Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I have just appealed a parking ticket and in a succintly worded paragraph or two have used the phrase "normal convention" and the words, "pertaining, signage, obfuscation and rescind".

Rather pleasing.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Difference Between Men and Women

Getting to know you.

Nicked from YS.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7.00 a.m. and will again tomorrow but after that Marj is on holiday so the alarm can stay off.

2. How do you like your steak? Usually ask for medium rare but it rarely arrives like it.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Hmm? it was the one that jack Nicholson was in and Leo di Caprio playing gangsters. Can't remember the name though.

4. What is your favorite TV show? At the moment, "A Place in the Sun. Home or Away".

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Somewhere in the Beziers/Narbonne/Sete area of Southern France.

6. What did you have for breakfast? All Day Breakfast Wedge from Tescos.

7. What is your favorite food? Sausage, mash & beans. And I'm having it this evening.

8. What foods do you dislike? Cheese, I'm allergic. And I don't like nuts.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Nash's Tudor Fish Restaurant in Leeds because 1) it means I'm in Leeds, and 2) it's like visiting the 1950s whih I suspect is when most of the waitresses started working there.

10. Favorite dressing? Tomato Sauce or Salad Cream. You can keep all your fancy balsamic vinegar crap.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Presently a Peugeot 406TD. It's due it's MOT next week so the answer may well change when I see how much needs doing to it.

12. What are your favorite clothes? My dinner suit. For once I look almost debinnaire and also it means I must be somewhere enjoying myself.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? British Columbia.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half full, mostly.

15. Where would you want to retire? See Q5.

16. Favorite time of day? The moment I get into bed and I'm horizontal.

17. Where were you born? Otley, but actually lived in Leeds. The maternity hospitals in Leeds were full. Obviously there must have been a lot of naughtiness going on in Leeds in March 1956.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Golf.

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? Anyone cos I nicked this meme

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? Ditto

22. Bird watcher? Not really.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? I used to be a morning person except when I went to Birmingham when I became a night person. Now I need my mornings late and my night early so I'm pretty much left with being an afternoon person.

24. Do you have any pets? No.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? I've got cold sores. Well, things are a little slow in West London at the moment!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A train driver. Not very original.

27. What is your best childhood memory? A holiday round Europe for three weeks when I was 11.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Marginally dog.

29. Are you married? Not now.

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes, except when I forget.

31. Been in a car accident? Nothing major, touch wood.

32. Any pet peeves? Don't begin to get me started! Well, lets start with people who don't understand the rules of priority at roundabouts!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Rather partial to Pizza Huts Vegetarian Hot One.

34. Favorite Flower? Not sure I have one.

35. Favorite ice cream? Coconut, or proper toffee

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? McDonalds, but mainly because they produce the best Diet Coke on a hot day.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? 0, passed first time.

38. From whom did you get your last email? Some Casino site which was all in German.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Ha ha ha. You find me a company that will give me a credit card and I'll take you shopping.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Did this meme.

41. Like your job? Some days, some days not. Then again, I ought to try and define exactly what my job is.

42. Broccoli? Yes, don't mind the stuff.

43. What was your favorite vacation? South of France two years back. At last I've found somewhere I want to be.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? The Magnificent Marj round to friends last night. An impromptu very hot chilli.

45. What are you listening to right now? The television in the background.

46. What is your favorite color? Purple and all shades thereof.

47. How many tattoos do you have? None whatsoever. Never wanted any, although if I did it would be the logos of all the companies I have worked for as a form of branding.

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? None

49 What time did you finish this quiz? Just after answering the next question.

50. Coffee Drinker? Only very rarely and usually alcohol has preceded it in quite large quantites.

40 years ago today....

Up I got in the middle of the night and trooped down to the living room. My dad was there already watching the grainy pictures being broadcast. I laid down on the settee and not long after my mum padded down the stairs.

"You're looking like a hamster this morning!" she said.

I went and looked in my bedroom mirror and she was right. I was a hamster personified.

40 years ago today I had mumps.

Oh, and some bloke was bouncing around on the moon or something.