Monday, October 31, 2005


Looking at my shelves, I seem to have accumulated hundreds of VHS tapes over the years.

But now with Sky and Freeview you have to watch the same channel you're recording. So I haven't recorded anything on VHS for several years.

BUT what about all the saved recordings on all the tapes? I haven't watched 98% of those for years, and could only name a handful of things on them.

So do I chuck most of them, or keep them in case ... do you know what? I've lost the will to live writing this post.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Loyd Grossman Sauces

Isn't it funny how a marketing event can backfire?

I used to really like Loyd Grossman cooking sauces. One day I walked down to the Square in Bournemouth and noticed a huge promotional trailer for his sauces. No-one was around, so there I loitered, looking hopefully at the attendants, hoping for some sort of free sample or voucher.

They all ignored me.

I have made it a point never to buy these sauces again.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Rebelling by de-cluttering?

Isn't it strange how we each subconsciously rebel about things?

For example, I have discovered that I have started to do the exact opposite of my parents - just because they do things, I realise that I do the opposite without knowing it.

For example, when I was on holiday in France this summer, I decided that going to the gym would do me some good and said I would join one. When I get back, my 52 year old father starts going to the gym every day for at least 3 hours...doing sit ups in front of the TV, talking with frightening seriousness about 'pumping iron' and coming back from the tanning salon looking like a well cooked thermidore.

I now take vitriolic pride in not going to the gym, sleeping all day, being pasty, joining a chocolate tasting club and wearing elasticated waist trousers.

e.g. 2 - My parents are untidy hoarders.

So I have taken it upon myself to start trashing and selling all of my belongings that I do not see as necessary. Most CDs, books and DVDs are for sale on Amazon's Marketplace and selling well. Other detritus I have considered eBaying now gets binned to save hassle. I have got rid of so much stuff that I am now dismantling the empty shelving units from my room. I've always felt a freenig of my mind when I stay in hotel rooms where there is no clutter - no piles of papers to sort through, no objects that need attention. Perhaps this is what I'm striving for - a homogenised Linton Travel Tavern room where I will reside like Alan.

Am I going through a quarter-life crisis? Will I perchase a Corby trouser press to dismantle?

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Morris dancing for the Olympics?

Morris dancing for the Olympics?

I support morris dancing at the Olympics.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Family Guy - the best show on TV?

The only mainstream cartoon to be banned in South Korea, Poland, Malaysia AND India. Some episodes are UK Cert 15 (the best ones).

Seriously, I think Family Guy the best show on TV but has been consistently poorly scheduled by every channel who bought the rights. Edgy, funny, intelligent and extremely creative.

The Griffin household includes two teenagers, a cynical dog who is smarter than everyone else, and a mutant baby who makes numerous attempts to eradicate his parents and siblings. Heading up this eclectic household is Peter Griffin. Peter does his best to do what's right for the family, but along the way, he makes mistakes that are the stuff of legends.

The 1st 3 seasons are on DVD (season 3 is the best) and new episodes are currently airing in the US, so should be on DVD soon.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Wallace and Gromit in the 1970s. Doesn't Gromit look sweet!


Clare Andreson voice-over

Isn't it funny how the darling of the commercial production world a few years ago has strangely disappeared from our airwaves?

I think I know why. Everyone finds her voice tremendously grating.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Apple's Video iPod - worthy news?

I'm not sure if I understand why an announcement from a gizmo company warrants such overwhelming coverage on all news channels.

On national radio, it was little more than an advert - nothing newsworthy about it. A company announces a new product. It's not even new - just a spin-off of an existing product.

I'm sure if a stationery company announced a new pencil product it wouldn't receive such coverage, simply because there are existing pencil products out there, as there are with personal video players.

Similarly, anything Google issues is lept on with much 'aren't we trendy' aplomb.

I don't think editors see how much airtime they give to Apple and Google. There are other computer companies and search engines out there, many of which in my opinion do a better job. So nur.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Daniel Powter: Bad Day

You had a bad day?

I had a bloody awful day because I woke up and your crap whiney song was on the radio!

Saturday, October 08, 2005


A platform that doesn't have 4 ad breaks totalling over 18 minutes per hour, even though it charges up to £35 per month subscription, and doesn't charge £10 per month to use a hard disk recorder that you've bought out-right anyway....what the hell is the deal with that?!?! £10 a month to record the TV?!?! I don't remember paying that with a VHS recorder...

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Horizons - 1st October 1983 - 9th January 1999. Today is 22 years since opening. Lest we forget the only attraction at EPCOT Centre that actually looked into the future. Sad to think that the structure and 15 minute ride you see in the photo does not exist at all any more.


Horizons - 1st October 1983 - 9th January 1999. Lest we forget the only 'future looking' attraction at EPCOT Centre.


Disneyland Paris TV Ad

Oh, now come on! It can't only be me who finds the girl on this ad annoying.

"Mum says it's just maaaagical!"

Mum says piss off you Italia Conte harridan.