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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Christmas.What I've done and what it brings.

Christmas has been wonderful at our house. We have had a great time with our families. Rebecca and I received and gave some wonderful gifts and a great time was had by all.

Fortunately the weather broke on Christmas Eve, and a minor thaw set in. Our families got to see us and we weren't affected by the travel chaos that affected much of the UK.

I've loved my presents, Rebecca bought me a digital SLR camera and I hope I will be able to take some wonderful pictures with this great piece of new kit.

Today, Rebecca went away with her sister and our niece to see Miley Cyrus in Manchester. I think they will have a great night but the journey up was pretty tough, I think they were on the road for almost eight hours.

I took the opportunity to go and see Avatar. This was the first time I had seen a film in 3d. The film was certainly impressive, visually it was stunning. The 3d effect really brought the movie to life. The conceptual art was interesting, James Cameron's artistic design looked like the cover of certain prog rock albums from the 1970's.

The plot wasn't particularly original, it was a bit like Dancing with Wolves (with aliens instead of Native Americans). Despite these short-comings it was
still a great film and I reckon it will be showered with awards (especially technical awards) in the Oscars in the Spring.

Here's a look at the trailer at . Watch and be amazed!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Christmas preparations begin.

December has begun. Christmas decorations went up yesterday, lounge is looking festive, black tree with silver decorations looks cool! Haven't really started Christmas shopping yet but a bit of time left to do this.

Our new lounge furniture, finally arrived from M&S, a bit delayed (almost 10 weeks). Worth the wait the its very comfortable and stylish. Hope their gesture of goodwill makes up for the wait.

Great DVD to buy is the final series (series 3 ) of Gavin & Stacey. Our copy arrived yesterday and we had an afternoon and evening watching the remaining episodes (a little before they go out on TV).

Truth be told, the ending is lush.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

One week's leave

So this is now my week off. The week started with massive gales affecting the whole of Britain, Friday night was the worst. the wind was hammering the back of our house all night. We suffered some minor structural damage but two large shrubs were uprooted in our back garden. Spent Monday clearing the shrubs away and taking the garden waste to the tip.

I've played a couple of rounds of golf, one competition on Saturday, it still was extremely windy and the competition was fun, scored 14 points but wasn't the worst by a long way.

I've managed to watch a couple of films, saw Clint Eastwood's Flags of my Fathers which was brilliant but extremely moving.

Doing some reading and have almost finished Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden, Part 3 of his Genghis Khan series, very enjoyable and a vast improvement on book 2.

I've also published my dental practice's website and this can be found at .

Friday, 6 November 2009

So after a bit of a break, I am going to start blogging again.

So what have I been doing recently.

Well this week I have been off ill from work and today is the first day I have really surfaced and sought company again. I think a severe head cold totally wiped me out.

So I've been busy, I've started this blog and I've finally published our dental practice website onto the world wide web. The website address for the dental practice is take a look, you never know when you may need a dentist.

Anyway, being poorly has meant I have probably watched a bit more TV than usual. Last night I watched the Restaurant. Interesting programme last night because it showed the importance of brand standards to a business. I was amazed by the degree of control the "high street" chain restaurants impose on their staff. Mind you this will mean the customer will have the same experience if they walk into a Pizza Express in Exeter or any where else in the country. I guess this means that the customers expectations will be met where ever they go to eat within the particular chain. What was amazing was how badly some of the contestants stuffed things up when all they had to do was follow the manual, one was so bad even the customers noticed the food was wrong!

Its interesting how close the big business used the E myth concept, it proves it is not just for small businesses.

Just a final thing, thought I would post a picture, this is a view of the beach at Bigbury on Sea in Devon.