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Haven't posted for ages!

Can't believe the last post on LJ on here was in May, and that was via Twitter!

Well it's been a ludicrously busy few months - the stress levels on my day job exceeding those just over 3 years ago (which is saying something) - but thankfully that all ends in 6 weeks!

After that, I'm going to take at least a couple of months off, with the intention of moving towards doing web design and salon software full time, working from home. I've already done a fair few hair and beauty web sites for people this year, and want to start doing loads more come November.

And my Salon Guinea Pig, www.salonguineapig.co.uk project has been running for over a year now - it's a web site where you can volunteer to be a "guinea pig" for various hair, beauty and nails treatments - for people doing training courses, competitions, etc - it's got 458 members at last count, and I'm hoping that it will get more use as time goes on (I'm thinking of adding email notifications when a new member joins the site, for example)...
I must say I did a double take when I saw this particular brand of sweets in the office tuck shop this afternoon...



Amazing what you can do with a couple of folds in the wrapper and a camera phone - absolutely no Photoshop trickery whatsover!

OK, they are fruit flavoured chewy sweets, but I'd have expected them to taste rather more, erm... rubbery...

My twitters

  • 09:44 Sonia now in operation. Please send her your best wishes and thoughts. Will let you know how she is later. #
  • 13:24 Just had sonia's surgeon on phone. Operation has gone well. Will let you know how she is when she comes to from the anaesthetic. #
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  • 08:09 Arrival in hospital 120 miles away from home is not the place to find that the quick release mechanism on your wheelchair has fallen apart! #
  • 12:33 Sonia has had her CT scan now, and is in bed 7 in G ward at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield. Op scheduled for Monday morning. #
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  • 15:09 Still no hospital bed for Sonia's op. Grr bloody NHS! #

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  • 14:54 Grr the office is so friggin noisy, tis hard to hear yourself think! Time to spend too much money on Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones. #
  • 16:38 Yay Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones arriving tomorrow. Noisy office can go to hell! #
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Meme stolen from dk_leathers

The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here:

How do your reading habits stack up?

bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish oh and underline the ones you want to read

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (seen on TV)
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (seen the film)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (seen the film)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (seen the film)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

RECOMMENDED! An Ungodly Child - Rachel Green - this gets a special Ruthie recommendation too, as I've read it in its entirety and it had me in stitches - a work of true genius! As well as knowing the gorgeous author personally lol...

My twitters


  • 18:28 Burger King at Frankley services on the M5 southbound really need to get some extra staff! dQ/dt is far too low! #

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  • 08:12 Had my second lot of areola tattooing on Tuesday, nipples are a bit sore now but should be healed up nicely some time next week... #

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