I was very impressed to see that all the commuting woes I had the other week were for the sake of a 1 amp fuse. It's a little worrying that such a small mistake should be able to cause the whole of London to grind to a halt.

On a completely different note the various projects I have been working on outside of work are drawing to a close soon so normal lazylaces service should soon be restored.

Entry 505, Thursday, September 11th 2003, Filed In Diary
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Finally got home today at 8.30pm after getting trapped in London due to the power cut. Anything the US and Canada can do we can do too! See my exclusive coverage of the event. It was especially cheering to see all the candle lit pubs on the way to the station.

Not as cheering as the vision of my computer screen blanking out and the noise of the servers suddenly dissappearing though. UPS my a*se. The biggest problem was it meant I couldn't finish the technical design I was working late on (er when did I last press save?). Shame. Although it means that I now have to do that and build the system it was for before 3pm tomorrow - doh! A great challenge for a Friday, but at least we're all due to go to the pub after that.

Finally a special shout out to my friend Andy who spent the entire blackout trapped on the tube for 2 hours. He's now in even more need of a beer than I am.

It's off for fish and chips and beer for me now - a very English response to a power cut :o)

Entry 499, Thursday, August 28th 2003, Filed In Diary
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Less of a diary entry more of a mind dump today. Things have been hectic with work this week - long hours, tight timescales & and drinking to escape it all have lead to me feeling rather bizarre and convinced it should be Friday despite the fact it's quite clearly not and I still have two more days of this to go. Arrrrgggh. I actually managed to configure 4 intranet sites today - IIS, SQL Server databases, NT security and the rest today in about an hour. My JavaScript coding is also hitting new personal speed records. I'm sure by Saturday I'll look back on this week and laugh. Hopefully.

Anyway outside of work I was pleased to find that my failing eyesight was not due to thinking about Fiona too vigorously but because I've been tieing my tie too tight. Top button undone for me tomorrow.

When I got home today I found that the post contained not only the obligatory mountain of mail for the previous occupants of my flat but also my Moonraker album from CD Baby - bless them I needed something to keep me sane. I can't recommend this band enough the sounds Listen are just beautiful.

Finally my goal this week is to make it too Friday as the infamous Jules and I are doing drinks. Me because I will have managed to make through this week (assuming I do) and her because she will be finally off anti-biotics. Photos to follow if I remember.

Entry 477, Wednesday, August 6th 2003, Filed In Diary
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Top 3
For no other reason than I stumbled across a gallery of Drew Barrymore pics here are my top 3 candidates for Mrs Lazylaces:
  1. Fiona Bruce, who as a UK resident I obviously stand most chance with since I might potentially bump into her and I am, of course, irresistable.
  2. Minnie Driver, based in Hollywood but a frequent visitor to the UK. If she's in London I will probably meet her in my local for a pint. Maybe.
  3. Drew Barrymore, who I only really like in The Wedding Singer, so unless she's into role play I'd have to say she's a rank outsider.

Entry 469, Monday, August 4th 2003, Filed In Diary
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All In My HeadI haven't done a diary update for ages - so here it is...

First of all apologies for my recent (and up-coming) erratic postings. Work has been somewhat hectic as I play with Oracle and SQL Server databases with a dash of JavaScript on the side all to rather tight timescales. The first part of my current project is due to go into test tomorrow and spare time is at a premium. Also tomorrow night I meet to redesign the BMT site (it needs it!) - the charity web-site I am involved with. Sleep is currently a distant memory. Fortunately an outing to Clinks Bar with the company credit card in tow beckons on Friday which is the only thing getting me through this week.

Today I cut myself off at work with Radio1 on-line via headphones so I could get on with my coding: kind of anti-social but sometimes solitude is required to really crack on. It's been ages since I've listened to the radio and I was very happy to hear that both Dido and Kosheen have new albums out soon (hear Kosheen's latest single here). It even made me find time to update my links page with a new music section.

Finally I continue to avoid doing any work to update this site with useful things like comments as quite frankly I don't have the energy in the free time I have but I have found some neat ASP Script I hope to customise which will hopefully make things easier and make it more likely that I finally get this done!

Entry 459, Wednesday, July 23rd 2003, Filed In Diary
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I'm enjoying my Friday night in by wigging-out to "Return of the Weather Episode " (MP3 : 5Mb) courtesy of those very finest of boot-leggers - gohomeproductions. Who would have have thought Snoop Dogg would have mixed with Crowded House so well? Also on a Friday night vibe check out the Lemon Jelly Ducks video at airside.

Entry 451, Friday, July 18th 2003, Filed In Diary
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All very quick links today as it's just far to hot to sit at a keyboard for ages (and that's what I've been doing all day already). There is time to say a big thank you to milk and cookies though who have made me a "link of the moment" on their homepage. I'm not totally sure what I've done to deserve this or how it has happened but I'm chuffed anyway. Ta!

Entry 443, Monday, July 14th 2003, Filed In Diary
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Obsessively checking on stats? Oooh...suits you sir! While checking through my site serach engine referrers I was slightly surprised to find I am currently number #10 on google for a search on the word "laces". Only slightly behind speedlaces and locklaces the kind of product that inspired my choice domain name.

Entry 436, Friday, July 11th 2003, Filed In Diary
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While hunting around for an obscure link to Pole Position, a computer game I remember playing avidly on my Dad's Atari 800, for a random comment at Daisy's site, I was very chuffed to find the killer list of video games which brought back some fond memories. What was distressing though was finding out that Pole Position came out in 1982, which means that the huge time I spend playing this game was when I was 8 or 9. I really am the sad computer g33k I sometimes think I am...

Aside: Seems I missed the Atari 800 web server - damn - I would have liked to have been served pages by that (g33kn355 confirmed!).

Entry 435, Friday, July 11th 2003, Filed In Diary
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Not much news and not much found today - but I am now posting at Commuterland about the trials and tribulations of my trips to work.

Entry 420, Thursday, July 3rd 2003, Filed In Diary
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I've had a hard day traveling the South East installing systems so I can't be bothered to post much (I want to go to bed!) but it made me smile to see Pete has revealed his secret 2nd blog. A blog devoted to commuting woes? Finally somewhere to vent my anger and share my tales of London commuting. I've signed up and I suggest the same to you if you have a commuting bone in your body.

Entry 416, Tuesday, July 1st 2003, Filed In Diary
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There's a whole lot of love out there this Friday as not only does lazylaces join the friends of honest john but also the friends of ttr2 which has been a personal favourite for some time now. A great highlight to my favourite day of the week.

Entry 410, Friday, June 27th 2003, Filed In Diary
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