Tuesday 31 May 2011

The smell of Reading

I sat opposite a guy on the train this morning and he spelt of Reading.  Not the place specifically, the festival.   He had a guitar case, ruck sack and sleeping bag and got off at Sevenoaks.  I wonder where he'd been or where he was going.  I hope it was home to have a bath.

Monday 30 May 2011

A light lunch

Yum, yum.
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Sunday 29 May 2011

Dirty old fox

This is old Limpy, we thought he'd died. Looks like he's been busy and now has a family.
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2 player

Poppet helping me play football manager.
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Friday 27 May 2011

Ha, ha. God top trumps.


Off ill

I've been a bit clogged up over the past couple of days but this morning I feel a bit worse so have decided to stay at home. Hopefully this'll. Lear by the bank holiday weekend.
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Thursday 26 May 2011


2 people in my team have never watched Star Wars.  We have an average age of roughly 30 but out of 8 of us 2 are below 25.  Both blokes, both haven't seen it.  What's that about?  We're in an especially geeky team so even more reason for them to have seen it.  Idiots!

Another trip to Bodean's


Another white shirt.  Excellent choice Sir!  Sorry April.

The Submarines

The support act last night were excellent.  So much so, April has ordered their last two albums.  I even got to 'meet' one of them after their set.  They were at the bar at the back when the Mountain Goats were playing.  The pretty girl singer was getting pestered by a couple of fat guys so I moved in and said hello to the other bloke.  I shook his hand and told him that they were excellent.  He said thanks.

Last night, in the Koko

The Bar at Koko

 The support, The Submarines, http://www.thesubmarines.com/
 Missed myself
 The Mountain Goats, http://www.mountain-goats.com/
 More goats
A Mountain Goat shot from all the way back at the bar.

Wednesday 25 May 2011


Pretty sure I came up with the basic concept of this joke over 15 years ago. Now it's been turned into a yo mama joke in a Camden pub.

Sorry Ben, it deserved better...
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Exercise machine

Here are some charts from my exercise spreadsheet. The first shows my exercise activity over the past 4 years. The next two are 'zoomed' in and are the past year and the past month respectively.

My target when I started it was that I would exercise for 33% of days, as you can see i'm not quite there (just shy of 20% or 1 piece of exercise in 5 days), as from yesterday however over the past quarter I have beat my target. Yeah!

I don't appear to have lost much weight although generally a handful of kgs less than last year but I am trimmer which i'm pleased with.

Right, that's that sorted...

now to cure cancer...


Tuesday 24 May 2011

Bloody taxman

According to the taxman I owe him money, the cheeky git! A phone call is in order.
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Silly looking pony

Walking to the garage last night where my car was getting serviced I saw this silly looking pony in an open field. How odd.
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Monday 23 May 2011


Our little car's getting serviced today, just had a call from Mazda.

Break pads and discs £344
Anti roll bar broken (???) £122
wiper blades £43
MOT £55
Service £328
Total £892

They'd better give it a wash too!

Happy anniversary to our house

Three years ago today we moved into our house in Tonbridge. The time has flown by.
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Saturday 21 May 2011

Little fox

Not a great photo, but here's one of the little guys.
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Tired cat

Biscuit had a hard day
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Scaredy cat

Biscuit hiding after her run in with the local fox.

Friday 20 May 2011

Local news gem

I love this picture.

I don’t think you need any text to work out what’s going on.

But is it really worse that the Nazis?

Karma Cameleon

The guy next to me grabbed the last sausage sandwich this morning from our kitchen.  Git!  Or is this delayed effect karma for me laughing at his mishap yesterday?

Thursday 19 May 2011

Bloody cats

Poppet killed another mouse last night.  Bloody thing!  That's a total of 3 mice and two little chicks so far this year.

Speaking of cats.  Out of the 2654 blog tags i've used.  130 (131 now) relate to cats!  That's nearly 5% for all those statisticians out there.


My team had to do a presentation to the whole company last week but I managed to get out of it as I hate doing that sort of thing. Each team member (8 of us) had to present a couple of slides talking about one specific element of our capital modelling work. In all I think they did very well but there were a few amusing moments.

The guy that sits next to me knocked the slide controller on the floor which created a big "W-HAY" from the audience (instigated by me, he, he). If given a little more lead time I should have done a "de de diddle diddle du de de de, TISH!" (circus music, you have to have played for S&L RFC to appreciate this).

Another amusing point for me was our graduate (he's no longer a graduate but he'll always be one in my eyes) dieing on stage halfway through his slide. He started of well then 30 seconds in started to struggle then passed on the baton to our boss to finish off.

The beauty of it all is that it was all filmed. The reason for this is so that those who work in a different country or those that just missed it can watch it on our intranet. I prefer my reason for it. So that I can watch their agony again and again. He, he!

How did that happen?

I was out having a couple of beers with a friend last night when I received a call from April telling me that she'd left her keys at home!  Doh!  Basically I had to leave mid pint in order to get back (an hour and a bit) at a reasonable time and not make April wait in the cold. 

April ended up meeting me halfway in Sevenoaks where we had a lovely meal at Vine.  Resultant cost to me = £150 (meal, two cabs).  How did that happen???

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Dwarf News


EEOC sues Starbucks for firing dwarf from barista job

I like the last sentence.
“A Starbucks spokesman could not be reached for comment.”

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Fantastic Mr Fox

Before I filmed this I think it was carrying an egg. Where did it get that from?
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Sunday 15 May 2011

My award

My award from Friday night's rugby dinner.
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Plans this week =

Nothing. I've had yet another call off so now need to find something to do. Nice meal somewhere perhaps?
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April's home

After a long week alone April's finally back from Hong Kong. The cats have missed her too.
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Saturday 14 May 2011

2000 posts!

I've been waiting all week to post something momentous enough to be my 2000th blog post but have not found anything that even comes close.  So, rather than waiting forever here's my 2000th post.

Sorry about the anti-climax

Monday 9 May 2011

Above inflation rise

My tea was 10p more expensive this morning.  That's a rise of 7.7%, way above inflation (last year it rose by 8.3%), and crazy.  I am seriously considering making my own tea in the morning.  Over the course of the year that's an additional £27 which I think is totally unreasonable.  All they do is put hot water, milk and a teabag in a cup and hand it to me.  £1.40 seems like a bit too much.

But this is nothing when compared to the great tea price increase of 1999 when I was working for Aquascutum.  A cup of tea went up from 10p to 15p overnight (50%).  This nearly resulted in riots.  Or more accurately it resulted in one bloke bringing in his own teabags and milk each day.

Sunday 8 May 2011

Home alone

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April's away in Hong Kong for a week but the cats are keeping me company.  Also here's an amusing photo of a photo of the wedding we went to yesterday.

Saturday 7 May 2011

No thanks

Chernobyl - Ukraine's new tourist destination

Friday 6 May 2011

Yes please!


I've probably posted about this before but... Yes please!

No shit...


A verdict of unlawfully killed was reached.

Really?  What were the other options available to the jury?  What a waste of money.
Note:  I was going to post this entry earlier this morning but for some reason the copy and paste clipboard wasn't working on my work PC so didn't bother.  An hour or so later my brother e-mailed me with the same comment
"No shit..."
Great minds!

Bon Voyage!

Finally got round to booking the canal boat.  A little pricier than planned but will be good fun.  2 months to go.

Thursday 5 May 2011

Last yet again

We came last in April's charity quiz last night but at least we had the best name.

My Granny's rubbish at wrestling but you should see her box.

Ha, ha.

Tuesday 3 May 2011