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The Pig Face Scares Me....

....it does though.

I set my avatar as Betty Blue Eyes (animatronic pig) just because....she's my current wallpaper on twitter (because I've shot her and seen the show and I love her!) and also because the default avatar is a pig face. But it's (the default) a scary pig face - it is A Very Sinister Pig.

 

Please could either of the following happen...?

 

1. the default is changed to something less disturbing

or

2. everyone on here changes…

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Added by CalamityJane65 on June 5, 2011 at 22:39 — 4 Comments

The Portable Bookshop

the portable Bookshop is a pop up bookshop that can be set up in venues around Crouch End and provide all the things a proper bookshop can....it is a project done in conjunction with the Big Green Bookshop, myself and the Unlibraryour regular venues are so far.... Devonshire House pub, wednesdays 2-9pmBudgens, thursdays 11am-6pm

Added by Robin Stevenson on May 19, 2011 at 9:29 — No Comments

Winners or losers - right or wrong - a sense of perspective

What is right and what is wrong depends a lot on your vantage point, as in the cliche "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". A couple of things have cropped up this weekend to…

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Added by Mac Heath on May 17, 2011 at 0:23 — 3 Comments

A busy Spring with Art, Elderflowers and Pop Up Shops

We’ve had a busy few weeks in the Cupcake household and have seen the season change from wintery gloom to almost full on summer.  The blossoming days of Haringey in bloom were magical and we enjoyed walking round N8 with cherry petals in our hair like wedding confetti.  We’ve seen and celebrated the royal wedding, witnessed the crops of purple bags appearing in Crouch End with the arrival of Veolia, the new council waste management team and watched forlornly as the iconic fort was dismantled…

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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on May 11, 2011 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Mid life crisis? CBT / Harley Davidson

No it can't be that, I'm past middle life, into my 60s fast approaching adolescence. So I went last week to my Compulsory Basic Motor Cycle Training, provided by courtesy of Haringey Council Tax Payers to make the roads safer. Slightly perverse logic that gets me out on the road on a motor bike to make the roads safer! Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the training. At my time of life new skills are trickier to pick up than when younger, though…

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Added by Adrian Essex on April 30, 2011 at 12:36 — 6 Comments

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Added by Clive Carter on April 20, 2011 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

More Words

A few weeks ago I had a bit of a go at carelessness in writing, and at the deliberate misuse of words to create the illusion of something that actually was not true.

Today its a similar set of themes, but relates to the misuse of language in a way that prevents us thinking accurately. All of these have cropped up repeatedly in recent days. 

I was pleased to note that Haringey has put up CPZ signs …

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Added by Adrian Essex on April 16, 2011 at 0:00 — 2 Comments

Alexandra Palace BBC Studios: future world heritage site?

THAT the Alexandra Park & Palace Trust Board, with support from London Borough of Haringey, should apply for UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition for the South-East wing of Alexandra Palace. To include the BBC television studios, control rooms,dressing & transmitter rooms,telecine area,tower offices & transmission tower…

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Added by Clive Carter on April 11, 2011 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

Cupcake Crusader

Fantastic on Vanessa you're getting across an issue that effects all boroughs and its disgusting well done for taking on this Crusade

Added by Jill Ansell on April 8, 2011 at 11:44 — 1 Comment

Take a Walk on the Wild side...

...and shop in Wood Green for a change. 

According to Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management “A necessary qualification for a housekeeper is, that she should thoroughly understand accounts” 

My housekeeper has a limited grasp on such matters and regularly fritters away the housekeeping on baubles and balloons.  I’m taking her in hand and trying to educate her in the art of thrift.

Monday was my fortnightly foray into Wood Green.  I have…

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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on April 6, 2011 at 8:30 — 7 Comments

Knitting Myself Into A Frenzy

Sunday was Knitting Day at the Big Green Bookshop.  This group have met regularly for a few months to stitch and natter and I popped along with my mum.

If anyone thinks knitting is a dull old hobby, I can assure you it's not.  Amongst our little group on Sunday we had:

  • One lady who was knitting little jackets for rescued battery hens, whose feathers had not grown back
  • One lady who was knitting deep…
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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on April 5, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Response to Children's centres

It's a very long time since I read 1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451, so my recollection of them is hazy and there's a good chance that my view of them has merged into one. It was so long ago that I was young and impressionable and possibly even idealistic, so perhaps their effect on me was greater than it need have been. But the picture I carry with me, and fear, is of a dark, unsatisfactory world of oppression and sterility created by state interference in the lives of its citizens.…

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Added by Adrian Essex on April 3, 2011 at 18:52 — 1 Comment

What's in a name? Unfortunate Epithets.

Have just read the news that a new head teacher has been appointed at my daughter's potential primary school for September.  
I'm sure he's a fabulous teacher with a winning personality which will be necessary to fill the large shoes of the outgoing head. …
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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on April 1, 2011 at 0:30 — 5 Comments

Talented Crouch Enders 2

Talented Crouch Enders 1 was not meant to be taken entirely seriously - more sort of Keystone Kriminals.

Try and guess, from my broadly signposted clues, the tone of this entry.

Clue number 1 - the subject - me. Greying, wrinkling, sliding down the wrong side of the slippery geriatric slope. Any talent this silly old bugger may ever have had is clearly in decay. And yet there's…

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Added by Mac Heath on March 31, 2011 at 17:17 — No Comments

Words

I am a grumpy old man, I have been for some time. Quite possibly I was a grumpy young man. Come to think of it, most babies are a bit grumpy from time to time. Maybe its been a lifelong thing with me. One of the things that makes me grumpiest is the way our language is sinking into decline from carelessness and ignorance.

Obviously, the growth of entirely content free conversation is a huge worry "I was like, you know, "Oh my god", and she was like, "Whatever", and I was like "SHUT…

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Added by Adrian Essex on March 29, 2011 at 10:40 — 1 Comment

A Spring day in Crouch End

This morning is spent pottering around in the sunshine with a few other mums, helping the nursery children at Weston Park sow sweet peas and tomatoes.  With the seeds safely covered and placed in the greenhouse, I glance at all their names on the pots and will them to grow.  The aim is for each child to have a tomato plant to take home and sweet peas to pick through out…

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Added by CrouchEnd Cupcake on March 24, 2011 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Blacklists, fraudsters and megacorp

Just to recap. I had come into possession, via ebay, of an iphone which had been reported stolen after I bought it. The insurance company (LSG on behalf of Vodafone) had blacklisted the IMEI number (a unique identifier for the phone) with CEIR (see here for a  narrative on what this means) and I was trying to get this blacklist lifted so that I could use the phone.

Vodafone was my…

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Added by Adrian Essex on February 11, 2011 at 14:16 — No Comments

Blacklists and fraudsters

This is the story of me and my blacklisted  iPhone. I never intended to become the owner of an iphone, it happened almost by chance. In August a family member found that her Samsung smart phone had a very short battery life, so she and I looked for a second hand iPhone. The going rate on eBay seemed just beyond affordable, so when a Vodafone handset came up  (tied phones are slightly cheaper) we bid for and bought it.

    Now our experience of eBay has been pretty good. As a vendor I have… Continue

Added by Ivan O'Pinion on January 9, 2011 at 16:16 — No Comments

Just So

I saw this image on Sunday in the Telegraph and how could it not remind me of the Just So stories I read as a child. The Elephant's Child was one of my favourites and this photo is really very like the one I remember from the book. From memory I think the Elephant's Chils suffered from (had the benefit of ) 'Satiable Curtiosity and the nose legthening took place on the banks of the great grey green greasy Limpopo river all set about with fever… Continue

Added by Adrian Essex on November 22, 2010 at 15:56 — No Comments

socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother's basements and ranting

Andrew Marr recently characterised bloggers as all those things listed in the title.

Obviously he is wrong - all generalisations must be to some extent. I, for example, am neither single nor young, rather, I'm a grumpy old man.

I am writing this blog, and I reply to online discussion forums, at least in part, because I like the thought that my writing is being published, its good for my ego, even though no-one may ever read it. Here on my blog I can combine authorship with editorial… Continue

Added by Adrian Essex on November 5, 2010 at 7:51 — No Comments

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