Tuesday, 30 September 2008

That's Better

(Sorry this picture is of no relevance other than I like it!)

Wolverhampton 0 - 3 Reading
The Royals back to away winning form. Nice.

The Coca-Cola Football League Championship : Table 30 Sept

| Home

| Away

1 Wolverhampton 9 4 0 1 13 6 3 1 0 10 4 13 22
2 Birmingham 9 3 0 1 4 1 3 2 0 8 5 6 20

3 Reading 9 4 0 0 16 2 1 2 2 7 8 13 17
4 Burnley 9 3 1 1 8 6 1 2 1 4 6 0 15
5 Sheff Wed 9 3 2 0 8 2 1 1 2 4 12 -2 15
6 Sheff Utd 9 2 2 0 6 2 2 0 3 6 5 5 14

Monday, 29 September 2008

Still Looking Good

Have just watched the first episode of the new series of the Sarah Jane Adventures.

It's hard to believe Elizabeth Sladen first appeared as Sarah Jane Smith back in the 1973 Doctor Who episode "The Time Warrior."

Doesn't she look great? Am I the only one that thinks she looks as good today (if not better) than she did back then?

Oh and I thought the episode was pretty good as well, great effects and nice opening story. Back in 1973, Sarah Jane came face to face with the Sontarans and in today's "The Last Sontaran" well...

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Reading 4 - 0 Swansea

Puts the Royals up to third in the Championship on 14 points, 8 behind leaders Wolverhampton who they will meet away on Tuesday. Finger's crossed. Well done to Kevin Doyle for scoring two today.

Friday, 26 September 2008

I Must Be In The Wrong Job

An agency was given the task of creating a new corporate name following the merger of a university and a college.

After 3 months and taking £20,000 in fees they came up with these gems:

University of Bradford
The University of Bradford
Bradford University

I must be in the wrong job- I have to work for a living.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Quote Of The Day?

"Shakespeare's all right, but he's lacking on spaceships" - David Tennant.

Talking about missing Cardiff, the BBC production crew and being in Doctor Who while taking time out to co-star in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet with Patrick Stewart.


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Some Thoughts...

Thought #1:

So (current) Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that from some unspecified date next year, Cancer patients will no longer have to pay for their prescription medications. That's brilliant, excellent news. Does that mean that people with other conditions like Heart disease or Alzheimer's are less worthy?*

*In Wales and Scotland I understand everyone already receives free prescriptions, regardless of ailment or age, so why not England?

Thought #2:

Energy company EDF (Electricite de France) has announced it is to buy Nuclear generator British Energy. EDF is owned by the French Government. Am I the only one that doesn't think it is such a good idea to have all our Nuclear Power capabilities controlled by a foreign power, all be it a (currently) friendly one?

Thought #3:

A family friend ("A") has just been told she has quite advanced Breast Cancer. She's only in her 40's. She's just had a 2 inch lump removed and has been told she needs more surgery followed by an intensive 6 month course of Chemo. My thoughts are with her and the family.

Get yourselves checked out girls AND boys. Yes men can also get Breast Cancer.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Now That's What I Call A Cup Cake!

So much for telling everyone I was trying to be good and cut back.

Don't worry- I had no problems polishing off this chocolate and mint work of art, while watching re-runs of Home Improvement. LOL

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Make Me A Sunbeam

Thought I'd share this image of Little Lad pretending to be a Sun Dial. Getting him to stand still sometimes is harder than herding cats LOL.

Wasn't the weather great today? As they say the sun shines on the righteous. And Birthday Boys.

Watford 2 - 2 Reading

Friday, 19 September 2008

Talk Like A Pirate Day

(Captain Pugwash, remember him?)
I won't even attempt to do this in a pirate style but every year 19 Sept is the international day for having a bit of fun and putting on your best pirate voice. Arr!

Go to http://www.talklikeapirate.com/howto.html for some hints and tips on key phrases, me hearties!

Whilst on the subject of Pirates, we realised this week that at some point the Pikey's must have returned and helped themselves to our battery box they had emptied last month. Charming.

And would you look at that- I've just hit 200 posts! Well done me. While I'm on a role, let's hear it for Marmite flavour Rice Cakes. At less than 3% fat, an ideal snack food that might just help me lose some excess weight. LOL

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Second Is Best

With the Beijing Paralympics now over, Team GB has finished second overall in the medal table.

Well done girls and boys.

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 China 89 70 52 211
2 Great Britain 42 29 31 102
3 United States 36 35 28 99
4 Ukraine 24 18 32 74
5 Australia 23 29 27 79
6 South Africa 21 3 6 30
7 Canada 19 10 21 50
8 Russia 18 23 22 63

Tuesday, 16 September 2008


Reading 6 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday

That's more like it!

The Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table
16 September 2008 22:02

1 Wolverhampton 6 12 16
2 Birmingham 6 6 16

3 Preston 6 5 14
4 Reading 6 6 10
5 QPR 5 3 10
6 Cardiff 6 2 10

7 Bristol City 6 3 9

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Too Many Pies

I'm told there's something we can learn from every experience, whether it is good or bad.

One thing I did learn from Mum's funeral was that trying on my suit for the big day, I've clearly been eating too many pies. I'm not too over weight by any stretch, just carrying some spare that made doing up the jacket more like Mission Impossible.

So let's be honest about this: I enjoy my food and on top of that I eat the wrong things when I'm sad. The same is also true when I'm happy. A few years back it wouldn't have made a jot of difference, I could stuff my face with no consequence plus I was playing quite a bit of sport and walking a lot.

So I've come to the conclusion I need to change my habits, nothing Earth shattering you understand. I don't believe extreme changes in diet or fitness regime are necessarily healthy or likely to succeed in the long run. For me it has to be a subtle, modest change that I can actually achieve.

So today I took myself round the university lake for a bracing walk- it looks kind of good doesn't it? When I got back to celebrate I rewarded myself with a few beers, so not such a good start after all. Perhaps I should say today has been one of the few decent weather days we've had in a good while and that'll excuse the beers.

Anyway here's the plan, if you can call it one. Shed a few pounds by doing more exercise and trying to eat better meals, less junk.

Oh and before I finish: yes I have checked my weight on the scales but it's on a need to know basis. I could tell you but I'd have to kill you.


Found these two pictures on my phone today- taken about a month or so ago- so thought I would share them, better late than never so to speak.

Potter Chris Bramble gave an impromptu demonstration at Art in Clay- the National Ceramics Show held annually at Hatfield House.

Check out his work at http://www.chrisbramble.co.uk/ and have a look at the Art in Clay website here http://www.hatfield.artinclay.co.uk/

Saturday, 13 September 2008


Ipswich 2-0 Reading


Friday, 12 September 2008

Clever Clogs!

A friend got some really great news today and took the time to share with me.

Somewhere in the world there should be a firework display in honour!

Thursday, 4 September 2008


The UK's number 1 supermarket- Tesco- has recently announced they intend to change the signage above their fast-track checkouts. Currently the signs state "10 items or less" but apparently this can be confusing. Instead the new notices will say "Up to 10 items."

Am I missing something? I could understand if the signs had said "Items =<10" but come on, we're talking about very basic English here that even my four and a half year old would understand.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008