Sunday 30 December 2012

Argh... that's better

We got all our DVDs back from Steve (recording) about a month ago, we've finally got round to sorting them.

DVDs all sorted.  3 sections
Boxed sets
Boxed Comedy

Saturday 29 December 2012

It fits...

I even reckon we could have gone for the full 50 inches.

Thursday 27 December 2012


Just watching the 3rd series of 24 (again) on the way into work.

It seems to have skipped forward a year or so and believe it or not Jack's daughter Kim is now working at CTU. Last series she was a nannie. Now she's a computer expert.

I know you have to suspend an awful lot of belief when watching the show but come on. Really???

Monday 24 December 2012

No fair

After all the trouble with postage I also had trouble with Amazon. They were supposed to deliver a present for April and my brother on the 12th. It hadn't arrived by Friday so I checked around the house, and popped into the local depot to see if they had it. Nope.
I had to get something for Steve so ended up buying him extra. Surprise, surprise. His parcel has just turned up!  Git!

Sunday 23 December 2012

New sound system

I bought a new stereo about 4 years ago after an impromptu bonus at work. It was quite fancy and cost a fair bit, but unfortunately it was a little too early for it's time. I never quite managed to get all the features working or at least working consistently. Syncing with my music collection was a real ball ache and getting it to bypass the firewall was hit and miss at best.

Anyway, my Christmas present from April this year is a new sound system for our new TV (see below). After a little thinking to get all the leads in the right place and a comical burst of max volume we're now all sorted. Bluetooth streaming of my music from a laptop, phone or tablet. Awesome!

The sound's not bad too.

No big TV for Stu

April organised to get our new TV delivered yesterday between 7 and 2. It never turned up and despite multiple calls to John Lewis they have no idea why. I really like John Lewis but out of about 8 home deliveries / Waitrose pick ups 3 have had something go wrong.

Not good when they pride themselves for providing great service.  In other news, Amazon missed out too. A delivery for Steve and April didn't turn up either! Maybe we should go back to buying things from a shop.

Saturday 22 December 2012

Rock oven

So rock and roll it goes up to 11.

... then max.

I'm having a ham off with April to bring round Steve's at Christmas.

Friday 21 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Too much Christmas fun?

Wednesday 19 December 2012

We're in the money

We've just renewed our mortgage at a much lower rate and our car loan has finished. This all equates to a £4,000 saving per year. Woo hoo!

Sunday 16 December 2012

Tonbridge lights

Walking to the rugby club with April last night we saw the Christmas lights by the castle reflected in the river.

Dem bones

A friend's dog called Bones

Back to work

I've been off work since my operation last Thursday [7 days, two of which I was supposed to be on a course], but am more or less okay now apart from an occasionally sore finger so will head back to work tomorrow. It'll be a short week though as I'm seeing the doctor again on Thursday morning to get the stitches taken out and to get another xray to see off things are where they should be. We've got a team Christmas lunch that day too so not much work will get done afterwards anyway. I have Friday and Monday off so that's it for me till after Christmas.

Remember this?

I was looking through my old posts this morning and spotted this gem.

Saturday 15 December 2012

Another spot

I've been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation on Syfi and spotted Teri Hatcher in

The Outrageous Okona (1988)

Friday 14 December 2012

Writers credit

What did the cold sheep say? Brrrrraaaaaa.......

On the train to Gatwick last month I spotted some cold sheep out the window. Quick as a flash I came up with the 'joke' above.

Searching online (google) it doesn't exist. I think I may be the first to come up with it. Any comedian wanting to use it, can. But I must be credited. Be nice...

All the duvet

Thursday 13 December 2012


My hotmail has been hacked so if you get anything from me from my hotmail address stuartrclark please don't open.  I've been getting loads of spam through it for ages so was going to drop it anyway but this seems to be the last straw for me.

In case you don't believe me how sore it was

I remember the way to go

Like the back of my hand...

Haven't seen the back of my hand for a week i've still got the arrow the doctor drew with marker pen before the operation.

Welcome to East London

Walking back into the city yesterday and saw this on fire. How lovely.

Andrew W K Christmas Cat Message

Watch "Lil Bub & Andrew WK's Special Holiday Message" on YouTube

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Check up

In London to get my finger checked out. Hopefully everything's in order.

Too cold to see

Can't see London Bridge this morning. Too foggy.

Sunday 9 December 2012

Lyme Regis

Visiting April's friends near Exeter popped in to the lovely Lyme Regis whilst there. Very lucky with the weather.

Thursday 6 December 2012

Weasel slippers

I now know what I want for Christmas!

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Spoke too soon

Laptop switched itself off last night after over heating. Bloody thing. New one soonish I think.

Sunday 2 December 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho!

I've got another on the way from the states.

Dinner for one

Rib of beef for Sunday lunch with Steve's family.

Call me Mr Fixit

Or on second thoughts, probably best not to.  I think i've mentoioned before on here that recently my laptop has been overheating and shutting itself down.  Rather than get a new laptop just yet (every 3 years) I googled "Dell overheating" and low and behold it is a fairly regular occurrence.  Suggestions on the web were it could be the heat sinks being clogged up with dust. 

I'd opened it up before to clean the fan (this didn't help much) so wasn't too fussed about giving this a try.  Plus, there was an online video helpfully showing me exactly what to do.  Anyway, after opening it up, locating the heat sink and eventually prying it out the bloody thing was covered in dust!  Or more probably bloody cat hair.

A quick clean and reattachment later and my laptop is back to normal.  Well I hope it is.  It's suspiciously quiet so maybe the fan doesn't work. 

Watch this space.

Ouch... operation time

Here's the photo of my finger x-rayed on Wednesday.  I'm now booked in to get it operated on Thursday so wish me luck.

I badly hurt another finger about 5 years ago and this is the state of it a couple of weeks later once the bandage was removed.  I expect something similar.  Nice...