A smiley fit for today.
March 20, 2015, 1:10 pm
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The first significant solar eclipse in Scotland since 1999
March 20, 2015, 12:50 pm
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We had to wait 16 years and it was cloudy.

But it was a spectacle nonetheless.  It needs full screen and full volume.

Ria Gorman has slightly transformed my life.


For years I have been battling our can opener.


I use the cutting wheel vertically gripping the rim at a 90 degree angle.  (as above.)

And it rarely works.  Can opening becomes an iterative process.

Ria, by contrast showed me last week how to open cans at a 180 degree angle.


The impact has been monumental.



Frankly lifechanging.

Week One: In Print
March 17, 2015, 9:58 am
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Brilliant post on my daughter’s first week living in Manhattan.


This was always going to be an odd week. Week one with 90 strangers, from different cultures and backgrounds, chucked into a hotel together and watched to see how well they gel together; how much initiative they use to interact; how they cope with no WiFi because it costs $5 for 30 minutes – it’s 2015, what hotel doesn’t have free WiFi?!?!

It’s like the Hunger Games of social experiments.

So, naturally everyone made their way to the nearest pub and the week began with an overpriced, tasteless, Bud Light. But on a fancy roof top bar with an impressive view of the Empire State Building.

Arriving in the Big Apple

Day one was a bit of a blur. Starting with a 3.30am wake up call, then the fear of how overweight that one suitcase was going to be (still impressed it all fit), followed by a 60 minute connection…

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My Stanislowski moment
March 15, 2015, 7:13 pm
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I method acted my socks off today.

Who is the greatest movie actress ever?


If you contributed to my actors poll or nominated your idea of the best ever movie actress via Facebook I think you are going to find this a much more open field with a greater breadth of opinion than the men.

You can have up to three votes to choose which you think is the greatest ever movie actress.

The greatest movie actor ever poll.
March 13, 2015, 6:42 pm
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Thanks for your contributions folks.  We’ve had 66 votes so far and I’m delighted to see that I features amongst the ‘others’ for my legendary performance as Daddy Warbucks.

However we have a clear leader/winner.

Daniel Day Lewis.

Had this have been done five years ago I can’t conceive of anyone other than Robert De Niro (second place) simply walking this.  But it seems his later career claptrap has undone his reputation for many.

In third place it’s a three way tie between Jack Nicolson, Dustin Hoffman and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman.

Now for the ladies..

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You can continue to add your voice to the poll here or contribute below with your thoughts on this.