January 27, 2007

Andy Passport photo 1997
Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

I have to get a new passport this month. How can I ever hope improve on this lovely picture? (Unless I was in prison!)

The worst thing is that you are stuck witha Passort photo for 10 whole years.

I’m going to a photo-booth this morning.

Wish me luck?

Later ……….

I had it done this morning, and not great photos but I’ve posted it and thats that!

The pics are actually pretty rubbish, not sure if the booth was working properly? You cant even make out my eye colour properly.

Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

My advice? Dont use the photo booth in Morrisons off the Sheffield Parkway 🙂

Convention pt2

January 24, 2007

What a journey!

We set off on time at 5am, the driver announced that to get to Olympia on time we wouldn’t be stopping along the way, what with the coach having toilets and tea and coffee facilities available.

Safe in this knowledge, I went straight to sleep.

Things started to go wrong when we approached Northampton Services and I’m woken by the driver announcing we will stop after all. As we were making such good time, we could afford a 1/2 hour coffee and loo stop. I’ve been here before and know that the traffic may be flowing freely so far but the closer to London the worse its gonna get. Add to this that its been snowing on the journey and its settling, that’s sure to start upsetting the flow pretty soon.

Sure enough, as soon as we set off we start to hit traffic and shortly afterward we’re crawling along. Cue lots of texts and calls to senior management informing them of the delays.

I’ll spare you the more boring details, we arrived around 10:30, an hour and a half later than planned and half an hour after the convention was due to start. Others had been delayed so the start had been put back accordingly.

I’ll also spare you the messages that we were exposed to during the convention. The end of the event was around 14:30 and after each grabbing the provided packed lunch, we were back on the bus quickly, with everyone keen to get home.

The traffic on the way back was probably worse than in the morning. More snow coupled with the darkness drawing in made conditions worse and we crawled past several crashes and cars stuck in the overtaking lane after sliding into the central barrier.

We eventually got back to Sheffield around 18:30, 13.5hours after setting off. The only thing that kept me sane was Sharon sitting behind us and keeping us laughing.
Sharon On The Bus Hopefully you can play this file, it opens in Quicktime for me.
Thanks Sharon 🙂 I know you’re gonna kill me for this but I could’nt resist.


January 23, 2007

Oh, what fun, we are off to the big smoke tomorrow for a convention. Sounds good, doesnt it?

Except, registration is at 9am and the convention at 10am. About 2500 Managers from around the company are going and the 40 or so from the different depts in Sheffield are all on a coach leaving at 5am.

Uhhhhgg, that means getting up at 4am, an hour usually only glimpsed before climbing aboard a flight to sunnier climes. Oh well, I should get some sleep on the coach. I’m pretty lucky like that, I can sleep pretty much anyware, I’ve been known to fall asleep in the car during the 10 drive home from work!

The venue is Olympia which I’ve not been to before so that will be interesting. There are some panoramic views on the website and it looks like a fab building.

The event is actually set to last only 3 hours and then its back on the road home again 🙂 and more sleep for me.

By my reckoning, thats 3 hours “work” and lots of sleeping, not bad for a days pay!

In The Pink

January 20, 2007

Allow me, if you will, to take you on a journey to the Flamingo Hotel, Torremolinos……..

Picture this, we are in the bar at the hotel, the 5 of us a little worse for wear, its the second day and we have definitely found our feet with the all-inclusive drink, if you see what I mean.

The “Bar Salon” itself is chock-a-block with Spanish pensioners. In fact that’s a whole other post on its own, keep an eye out for that one!

The upshot is that our gang are sat at the back in a little offshoot-annexe, immediately behind the bar.

I’ve already noticed the couple at the bar, a guy and (I presume) his wife, both appear to be mid 30’s. They’ve caught my eye twice already. Firstly, as I silently berated her for her choice of a large green flowing number to cover her “plus size” frame. Secondly, when I noticed them look in our direction and then put their heads together in conspiratorial fashion.

A few minutes later the guy approached our group and homed in on me.

He said, “Hey mate, wearing pink is not a good idea here, I’ve heard Torremolinos is the top Gay place in Spain.”

Cue tumbleweeds, I mean complete silence and few bemused looks. After what seemed like ages, my Brother finally broke the silence with “That’s good to know mate.” Not the reaction he expected, I’m guessing, and so, wearing a look of bewilderment he retreated back to the bar.

Ever the considerate and protective Brother, Billy said “If he comes an’ says aught else about puffs, I’ll deck ‘im!” Bless!

I felt a bit sorry for him after that, only for a minute though. He was probably just looking for some pals for him and wifey to hang out with. I suppose a table with 4 blokes and a girl looked like a safe place to start.

The guy was last seen back at the bar consulting with wifey. “What did I say?” he was probably asking. Wifey should have been able to spare him the pain, she was after all, a “lady with nice nails” and ought to have been able to spot a couple of Gayers from that distance. Perhaps he’d upset her earlier and this was her revenge!

Almost famous

January 1, 2007

I think this is quite fun! I just found one of my Flickr pictures on the net at

Of course I’m a total amateur and not likely to use any of my photos for monetary gain, so I dont really worry about copyrights and all that stuff.

However, I can understand why un-attributed use would upset some people, interestingly the web page above is dated Sept 7th 2006 at which time this image was marked as “all rights reserved”, it wasnt until 27th Dec 2006 that all my images on Flickr were changed to “attribution non commercial.”

Well, anyways I’m just happy someone found the picture useful 😉

STOP PRESS – I just found another at
(scroll right to the bottom)

Happy New Year #003

January 1, 2007

We stayed home to avoid both family conflict and spreading Pauls poorly chest. It turned out really nice, we had an excellent roast Lamb lunch (involving mushy peas, obviously) and then watched some TV waiting for the New Year thing. 

hehe, so now at 23:54 I’ve opened the third bottle – Champagne De Saint Gall 2000 – nice. Seeing the New Year in with bubbles,very nice.

We watched everyone else’s fireworks through the bedroom windows.

We both wish each other and each and every one an even more happy and even more enjoyable year to come.