Sunday, 28 June 2009

Park. Life.

What happened Saturday in the summer sunshine.

OK so maybe only the parents find pictures and videos of their own children really interesting LOL. Thanks for looking anyway.

"Park Life" courtesy of Blur. No financial gain is made from this Blog. No infringement of copyright intended. Honest.

Friday, 26 June 2009


Sad as it may be that a popular singer has died overnight, the media coverage is going a bit overboard in my opinion.

Wall to wall reporting in the press, radio, tv and web. I even got an email notification from a forum I used to be a member of. This morning one radio presenter went so far as to describe it as "like JFK for the current generation." What? Get real.

Let's not forget many other people, equally loved by their families and friends also died yesterday. Let's get a sense of perspective, keep this in proportion.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

On A Diet? Have A Burger!

The news fans of the Whopper and Big Mac have been waiting for LOL.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Five Thoughts

In no particular order:

  • Saw my Doctor today. He doesn't think the large mole on my left arm is currently cause for concern. Phew.
  • Have just finished watching Battlestar Galactica. "All this has happened before", has been the reoccurring theme but did they really mean to borrow someone else's storyline? Refugees from a far flung solar system crash land on pre-historic Earth, all overseen by a man in a bath tub. The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy or BSG?
  • Is holding meetings an alternative to doing actual work?
  • The Red Kite used to be an endangered species in the UK but are now thriving like you would not believe. Boy, are they noisy at times but I love watching and hearing them. Kinda all part of feeling like being at home, if you get me.
  • Top Gear's mystery race driver, The Stig, has revealed his identity in the first programme of the new series. Or has he?

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Mini Me

Pick-your-own Strawberries: You're meant to put more in the plastic box than you eat. Some of us are yet to learn the message but then again you only get to pay for the items that get weighed. So maybe he's not doing so bad LOL.

Poor quality camera phone image.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

I B4 E

An influential UK Government body has this weekend recommended primary schools no longer teach the "I before E, except after C" rule. Apparently there are not enough English words that actually follow this and that it is just plain confusing to kids.

Are you kidding? How many thousands have grown up learning this rule and as a result have been able to construct good, properly spelt sentences? I thought good communication was important to be able to get on in this world. Isn't it bad enough that most modern kids seem to be unable to communicate in anything other than text speak. Or shld that b txt spk?

I will be doing all I can to ensure Little Lad receives a good education and a firm understanding of how our fine language works.

Thursday, 18 June 2009


Really can't believe a trip to the cinema now costs £7.35 per person.

I guess that's not too bad if you get to see a good film. Regular visitors to this blog can probably imagine what I'm feeling right now.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Quick Sneak

Thought I should post a couple of images of my current work in progress. First is a nice simple bowl, thrown in Stoneware. Next and indulging my current fancy, is my square topped, round bottomed pot. Both are now waiting to be Bisque fired. Now what colours should I use to Glaze them?

Monday, 15 June 2009

Come Fly With Me

Never on British Airways..?

Made me smile though.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Can't Stand The Heat?

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay sure seems to have cooked up a storm while on tour down under. Even their Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has waded in to the debate over his rather rude comments regarding a TV presenter. All of Australia is insulted, so we are told and that Britain should be ashamed.

Now I'm not convinced all is as it appears: the presenter- Tracy Grimshaw- has seemingly made much of the situation, to her advantage (all publicity is good publicity perhaps?) and the Good Food and Wine Show, where Ramsay is appearing, has also seen increased interest. No doubt any book or TV show he is currently pushing will also get additional coverage. Certainly for the past couple of days that would appear to be the case.

Isn't this all a bit rich anyway? Everyone knows Ramsay speaks his mind and has no objection to ruffling feathers, not to mention letting rip with a few dozen choice words. So when he acts to type, should we really be surprised? And on top of that, it's widely suspected that Australia's favourite sport after Cricket, Rugby and (that strange thing they call) Football, is Pommie (British) Bashing. Now do the British complain over that LOL?* Never mind that many of us find the actual terms 'Pom' and 'Pommie' insulting, if we dare say anything we are told we're whinging...

*Answers on a postcard or back of a sealed down self addressed envelope to the usual competition address.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

From The Heart Of My Bottom (LOL)

Some say it looks like a heart, others say it's a bottom.

All I know is that it's my latest piece from college and it cost a small fortune. I've uploaded images to Webshots, please take a look and let me know what you think.

For those interested, it's another sculptural coil built pot and stands about 40cm (16 inches) by 30cm (12 inches). The glazes were applied with a natural sponge: Autumn Shades and Yellow-Brown stoneware.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Royal Rodgers

Reading Football Club- "the Royals"- have appointed Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers as their new manager following the departure of Steve Coppell. Currently the manager at rivals Watford, Rodgers is returning to the town where he still maintains a home and where he started his coaching career.

Read here.

Saturday, 6 June 2009


Please take a moment to think about all those who gave their lives on this day in Normandy.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Crop Circles

For some reason British farm land seems to "suffer" from an extremely high number of crop circles of various designs. Some would have it that it is proof of extraterrestrial interference while others suggest there are very talented people with too much time on their hands.

Either way take a look at the latest from a farm in nearby Oxfordshire. The farmer claims the markings alone have caused damage of around £600,000 (US$90,0000 or AU$1200,000). Never mind all the on-lookers now trampling over his crops. But it is quite beautiful.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Flight Of The...

The most recent series of Doctor Who suggested what happened to the humble Bee but the the truth is that the British Bee colonies really are suffering and being wiped out.

The short haired Bumblebee for example became extinct in the UK between 1988 and 2000. However rather than taking flight to a far off planet to avoid the Daleks, many may be found in New Zealand. It seems in the late 19th century they were shipped over on refrigerated lamb boats so they might pollinate clover crops.

Now Nature England are hoping to reintroduce this breed back into the UK. Mind you I don't think they'll be coming back via boat. Long may our summer barbeque's be plagued by the little fellows, they have a valuable job to do.

Apparently Dumbledore is an old English word for Bumblebee. You didn't think I'd post an image of an actual Bee did you? LOL