Thursday, August 26, 2004

Willie The Wasp Strikes Back

For the last few weeks, Willie the wasp has taken up residence in one of the bins in the garage at work which is known locally as smokers corner. He's been terrorising me every lunch time, waiting until I think he's moved on and then appears from nowhere to watch me dance from one end of the garage to the other. Thankfully tomorrow is my last day at work for a week and I'm hoping that when I return, he'll be gone and I'll be able to have a puff in peace.

The other day we bought some new sauces, one curry and one barbecue in these newly designed bottles. When the time came for a squirt on the side, I examined the bottle for about five minutes trying to find out how to open the dam thing. Despite my best efforts the lid just wouldn't come off so I ended up risking life and limb, well, finger ends anyway, sawing the top off with a kitchen knife. It's still wasn't right, the hole was still blocked with plastic, until that is, I twisted the top and it opened, bugger! I got the other bottle and sure enough, a quick twist to the left is all that was needed. I feel I should write and complain that this technical piece of information wasn't printed on the side of the bottle but I'm not sure I could stand the humiliation of not being able to get into a squeezy sauce bottle design for kids!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


This is my new blogchalk:
United Kingdom, Yorkshire, Barnsley, English. :)

Monday, August 23, 2004

Flashing Again!

Debbie called me today to let me know I was flashing at the unsuspecting public again, I must stop doing this, I'm going to end up with a reputation.....

I've found the problem, it's Internet Explorer throwing teddy out when a referrers address won't fit in the side bar. I've been using Firefox lately which just lets things hang out if they're too big to handle.

I've banished the referrers list to the bottom of the page, out of harm's way, so no matter how large things get, they won't start popping out all over the place.

Autumn Approaches

It's a wet and miserable day here in not so sunny Yorkshire, it starting to get cooler now as Autumn approaches and our Christmas Wedding gets nearer. Next week we'll be on holiday and that will be the last week we have chance to sort out the last few tasks, suits, cattery, cake etc. and I'll be mighty glad when everything is booked and sorted so we can just sit back and wait for the big day.

In reality though, I doubt we'll be able to sit back at all until the day itself draws to a close. We're a very close couple and go everywhere together, we like to do what we want, when we want to do it, mostly at the drop of a hat. We're not one's for having a full social diary, we don't like to be tied down to dates and times, when we're not at work, our precious free time is our own. Planning the wedding, even though most things were booked last year, is really trying our patience and at times, we've come so close to throwing in the towel and running off somewhere to get married. Trying to please so many people for just one day is a nightmare come true and I'm really looking forward to leaving the lot of them behind when we head off to Scotland for our honeymoon.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

It's Me!

I'm enjoying this doing nothing today, except for renaming around four thousand photo's so we could file them away properly

I've just popped on to add a photo which is rather more flattering than most I've found today!

Now it's time to get down to some serious doing nothing until later when we'll be ordering a take away, as a doing nothing day involves no cooking and then it'll be opening time at the bar (fridge) and I'll be having a large whisky and coke :-)

Friday, August 20, 2004

Template Shuffle

The problem with changing your template is, once you've done it, it never quite looks how you thought it would and so you change it again......and again......and again. I made the mistake of messing this morning and I've not been able to leave the thing alone. I'm on my fourth template of the day and now, finaly, I think I'm quite happy with it.

So, having got that sorted, I'm off to have a whisky or three to try and get html code out of my flippin head!

Carrie & Barrie

I saw a trailer for a new BBC comedy last night, nothing new there, they're always plugging new programmes, but this one seems different, in that it might actually be worth watching!

There have been a number of new comedy series launched over the last few years and for the most part, they've been rubbish. The last new comedy to make an impression on me was My Family which was refreshingly and hilariously funny. Last night we were watching a repeat of Only Fools & Horses which I think must have been on the telly at least twice a week since 1981 when it first appeared. I don't mind the constant repeats though, it's still better than the constant tripe currently being made.

Anyway, back to last nights trailer, it was for "Carrie & Barrie" staring Neil Morrisey and looks pretty dam good. The style looks a little like Man Behaving Badly which isn't a surprise as it's written by the same fella, Simon Nye. I've been trying to find more details about it today but information seems to be a little bit thin on the ground at the moment.

Needless to say, I'll be tuning in on Friday nights when it appears on our screens in the Autumn.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Top Cat!

Misty, top cat arround these parts in his 'don't mess with me' pose. Posted by Hello

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Randomly I Wander

I'm loving this new blogger tool bar, especially the random 'Next Blog' button. Searching for blogs at random is great fun, I get to see blogs I would otherwise probably never find. Some of the blogs I've seen over the last couple of days aren't really up my street and others are so difficult to navigate it's untrue.

There does seem to be a lot of new blogs popping up and while many have not much more than a few test posts, one or two have captured my imagination. One in particular, Locked In The Fridge, is a cracking read right from the word go and makes you want to return to read more.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

New Rail Found

A nature story in the news grabbed my attention today, about a new bird species that has been found in the Philippines. It's been named Calayan Rail and it's from the same family has the Coots and Moorhens we have in this country. Apparently, to register the new species, one of the birds had to be killed and dissected, even though they think there are only one to two hundred birds on the island. What would happen if a new species was found but there was no certainty of the existence of others, surely it couldn't be killed to register a new species as extinct. What if there were others but they couldn't be caught, there could potentially be hundreds of common birds flying around that technically don't exist.

I don't see why a living creature needs to be killed to prove it's existence, although I suppose, unless a body could be provided, any new species would be no more recognised than the Yeti or Loch Ness Monster. But then would that be such a bad thing, I mean, if the Loch Ness Monster was ever found, the magic and the mystery surrounding the loch and it's folklore would disappear overnight and probably be replaced a very large stuffed eel in a museum somewhere.

Monday, August 16, 2004

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Alien vs Predator

While I was browsing last week I glimpsed something about Alien vs Predator and dismissed it thinking it was a someone having a laugh. Now it appears that it's a real film and it's doing very well at the box office. I'm not sure if I'd want to watch it or not, I liked the original Alien and Predator films but it seems to me that the film industry is clutching at straws for ideas at the moment which usually doesn't make for a very good film. However, I've had a glimpse of the trailer and I must admit, it does look quite good, whether the story is any good remains to be seen.

They've already done this before with Freddy vs Jason which I never considered worth watching despite seeing all the original films. What, I wonder, will be next off the production line, Scooby Doo vs Garfield ? Actually, that one might be worth watching!

Friday, August 13, 2004

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No Comment

Until the Ministry Of Information pointed it out, I was blissfully unaware that I had my comments set to blogger account holders only. I've changed it now so anyone, if you want to, can leave a comment.

I've been looking around for some kind of blog comments etiquette guide. I often feel I should be leaving more comments on the lovely sites in my blogroll, to let the authors know I've taken time out to read them if nothing else. I do read all the sites I link to almost everyday and often think to myself, oooo that was funny or something like that and then click on the comment button only to find I have absolutely no idea what to write.

I found this guide on a blog called Cafe Mama and I've found it really useful. I'll still struggle trying to think of something useful to say, but at least I'll know when I shouldn't be saying it.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Firemen Back In Action

As if it wasn't warm enough last night, the kids with the matches were back again and set fire to the buildings behind us three times, the full details are here and here. It's made the local news paper this time round so maybe something will be done about it.

The article in the paper gives an account from the firemen's point of view, how dangerous the building was after the first two fires and having to send in guys with breathing apparatus even though it really wasn't safe. I take my hat off to the firemen at Tankersley, they did a fantastic job each time they were called out.

I did notice though, that the article never mentioned me sprinting across our yard in just a pair of slippers and pj shorts to the cars that were only a couple of metres from the flames and then driving them out of harms way like Stirling Moss.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Number Of The Beast ?

I had a double take at the hit counter this morning, had my blogg been possessed by the Devil or was it just coincidence that I'd arrived just as it clicked over to that number.

I remember many years ago, when I used to listen to heavy metal music, reading about strange events during the production of Iron Maiden's album Number Of The Beast, lights switching themselves on and off and that sort of caper. It was, more than likely, a publicity stunt, but, you never know.........

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004


Who is it that designs a window that can only be opened two inches? Why would anyone want a window like that? Obviously many people out there do and there are loads of them about, mainly in modern buildings consisting mostly of glass. Putting these windows into a building like this creates the 'greenhouse' effect, keeping the inside ten or twenty degrees warmer than the outside in any weather. These windows are only fit for greenhouses and should only be sold to gardeners who can prove they are building a home for their tomatoes.

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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Taking It's Toll

I’ve been going on about the weather for a while which I can’t help really. As soon as I try to think of anything else, I just come back to thinking just how hot and muggy it is. I should be writing about how I was legless on Friday night and not remembering going to bed, feeling a little bit under the weather on Saturday morning and having one or two beers again on Saturday night. Or, maybe, about the council trying to wind me up, by digging up the road and sending me five miles out of my way just to get a bottle of lighter fluid to start the bbq.

Instead I’m sat here with two fans pointing at me and a large supply of icy cold stella to keep me going while I think of something to write about. The dogs keep coming up to the computer and see there’s still a blank page on the screen and walk of again shaking their heads. The parrot is fed up of waiting for today’s post and is getting increasingly bored, so much so, in the last few minutes he’s started chirping away to the tune of ‘why are we waiting’. The The cat’s have given up on me and have gone back to their game of chase the fly round house, with extra points for knocking things over as they charge about. Debbie’s fallen asleep on the sofa, obviously watching me not type anything for an hour has taken it’s toll on everyone.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Weather Still Fruity

What is wrong with our weather at the moment, I can't ever remember it being quite like this. We've had predominantly dull days with sunshine and thundery showers for a week or two now. Usually if it's dull here or if we have rain, everything cools down and the shorts go back in the drawer but at the moment it doesn't seem to make any difference at all, it just stays hot and humid. Watching the forecast this morning says it all really, a new weather front is moving in from the Atlantic bringing yet more rain with fresh winds, yet it's still going to get even hotter and more humid!

If the coming winter produces as much fruity weather, ie, lots of snow, then I'll be a happy Snowman, that's if I haven't melted away by then!

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Red Dice

I woke up with a sore head this morning after drinking more than my share of wine last night and was a little bit surprised when opening up my sarnie bag, to find a pair of red dice in with the ham sandwiches. Debbie got them for my car yesterday and sneaked them in the bag when I wasn't looking this morning. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Weather Pixie RIP

On the subject of the weather again, it seems that the poor old Weather Pixie hasn't been able to cope with all this humidity and appears to have given up the ghost. While browsing other blogs last night I noticed a few alternatives and this morning I've replaced my missing pixie with a feed from The Weather Underground. When I last checked it, it was only showing 19c but it feels like it's getting warmer by the second. It shows humidity at 88% which doesn't mean much to me to be honest, all I can say is that I'd be drier sat in a pond right now.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Wacky Weather

Well, the weather just get's dafter, this morning we had thick fog here, if it carries on like this we're going to be needing a lighthouse at the end of the road. We managed a couple of hours of sunshine today and now it's clouded over again. Tomorrow we've got thunder storms to look forward, or that's what the forecasters are saying, at the moment they are about as much use as Les Dawson on the piano.

I had quite a stressfull day at work today, which is unusual for me, I'm normaly quite calm, but I made a mistake half way through the day and got behind with everything. Then with all the rushing about, I buggered everything else up in the afternoon.

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