• 13:27 arriving into Leeds station hoping at least one shop is open... #
  • 17:12 impressed by the Scarbrough, happy with CEX and very scared by the amount Jennie spent in Lush. #

Microblogging by SMS, it's all the rage donchaknow. Using LoudTwitter and Twitter.
These days, with the Body Shop owned by L'Oreal and a Lush on every High St, it's hard to recall what a major change the chain was when it started out. (Mostly) ethical products, campaiging against animal testing, good quality shampoo that didn't make me itch all over. Oh, and mostly cute staff friendly staff as well.

Then there was the whole putting your money where your mouth is thing, and the outspoken campaigning she put in. That she was ill was known, didn't know she was as ill as she was.

My humanism believes that the impact you have on the world and the legacy you leave is how you should be measured. By my measure, the cup floweth over.

Rest in peace Dame Anita.
Site update, I said I'd install WP-MU but my webhost doesn't support the software, it'll run WP but MU needs more resources--I'd need to open a support request with them and even then it's not guaranteed they'll make the necessary changes, it involves more than a few redirects :-( So back to plan A, indivdual installs per person, bloody annoying, was hoping for a universal login, but, well, it'll do.

Instead, tomorrow I might, if I can get the impetus together, go to the CARNAVAL DEL PUEBLO in Southwark. Or drag myself up north for the Innocent fete. Anyone else made a firm decision either way, and/or interested in either?

Today, apart from playing with webhosting stuff, updating all the old Blogger stuff I was using and moving it, I've also been shopping. I mentioned I was looking at mice, well, on a whim I went into Maplin, and ended up with a wireless mouse & keyboard combo, so I can type from anywhere in the room now, which is nice. I also, just might, have bought 6 books in Waterstones (and no, 'm not going to look at how cheap they would've been on Amazon)-I went in for the Fforde, and bought a whole lot more, bloody 3-for-2 offers. Oh, I might have bought about 6 months supply of Lush stuff, and encountered my first example of a bad shop assistant in there.

And I ate a whole Lyle's Golden Syrup cake. For breakfast. Healthy eating plan? Yeah, right...
Right, last Thursday, on the way home, I went into the Wimbledon branch of Lush to buy some shaving cream. Shaving cream, deodorant and a bath bomb later, I left, wondering if the manageress was really flirting that blatently happy.

Now, having had a whole weekend bimbling around the house, I finally remembered it was there, and am having one of those bath type things. And we all know how well they usually go. Given LJ seems to be not sending me emails, it doesn't look like I'm missing much. In the meantime, given that a chunk of people are complaining about some crappy new fanfic site this evening, how about Cory Doctorow: In Praise of Fanfic? Yeah, thought you'd like that one. Cory gets ever hgher on my 'list of authors I ought to be reading' every time I see an article he's written. Some people, it seems, are less impresses. Mr Yngve? Asked, and answered, they do that as well. Silly fule. (both via

Bonus! Extra! Cory! How To Keep Hostile Jerks From Taking Over Your Online Community. Because I just discovered he doesn't just blog at [livejournal.com profile] boingboing, but his own site is [livejournal.com profile] craphound_rss.

Ah, stuff it, [livejournal.com profile] spurious_logic gives us picspam:
Cut for large, wide image of a pretty lady's mouth )

The rest are amusing as well.
OK then, hmm, question first, or praise for a shop first. I'll go with the praise.

After multiple (multiples) of you out there have suggestedI buy shampoo from Lush. ) I'm a bit of a cynical git when it comes to shopping and ) my heart sunk, as dealing with crappy shop assistants is the bane of my shopping life. Except...

She asked the right questions, demonstrated how to use it, )was friendly, helpful, useful and at no point did I get annoyed. Very impressive. And having just had a bath using the shampoo she suggested, I think she gave me good advice. Yes, my hair does smell vaguely of coal tar, but hopefully the London water inspired dandruff will die off soon. Hopefully.

Which brings me onto my question. I'm a shower person,  )I don't really do baths. But the new place has got one, and it is quite nice to lie back, relax and read a good book while soaking for a bit.

So, given my complete ignorance of all things bath like, the question for those that take them regularly is...

How the hell do you wash your hair?

ETA:Thank you to Miss Freddie and [livejournal.com profile] silentgreeneyes for almost simultaneously suggesting the obvious thing I'd missed. Danke.
Bear in mind, for those that don't know me, that this is more of an issue for my more than 2 foot long hair than it is for the average bloke...

Lovely footnoterphone goodness )
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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