Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Calpe Calling...

As I sit here in 100 degree heat, sipping an excellent Rioja that only cost me 75p at the supermarket, nibbling on some tapas and deciding what restaurant to eat in tonight, I have to think...


Friday, September 16, 2005


Hold on there, Bald Eagle

Thanks to Gordon for this.

Truly one of the best sweets ever making a comeback.

Pure, Pure Genius


De-mob Happy

The last working day before holiday - isn't it a grand feeling !

The only problem is that it usually turns out to be busy and you normally don't want or can't be ars*d starting anything. You end up just sticking it on the handover document and letting the person covering for you deal with it.

We're going to stay in a villa in Spain, so I don't think I'll be able to keep up the daily blogging. However, we're staying next to a big-ish town, so I would imagine it has a t'internet cafe, so I'll try to get it updated as much as possible. If you're interested, this is what the weather is like now.

Feel free to raise a San Miguel or a glass of Rioja and join me in that holiday feeling

Thursday, September 15, 2005


The Sun has risen

The Sun newspaper was published for the first time today in 1964. Surprisingly, it took 5 years for the Page 3 girls to arrive, very shortly after it was bought by Rupert Murdoch.

So...thanks Rup, we'll always love you

Wednesday, September 14, 2005



So, the much anticipated petrol protest is here, if you even noticed. Apparently, the refinery at Ellesmere, one of the biggest in the UK, had a total of 8 protestors outside. There's been no road blockades by haulage companies and petrol is flowing freely all across the country.

I bet the Shell & BP exec's are quaking in their boots. I'd be surprised if they even looked up from lighting cigars with £50 notes and shovelling cocaine from the bosoms of Playboy Playmates of Year (at least, that's how I'd behave if I was a fatcat executive - more Don Simpson than Bill Gates).

Of course, that hasn't stopped an outbreak of mass hysteria all across the country. People buying hundreds of litres of petrol and storing up supplies in preparation of the country running dry of food and water. You'd think World War 3 was upon us and a nuclear winter was turning us all into mutated scavengers

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Super Hacker

Apparently, as I am vaguely technical, I am being denied my bet winnings as I may have been able to hack the web-site and alter the figures to show what I wanted. Now, if I was that good a hacker, would I be worried about winning a bet for a pound? Highly unlikely I would think. If that were the case, the IT world would be shaking as the new dovsky.A virus swept the world, stealing 1p from eveybody's bank account and depositing it in mine.

I know I've stolen the idea from Gus Gorman in Superman III, but it's such a good idea, it should be shared.

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Gee Gee's

Had not a bad day on the Gee Gee's, ending the day 80p down. I know that doesn't sound great, but as I won £60 on the last 2 races (2 Tote Exactas), 80p down is a lot better than where I thought I was going to end up.

Also laid a couple of bets within the group I was out with that I'll get to collect tomorrow. Somebody bet me that 20,000 people live in Port Seton (a small suburb of Edinburgh) and after I had fallen off my seat laughing, I bet her a pound (not a lot I know, but the bragging rights are worth it) that it was nowhere near. Honestly, for her to be right, the population per square metre ratio would need to be about 10 times that of Calutta - there would need to be about 20 people per house

According to the East Lothian web-site, it's 5,399.

The next bet was that 250,000 people lived in Perth, the town where my mates and I grew up. Again, we're talking Calcutta-level over-crowding for that to be right, people would need to be living in the sewers and up in the trees.

According to the Perth website, it's 40,000.

Now, i'll grant you that £2 isn't a lot to win, but it will put me in betting credit overall for the day and joy of beating your pals at something can never be over-stated.

Can't think what to spend my £2 winnings on. It won't even buy me a pint here in Edinburgh. If you've got any ideas, let me know in a comment

Friday, September 09, 2005


Friday Again

It's the weekend, i've got a large vodka and ginger beer in hand and I'm wondering what to do tonight. Probably not much, as I'm off to Ladies Day at Musselburgh Races tomorrow. Lots of champagne, lots of betting, lots of fluff - it doesn't get much better. No doubt I'll be skint come 18:00, but I'm sure it'll be worth it

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Scotland, Scotland

A cracking victory, I'm sure you'll agree, rounded off in the typical scottish trait of very nearly chucking it right at the death. It's a shame it's perhaps a touch too late - we should have dumped Herman the German much sooner and we might have had a better chance of qualifying.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Welcome to our shores

Was reading today that New Zealanders are apparently Britain's most successful ethnic immigrant group. They top the chart of percentage of group earning more than the average british wage. Britains themselves come much further down the list. It just goes to show how many bar staff there are in Britain and how well we pay the.

Something much funnier here.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005



Not got much to write about today. Is that writers block or sheer dis-interested-ness?

Course I can now blog about inventing a new word, with two hyphens !

Monday, September 05, 2005


Not so Trivial Pursuits

Had a shot of the new 20th Anniversary Edition Trivial Pursuits at the weekend and have to say I'm not a fan. I'm a huge fan of the original game, but don't think they've done the game or themselves any favours in this update. They've changed all the categories so you've got to check the box every time when choosing a question.

I also think it seems a bit easier. Not sure if it's the fact that the questions should be more relevant as they should all be from the last 20 years, but I thought the standard of questions seemed a bit too easy.

Saturday, September 03, 2005


Girding my loins

A big day ahead....

Wales vs England (£5 a point on Wales multi-corners higher than 5.5)

followed by

Scotland vs Italy (no bets, too much to worry about already, but plenty of Mr S Artois)

followed by

Dinner Party

So, 2 of my main hobbies of drinking and gambling will be well served today

Friday, September 02, 2005


A bevvy a day keeps the doctor away

Apparently the oldest person in the world died this week, aged 115, as did the oldest person in England, 111. The fact that were both women is a mere aside.

The new oldest person in England, again a women, aged 113 attributes her longevity to "a customary sun-downer of brandy and ginger ale every day".

Now...while the actual drink isn't something I fancy, the philosophy behind it is surely something to be admired. It flies in the face of today's nanny-state guidance, sticks it to the health gurus and pretty much agrees with the view of most people, all over the world - a little bit of what you fancy does you good.

I'll raise my own sun-downer of vodka and ginger-beer to that !

Thursday, September 01, 2005


A day to remember

Was sitting reading a few blogs over lunch yesterday to pass the time. Saw that Gordon was writing about his anniversary, which I thought was nice. However, it then started my own thought processes. Wedding anniversary, thats anniversary..wait a minute...oh f*ck !!!.

A cliche I'll grant you, but some people do forget their wedding anniversary. Thankfully mine isn't for a couple of weeks (on the day we go on holiday actually), so thanks to Gordon for the reminder !!