Friday, March 25, 2005

And It's Goodbye From Him!!

The time has come to hang up the blogging boots, well on this blog anyway. We just haven't got the time anymore to keep three blogs on the go so we're going back down to one, our first love - Snowbabies!.

Thanks to everyone who has left a comment or linked to me over the last nine months, I've added all your links to Snowbabies so I don't miss any of your posts.

Time to get the drinks in, mines a pint!

Paul (Yorkshire Snowman)

Thursday, March 24, 2005

If I Had A Brain Cell!

Not me, the pillock at Barnsley Council or Yorkshire Water or both that decided not to fix a problem with water leaking from cracks in the main road in to town. Preferring instead to leave it for two whole weeks so they could have the road up on one of the busiest days of the year. Whoever it was, I hope they're stuck in the traffic that is now backing up to the motorway!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

What, No Camera!

I've not had my camera with me for the last few days with the chances of snow disappearing now until next winter, however today I wish I'd had it with me.

The tiny village I drive through every morning looked beautiful today with the sun shining and the roads lined with daffodils in full bloom. Further down the road I had to stop to wait for Mrs Mallard to make her way very slowly across the road, mumbling to herself, "I bet you wish you'd got your camera with you!"

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Crash Nitro Kart

We bought a couple of new Playstation games over the weekend, Debbie picked Sonic Mega Collection, all the old Sonic games for Mega Drive and Game Gear on one fun packed disc. I picked Crash Nitro Kart, which is Mario Kart but better...hopefully.

I've only managed three laps up to date and on the easy setting found that I had to keep breaking to let the others catch up so I could shoot them. I got a bit carried away then and tried the hard setting, as the lights turned green they all pissed off and left me on the start line!

Monday, March 21, 2005

Friday, March 18, 2005

And It's Goodnight From Him

No, I'm not going anywhere, not without a struggle anyway! The title of this post is just one of the memorable catch phrases from the classic TV show The Two Ronnies.

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker are back on our screens tonight with The Two Ronnies Sketchbook on BBC1 at 9pm and I for one am really looking forward to some top quality Friday night entertainment.

In my personal opinion, the best sketch they ever did was the fantastic play on words in the hardware shop, with poor old Corbett being given the run around by Barker asking for, amongst other things, fork handles (four candles) and the look on Corbetts face by the end is a picture.

Yorkshire Snowman (aka Phantom Raspberry Blower Of Old London Town)

Google News

I've found a cool new feature on Google News today, you can now customize the front page with standard topics like Sport or Entertainment just like many other sites have been offering for some time.

The really cool bit though is that you can also add any subject of your choice, for instance, I'm keeping tabs on the latest news on the new Star Wars movie Revenge Of The Sith. All you have to do is add a custom section and enter the search string "Star Wars" and it works like a peach, gathering together all the latest inter-galactic news.

I think the force is strong with this one!

Thursday, March 17, 2005


I've just been out and bought the new hit single, Is This The Way To Amarillo, sung by crooner Tony Christie and lip synched by comedian Peter Kay. All in aid of Comic Relief. Bring on the club mix!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Star Wars III - Revenge Of The Sith

The latest trailer for Star Wars III - Revenge Of The Sith was made available to the general public yesterday on I've only had chance to watch it once but it's looks good and I can't wait to see the transformation of Anakin to Darth Vader in May. Who knows, we might even find out if Darth Sidious is in fact Emperor Palpatine.

I think this will be the movie of 2005, it's the one everyone's been waiting for, just to find out just how Anakin gets seduced by the dark side of the force. It wouldn't have taken much doing, he was a cantankerous little bugger in Episode II.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Looking Goofy

Thanks to Gemmak and Kerry for linking to the photo below, we had a great night on Friday, helping to raise more than ever before for Comic Relief!

The picture would have been even worse had it been taken today because this morning I've managed to extract a tooth while munching on a ham buttie, well, a crown anyway. It's not the first time I've had trouble with this tooth, last time it popped out was while munching on a sausage and egg McMuffin.

It's marvellous, I stay clear of things that are likely to cause a problem and get caught out by an innocent looking soft white loaf! Anyway, I've got an emergency appointment at the dentist tomorrow to hopefully have it put back in again.

Update: I've just realized what time my dentist appointment is at tomorrow.......Tooth Hurty!

Friday, March 11, 2005

Honk! Honk!

It's time to get those red hooters out, it's Red Nose Day! Wear your nose with pride and support Comic Relief! Posted by Hello

Thursday, March 10, 2005


This Is London reported yesterday that authorities in the North East think they have a rogue shark problem, possibly a Shortfin Mako. Now I do like watching programs about sharks and I didn't think Mako was in the 'friendly' category, a little search through Google threw up this handy piece of advice:

Warning: Although there are few reported attacks on humans, this shark is regarded as dangerous. Hooked makos have been known to attack boats.

It's funny, we're probably more likely to be struck by lightning than ever be attacked by a shark, but a warning about a possible thunderstorm doesn't come close to the effect a warning about sharks has on most people.

We're on holiday in a couple of months on the East Coast but no shark story will disrupt our holiday, we've never been one's for swimming in the sea, nothing to do with what might be lurking in there, it's just too bloody cold!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Beer Less Fattening Than Wine?

I was quite surprised to find after reading this BBC news story that beer is actually less fattening than wine and even has less calories than fruit juice! Apparently it's the lifestyle that accompanies the beer that causes the eight months pregnant look on fellas propping up the bar down the local.

I think with this revelation, I need to go back into beer production. I've not done any home brew for years, I only stopped because there wasn't enough room for a couple of barrels and so had to bottle everything instead which was real pain. Hopefully we'll be moving soon, to a bigger house with plenty of room for a beer factory, I can almost smell those hops!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

What No Lap Dancing?

After a few weeks of trying to wear the mouse button out on Blog Explosion, I've given up before I develop RSI.

Anyway, now I can actually see who is coming here for a peak rather than look at rows and rows of thirty second refers from the same place. There's nothing unusual in my referrers list, however, I've checked our site Snowbabies and we're apparently attracting folks looking for Lap Dancing In Llandudno.

We did go to Llandudno once but I don't recall any lap dancing going on and I'm sure I would have remembered.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Creamy Heads

Red Nose Day is almost upon us and we're looking forward to a great night in on Friday, although we are having some new carpet laid that evening. I'm sure the fitters will be impressed with me sporting a red nose and keeping one eye on them, the other on the telly while necking a pint or two. We've been watching Comic Relief Does Fame Academy over the last week and while the first show was a bit hard on the ears with not a lot in tune, they're all getting better every day, even Nick Knowles.

My favourite, not surprisingly is Adrian Edmundson, who like me, is quite partial to a drink or three and regardless of his singing ability gets tops marks from me for falling arse over tit off the back of the sofa the other night and never let go of his drink. They all seem to be drinking bottles or cocktails in there which I don't mind myself but my fish like drinking technique tends to cause wobbly leg syndrome too early in the night.

I prefer a nice cold pint of bitter, recently it's been Boddingtons, the cream of Manchester. It really is creamy that stuff, if you don't rinse your glass, after about fours cans, you end up with half a pint of creamy head and you can almost hear someone saying "Do you want a flake in that luv?".

Friday, March 04, 2005

What's The Meta With Google?

When we first set up our blogs I read up a bit on search engines and how they pick your web site and ended up adding three meta tags as suggested for title, description and keywords. Sure enough all three blogs started appearing in Google search results. A while ago we changed the templates and didn't bother putting the tags in as looking at other blogs, it didn't seem to be necessary any more.

In the last few weeks we noticed a lack of hits from Google and found that one of the sites had gone from about 5th on the list to about page fifty-seven, I mean, my blog entries might not be the best but thery're not that bad surely!

So in an effort to fix things I put the tags back in again and now we're getting hits again. However, the results from Google don't show the title or description and I've noticed others missing this information too. If I view the page information through Firefox, the title and description are picked up correctly so they must be working and both Yahoo and MSN show the title and description.

Has anyone else had this problem?
Does anyone know if the tags need to be there or not?
Has Google just started missing things out, become dyslexic and having it's name changed to Ogleog?

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Cairngorm In Full Swing

It looks like everyone's having a great time up on Cairngorm Mountain today after all the extra snow yesterday.

Picture source: Posted by Hello

Snow Makes The Headlines

Shivering UK Braves Icy Weather

Headline news last night and this morning from the BBC, but you've got to laugh at the council admitting they we're caught out! Everyone following the weather on the net knew it was coming well in advance

I'm not council bashing though, they get a hard enough time in winter with scathing remarks from commuters about the state of the roads. It's not the councils fault, grit really needs spreading on top of snow and by the time there is a covering on the road, a handful of clueless people have brought the whole place to a standstill before the gritters can do anything about it.

I think part of the driving test should include a trip to a skid pan with artificial snow so people can learn how to drive confidently and safely in snow. Obviously, I'd be booking me and my little car in for a session every week

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Snowing Darn Sarth

The fun and games have started today with snow in the south, it looks like Kent is bearing the brunt of todays snow and the situation doesn't look like changing anytime soon with most people down there heading home early.

A weather warning has been issued for us here in Yorkshire but as yet all we've seen here is a moderate shower of snow pellets, although Debbie has called me from Sheffield and says it's snowing really heavy there.

Will I be driving home through a couple of inches of snow later or just the puddles we have at the moment?

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Best Season For Years

I've not posted any web cam images for while with us having plenty of snow pictures of our own but while we're waiting for the next possible snow event due tomorrow and Thursday, here's a snapshot of the conditions on Cairngorm Mountain in Scotland where they seem to be having the best skiing season for years. It's probably down to our visit to the top of the mountain back in December which heralded the start of the season for Cairngorm

Picture source : Posted by Hello