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Eurovision 2016: Austria

https://youtu.be/3pvhx0z3ZFI After recent (amazing) Eurovision success with the fabulous Conchita Wurst, Austria have once again gone for an interesting choice - a song sung in French. "Loin d'ici", performed by Zoe. Whether Zoe will actually sing in French on the night is anther matter. These winners usually get some form of makeover between national selection ...

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Confined to the couch

I'm at home, lying on the couch, feeling very sorry for myself. Thursday's head cold has evolved into deep chills, aches, headaches and general ick.  I'm afraid that I've been struck down by the dreaded man flu.  The sum total of my day has consisted of hot drinks, podcasts, watching TV and falling asleep at ...

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Eurovision 2016: Albania

https://youtu.be/X73o6aGdU6Y I won't beat around the bush. I don't think is going to win Eurovision 2016. Unless the voters of Europe suddenly decide that someone shouting over a rip-off of a James Bond theme is the best thing to happen to Eurovision music since Johnny Logan. Fair play to them for the orchestral backing, but ...

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Not feeling so fresh

Good news! I spent last night awake and in pain. I began to feel a little...uncomfortable...about an hour after finishing dinner. Something I'd eaten obviously wasn't agreeing with me and the result was the kind of pain in the stomach that just takes your breath away. I couldn't sit, I couldn't lie down. I went ...

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Eurovison 2016: Ireland

https://youtu.be/NpNGjmhH-p4 So we're just under 100 days until this year's Eurovision spectacular. Time to review the songs selected so far. And why not start with Ireland? Why, it's Westlife's Nicky Byrne with 'Sunlight'. It's not bad. Not bad at all. Definitely Ireland's best entry for a few years. (But remember, I'm wrong on Eurovision predictions ...

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An iPad Pro Mini?

Contrary to the chatter from various naysayers (you know you are!), I still haven't bought an iPad Pro. I actually saw one in the wild the other day, when one of the students I was teaching pulled one out of her bag. She took notes on it throughout the seminar, but I couldn't help noticing ...

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Beautiful London skyline

Walking home towards the river at Canary Wharf this evening, I came across this spectacular view of the City. Taken from Westferry Circus, you can see the City's various skyscrapers, silhouetted against a really colourful sunset.  I stopped to take it in for a few minutes, until the cold turned my fingers numb... Views like ...

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Terry Wogan, RIP

I woke this morning to news of yet another sad 2016 celebrity death. Jesus, but this year has been rough on our collected talent so far. David Bowie, Alan Rickman and now Terry Wogan. Each different, each using their talents to make lots of people very happy.

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Review: The Revenant

I've started a new habit for 2016. When working from home on a Friday (which I do whenever I can), I down tools at about 4pm and head to the local cinema. So far, it's working well and I start my weekend in a very quiet cinema, enjoying something fun on the big screen. Yesterday evening, ...