February 14th, 2006

Old Friend

Sisters of Mercy UK Gigs

Well, I may be travelling to LA to see them but my other British readers need not travel as far...

May 02 London Astoria
May 03 Leeds University
May 04 Manchester Academy
May 06 Norwich UEA
May 07 Nottingham Rock City

I'll certainly be at the London gig.

They're also playing on the 14th Apirl in Paris which I'm tempted by. Anyone else up for the trip if I decide to go for it?
Old Friend

Techie Website Question/Plea

(EDIT - problem now solved)

We seem to have a bit of a problem at work. The problem being that we can not see our own website on-line through any of the computers in our work network.

Now everyone else can see it (I can see it from home and our customers can see it as they are still placing orders, in fact WE can SEE it when we log-off our broadband connection at work and use dial-up!).

Anyone know what might be causing this?

We have recently changed web-service providers and my boss thinks it may be because our computer is still looking at the old servers location and just not finding it (doesn't make sense to me but I'm not a techie at all...)

Any of you brainy-computer times have any idea what might be going on????
Old Friend

Smoking To Be Totally Banned in Clubs & Pubs......

Smoking Ban In All Pubs And Clubs (BBC News Online; Tuesday 14th February 2006)

Looks like England is not a place to be a smoker from the summer of 2007. They are also consdering putting up the minimum age allowed to buy cigarettes from 16 to 18 - not that that will actually do anything to stop kids getting hold of cigarettes!

I personally think a total smoking ban is a bad idea whilst tobacco is legal. If you really want to tackle the issue just ban tobacco altogether - oh, of course you can't can you because the tax it brings in for government is just too good.....

I believe that a partial ban should have been brought in. I believe that clubs and pubs should have needed to apply for a 'smokers' license that would allow them to have people smoking on their premises. That way people would have a clear choice and would be able to make up there own minds about the issue. The smokers would still be able to go out and socailise whilst having their nicotine fix and the non-smokers could decide to go to a smoke-free pub/club and not come home smelly like a sweaty used ashtray.

Private Clubs should have been exempt altogether.

In my own smokers news I have managed to cut back considerably. I haven't had a cigarette at work, or at home, for a few weeks now and am only smoking (a few) when I am out at a gig, bar or club. I'm glad I've managed to cut back (I say 'cut-back' at most I was on about 2-4 on non-club/gig days!) as I used to only be a very occasional smoker and over the last year or two it had crept up to an almost daily routine. I don't plan to give up altogether but if I go down to a handful a week or month then I'll certainly be a lot happier.

I still don't agree with a total ban though.
Lord Angus

Nouvelle Vague Music Samples.....

If you'd like to hear a Nouvelle Vague tune please head over to my Myspace account as I've just added their cover of "Marian" (origianlly by The Sisters of Mercy) to my profile. If you click on the nouvelle Vague icon on my Friends listing on the same page that will take you to their Myspace account which also has "I Melt With You". "Guns of Brixton" and "In A Manner Of Speaking" available to listen to.
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