Jump! and other random-ness

March 13, 2007

Oh dear!

I just stumbled across this while looking for some local news.

In Summary

Hecklers urge on car park jumper

Police have condemned hecklers who urged a man to “get on with it” as he threatened to jump off the top of a multi-storey car park.
A crowd gathered as the 21-year-old was perched on the eight-storey building in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, while officers tried to calm him down.

But some onlookers started shouting at the man, urging him to jump.

Trained negotiators later arrived at the scene near the town centre and persuaded the man to come down. He was later reunited with his family and given counselling.

Police said about 50 people had gathered at the scene in John Street on 22 February and about half a dozen started telling the man to jump.

Pc Mark Dyson, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “It was incredibly frustrating to see this happening when we were just trying to help the guy. “It might have been a bit easier to understand if it was teenagers messing about but these were adults shouting things like ‘jump’ and ‘get on with it.” “When you’ve also got people shouting things like this out of vans driving past it’s terrible really.” “What would these people have thought if it was one of their relatives up there?”

Oh the shame! You see, Mexborough is the town I grew up in. Thankfully, my formative years were not too damaged by contact with these idiots!

Actually, this reminds me that aged about 15, I was able to borrow a Derek & Clive LP from the Public Library. Its absolute filth of course and I shouldnt have been allowed near it until at least, um, 16.

If I recall correctly there is a song on the LP that goes something like this…

“As I was walking down the street one day, I saw a man at a window…” Then he sings “JUMP, you F****er, Jump”

Perhaps all those onlookers had also been members of the Library audio section?

If they were, then they were lucky! I recall how hard it was to get in! I kid you not, it was a right rigmarole.

Let me take you back……

This is the dawn of time as far as Doncaster Library Service is concerned. They are still using paper for everything. I’ve probably got more computing power in my bedroom at 15 than the whole of Doncaster council has. For those of you under 30, I’ll explain.

Every item in the Library has a 3cm x 8cm piece of card on which all its details are typed, and I mean typed, not printed. This piece of card sits in a little pouch in the front of the book or attached to the record sleeve. When you borrow an item, they take the item card out and stamp on the pouch the date you should return the item. They take one of your library cards (which is also a sort of pouch thing), and put the item card into it, then they file it awaiting return.

So anyway, getting tickets for borrowing books is easy, childs play, in fact they do give them to children. Imagine that!

Getting tickets to borrow “Cassettes”, is similarly easy.

Now LP’s, obviously this is before CD’s, Lp’s are a different matter all together. They make it a condition of getting “Record” tickets, that you have to bring your stylus into the Library! Thats right you have to dismantle your “Music Centre” and take it to the library. Some Parents didnt allow this and so, I swear, at my school there was a bigger boy that would rent you a stylus, in exchange for one of those lovely new pound coins we had just been introduced to.

When you go to apply, the Head Librarian must be there too, for he is the only one worthy of checking your stylus. He actually puts it under a microscope to check that it has a diamond tip. He would then offer his advice and verdict, “could do with a clean, but it’ll do.”

Dont know why they bothered really, the state of some of the records was appalling, jumping and hissing and scratchey, and this is years before hip-hop got big.

Mentioning the Head Librarian, brought other memories flooding back, so excuse me while I reminisce. His name was, I think, Mr MacDonald or MacSomething, anyway he had a beard. His wife was one of my Teachers at school and we used to have a weekly trip down there to take our books back and choose new ones. That’s if you had a library card, some Parents werent as bothered as mine and those kids had to stay behind and make do with the school Library.

After returning old and choosing new books, we all sat down in story corner (this is baby school!) and one of the the Librarians would read us a story. Head Librarian and Teacher would disappear, a nice little set up for them really, an hour off together.

At the time we used to whisper that they had gone for a snog *cue giggles*

Now I realise they probably just went to do a bit of shopping!

Why cant we keep the fun, giggley childs view of the world?


Cash me up, I’m leaving.

March 12, 2007

There was lot in the News last week about various pie-in-the-sky ideas from the Government, supposedly to deal with illegal immigrants and such. Of course, if you overstay your Visa and receive a text message telling you so, you’ll be rushing to leave the country, wont you?

Well here is my solution…..

Abolish cash!

How about that for a radical statement? I Know!

Imagine if all physical money is replaced by an electronic currency, surely its difficult for an illegal subculture to continue to exist. Whether youre aiming at drug dealing, bank robbers or illegal workers/immigrants its a magic bullet. Or am I being very naive?

Money would only be “paid” to you by authorised (and tightly controlled) sources and you could only “spend” using your debit card. For those denied a traditional current account, access to “basic” accounts is already in place. For verified asylum seekers etc then a goverment back debit card could be provided.

Simple, Yes?


Castaway exposed.

March 11, 2007

I just have to post again, sorry for all these tonight 🙂

Laughed so much when watching Castaway Exposed just now.

Richard Bacon asks Danny Wallace why he is now wearing a t-shirt.

Danny Wallace says “I spilt coke down my shirt”

I so wanted Bacon to say “Oh, I’ve been there mate!” or something.

He didnt.

But we laughed 🙂


Another photo-booth post

March 11, 2007


AndyApr90a.jpg Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

Well this is turning into a saga now!

I’ve added it to that celebrity Look-alikes post I did a while ago —> http://andy.2boyz.co.uk/?p=114

While I was clearing out some stuff in the loft, I found an old Blackpool Transport Residents Privilege Card.

This is me around April 1990, so I would have been 19 years old.

There are a few other little treasures too but I’m having a careful think before I share them with you all! My 1989 Diary, for example, is a little trove of not important yet at the time self important mutterings.

I’ll get back to you 😉


Hey, I think I’ve found the plot!

March 11, 2007


Plot 26 011 Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

Hopefully this will soon be mine 🙂

Its plot 26 on the Victoria Road Allotments here in Sheffield.

I went up for a look this afternoon, armed with a map of vacant plots. Some of them are really run down, probably needing weeks just clearing the junk thats been dumped. This plot is one of 8 that have been recently re-fenced, cleared and de-junked 🙂

I’ve emailed the Council and should have more news next week.

Can’t wait, Its gonna be great, I’m gonna have some raised beds and maybe a little shed, I better stop there before I get too carried away!


Holiday news

March 10, 2007

I’ll not bore you with the teeny details of the whole holiday. Most days we were mainly in the hotel enjoying the all-inclusive goodness 🙂

Monday was the exception because we met up with some friends. Pam and John are from Sheffield and they now live in Spain, running a beach-front cafe/restaurant in Benalmadena. In the Morning we walked down to see them at work and we all had a drink and some lunch. very nice it was too, all cooked fresh by the Chef, unlike others on the same stretch. It’s called Sharville’s, if you are ever in the area I’d recommend you give it a try 🙂

In the Evening, they came up to Torremolinos and we went out for a drink. Knowing John is a total karaoke fiend I suggested a bar across the road. It was empty, except for the staff, but advertised Karaoke, and there being 12 of us we practically filled the place ourselves!

I havent sung for ages, but after a bit of encouragement from John and Paul, I got up, then there was no stopping me! Since we had the place to ourselves Me, Trev, John and Lorrainne were able to sing as often as we liked!

Here is my “set”

Mustang Sally – Pauls favourite, he loves me doing this one.

I’m On My Way – With John – first time for both of us, went down well.

Handbags and Gladrags – first time for me, people seemed to like it!


TorremolinosMar2k7 125 Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

Red Light Spells Danger – Another first time for me, I sang it because its one of Pauls top fave songs and people enjoyed it!

Sweet Caroline – with Trev, an old fave.

Achy Breaky Heart – Aargghh, I know! first time for me, in fact I was tricked by John to get up and sing something else, I think My Way, then they played this, it wasnt that bad actually!

The end.

Of course, I didnt do them all at once like that, the others had a go in between.

I must have been feeling very brave doing all those songs for the first time, I havent even done them at home on my own. Must have helped that the audience was mostly friends and family.

So Monday was a really good day, Pam and John seemed to enjoy it. Now they live there I dont think they get out much! Its not like a holiday is it, when you have to actually get up and go to work 😦

Overall, we had a lovely break, the weather was great, like 23-24 degrees some days and we had good company. Makes all the difference, doesnt it?


On an ‘oliday!

March 4, 2007

Hi,

I cant take your call at the moment, please leave a message after the beep and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible, cheers

……… beeeeep!


Fave (beer) Foto Friday # 3

March 2, 2007


Zywiec Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

This fave photo comes courtesy of my cameraphone.

It is, of course, Zywiec, the luverrrly 5.6% abv lager from Poland, available at all good Wetherspoon pubs.

It is currently available for viewing, as wallpaper, on my phone until further notice 🙂


Fancy a brew?

March 1, 2007

Remember a couple of weeks ago, I was saying about cutting out the Coffee?

Well, I still havent drunk any since then, its not a “I’m not drinking Coffee anymore” thing. I’ve just really been getting into the Tea thing.

The Chai teabags I bought got me experimenting with my own brews. I found some starter recipes on the Net and took it from there.

Currently I’m favouring, a teaspoon of Coriander seeds, 4 Cardamom pods, 4 Cloves and about 8 whole peppercorns.

It’s pretty flexible really, you can adjust it depending on how you feel. We have no Ginger in the house at the moment but I’ll add some of that too for extra zing. Might pick up some Lemongrass too. Oh, and Cinnamon too!!

Its a bit more effort than a tea bag in a cup, but its so worth it. You can do it the quick way with boiling water from the kettle but I’m finding that time taken is the key.

Put a pan on the stove, and pour in 2 cups of cold water. Add a teabag and the spices you have chosen. Cracking open the seed pods intesifies the flavour, you may or may not want to do this. Bring the pan to the boil then turn off the heat and let it steep for a couple of mins. Fish out the teabag and spices or use a tea strainer (I still have to buy one of these 🙂

Take it with or without milk and enjoy!

Of course, the real Indian Chai is a much sweeter brew, thick and milky, but thats not my (sorry) cup of Chai.