Friday, 8 January 2010

Superior?! You're not superior to an amoeba with special needs..

So here we are, 24 hours later and we still have snow, woo hoo! We’ve had about 4 inches, yes, dearest readers, and a whole four inches. I know I’ve opened up the potential for rude comments and other opportunities, but they’re all a bit too obvious so I wouldn’t bother. When I look at the photo’s from t’other side of the Atlantic, I sort of feel I’m missing out on something. Wisconsin has had a few feet of snow, and parts of Massachusetts have had about the same. Still I got sent home from work early and it looks like we’re closing early tomorrow. The problem is that the snow could affect the plans for the weekend, but they’re a hardy bunch so I doubt that a bit of snow will deter them.

I haven’t let Obi out in the snow, although he did have a look out of the kitchen window and gave me a look that said “sod that!” he then went and curled up next to a radiator, can’t say I blame him, I’d do the same if I could fit under one.

Apparently England is experiencing the lowest temperatures for around 30 years, so much for global warming; oh I do love a bit of controversy!

In just under three weeks I’m off to this year’s toy fair, I am a tad excited, particularly seeing the character options display, at the last toy fair I went to I had to sign a nondisclosure form before I went into the doctor who section, not disclosing anything was very difficult. Sadly I know for a fact that I won’t be allowed to take pictures, you need a media pass to do that, so I won’t have any sneaky peaks at the new releases to publish. Still, it’s still worth a visit, and I shall be with good company too, which is always good. The other thing I’m looking forward to is the release of a game called Mass Effect 2. I haven’t bought a good game in a while and ME2 looks to be very good. I’ve gathered up all my Never winter disks, seeing one of my mates mentioning it quite regularly in his blog has given me the bug again. I’m fairly sure that my laptop will run it and the expansions, it won’t run NW2, for which I discovered yesterday that there’s another expansion set for it. Something else I have to start visiting again is Guild Wars; I would imagine that my character’s extremely bored as I haven’t played in well over a year. Sadly my laptop won’t run it all so it’ll have to go on the main PC. Which is a shame, I don’t even think it’s worth trying. Still it’ll be nice to stomp my way through the Forgotten Realms again. Now if only I can remember where I left my sword...

Oh how I miss the regular Monday night role-plays, we used to have such fun. Especially a certain mad spell caster who had a passion for incinerating donkeys. My our PC’s dined well that night. Fireball in a hay loft, I ask ya! I need to start writing a campaign for The Call of Cthulhu RPG; it’s been a while since I last ran it. I have basic story outlined but fleshing it out is the hard bit for me. My friend Philip was probably the best ‘thuhlu ref I’ve ever known. He could run the game on the fly and no matter how hard we tried; he always managed to get round anything we threw at him, although I’ll never forgive him for the incident with the mirror in the basement. (Toe rag)

So the weekend may be closer than usual due to the weather, and probably not as long as I’d like.

That’s it for now, fairly random this one, but I shall leave you with this thought, why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Thursday, 7 January 2010

I'm sorry, guys. I never meant to hurt you. Just to destroy everything you ever believed in.

And lo he did look upon the land and saw that it was white and fluffy. Yes my precious little minions, we have SNOW! Not real snow, you know, the 6 foot deep in 35 minutes kind. NO! We have the 2 inches over night and the whole of England goes into panic buying and stocking up on bread milk and custard, or is the custard bit just me?

DTWP made the best of the snow, running around like a little Tasmanian devil snuffling in the snow. Every time he lifted his head, he had a chin full of snow, he did look very cute, bless ‘im

Anyhoo here we are, half way through the week and I’m absolutely shattered. My health has taken a bit of a down turn. A visit to the doctor revealed that my BP’s a bit high, although I think other things that are ailing me have lead to that. Still not much to worry about I’m sure it’ll sort itself eventually.

I’ve been discussing a short break wiv da misses, those who read my last entry may remember that I wrote about returning to Lyme Regis for either a long weekend or even a week. After much consideration I thought that the Isle of Wight would be a better venue as there’s more things to do when not fossil collecting or star gazing. I planned to visit the IoW in September of last year but other things got in the way of it and I didn’t actually do any of the things I actually planned to do, ah well, there’s always this year.

I wonder if the snow will affect work, a few years ago we had to close because of the stuff; I’d quite like a snow day. I very much doubt the minibus will get out so at least one of the team will get a snow day, which good cos at the mo, he very much needs a bit of time. Having gone through what he’s going through, albeit much younger, I can empathise with him. I know that those who know him and have a faith will be saying a prayer for him.

Well that’s about it for now, until next time.

Be careful out there, it’s cold, wet and slippery. Unless you’re located between the tropics, in which case it’s mild at worst.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling. So why don't we just ignore each other until we go away?

So where’s this snow everyone’s babbling on about? I have friends and family in the USA, the friends aren’t too far away from Chicago and the family are south of Boston, and they’ve had snow. According to the met office this is possibly the coldest winter we’ve had for about 30 years. Ok it’s cold. But so far the best we’ve had in my end of the country is an inch, and that’s bought the region to a standstill. It’s a shame really cos I really like snow, I like the way it seems to muffle sound and how cool, no pun intended, everything looks covered in a big white blanket. I’ve half a mind to create an e-mail address so my loyal reader can send the best of their snow pics, but I think that would open a door to all manner of unpleasantness so I best not. Shame really! Still the people who really know me have ways and means of mailing me their pics so I shall settle for that.

I know it’s only January, but I’m actually thinking about a spring or summer break. I’d love to head back to Lyme Regis and Charmouth again but the problem with the Jurassic coast is that it gets heavily harvested by professionals and nothing much gets left for the amateur. South Wales has quite a few areas of Jurassic rocks so there’s always an option. I’d also like to return to Cornwall but there are very few fossiliferous areas. The places I’d really love to take my hammers and chisels are, of course the Dakotas and Montana in North America and Alberta in Canada, but financially speaking that extremely unrealistic. Unless, of course there’s a lottery win between now and then. Of course a trip away would have to involve the other half, DTWP and possibly super kid. I really want to take him and herself up to the Natural History Museum. I will never forget the expression on my lads face when he saw the Diplodocus skeleton. He was absolutely awestruck, it took him a few minutes to pick his chin up off the floor, and that was after seeing all the marine reptiles in the Waterhouse Gallery. Another visit is well over due but I think I shall leave for another few months until the Deep Sea exhibition opens.

100_1365 The other thing I’d like to do, if I get the chance, is to return to Lyme is take my telescope, the camp site I like there is in a designated area of dark skies, so the light pollution is at a minimum. This means that so much more is visible; not only with the naked eye but through a good pair of binoculars or a good scope the wonders available to see are phenomenal. So a trip to Lyme would allow me to indulge two of my hobbies, three, if I take a couple of books. The 100_1359only problem I foresee is keeping my two companions amused. If you’re not collecting fossils or looking through a telescope, there’s not a great deal to do whilst you there. There is a good pub called the Talbot Arms, they do a great selection ales of ales, including some from Sharp’s in Cornwall which is where Doom Bar comes from and Otter Brewery which makes an ale called Otter Head which I also find a bit good. The food was also good the last time I was there. I had a steak that was done to perfection. Getting back to the issue of things to do there are a few local attraction to visit, so a rainy day excursion wouldn’t be ruled out.100_1364

Anyway, that’s a while of yet, when herself reads about the possibility of a break in Dorset she’s bound to mention our forth coming nuptials, have we settled on a date yet? Last I heard it was October, Davey, you may want to take it off your forth coming events list until we can confirm a date. Oh she’s gonna hurt me.

I wonder how difficult it is to type with broken fingers.

Until next time, be good to yourself, and each other!

Love & blessings



Kalon’s blog additional: still no luck on the Christmas Pud situation, I may have to rally the troops and declare war!

Kalon’s blog, Stardate 63513.7: there has been a development on the Christmas pudding front, all hands have been ordered to stand down and red alert status has been deactivated.

Monday, 4 January 2010

I reckon you've got concussion - I couldn't give a tart's furry cup if half your brains are falling out. Don't ever waltz into my kingdom acting king of the jungle.

It’s been an interesting day; I was late for work, only by five minutes, but all the same late. I do hope this isn’t going to be a trend for the coming year. I get really cross with myself when I’m late; it sets me up for a bad day. Fortunately today was the first day back after the Christmas break so seeing the guys was something to look forward to. That helped to set me up for a good day.

I had an interesting series of e-mails today, all from a women’s health clinic, I suspect some simple minded fool thought that it would be amusing to put my address on the mailing list. It’s some complete brain below with too much time on their hands. It’s all well and good but I’m fairly sure I know who it is and I hope they enjoy themselves looking for new and interesting ways to endeavour to bother me. With luck they’ll visit the wrong kind of site and pick a virus or spyware and then have a hacker go through their drive. I know it’s very unlikely but I do find the image I have in my head of the look of terror when they realise they’ve had personal details copied very amusing.

Something else that amuses me is how people find it ok to treat others with contempt and disrespect but don’t like it when the tide turns. A few months ago I posted a few somewhat unpleasant remarks on my blog, one person felt that the remarks were aimed directly at them and demanded that I apologise and retract the post. So in the interest of peace and harmony I did as I had been asked. Now irrespective of who or what the remarks were in reference to, I never once wrote anything unpleasant about serious illness, mental or otherwise. However, it has been bought to my attention that it’s absolutely fine for other people to make unpleasant comments about a serious that can, and does, devastate lives and effects those left behind for years to come. Now that’s wrong! Not to mention downright nasty. I don’t care what disputes people may have with each other, but wishing someone had died of said illness is beyond evil. Because what that person is doing is basically saying that they wished that every person closely involved felt the pain of losing a mother or father, daughter or son, sister or brother, and some people have the nerve to consider themselves human! It’s a shame that people carry grudges, I for one try my hardest not to. I like to think that I’m a fairly easy going chap, yes I can be annoying and a bit full on, but I like to think that everyone has some good in them. There are a few exceptions, Hitler, Idi Amin, Osama Bin Laden, Papa Doc, the list is endless. How one person could wish another die a painful and agonising death is beyond me. Having firsthand experience of how such an illness does affect people and families, I would never express such thoughts toward another person. I’m no saint; in fact I’m far from it. I may have a laugh at another’s expense but not where it result in serious injury or illness. I think that such attitude is bad enough when you know the person the remarks are aimed at, but formulating an opinion on someone you’ve never met and your basing such an opinion on hearsay and second hand information, well that’s just stupid.

Anyway the long and the short of it is this, this is my blog, and I shall post what I wish. If you feel that any of the comments I make are offensive then feel free to express your views in a mature and adult manner. Don’t try to use the text here to endeavour to gain information about my friends or family by reading between the lines. If reading my blog makes you want to vomit, don’t read it! If however, you find that something I write makes you smile or stirs up an emotion then I’m pleased!

Anyway, peace, love and harmony to you all,

blessed be.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.

I’ve had a nice weekend; the 40k group had its first session of the year. Whilst it was quiet it was good to be back in the swing of things. I’ve introduced a new set of house rules; sadly they’re already upsetting Imperial Guard players. I was assailed with cries of “I can’t make a combat patrol squad limited to 500 points” “wah blub”. Oh dear, what have I done? Now I know that my loyal readers won’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but rest assured the new rules will make for some unhappy bunnies, ooh I’m so wicked. (Tee hee)

On my return from the shop, I spoke to the missus as I got a text saying she needed to ask me something. She phoned me and said that her wee man was coming over for the night and that they would be off to the flicks on Sunday, it turned out that it was, in fact, two things she needed to ask me. The first was if I could keep DTWP company whilst they went to see Sherlock Holmes. Now anyone who knows me well will know that I’m not overly keen on small dogs, but this little fella is one of the most friendly and affectionate pups I’ve ever encountered, the second in fact. The first being a very distinguished Cairn Terrier. So the opportunity to spoil DWTP was too good to miss, plus it would give mother and son a chance to spend some quality time together. They haven’t spent a great deal of time with each for a while, he was very ill before Christmas and given the fact that my girlies immune system is shot it wasn’t a good idea for them to be around each other. Then herself became poorly. So finally they got some quality time together. Oh yeah, the second favour, the boy plays 40k and about a year ago he bought a Necron battle force. He made a start on painting and putting them together, but with homework and schooling and family time, he hasn’t had much time to get on with the models. So I was asked to give him a hand, I like painting miniatures; it’s my favourite thing about the gaming hobby. From opening the box, prepping the components and getting the model finished is something I really enjoy. Fortunately Necrons are easy to paint and I should have them finished in a few days, although I have to leave a few for my future step son to complete. Bless ‘im. He’s a fantastic lad and I think we’re gonna get on really well. He has a sense of humour, he’s polite and respectful, (most of the time) but every lad around his age can have their moments. But all in all he’s a nice kid. The worst thing about the whole thing is seeing missy virtually broken over the fact that he’s not with her. New Year’s Day was probably the worst; fortunately the departure of a certain time travelling medic gave her the perfect chance to let some of the pain out. Which in a strange way, I think it did some good.

Tomorrow I return to work, oh joy! Still it could be worse, couldn’t it? Seriously I am looking forward to Monday, how scary is that? It’ll be nice to see the guys and hear all about their Christmas break.

Oh yeah I would like to express my displeasure at the way I was teased with Christmas Pud earlier today! Using one of my favourite examples of festive fare is decidedly naughty! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! (Tee hee!)

Luvs ya hunnee!

I bought these Star Wars sheets but they turned out to be much too stimulating to be compatible with a good night's sleep. I don't like the way Darth Vader stares at me.

Well here we are firmly placed in 2010, out with the old and in with the new. It was a fairly un-typical Christmas for me, aside from the standard sitting in with the telly box and going to bed at stupid o’clock in the morning then getting up sometime close to midday, the main difference was, dare I say it, DIET! Foul word indeed. This blooming diabetes thing is, to be honest, a right royal pain in the wrongun, the 25th December came and went and not a crumb of Christmas pud, I had trifle, which I think is the best dessert in the world, but I also really like Christmas pud. Well this year I had none and I feel robbed, yes dear readers, ROBBED! Those who know me well are more than aware that I have a very sweet tooth. When I go out to eat I choose my pudding first then base the main meal on that, it means I look forward to pudding more because I choose a meal that has strong savoury flavours which tends to bring out the richness of something containing high quantities of sugar. In fact my ideal meal would be three courses and every course was some type of sugary naughtiness. In fact as I’m typing this I can smell treacle sponge. All I need now is a whiff of custard and I’m sorted. I got some really good pressies, 3 fossils one of which is 70 million year old reptile poop, otherwise known as coprolite, a Spinosaur tooth and a Mososaur tooth. Each one is a thing of beauty. I would love to visit Montana, North Dakota and Alberta to dig for fossils; A Tyrannosaurus Tooth would be a joy to find. I also received Star Trek and half blood prince on DVD plus a really cool book titled “why Steve is late” it couldn’t be better suited. Over the last few months I’ve regularly been late to work in the morning. If I were my boss I would have given me my marching orders. I consider myself very fortunate to work with brilliant folk.

I have a shop day on the 23rd of the month and a trip to this year’s toy fair at the Olympia on the 27th and astronomy club at the end of the month. On the 30th there may be a chance to resolve my Xmas pud dilemma when we all meet up at casa Manky for a very special event. One of my close friends has a calendar of sorts that lists the years forth coming events, it impresses me how he does it, I can just about manage a month ahead, let alone a whole year. So far I can think of five upcoming events for the next 12 months and that’s not including birthdays. So I shall sit back and watch the next 363 days pass by, hopefully without too much strife.

Finally, if you want to see some really amusing, buy your missus a transformer, then sit back and giggle your socks off, inwardly of course, don’t let her know that you find the expression of pure frustration on her face absolutely side splitting. I think I may have to by her another one just for the giggle.

I realise, of course that I’m going to be severely chastised for the above comments, but what’re you gonna do!

So as I prepare to howl in agony, I shall bid you farewell until more random thoughts leap into my head like a leapy, springy thing.