Spicey stuff.

July 15, 2007

I got a new camera 🙂

Do you have one of these cupboards? Its the one thats jammed with all those odds and ends like spices, sauces, tea and coffee etc.


The tiny little pepper pot bottom left is from an Air France business class flight back in 2004. Isnt it cute? I dont know where the salt pot disappeared to.

I think this would make a great subject for a meme thingy. I’m not sure of the etiquette of tagging people to do a meme, so rather than name names, if you’re reading this then consider yourself tagged!

Take a picture of the inside of one of your cupboards and tell us something about whats inside.

So go on, whats in your cupboards??

Another up tempo fiasco

July 10, 2007

So, according to Reuters, Live Earth draws lackluster TV ratings

……..BBC One coverage of the Live Earth climax at London’s Wembley Stadium, leading up to Madonna’s eagerly awaited finale, averaged 3.1 million viewers, compared with 11.4 million for the Diana tribute

Frankly I’m surprised they even got 3 million viewers. I mean, who really wants to watch another benefit/awareness gig? Even if I had been desperate to see the artists perform, the “message” just turns me off.

I cant be the only person that is fed up of over-paid ageing millionaires telling me I should be doing this or that for the sake of the planet. Stop wasting money putting on concerts that few people want to see and just donate some of your millions already!

And dont get me started on the BBC’s Saving Planet Earth, a whole week of celebs trying various heart-string-tugging techniques to part us from our cash. If the BBC put the money they spent making the programmes into donations to the campaign, it would be money well spent in my view. Though I dont know what business they have taking my licence fee and using it to make programmes telling me to donate more money to their chosen causes.

Dont get me wrong, I do care about stuff, I have DD’s set up to my chosen charities and I do my bit around the house, saving water, composting, low energy bulbs, that sor of thing.

I’m just sick of sick of the lot of ’em, telling me I need to do more!

Cup stacking

July 7, 2007

Not sure when this happened but its like, all over YouTube and its mad!

She’s good!

These guys are doing a good job playing together.

and here, for Jonathan, is a boy in a towel!

Fave Foto Friday # 11 now with added caption competition!

July 6, 2007

I’ve not done one of these for a while, but when I saw this in my sidebar, the urge grabbed me again. This photo, although a few years old, still makes me laugh.

This is what I wrote on Flickr..

Oh dear, this young lady is in a state isnt she, showing her knickers, toilet paper stuck to her shoe. Not sure what her gentlemen friend is doing to his pants. I think this pic was in the Garage bar in Puerto Rico.

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* In the comments, Ms.Mac suggests a caption competition, which I think is a great idea. So lets try it, simply leave a comment with your caption. The best one will win a prize, or something!

On the level.

July 5, 2007

Men’s Socks Available in various colours, Sizes: 6 – 8 or 9 – 11, Price per pair – 69p

Yet another great bargain from Lidl.

However, I have to wonder what the advertising dept were thinking, when they were coming up with this picture.


Lets just take a closer look. The brief is to sell socks and let everyone know that they are MEN’s socks. You could go for the obvious, have some men wearing the socks but that’s so been done before.

How about draping them over a Spirit Level?

Yeah, that’ll do it!

Cool as…

July 4, 2007

Whats that in the distance? If I hold this leaf back and we squint a bit…


Yes thats right. Cucumbers!

Check out the Garden Diary page for some pictures of the Tomatoes too 🙂

The Cadaver Calculator – How Much is Your Body Worth?

July 3, 2007

This is quite dark, but hey, lets have a go!

$4100.00The Cadaver Calculator – Find out how much your body is worth

A bit disapointing really, thats only about £2000, though that hernia I had when I was about 10 years old has finally paid off, the calculator really shot up when I mentioned that!

I’ve always been fond of the word “cadaver” Its a fairly unusual word here in the UK, more commonly used in the USA. I first came across it in a novel called The Number Of The Beast by Robert A. Heinlein. In the way that precocious youths do, I would delight in slipping cadavers into casual conversation, not as hard as it sounds when the other new word I was using at the time was “eviscerate” I’m sure you can imagine the fun I had with those two!

More fave photo’s and some Closure

July 2, 2007

Ultimate catharsis alert, please indulge me or turn away now, your choice 🙂

I’ve mentioned Chris before on my blog, if you havent learned already, he was me best friend at Secondary (High) Shool

1. Who was your best friend?

Chris Salt. We met on the first day of Secondary School when we sat next to each other in our first class. We became pretty much inseparable throughout the 5 years of School. In the 5th year we started to drift apart as our interest in girls (and boys) developed. In the 20 years since I left School, I’ve seen him maybe 3 times and spoke to him less than than that. I used to feel sad about this but now I just hope that, wherever he is, he is happy.

and then I said

I mentioned Chris in a previous post. Something I didnt mention then was how I had something between hero worship and a crush on him. So, it was quite a big deal, going to the “Theatre” getting on the train and going to the Big City and all……..

So here I am again, posting some stuff about Chris. Dont get me wrong, I’m not hankering for the past, what might have beens, that sort of thing. It just always bothered me how its so easy to throw away a great friendship, just because of a few narrow-minded comments by others. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I can look back and make sense of things that have confused me for years.

So, after a few years of wondering, I recently found this on Friends Reunited, it answers a few questions and totally makes me happy.

What I’m doing now…

Hometown:Haitaitai, Wellington, New Zealand
Relationship status:Living with someone
Worklife:Working – happy where I am. Capital & Coast DHB, Nuclear Medicine Tech
Currently living in New Zealand. I work in Wellington Hospital Nuclear Medicine. Living the dream.

Like I said before, wanted to know that things had turned out well for Chris and now I know.

I suppose I’m quite envious now, after visiting New Zealand last year I am so longing to go back again. I am pleased to see that Chris is happy and is with someone, I truly hope that it is going well.

I started writing a whole load of other stuff here and then thought better of it and deleted it all. Lets just say I’m over all the stuff that made me angry at the time. The way our long friendship was severed was hurtful and unfair but that was that and Chris must have needed that level of finality to close off his feelings. I dont blame him for that any more.

So its closure of sorts and can stop wondering (and posting about it!)

Instead here are some photos from happy times.

Chris and Andy

Me and Chris clowning for the camera. This was taken in my Mum’s front room around 1985 ish. We used to leave school at lunchtime and get up to all sorts of stuff.

For the last 3 years of school, I had to take a £3 cheque every week to buy dinner tickets. This was a result of the infamous DM scandal.

Spending many lunch breaks over the wall in the cricket score box, smoking and on some occasions, poooing!***

Spending many lunch breaks at Chris’s house stealing his Mum’s Berkley Red fags.

Nicking bottles off the wagon delivering beer to the Concertina club in Mexborough, then getting questioned over smelling of booze in school.

I could go on but hey, who’s listening?

Chris and Jason on Bunks

This picture was taken on the Ferry to (I think) Ostend, we got diverted from the original destination which was Zeebrugee**. We were on a School trip to Germany and we were supposed to be upstairs on recliners but had gone exploring and found these "free" bunks. Chris and Jason are just about to be booted out of the bunks by the random bloke in the corner. Anyone would think we were causing a disturbance!

Happy Days!

* a very 80’s phrase, sorry about that.

** Sketchy memory of something to do with the “Herald of Free Enterprise” I also may be mixing up my timelines though, its a long while ago. Somewhere, I do have a photo of us boarding sister ship the “Spirit of Free Enterprise.”

***Chris was the first person I saw do a poo.

Brimful of ash.

July 1, 2007

Not really a Post, more of a Question.

What happens to the millions of Pub ash-trays that are now redundant?

I hope they are not all heading for landfill sites. I hope to see some interesting and innovate uses in the News or more likely on ebay!

Answers on a postcard please……

Post Of The Week

July 1, 2007

I spend a fair amount of my online time surfing around on Flickr, which I’m sure you know, is a photo sharing community thingy. One of the great things is that there is a Flickr group for almost anything you can think of. You want pictures of one-legged dogs? How about yellow flowers? People upload there photos and tag them with keywords (which are also searchable) and add them to groups or pools. Its quite addictive and you can lose whole hours linking from one photo to the next.

Now, I’m a member a group called Sheffield and I enjoy seeing other peoples photos of the city, I’ve contibuted a few of my own too. The group has a blog and organises a “Post of the Week” thingy, with volunteers choosing their fave photos and little text about why they caught their eye.

You probably guessed the point of this post by now, but I put my name down to have a go and have just had the result published here

Thats http://flickrsheffield.wordpress.com/2007/06/30/potw-54/ 🙂

Pop along and see what you think…..