Thursday, August 31, 2006

Go Visit!

Ok, halfway through my new tenants term and I finally get round to posting a shoutout.

Been a busy couple of days trying to sort out the possibility of a new job, so my head's in a spin at the minute.

Well, that's my excuse anyway.

So go here and parlay with my new tenant.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cake Tuesday

Gonna stick with the food theme this week...it's pizza time!



I`m starving, my tum is grumbling and I'm looking at cakes...i need food!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Three

Bank Holiday Monday 2003.
Loughborough.
Me and Zara meet for the first time.

Three years later and we're (hopefully) still as happy as the first time we met. Although I'm sure she'll tell you something a little more colourful.

It's amazing the things you find on the internet.

After my marriage broke down, up or whichever direction it goes in. I thought i'd never want to live with anybody else again. I was happy playing the field.

And as with most fields, they have their good parts and their bad, some dry places, and some places crawling with strange little creatures. But in the field was also a beautiful flower that just attracted me from the moment I saw it.

Unfortunately Zara stamped all over it and had stood in it's place by the time I got to it.

Ok, ok, i'm joking. Yes, the flower was Zara. But that little paragraph was getting a little too Mills n Boony.

As as someone who likes a whole lotta time to himself I think Zara deserves a medal for putting up with me for the past 3 years. Although I can say the same also ;)

So how did we spend this most romantic of days?

Buying a network card for the spare pc and struggling to get the miriad of cables under control behind the tv in an attempt to thwart small rodent teeth from reducing a very nice widescreen tv to a box full of bits.

Oh, Zara did also get a nice new digital camera, so everything is getting photographed at 5.1 Megapixels and at 10x zoom.

I got a coaster with a rat picture on it. But it keeps my computer table clean and looks nice.

So I like it.

Happy Anniversary honey.

I love you.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Stretch!

Well I was gonna type a ton of stuff here. But as usual got sidetracked.

So now I've got to get out the bath and go let the four monster rats out for a run around. Thank God it's Bank Holiday. It takes the two of us to make sure none of them get into any mischief!

I've finally gotten round to stretching my ear piercings...a little at a time. I'd forgotten how much it hurts.



I'll be up to a pitiful 7mm before I know it!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Damn...Zara is NOT going to be happy about this!

The TV networks are quickly becoming clogged with Soaps, Reality TV, Cooking and chat shows. Story taken from Stargate Solutions Blog

Network cancels Stargate SG-1 as 200th episode airs

While fans and the media celebrate the airing of the milestone 200th episode of Stargate SG-1, Solutions has learned from its sources that the SciFi Channel has cancelled the show. The timing could not be worse for such a decision from the network and is sure to rebound on them disastrously in PR terms...more

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Goodbye!

This will be my last post for some time. This will come as a shock to some of you, but I have made the monumental decision to take off for the rest of the year.

There are a number of reasons, but the major contributor to my decision has been my involvement with a guerrilla group in Venezuela, which is fighting for freedom and justice against unbelievable odds.

I have been in contact with this group for a number of years by email, and now will finally join them. I know most of you will think I am totally crazy - - but I have not made This decision lightly.

Nothing you can say or do will stop me from doing what I truly believe in. I realize the timing is terrible and my family will suffer - - but I hope to see you again in happier days -when I return from my mission!


PHOTO OF REBEL GROUP ATTACHED.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cake Tuesday

I`ve left Zara looking after the little monsters downstairs so I have to type this quick before they run rings around her.

Another one slightly dedicated to the rats...cheese!




You could even eat the board and knife.

Only been up 20 mins,,,

but my day has been ruined already, Cat and mouse throwing knives at each other, yeah thats ok...cat and mouse smoking..oh the horror!!

News Story taken from MSNBC:

LONDON - Turner Broadcasting is scouring more than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including old favorites Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, to edit out scenes that glamorize smoking.

The review was triggered by a complaint to British media regulator Ofcom by one viewer who took offence to two episodes of Tom and Jerry shown on the Boomerang channel, part of Turner Broadcasting which itself belongs to Time Warner Inc....more

Monday, August 21, 2006

I want I want I want

Sigh. So many things. So little money.
I feel Madonna's 'Material Girl' should be playing in the background.
Or at least a blokey version of it. As i`m not a girl. Or gay.

But anyway, The point I was so badly trying to make was...I want...stuff!

Actually it's more of a need than a want. Which sounds slightly less materialistic. Zara's nearly killed her digital camer through overuse. So that's a need. She'll be a nightmare to live with if she can't take her average of a dozen pics a day of the pets.

None of which ever seem to make it onto Flickr. Which is my fault.

And we need a multiregion, 3 in 1 dvd/hard drive/video recorder. As our aging vcr is virtually senile. And has a hissy fit if you try and change the video in it. Of course we could just get a new vcr. but damnit I want to join the 21st century in tellybox recording.

Or something like that.

Oh, but I do want a new Ipod video. Not that i've killed my ipod mini. I just want to watch stuff on my pod at work. But then I DO need someone in the states to record the new series of Stargate and send me the episodes....see, now that's important.

Any paypal donations on offer?

this is for a very good cause.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

New Tenant!

Look right. See. New tenant. Now go visit as she's only here for the week.

Despite the worrying blog name. I'm sure no kittys actually get stir fried. And the fact she has more blogs on the go than can possibly be healthy for you; she seems to be quite a nice tenant.

I'm usually quite hopeless at giving a shoutout to my tenants so hopefully you'll put some traffic her way.

Now i've got my chores out the way I can relax after a hard day (2 hours) stressful DIY. Pictures to follow!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

One man`s nightmare = Zaras Dream

News story from

KENOSHA, Wis. - It might sound like a chocoholic's dream, but stepping into a vat of viscous chocolate became a two-hour nightmare for a 21-year-old man Friday morning.

Darmin Garcia, an employee of a company that supplies chocolate ingredients, said he was pushing the chocolate down into the vat at Debelis Corp. because it was stuck. But it became loose and he slid into the hopper...more

Friday, August 18, 2006

With frickin little plastic bricks

It used to take me long enough to build a spaceship following all the instructions.
And as we sold my Lego stuff on ebay a while back; it still does!



So how this guy managed to recreate New York with the damn things is beyond me.

More New York Lego goodiness can be found here.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Bliss

I'm sat on the settee after having a nice hot bath. Typing away on my laptop.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is on Bravo channel.
And I have 4 extremely lively rats running round on the floor and trying to scale anything high enough to kill them if they ever fell off.

It's kind of relaxing, and slightly surreal.

We've hopefully won in the battle to make our living room as rat proof as possible. I think you could fill the room full of water and none would leak out. Although i'm sure they'll prove us wrong.
Just when we thought we'd managed to block up the bookcase....after a 2 hour stand off trying to negotiate terms which would satsfy their need to actually go back to their house.


Maria...our slightly chubby brown rat managed to find the smallest hole to crawl through under the fire and into the chimney. Where she proceeded to have lots of fun trying to get out and make her lovely white paws as black as possible.

This has now been blocked off.

And we decided pets would be easier to manage than children because...?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

All bare

The more astute amongst you may have noticed that my blog page looks a little different. Being the sucker I am to try new things I moved my blog over to the new blogger.com beta site.

You can't do raw HTML editing just yet so some things like my haloscan comments are missing. But the new elements you can add are really cool. So no doubt i'll be playing like mad and messing my blog up big time.

Oooh, now how should I label this post...hmmm.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cake Tuesday

In honour of our 4 little furry friends who have been running rings around us and caused us to move the bookcase away from the wall to retrieve one little furry rodent who refused to go to bed.

Here...is a rat cake.



No, not a cake made out of rats. Although if the little beasts carry on as they are...

..ahem, anyway. The photo in the 2nd pic is of the rats my parents had at the time.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Four things meme

Yeah, thanks gemmak for this ;)

Four Things about me.....

Things you may not have known about me.....

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:

Magazine Layout at printers
Decorative Window Leader
Sorted fruit for yogurts
Packed coleslaw, urgh.

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:

Star Wars (any)
Aliens
Lord of the Rings
Romeo+Juliet

C) Four places I have lived:

Germany
Kettering
Swinderby
Scuntorpe

D) Four TV shows I love to watch:

Stargate
24
Lost
Bad Girls

E) Four places I have been on vacation:

Scotland
Wales
Ireland
England

F) Four favorite foods:

Fish n Chips
Pizza
Fajitas
Custard Creams

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Deja Vu

I`ve been trying to write this post since last night.
Various events have been stopping me. Mainly on how to put the jumble of thought in my head into any meaningful coherent sentences.
I`m not sure i`m actually there yet. But the house is empty so I really should make the most of the peace and quiet.

I have a workmate.
This workmate has a friend.
And this friends' brother was killed yesterday in an accident at work.

My workmate was pretty shocked by it all as he had to drive his friend to the hospital, or parents, or something. I can't remember the detail now.

It wasn't like a bolt of lightning hitting me, but slowly through the day little snippets of the past filtered into my head.

I know exactly how this friend is feeling right now. The circumstances may be different. But the emotion is the same. It's the sort of thing you never forget. I can picture exactly where I was sitting when Tina (ex-wife) took the phonecall telling me my brother had been killed. Although the tv was on I cannot remember what program we were watching, which is kinda odd really considering how clear the rest of this image is inside my head.

I remember driving up to my parents house as fast as I could. Even though part of me didn't actually want to see the anguish on their faces.

I remember my mum's face.

I remember we laid in bed pretty much half the night talking about him, drinking whisky until either raw emotion or alchohol made me fall asleep.

I remember how the days and weeks and months afterwards all merged together. How nothing mattered. Everything seemed so trivial. I was floating. It all felt so...surreal.

I remember seeing my dad cry for the second time in my life. The first being when his mother died.

Momentary flashes of the past kept coming in and out of focus. I tried to help my workmate, advise him on how to help his friend. And if there was anything I could do then just call.

The poor bastard has got everything I went through to come. As far as i`m aware nobody else was involved in this accident though. So at least this friend won't have the overwhelming urge to kill the person who took the life of someone so close.

An eye for an eye right.

That feeling didn't last long fortunately. All part of the anger. The feeling helpless. The wanting for someone to punished. To feel the hurt.

I don't cry now.

Not until something like this brings it all back. Like someone has picked the scab off this raw emotion.

And now the feeling are buried inside me again. Waiting to well up.

I feel calm.
I feel ok today.
I just feel tired.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Another fucked up moment...

...courtesy of the Chinese Government.

Story from

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is to auction licenses to foreigners to hunt wild animals, including endangered species, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

The government would auction licenses based on types and numbers of wild animals, ranging from about $200 for a wolf, the only carnivore on the list, to as much as $40,000 for a yak, the Beijing Youth Daily said...more

Darwinism as its' best

Taken from

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian man died on Tuesday when he tried to open what police believe was a rocket-propelled grenade with a sledgehammer in a mechanical workshop on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro...more

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Cake Tuesday

Yes it's that time of the week again.

Although I am getting kinda lazy and letting Zara pic which cake to put up on a Tuesday. But with my terrible memory that's kind of a good thing as i'd probably keep rotating the same half dozen cakes over n over.

Anyway, here's Shaggy and Scooby which she did for a friends' lads birthday. I think. Although I may be wrong on that.

Be comforted in the knowledge that all you get is the cake picture and don't have to put up with my dodgy impression of Shaggy...


...rooby rooby rooo!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Ummm

Ok.
Lazy blog moment. Well actually. Lazy blog weekend.
I've been wanting to write stuff down. But it seemed like too much effort to log in. And..well...type.

My mind has been bouncing between being insanely happy with my life, to feeling trapped and not too sure on where things are going.

This usually happens when me n Zara argue. This soon passes onto something more important.
Like.
Will she notice if I eat this whole pack of Jammy Dodgers before we go shopping next weekend.

My mind works in mysterious ways. Although usually it just doesn't.
Currently it's in the 'I work at the shittiest place ever. And the first chance I get i'm out the door'. And then it'll pass.

But just recently it's been a bit of a running theme inside my head. Nothing to do with the fact that since nearly every single worker has left i'm the only mug to stay in the place that doesn't belong to the same family.

It's like working with a bunch of inbreeds.

I should just get out.

It's like a have a smeagol/gollum moment.

I should get out/but it's not that bad
The manager is a halfwit/but he's one of the lads, a bit of a laugh
There's better jobs out there/I'm pretty well paid

Argh...Gollum!

Friday, August 04, 2006

He's Behind You!!

Video gag in a supermarket - the Grim Reaper appears behind you in line. Look at the expression on the second guy's face. funny bit.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

An apology

What.
For yestrerdays post?
Yeah, right.
I have my principles.

Anyway. Enough of the hate.

No. The apology goes to Garfield. Or in my case a double apology.
It was his 2nd birthday at the weekend.
And we forgot. Not only that but then I forgot to post some pictures of him on his new scratching post. So.

Sorry
Sorry

So here he is. Happy Belated Birthday G-Man.




Although he does also owe me an apology for perforating me with his claw as I walked past him.

He was high on catnip at the time so I guess I can let him off with a warning.

Oh and in other news...taken from ananova.com

Deckchair trapped testicles

A Croatian man got a nasty surprise when he tried to get out of his deck chair and found his testicles had got stuck.

Mario Visnjic had gone swimming naked in the sea at the Valalta beach in western Croatia, reports 24sata.

His testicles had shrunk while in the cool sea and slipped through the wooden slats when he sat back down on his wooden deckchair.

But as he lay in the sun they expanded back to normal size and got stuck between the slats.

He was eventually freed after he called beach maintenance services on his mobile phone and they sent a member of staff to cut the deck chair in half.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Chinks: Overreacting motherfuckers.

Ok, sorry for the abusive title. No. Wait. No i`m not.

Story taken from yahoo news.

SHANGHAI, China - A county in southwestern China has killed as many as 50,000 dogs in a government campaign ordered after three people died from rabies, official media reported Tuesday.

The five-day massacre in Yunnan province's Mouding county spared only military guard dogs and police canine units, the Shanghai Daily reported, citing local media.

Dogs being walked were taken from their owners and beaten on the spot, the newspaper said. Other killing teams entered villages at night, creating noise to get dogs barking, then honing in and beating them to death....more*

*warning: article contains distressing image.

Meet the real me!


Talking Cat
Uploaded by Paddy

Damn site wouldn't play properly with my microphone so I had to use a generic voice.

I sound a bit...girly.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cake Tuesday

Curse my memory. If it wasn't for Zara reminding me what day it is we'd be getting Cake Wednesday...then Cake Thursday..then, well you get the idea.

So on that note..here's Shrek!


This is why I don`t have kids!


Need I say more.