Final Trainers for a while
I've stopped looking at my Schuh wish list.
This is the last pair I will buy for some time. I'm talking YEARS, I promise!
I've just walked down my street at 1am. I did not see another person for the full 30 minutes. Yet everyone's porch lights were on, allbeit energy saving, serving as nothing more than a deterrent against criminals. Goodness knows how many kilowatt hours were used just to provide me with the ability to see everything in orange.
Are they fitting LED streetlights in certain places? Surely this sodium orange has had its day?
I must have heard this advert several times A DAY on LBC for the last 3 YEARS.
Is this really the best way to spend tax-payers money? How many people smuggle sausages into the UK anyway?
I read on a forum that someone spoke to a Defra rep at a trade fair about smuggling sausages with relation to this omni-present radio commercial and the rep had no idea what they were talking about.
New Labour - New Britain.
I calculated how much money I take home from work each weekday, and my silly spreadsheet was totally wrong. I manually worked it out to be about a quarter of what it said, and about a pound more than minimum wage. And there was me, swanning around thinking I was Simon Cowell! <errr errr> (family fortunes X noise)
I had a site for my hospital radio show I used to do while I was at school. But in those days domain names were hundreds of pounds, so I had to read out this hilariously long email address geocities.com/Arena/SunsetStrip/3084 or something because you weren't allowed a custom address back then.
Thank you Geocities.
As someone said, the sites on Geocities are like the cave paintings of the internet.
It's a lovely day here, but I'm on my own, so feeling at a loose end. I don't need to do anything in the garden because we have a pair of gardeners who look after it now. I do have to water the new turf next to the new path, but only once the sun has gone down.
I might eat a Snickers bar.
Yes. I'm eating it now.
Tonight however, Nick Abbot (sitting in for Clive) chatted to Bill Buckley. You can tell they aren't mad keen fans of each other, so there's an underlying tension of formality and unease.
On the topic of water meters, Nick quotes Ken Livingstone's advice of "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down"
Nick then advises, "if you let it mellow for too long you can grow potatoes in your toilet".
On the topic of oysters (Bill had just been to some sort of oyster tasting party)
Nick opines, "I had an oyster once, and it was like the sea had coughed up in my mouth"
Maybe you had to be there (if so, download the podcast from today) but those two rattley old puffin comments made me laugh out loud.
As an aside, I met Nick Abbot a few times in person in the office at Virgin Radio, and although it was about 9 years ago, he didn't seem grumpy or as ratty as he sounds on LBC today. But he was getting paid a large amount to play music there. He was highly amused that I thought the station was computerised (it wasn't - it still used CDs and Sonifex's future of tape carts - 'discarts' (3.5" floppy discs that acted like carts).
So, total and utter contempt and tedium then?
Yes, me too.
Strange, then, how you have about 14 channels devoted to it and insist on including it in news reports on your news channel. I wouldn't say sport was news because it is irrelevant and boring, particularly so to any viewers who do not care for it.
I got some corkers recently.
I now have a total of 5 pairs of Vans slip-ons (above). Why? Very comfy, and because the tops are cloth, they let your feet be cool. Probably not too great for winter or wet weather though, so I got a pair made from suede (below). Office had a pair on offer for just £10, but they're normally about £35. Lots of colours and patterns to choose from. Very 'in' at the moment.
I also have one pair of white Converse All Stars lo-tops (or whatever) from amazon. Everyone goes on about them, and you see them everywhere - the most popular shoe at the moment? Anyway, they're ok. They squeak at the heel after you've worn them for a few hours. I'm testing wearing them more loosely to see if that helps. And different thickness socks. A few people I know have them and they squeak too.
I splashed out on a new pair from Schuh which have a multi-coloured rim so it looks like they're made from about 10 different colours of canvas. I'm toying with the idea of getting some orangey/yellow hi tops, but I think I've spent more money than I actually have on shoes this month.
I also got some very cool limited edition Gola eBoy hi-tops. Look them up - they are well w00t!
There was some good TV on this afternoon for a change! I watched a well made documentary about the staff of a US Air Force aircraft carrier. It was on Nat Geo HD, a new HD channel we now receive. At the end I wondered, why I felt it was so good. NO NARRATOR. The staff themselves led the story.
Then we started watching the Pirates of Penzance - an outrageous(?!) stage version filmed in Australia. The first few scenes were laugh-out loud funny - more the actors than the songs though.
We curtailed this to tidy up for tomorrow's installation. Hopefully, unless swine flu has struck their staff, we're having automated gates and intercom installed tomorrow. Not cheap things I have discovered, with every add-on (light sensors so they don't close on your car, keyfobs, etc.) being 3 figures!
I think she's great.
If I had millions of pounds, I wouldn't be doing some crap CGI advert to be played hundreds of times a day on TV getting on
Perhaps he ain't as loaded as he reckons he is?
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The latest Homebase advert uses a lisping Dave Gorman - bearded nerdy twat with a boring voice and no delivery style to speak of.
Then there's Jane Horrocks doing the Tesco advert, talking to us like we're 3 year olds about how even though Tesco are more expensive than Asda, they're not and we're all stupid to believe Asda's adverts. Even though Asda are cheaper.
Now she's doing UK Road Tax adverts on the radio.
Sky 1 continuity announcer woman who literally SHOUTS all over the end credits of the programme you've just watched. What on earth they were thinking when they get her in is BEYOND me and surely every viewer must hit the MUTE button - her voice is like fingernails down a blackboard. NOTHING going for it at all.
The website CLOSES at midnight until 7am every day.
A WEBSITE CLOSING FOR THE NIGHT?!?!?!
Which century is the government living in?!?!?!
Then the bidet started leaking, so he came back another day to fix that - the bit on the bottom wasn't screwed tightly. (technical term!)
Now it's just a corner of the shower than leaks intermittently onto the floorboards. I think I will just squirt more sealant on myself. Want it all to be right before getting a carpet laid in there (yes, I like a carpet in the bathroom. I don't piss all over the floor like some people!)
The main bathroom is still to be done, but another plumber says we need a bath with pre-drilled holes for the taps, as the one we have bought [and is waiting in the garage] has no tap holes (because of the odd modern tap we've bought for it - a large mixer tap and a shower head that slots into the bath top next to it. So the bath in the garage will probably end up on eBay like the old fittings from my bathroom (got £167 for them!).
Constructed a cross trainer today. Will it be used or become a clothes horse? Time will tell! (There's already talk of buying an ice cream machine, so perhaps more mind-set changing needs to occur first!). I had a go on it and now I can't walk.
I now have a 24" widescreen monitor in both my upstairs and downstairs office - posh eh? No more squinting for me! I bought my mum a 23" one - they're certainly worth getting just to see everything a bit bigger. They're all Samsungs - my only niggle is that upon reducing the brightness they all start buzzing which is quite noticable.
Today was hilarious. We had 7 deliveries from 7 different courier companies. By the afternoon the hall was full so we were getting them to leave stuff on the porch. I also have a thermal gel colour printer now from Ricoh. Massive and heavy, but only £53. I discovered today that my office is now full and I have nowhere to put it! I need to re-arrange things on my desk. What a boring end to a blog post!
Maplin took over where Tandy disappeared. Maplin used to be the place where the electronics hobbyists went for cheaper components and kits. Tandy was more mainstream. Now Maplin, whilst not turning its back on the hobbyist, has certainly gone mainstream compared to say 15 years ago.
Sad though that it was seemingly a strong brand, and the UK's second largest electrical retailer at the time.
I bought my first CD hi-fi (Amstrad) there (£180 in about 1992),
along with outdoor horn speakers (£8), LEDs, buttons (£1.08),
a laser pointer (£35),
Genexxa audio mixer (£60), audio leads,
Realistic Pro 47 radio scanners x2 (£200 each), DC transformers,
Realistic Mini Amplifier SA-155 (£40 - still going, on my garage workbench),
arcade challenge game (£15),
130-in-1 electronics kit (£30), soldering iron,
red microphone and stand (back in the 80s - my first of many, many microphones!),
Genexxa omnidirectional microphone (£35 - still have it in my mic bag),
Realistic tie clip mic, pillow speaker, headphones,
Realistic SCP-31 playback cassette deck (£40, but took it back after realising there was no record button!)
cassette carousel (£3),
tape head demagnitiser (£9 - still have)
AM/FM pocket radio with speaker (listened to it on the bus going to school in about 1995 until I could drive, £18)
...and that's just from looking through the Tandy 1997 catalogue I keep on my shelf for nostalgia!
Certain items in it I still long for - the wood veneer 10 watt Realistic speakers, the Realistic walkie-talkies.....
Everything seems rather expensive compared to today's prices - which is odd when inflation is taken into account. Surely prices should be higher 12 years on? But no, it's like prices have dropped by 70% for most items in today's world.
Unicef doorstopped us today. "A massive vaccination campaign". I think we should really focus on ourselves and this county at the moment, instead of giving so much away. Charity begins at home. I thought this doorstopping was illegal anyway. AND I don't remember the last time Africa did a fund raiser for our people in need.
The joiner I mentioned two posts ago has not returned to complete his job. He is Bob Deano from Deano's.
The plumber finished my bathroom. Yesterday I noticed a number of damp bricks in the wall on the porch below my bathroom, so something's leaking. He'll return tomorrow under his 'all work guaranteed' clause, presumably to rip out the entire shower......
Dr Fedoroff, who wrote a book about GM Foods in 2004, believes critics of genetically modified maize, corn and rice are living in bygone times.
"We wouldn't think of going to our doctor and saying 'Treat me the way doctors treated people in the 19th Century', and yet that's what we're demanding in food production."
The plumber was here for 10 days and had to leave to go into hospital to have his varicose veins removed. In that time, he took the old bathroom furniture out, took off the grotesque 'enchanted sea' tiles to reveal another hidden layer of tiles beneath. He took these tiles off too, with which came lumps of plasterboard. So he ended up re-plasterboarding the whole room which set him back 3 days and cost me £450.
The shower tray's waste was in the opposite corner of where it should be, so he was complaining about what 'bad plumbing pratice' it was to have the waste pipe going under the tray, making the water travel a long distance. Then he fitted the sliding shower enclosure door the wrong way around, so I would have to squeeze past the toilet with about a 5 inch gap between them to get into the shower. I told him, he removed it and fitted it the right way round. More delay because of that.
Then he discovered that the Splashwalls from some company in Perth which had been delivered a few weeks beforehand were all damaged - scratched and cracked. It seems the laminate company who send them out think that one sheet of polythene is enough to protect a 2.4m x 1.4m white gloss screen from couriers throwing them around! WRONG! In the end we had to go for the PVC cladding, which actually doesn't look too bad. My only worry is if any water gets down the 'sealed' joins between each strip, I don't know where it goes.
The plumber then plastered the room, tiled the room, fitted the toilet and had to go off for his operation.
The shower is great, but because the wrong rated RCD is in the fusebox (32A not 40A), it cuts out after about 10 minutes. The sliding door surround leaks so I have to shower in one corner and have a towel ready to mop up the leak. Water seems to enter via one of the joins in the sliding door frame.
We've just had a joiner round for a day. He's been fitting 8 interior doors upstairs. His apprentice was with him yesterday. He was a tall chap who drove a BMW...and seemed to do a better job than the joiner. The joiner came back to finish up this morning, but before he could dash off, I checked what he'd done. There were still large ugly holes in the door frame where the previous door's latch fitted in, which he didn't seem to think I'd notice. He hadn't taken off the nailed-on frame surround in the bathroom which had split, or fitted a towel hook on the back of either bathroom door as requested. He's gone off to get the filler for these holes.....let's see if he ever returns....
I'm a bit pissed off with both of them really. Especially the joiner at his total lack of finishing off. Beutiful oak doors - bloody big ugly holes in the frames left there as if we wouldn't notice. Idiot.
The plumber will return on Monday - perhaps - after recovering. He will fit my sink and bidet and tower radiator. Then start work on the main bathroom................
Upon reflection, a busy week. Unfortunately, in busy weeks lots of little jobs get left by the wayside, so I'm trying to catch up on replying to emails - translating my response into Japanese and French so far.
My sleeping pattern was rubbish this week. I didn't get any more than 4 hours sleep each day (I usually prefer 8). Last night though I slept for 15 hours in total with a 2 hour interval.
I had my big TV mounted on the wall in my lounge. Major feat of engineering getting it done properly! Superb now though, because I can get rid of the TV unit which ate into the space. Also had my Bose Panaray 502As mounted on the wall with it. My 10" subwoofer (which I got for £95 instead of £486 - surely a pricing error!) compliments the system.
I did have a very ugly JVC hi-fi with incredible bass response (went down to 20Hz!) but as with a number of JVC hi-fis, after a while they just 'crash' all the time and don't respond to the remote until you 'reboot' it by unplugging from the mains. This one started having intermittent problems with the aux in connection too.
The young and trendy delivery driver who delivered my Sony amp complimented me on my cool multi-coloured 'demon' Vans slip-ons. I don't get the trial by jury I used to where I worked, so it was nice to hear I'm trendy.
Unfortunately, the number of people I know who were core Radio 4 listeners now don't listen because they GOT SICK OF HEARING ABOUT ISLAM ALL THE BLOODY TIME.
The court case was today where my tenant, who has not paid rent for over 3
months (£1,800) was instructed by the British judge to pay me. Good you
think? Hmmm. £3.07 per week. So it will take over 11 years for my tenant to
pay me what she owes me, without interest. Excuse me if I conclude that the
judge is a cunt and my tenant a twat.
Let's hope March gets better.
i was on the tour ride taking a video then the fucken shark thing popped out
at me and my fone went flying into the ocean pool thing.
I don't wantch much TV these days. Anything I do watch, I record it so I can fast forward through the huge number of adverts. They relaxed regulations regarding how many adverts could be played per hour on UK TV, and by doing this makes 18 minutes of adverts terribly irritating, for me, making commercial TV essentially unwatchable.
I have had a busy week. I am doing my arm excercises to try and stop the RSI pain in my hands I've had for years. It does seem to work but I so often forget to do them.
A busy month. Everything arriving by courier for the new bathrooms - a few deliveries each day for a couple of weeks. Hilarious when more than one arrives at once.
Listening to these voice-over people who advertise on Google, they sound so rubbish! Is it a pity that the internet has given them the opportunity to showcase their mock-up Capital FM idents and pretend global cosmetic brand adverts they paid a recording studio to put on a CD for £300?
Am on the verge of switching to Asda mobile PAYG - 8p calls and 4p texts beats Virgin I'm afraid. Just have to get my phone unlocked somewhere.
Last weekend I painted my bedroom, then the hall, stairs and landing in 8 hours. I was aching the next day. I have to do the 2nd coat sometime. I don't think I've recovered yet.
They're going on about the BBC not showing some appeal for money for that Israel war victim thing. Well get this, I'm sick of being asked for my fucking money wherever I bloody go, whatever I watch or listen to, whatever I read - in this country. We have our own problems - crime, old people freezing to death in their own homes because they can't afford to heat them.
Think about those people before you send money to some waring douchebags who you've never met. Would they EVER do a collection for us? It's all pay out. They can get screwed.
Things have quietened down this month after a frantic final quarter of 2008, so I have time to do jobs now.
Hope you are well too!
Their move over to a 'portal' system to manage domains has left me with several logins, plus many more I don't even know.
I pay for domains to be renewed, only to check and see that they haven't been.
Their helpdesk allows you to submit tickets, then for them to never appear on the list and disappear into the ether.
Their billing department seemingly invoicing you for random amounts - or if it's the same amount, with different VAT amounts even on invoices sent on the same day, post-15% VAT rate.
I don't know what's going on, but after a good 6 years with them I'll be moving my names away as they come up for renewal.