Monthly Archives: October 2006

Four things……………….

It has been a long day. I was at the train station before seven this morning, lugging a couple of surveying tripods with me. I got back at just gone six, so understandably I’m a bit tired. So I’m going to applogise for cheating here.

This was sent to me a couple of days ago, so I thought I’d share with you…..

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Paper-round
2. Kitchen Porter and Waiter in local pub
3. Oizza Delivery Driver
4. Surveyor’s Assistant

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Casablanca
2. Sleepless in Seattle
3. Serenity
4. Equilibrium

C) Four places I have lived:
1. Camberley
2. Ash Vale
3. Swansea
4. In my OWn Little World

D) Four television shows I watch:
1. The Simpsons
2. Star Trek (any of them)
3. The West Wing
4. NHL on five

E) Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Germany
2. Italy (actually, many places in Central Europe, but these two are my fav)
3. The UK (wales, the north, westcountry, scotland)
4. Ontario

F) Websites I visit daily:
1. BBCi
3. the wibsite

G) Four of your favorite foods:
1. Chocolate
2. Dolly Mixture
3. Peanut butter
4. Apples

H) Four places I would rather be
right now:
1. Air Canada Center (the leafs just gone 3-1 up after 10 min!!)
2. a sunny, hot sandy beach….. mmmmm 🙂
3. Southern Europe
4. Down Under

J) Little known facts about me.
1. I can’t read music, despite being in a choir for almost half my life,
2. I am a closet goalie
3. when I was ickle I could speak German, Welsh and English
4. I really do get the why you have to climb mountains.

Also, anyone who wants to head over to Smile when it’s rains… to help get to how ever many visits Rain is aiming for, only a couple more needed!!!

nb – and don’t forget to sign to say you were there!!!

Well, I didn’t forget…….

Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you. Who here forgot to change their clocks from BST to GMT??? I know that everyone (bar me) in ym house did. My sister didn’t even realise until they were told and then said that that explained why Hollioaks was only just starting!!!

Sure, you could say that I could have been helpful and have changed all the clocks in the house as a general hint. I used to be able to reset all the clocks to the correct time in under a minute back in the days when there were fewer. I have no idea how to change it on some of the vcr/dvd-recordable thingies…… you know, far too modern. A job for my kids, if I had any!!!

Virginia is for lovers………..

I was chatting to S. Belle last night and I discovered that the touristy slogan for the State of Virginia really is “Virginia is for lovers“. Not only that (and this is where it gets cool) but you can buy t-shirts and jumpers and the like with the logo on it.

You can also get a baby’s t-shirt with the logo; “I’m living proof – Virginia is for lovers“. This, I feel, is a lot nicer to the child than let’s say naming them Virginia* (especially if they are a boy). I shall always feel sorry for Brooklyn (Beckham) simply because he’ll have to go to school with all his school mates knowing where he was concieved.

Though I suppose it’s better than being called ‘Camberley’ or ‘Basingstoke’ really. Hehehe ‘Ford Focus’!!! ;o)

I’ve also got the honour of starting this post at 1.47am and finishing it at 1.04am – the same day!!! Hope you all remembered to put your clocks back!!!

*I’m not saying that I dislike the name Virginia, just naming the child that because she (hopefully a she) was concieved there.

You’ve got mail………………..

There is nothing quite so great as getting mail through the post. I, for preference, enjoy both sending and receiving postcards. I like getting letters as well, but I can stick postcards up on the wall, letters, well, you can really do that with letters.

My friend Yip recommended the website Postcrossing. The idea behind it is that when you sign up you are sent the address of someone, somewhere in the world and you send them a postcard. Once you have sent a card your address is given to someone to send you a card.

So far I’ve sent three cards off to Finland (they like postcards there) and have received cards from Portugal, Germany and Finland.

It was the Finnish one that arrived today. A lighthouse with matching lighthouse postage stamp. What’s really cool though is that the stamp is glow in the dark!!! When it’s dark the lightbeams are glowing!!!

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Let’s go running…….!!!!

I have been reliably told by my inside connections that they start the ballot for who can and who can’t run the Flora London Marathon. Now, considering that the closing date was only on Friday and we aren’t told the results until December they obviously don’t plug all the entries into a computer and let it decide. So I wondered just how the ballot takes place???

While only one in three go through I’d like to think that picking one slip and putting it in the “accepted” bin and then putting two in the “declinded” bin is far to simple. And boring for the workers.

I think that there are a number of different ways in which they pick people to run.

I’d like to think that some are picked in a Crystal Maze style with three people in a giant crystal and the fans blowing with entry-forms flying everywhere.

Or possibly having three hedgehogs rolling around in a pit, with the entry-forms sticking to their spines. The LM staff placing bets on who’s going to get the most.

Maybe they fold them into paperboats and sail them down some rapids….. those that make it get through.

You could screw them up into balls and then try to throw them into wastepaper baskets.

Any more suggestions???

And I resisted…….

Last week I was helping to survey some fields up in Herefordshire. We purposly avoided doing the ditch between the field and the road as it was full. Of trees, hedges and stuff that gets in the way and that you can’t walk through. Today, Bob and I were sent back there to do the ditches.

What it meant was that if you happen to drive down Noke Road (just off J21A of the M25) you may note several large ‘gaps’ in the hedge where we have hacked away vegetation with what we call ‘The Slasher’. This is basically a modern-day sythe with a heavey duty handle. Lots of fun!!!

Anyway, that’s not really what I’m talking about, or meant to be talking about. You see Bob is from Germany, and having come over from there has a left-hand drive car. Now I’ve been driven in left-hand drive cars before. In foreign countries where they drive on the WRONG side of the road (Canada, Italy), but this was the first time I’ve been in the driver’s seat and had no stearing wheel or pedals over here. I felt most impressed with myself that I managed not to stamp on imaginary pedals, or look over shoulder during lane changes.

I also noted that the pedals were in the same order (clutch,brake,accel (L-R)) though on the wrong side of the car, obviously, as were the order of the gears (R-1/2-3/4-5).

I also think that the the cold I caught when last in Swansea is over. I say that as I didn’t have to blow my nose once yesterday, which was a change from working my way through hankies at rate of knots at it’s worse!!!

Asking those awkward questions……

Every now and again I go ask questions on message boards that are so awkward they get deleated. I have always deemed this to be an achievement, espeically if the question asked doesn’t fall under the rude/insulting/nasty banner (cause you’d expect them to get deleated), but under the “why is this??” and the adminstrators have no answer.

Not only do they have no answer but they don’t know what to do, so they just deleate the message before anyone else sees it. The reason I love this is because I just repost the question but start it off with the “this is the right forum for this question, yes??” and the “it’s sort of important that I know” ending…. if it then disapears again I then ask some of the softer administrators why it keeps being deleated, knowing that it ws almost certainly not them and they don’t know why.

Oh I love being evil and stubbon!!! Mwhahahaha!!!!

What makes it even funnier is that the question I’m asking is so simple. Are we having a Christmas Ball as normal, or is the club having a pub meal and going into town like the website is suggesting?? It’s not really that hard a question, certain a ‘we are doing…..’ answer would answer it. And as long as the answer was ‘we’re having a Christmas Ball’ I would be perfectly happy and wouldn’t cause any sort of fuss.

This is because I quite enjoy the whole dressing up for the Christmas Ball. It’s not everyday I get to dig out my dickie-bow tie (not a clip-on, proper knot), shirt, cufflinks, santa-hat….. going into town just doesn’t really seem that different from any other social that goes into town. As well as the fact that in town there’s lots of onormal people whereas at least at the Ball there is only us. That little bit more exculsive, don’t ya know!!

I’m also a bit concerned that it seems someone got here by googling “Blue Whale Rectum” and what’s scarier is that if you do search that, here is the third option……..

The vicar’s knickers…………

Sometimes there er just great titles for blogposts, why didn’t I think of Waltzing Matilda for my last post…. and if you’re interested in the vicar’s knickers the link is at the bottom of the post.

After yet another horrible early start (you’d have thought that I’d be starting to get used to them) we were pleasently surprised to discover that we were finished by lunchtime. Not too bad for a Friday!!! Heading over to my local library to return books I had a look through the classical section for a copy of a CD by Hayley Westenra having heard her on a compelation cd and a couple of times on Friday Night is Music Night on Radio2. When she was introduced as having one of the clearest singing voices I wasn’t really paying attention. When she started singing I did.

After flicking through all the clasical CD’s I thought it best to check the computer, just incase they either didn’t have it, or it was on loan, which it wasn’t. Somewhere on the shelves, so I looked through the classical section again. I eventually found one in the popular music section. Then again, with ‘Wuthering Heights’ on the CD I’m guessing you can’t call it classical.

I also picked up a couple of ‘Fairport Convention’ CD’s, to give them another go and some books. And now I’m going to have something to drink and fall asleep with one of those books in hand.

Vicar in ‘knicker-run’ rescue

Ta da da, tum dee tum dee tum, ta da da…..

Last night I was chatting to my Southern Belle about my forthcoming trip to the Confederacy. It seems that apart from a spot of hiking and lemonade on the veranda I am going to be taught how to waltz.

What makes this funny is than in the waltz, it is the man that leads, and anyone who knows me knows I have this thing about dancing…. I don’t like it. But I’ve decided that it can;t be that bad, surely…..???

This is a news report from The Times in July 1816 when the waltz was first introduced at court in England;

We remarked with pain that the indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced (we believe for the first time) at the English court on Friday last … it is quite sufficient to cast one’s eyes on the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs and close compressure on the bodies in their dance, to see that it is indeed far removed from the modest reserve which has hitherto been considered distinctive of English females. So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is attempted to be forced on the respectable classes of society by the civil examples of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion.

so that sounds like fun. I’ve just been flicking through some steps on the internet and it seems that with a bit of practice it shouldn’t be too hard. Obviously I shall have to watch Strictly Come Dancing however the guys have already waltzed and I don’t know if the women will do or not!!!

And I shall have to remember that “gapping” is deemed to be a cardinal sin, at least in InternationalCompetitive Dancing.