31 May 2008

Musical Monday(Sunday edition)

Don't usually comment on Musical Monday(trade mark)[registered]©{who cares}, but I was honored to get to see Rory Gallagher in 1976. This dude was such a great talent!

No matter where you go...

...there you are.
As both my readers know, my pal runs the Blah blah blog. Well, as I was walking to my bus after work today I passed a pub that I had to take a pic of.

Haven't ventured in yet, but I shall one day.


Been tough of late. The baby is graddiating. The eldest successfully(she lived), completed her first year as a teacher and ms middle has a new baby and life on the upswing. So, pardon me if I am a little maudlin.

30 May 2008

This one's for Rambling Reader

Rambling Reader just finished her first year as an English teacher for 8th graders. From what I can tell she has managed to keep most of her sanity.
Here is a little something for the coolest teacher I know(sorry Miss Maddox).
Well done! Well done, I say!

You know that no end of term post for a teacher would be complete without a song...

28 May 2008

Pomp and circumstance

My baby is graduating high school this week. I know his mom is happy as all the threats have now paid off.
I offer up a laurel and hearty handshake to you Mr High School Graduate Man!

27 May 2008

Makes one proud to be part of the free world

If you aren't paying attention to this, you may want to.
BTW, the United States and their corporate overlords are behind this.
Move along, nothing to see here citizen.

Unsettled weather

Here in Blighty we can get some weather also. Here is a snap of some hail we had the other day.

One year on

About a year ago I bought a live basil plant in the grocery store. I snapped this pic the other day, just before I transplanted it from the original plastic pot to a nice ceramic one.

25 May 2008

Random thoughts

"When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'"~ Don Marquis

“Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.” ~ Jack Paar

“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” ~ Aristotle

"I think that's how Chicago got started. Bunch of people in New York said, 'Gee, I'm enjoying
the crime and the poverty, but it just isn't cold enough. Let's go west.'" ~ Richard Jeni

“A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.” ~ Oliver
Wendell Holmes

Courtesy Planet Proctor

24 May 2008

Getting around without a car

The other day Blah blah blog had some pics of updated bicycles.
Here is a concept Yamaha branded motorized transport device. The driver is fitted in an exoskeleton and controls the thing with hydraulics.

23 May 2008

Follicle Friday

It is easy to see western civs preoccupation with hirsuteness. With terms like sebaceous gland, muscle arrecteur pili, papilla and not to mention inner root shaft how can we not get all frothy?

22 May 2008

Ith wot?



It's a mind bogglin thing

My mother would sometimes use lentils in stews and such. I hated them with a passion and just generally ignored them, until tonight. I just ate a Pakistani food called Dahl. I can't believe I ate something meatless that tasted so good.

21 May 2008

Old time medicine

I wonder what will be said about Zoloft and Prozac in 50 years....

Wombat Wednesday

20 May 2008

Take two aspirin....

...and leave me the hell alone!

...is tubes

Best runway shot

From Airliners.net

Whisky Tango Foxtrot!

I was looking at some recipe sites and found this one for 'Texas Chili'

Texas Chili Recipe - Serves 4

2 tablespoons (30ml) oil
1 large finely chopped onion
500g (1 lb) minced beef
2 x 420g (14 oz) cans red kidney beans, drained
1 x 420g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes
3 teaspoons (15ml) chilli powder
1 teaspoon (5ml) coriander powder
1 teaspoon (5ml) balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup (50g or 2 oz) grated cheddar cheese
Heat the oil in a large pot over a medium heat
Brown the onion and minced beef
Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, chilli powder, coriander and balsamic vineger
Reduce the heat to simmer just as the mixture reaches simmer point
Simmer for 25 minutes
Serve on tortilla chips or rice - sprinkle the grated cheese on top

18 May 2008


Was thinking about how much I miss Blue Bell ice cream. I looked up while waiting for my bus and had to grin.

17 May 2008

Street art

Or graffiti if you will. Main difference is this is animated. Very cool.

16 May 2008

News that makes me happy

This month the Wii outsold the Playstation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Xbox 360... combined.

14 May 2008

best ever

Here's the story:
I got a great deal on a refurbished mp3 player as a b-day present from me to me back in March. Had 20 gigs of storage and cost £40. I didn't care if it was scratched or whatever, as long as it worked. Well, it didn't. I dutifully sent it back to the website for a replacement. Of course they don't stock this item any longer and would I be interested in anything else? Advanced MP3 Players is where I purchased the player. They may not be the cheapest place to buy audio toys, but they sure have one of the best selections I have ever seen. Anyway, I looked around and decided to splash out on some new ear buds.
I have never in my life heard music on this level before. These are my first in ear buds and the bass is incredible. The only drawback is that when music is playing you really can't hear anything else. Really makes me look both ways several times before crossing the street now. I would recommend these to anyone that has a need for portable audio. In fact, after I ordered I was reading up on em and found this testimonial....
“There’s nothing out there like Ultimate Ears. There is no debate...they’re the best in the business!”
Tony Romo, Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Midnite madness

4 Yorkshiremen

Classic British telly

13 May 2008

Wombat Wednesday

The Wombate


The art of Joshua Hoffine

It's starting to get ugly

I have to laugh when I get the email jokes about porn on the gas pumps so other Americans can see someone getting screwed, or the price as an arm and a leg etc.
Once the conversion from liters to US gallon and £ to $ is done, a gallon of petrol is running $8.15.
Oddly, no one makes pithy jokes here.

11 May 2008

Musical Monday

Lazy Sunday....

Sweltering English Spring day. Mid 70's. Had a great nap this afternoon!

10 May 2008

World Sweets

Rambling Reader
bought some prime British Chocolate at a world market. In the interest of cultural awareness here is the main way a Flake is consumed...YUM!

09 May 2008

I know it's juvenile

I was in the store the other day and saw this soup

08 May 2008

Exercise for people over 50

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb sacks. Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

07 May 2008


Some Salvador Dali

06 May 2008

Fire and brimstone

I know everyone has heard about the Chilean volcano, but this is the absolute coolest picture of forces we have no clue about you will ever see.

Where the awesome pic came from.

04 May 2008

Musical Monday

Test post

I am testing the new Blogger future post service. It is 9.10 BST Saturday 3 May as I type this. I am scheduling this post for Sunday 4 May 2008 at 15.37 BST.


From Astronomy Picture Of the Day

03 May 2008

Cue Ross Perot

I'm mad!
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation just published worldwide broadband averages. Read em and weep. Japan pays around $8 a month for an average 63 Mbps connection.

02 May 2008

Thought for the day

"Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography." ~ Paul Rodriguez

01 May 2008

Just wondering

How come the letters you never type are the easiest to type?