Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Even at two and a half hours, the latest Harry Potter definitely benefited from being a trimmed version of the book. Having said that I feel some of the choices made were a bit odd. For example, quite why so much time was spent on teenage relationships but very little on the identity of the Half Blood Prince and just how clever he was, is beyond me.

Another minor issue I have is that while the film is rightly dark and full of foreboding, the music over the closing credits was unnecessarily cheerful in my view.

But is it worth a second viewing? Most certainly.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

King Of...

... the castle and you're the dirty rascal.

'Nuff said LOL.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Red Hand Gang

I told you it was bad.

My normally dumpy little fingers are now fat and dumpy.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Gee Pee

Had to take myself off to see my GP this morning. He thinks I picked up a Horsefly bite on the back of my right hand a few days back and it's turned nasty. Believe me, trying to sleep last night was not fun. Anyway I'll be drugged to the eyeballs for the next few days.

£14 worth of the finest medication money can buy. Now I'm feeling broke :-(

Tuesday, 21 July 2009


Little Lad is off to the hospital tomorrow for some blood tests, having been referred by his GP. He's been limping for a couple of weeks and complaining of being in pain; his mother had put this down to growing pains, since apparently she had suffered as a girl. I fortunately did not get them as a child, guess I just didn't grow enough.

Anyway the school called his mum today- it seems he was crying with pain and had to be carried out of assembly. Cutting a long story short, the GP doesn't seem to have a clue so has referred him for tests. He won't appreciate a big long needle going in him, poor boy.

Need A New TV? Really?

Having previously worked with the cable and "over the air" broadcast tv industry I was interested in the this and thought I'd share it. The oldest working TV in Britain has recently turned up, having been built back in about 1936.

The owner- something of a 'techie'- has added a 625 line to 405 line convertor and a digital tv set top box, so the single channel Marconi built set is still giving enjoyment today. Mind you it's still only capable of displaying black and white pictures.

The Marconiphone 702 with it's 12 inch reflected screen looks something like this:

Monday, 20 July 2009

Suit You, Sir

Introducing the 11th Doctor and Amy Pond.

Filming has now apparently started in Cardiff on the new series of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

Don't they make a happy looking couple?

Smith will probably make his first appearance as the Doctor at Christmas/New Year in David Tennant's final episode*, penned by outgoing Executive Producer Russell T Davies. Davis has previously stated from the moment Smith appears (and therefore anything he says or does) will be the responsibility of incoming head writer Steven Moffat.

*Rumours remain the BBC will shortly announce a big screen cinema version of Doctor Who penned by Davis and starring David Tennant, who is said to have already signed a contract for an unspecified Sci-Fi film.

Friday, 17 July 2009

One Small Step, One Sure Sign...

Imagine the look of disappointment on the faces of the Apollo 11 crew when they landed on the moon only to find it strewn with rubbish. A sure sign the Pikey's had got there first! LOL

The Pikey's always leave their rubbish behind when they depart camp LOL.

To think when those brave men went to the moon 40 years back, they did so with less computing power than most of us have in our mobile phones.

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Monday, 13 July 2009


Had to call in to college at lunchtime to collect my work from the exhibition last week. While I was there a couple of new pots were waiting for me, fresh from the kiln. Pictures can now be found here, if you'd like to take a look. Let me know what you think.


Thought I'd bring to attention the new TV advertisement campaign being run by Cancer Research UK. A direct link to the ad is here.

Please spare a couple of moments to take a look and even better spare a couple of quid to help the research. Don't forget UK tax payers can click the appropriate box and that way your donation is worth even more- the Taxman will make a contribution too. If you're outside the UK, I'm sure you have a local cancer charity who would appreciate your Dollars, Euros or whatever money you have in your wallet or purse. Thanks.

Friday, 10 July 2009

End Of The World?

Just how good has Torchwood: Children Of Earth been this week? The audience figures and appreciation index have so far been impressive all week. Here's hoping tonight's final episode is explosive but won't rule out another series. For those yet to see it, I won't say any more.

BBC Wales' Torchwood.

Thursday, 9 July 2009


Yesterday was the first day of the college Art and Ceramics Exhibition. This was the second year it has been held and we're all now hoping it will become firmly fixed in the events calendar. While I did have some work on display, it was great to catch up on what everyone else has been working on this past year. To that end, I won't bore with images of my work but present a few choice images to give a flavour of the event. I think you'll agree they are all fab and put my work to shame.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

You Know It's Summer...

... When the portable Air Conditioning units come out of storage at last.

Expect a cold snap and rain shortly LOL.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Earth On Stone

Have just uploaded two images from last night to Webshots. Please take a look.

For those interested the pot is a Stoneware (white) clay but I've applied Mirror Black, which is an Earthenware glaze which fires at a lower temperature. I do feel quite pleased with the finished piece, nice and shiny LOL.

We have our college Art and Ceramics exhibition starting next week, by the way...