Hello again everyone.
Sorry for the infrequency of postings in recent times, but I've either been putting in the hours in the office or been involved in social events with many of my new colleagues - mainly out on the golf courses of Greater Toronto or at barbecues as everyone takes advantage of the incredibly hot weather.
Just a couple of techy points to clear up in response to comments left at earlier posts.
The reason for many of the recent downloads being winamp files as opposed to mp3s is all down to the fact I'm having to use a laptop provided by my employer to keep things going on TVV over the coming months. Back home, I've a programme on my home PC that converts songs/files into the mp3 format, but I'm unable to load that onto the laptop. So...most songs will be in the cumbersome format. But I will return back to mp3s in the long-run. I hope its not proving too annoying for any of you.
It will still be a couple of weeks before I'm back within my allowable download space with fileden, and so I am having to use other file servers. I'm quite happy with the service provided by divi, but as I'm always open to suggestions, I'm going to have a go today with sharebee as suggested by papayasf.
For the duration of my stay in Toronto, I'm living on the 11th Floor of a relatively new complex a little bit out of town. It's ideal in many ways, for I'm a non-driver and I've got everything I need on my doorstep such as a great transport hub, a supermarket, a shopping mall and a clutch of bars and restaurants. There's even a Scottish style fish and chip shop within walking distance...
But living in a skyscraper/tower block is a whole new experience for me. For one thing, the only time you get to meet anyone from the block is when you are in the lift/elevator. Even then, its a cursory 'good morning', 'good evening' and if you're lucky you might get a 'thank you.'
Having said that, it's probably likely that everyone else gets on like a house on fire and they invite one another round of an evening for wine, canapes and the chance to listen to the latest MOR nonsense that seems to dominate many of the airwaves over here. They are probably pleased to quietly ignore the morose but smartly dressed Scotsman with the briefcase...
All of which leads me to shoving up a couple of beautifully crafted pieces of English pop that reflect on your locality and the attitudes of those who live alongside you:-
mp3 : XTC - Respectable Street
mp3 : Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia
Not sure if I'll manage another posting before the weekend, but I just want to take the opportunity to wish Ed and the soon to be Mrs 17 Seconds all the best with the wedding this Saturday. I'll raise a quiet toast to you both when I'm at the Maximo Park gig....