Friday, June 30, 2006


Yes. After what has felt like the longest, mind numbing week. The weekend has arrived. The countdown to Sunday starts now.

Until then you'll all be bored shitless with my constant ramblings about MotoGP. What with todays free practice on video to watch and Big Brother; tonights televisual entertainment is pretty much sewn up.

So, again, for Zara's benefit. Well, she reads this everyday. And it`s easier than trying to remember to show her stuff. Here is Nicky Haydens press conference from yesterday.

Damn, you gotta love

The typical drama that is the place I call work is behind me now until Monday. Another fellow worker who by some miracle isn't related in some way to the boss has finally come to his senses and decided to look for another job. Which will leave just the 3 of us that aren't in the samek family.

I can't be bothered to even get worked up about it anymore. I just chalk it up to the fact that nothing the human race ever does really surprises me.

But as the present moment nothing matters anyway. Woo...Donington baby...woo...MotoGP...woo.

Ok, i`m a little excited. Been a few years since I've been there. Although the last time I went was with my brother. So i`m prepared to feel a little...strange. But am trying not to dwell on it.

I actually wanted to scatter my brothers ashes on the race track. But my parents weren't so keen. Which i'm still slightly pissed off about. As it would feel more like i'm meeting up with him on Sunday.

No, don't get sad. I'm going to stay happy about this. I'll probably see parts of the course where we stood and watched the superbikes in '99.

And smile.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


There thats better.

Well, as it's been a few days and i've already missed Cake Tuesday I thought i'd better get back into the blogging swing of things.

So what has Paddy been up to since Friday I hear you ask.

I can quickly sum it up in 2 words.

Saturday: BBQ at Zara`s Dads. Lots of food, lots of drink
Sunday: 60th Birthday Party. Lots of food, LOTS of drink
Monday: Meal at friends house. Lots of food. Noooo more drink!

So yesterday it was back to work, urgh. I think i`m still catching up on sleep from the weekend. Although I`m not exactly going to bed early which won`t help any.

Although the week hasn`t exactly gotten off to the best start. Zara`s computer decided to die so i`ve been doing my best to get her up n running before she clogs up my pc with all her pictures and survey emails (joking honey).

Although I do wonder if it's worth it. I`ve cannibalised my spare computer for parts, backed up all her documents to my hard drive. Reformatted her hard drive, reinstalled windows.

And I know she thanked me. But I feel like she`s disapointed with my efforts.

I`m really tired atm which doesn;t help my perspective on things. And I know she is as well.

So maybe I should leave it there before this turns into a rant.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Charles Darwin's tortoise dies

Taken from

THE world's oldest animal in captivity has died on the Sunshine Coast at the ripe old age of 176.
Giant Galapagos tortoise Harriet has died of a suspected heart attack.

She was a star attraction at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo since the 1980s and even features in the Guinness Book of Records for her longevity.

Her history is as colourful as the hibiscus flowers she lovingly munched on.

It is believed Harriet was one of three animals naturalist Charles Darwin brought back from his trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 and which led to his theories of evolution and natural selection.

A few years later, Sir Charles gave them to a Brisbane-bound friend.

For about 100 years Harriet was mistakenly thought to be a male.

At 176, Harriet was recognised as the world's oldest living chelonian - a reptile with a shell or bony plates.

Mr Irwin said he considered Harriet a member of the family.

"Harriet has been a huge chunk of the Irwin family's life," he said.

"I have grown up with this gorgeous old girl and so have my kids.

"She is possibly one of the oldest living creatures on the planet and her passing today is not only a great loss for the world but a very sad day for my family.

"She was a grand old lady."


1830: Harriet is born - and her home country Ecuador becomes independent and elects its first president.

1834: Aged four, the young tortoise is basking in the Galapagos sun when the British abolish slavery and the Tolpuddle martyrs are banished to Australia.

1843: She is just a teenager when Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol is published.

1852: When Harriet hits 22, Australia's gold rush kicks off after a half-ounce nugget is found in Queensland and thousands of prospectors flood the area.

1865: As she reaches 35, the world is shocked at the assassination of American president Abraham Lincoln at the hands of actor John Wilkes Booth.

1868: Harriet is 38 - and the last British convicts arrive in Australia.

1880: As Harriet turns 50, the infamous Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly hangs in the Old Melbourne Jail.

1882: The Aussies achieve the unthinkable - and beat England at cricket on home soil for the first time, giving birth to The Ashes.

1901: At 71, Harriet is already a pensioner when her adopted country is unified and the Australian flag flies for the first time.

1915: Gallipoli, the First World War battle against the Turks, claims the lives of 7,600 Australians as Harriet reaches 85.

1945: Harriet is pushing 115 when the atomic bomb obliterates the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

1953: The grand old lady is 123 when Queen Elizabeth II is crowned in Westminster Abbey in London.

1956: Dame Edna Everage makes her first appearance, courtesy of Australian comic Barry Humfries. Harriet is 126.

1967: Aborigines are finally given citizenship when Harriet is 137 after 90 per cent of Australians vote Yes in a referendum.

1968: When she reaches 138, Australia's most famous export, Kylie Minogue, is born... and a year later man first sets foot on the moon.

2000: She's 170, and Australia hosts the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the most successful ever."


Damn, I should be getting ready for work!

Anyway, just had to blog this for the benefit of my girlfriend. Her hatred for MotoGP rider Rossi knows no bounds, lol. And as her fave rider Sete Gibernau won`t be riding at Donnington when we go I thought this would give her some joy.

Still, looked quite a nasty crash.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Proud to be British

Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything foreign.

Only in Britain...

...can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance. supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions - while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke. banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters. we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the drive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage. we use answering machines to screen call and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.

...are there disabled parking places in front of a skating rink.

3 Brits die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.
142 Brits were injured in 1999 by not removing all pins from new shirts.
58 Brits are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.
19 Brits have died in the last 3 years believing that Christmas decorations were chocolate. British Hospitals reported
4 broken arms last year after cracker pulling accidents.
101 people since 1999 have had broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet.
18 Brits had serious burns in 2000 trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth.
543 Brits were admitted to A&E in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth.
5 Brits were injured last year in accidents involving out of Control Scalextric cars.

and finally.........
In 2000 eight Brits cracked their skull whilst throwing up into the toilet.

I am proud to be British

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Cool Quotes

A few fave quotes taken from Quotes Haven:

War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's left.

Advice for the day: If you have a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: Take two, and KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.

Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music." -- Kristian Wilson, Nintendo, Inc, 1989

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.

You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months

The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.

And finally a little ditty:

My darling wife was always glum.
I drowned her in a cask of rum,
And so made sure that she would stay
In better spirits night and day.

Cake Tuesday

Well as it was my dads birthday at the weekend it makes this weeks cake an easy choice.

The one passion in my dads life is flying. Anything to do with planes really. He has his pilots license and regularly takes to the skies. Or at least spends most of his waking hours at the airfield.

My mum suggested a Red Arrows theme this year. And with a couple of suggestions of my own to give Zara even more headaches; this is the result.

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Cokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.

They put his left leg in.

And then the trouble started.

...laugh damnit's only a joke.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Thump thump thump

Thats the sound inside my head.
Don`t know what me n Zara ate yesterday but it left us feeling a bit icky.
And we're still recovering.
So yesterday went something along the lines of

Got up
Watched MotoGP
Had something to eat
Played on PC
Felt sick
Went to bed
Woke up 7pm feeling rough
Had tea, watched TV
went to bed
Still felt rough

And we`re still recovering.

Damn this is a whiney post. Still, beats moaning about work I guess. I'm too tired to complain about it.

I'll be complaining about complaining soon.

On to good news though. Sooty seems to be on the mend still. He broke out of his house Saturday night and spent the night in the dining room. I'll post some pics as soon as Zara gets them off her camera *hint hint.

Well, my eyes hurt, my head hurts and I have to stay awake as late as possible to bid on a game on ebay. Fancy letting it finish at 1:30pm, damnit!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Friday funnies

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem
to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.

The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services.

He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's

There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard.

Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"


A woman gets on a bus with her baby.

The bus driver says: "That's the ugliest baby that I've ever seen. Ugh!"

The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming.

She says to a man next to her: "The driver just insulted me!"

The man says: "You go right up there and tell him off - go ahead, I'll hold
your monkey for you."


A man and a friend are playing golf one day at their local golf course.

One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral
procession on the road next to the course.

He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows
down in prayer.

His friend says: "Wow, that is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have
ever seen. You truly are a kind man."

The man then replies: "Yeah, well we were married 35 years."

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I love computers!

On a happier note. I managed to get my computer networking with the others. Yay.
Damn Netbios over TCP/IP not being enabled.
I bet Zara would have spotted that straight away. What with being a computer genius and everything.

It`s my dads birthday at the weekend. So i'll post the cool cake she's done for him on Cake Tuesday.

Well Big Brother is on in a minute so this'll be a short, rant free post. But in typical geeky style check out the 'Listen Now' link at the right of my posts. Just scroll down until you see it and click on it. You'll get to listen to my posts instead of reading them. Cool huh. It's not my voice and if it goes all funny it's cos i`ve used the back quote instead of the hyphen.

Ok Big Bro time.

I hate humans

Excuse me folks whilst I have another I hate people moment. Yet again thanks to those Chink fuckers and their wonderful 'traditional medicine' bullshit.

Taken from IFAW's website:

Saving Moon Bears from Lives of Torture -- China

Asiatic black bears, commonly called “moon bears,” suffer terribly on Chinese “bear farms” where crude catheters are implanted in their stomachs to drain the bile from their gall bladders. The bile is used in Traditional Medicines (TM).

IFAW is working to eliminate bear farming, provide humane treatment for bears currently imprisoned on “farms,” and to promote herbal alternatives to bear bile in TM.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cake Tuesday

Back by popular demand. Well, not that I heard from any concerned readers, humph. But Zara was demanding it.

Anyway, here is this weeks cake. Zara's Gran collects porcelain fairies. If I remember this is a copy of one of the models she has. Aagain, i'm sure Zara will put me right :)

Not my sort of thing, But as always i'm speechless at Zara's talent. And her Gran loved it.

Monday, June 12, 2006


Damn i'm so hot.

Not in the buff body kinda way. Unfortunately.
It's so hot here. Has been all week.
I hate the heat. Nice warm sunny weather i'm okay with. Hot, sticky, roasting days I'm not.

And that`s what it's like. Even my sweat is sweating. The cats hate it. They look so hot and tired. The keep flaking out.

Poor Sooty (our rat) isn't doing too well. We had to take him to the vets tonight. He's gone 2 years old now so he's not exactly young. The heat is too much for him so we've got a fan running to keep him cool. The vet said he has a respiratory infection. Which isn't uncommon for rats. And one of my parents rats died so we're not having a lot of luck with the rodents of this family.

Zara has just rushed upstairs to get her camera. As usual i'm typing this in the bath. A nice, cool bath. Although ice cubes would be nice right now. Apparently we have a toad in the garden now. We've got a pond with 3 goldfish, hundreds of water snails and 6 frogs! There's also a bees nest under the pond.

So know doubt by now the poor toad will be blind due to Zara's camera flash going off in its face. Expect pictures soon! Until then you'll just have to make do with pics of the frogs.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Cats rule....again

Story from Yahoo:News

WEST MILFORD, N.J. - A black bear picked the wrong yard for a jaunt, running into a territorial tabby who ran the furry beast up a tree — twice.

Jack, a 15-pound orange and white cat, keeps a close vigil on his property, often chasing small animals, but his owners and neighbors say his latest escapade was surprising.

"We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty,' never knowing he'd go after a bear," owner Donna Dickey told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Friday's editions.

Neighbor Suzanne Giovanetti first spotted Jack's accomplishment after her husband saw a bear climb a tree on the edge of their northern New Jersey property on Sunday. Giovanetti thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat...more

Friday, June 09, 2006

Another one to ponder

What is it with blogger that it keeps dying at night. Again, getting a post in whilst it lets me! Thanks to my friend Deanna for sending me this.

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to
ever let you down probably will.

You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time.
You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You'll fight with your best friend.
You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You'll cry because time is passing too fast, you'll eventually lose someone you love.

So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've
never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute
of happiness you'll never get back.

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

It`s a conspiracy

Ok, i`m getting this quick post in whilst I can!!

Tuesday night: NTL working on the line, couldn`t get to
Wednesday night: doing maintenance!

Argh...Zara apologises to all the Cake Tuesday fans. Normal service will resume next week ;)

Ok. I`m done now. Posting this whilst it still lets me!!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Frag em!!

Well as you can tell by the lack of posting that i`m having fun on my new PC.

It`s just sooo quick. And so much fun. And so much better. And...

Well, ok, not everything is well. The damn thing won`t network. It`s not a major problem as it`s not like me n Zara are chucking files at each other left, right n center. But damnit, it should work. Never had this problem with my old PC.

Other than that all I can say is it`s the dogs bollox. I.e. GOOD!!

Ok, geeky moment over with again. Hey, at least i`m not rambling on about Linux.

Or Big Brother.

Although as for Nikki: If she were any thicker, they'd stick a label on her, and sell her
as cement,

Right, geek moment, check. Big Brother moment, check. I guess that just leaves a rant about work.

What can I say. I`m working in a pace where family members are all in places of authority (or think they are). So not much work actually gets done.

Sigh, i`m tired of moaning about the place actually. So I won`t

Sunday, June 04, 2006

iiiiiiiiinnnn one!

Ok, this puts my crazy golf skills into some perspective. Although personally I think my hole in one was more impressive.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Faster, faster

Well i`m back, bigger, better and faster than before.

Yes, I have a new PC...woo. Zara very kindly let me spend some savings to get some new computer parts. So now I have a lovely fast AMD 64 3000+ with 512Mb DDR400 NVidia 256Mb 6600 and a 160GB hard drive.

It`s not exactly screaming along on the bleeding edge but it`s a hell of a lot faster than what i`ve been using. So i`ve been busy trying to get XP set up on it and get the main things installed, i.e. GAMES!!

I can finally play Quake 4, and can have Half Life 2 running like it`s meant to.

Excuse this over the top geeky moment. But. damn. It`s good. Not bad at £300 for what is basically a brand new computer.

It`ll do me for a few months anyway.

Joking Zara!!

We`ve been looking after our friends guinea pig, Petal, all week. But today was the day she went home :(

So now the place seems a little bit empty. Despite having 2 cats and a rat in permanent residence here!

Well it`s late, hot, I`m falling asleep in the bath and my laptop battery is nearly dead. Good a reason as any to end this post.

And as a final note. Thank God that Turk twat has been booted out of Big Brother.

Ok, i`m done now.