Monday, July 31, 2006
The remodelling of our old area has squeezed in double the number of desks and is now laid out "call centre" style rather than as little friendly islands.
I also owe a belated Happy Birthday to my mexican bandit friend Giuseppe! (See below.)
Also, I doubt that Lawrence reads this blog any more, but Happy Birthday stranger (if you do)!
The 1970s week is finished and I have arbitrarily decided to dedicate this week to James Bond films!
I reckon this one will be very challenging!
Friday, July 28, 2006
I ordered the new camera on Wednesday evening. It just arrived (friday afternoon).
That's rather fast... considering I bought it in Hong Kong!
Her Majesty did sting me for £30 of duty, but still a bargain!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Serena and I have just shelled out on a new digital camera. Our old Nikon has lasted us nearly 5 years, which is an age as far as technology goes (the only thing older that we still use regularly is our Sony DVD player, which was state of the art when we bought it and still cuts the mustard now. That is waiting for the HD-DVD/Blu-ray market to stabilise! ).
Our new camera is the Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS (known as the PowerShot SD700 IS in the US). Its pretty new on the market and has been winning lots of awards and getting really good reviews.
We coupled this with a high speed 2 GB SD card and a spare battery (alway a must with these things), totalling a spend of nearly £300. Hopefully it will last us another 5 years!
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
...I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.
Giuseppe - for God's sake get a haircut and shoot the caterpiller!
Gareth - Your "Yellow" photo from last year (or was it the year before) could do well in the "Rock and Roll" section.
PS I couldn't think of a relevant quote, so I picked another '70s Classic!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Lauren is looking at me funny, as if to say... "What happened"?
PS This quote is a little obscure... this film is best known for its "5 notes"!
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Lots of things I'd like to do with my weekend and Lauren won't allow me the time!
Still I don't begrudge her any of it.
A bit more of a tricky quote today! Trust me you ALL know it!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
Not certain what we'll do but I am pretty certain that Ice Cream will feature in there somewhere.
Today's quote is a easy one as it comes from the most popular film of the 70's.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Can you do any better?
It was a relief I tell you. I was seriously struggling with leading lady quotes!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Two days running now we have gone to the park with Lauren after work. As Rena commented she is in full "mountaineering" mode now, climbing up and over anything in an attempt to stand upright.
Ravenscourt Park has plenty of pigeons and dogs to keep Lauren enthralled as well, however when Serena took her to see Jase & Charlotte's kitten (Rafferty) she was really scared. We think it is the way that he moves, as he is motionless and then suddenly jerks into motion, making her scream (which clearly makes him jump). We'll work on this, as I don't want Lauren to be scared of animals.
My Uncle and Cousin train race horses and my Uncle's brother runs a farm all in the same Yorkshire village, so I think we will have to take Lauren up there soon to see all the animals. Definitely next spring though, when the lambs, piglets and puppies are around and Lauren is that little bit bigger!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Well, I just couldn't resist.
After reading Gareth's post about the dog I spotted this. And I had to post this after James had talked about the subject as well.
Watch this; and you do have to have the music as Gareth said.
I had to giggle!
The quote is only relevant as it come from a very silly movie!
I just had lunch with Alex and walking back across St Paul's Churchyard was a bit warm to say the least!
I am looking for suggestions for a movie quotes theme? e.g. If Gareth picks "Star Wars", and I need to come with relevant quotes for the rest of the week.
Suggestions in the comments!
I am glad I invested £250 in an air conditioning unit for our bedroom, as I find it hard to sleep when the temperature goes of 25°C never mind well over 30°C! We have relocated Lauren into our room so she gets the advantage of the cool air too.
However I wanted to post something a bit more serious on my Blog (for once).
I am very concerned about what is going on in Israel and Lebanon. Clearly the terrorist / militant activity in Lebanon is not a good thing, but does anyone else think that Israel is over-reacting slightly?
Also it grieves me that the US always stand firmly behind Israel. I know they have invested a lot into the Israeli state, but you have to take a step back sometimes and go "hang on a minute"! What is next? Nukes launched into Beirut?
I hold up my hands and admit that I don't understand a lot of the politics or history that is going on here, but from your lay-man's perspective it all seems a bit over the top and is not being condemned strongly enough by our leaders.
OK, enough serious stuff for now... I'm going to fill in some answers to the quotes in the comments fields.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I'll tell you something. If you're as good in bed as you are on the dance floor, then you're one lousy fuck!
It's murder on Zidane's floor!
(Say it out loud... you know you want to!)
Monday, July 10, 2006
Wimbledon was mildly entertaining, the latter stages of the World Cup were blooming awful and the final episode of Dr Who was really enjoyable (even if I hoped a painful death for Rose).
So what now? Looks like I am back to the DVD box set of Alias Season 3 and catching up on a few films.
I have been playing a bit of World of Warcraft which I have to admit is mildly entertaining!!!! I even managed to play it for a few hours in France (in French), although I was hampered by being unable to decipher some of the quest text. As I am having to look after Lauren in my free time, I cannot explore the game fully as far as grouping or longer dungeons but that may come in time.
Friday, July 07, 2006
I have added clues to all the old ones back as far as So Long and Thanks for All the Fish!
Do you know how hard it is to come up with something relevant all the time?
OK, so most of them are really easy (e.g. the last two) but I reckon someone other than Gareth should be at least having a stab! I don't do this for my own gratification! (OK I do, but you are spoiling that gratification!)
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Maggie, Peter, Lauren and I went for a cup of coffee and a cake yesterday, whilst Serena was working... The slices served were HUGE. Fortunately there is no evidence as Maggie's camera batteries were flat, however I cannot look at another slice of cake for at least a week!
OK - I just wanted to go back to this earlier comment. I can solemnly swear that I have never been served such a huge portion of cake anywhere in the world... and that includes in the US.
I can also state that I haven't eaten any cake since!
The most efficient piece of aversion therapy I have ever experienced!
We returned from France on Saturday, in time for an England v Portugal penalty shoot-out in the baggage collection hall (so much for avoiding the score and watching the replay on digital).
I have to admit as to not feeling too great (must have been the sweetbreads!) and started to run a fever, and come Sunday I was feeling blooming awful! My throat had swollen up so much that when Serena had a look at it even she was worried! (I often complain about not getting any sympathy as Serena is a Doctor and is used to seeing people with bits hanging off, but when she actually gets worried then it is really scary!)
A visit to the GP on Monday (he barely glanced down my throat in the 3 minutes I was in his office) resulted in some weak antibiotics (Serena calls them the "pissing in the wind" variety) and I skived off work for two days feeling miserable!
Back to work yesterday and found a building site where my desk used to be... bit of a shock actually! Apparently our department were given two days notice to pack up and move out! (Hence the title.)
Anyway I found my stuff including half a Kensington lock security cable - apparently it only took 5 minutes and a pair of pliers to cut through it to free my docking station from the desk - and got my desk up and running again. It still needs a good juggle to get everything where I think it should be, but that takes energy and I am seriously lacking that at the moment.
I had 250 emails to plough through and one urgent situation that had arisen... I may get round to another updated sometime this month!