Thursday 30 September 2010

All quiet on the Japanese front

I submitted a load of work to head office over in Japan earlier this week and other than a few semi minor adjustments to some allocations of natural catastrophe information they have been suspiciously quiet.  Fingers crossed that'll be it till the next one in six months time...

Wednesday 29 September 2010

2 years. 2 more years?

I've just completed two years at my current company and the time's flown by, it's crazy how the weeks zip on these days.  I did 4 and a 3rd years at Lloyd's, 18 months at Gallagher and they dragged.  Interesting.

Thursday 23 September 2010

He should stop and just play football manager instead

Corby man becomes most rejected football manager in England.


First proper game of the season for me this weekend. I'm a lot fitter than I was at the same stage last season so it shouldn't hurt too much but my knee's still sore. Not sure what's wrong with it but I hope it holds.
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One way to find out if you've got holes in your shoes is to check occasionally, another way is to wait till it rains.
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Tuesday 21 September 2010

Random mix

I've recently downloaded the whole of Lord of the rings (thanks Kris) as mp3s, that'll give me something to do on my commute. However, to get the gb of data onto my phone i've had to delete some music. All this means is every other track I play on random means I have one chapter of LOTR. Great... it doesn't really work.
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Monday 20 September 2010

Killer in the family

I found out on Sunday that there is a killer in my family.  It's my dad and I was shocked.

We were talking about the possibliity of maybe getting chickens one day, perhaps when we have a bigger garden and more space, I said that I wouldn't be able to put them out of their misery if they were ill, i'd need to get a vet in.  That's when he dropped the bombshell that he was a killer.

We had two hamsters as a children.  Firstly we had Dodger, when he died be replaced him with Gurgi (of the Black Couldron fame).  I don't really remember but apparently he used to bite a fair bit so my mum and dad decided to get rid of him.  Not by letting it free and giving it a chance in Corby, they decided to drown it!!!  My dad killed it in a bucket!I did wonder why it was wet...

Sunday 19 September 2010

Friday 17 September 2010

It had to happen

Look closely. I'm sure Boris didn't mean it.
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No radio station for me

I had to drive into London this morning as we're out tonight in Hammersmith to see Dara O'Briain.  We need to get back to Tonbridge later so we can get stuff ready for Dylan's wedding on Saturday. 
Chris Evans = Crap
Chris Moyes = Stupid crap
Radio 5 = Repeated news every 5 mins
Radio 4 = I fall to sleep

Thursday 16 September 2010

You're an idiot

13. At 07:13am on 16 Sep 2010, GoldFiligree wrote:

It is quite amazing that there is a linage today of a person who has been physically blessed all the way back to Peter who had his feet washed by Christ.

I have heard some pretty strange things may be going on behind the scenes at the vatican so I can't really judge, only God knows the heart of each person, its best to place your faith in God and Christ, perfect Holiness, rather than in any man on earth as we are not perfect.

If you place your hopes in mankind you will be disappointed again and again, I dont think its right to worship any person, as Jesus himself said he who is the greatest is the least and a servant of all, so I dont think the whole papal hierarchy veneration of a man is right. (Matthew 23:9)

All focus should be on God and Christ who was Gods Spirit incarnate.


I complained about the comment, stating my reason as They're an idiot.


Complaint From: stuart***** Moderation Reference: 29720752 about Post 100787443 I believe this post advertises products or services for profit or gain for the following reason: They're an idiot.


I received a reply from the BBC


Dear BBC website visitor,

Further to your complaint about some of the content on Have Your Say (reference number P29720752), we have decided that it does not contravene the House Rules and are going to leave it on site.


I laughed.  And I hope to the BBC moderator


I'm wearing a white shirt today, you all know what that means

Japanese Canteen for lunch!  Sorry April...

Wednesday 15 September 2010

Same old

I may surprise my local chinese take away one day and order something different.  Everytime I stagger in there (99% of the time I will have had a beer or two) the lady asks me if I want 'the usual'.  100% of the time I do.
Special fried rice please.  Mmm.

Tuesday 14 September 2010

I'm too honest

Whilst away in Cornwall, Fowey to be more specific, I paid for lunch for Steve, Jenny and April.  It was pretty decent food and with starters wasn't cheap.  When asked for the bill the waitress entered in the amount then handed the machine to me to enter a tip and then my pin.  I typed in a reasonable tip and it warned me that my tip was over 25% and then asked me if I was sure and wanted to continue.  Despite my mental arithmetic being appalling these days I was pretty sure i'd only added around 10%.  To make sure I pressed the back button then tried again.  The same warning message popped up so I decided just to go ahead with it.  A summary screen had popped up with the cost of the meal and the tip.  The waitress had only entered £0.86, instead of the full £86.  Idiot.  She was lucky i'm far too honest.

Sunday 12 September 2010

This weekend I have mostly been...

...sitting in a hot tub.  I was down in Cornwall again this weekend and spent the best part of it in a hot tub.

Thursday 9 September 2010

Home alone

We're both on holiday tomorrow.  We're off to visit my brother, his wife and his new son Sam over in Cornwall.  They've booked a cottage not far from Looe which is where we stayed earlier this summer.  Apparently they're in the middle of nowhere which should make a nice change from London.  The weather's not meant to be amazing but who cares?  I'll be spending most of my time in the hot tub.  "Woman, bring me more beer!"

What I should have done at uni

BBC News - Zombies take over Baltimore University curriculum
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Tuesday 7 September 2010

Look what happens when you complain about your neighbor to your local council

Great story.  The guy's been planning it since 2003 since he had to knock down his wall.



Monday 6 September 2010

Wow! A working shower

After all the time, money and effort that we (mostly April) went through to get a new shower installed we were left with a nice new shower but with maybe half the power of the old one.  This wasn't looking good as it's started to get colder already and it was clear that we were going to have to get the plumbers in again.  Over the weekend however, it's back to it's former glory.  Yeah!  Not sure why it's suddenly started to work properly again.  I just hope it's not a problem waiting to happen. 

Sunday 5 September 2010

Two laptops for the price of one

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Two seals of approvement

April and Biscuit trying out the new chair.
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April reinvents the white van man stereotype

April with the Guardian stuffed down the wind screen in the hire van for our new sofa and chair.
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Cat burglar

Got home on Friday to find this.Which bloody cat was it?
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Want to see me get punched in the face?

Of course you do...

In Estonia with the beach rugby guys.  Two of us got fists in the face.  Owie!

Friday 3 September 2010

Why's the football on Friday and Tuesday?

England's two internationals over the next week are today and next Tuesday.  Why? 

The greatest game on earth


8 year anniversary in the city

Today is the 8 year anniversary of me working in the city.  Jeez.  It's been a long slog but most of it's been fun.