out of 5.
5 February 2010attractionKom Ombo temple - A typical temple, this time in its original position though, with large expanses of hieroglyphs spared from the ravages of time and Christians Rated 4 out of 5.
5 February 2010boat journeyto Miqalla from Aswan - Three days spent on Feluccas, mostly unable to sail properly because of high winds. Relaxing, cold and utterly brilliant. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 February 2010attractionSt Simeon's Monastery - A fun camel ride to a remote and dilapidated monastery, enlivened by an insane guide with barely any English and lots of miming Rated 3 out of 5.
2 February 2010attractionNag Gharb Siheil - A wonder round a Nubian village, accompanied by dinner in one of the houses.  
2 February 2010attractionAbu Simbel - A 2:30am start to cross the desert to two temples for Rameses II and his wife. Again relocated, but superbly done. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 February 2010attractionPhilae Temple - Defaced by Christians (a running theme it turned out) but impressive nonetheless. All the more so for having been relocated from a submerged island.  
1 February 2010attractionAswan High Dam 
1 February 2010train journeyto Aswan from Cairo - Overnight sleeper train to Aswan, staying up late getting to know the rest of the group  
31 January 2010football matchEgypt vs. Ghana - Only watched the first half, in a cafe in Cairo - was gutted to have to leave for the train at half time though.  
31 January 2010museumCairo Museum - Fascinating to see so many things I've read or heard about, from Tut's hoard to the Narmer palette to Akhenaten's unique heretical statues. Rated 5 out of 5.
31 January 2010attractionThe Pyramids in Giza - Amazing start to the trip, a wonder of the world on the first morning. Rated 5 out of 5.
30 January 2010albumThe Red Album by Weezer - Pork n Beans on my iPod for Egypt Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2010flightto Cairo - Going offline for 10 days, see you on the other side.  
27 January 2010museumthe Science Museum - The monthly 'Lates' evening. Kid free, with bars throughout: A regular fixture from here on Rated 4 out of 5.
27 January 2010game of footballin Westway - The extra Christmas helpings still making themselves felt, but a bit of goalhanging garnered my fair share of goals  
26 January 2010restaurantKym's in Victoria - Nice Chinese, with a truly charming and charismatic hostess: Rare enough nowadays to warrant a return. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 January 2010bookZima Blue by Alastair Reynolds - I'm not always a short story fan, but his, as here, are always thoughtful and engaging Rated 4 out of 5.
24 January 2010filmJackie Brown - All the baddies dead, all the goodies richer. (And I finally managed to follow the money this time) Rated 4 out of 5.
24 January 2010restaurantPizza Express - Email screenshot of 1/2 price voucher to manager, he prints it, brings it to table and crosses it out. Weird.  
24 January 2010tv showSpiral - Dark but engrossing - an excellent French police series off BBC4 Rated 4 out of 5.
23 January 2010filmMichael Jackson: This is it - Unexpectedly glad I saw this - interesting and insightful Rated 3 out of 5.
23 January 2010filmLesbian Vampire Killers - *Exactly* as average as we thought it would be. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 January 2010bookFlashman by George Macdonald Fraser - Genuinely funny light historical romp. May well pick up more from the series. Rated 4 out of 5.
23 January 2010daytripto Oxford - Including dropping in on Tim & family. Now back to the smoke for less wholesome entertainment.  
23 January 2010restaurantRegency Cafe - Restorative full English with Nik & C in the brilliant 60's caff round the corner Rated 5 out of 5.
22 January 2010pubThe Mitre - Nicely refurbished, & ready to play host to childish Beeber shenanigans. Points lost for overpriced food tho.  
21 January 2010karaoke nightKaraoke Box in Soho - A reliably good night with great company and a songlist to match.  
20 January 2010restaurantBoisdale in Belgravia - Another great steak at the cosy Scottish jazz bar round the corner. Nom. Rated 4 out of 5.
19 January 2010restaurantHot Stuff in Vauxhall - Awesome Indian Rated 4 out of 5.
17 January 2010pubThe Curtain Up in Baron's Court - Valiant pub quiz effort. Distinct cigar shortage at end though.  
17 January 2010attractionCabinet War RoomsRated 3 out of 5.
16 January 2010filmAlfie (1966) - Stone cold classic, and so much better than the all surface no feeling 2004 shambles. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 January 2010house partyat our place - Awesome shindiggery, conducted 'til the early hours. I *heart* my friends  
14 January 2010concertPoor Souls of Pompeii at Water Rats - Si strutting his alpha-sticksman stuff for an excellent set. Super.  
13 January 2010game of footballin Westway - And now, three hours later, I can just about feel my fingers again.  
10 January 2010restaurantMango Tree in Victoria - Nice Thai place just round the corner from me, with a Top Table Jan half price offer as an added bonus. Rated 4 out of 5.
10 January 2010pubBar Soho - A fun little chav-fest in honour of Yuka's temporary return.  
9 January 2010bookThe Blair Years by Alastair Campbell - Spawling, ineloquent but utterly fascinating. I'd recommend them to anyone. Rated 5 out of 5.
8 January 2010pubThe Bull in Westfield - Surprisingly decent pub given it's in a soulless shopping centre.  
6 January 2010filmSherlock Holmes - Pretty good. A big barrel of pseudo Victorian silly, sure, but still pretty good. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 January 2010bookA small town in Germany by John le Carre - Thoughful thriller set to the complexity of 60's German politics. Rated 3 out of 5.
2 January 2010karaoke nightNiko Niko in Percy Street - Ropey place, with a crap selection of songs, but fun was inevitably had anyway. Turns out the final countdown goes with literally any track :-)  
1 January 2010house partyat Gav & Alix's in Thame - Bonfires, bad puns and eclectic DJing. 2010 welcomed in the traditional way.  
30 December 2009pubThe Enterprise in Holborn - Unexpectedly boozy evening with Dave W and friends. Damn O' Pramens.  
30 December 2009albumTarot Sport by Fuck Buttons - More electronica from Phonica thanks to Bobica  
28 December 2009restaurantThe Cathrine Wheel in Marsham - Nice Christmas catchup with Charlie, James and Sue  
22 December 2009pubThe Castle - Last pre-Xmas drinks with the gang FTW.  
20 December 2009dinner partyat Hannah's place - Christmas comes early again, with all the trimmings and a festive film too. Lovely.  
20 December 2009filmStardust - A pleasant surprise of a fairy tale, that I wouldn't have picked in a million years, but was actually well cast, fun and funny Rated 4 out of 5.
20 December 2009house partyat Tim B and Julie's - Gluhwein & German electronica. Gawd bless you Blease.  
19 December 2009daytripto Oxford 
18 December 2009restaurantBenito's Hat - welcoming George back for Chistmas with drinks and a bite at this ace Mex place nr Goodge st. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 December 2009pubThe Rocket - Christmas shenanigans with Frameworks and co.  
14 December 2009restaurantMeestizo - Birthday om noms with C and Bob Rated 4 out of 5.
14 December 2009albumHarvest Festival by Joe Goddard - Thanks Bob!  
12 December 2009eventSantaCon 09 - Amateur pacing led to an earlyish end, but still an awesome day out for Sergeant Santa  
11 December 2009exhibitionAnish Kapoor at Royal Academy - Finally made it, on the last evening, after literally months of faffing. Rated 4 out of 5.
10 December 2009christmas partywith OMG at Driver - Awesome pissuppery with lots of charming work folk in a decent trendy king's x boozer  
9 December 2009bookLife on Air by David Attenborough - Recommended. Enthusiasm, knowledge and modesty making for a compelling read. Rated 5 out of 5.
9 December 2009game of footballin Westway - A man down, and a panning - but still teh awesome funnery  
7 December 2009filmLe Mans - Ok, maybe not McQueen's finest, but probably the best racing film ever: Classic era and tense cinematography Rated 4 out of 5.
6 December 2009bookBattle Royale Vol5 - A 60% off whim from Books etc. Interesting to try out some proper right to left, grand story arc manga. Rated 3 out of 5.
4 December 2009pubThe Cross Kings in Kings Cross - Out for Smithy's birthday, joined by the search team on a mission, and with the dodgy midnight texts to prove it.  
4 December 2009restaurantBrowns - So the Christmas shenanigannery begins with CMC veterans and hangers on like me. Bring it on :-)  
1 December 2009film2001 a Space Oddessy - Cinema night with a rearranged sitting room and a couple of rows of colleagues for company. Rated 5 out of 5.
29 November 2009house partyat Walton - Chris and Andy's annual shindig with a home built pizza oven to play with.  
27 November 2009pubThe Castle - Fun end of the week shenanigans for Emily's birthday  
25 November 2009game of footballin Westway - A loss, but really good game nonetheless, with everyone playing out of their skins  
23 November 2009filmA Serious Man at Shepherd's Bush - Um. What? The Coens at their most obtuse, yet still totally watchable. Rated 3 out of 5.
22 November 2009filmKamikaze Girls - Livening up a Sunday evening with a stylistically bizarre Japanese comedy Rated 3 out of 5.
22 November 2009concertInfected Mushroom at Matter - Great show and lovely company, in a merely ok superclub  
20 November 2009pubAlbertines - Kim's birthday celebrated in style. Erudite conversation and sobriety reign.  
19 November 2009filmThe White Ribbon at Curzon Mayfair - Some brilliant scenes, but no idea what to make of the whole. Yet. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 November 2009pubThe Castle - Swift post-footie half on the way home with the usual suspects.  
18 November 2009game of footballin Westway - Good match, only minorly marred by crushing my finger with the final save  
17 November 2009restaurantBoisdale in Belgravia - Great Scottish steak in a cosy, lively atmosphere. Ace. Rated 5 out of 5.
15 November 2009weekendin Littleton - Taking Sally back to see the folks and Pat.  
14 November 2009daytripto Wells - Chauffering the folks down to visit Pat, Kath and their lively kids. Nice day, biblical storms notwithstanding.  
11 November 2009pubThe Churchill Arms - After discussion with Andy and Brian, it turns out I'm a bad person. Damn. Was holding out for that halo.  
11 November 2009game of footballin Westway - An honerable draw, and my first ever headed goal. Nice.  
10 November 2009pubThe Goldhawk - Team retrospective done. Beer consumed. All is well.  
8 November 2009daytripto Oxford - Nippy but beautiful last day's boating before winter. Roll on April...  
7 November 2009performanceFireworks at Battersea Park - Or more precisely from the river bank opposite for a different perspective.  
6 November 2009pubPrince Albert in Notting Hill - Hair of the dog only gets you so far it seems. Mmmmm, sleeeeeeep...  
5 November 2009pubThe Castle in Holland Park - Claire's birthday and Laura's leaving, celebrated with drinks and origami.  
4 November 2009bookLife Sucks - Graphic novel about the mundanity of being a vampire. Better than it probably sounds. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 November 2009game of footballin Westway - Not bad after an abysmal start, an getting my hat trick with the last kick was a nice touch :-)  
3 November 2009pubMarquis of Westminster in Victoria - Dinner with a visiting Timo in one of my favourite Victoria pubs.  
2 November 2009comedyDoc Brown, Mark Watson et al at The Monday Club - Ok, but no real standout acts this time. Rated 3 out of 5.
1 November 2009restaurantSpicy World in Victoria - Out with a visiting Wolfie. Ow. Eyes bigger than stomach as usual :) Rated 4 out of 5.
1 November 2009motorsport racethe Abu Dhabi GP - Awesome Webber/Button last-lap battle, watched with a visiting Woolfie for added entertainment.  
31 October 2009filmMagnum Force - Not as good as Dirty Harry, but not bad nonetheless. Rated 3 out of 5.
31 October 2009filmAlfie (2004) - The too cool for school Jude Law remake. Not utterly awful, which was a surprise. Rated 3 out of 5.
29 October 2009pubGarden in Latimer Road - OMG drinks, meeting new folk and then scaring them.  
28 October 2009game of footballin Westway 
28 October 2009lectureJavaScript - Optimising where it hurts by Jake ArchibaldRated 5 out of 5.
27 October 2009filmUp at IMAX - Moving and funny. Can't say the 3D made much difference, but who cares? Rated 4 out of 5.
26 October 2009performanceI'm sorry I haven't a clue at the Old Vic - Just brilliant. Two shows-worth of old skool comedy genius. Rated 5 out of 5.
25 October 2009restaurantKazan in Victoria - Decent mezze surrounded by swanky decor, and right next to the flat to boot. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 October 2009restaurantDa Scalzo in Belgravia - First international rule of food broken: Great place found within 200m of a coach station Rated 4 out of 5.
23 October 2009tv showQuestion Time - Didn't give Griffin enough rope for my liking, but it was still pretty damaging for him. Good.  
22 October 2009pubThe Goldhawk - Totally sober analysis of the events of the day. Ish.  
21 October 2009game of footballin Westway - Oh dear. That didn't go well. A man down though, so at least we had an excuse.  
20 October 2009pubthe Queen's Arms - voucher assisted dining with Charlotte - debating her difficult career choices  
19 October 2009filmDirty Harry - Long time no see, and still good. Always like that Bullit/Driver style unexplored character backstory. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 October 2009motorsport racethe Brazillian GP - 20 heart attacks later - phew / wahoo & congrats Button! Rated 5 out of 5.
18 October 2009daytripto Oxford - First bit of boating for ages, and unexpectedly bumped into my bud Tim on the river too.  
17 October 2009tv showThe Day Today - Finally picked it up on DVD. Death to VHS! Rated 5 out of 5.
16 October 2009pubMetropolitan in Westbourne Park - Nice pub. Though with a slightly arse journey home. At least had Gaz for company.  
15 October 2009bookLittle Brother by Cory Doctorow - A scarily believable techno-warning about privacy and rights in the near future. Excellent. Rated 5 out of 5.
11 October 2009train journeyto Bristol - Going to meet my nephew for the first time!  
10 October 2009filmCloverfield - Pretty good. Then again, I enjoyed Blair Witch, so what do I know? Rated 4 out of 5.
9 October 2009pubThe Castle in Holland Park 
9 October 2009lecturePHPUnit best practice by Sebastian Bergmann 
7 October 2009game of footballin Westway with work folk 
5 October 2009comedyAlan Carr, Frisky & Mannish et al at The Monday Club - Awesome songs from F&M. Hope to see them again. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 October 2009pub93 Feet East in Brick Lane - Hennigan 4's 30th. Hammered on a nightbus. Yay. :-)  
2 October 2009exhibitionBeyond Scale at Tate Britain - Avant Garde bleeping among the classics, and a couple of free cocktails FTW  
1 October 2009bookTintin - Explorers on the Moon by Herge 
30 September 2009pubThe Prince of Wales in Holland Park 
30 September 2009game of footballin Westway with work folk 
27 September 2009bookTintin - Destination Moon by Herge - Purchased on a nostalgic whim instead of nephew presents. Oops. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 September 2009tv showDimitri Martin - Person - "It's funny the way 'finger puppets' sounds ok as a noun..." The man's a genius. Rated 5 out of 5.
26 September 2009restaurantUno in VictoriaRated 3 out of 5.
26 September 2009restaurantVeeraswamy in Regent Street - Tasty old skool indian with my dad, 40 years after he last went there. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 September 2009pubThe Stinging Nettle in Goldhawk Road - Goodbye to James - see you in Malta!  
21 September 2009long weekendin Herefordshire - Fantastic family reunion in a lovely country farmhouse Rated 5 out of 5.
17 September 2009pubThe Defector's Weld - Catching up with the Bleasdales et al  
16 September 2009pubThe Champion in Notting Hill - Catching up with Andy, Brian et al after Japan.  
16 September 2009filmHowl's Moving Castle - Really nice Ghibli classic. Must hunt down more of these. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 September 2009bookLord Have Mercy On Us All by Fred Vargas - Inventive detective novel, suffering only slightly from its translation from French. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 September 2009motorsport raceItalian Grand Prix at Monza - Managed to avoid the result 'til now. Take that, internet! Rated 4 out of 5.
14 September 2009filmSunshine Cleaning - Sweet and occasionally poignant indie comedy drama Rated 4 out of 5.
14 September 2009flightto London - Back to blighty after a wicked trip. Next, jetlag!  
14 September 2009filmThe Hangover - Annoyingly funny. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009restaurantMongai Fusuhtsu No Yataiaji Ramen in Ebisu, Tokyo - Delicious last supper. Cheerio Japan :-( Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009attractionTokyo City View in Ropppngi Hills, Tokyo - Twilight from the 56th floor, after a brief catchup with Porge. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009bookBritten & Brulightly by Hannah Berry - Really good twisty turny graphic detective novel with a distinctive artistic style. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009bookPlayer of Games by Iain M Banks - For the third time. To my mind his best after Excession. Rated 5 out of 5.
12 September 2009restauranta yakiniku place in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Barbecued guts. Yummy. No, really. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 September 2009restaurantDeote No Iseya in Minowa, Tokyo - "#1 tempura in Japan" says aging local on next table. I don't disagree. Rated 5 out of 5.
11 September 2009shopping tripfor Manga and vinyl figurines in Nakano Broadway, Tokyo 
3 September 2009pubHobgoblin in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo - Fully throwing myself into Japanese culcha. Innit. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 September 2009attractionMetropolitan Government Offices in Tokyo - 45 floors up for free. Ace. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 September 2009attractionYasukuni Shrine in Tokyo - First shrine of the trip; The one for Japan's WW2 soldiers.  
3 September 2009attractionImperial Palace Gardens in Tokyo - Very pretty, peaceful and Japanese. Rated 4 out of 5.
2 September 2009long weekendin Hong Kong 
1 September 2009attractionOcean Park in Hong KongRated 3 out of 5.
1 September 2009attractionThe Peak in Hong Kong 
29 August 2009filmStar Trek - Not bad. I'm a sucker for the "how it all started" of a series. Rated 3 out of 5.
28 August 2009restaurantSakara in Victoria - Tasty Sri Lankan fare with C and Rob Rated 4 out of 5.
27 August 2009filmDomino - Shit film. Kinda enjoyed it. Rated 2 out of 5.
26 August 2009restaurantBengal Village in Brick Lane - Out with my bro. Thali FTW. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 August 2009long weekendin Edinburgh - The annual festival jaunt. A few shows and a bunch of late nights with Tim, Katie & Dave  
25 August 2009restaurantBella Pasta in Edinburgh - Pepperoni, roasted pepper & red onion FTW. Rated 3 out of 5.
24 August 2009comedyPeter Duncan - Not what were expecting, turned out to be a bit of a luvvy, with an overemphasis on his own show tunes. Rated 2 out of 5.
24 August 2009comedySanderson Jones at Another heartbreaking but ultimately life... - ...affirming show about death. Slightly stilted but honest delivery, with good material. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 August 2009comedySpank at The Underbelly - Loud, shouty and clearly aimed at kids. Ace. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 August 2009restaurantThe Sizzling Scot in EdinburghRated 4 out of 5.
23 August 2009pubThe Scottish Malt Whisky Society in Leith 
22 August 2009comedyPeter Johansson at The Fringe 
22 August 2009train journeyto Edinburgh - After 1 hours sleep. Fool.  
22 August 2009clubHernan Cattaneo in Ministry - Awesome all nighter with Dave and a briefly UKified George Rated 4 out of 5.
20 August 2009pubThe Prince of Wales - Nice little catch up with Mel, Brian & co  
18 August 2009bookMillennium People by JG Ballard - Beguiling and almost believable account of the London middle classes starting a class war for the noughties. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 August 2009long weekendin Normandy with Chris & Jo - Action-packed with cycling, kayaking and, erm, mini-golf  
17 August 2009bike ridein Normandy - And 75km back again...  
16 August 2009kayaking tripon l'Orne in Normandy - With most folk coupled up, it fell to me and Tom to behave like children and start the splash-fest  
15 August 2009game of golfat Normandy - Well, crazy golf actually, in the blazing French sunshine.  
15 August 2009bike ridein Normandy - 75km through Suisse Normandy (with fat panniers) to Chris and Jo's place  
13 August 2009filmCalifornia Dreamin' - Good, though slightly disjointed, tragicomic Romanian effort. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 August 2009tv showSpaced, series 2 - Again! Rated 5 out of 5.
11 August 2009pubThe Goldhawk - Sprint reviewing in an all new, beer-based sylee  
9 August 2009pubthe After Skool Club - Yay for not being 12. We all roxxor. :-)  
7 August 2009pubThe Castle - Out for one or two enormous Pimms. Tsch. Gaz!  
6 August 2009filmPush - Like a grittier X-men, without being all that gritty Rated 3 out of 5.
6 August 2009albumCrystal Castles - Another Spotify tested purchase, with 7Digital proving a decent sales partner for them, at £6 for 18 tracks. Rated 5 out of 5.
6 August 2009tv showSpaced, series 1 - Yet again. It will literally never get old. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 August 2009daytripto Oxford - Ambitious trip to make after work - especially since I'm just leaving Oxford at 11...  
3 August 2009filmGonzo - the Life and Times of Hunter S ThompsonRated 4 out of 5.
2 August 2009filmMan on Wire - Surprisingly engrossing and moving, and how the hell did they get away with it? Rated 4 out of 5.
2 August 2009bookWho Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson - Inspirational. I think I'm a Haw, but would love to be a Scurry. :-) Rated 5 out of 5.
2 August 2009museumThe National Gallery - Looking for an exhibition that opens in June 2010. Oops.  
2 August 2009bookThe Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll - Nonsensical compendium, with annotation recommended by Tom C. Rated 3 out of 5.
2 August 2009bookMatter by Iain M Banks - Annoyingly paced, with a glacial build up and picosecond knock down, but still a great Culture novel. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 August 2009tv showThe Wire series 2 on BBC 2 - Note to self - don't take 3 weeks to watch the last two episodes of a series if you don't want to seriously screw with the dramatic pacing. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 August 2009restaurantCaramel - Hangover cure, with Charlotte and Bob  
31 July 2009pubWindsor Castle - First time out with my lovely work friends in a while. Piss-taking in epic measure.  
29 July 2009filmNoi albinoi - As recommended by Brian's avatar. Engrossing Icelandic film, like 'let the right one in' minus the vampires. Rated 4 out of 5.
29 July 2009game of footballin Westway 
27 July 2009pubSlug and Lettuce in Clapham - A last night out before Mike escapes back to China.  
26 July 2009barbequein Nr. Lambourne - Post wedding lamb spitroast.  
25 July 2009weddingfor Rich and Sarah in Lambourne - Lovely wedding and awesome reception for a lovely and awesome couple..  
24 July 2009pubThe Nordic Bar - Nice. Massive scary pics of the seventh seal actor not withstanding.  
24 July 2009restaurantPreto in Victoria - All you can meat. What's not to like? Rated 4 out of 5.
23 July 2009concertGraham Coxon at Roundhouse - Free tix thanks to the charming Emily something or other we met outside :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
22 July 2009game of footballin Westway - Two hours. Second with pros. My legs *hurt*.  
21 July 2009restaurantGastronomica in Victoria - Nice antipasta and cheeses in a newish local deli Rated 3 out of 5.
17 July 2009driveto Bristol from Oxford - Back to see the folks and chill for the weekend  
16 July 2009driveto Oxford from London - Night on the boat before a Friday full of flat chores  
16 July 2009albumYou Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into by Does it Offend You, Yeah?Rated 4 out of 5.
15 July 2009game of footballin Westway with BBC folk - Big pitch, 5 a side - and I wonder why my legs ache?  
13 July 2009comedyReginald D Hunter and Phil Nichol at The Monday Club - Both practicing for Edinburgh. Likeable deep south routines and brilliant, edgy poetry respectively. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 July 2009tv showThe Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The original TV series, lent by Stickles. Dated, but with genius at its core. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 July 2009exhibitionWalking in My Mind at The Hayward - Stop the presses! Apparently artists are all slightly insane. Rated 3 out of 5.
9 July 2009pubThe Prince of Wales - OMG funnery. Sleepy now.  
8 July 2009game of footballin Westway - Big pitch, big stitch: Curry != exercise food :-)  
6 July 2009filmBig Nothing - Forgettable Shallow Grave-alike. So forgettable in fact I had actually forgotten I'd seen it before. Rated 2 out of 5.
5 July 2009festivalGoodwood Festival of Speed - Have no idea why I've not been before. So much cool stuff to see: Love it. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 July 2009festivalHersham Ale Festival - Out with Chris and Jo, ending with croquet-pool at 3 in the morning  
3 July 2009filmThe Royal Tanenbaums - Second watch. Really interesting characters and no plot. Enjoyed it. Rated 4 out of 5.
2 July 2009concertBlur at Hyde Park - Awesome, of course. Rated 5 out of 5.
1 July 2009filmFrost/Nixon - Gripping, even though it was a subject I know lamentably little about Rated 4 out of 5.
1 July 2009game of footballin Westway - Big pitch. One cracker, several equally awesome misses :-)  
28 June 2009daytripto Lincolnshire - Big, sunny family party for Barry's 60th. Scorchio!  
27 June 2009pubthe Pheonix in Victoria - Birthday shenanigans draw to a peaceful conclusion. Woo.  
24 June 2009game of footballin Westway - A million shots. One goal. Plus ca change.  
23 June 2009pubthe Maple Leaf in Covent Garden - Out with the Hennigannery for Lions rugby and a swift half  
21 June 2009daytripto Gav & Alix's place in Thame - Sun + BBQ. Yay for summer  
20 June 2009house partyat Sandra's boat in Kensal Rise - Bonfire and sound system in central London FTW  
20 June 2009birthday partyfor Julie at Sun & Doves - Meeting Jane & Mike's Ivy, and devouring the EU sugar mountain  
19 June 2009filmYes Man - Amusing Liar Liar type vehicle for Jim Carrey. Not as bad as you might expect. Rated 3 out of 5.
18 June 2009restaurantSpacca Napoli - Still a hilarious name, and happy birthday to Bob... :-)  
17 June 2009filmWaltz with Bashir - Harrowing yet fascinating - and beautifully animated too Rated 5 out of 5.
15 June 2009pubthe Queens Arms - Welcoming Charlotte back to the smoke for a bit  
15 June 2009long weekendin North Wales - Richard's stag: Canyoneering, fishing boats, mountains, barbeques and bonfires. Tired now. Rated 5 out of 5.
13 June 2009barbequein Madryn - Spit roasting half a lamb on Richard's clockwork contraption  
13 June 2009climbin North Wales - Coasteering in the freezing Irish Sea. Awesome fun, especially the last, terrifying jump, which was ~10m... Rated 5 out of 5.
12 June 2009cyclecovering 67km in 2hrs 30 - Bangor to Madryn, partially in pitch black. Arrived to applause from the other stags.  
10 June 2009game of footballin Westway 
8 June 2009concertDesigner Babies at Water Rats - Pekka and friends truly rawking away any vestige of my hangover Rated 4 out of 5.
7 June 2009house partyat Tom's flat - Happy birthday Yuggers: Now what happened to all that vodka?  
7 June 2009filmSuperbad - Supersilly Rated 4 out of 5.
7 June 2009motorsport racethe Turkish F1GP - Watching Button win again, with one eye open, groaning occasionally, from the comfort of Tom Y's sofa  
6 June 2009karaoke nightKaraoke Box in Smithfield - Messy, but awesome. Those damn Hennigans!  
6 June 2009cycle raceSmithfield Nocturne 
6 June 2009football matchKazakhstan vs. England - 0-4. Not wholly deserved: Why do we always play badly against weak opposition?  
5 June 2009pubCastle in Holland Park - Worky chatting with Yugly, Tinitin, Scrappy and thesmith  
3 June 2009tv showIntroducing the British on BBC 4 - Hilarious and fascinating set of promotional govt. films from the 40's to the 80's. Rated 4 out of 5.
31 May 2009albumDying to Say This to You by The Sounds - First purchase from a Spotify recommendation. See, music industry? See? Rated 4 out of 5.
31 May 2009picnicin Ealing with Tom, Andy, Rich, Ben & Kim 
31 May 2009bookAdvertising is Dead, Long Live Adverting! - Great coffee table tombe, bought on an Amazonian whim. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 May 2009house partyat Dave's flat - Barbeque and Rock Band FTW  
29 May 2009concertthe Manics at Roundhouse - Best album and gig in yonkeroonies. Just brilliant. Rated 5 out of 5.
28 May 2009pubThe Garden in Latiner Rd - Boozing with colleagues? OMG!  
27 May 2009filmLethal Weapon 3 - Seriously. Why the hell did I watch this again? I need help. Rated 2 out of 5.
27 May 2009football matchMan U vs. Barcelona - Well, more precisely caught up with Rich while Utd got mullered in the background  
27 May 2009game of footballin Westway - Big pitch, but still managed an average performance. Woo. :)  
27 May 2009filmTerminator 2: Judgement Day - Director's cut on Blu-Ray. Fancy. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 May 2009flightto Prague from London 
25 May 2009attractionTV Tower in PragueRated 5 out of 5.
24 May 2009daytripto Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic - Visiting the incredible ossiary and its 40,000 bones Rated 5 out of 5.
23 May 2009attractionPetrin Tower in Prague - Included a quick detour to the mirror maze, a mere 14 years after my first visit Rated 5 out of 5.
22 May 2009flightto London 
20 May 2009tv showShooting Stars - First ticket ballot for a live recording I've won, and I'm happy to report... They're back baby! Rated 5 out of 5.
20 May 2009tv showGenius on BBC 2 - As good on telly as radio. Dave Gorman's pretty good if you ask me. Rated 4 out of 5.
19 May 2009filmBody of Evidence - Nice to watch a Blu Ray for the first time, but still an average boy spy flick. Rated 3 out of 5.
19 May 2009albumStalking for Dummies by Gemma Garmeson - Fantastic, of course. I'll miss the gigs when she escapes to Spain :-( Rated 5 out of 5.
17 May 2009filmThe Da Vinci Code - Formulaic pap. Of course. Oh well. Rated 2 out of 5.
15 May 2009pubThe Prince of Wales in Holborn - Post shooty bevvies, with some backwards Trivial Persuit thrown in  
14 May 2009filmPersepolis - A convincing insight into Iranian life in the 80's and 90's. Really nicely done. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 May 2009game of footballin Westway 
12 May 2009dinner partyat our place - Ending the evening with a couple of fiercely contested rounds of Buzz on PS2. Old skool.  
11 May 2009comedyDave Gorman, Doc Brown, Tim Meo & Robin Ince at The Monday Club - Marginly below par, but par's very high at this club, so enjoyable anyway Rated 3 out of 5.
10 May 2009tv showCharlie Brooker's Newswipe on BBC 4 - The man's a genius. End of. Rated 5 out of 5.
10 May 2009pubOxo Tower - A quiet sunday evening drinky with Kirin  
10 May 2009motorsport raceSpanish Grand Prix - Enjoyably topsy turvy season continues. Gopher it Button.  
9 May 2009pubWindows in Hyde Park Hilton - Bit of a cheesy attempt at being classy, but an undeniably amazing view. Rated 4 out of 5.
9 May 2009attractionHighgate Cemetary West - Enchanting and facinating. Entry and a guided tour only £5 too. Rated 5 out of 5.
9 May 2009albumOur Earthly Pleasures by Maximo Park - Bed+ hangover + iTunes on phone = random music buying  
8 May 2009pubThe Castle in Holland Park - Hitting the bottle with colleagues and Charlotte  
7 May 2009tv showThe Wire, series 1 on BBC 2 - Okay, okay: Everyone was right. Am now officially hooked. Rated 5 out of 5.
6 May 2009restaurantThai Square in Aldwych - Word to the wise: Silver set menu = Enough food for a pile of hungry hippos Rated 4 out of 5.
6 May 2009game of footballin Westway 
4 May 2009restaurantMasala Zone in Covent Garden - Using a 10 offer of Charlotte's. Still rubbish poppadums though. :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
4 May 2009filmLet the Right One In at Curzon Soho - Haunting, convincing and tragic. Fantastic. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 May 2009weekendin Oxford with Charlotte 
3 May 2009restaurantAl Shami in Oxford - Out on the town with Charlotte after an afternoon's boat DIY  
3 May 2009pubMal Maison in Oxford - Cocktails the hotel inside the former prison. Amazing place, well worth a visit. Rated 5 out of 5.
2 May 2009house partyat Sandra's boat in Little Venice - Brilliant boat-based boozing beside BBC buddies  
1 May 2009picnicin White City - Drinks and frisbee on the lawn for the first time this year.  
27 April 2009tv showBeing Human on BBC 3 - Affecting, engaging and occasionally amusing too. Eagerly awaiting more. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 April 2009tv showStewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle on BBC 2 - Not everyone's cup of tea, but as a fan... fantastic. Rated 5 out of 5.
26 April 2009filmEnigma - That rarest of things: A film as good as the book. Both average. Rated 3 out of 5.
25 April 2009pubWalkers Wine and Ale Bar in Trafalgar Square - Find of the evening while on a crawl with Dave W - Hidden downstairs bar was quiet, with nice staff and lots of comfy leather seats - good Saturday night venue Rated 5 out of 5.
25 April 2009restaurantColosseo in Victoria - Ok pizzas, but not as good as could have been sourced from the pizza express next door Rated 2 out of 5.
24 April 2009restaurantBibendum - Om nom nom Rated 4 out of 5.
23 April 2009filmIn the Loop - World-class swearing in the funniest yet most depressing film I've seen in a long time. Iannucci == genius. Rated 5 out of 5.
22 April 2009pubThe Stinging Nettle - Pub quiz. Respectable 4th out of ~10. Definitely 1929 for the oscars though ;-)  
22 April 2009game of footballin Westway with Colleagues - Back to the smaller pitch, back to 3 goals a game. Phew.  
21 April 2009filmBetter off Dead - 80's John Cusak teen movie. Like a surreal Ferris Bueller. Not an abject failure therefore. Rated 3 out of 5.
19 April 2009weekendin Oxford with Kirin, Rich, Sarah, Kathy and Rollo - Kicking off the boating season  
17 April 2009pubThe Ladbroke in Holland Park - Introducing Hennigans to my work friends and learning the meaning of 'bobfoc'.  
15 April 2009pubVesbar in Shepherd's Bush - post-ace-spaces launch celebrations  
15 April 2009game of footballin Westway - Big pitch exposes massive incompetence for second week in row...  
14 April 2009tv showRed Dwarf, Back to Earth on Dave - pretty cool meta-plot, but remarkably poor acting and timing - just like it ever was I guess :-) Rated 4 out of 5.
13 April 2009long weekendin North Wales with family - No TV, net or mobile. Replaced with unspoilt coast and glorious weather. Fair enough. Rated 5 out of 5.
10 April 2009train journeyto Bangor from London - 4 hours late on a three hour journey. Thanks for that. Rated 1 out of 5.
7 April 2009bookNemesis the Warlock, book one by Pat Mills et al - Not my typical graphic novel, but kept my attention nonetheless Rated 3 out of 5.
4 April 2009filmAn Inconvenient Truth - Terrifying. Everything's buggered. Am feeling guilty about breathing now. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 April 2009filmThe Day After Tomorrow - Convincing fx, undermined by weak absent-father-rescues-son sub-plot alongside complete lack of real science Rated 2 out of 5.
4 April 2009daytripto Oxford - Again!  
3 April 2009karaoke nightKaraoke Box in Farringdon - Quiet night. Except for the Hennigurning, broken sofa, arse grabbing and a spot of Lithium...  
3 April 2009pubThe Churchill Arms in Notting Hill - Thoroughly enjoyed freaking Jon out with the iPhone anonymous testing hack  
2 April 2009pubVesbar in Shepherd's Bush - Short, sensible chat with our Vision colleagues. Followed by long, rediculous one.  
31 March 2009gameResistance 2 on PS3 - First PS3 game completed. Totally awed by gfx, but decent FPS too. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 March 2009filmI'm a cyborg but it's ok - Endearing and slightly nuts Korean film about, well, being nuts Rated 3 out of 5.
30 March 2009restaurantGourmet Burger Kitchen in Covent Garden - Lolz with Abi for the first time in way too long  
29 March 2009restaurantMuang Thai in PimlicoRated 3 out of 5.
29 March 2009motorsport racethe Australian Grand Prix - Ace race, ace result for Button and Brawn - and back on the BBC too. Awesome. Rated 5 out of 5.
28 March 2009daytripto Oxford 
27 March 2009pubThe Stinging Nettle in Goldhawk Road - Yay for Fridays!  
25 March 2009filmSaw II - Terrible dialog, but that's not really the point I guess. Wonder how I'll sleep tonight... Rated 3 out of 5.
25 March 2009restaurantUno in Victoria - Yay - the swanky Italian opposite's started doing pizzas again  
25 March 2009game of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
24 March 2009filmOffice Space - Yet again. Never gets old. Rated 5 out of 5.
22 March 2009daytripto Wells - Helping paint Patrick's house with the Sidebums  
21 March 2009daytripto Oxford - Househunting with Richard and Sarah  
20 March 2009pubAlbertine in Shepherd's Bush - Swift bottle in honour of Mel's birthday - in a really nice wine bar: Will head back for more cheese soon...  
16 March 2009tv showSurvivors, series 1 on BBC 1 - Convincing "end of humanity by plague" series. Let down by utterly pathetic lack of ending. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 March 2009house partyat Tom Y's place - Poker night. Pretty good one: Managed to fluke a win despite never having played before :-)  
15 March 2009filmWatchmen at IMAX - Unique, engaging and convincing. Best comic conversion I've seen by some distance. Rated 5 out of 5.
15 March 2009weekendin Oxford with Uni friends - Pub crawl for for Gav's birthday. Nice to see them all - and Geoff too!  
13 March 2009karaoke nightKaraoke Box in Faringdon - Another narrow avoidance of arrest as waitress arrives in the middle of 'Michael'  
11 March 2009comedyThe Comedy Store Players at The Comedy Store - First time I've ever been - excellent. Like classic "whose line..." right down to Josie Long in the cast Rated 5 out of 5.
11 March 2009game of footballin Westway with Beeb folk 
10 March 2009filmMy Super Ex-Girlfriend - So dire I'd forgotten I'd seen it before. Lucky I was ill. Rated 1 out of 5.
8 March 2009weekendin Bristol with family 
5 March 2009filmTropic Thunder - Decent recommendation from my hairdresser Rated 4 out of 5.
4 March 2009pubTwo Floors in Soho - Cheerio drinks for Nik before he escapes to Japan  
4 March 2009game of footballin Westway 
3 March 2009house partyat my place - Wii games night with Jon, Brian & Abi  
28 February 2009albumDoggystyle by Snoop Dogg - Never say I ain't at da cuttin' edge  
27 February 2009tv showHustle series 4 on BBC1 - The TV equivalent of a holiday novel. Rediculous, brilliant pap. Rated 4 out of 5.
26 February 2009restaurantNational Portrait Gallery restaurant - Amazing black pudding, and clumsy cabaret from the waiters too. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 February 2009concertGemma Garmeson at Cafe 1001 - Great as ever - and now there's an album! Rated 5 out of 5.
23 February 2009restaurantTas in Waterloo - Nice Mediterranean food, not too pricey either. Rated 4 out of 5.
23 February 2009albumSimple Things by Zero 7 
22 February 2009filmIron Man - Proof IMDB voters are geeks - not bad, but no way 8/10 Rated 3 out of 5.
21 February 2009restaurantGourmet Burger Kitchen - With Nik, Dave and Steve - catching up on western food after Thailand  
21 February 2009bike ridein Battersea Park 
21 February 2009filmUnderworld - Using action sequences set to metal to stave off jetlag Rated 2 out of 5.
19 February 2009filmRocknRolla - Poor. Collection of average set pieces in Guy Richie's now predictable style. If I wasn't on a plane I'd probably have walked out. Rated 2 out of 5.
19 February 2009filmWall-E - Nice. Not much in it for adults though. Rated 3 out of 5.
19 February 2009flightto London from Bangkok 
19 February 2009bookThe War of the Worlds by H G Wells - Much better than the recent film :) Rated 4 out of 5.
18 February 2009flightto Bangkok from Krabi 
18 February 2009boat journeyto Phi Phi from Krabi 
12 February 2009bookTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre - Really good one: A detailed insight into cold war intelligence via an internal mole hunt in the British service Rated 4 out of 5.
9 February 2009boat journeyto Phuket from Phi Phi 
8 February 2009flightto Phuket from Bangkok 
6 February 2009filmMonsters Inc. - Still fun. Especially when trapped on a plane. Rated 3 out of 5.
6 February 2009filmBangkok Dangerous - Average. Nick Cage being himself in a hackneyed plot about an assasin's last job. Rated 2 out of 5.
6 February 2009flightto Bangkok 
6 February 2009filmGhost Town - Not as funny as the trailer, but not bad nonetheless Rated 3 out of 5.
4 February 2009game of footballin Westfield with BBC folk 
2 February 2009tv showOutnumbered series 2 - Ace. Must be compulsory viewing for parents. Rated 5 out of 5.
1 February 2009museumTate Modern - Then a wonder along South Bank in the snow. Brilliant.  
1 February 2009tv showScreenwipe series 3 - Consistently high quality and funny. Not a witty review, but totally true. (more info)Rated 5 out of 5.
31 January 2009tv showDexter series 1 - Pretty cool, with a great anti-hero. Slightly let down by the cliched twisty-turny ending Rated 4 out of 5.
31 January 2009filmWanted - Unbelievable pap. Which I quite enjoyed. (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2009pubThe Castle in Holland Park - Being educated about Mayans and film emotion as melody  
29 January 2009filmSlumdog Millionaire at Vue Shepherd's Bush - Really nice film - great lyrics, ok melody ;-) Rated 4 out of 5.
28 January 2009game of footballin Westway with BBC folk - Hat-trick in the first five minutes. Pretty average outing ;-)  
24 January 2009filmPriceless - Like a French 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
24 January 2009albumRadio 1 Live Lounge 3 by various artistsRated 2 out of 5.
23 January 2009shopping tripfor an iPhone - Replacement for dozy loss. A white one this time. Rated 5 out of 5.
22 January 2009dinner partyat my place in Victoria - Cooking for 9?! - luckily Brian's torte served as adequate distraction to my cheffery...  
21 January 2009pubCharterhouse in Smithfield - Catching up with my bud Rich for the first time in waaaaaay too long  
21 January 2009game of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
20 January 2009pubThe Fire Station in Waterloo - Out with Kirin, making friends with footballers  
19 January 2009filmThe 40 Year Old Virgin - Snigger. Rated 3 out of 5.
18 January 2009filmHostel - Like "Kill it, Cook it, Eat it", but with humans. Rated 3 out of 5.
18 January 2009albumEmpire by Kasabian - Vulture shopping in Zavvi  
18 January 2009albumHullabaloo by Muse 
17 January 2009karaoke nightKaraoke Box in Farringdon - Dave and Al's birthday - bundle!!  
16 January 2009pubDefector's Weld in Shepherd's Bush - Saying cheerio to my most excellent colleague Dan.  
15 January 2009pubDefector's Weld - Merry new year with Jon & the wife  
14 January 2009game of footballin Westway with BBC folk - New boots != Kaka-esque. Still, way better than my old trainers  
13 January 2009filmEquilibrium - Nice Matrix style action sequences. Not a lot else. Rated 2 out of 5.
12 January 2009comedyDave Gorman, Terry Alderton, Robert White at The Monday Club - Alderton's multiple personality and White's autism-fueled obscenity were both awesome Rated 5 out of 5.
11 January 2009filmHancock - Average. Would have been improved had the slightest effort been made towards character development. Rated 3 out of 5.
10 January 2009clubSilver in Underworld - Oldest people in the place by 10 years. Not ideal, but a laugh anyway  
10 January 2009restaurantHache in Camden - Nice place, burgers ruined by stodgy untoasted rolls though. Rated 2 out of 5.
10 January 2009bookModern Toss - Everybody loves a bit of Mr Tourette and Home Clubber Rated 4 out of 5.
9 January 2009pubThe Churchill Arms in Notting Hill - With Jon, Andy and Brian.  
8 January 2009pubThe Defector's Weld in Shepherds Bush - A swift half with Identity, Frameworks and Glow folk to kick off the new year.  
7 January 2009filmSaw - Scary and gruesome. Smashing. Rated 4 out of 5.
7 January 2009game of footballin Westway with BBC peeps 
6 January 2009filmCool Hand LukeRated 4 out of 5.
5 January 2009tv showJonathan Creek new year special on BBC 1 - Always love these. Fingers crossed they decide to do more. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 January 2009restaurantGaucho in Chancery Lane - Mmmmm. Argentinian steak. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 January 2009shopping tripfor a new bike - Trek 1.2 2008. It's *soooo* light. Oh, and ladies: I got a load of lycra thrown in too... Erk. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 January 2009filmDaredevil - Bit rubbish, but ok hangover fodder Rated 2 out of 5.
2 January 2009pubElbow Room in Angel - Some new year catchup beers and pool with Nik, and 3 Hennigans. Smashing.  
2 January 2009albumFeed the Animals by Girl Talk - Top quality indie-pop mashups + a Radiohead style 'name your own price'. (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
1 January 2009bookDiaries: In Power by Alan Clark - Gives great insight into both his massive personality and the inner machinations of parliament. Rated 5 out of 5.
1 January 2009film39 Steps - Despite the strangely stilted voice-overing, an enjoyable remake. All the more so since I seem to have forgotten every single detail of the book. (more info) 
1 January 2009filmAirplane - Happy new year indeed Rated 4 out of 5.
1 January 2009house partyat my place in Victoria - New year with Gary, Gav and Alix  
31 December 2008restaurantSpicy World in Victoria - My favourite local curry house: Excellent all included Balti dishes Rated 4 out of 5.
30 December 2008tv showseries 4 of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe on BBC4 - The best programme on TV. End of. (more info)Rated 5 out of 5.
30 December 2008filmHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Entertaining vehicle for (seemingly) every British actor alive Rated 3 out of 5.
30 December 2008shopping tripfor shoes and a jumper in Victoria street 
29 December 2008filmSuperman Returns - Deeply average Rated 2 out of 5.
29 December 2008driveto London from Bristol - With Brian for company again  
28 December 2008tv showTop Gear series 12 on BBC2 - Ending with a hysterical episode crossing Vietnam, watched with most of the family (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
27 December 2008filmIt's a mad mad mad mad world - Quality 60's caper comedy recommendation from Lee (more info)Rated 3 out of 5.
25 December 2008walkin Littleton on Severn with Pa and Jasper - One of four long Christmas strolls in glorious winter sunshine  
23 December 2008driveto Bristol from London - Drivin' home for Christmas as an awful man once sang  
22 December 2008filmTo Die For - A bit dated, but interesting time shifting writing and direction save it. Just. (more info)Rated 3 out of 5.
21 December 2008restaurantSpacca Napoli in Soho - Decent restaurant with an astonishing name. A recommendation from Bob & C Rated 3 out of 5.
20 December 2008filmPlanet Terror - Nuts, but funny. Reminded me of Bad Taste Rated 4 out of 5.
20 December 2008restaurantDim T in Victoria - Woolfie back visiting for Christmas  
19 December 2008leaving partyfor Julie at The Castle 
18 December 2008christmas partywith former CMC folk at The Fat Badger - Nice pub. Tolerant staff :-) Rated 5 out of 5.
17 December 2008filmFour Rooms - Bizarre and self indulgent. Several great names having an off day. Rated 2 out of 5.
17 December 2008filmScary Movie 3 - One great gag about 5:03 in. Little else to commend it. Rated 2 out of 5.
17 December 2008daytripto Bristol and Cardiff - Meeting the BBC web teams with Tom C  
16 December 2008christmas partywith the Frameworks team at Great Queen Street restaurant 
15 December 2008bookNeither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson - Bit old now, but still produces a few good chortles and guffaws Rated 4 out of 5.
15 December 2008daytripto Manchester - Planning the future of Barlesque with the local CSD team.  
14 December 2008albumThese are the Mistakes Amateurs Make by The Poor Lost Souls of Pompeii 
13 December 2008eventSantaCon 08 in London - the rain perhaps took some of the shine off, but nothing the booze couldn't put back on (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
9 December 2008filmIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Rediculous. I mean seriously, what were they all thinking? :-( (more info)Rated 1 out of 5.
8 December 2008filmShanghai Noon - Lame. Sorry Jackie. Rated 1 out of 5.
7 December 2008tv showCoupling series oneRated 5 out of 5.
7 December 2008weekendin Lincolnshire with family - Christmas came early this year.  
6 December 2008albumTurn on the Bright Lights by Interpol 
5 December 2008pubTVC - 'Just the one' with Andy and Brian  
4 December 2008birthday partyfor Ben at The Champion 
3 December 2008filmRenaissance - Bland plot, poor dialogue, amazing animation (more info)Rated 2 out of 5.
3 December 2008game of footballin Westway with BBC folk - Two hours this time - think I'm going to need a zimmerframe by Friday  
3 December 2008lectureThe World in 2009 by Daniel Franklin of the Economist 
2 December 2008filmVanishing Point - I now want a 1970 Dodge Challenger. That is, even more than I did before. Rated 3 out of 5.
1 December 2008comedyMike Wilmott, Doc Brown and Hal Cruttenden at The Monday Club - With Rich Hall watching his buddy from the sidelines: Good gig Rated 4 out of 5.
29 November 2008filmEnduring Love - Daniel Craig in form: Upsetting and believable Rated 4 out of 5.
29 November 2008restaurantJenny Lo's in Victoria 
24 November 2008tv showHouse Series 1 - Great characters, but not enough to make me come back for more Rated 3 out of 5.
24 November 2008bookKnots and Crosses by Ian Rankin - Leightweight, but not bad, good holiday read Rated 3 out of 5.
23 November 2008filmLife of Brian - Still awesome Rated 5 out of 5.
22 November 2008concertCarter USM at Brixton Academy - Yay for 30-something moshing Rated 5 out of 5.
22 November 2008clubJuan Atkins in The CoronetRated 4 out of 5.
20 November 2008concertSigur Ros at Ally Pally - I need some new superlatives: Simply astonishing Rated 5 out of 5.
19 November 2008restaurantRhodes 24 in Tower 42 - food as good as the view :) Rated 5 out of 5.
18 November 2008filmBurn After Reading at Cineworld Haymarket - Back to Fargo territory. /Me (heart) the Coens Rated 4 out of 5.
17 November 2008pubThe Anchor in Holborn - Out with Iain and Karen, long time no see :)  
16 November 2008filmQuantum of Solace at Odeon, West End - Enjoyable, if slightly soulless (more info)Rated 2 out of 5.
16 November 2008bookGhostwritten by David Mitchell - Enjoyed this: A collection of loosely interwoven stories with a collective theme (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
15 November 2008pubde Hems in Chinatown - just a couple of late ones with Nik & Dave: I can't do 3 nights in a row any more :)  
14 November 2008birthday partyfor Marky B at the Prince Albert 
13 November 2008birthday partyfor Kim at the Princess Victoria 
12 November 2008game of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
10 November 2008filmOld BoyRated 4 out of 5.
9 November 2008tv showDead Set on Channel 4 - Sorry Mr Pegg, you're wrong: Running zombies are awesome (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
9 November 2008filmThere Will Be BloodRated 3 out of 5.
7 November 2008restaurantMuhib in Brick Lane - With Nik & Dave Rated 3 out of 5.
4 November 2008tv showThe US Election on BBC NewsRated 5 out of 5.
3 November 2008comedySarah Millican, Mike Wozniak and Iain Lee at The Monday ClubRated 4 out of 5.
2 November 2008filmRatatouilleRated 3 out of 5.
31 October 2008performanceThat Mitchell and Webb Look at Television CentreRated 3 out of 5.
26 October 2008tv showNo Heroics on ITV 2 - Bit of a guilty secret, but actually well written and utterly hillarious (more info)Rated 5 out of 5.
23 October 2008long weekendin Berlin with Nick, Fraser and two ChrisesRated 5 out of 5.
21 October 2008conferenceWeb Expo Europe in BerlinRated 3 out of 5.
17 October 2008exhibitionCold War Modern at V&ARated 5 out of 5.
16 October 2008concertThe Dears at Porchester Town HallRated 3 out of 5.
15 October 2008filmSleuth (1971) - Eccentric, but enjoyable Rated 3 out of 5.
14 October 2008filmAmerican Beauty - I'd forgotten how good it was - even watched over several mornings on my phone Rated 4 out of 5.
8 October 2008filmSpiderman 3 - Quite literally the worst film I have ever seen. Rated 1 out of 5.
8 October 2008game of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
8 October 2008lectureDigg by Kevin Rose 
7 October 2008filmLucky Number SlevinRated 4 out of 5.
4 October 2008pubO' Neils in Holborn - A lock in with tequila - what could go wrong?  
4 October 2008filmGone in 60 Seconds - Worst Photoshop ever in the opening sequence. Which was the best bit of the film. Rated 1 out of 5.
3 October 2008game of golfat Urban Golf in Smithfield with Dave, Steve and some PaulsRated 5 out of 5.
1 October 2008game of footballin Latimer Road with BBC folk 
30 September 2008bookThe Prefect by Alistair Reynolds - Not a patch on his peak, but still enjoyable Rated 3 out of 5.
28 September 2008boatingon the Thames with Charlotte - Surprisingly, the first time I've been on the Thames boats: Bankside to Millbank. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 September 2008exhibitionSkeletons at Wellcome Trust - Thirty odd skeletons uncovered in London, from the 17,000 strong Museum of London collection Rated 4 out of 5.
27 September 2008walkin London with Charlotte - Saw Billy Bragg playing on the south bank, with half the crowd playing along on their own instruments Rated 4 out of 5.
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