Jen and I bought each other iPods for Christmas. They are very cool. We bought them direct from Apple, which meant that we could have customised engravings added free of charge. Jen, rather too sensibly, if you ask me, had hers engraved with her name and an abbreviated version of our address. I, on the other hand, plumped for the opening couplet from my favourite Captain Beefheart song:

Richard's iPod

Very Rock 'n' Roll.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. I would have thought a 'recording medium' quote more appropriate....
    how about......'Master master this is recorded thru uh flies ear 'n you have t' have uh flies eye t' see it'?
    Nice engraving...I did it for over 20 years, until the (computerised) machines took over.

  2. p.s. See you next year. Back on the night shift from the middle of January. (plenty of free time to think up a few new cutting remarks...not to mention the odd soubriquet or three)

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