Wednesday, 28 February 2007

To PSP or not to PSP



My mate James wants to sell his PSP and is giving me first dibs.

1Gb memory + 3 games, Virtua Tennis which I played and quite liked, Pro Evo 5 and Football Manager.

What do you think?

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Getting paid is great

Just got my pay check through for February. Get paid tomorrow. Phew! It's been a big one for me this month.

What shall I buy with my beer vouchers that isn't beer. I'm of to New York next Thursday so I want to buy a few things there.

I also want...

A creative labs Zen M http://uk.europe.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=213&subcategory=214&product=14331 with the speaker dock.

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I also need a desk for my PC as i'm moving it into my room

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6196482/Trail/C%24cip%3D49764.Furniture%2Band%2Bfurnishings%3EC%24cip%3D49850.Office%2Bfurniture.htm

35 days wait to get made though!

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I also need a chest of drawers

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6416296/Trail/C%24cip%3D49764.Furniture%2Band%2Bfurnishings%3EC%24cip%3D49840.Bedroom%2Bfurniture%3EC%24cip%3D49841.Chests%2Bof%2Bdrawers.htm

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I could probably do with some new clothes

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And I still don't have a lampshade for my room

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Bored, boredy, bored-bored

Thinking of sorting out another Greyhound night.



Isn't he cute?

Friday, 23 February 2007

A forward looking week in the life of Stu

Today

I'm off to lunch with April, not sure where yet but that will be nice. Then off out for a few with my old work friends John, Markus and James. Not sure if I want a big one tonight so may just stay for one round each. Although after 4 beers I imagine i'll have changed my mind and end up grabbing a curry.

Tomorrow

I'm off to Guildford of all places (deep SW of London) to play rugby then must dash back into town to head back out to Teddington (deep SW of London) to see Teenage Kicks, a new sit com with Ade Edmonson and Ben Elton.

Sunday

I would like to do nothing but the Carling Cup final is on so will probably watch that. Chelsea v's Arsenal.

Monday

Liz is cooking for the flat. She's a pretty good cook so fingers crossed it'll be good.

Tuesday

April's double booked (Going to the Black Keys) so has two spare tickets for
http://www.wearescientists.com/music/ at Astoria. Sorry Ben Sorrie. You were too late with your reply, i'm going with my brother now.

Wednesday

I'm off to see the http://www.theblackkeys.com/ with the (i'm sure she won't mind me saying this) mental left wing hippie girl I used to sit next to at Lloyd's. Just an anti-coincidence that i'm not going the same night as April.

Plus it's pay day! I'm getting paid a considerable amount more than I was a few months back but somehow i've managed to get myself skint again. Paying for a trip to New York and a nice new TV may have something to do with it however.

Thursday

I was planning on arranging another trip to the comedy store but i'll just have a quiet night in.

Friday

I've got more free tickets to a comedy show, this time it's a sketch show with Ben Elton. I was supposed to go with Steve but he's called off as has friends staying over the night before the all go skiing. Not sure if I can be arsed going so may have to cancel.

Man marries his best man

Numb nuts

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2213905.html?menu=

Thursday, 22 February 2007

I hope I haven't offended anyone...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6385849.stm

An Egyptian court has sentenced an internet blogger to four years' prison for insulting Islam and the president.

What a load of rubbish. Islam (and Christianity for that matter, and any other brain washing nonsense) should be big enough and ugly enough to take insulting comments on the chin. If someone disagrees with what you say or believe, then so what. In fact good for them for having the balls and conviction to stand up and be heard.

Anyone fancy a trip?

Metallica Tour Dates

Date Location Venue Show/Ticket Info
July 1 Werchter, BEL Rock Werchter Festival
July 3 Athens, GRE Rockwave Festival
July 5 Vienna, AUT Rotundenplatz
July 10 Oslo, NOR Valle Hovin Stadion
July 12 Stockholm, SWE Stadion
July 15 Helsinki, FIN Olympic Stadium
July 18 Moscow, RUS Lushniki Stadium

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

"I didn't think it was important"

Here's one for you Kris, no aliens but a conspiracy all the same.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6378463.stm

Amateur photographer George Jefferies held onto the film for more than 40 years believing it was unimportant.

Monday, 19 February 2007

Mmmm, LCD

Took delivery of two new 32" Samsung LCDs this morning.

One for the flat (eventually me) and one for Liz.

£460 a piece, not bad really.

Ha, ha, ha!

Next time you guys come round we'll have to play a few FPSs. But not Halo as that's crap...

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=228547

SC Movie Review 16

Hot Fuzz Big Cops. Small Town. Moderate Violence

Ha, ha, ha! Brilliant! The first two thirds of the film were funny enough with plenty of gags and visual amusements but the film only really kicks in for the remaining 40 minutes.

Nick Frost is a comedy genius! "By the Power of Greyskull"

The end reminds me of the beginning scenes of Desperado but instead of dirty Mexican bar, it's set in a lovely country side village.

The 15 rating, probably helped the film, they could have easily have cut on on the swearing (quite a few fs and cs) and perhaps toned down the violence but this would have taken away half the humor. The West Country accent is at it's funniest when they're swearing.

SC Rating*: 87 / 100 (Votes 1)
IMdb Rating: 8.6/10 (1,667 votes)

*please note, I have decided to change my rating system for reviewing films. I feel that potatoes are too broad a brush to accurately measure the merits of a film. The difference between 3 and 4 potatoes is too large and could lead to me giving misleading reviews. I thought I could get round this by introducing a decimal place but again this is only really a half measure.

I have decided to use a decimal system as this gives enough detail whilst also allowing enough sufficient differentiation between film ratings.

Retrospectively multiply the potato score by 20 to get your approximate new SC rating

e.g. 3.2/ 5 (3 potatoes and 2 chips) = 64 / 100

Friday, 16 February 2007

Only in Australia

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2204064.html?menu=

"It was a bit of a fluke - I just got behind the shark and I went for a big grab,"

What's a big grab? That would have been funny though.

Thursday, 15 February 2007

We are Scientists

April's double booked so has two tickets to go and see We are Scientists at the Astoria.

Anyone fancy it? 27th Feb.

Great night

Last night was great.

I met up with April straight after work and she looked suitably embarrassed by the bouquet of roses in her arms. We then went back to mine for some champagne and and to listen to some Black Keys.

We then headed out to a lovely Michelin stared pub not far away in Putney. I had a lovely steak, April had lamb and some to this day unidentified bits of meat. My money's on an escalope, although we may never know.

We then went to the Half Moon to see if there was any decent acts on. Fortunately there were. Nigel Clark (ex front man for Dodgy) was playing with his new band. £7 each to get in but it was freezing outside so we took the chance. He was actually very good and it was more of an amusing chat / music evening. There must have been 20 people tops at the venue but it was pretty cool all the same.

The band were good and they played a few of his old hits.

Overall I had a really great evening.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Mmmm, free curry

Just used my AMEX (American Express) card for the first time for lunch with my boss and one of his old work collegues.

I mentioned to him yesterday that it had came through the post so he straight away invited me and said that I was paying.

Quite a good laugh though and it gets me out of the office (2 hours). Plus it was free, all I have to do is hand the reciept to a secretary. £80 for free!

Reminder to Stu, make sure your sort out the reciept...

Ha, ha, ha!

Before you comment Ben, here's a selection of ready made comments that you can use

"You sir, are a git"
"Gitty, gitty, git face Clark"
"Return of the git, Stuart strikes again"
"You are a curry eating git monster"
"Git"

Or why not use them all.

Reminder to Stu2, make sure you buy some chewing gum on your way home as you don't want to put April off with your (free) curry / beer breath.

One more time for fun...

Ha, ha, ha!

How does my travelling time differ so dramatically?

Yesterday I left home at 7:50 and arrived at the office at 8:55. 1h 5m

Today I left home at 7:50 and arrived at the office at 9:20. 1h 30m

Same route...

Sometimes I hate this commuting lark. 4 modes of transport, walk to the bus to catch the train to get on a tube

Ross's e-mail address

Hello

Just a quick note to pass on Ross's e-mail address

ross.morton@uk.bp.com

But seeing as with each new contract he works on he gets a new e-mail address (different firms), i've created a hotmail account for him.

goofyskite@hotmail.co.uk

So you can contact him here whenever you want.

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Teenage Kicks

I'm going to see a new sit com get filmed next weekend (24th)

TEENAGE KICKS is a brand new sitcom by Adrian Edmondson & Nigel Smith. Vernon (Adrian Edmondson) moves in with his teenage kids after a spectacularly nasty divorce. He's genuinely excited about living in their student flat. A rebel in his youth (or so he thinks), it's his chance to be young again. Naturally, his kids are bloody mortified. Vernon has spent the last two decades living off his high-flying wife - mostly in a comfy pub in comfy Godalming. Now he's back in the 'real' world: free, no ties, no responsibilities. OK, he's unemployable, impoverished and alone, but that's only the downside. At least now he can rekindle the embers of his glorious youth and be as hedonistic, as irresponsible and as selfish and idle as his kids. Vernon's only refuge from his nagging children is the pub where he meets his oldest mate Bryan (Ben Elton), now a reasonably content, slightly smug, primary school deputy head whose 'sorted' life is in direct contrast with Vernon's. However, neither is quite sure who's getting the best deal. At heart it's a family sitcom, but the normal family structure has been turned upside down: here the young kids can't get rid of their stupidly rebellious father.

Should be good. My work friend Radhika's never heard of Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Smith, Rik Mayall or Ben Elton. She's not even heard of the Glastonbury festival. She's 21 in a few weeks but surely someone that young can't be that different from a sprightly young chap such as myself (Age 27 1/2) ...

Monday, 12 February 2007

Amused me for almost a whole second

If I were to have a clothing brand what would it be called?

SCUK

boom tisch...


SC Movie Review 15

The Last King of Scotland

Excellent film and some of the best acting I have ever seen. I'd been trying to see this film with April for the past 3 weeks or so, so finally we got round to watching it late last night. We were not disappointed.

Having not seen the other films where their lead actors have been nominated for an oscar it would be hard to say that Forest Whitaker will win but I think he would take some beating. Awesome! He manages to get you to like Idi Amin and then in a split second have you on the edge of your seat worrying about what he's about to do.

Go and see this film. Best i've seen in a long time.

SC Rating: 4.5 Potatoes (1 vote)
IMdb Rating: 7.9/10 (3,893 votes)

SC Movie Review 14

Children of Men

This is not a feminist documentary about the idea of making men experience the pain of child birth but a science fiction (I guess...) film based in 2030.

I originally wanted to see it when it came out but unfortunately nobody wanted to see it with me. Whether that was just the film or because they would have to sit with me. Anyway, I rented it out from Blockbusters on Friday night and watched it with April after cooking a lovely meal and skoffing large quantities of ice-cream. Mmmmm. Ben and Jerry's.

Every country in the world has turned against itself after 20 years of not being able to produce children. With the help of an amusing Michael Caine and Ross's Mum (Pam Ferris) Clive Owen must help a young expectant mother travel to the south coast of England to catch a boat to safety.

Very good film all in all. Especially an action sequence at the end which was reminiscent of Call of Duty. Also there was a great character Syd (Peter Mullan) who stole the whole show as a Scottish police man.

SC Rating: 4 potatoes (1 vote)
IMdb Rating: 8.1/10 (29,695 votes)

Friday, 9 February 2007

Last night

I had a really enjoyable evening yesterday. I went to a couple of pubs and then had a bite to eat with April and my two old flat mates Harriet and Sophie.

It's good to catch up with them as being on the other side of South London now we don't get to see each other that often.

Another excuse for a BBQ on my balcony.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

If like me you like laughing at stupid people you'll find this funny

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2191320.html?menu=

My favourite

Customer: "I keep getting inappropriate pop-ups on my computer and don't want my wife to think that it's me."

Advisor: "I will remove them for you."

Customer: "How do I get them back when she is not in?"

Monday, 5 February 2007

Off to see Wolfmother tonight

As one of April's Christmas presents I bought her tickets to see Wolfmother, so we're finally off to see them tonight. The best type of present. One you can enjoy yourself...

Should be fun, although April didn't feel too well yesterday after Saturday night's antics. Thankfully she's feeling much better this afternoon.

It's at Hammersmith Apollo. I've been there twice before, once to see the mighty Thunder and again to see Bottom Live 5.

SC Movie Review 13

The Last Kiss

What am I doing watching a film entitled The Last Kiss is the first question I know you are all asking.

No I haven't gone all soppy or even worse turned into a girl, I foolishly let my flat mate go out on her own to blockbusters and choose the movie.

First impressions usually count but then I found out that Zach Braff was the lead so it could have been worse I guess. Thankfully it wasn't actually that bad. There were a few points in the film that we quite funny, notably a fart scene.

His newly pregnant wife asks him if there's anything that he needs to let out into the open. This was shortly followed by a fart. Comedy gold. It works on so many levels.

I would class the film as a drama and that usually doesn't spell out a good film. The story centres around four friends who start to realise that their lives have been pre set out before them, "No more surprises left" and it shows how they cope with it all.

Not a bad film but again it did seem to drag. Perhaps not the best of films for a lazy hungover Sunday.

SC Rating: 3 potatoes (1 Vote)
IMdb Rating: 6.6/10 (4,338 votes)

SC Movie Review 12

Babel

I went to see The Last King of Scotland for the second time on Friday. And it was the second time that it was sold out. The first time we ended up going to see Night at the Museum, this time we saw Babel.

I think my summary at the credits summed it up well.

"It could have done with being half an hour shorter..."

3 and a half stories loosely connected together across continents.

It was a beautifully filmed film and extremely well acted but as for something that I actually want to watch, it left me feeling bored. To make matters worse the film was quite sad in places and there were no explosions in sight.

On the up side Brad Pitt looked pretty old (probably make up though).


SC Rating: 2 Potatoes (1 vote)
IMdb Rating: 7.8/10 (16,171 votes)(eh? Did I watch the same film?)

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Good news

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6317019.stm

The Departed gets a sequal. I'm glad they explained a little bit about who was going to be in it. Mark Wahlberg would get lonely otherwise.

Registered

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=223845

Register here...

http://www.glastonburyregistration.co.uk/

You've got all month to register, but get it done as soon as to make sure.

Even if you're not sure about going, register anyway as it costs nothing to do and takes two minutes.

Urgh!

Feeling a little tender today...

I went out for a few beers with my mate JAmes last night and ended up getting home at about 1am.

When will I ever learn?

We went to Barracuda, a South African pub near work, similar to a Walk About. No food as that's cheating.

I think the whole night cost me around £100! That included two cab journies. One to Waterloo to find out that i'd missed my last train then one to Putney.

Urgh!