Sunday, 24 December 2006

Christmas Cheer

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Entry for November 30, 2006

My mum is now half way through the planned treatment schedule.

She's doing OK, holding up far better than perhaps I imagined. Then again you never really know until you need it, just what reserves you have to call on.

6 Dec 06 David says: Glad to hear she's holding up. Hope she continues to improve.

Sunday, 12 November 2006

Entry for November 12, 2006

Reading 3, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

'Nuff said.

Monday, 6 November 2006

As Keen As...

Was the weekend for vegging.

Went out Friday night to see The Guardian, the current Kevin Costner flick about the US Coast Guard swimmers but the queues were too long at the multiplex so we went to Pizza Hut.

Back to the cinema Saturday and... success! Seems every sensible soul was outside at firework displays but at least it meant we could get into the film. Yea! Pretty good film as well.

Also watched Spiderman 1 and 2 that I'd picked up cheaply as a four disc box set. Enjoyed them so much I'll probably go see the next one, which I believe has the imaginative title of Spiderman 3.

Made Mustard Mash. Mmmm.

Monday, 23 October 2006



Like Doctor Who but with swearing and sex.

And a record audience for BBC3 I believe. Mmmm.

Thursday, 5 October 2006


My Mum has secondary Breast Cancer in her spine and liver.

She starts Chemotherapy tomorrow (Friday) and will initially receive 6 cycles, which will take us through beyond Christmas.

It's best to talk about these things: sometimes it is the fear of the unknown and the unspoken that scares us the most.

Here is a good link with useful infiormation:

8 Oct 06 David says: I hope things go well for her!

Tuesday, 26 September 2006


Better late than never: well done to the Royals (or Reading Football Club to those that don't know).
Held the might of Manchester United to a one-all draw at the weekend. Seems so far Reading are more than up to the challenge of playing in the Premiership, now currently in 7th position. Not only that but I believe they're extending their record breaking run of being unbeaten at home. Nice.

Thursday, 24 August 2006

Entry for August 24, 2006

Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest last night.

Suprised to see that despite being released a few weeks ago, the cinema was quite full. That says a lot in my view.

Big on the set piece action and humour, not so big on character developement. Bit too long to sustain the somewhat flimsy plot but well worth a look see.

Wednesday, 23 August 2006


So where exactly has summer gone?

Keep hearing promises from the weather boys and girls that the heat wave will return but then I remind myself there's a Bank Holiday just around the corner.

Good news for ducks I guess.

Tuesday, 8 August 2006

Jobs R Us

Looks like my job search may be over.

Have been told that subject to a 12 week trial period, starting this week, I will be offered a permanent position. Yea!

9 Aug 06 Blue Iris UK says: permanant persition where?

Saturday, 22 July 2006

Thoughts on Death

My family already know this but just so everyone is clear: this is what I want played at my funeral.
The Man with the Child in his Eyes - Kate Bush.
(hes here! hes here!
Hes here! hes here!)

I hear him, before I go to sleep
And focus on the day thats been.
I realise hes there,
When I turn the light off and turn over.

Nobody knows about my man.
They think hes lost on some horizon.
And suddenly I find myself
Listening to a man Ive never known before,

Telling me about the sea,
All his love, til eternity.

Ooh, hes here again,
The man with the child in his eyes.
Ooh, hes here again,
The man with the child in his eyes.

Hes very understanding,
And hes so aware of all my situations.
And when I stay up late,
Hes always waiting, but I feel him hesitate.

Oh, Im so worried about my love.
They say, no, no, it wont last forever.
And here I am again, my girl,
Wondering what on earth Im doing here.
Maybe he doesnt love me.
I just took a trip on my love for him.

Ooh, hes here again,
The man with the child in his eyes.
Ooh, hes here again,
The man with the child in his eyes.

Mind you, I have no plans to die just yet. Just want everyone to know.

23 July 06 Blue Iris UK says: and you had the cheek to say my blog was a bit long ...... yours was an epic read lol
27 July 06 Virginia says: I too have a song which I'd like played at my funeral, it's entitled "I am the Wind."

Friday, 21 July 2006

Man of Steel

Went to see Superman Returns the other night. Nice opportunity to really cool down, thanks to the wonders of air-con.

The effects were as you might expect fab and breath taking. Story wise, it was good and fairly original but managing not to contradict the Reeve-era films too much. This really did feel like a continuation of a story rather than re-boot, which seems all too popular of late. All the leads were strong and had their moments to shine.

I have to say however I thought it a little too long and played heavily on the sentimental to the point of nearly being bull in a china shop.

Tuesday, 18 July 2006

Road Trip

Big interview Wednesday. Will be travelling later today and staying over. It's not that it's a million miles, just that the M25 can be more like a car park than a motorway at times.

I get the impression the company want to move quite fast now. So fingers crossed: I could have a job in a few days.

Saturday, 15 July 2006

Entry for July 15, 2006

Have just downloaded the new Yahoo Messenger (Beta version). Interesting....

Appearently I can now chat with MSN Messenger folk from the comfort of Yahoo. We'll see.

If it does something horrible while I'm chatting, I'm sorry; it wasn't me.

15 July 06 Dawney says: That will be a first LOL..........

Thursday, 13 July 2006


Better late than never.

Farewell Billie. You will be missed.

Monday, 10 July 2006


My Italian friend P is over the moon for some reason: she text me last night from home in the mountains of Italy. No idea why...
Perhaps because French football captain Zidane has just been honoured at the World Cup. Probably for services to Italian football.
Well done Italy.

Wednesday, 5 July 2006


Freema Agyeman: you have a tough act to follow!

All the best, welcome aboard the TARDIS Martha Jones!

Sunday, 2 July 2006

Entry for July 02, 2006

Well I think I have just about recovered from Saturday night; what a night! Is it fair to say the entire nation was gripped and on the edge of it's collective seat? Maybe.

I guess the vast majority had watched live but some like myself had other pressing commitments and so had to rely on the VCR in order to view later on. And it was absolute hell trying to avoid over-hearing the outcome, I can tell you.

Matters went right down to the last thrilling moment. All the old fears and woes resurfacing like a bad dream. False starts and casualties, just to ensure my finger nails didn't survive the night. As the final few moments played out, I just couldn't believe my eyes, I could hardly look: where on Earth had the Daleks come from?

Not enough that the Cybermen where back, bigger and meaner than ever but the old pepperpots as well? Thought they were gone for good. Russell T Davies and all the folks at BBC Wales had kept that little surprise pretty much under wraps. Nice one. I can't wait to see part 2 next Saturday.

I believe there was a football match on as well. How did we do?

Tuesday, 27 June 2006


Grrrr Interview was cancelled on me today. Grrrr

On another note, a friend (and family) will be attending the funeral- tomorrow- of a very close relative. I will be thinking of them all. x

30 June 06 Dawney says: Thank you.

Saturday, 24 June 2006


Chaos at baby swim classes today.

Last Saturday our teacher told us she couldn't make it today but that another teacher we had previously had would stand-in. Seems however, the stand-in couldn't make it so instead we had the stand-in's stand-in! With me so far? All OK on paper except this one had never been to the pool before and had got lost.

She arrived with only 15 mins of our session to go. Added to that it was the first day on the job for the security guard and he hadn't realised it was his job to unlock the pool. Poor guy probably thought he was going to get an ear full for having left us all standing outside. It was a nice morning.

By the time we were all ready, the seesion only had 5 mins to go, so to avoid the subsequent classes being put back half an hour we combined with the next group. Bit of a squeeze in the pool but worth it.

Sunday, 18 June 2006

Entry for June 18, 2006

Just added some pics of my ceramics.

19 June 06 Dawney says: I like the pictures of the Penguin Pot, Flat Vase,Dsc00876 and a few others. Enjoyed the story behind Fire Starter.

Friday, 16 June 2006

Entry for June 16, 2006

...And the weather just got better!
Took Little Lad for a walk by the river to see the ducks and boats. Not too many of either to be found. Where have they all gone? Maybe watching the World Cup? I dunno but it's difficult to explain to a two and a half year old that the very things you promise he will see just aren't there.
Made up for it by taking him swimming. This time of year it's so nice to have an open air pool just 5 minutes walk from the house.
Thinking if I can get a job real soon I'll do another residential ceramics course at West Dean College in the autumn. Gave it a miss last year due to finances and other commitments, so kind of regretting it now.
Billie's leaving. Image

Thursday, 15 June 2006

Entry for June 15, 2006

The sun is shining and the sky is blue. Seems like quite a nice day out there while I am beavering away in the office. Hey ho.

Have hit the agencies this morning with mixed results. Keep on trying, is the moto. It's very difficult to keep on sounding keen and enthusiastic, when all you seem to get from most is flannel and a half promise. Have heard I have a second interview lined up in a couple of weeks, so fingers crossed. That will be for a whole day. And I thought two and a half hours was enough. Gulp.

Little lad has been been pushing the boundaries quite a bit this week- trying to establish his own indentity and desires. Choice of clothes is one flash point at present. His language skills seem to have come on in leaps and bounds this past month or so but sometimes it's not enough and he throws a wobbler to try to get his way. Guess that's the Terrible Two's for you. Most of the time he very well behaved and is learning fast that saying "please" or "thank you" tends to get more favourable results from us grown-ups. When all else fails, he still falls back on his big smiles and flirting skills which work wonders in Waitrose where he is known by name by more or less all the female staff and alot of the men. Now where does he get that from?

Tuesday, 13 June 2006

Hot, Hot, Hot

Had interview today in a stinking hot office. Not quite true- the main office had lovely air con that worked really well but the meeting rooms had just an open window. Not so good when you're 'suited and booted' and nervous as hell. Seemed to go reasonably well, despite running to two and a half hours, for the first interview. If I get called for a second, I dread to think how long that will be.

Missed my junction on the motorway coming back. Grrr

Monday, 12 June 2006


** Blog entries from today, up to and including Friday 11 January 2008 have been lovingly reproduced from the original on Yahoo 360 **

What is there to say? First entry of a blog that won't be updated too often. Sorry, life's too short to be stuck behind a PC all day. I'll try me best to say what occurs whenever I can.

Well, job seeking at present. Finding things a little tough going selling myself as a product or commodity I have to admit and getting that foot through the door. There are some opportunities out there but it's hard work. Early days I guess. Have been told that typically someone in my position should expect to be out of work for at least 4 months. Not good: I NEED TO WORK!