Monday, July 30, 2007

Kids mucking around on the railway line

Hello again

No, I didn't kill myself because I missed out on the flat below. I missed another, and was also busy because of:

Harry Potter. I know, they're kids books. But they are fun kids books and it's all over now. Who would have thought that everyone except for Bob would die at the end? For those who have read it already, here is some additional "what happened next" info from JKR herself.

Tour de France
. It turned into a drug-based farce, but it is still my favourite sporting event of the year, and making time for anything else in July is difficult. Here's a great "what the hell?" video from years gone by; a horse winning the race wouldn't actually have been that surprising this year... The commentator actually says "ooh la la", which I thought only fake French say.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Didn't get it

180 Great Western Road has gone to someone else, and they have paid over £180,000 for it. My search will continue...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

To me

Did you know that Diana amd Charles only met each other 13 times before they got married, and that hardly any of those times were one-on-one? Nor did I, but it might go some way to explaining the far-from-happy-marriage.

Anyway, this is the best news story of the week, containing the best quote: "a supply teacher has been cleared of hitting a 13-year-old boy who teased him about looking like a character from the Chuckle Brothers' TV show". Nice.

And here's a fun take on gangsta rap from Adam Buxton of Adam and Joe fame:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Spider Pig

Have you seen the Simpsons Trailer? Looks like they have pulled it off. The "Spider Pig" bit got a big laugh in the cinema when I saw the trailer, so here it is:

If I was a girl

Over the weekend, my mother told me that if I had been born a girl, I would have been called...


Thank goodness I am a boy.

Monday, July 16, 2007


I'm still alive, dear readers. Work, home, play, and Elton John have kept me distracted. Something had to give, and it was the blog. It was hardly going to be TV that I gave up, was it?

Work. A key staff member is leaving so I am having to fill (at least one of) his shoes. It has therefore been a hectic time at work, but on the plus side I will get to travel to Venezuela and Malaysia in the next couple of months.

Old home
. The sale of the current Swish Towers to Niall is almost complete. My flat will become the fourth prong of his property empire, and net me a tidy profit in the process. Which leads me to

New home. The search for a new flat has taken up a fair chunk of my time. Contrary to my expectations, I have fallen for the upmarket, and therefore expensive, west end of Aberdeen. I'm concentrating my efforts there and have found a place that I like. The occupants have put a closing date on it, so I'll know this week if I'm going to get it or not. They were going to piss me about by leaving it open to offers for a couple of weeks, but they are obviously scared of losing me so have brought it forward. More on the flat if I am successful.

Fillums. I have seen both Die Hard 4.0 and Harry Potter 5.0 in the last couple of weeks. Die Hard was as expected, only more so: an extremely cheesy, but fun, action blockbuster. You learn everything you need to know about the film from the fact that there is a sequence where Willis leaps from an exploding truck onto a hovering jump-jet and then hops off as it crashes to the ground. If that sounds fun to you (it does to me), then I commend the film to you. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix is not only easily the best of the Potter films, but probably the best film that I have seen this year. Every performance is spot-on, the tone is dark, the pace is perfect: a really accomplished piece of film-making. The final book is out at the weekend, so I will have to read it as quickly as possible to avoid finding out the end. I bet that Harry doesn't die, though.

Elton John. He played Inverness yesterday, and my parents got tickets to see it. Whilst I would by no means count myself as a fan of his, it would have been churlish of me to turn down the expensive ticket bought for me, so I went. For an old geezer, he put on a good show, belting out the hits for 2-and-a-half hours. I even recognised up to a quarter of the songs. One thing I noticed (maybe due to Sir Elt's fan-base) was that Inverness has far more fat, ugly people than I remember.

And finally, badgers. Quote of the week was found in a Times story about local myths that have emerged in southern Iraq: "We have not released giant badgers in Basra, and nor have we been collecting eggs and releasing serpents into the Shatt al-Arab river".

I'll post again sometime in August...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

"The bushy tail, the big teeth, the hooves"

On a lighter note, here are a couple of excellent QVC blopers.

This guy makes a (hardly noticeable) zoological error:

And this guy probably didn't do much for ladder sales. I love the callers reaction: "and that has never happened before".

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Democrat is an interesting word

Our governments may take a lot of stick for spin and half-truths, but GW has again proved that when it comes to corruption, anything you can do he can do better. He yesterday decided to spare Scooter Libby (the former chief-of-staff to his vice president) the 30-month jail sentence he was given for lying to a grand jury. That's right, he let off someone from within his organisation who lied to a jury investigating the source of a leak that endangered somebody's life. And the leak wasn't Libby's boss, Dick Cheney. No chance of that. You almost have to admire Bush for the sheer brazenness of his actions: just how does he get away with all the stuff that he does? He seems to completely ignore the constitution of his country, he has secret torture camps, and there is strong evidence that the USA has committed war crimes in the last few years. If you add in the fact that he wasn't really elected in the first place, shouldn't a country with a democratically-elected leader (lets just say, hmm, Iran) push for UN sanctions or an invasion for regime change? Americans, how do you put up with this shit? Why haven't there been riots in the streets?

While I'm slagging off Americans, here's a fun example of the sort of greedy person that I love seeing getting their comeuppance. I bet she had a massive hissy fit.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Bore war

A bruised thumb is the only (publicly visible) evidence of my day’s paintballing on Saturday. It was a friend’s stag do, and pseudo-military violence was the main activity of the day. I have really enjoyed paintball the two times that I have done it, but this time was more of a masochistic pleasure. My team got gubbed 8-0; if it had been a real war, we would have taken the role of Zanzibar in the Anglo-Zanzibar war. An injection of young blood (i.e. a 14th birthday party) after lunch-time failed to rejuvenate our team, and the afternoon ended in dismal, humiliating failure. I even “killed” one of my own team-mates (sorry, Stan) at one point… At least I can drink competently, and that’s what we did in the evening, with no catastrophic errors as far as I can recall.

There was also a sad farewell this weekend. Not to Princess Diana, but to the music shop of our hearts: Fopp has closed down after expansion plans proved a bridge too far. This is a real shame, as on top of selling music, books, and films cheaply, the chain was a great place to discover new or obscure music at reasonable prices. The loss of Fopp is a real shame, as the only high street alternatives in Aberdeen are the corporate juggernauts of Virgin and HMV. Hopefully some kind of rescue deal can be arranged, not least for the sake of the staff who worked all of June only to be sacked without pay at the end of last week.

On a positive note, Die Hard 4.0 is out this week: I’m really looking forward to it, due to one of the best “dumb action movie” trailers that I’ve seen.