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Ride Letter Day 2011/10/10

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Sunday was a Red Letter Day for us.  It was the day that DP learned to ride his bicycle without stabilisers. Yes! now all the family can ride bikes.

What we did was remove his pedals along with the stabilisers.  This gave him a “balance bike”. To be frank, purpose built balance bikes are a con when you think about it. (more…)

Murder? 2011/10/06

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Colin NorrisOnce again, loads of people have been getting in touch.  This time it is because the BBC ran a program about convicted serial killer Colin Norris.

They showed some old footage of “The Boyfriend” that had my sister, Joobes, and Colin Norris on stage.  We went to school with Colin.  When I heard that he was convicted of being a serial killer, I was very surprised. (more…)

Inverse Fame 2011/10/03

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[Picture of an MTV logo]What a laugh – people have been getting in touch about Ruth playing guitar on MTV.  It was only a few seconds, but it is surprising how many people have seen it and got in touch. (more…)

Smurftastic! 2011/09/26

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[Picture of Smurfs Movie 2011 poster]Papa and Charlie took Oli and DP to the cinema to see The Smurfs.  They loved it!

Oli seemed more switched on about the plot and the characters in so far as she talked about it — she reviewed the movie to me when I got home from the office.  DP was in agreement, but I noticed that he did not have the capacity for critique. Hmmn. That boy needs work!

From all accounts, it seemed to be a smashing film, and I am quite sad I missed it.

Devine Healthy Bread 2011/09/17

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[Picture of devine Healthy Bread inside]This is the recipe for our really healthy everyday loaf. It is not only healthy, quick and delicious, it is also so easy to adapt.  I have turned it into a wonderful savoury herb affair, and also a delicious cake.  But first, the basic core recipe (which is just delicious in its own right)…

Work Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Makes:  enough for 8 (more…)

Protected: Safari! 2011/08/27

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Protected: Back To School/ Nursery 2011/08/17

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Protected: Kelsey’s Sixth 2011/07/31

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We’re Back! 2011/07/24

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[B&W Pic of African Dancing]We’re back, in fact everyone’s back!  The sun’s shining, everyone’s happy. Good times!

Papa and Charlie have reported that India is really making progress (they keep on about us going out there with them sometime).  It was just magic to see them again.

My mother is back from helping out with the twins in England. Joobes is recovering well now.  We’re all so thankful for that.

Charlie took care of Oli and DP to let us grab a wee break, a much needed break, and off we went.  (more…)

Health & Safety Test 2011/07/18

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My CSCS card came though at last — I sat the Construction Skills Certification Scheme health and safety test for UK construction sites when my old one ran out after five years, so that’s me sorted out for another five — and THIS time my photo actually looks like me (gorgeous) LOL.

I need this so I can attend meetings on construction sites, and so that I can take sizes and check workmanship (as well as safe working practices).

I studied (more…)

La Traviata 2011/07/16

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Isn’t the Internet superb at times?

La Traviata website page from Aix en Provence festival 2011 (more…)

Where is The Love, Glasgow? 2011/07/03

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[Picture of Oli and DP in the piazza inside the Burrell]My favourite museum is falling apart, yet there seems to be plenty of money floating about Glasgow these days. I just don’t get it. I really don’t understand. (more…)

Sad Side of The Riverside 2011/07/02

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[Our Photo of the Riverside Museum, Glasgow]We were all pretty excited to get along to the brand new Riverside Museum (aka the Transport Museum); there has been a lot of hype, and it was a scorcher of a summer’s day. (more…)

Male Birth 2011/06/08

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[Picture of typical big building site]Daddy Dave always says that building things is male birth — the male equivalent of giving birth.  Lots of screaming, months of gestation, hours of labour and lost sleep, anxiety, worry, feelings of impossibility and inevitability. Utter fear, then look at how wonderful this THING is — gorgeous in every detail!

Daddy Dave has handed over his workload for the past two-and-a-half-years ot the people who will develop it on and actually realise it.  It’s a pretty momentous occasion, and the feeling of stress-being-lifted is as clear as day.

This is a weird adjustment and realignment period for us.  This is Daddy Dave’s baby we’re talking about here — and it’s a real big one too.  It’s gonna change this city forever! Drinkiepoos anyone?

The Scottish Rigoletto 2011/05/15

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[Picture of Scottish Opera Rgoletto Poster]Mummy Ruth bought tickets for really good seats for “Rigoletto” at the Theatre Royal before Christmas, so we have been looking forward to this for quite a while.

It is difficult to get to proper opera with small children.  We make do with Classical Concerts for Children, but we cannot keep away forever, can we?  Scottish Opera is also — for us — still something of a gamble, when we remember “The Magic Flute” fiascos — but having said that,  “La Bohème” was pretty good, and “Tosca” was a good night out. Strange to think that these were BEFORE we were married — that’s seven years ago. Shockerooni! (more…)

Oral Fail 2011/05/06

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[scan of School Letter about Dental Care]Daddy Dave and I were pretty shocked with the latest missive from Olivia’s primary school. In Primary One, the very first year of schooling (children are four or five years of age, with baby teeth), just over half had normal teeth.  Of the 43.9 per cent of bad teeth, a whopping 14 per cent had severe decay!

In this day-and-age! Goodness me. The figures for the last year of the Primary school system — Primary Seven — is about the children’s adult set of teeth, so these kids get a wiped slate and a fresh start.

What a shame! The “bad teeth” numbers rose dramatically — what was 43.9 per cent in P1, has become nearly 81 per cent by P7. (more…)

Hits! 2011/01/16

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Just a quick thank-you to everyone in internet world for all the weird and wonderful things that have been happening with our sites and blogs — especially for getting a picture of our daughter, Oli, aged just two-and-a-half onto the first page of Reddit.  The hits for this — our wee family blog also went ballistic.  Oh, and (completely unrelated), thanks to all those at Flikr for the stuff surrounding the picture of DP at Kelvingrove Art Galleries — he was just 7 months old at the time.  Funny how these two pictures are from the same year (2007).

[Picture of Olivia as Stephanie from Lazy Town] The Harpy Celaeno

Thanks too for all the comments, good and bad; we laughed out loud at times. Great fun! Cheers!

Slimming Tips from the BBC 2011/01/14

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We were sent a link to the BBC iPlayer for “10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight”.  It purported to have the very latest scientific tips on losing weight.  It featured Dr Michael Mosely — the chap doing the brain programmes for the BBC.  He didn’t look fat, but scans showed that he was fat on the inside. That was surprising; we’d always assumed that only those who were fat on the outside got fat on the inside.

Frankly, we were surprised that there was a surprise — and also that there was another surprise in the programme.  Hey, TWO things were didn’t actually know beforehand — well done BBC! (more…)

Happy New Year! 2011/01/01

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The entire devine family would like to wish all or readers, friends, lurkers, cyberpals, family and colleagues a very happy new year, and looking ahead, a happy new decade as well!

Let’s hope it will be as superb as the past decade.

Looking back (briefly), we have had the very best possible decade, and 2010 was our best year so far!  We know it doesn’t get any better.

To get the new year off to a super-start, we have decided to (more…)

Lunar Eclipse/ Solstice 2010/12/21

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[Picture of the lunar eclipse above the clyde 2010]I saw the lunar eclipse this morning.  This was my first eclipse, and so also my first lunar eclipse.  In fact, I often read about meteor showers or Mars being visible and think to myself that I will definitely remember to take a look later that night — and then I forget all about it. Today was no different, I knew about it, and I promptly forgot — until I was faced with it!  It was right ahead of me, and it was wonderful!

The cold air meant that the light was sharp and the colours bright.  I stopped on the bridge with a small group of wonderers, and we just gazed at the spectacle in the south west sky.  The shadow of our planet darkened out the moon, and then it appeared as a pinky red ring, with a red diamond.  Of course I tried to take a picture with my rubbish camera phone, but frankly I don’t think I could have really captured the event with any camera.

It was really cold, and it made my day.  To mark the winter season, the office heating broke down — ice trapped condenser fins.  Had to try to work all day with cold hands. Brrrr.

Flatware 2010/12/20

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I was slightly conned when I bought cutlery years ago, and so we are looking for new cutlery/ flatware now and hope this is of some help to others. (more…)

Office Party! 2010/12/19

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Yep. It’s that time of year again.  My gawd, how fast does time have to fly; it seems only like yesterday that I was quaffing in the city centre bars with clients and colleagues. Crivvens.

Anyways. This year I noticed that my main client was making lots of folk redundant, and so I reckoned I would escape the Christmas “do” for once.  Instead of rolling along at great expense, I decided to do the old self-employed thing of having a night out with my lovely wife, Ruthie. (more…)

Cooking Up Confusion 2010/12/14

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Yogurt aisle in Sainsbury'sI quite often look up recipes on the internet, but this brings in problems — not just translating between measurements, but also translating what things are called.  To be honest, this drives me crazy at times, and to make matters worse, some of the US American terms can actually be found in supermarkets over here!  For example, I can buy “Baking Soda” right from the shelf, yet it is a North American term for Bicarb!  I have seen Bistro menus in Glasgow using “Zucchini” instead of “Courgette”.  All the British and European supermarkets have signs above the aisles for “Yogurt“, only the American-owned ASDA uses the American spelling, “Yoghurt”. Yet it seems that “Yoghurt” (with the ‘h’) is proper English!

Yogurt aisle in TescoI guess if we were French, we would receive specially translated software, movies, novels and recipes.  The trouble with being British is that we just get the untranslated straight American stuff, and this makes us think we know what we’re talking about when we don’t always — I didn’t know they called Yorkshire Puddings “Pop-overs” until recently, and I have heard of “Scallions” for ages without knowing that this is simply syboes!  So I have decided here to put a table of terms in the hope that it might help someone sometime! (more…)

Christmas Carnival 2010/12/12

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[Poster for Christmas Carnival with RSNO in Glasgow]Almost exactly a year ago we all went along to “Let it Snow!” at The Royal Concert Hall, so we decided to do it again.  Yesterday’s concert had no Nicola Benedetti, and it has not been a year since we last saw Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox, as we went (more…)

Movember! 2010/11/02

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My main client has loads of guys growing a moustache for November to raise awareness for prostate cancer.  I have decided to join them!

The movement is called (more…)