Archive for October, 2004


Sunday, October 31st, 2004

We had a great weekend, especially as we managed an almost grown-up Saturday night for the first time in ages. Em and I were planning to go to the zoo‘s IMAX theater to see Harry Potter III but we couldn’t get tickets sorted out and it looked really pricey. So in the end we decided to drop Toby off at the Harris house so that we could go out to Auriga for a fantastic dinner. Wow, it was excellent. Great atmosphere too, and it was nice to be just the two of us. When we collected Toby he seemed to have had a great time, and we very much appreciated Paul and Claire for giving us an evening off.


Sunday, October 31st, 2004

Special spooky Hallowe’en Toby photo special today. Enjoy.


Thursday, October 28th, 2004

M’brother Robin, who was visiting recently, just posted a whole bunch of photos documenting his trip. Some really nice effects from his camera phone. Enjoy.

help us

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

I got this link from the Washington Post – it’s from the parody site who found that they were getting lots of incorrectly addressed email for Bush campaigners sent to their site. Some interesting things – scroll most of the way down and look at the comments next to the photo of Bush and his daughter. Then the mail below contains the telling line

There is a great deal of ignorance out here and many counties are violating the campaign law as I understood it from you. God help us if the Democrats find out.

I’m sure they won’t (and hopefully He won’t if they do).

the star wars

Monday, October 25th, 2004

Last week I ordered the newly released Star Wars trilogy on DVD, and over the weekend Em and I watched Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The remastering is really impressive – sound and picture – very clear and shiny. Here’s some info from the BBC on how it was done. “Respectful and gentle machinery” was used, apparently.

Only major disappointment I had was the addition of a ridiculous and unneccessary song to “Jedi” when they’re in Jabba the Hutt’s lair. It was just nonsense. But apart from that it was outstanding.

toby pics

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

Some new pictures of Toby finally posted, here and here. Or you can just go to his homepage for the total Toby experience. Hope you like them.

family tree

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

If you’re interested, here’s a recently updated version of my family tree, from the Mogendorff side. Some interesting things I think, and some tragic – lots of people are lost in the early 1940s.

boiling mad

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

From time to time, Fafblog loses its perky quirky tone and gets really mad about things. Yesterday they got upset about this and this, and I think you should be too.

In home news we realised that the toy Nessie and Scout were playing with last night was in fact a live mouse. We impounded the cats in the kitchen and tried to rescue it but, not knowing that we were trying to help, it ran away so we had to release the cats and let nature run its cruel but majestic course. This being, of course, why we employed them in the first place. This morning there is no sign of mouse apart from a couple of ominous blood smears on the kitchen floor. The cats are busy telling us how cuddly and lovely they are. It’s a little strange.

she’s back

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Emma got back safe and sound yesterday, much earlier than we expected which was great. Toby seemed quite happy to see her, but was kind of low-key about it. But he was very happy to see her this morning so I think we’re all friends again.

I showed Em last night one of the things he’s just learned to do. He has a toy farm set with lots of animals (he’s good at animal names and noises) and over the weekend he started holding each animal over the toy feeding trough and making eating noises. Interesting to see him playing like this, I think it shows that something in his brain has linked up and he’s able to know that animals eat, and these toy animals need to eat too.


Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Emma’s away this weekend, in Minot, North Dakota for the wedding of a friend from work. She and three of her friends are driving all the way out there, they stopped in Fargo last night. Toby and I are doing fairly well, although he’s been asking for her at least once an hour and seemed unnerved not to see her this morning, and it is a little strange. But we’re doing fine on the whole – we did some playing and went to Target this morning, and so far no problems.