Not Music

Between 2010 and 2016, I also posted here semi-regularly on things other than music. It’s a mixed bag of travel advice, tech-related musings and family milestones. I don’t plan to add non-music posts on this site in future. My professional blog is on my THAT COMMS GUY site.

Posted on 07/02/2015

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Snowfolk

It snowed a lot here last weekend. I don’t recall ever seeing so much snow down at the level of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman, to use its official name), with the possible exception of one year around 2006 or so when Geneva itself froze up for a week. In our village of Vich, just […]

Posted on 20/06/2014

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Reading more, paying less

My reading habits have been changing and it’s worrying me. Don’t worry, I haven’t started reading the Daily Mail or anything. On the contrary, I’ve been reading loads of great journalism recently (The Vitamin Myth: why we think we need supplements and The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Food, to mention but two articles). The thing […]

Posted on 05/05/2014

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The Vich Herald

As Robert’s birth was announced two and a half years ago in The Geneva Bugle, we couldn’t let the birth of his little brother Declan pass without a sequel. Having moved from Meyrin to Vich in the meantime a new masthead was required. He’s almost five weeks old as I type this and is doing […]

Posted on 23/03/2014

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A random reading list

I was involved last week in the first round interviews for the position I’m about to vacate at the EBU. As a closing question each of the five candidates interviewed was asked what book they are currently reading (or have most recently read). Here, apropos of nothing, are the five books mentioned: Adapt: Why Success […]

Posted on 06/10/2013

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No excuses

The two things below gave me food for thought this evening. Both came from via BrainPickings.org, a site I may visit more often in future. The first speaks for itself…   And this one, from ZenPencils.com illustrating a Charles Bukowski poem, is why I need to stop making excuses about time and space and start […]

Posted on 25/08/2013

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Spuds!

I grew potatoes for the first time this year. It wasn’t difficult at all: drilled drainage holes in the bottom of a rubbish bin, added a layer of big stones, some soil, and three chitted potatoes. They grew really quickly and it was just a case of adding another layer of soil every week or […]

Posted on 28/07/2013

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Two-player paradise

I’ve always enjoyed a game of Scrabble. Flicking through holiday snaps from the last ten years it’s often a case of “A win for Nadine in Lisbon”, “Victory for Eoghan in Tromso”, etc. (Actually, sadly it’s more often the former than the latter in terms of the winning player.) In the last few years the […]

Posted on 05/07/2013

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A tale of two toilets

Visiting our friends Ruth and Damian about a year ago we noticed that they had twinned their toilet. The money raised by this clever idea is spent on providing safe, clean toilets for people in developing countries. It’s something we take for granted in our part of the world, but actually 2.5 billion people don’t […]

Posted on 20/12/2012

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He’s walkin’

Having put a little video together to capture the period when Robert was dragging himself around the apartment during the summer, I couldn’t resist doing the same now that he’s just started walking. It was shot and edited in the couple of hours either side of his bedtime this evening. The soundtrack is old school […]

Posted on 01/11/2012

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What Julia did

About five years ago my friend Julia bought a rundown property on some land close to the village of Alegrete in eastern Portugal. Last weekend we paid her a visit to see how the project is progressing. The property is on the edge of a national park, surrounded by wooded hills. Her plot of land […]

Posted on 24/11/2011

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Ch, ch, ch, changes

More than three months have passed since I last posted anything here. A little lazy on my part perhaps, but I have some pretty good excuses. In those three months I have… Moved from Amsterdam to Geneva Taken on some freelance work developing a website and a printed review for a charitable foundation Succeeded in […]

Posted on 13/07/2011

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Initial thoughts on Google+

[These are some thoughts I jotted down for a web professionals discussion group I follow. The question asked was how people are considering using Google+, the people in question working mostly for international organisations and associations.] One of the big differences with Facebook is the asynchronous nature of relationships: when you add a friend on […]

Posted on 21/06/2011

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Thrilling trilogy

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Triology. Actually, it took me a week to read the first book and then I quickly polished off the second and third installments on a couple of long haul flights to Montreal and back. The description “page-turner” could have been invented for this series. […]

Posted on 18/02/2011

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Memory bottle

When Nadine and I left Geneva in May 2009 we were presented, at our going-away party, with a pair of Sigg water bottles. Both red and featuring the Swiss cross, they were an ideal memento of our time back Lac Léman. But what made them particularly special was that, before giving them to us, Peter […]

Posted on 04/04/2010

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Just drop it off

This is my favourite tool for sending files that are too large for email. Nice simple interface, the option of password protection, and up to 100MB per “drop” free of charge. http://drop.io (Bonus factoid: the .io domain name is from British Indian Ocean Territory, which happens to be where the Chagos Archipelago can be found. […]

Posted on 19/03/2010

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D’oh!

Don’t you just hate it when you forget to attach something you said was attached? In this case the email, from my work account using Outlook, included the words “happy to provide the attached PDF version“. Would it be so hard for Microsoft to include a little tool that detects the words “attachment”, “attached”, etc… […]

Posted on 16/03/2010

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Snake oil or worth it?

Its creators have collated and cleverly displayed the results of large human blind placebo-controlled trials to test the efficacy of things like Folic Acid for certain birth defects (worth it!) or royal jelly for general health benefits (not worth it!). The “Worth It Line” gives a fairly clear cut guide to what supplements are worth taking.