Life in widescreen

March 17, 2008

Its performance bonus time again and although I dont get it until payday on Wednesday, I went a bit weak at the knees when I saw this little beauty. Of course, Paul agreed that a little treat out of said bonus was entirely appropriate 🙂

Widescreen Monitor

Look at that screen resolution, 1680 by 1050!!

Here is the moment when the current 19″ model met its replacement, a 22″ widescreen number.

Old meets new

Do you think it felt a bit inadequete?

Another post about shoes.

February 16, 2008

Oooops, I did it again!

I couldnt resist, I just had to have them, I know I only got new trainers at Christmas but still!

I love the Adidas Samba Super Suede and havent had a new pair for about about 2 years so I’m well due, the last pair have almost reached garden-wear status so its good to have a new pair to wear out.

This is one of a line of top selling trainers reaching back decades, the original Samba originating sometime in the 1950’s.

This version is my favourite, navy blue nubuck suede upper and a gum sole featuring the classic Samba suction cups. The over-long tongue, black-on-white Adidas motif on the rear and the distinctive 3 stripes all point towards this shoes venerable heritage. A good looking bumper bar wrapped around the front protects the toes from wear and tear and totally caps the whole thing off.

Samba Super Suede

Next on my list?

New shoes

December 22, 2007

Forgive me, but I really am a weak-willed worm when it comes to accessories. Today I bought a new cap, yet another belt and then succumbed to a new pair of shoes 🙂

I’ve actually had a hankering after a pair of these for a while now and with birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, I could wait no longer.

Chile62 006a

Go away now if you dont want to read my gushing, Adidas-geek style review of these shoes!

These are not just shoes, these are antiqued brown leather upper leather trainers, with the trademark Adidas 3 stripes in ‘bone’ leather. ‘adidas’ and ‘chile 62’ logos on the sides are in metallic gold. An all time Adidas classic, originally designed as a football boot for the 1962 World Cup held in Chile, and then reproduced as a great trainer. A stylish trainer with a timeless look that has lasted over 40 years. One of the very best ‘re-issues’ from Adidas.

V.retro and 🙂

In other news, I took the car for its MOT today, it passed blah blah, if it had failed I would have had something more interesting to blog about 🙂

Christmas Meme

December 16, 2007

A seasonal meme nicked from Ms.Mac who also nicked it from Tinakala in Estonia.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

First of all I have to say that Paul does most of wrapping. We’re using a combination of the 2, depends how special you are and how many pressies we’re sending you.

2. Real tree or artificial?

Artificial every time, less hoovering involved.

3. When do you put up the tree?

This year we put it up early, a couple of weeks ago, it was OK though, a neighbour had theirs up 4 days before us!  

4. When do you take tree down?

Normally, its a 12 days after Christmas thing, this year its coming down on the day before we fly to India on New Years Eve.

5. Do you like eggnog?

I don’t remember trying it, does it have Advocat in it?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

The gift of life. No seriously, I really loved my (boy doll) Maskatron from the Bionic Man.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?


8. Hardest person to buy for?

Steven Seagal.

9. Easiest person to buy for?

The boy from Mask (a mask)

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

A remote controlled Crane (sorry Dad……….Oh, you died, I left this apology a bit late……)

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?

Neither, I give Christmas cards to close family but that’s about all.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

Gremlins 2 ?

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

Never earlier than my birthday, November 26th. 

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Yes, I also have a few under the bed in reserve, if anyone drops in unexpected like, I’ll be running upstairs to wrap!

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Turkey? Goose? Anything but Christmas cake. 

16. Clear lights or coloured on the tree?


17. Favorite Christmas song?

How can yow choose? That Slade song or Elton’s Step into Christmas, oh! what about that Pogues song?

 18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home?

Stay home. 

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Rudolph, Cupid, Comet, Donner, Blitzen, Dancer, Prancer, how many did he have? I’m probably missing a couple.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

Both, Angel on main tree and a Star on the conservatory tree.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Christmas evening, after visiting everyone else. 

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?

Shopping Madness (or maybe Christmas Memes 🙂

23. What I love most about Christmas?

Beautiful gifts 🙂 and family wonderfull-ness of course.

Birthday stuff.

December 5, 2007

Dear Valerie,

With my Birthday money I bought a new Webcam, Gamepad and some blank DVD’s.

GamepadWebcam 002

Thank you very much, I’m very happy 🙂



Got Beef?

December 4, 2007

Rib of Beef

I’m so looking forward to this Rib of Beef, I picked it up in Morrisons as a bit of a joke really, expecting Paul to say no.

At £11.55 its the most expensive piece of meat either of us have ever bought.

What actually happened is, we looked at each other and said “dare we?”

We dared! Its now residing in our freezer waiting for Christmas.

We’ll be having it on Boxing day, just the two of us.

Its gonna be great!

New and improved?

October 21, 2007

I was interested to see recently that my preferred* washing powder had downsized. Without warning or reason being given, it is now possible to do the same number of washing using over half a kilo less powder!

How is this possible? Surely some sort of magical breakthrough in detergent technology has been made. Why haven’t we heard about this?

powder 003

They also took the opportunity to replace the boy on the box. The good wholesome, goes outdoors playing football character has been replaced by a lolly eating goody two shoes that keeps his shirt ever so white.

I wonder how you break news like that to a kid?

Please, no comments on the inside of my cupboard, I’ve cleaned it now, its mostly tea-bag splashes, where the boxes are on show is usually where the kitchen bin is kept. 

*Preferred meaning its just what I pick up in Aldi, I have no brand loyalty at all!

Buyer’s remorse.

August 30, 2007

Buying the laptop the other day got me thinking about something that happened years ago and which I hadn’t thought about for years.

These days I guess I take it for granted that I can pretty much have anything (within reason of course) I want. When I was younger things weren’t so easy, I mean to say that we weren’t totally poor but neither were we affluent.

I’d been given a Commodore VIC-20 for Christmas of 1982 by my Mum and step-Dad and I loved it. You could “make” your own games by typing in code published in magazines. You could borrow games from friends and even Video Libraries and copy them using 2 cassette recorders connected together. The possibilities seemed endless and from then until now, I’ve been hooked on computers.

A year or 2 later I was hoping for something new and had decided I wanted a Spectrum Plus, this was basically just a Spectrum with a new case including a “proper” keyboard.

My Dad took me to the Woolworths store in Rotherham, where they had some good deals on offer, to get my Christmas Gift.

So far so good, I’m a very happy boy and in great spirits, looking forward to having my new computer for Christmas. However, it wasn’t to stay that way, in fact this day was to change me forever ( please excuse the drama.)

We spent some time in the store looking at the deals and I chose the one I wanted, then had a couple of rounds of Dad confirming if I was sure, it would have to last me, I wouldn’t get any other gifts etc etc.

So Dad found an available salesman and to my surprise we were led to an office at the back of the store. this felt a bit odd, a bit like something I’d seen on TV about a shoplifter taken to the Managers office! Of course it wasn’t that at all, it was because there was paperwork to be done. The paperwork
was for a credit agreement or maybe it was called a hire purchase agreement back then.

Whatever you want to call it, I didn’t like it. Back then, credit wasn’t as free and easily available as it is now, only the rich had credit cards and most ordinary people could only access credit at expensive rates or even worse through some other dodgy means. At my Mums house I was trained in the
“save up for it, if you want it” school of thought. At Dads house it was more common to order things from the catalogue and pay it off at 32p a week for 48 weeks. I think that because I spent most time living with Mum, that’s the side that had most dominance for me.

So back to the store. The man is going through the paperwork, speaking to Dad about Interest rates and repayments and I realised that this was not a good thing. This was the time of the Miners strike (Dad was a coal miner) and things were hard money-wise.

The thing that changed in me was that I realised two things, on a concious level, for the first time.

Sometimes the things we are given come at an unseen price.

People will make sacrifices for those they love.

The trouble was that as soon as I realised this, I also realised that I didn’t want him to make this sacrifice. The hard part is how does a 14 year old boy tell his proud working-class Dad that he doesn’t want him to get in debt for the sake of a Christmas present that he cant afford.

I couldn’t think of a way to do it like that without wounding Dads pride. The only thing I could come up with was, to say that I wasn’t sure it was what I really wanted after all, maybe there was something better. It came across as petulant and spoiled, in short I was an ungrateful boy.

It is only now, looking back, that I realise that I made a sacrifice of my own on that day, I remained an ungrateful boy because I never told my Dad why I’d rejected the gift. I thought I’d tell him later but it never came up again. Its too late now of course.

I still think I did the right thing.

Fave Foto Friday # 13

August 17, 2007

Here is a little something for those of you addicted to the 24 hour Big Brother feeds.

Though I must warn you that it does promise to be only “virtually” undetectable under clothing.

Enjoy 🙂

Invisible Sheath Urinal

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!