Posted in Railways on Saturday 29th November 2003 at 11:55pm

Off on the first train out of Weston once again. Ramsgate plans in tatters, so settle for a day in London. November weather means that its barely light when we reach Paddington. Underground to Temple, then up to Strand and a wander along Fleet Street, looking for the courts and alleys mentioned in William Kent's "Walks in London". Brief look at St. Brides, then coffee on New Bridge Street.

Decided to visit the Museum of London, but took a rambling path north via the remains of Paternoster Square, Amen Court, and a visit to Stationers Hall which appeared to be under preparation for a banquet.

Spent hours in the museum, and frankly could have spent much longer - lots to see. Decided that since the rain had stopped, more wandering was in order. Headed for Guildhall (which was also decked out in flags and a large marquee) via the sites of a string of ruined or disappeared churches. Eventually headed for Smithfield via Pie Corner, and Farringdon for a train back to Paddington.

Nice journey home in First Class. Decided to go out for a drink on getting back, which started out well - but as happens so often when I decide to be sociable, ends in hand-wringing disaster!



Posted in Packages on Thursday 27th November 2003 at 7:41pm

gnome-pkgview is a tool for inspecting the versions of GNOME libraries installed on your system. The information is often useful when submitting bug reports or diagnosing system problems.

Version 1.0.4 (Wandle) adds support for more common distributions and operating systems (such as PLD, Fedora and Solaris) and correctly substitutes ${target} in package descriptions.


A gentoo ebuild is available here courtesy of Matt Schick.

gnome-pkgview project page


Posted in Updates on Wednesday 26th November 2003 at 11:03pm

"Now that I've got my motives straight, and I am thinking clearly..."

Today was a strange one from the start. British Telecom claiming that my bill was unpaid, but frustratingly closing off every avenue of possible payment prior to disconnecting my service. Finally sorted twelve hours later!

Relatively unproductive morning followed by three appeals, which actually became quite harrowing as the cases unfolded. Managed to get 66% of them dismissed, and the one that was upheld was a truly deserving case - not something I often say.

Lunchtime saw the final voyage of Concorde, with its 'lap of honour' out over the Bristol Channel, turning above us here in Weston, and flying home to Filton for one last time. Large crowds, despite dismal weather. The gleam of white aircraft against a dark grey sky was actually rather impressive. Decidedly unbritish spontaneous applause and cheering. End of an era...but then again, find me a day which isn't nowadays. Progress, and all that...

Had a long and fruitful discussion of the state that I'm in yesterday, with a 'fellow traveller'. Lots of reassuring and happy chat which took me outside my own head for a few precious moments. Coincided nicely with the Belle & Sebastian b-side which gives this entry it's title. Looking forward immensely to seeing them in Bath.

Thoughts turn to how to occupy myself this weekend. As payday looms, perhaps a longer foray? Again, anything to fill some time and cover some mileage...


Posted in Computers on Tuesday 25th November 2003 at 7:55am

It had to happen. I've reverted to my age-old habit of attempting to build Evolution from CVS.

I used to do this a few years back, but things are much different - firstly, not having to update bonobo, GConf and a bunch of other dependencies over a dial-up line every time I build is a wonderful improvement. Secondly, I'm struck how the GNOME ethic of keeping things buildable has made life so much less frustrating - even though Evolution is outside the core desktop, its dependency on libraries which are almost guaranteed to build means it benefits from this initiative.

All I have to do now is persuade it to work...



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