Say what you see……

June 30, 2007

This piece of flotsam was left behind in the recent floods.

To my eye it looks like a particular animal, leave a comment with what it looks like to you.

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Flood pt.II

June 29, 2007

This is the 5 Weirs Walk at Carbrook Road in Sheffield, 3 days after the floods.

3 Days after the flood

And here again, just for comparision, is the picture I posted during the flood on Monday.

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What a difference 3 days make!

Lost in translation?

June 28, 2007

Yes, its another of those crazy translations*

As seen on a T-shirt, on sale in Lanzarote….

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Its complete gibberish isnt it? Not even particularly correct English either.

Now I got to thinking, you know when you buy a T-shirt and its got some random Russian foreign writing on? Here is the same text made into pseudo-Russian.


You wouldnt even worry about it would you? You’d just think “nice colours, fits ok, not to tight round the boobies” and buy it.

Next time, I want you to think “But, what if I ever meet a Russian?”

You know he’s gonna laugh!

*Yes, I know, the Chinese sweat-shop worker that translated this into English for a Spanish speaking market probably earns a pittance despite their English being much better than my Chinese will ever be. I’m just having a laugh, dont hate me!

Picture it!

June 27, 2007

Inspired by Michael and his spreading fame, I went off on a google hunt for any of my pictures being used on the Interweb.

Would you believe I found this page, where one of my recent holiday photo’s is being used to illustrate a News story.

True, the News story about the driver of a Coach party taking and burning the German tourists towels doesnt reflect my photo’s actual back story.

Sunbeds taken

In fact all these towels belong to Brits in a Brit dominated holiday complex in Lanzarote, which kind of busts the German tourist myth. But hey, who ever let the facts get in the way of a good story?

I’m happy that someone other than me thought it worth using!

*Jo posed a good question in the comments. “How did I find it?”

I forgot that some of you are not as Internet-Monkey-Minded as me and so I didnt even think to explain! Actually, its very simple, anyone using your Flickr photos is supposed to comply with the license that you’ve attached to the picture. So I just searched Google for { uploaded by andy2boyz -flickr } and { photo andy2boyz -flickr } Simple really 🙂

Put that out!

June 27, 2007

You may or may not know that England goes smoke free on July 1st 2007. It should come as no surprise really, the tide has deffo turned against the smoker and we are just catching up with other European countries.

You may also know that I myself stopped smoking on the 25th july 2005, so for me that is almost 2 smoke-free years.

And I did it Cold Turkey, baby!!

If however, you dont have will-power like me, you could try the excellent Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking *

I actually read this book after a I stopped smoking but I found it summed up everything I had already realised for myself. In fact, its the book I would have written 🙂

*For the frugally minded amongst you, though how frugal you can be when spending a small fortune on smokes, I am reliably informed that an electronical version of this book is to be found on emule/edonkey/torrent sites.

Cruise news and other nonsense.

June 26, 2007

In other news, Germany has banned filming at its military sites if Tom Cruise is involved.

“Cruise, also one of the film’s producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology which the German government does not recognise as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject.”

Gotta love those Germans, just say what you mean!

Let me quote it again

“masquerades as a religion to make money”

The words of the German government, not mine 🙂

Tom should still be ok for a gig, and shouldnt’t starve anytime soon. I hear that he is now qualified to preside over “Marriages” in the “church” of scientology.

What I dont get about scientology is this. If all the top dudes have these super mind powers and can do “things” then why dont we have any proof? All it would take is for the head guy at the highest level to show the power of enlightenment and the whole world will convert overnight.

But, it hasnt happened yet.

I wonder why??

If my blog were a fillum it would be a…

June 26, 2007

Online Dating

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words: slutty (3x) dangerous (1x)

Thanks to Rob7534 for this little diversion


June 25, 2007

This was the scene this afternoon just 50 metres from were we usually park our car near the office.

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This picture show the River Don at the 5 Weirs Walk on Carbrook Road in Sheffield, the water in the foreground and to the right of the picture is actually supposed to be a path! I estimate that the water is at least 8-10 feet higher than normal.

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We were lucky enough to get home with too many problems, and have been watching the news unfold on Sky News. There are even 3 RAF rescue helicoptors winching stranded people off roofs.

Many offices close to ours are totally flooded in and Staff will be spending the night!

Mum knows all your secrets #001

June 22, 2007

Or, embarrassing childhood things that Mum likes to remind me of

Or, I’ll get you back one day, probably in front of your boyfriend!


Mum – “Do you remember, you used to mope around in your room listening to that dirge music?”

I was a fan of The Smiths at the time. I’ll admit I did a fair amount of moping around, secretly smiling inside when ever Mum said “turn that dirge off!” I never went too far and adopted the flowery shirts, hearing aid and thick glasses though!

Mum – “Do you remember when we were on that Bus and you threw your shoes out of the window?”

No! I was about 4, I dont remember that far back 🙄 Of course, I do know the story of how we got off the bus at the next stop and went back to look for them, un-successfully.

Mum – “Do you remember, when I had to go up in front of the School Governors because you were truanting?”

In fact, I didnt remember this. I do remember that I “opted out” of Geography lessons for a whole year because I so despised the teacher. In fact, even 20 years later, I still have a very fond piece of hatred for him. Mr Banner, in case you were asking 🙂

I’ll spare us all any more of these just now, I’m sure I’ll the strength to write more soon!

To be continued…….

Happy Birthday Mum!

June 21, 2007

Here is my Mum with the Betulia that we bought for her birthday.

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I think she likes it 🙂