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Balloon Fiesta



Bah. Well, maybe there's a chance of some launches on Sunday, but it looks like my beloved Bristol International Balloon Fiesta might be a bit of a washout this year :( Hope that forecast is wrong. But it's windy and heavily overcast tonight, and I doubt there's much point in me getting up at 4:30am to walk up to tomorrow's planned dawn launch, unless I just fancy a long rainy walk.
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Prose

"He played a four-hundred-year-old Fender Stratocaster with all the switch-gear jammed full on, through a stack of Luthos amps -- each one with a guaranteed output of half a kilowatt -- and a battery of Hydrogen Line thirty-inch speakers. He had a loose-limbed Denebian queen, all pink flares and slashed sleeves, on bass; his drummer was a local man, looking seedy and aggressive by turns like all good drummers do. His sound:

"His sound was long-line and hairy; slow and grinding, full of inexplicable little runs and complications. He stalked the Denebian bass through the harmonies; he made sounds like breaking glass and exploding quasars, like dead ships and orbital confrontations and eras of geological upheaval; he made sounds like God.

"'I'm a highway child,' he sang, 'so don't deny me my name.'

"Which is all as it should be."


-- M John Harrison, The Centauri Device, 1974

I've not read any M John Harrison before. Clearly I should have done. *spends afternoon lost in a book*.
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Insewerants

Just heard that today is the day there's a ruling on whether charging blokes more for car insurance is a form of sex discrimination.

My first thought on hearing this was, "D'uh! Of *course* it's a form of sex discrimination. But that doesn't actually mean it's a bad -- or even unfair -- thing to do..."

But then perhaps I've been blinded by being in the insurance trade for so long. It's been about fifteen years now, come to think of it...

What d'you think, people? Should it be illegal for insurers to charge women less for car insurance because they cost insurers less?

What about my line of work? Is it a *bad* form of age discrimination to charge an eighty-year-old more for medical insurance than a twenty-year-old?
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Snap Update

Thanks for voting on my last survey, everyone. Although Balance got a flurry of last-minute votes, Near. Far. was the winner, and is now my November photo of the month.

As well as still going back to process September's photos, having nipped out on the Bristol Flickr Christmas Walk yesterday, around our rather frozen harbour, I might have to go back and change my choice for December as well, because I thought this one was pretty nice:

On the Rocks

In other news, had a very nice Christmas with my adoptive family in Swindon; it's possible that the only way to properly enjoy Christmas is to borrow someone else's children if you don't have your own... But now happily back in Bristol for a week off alternately chilling out and getting much-overdue house tidying/DIY/minor decorating done.
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Merry Christmas all!

So far, I have mostly stood outside with a fan heater on an extension lead, pointing it at gas, electricity and water pipes while fiddling with valves. I survived that, and I now have water again, so I'm going to take a well-earned shower and head off to spend the day with my Swindon-based mates :)
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Square of Matt Progress

Though I've been a bit tired and busy this week, and have skipped a few days, I have now finally made it up to 256 daily pictures on DailyBooth. The 256 is significant not just because I'm a geek, but because the full view of the The Rather Odd Square Of Matt is now properly square for another day or so.

Just keep hitting "More Matt", if you're not too disturbed by it :)
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