United We Stand: 10 Things I Love About My Country #6: Language


If language is the food of love. Let’s eat pies. Great post Jenny!

Originally posted on O Pie-oneers!:

Whoo! Suzie and Steve and I are over the halfway mark with this series! Unfortunately the back half is not a set of categories in which I can claim any kind of expertise, so expect a great deal of out-of-ass pulling. This week we are discussing our 10 favorite things about our respective versions of the English language. Because yes, they’re all different. And yes, I think I may be at a disadvantage because whereas the English have Cockney slang, and the Scots have “boak”, we have passive aggressive bullshit where “Bless your heart, honey!” actually means “You’re fucking stupid.”

1. “Nerd”
I use this word generously in real life and in my posts because I love nerds. I love that there’s a word – American in origin – that describes the kind of people I like to surround myself with. I am a nerd. My friends are all nerds…

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Bugger Off! 10 Things I Love About My Country #6: Language


Brilliant post by Suzie in our series of loving our countries.

Originally posted on Suzie81 Speaks:

We’re over half way through with the ‘United We Stand’ posts and Steve (a scot), Jenny (an American) and I (an English woman) have been compiling lists about the things we love about our countries.

This week’s focus is language. I toyed with the idea of focusing on the different aspects of the history of the english language, but have somehow gravitated towards slang and swear words. Warning: there may be uses of words that you may deem to be inappropriate within this list – if you are easily offended, read the post with your hands over your face whilst peeking out between your fingers.


1. Bugger. This is a word that I use on a regular basis to in any number of situations:

  • Bugger off – go away.
  • We’re buggered – all is lost.
  • It’s buggered – it is broken.
  • I’m buggered – I’m tired.
  • Lucky bugger – a…

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United We Stand: 10 Things I Love About My Country #5 Food & Drink…


imageAnd here’s my favourite Sunday dinner – made by me!

Originally posted on Steve Says...:

scotland_640As it’s coming closer to the Vote For Independence campaign in Scotland I’ve teamed up with Suzie81 Speaks and Crazy Pie Lady to compile a list of 10 things we love about our own country. They love England and America (for some reason) and I love Scotland. Politics aside, let’s enjoy our country!

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The Picture Behind The Story Behind The Picture Behind The Story…


Where do you blog from? Share your blog location of choice. I’d love to know…

Originally posted on Steve Says...:

Where do you blog from? I love reading people’s blogs but would love to know where they are when they are creating those wonderful posts.

I’ll go first and then you can share :)

The most comfortable place I blog from is my office room. It has everything I need – dual screens, music to blog by and an assortment of crazy items


My Office

If I want to watch TV whilst blogging then I will lie with my iPad on the sofa in the living room…

On The Sofa

On The Sofa

If I’m waiting for my dinner to be cooked then I will blog from the kitchen table…

Kitchen Table

Kitchen Table

Everyone does this, don’t lie…

The Blog Bog

The Blog Bog

On the commute to and from work I blog, Greg drives…

The Commute

The Commute

I tend to catch up on reading other blogs whilst lying in bed before I go to sleep…



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I Can’t Sing, I Can’t Play, I Look Awful…


Sunday, a day of reflection. I thought I would sure some of the songs I’ve written…

Originally posted on Steve Says...:

I can’t sing.

I can’t play.

I (sometimes) look awful.

I’ve never been in a band due to two out of the three reasons above.

However, these days with the internet being what it is you don’t always have to be “musically gifted” to be able to produce music.

I love writing lyrics and, in my opinion, I think some of them are quite good. I recently got in touch with an old friend on Facebook and she is, in my opinion, exceptionally gifted. She offered to put music to my lyrics and sing. When I heard the short demos she had done I was delighted to say the least. We’ve never picked this up again but I really hope we do…

Beside Me


Nearly There

Heart Drive

Jam Shoe meets Red Cow

Now Would Be Good

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

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I’m Steve And I Am An iTunes-a-holic…Part Two


Is it sad that I rate my music according to my favourite regenerations of Doctor Who?

Originally posted on Steve Says...:

The title of this post says it all – I am addicted to iTunes.itunes_logo

I am not ashamed of it and I will happily talk for hours about the hours that I spend on iTunes – either listening to my library, organizing it or just looking at how pretty it is.

Grab a glass of wine, put on some music and prepare yourself…

This is the follow up to I’m Steve And I Am An iTunes-a-holic…Part One


On the go...

On the go…

Since it’s impossible to go any journey these days without listening to music I make sure of two things before I leave the house:

(1) I have synced my iPhone

(2) I have my Bang & Olufsen earphones.

The Added smart playlist has the criteria “date added is in the last 2 weeks”. This ensures that I always have the most recent additions to my music library…

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United We Stand: 10 Things I Love About My Country #5: Food & Drink


If you thought buffalo had wings – think again. Another brilliant list from Mama Pie. Be prepared to get hungry!

Originally posted on O Pie-oneers!:

Ahhhhh, now this is my kind of list. Suzie and Steve and I are now on Week 5 of this series, give or take, with consideration for our collective procrastination habits. This week, they shall discuss their favorite English and Scottish foods, and I will extol the culinary bounty that the United States has to offer. Because when it comes to food, I can fucking extol. I have a pie blog. And since I couldn’t keep it to 10, I’m pulling a Suzie and doing 13.

1. Pie
No #pies indeed, Steve! Was it going to be anything else but #1 on my list? No, it couldn’t possibly. Pie may not have been invented in America, but we sure as hell perfected the dessert pie. The English can champion the savory pie, and the French can claim the quiche and pastry (I would fucking marry the napoleon if I…

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