Wednesday, March 30, 2005

If you go searching.....

It appears that Barnaby has been searching through my Flickr photos looking for pictures of himself. So I've found a few, just for him, good and bad. This is my favourite though, taken in the gents at the Millennium Dome in August 2000. Such wonderful colours, I just had to share it with everyone.

(Somehow I feel he will retaliate with equally embarassing pics of me in a few days)

Monday, March 28, 2005

Another day, another trip to the South Bank

Up early, I've finished the Zyban course now (Wow! that's 6 weeks now without a ciggy, I am impressed with myself), so should be getting back to a regular sleep pattern very soon I hope, so God only knows why I was up so early. Anyway, it was the last day of the long weekend and the weather is keeping up. Took a drive to Roehampton, my favourite Asda (mainly because the clientele isn't as chavvy as the Isle of Dogs branch). Got a few bits and pieces then came back via the Kings Road blasting Scissor Sisters at top volume on the car stereo. The more I listen to that album, the more I love it. Got home, Leigh came round for a while, not seen him since last July, how time flies. Took a quick trip afterwards down to Effluent & Castle, then went for a nice long walk along the south bank, taking pics as I went, watching the buskers, admiring the talent, watching the London Eye and stopping for coffee in Somerset House before coming home and getting myself ready for another week at work.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The sex of my brain

The laundry is now on the drying cycle so I'm still stuck here for another hour until I have something to wear outside. Meanwhile have found another online quiz, (there are soo many of them) this one tells me how masculine I am. Or not as seems to be the result!

Beckham and me

Having got back from Greenwich I decided it was time to run a pile of laundry through the machine, damn, just realised I'd put all my trousers in at once so therefore I can't go out until they're done. So what shall I do meantime, while I'm trouserless??? I know. I'll check out how compatible I am with David Beckham. Hmm, not what I was expecting, I might be overall 67% compatible with him, but I think 100% compatible on the intellectual scale could be considered an insult. An insult to me I mean!!!

My favourite tunnel

I was bored today, Easter Sunday, so as per usual most things would be shut so decided I would go back to one of my favourite London haunts, and that is Greenwich. I drove to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs and took the foot tunnel across to the market. This tunnel has always beena favourite since I was a kid, it's like being let in on a little secret, and that no one knows you are there, walking under the Thames. Some parts of the Junk market in Greenwich seem a lot bigger than I recall, and a lot more sprawling. Found a great furniture shop full of old dark wood shelving and cabinets that I really must go back to some time.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

I fancy a 900 year old alien!

I fancy a 900 year old alien!

I never thought I'd hear myself saying those words, but it's true, the Doctor is back and he's horny!
It's been a quiet week, hence no updates since last Sunday, but now, halfway through the Easter weekend and the moment I have been waiting for for so long, the new series, (Season 27 actually) of Doctor Who has returned to our screens. It's been a long time since I last sat back on a Saturday night waiting to be scared shitless, and yes, I'm ignoring those last few years of the series when it was bounced around midweek, Doctor Who was just made for a Saturday night, and this new series has now taken me back to my childhood of watching Jon Pertwee. Christopher Ecclestone is brilliant in the role of The Doctor, and horny as hell with it which will certainly see a Season 28 and more I am sure. I have only 3 minor concerns though, the use of CGI, although used well just wasn't the ethos of the original, you really can't beat a bit of tinfoil and bubblewrap for a traditional scarey moment. Also the fact that this series appears to be a different story each week, what's wrong with having a good cliffhanger each week and making a story last a few episodes, but I guess that will remain to be seen. And lastly, on a more pedantic note, surely the props people could have got the telephone number on the Estate Agents boards in the correct format, (the scene when Mickey is waiting for Rose in his car). London phone numbers should be shown as 020 7*** **** not as 0207 *** ****. But seeing as The Doctor is a timelord, maybe that scene was shot a few years back, in which case it's forgivable I guess!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

The fruits go to the farm...

I had a sudden desperate attack of needing to fill up on Farmhouse pickle from the farm shop at Tulleys Farm, so I grabbed Barnaby and off we went for an afternoon in search of pork pies and other handmade niceties. The weather was a little overcast today, making a change from the last few days. But we had a pleasant drive to the farm and got our selection of goodies. They didn't have my favourite famhouse pickle that I had last year, so I stocked up with a selection of other pickles instead, as well as a couple of large pork pies with stilton and apple and cranberries, and a loaf of lovely bread and TWO packets of cheesy scones ('cos they were on special).
We stopped at the little teahouse for a bite and a coffee. Barnaby had a sausage roll, but was so embarrassed to be seen eating it in public that he had to close his eyes. (Between you and me, I think he thinks he's an ostrich!)

Friday, March 18, 2005

Last week it snowed!!

3 days left until it's officially springtime, however, despite half the country being under snow barely a week ago, it seems that springtime has already landed in London. This pic was taken at lunchtime today in the small park close to work. Let's just hope it stays like this for the weekend.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

A Blogger Convert


At last I have converted my friend Barnaby into using Blogger. Previously he had used Modblog, but was getting a bit miffed at the restrictive ways it worked and the awkward way of updating it. So, Barnaby welcome to Blogger, I hope you have a great time here and keep the Blog going!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The end of an era - almost

Yesterday was the last session of my Zyban counselling sessions. I've been clear of the wicked baccy and the wicked weed now for 5 weeks!!!!. This is the longest I've ever gone without and it's doing me the world of good. Still having major sleepless nights though, but only 2 more weeks to go on the course then I can stop them and be back to normal again. Sham, the counsellor, has been great, not that's he's done a great deal other than take my carbon monoxide readings every couple of weeks, but I guess it's been good for me to have someone to 'report to'. Anyway, it's worked so far and that's what matters, and I'm saving myself a fortune as well as my silk quit monitor has been telling me.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Paddys and Poddys

Paddys and Poddys
It's always suprising just how quickly things can turn around in Trafalgar Square. Last weekend (see entry 6th March) they were getting ready for some sort of Olympic bid celebration. This week its St. Patrick's Day! It's actually not till Thursday 17th but hey, it's the weekend and Ken Livingstone has once again decided that his square will be given over to another party. A sea of green, green hats, green hair, and green water in the fountains, not to mention the Guinness induced green vomit on the pavements. I kept well back, well, you know what I'm like with crowds, can't stand em.


Been getting into podcasting. Now I've discovered the wonderful world of RSS feeds and news aggregators, got the software, and tried to understand it, I've decided I want to get on this bandwagon 'cos it sounds like fun. Have already discovered Adam Curry the 'Podfather', and the wonderfully inane Dawn & Drew show. Now all I've got to do is come up with some programme format that people will be interested in listening to. I'll let you know when it goes live.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

That's just too many options!!!

GAY HANKY CODES The Hanky Code is a traditional form of signaling to others what your sexual preferences and interests are. Gay men used this code to communicate with each other in the noisy and distracting environment of gay bars. Although not as widely used these days, it is still a worthwhile resource and is, among those who know, a great conversation starter.

I'd say I was pretty balanced

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (46%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (52%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain
Are You Right or Left Brained?
personality tests by

Posted at 1am - What do you think?

I am 63% Internet Addict.
Total Internet Addict!
I am pretty addicted, but there is hope. I think I'm just well connected to the internet and technology, but it's really a start of a drug-like addiction. I must act now! Unplug this computer!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

I have a brain - and it's monotone!

I have a brain - and it's monotone!

Ok, so I touched on it briefly a few days ago that I was going for a brain scan. Well today was the day, and yes, you'll be pleased to hear, I hope, that I do have one. To cut a long story short, to save you the tedium of reading it all, for the last 5 years or so I have been having some severe migraines at night time. I will wake up in a cold sweat, yet feeling like I am burning up inside my head. I'm unable to stand up properly or to put on the lights as it increases the blinding pain. Several visits to the GP and at last I was eventually sent to see a consultant at the Nuerology hospital in Queen Square, which leads onto todays scan. Due to the usual NHS money problems etc etc they are now scanning patients in carparks. Not as bad as it sounds, but it's been farmed out to a private company on an NHS contract, so I found myself this afternoon in the carpark of the North Middlesex Hospital, just off the North Circular!
One hell of a drive to get there, one hell of a time trying to get parked, one hell of a time trying to find a pay and display machine that worked, and one hell of a time running round most of the hospital buildings to find the pathology reception to eventually find it right next to the car park, it just hadn't been signposted.
Anyway, it's all very quick, in the back of the van, remove all metal objects and then lay down with some headphones on and off it goes. Very strange feeling as the bed is pulled back into the machine, then the noises start. And my God it is noisy. I have to keep totally still, typical that my nose should start to itch the second the machine starts! Twenty minutes later and I'm out, looking at my brain on a laptop. I asked if they could email it but they had their email cut due to checking their Hotmail when working, however the best I could do was to get a pic of the scanning unit. Not very exciting I guess. So, my scans are sent halfway round the world to be analysed then the results come back in a few days. I just have to wait now to hear from the consultant and see what happens next. Meanwhile, I am safe in the knowledge that I have seen my brain, even if it's only in black and white!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Secret Lovely Toilet an introduction

The Secret Lovely Toilet an introduction

An email was sent this morning to all the males in the company (for some reason I got left off the list) informing us that the mens toilets had rather unceremoniously, 'backed-up' and were not suitable for use. After much tooing and froing of emails, each blaming each other, the bearded one, (often seen hunching over his desk in a darkened office lit only by an anglepoise lamp) decided that all males would be allowed use today of "The Secret Lovely Toilet"!!!
This is no ordinary toilet, this is a tardis of a toilet. A humble little doorway on a rear staircase, by the tradesmen's entrance, opens to reveal a wonderful room, bigger than you could think possible for a toilet, but a toilet it is, with a radiator and it's own little sink and hot water system. A toilet of luxury. A toilet that is now being used by all and sundry, a secret that is now shared amongst the masses. My only hope is that the missing ceiling tile will scare them from future use. If you sit on the pan, you can see quite clearly above the door is a ceiling tile that has always been missing. This leads to a dark void, a void that holds the toilet monster, or perhaps a hidden camera, who knows. If the newbies see this, they might too be frightened and will not want to use our hidden space again. Meanwhile the normal loos seem to have righted themselves, blotting paper is currently soaking up the oversplill. Meanwhile the scousey one is organising toilet training for this afternoon.

Monday, March 07, 2005

What is it with Argos these days?

What is it with Argos these days? Come up with a highly efficient way of shopping, improve it with the addition of a more computerised system, then employ a bunch of clueless chavs to run it, so tempting me to go back to the old system of shopping.I popped into the Old Street branch at lunchtime today to get a set of speakers for my mp3 player. I already had the reserve code from an earleir online search. I used the quickpay machine and as soon as I had got to the collection desk the screen was calling out my number. It was then 20 minutes later before they managed to get the goods to me. Firstly, why do the staff act like they work in a bank, there we 50 odd customers waiting, 3 staff on the desk and 2 of them decide to go to lunch. The remaining girl had such a bad speech impediment she had to call the numbers several times to get the customer to know that their goods were ready. Meanwhile the screen continues to call out more numbers for collection, despite nothing more appearing in the collection shelves. What makes it worse is that I have already paid and therefore am at their mercy until the goods are ready, so, as usual, it's sod the bloody customer, we got their money and I'm off to lunch!

It's worth it after all

It's Monday, another day, another week of work, but it's a short week for me this week, only 3 days cos I got Thursday off for a brain scan (more of that later in the week) and Friday I'm just taking as holiday. I got an email last night from someone who had read my blog and enjoyed it, another blogger in fact, and a blog that links to this blog, so I've made a few links back in return. I was beginning to think I was writing this just for my benefit, but now I can see that I'm getting a few readers I think I shall do my best to keep it up to date and informative and interesting for my readers. I guess it takes a while for blogs to get round the circuit so to speak, so I've joined up with a couple of blogrings and added myself to a few search engines and lets see what happens. There's a hitlist in my sidebar so I can see where my links are coming from. Nothing else to report at the moment, other than it's not snowing today, quite pleasant actually if still a little nippy outside, and I've not a lot doing a work again, other than a little blogging (he he).

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Kelly Holmes? She won't be happy if she sees this!

Trafalgar Square - Kelly Holmes?
Originally uploaded by Steve J.
Something is happening in Trafalgar Square. Not sure what, but there's loads of action and some sort of framework being built. And the statue, no that's not Nelson! but I guess it's supposed to be our Kelly Holmes. I don't think she'd be pleased though.

Friday, March 04, 2005

i is gonna be edukated

After meaning to for several years I actually managed to get off my arse today and go and sign up for membership of the City Library in Barbican. If you ever get the chance it's probably one of the best libraries in London, loads of CDs, CD-Roms, DVDs, videos and a few books as well. Not only that but it's also a great place to just hang out in my lunch hour, something I think I shall be doing more of soon. The Barbican is also a good place for a bit of culture and some lunchtime browsing of art.

It snowed this morning

It snowed this morning

It's been threatening it all week. We've had a few occasions where it's started to snow then it stopped. It hasn't really settled at all though, at least not in the centre of town. One only has to watch the news reports though to know that it's coming. When I woke this am, I looked out at around 7ish and it was a clear as anything. An hour later I opened my front door and there it was, settling on the ground like candy floss. It made this mornings trip to work quite delightful, memories of Christmasses as a kid, sledging with my Dad and sister on the slopes of Outwood Lane by Banstead Woods. I got to work, dried off and took this pic from the tearoom window.
It didn't last, half an hour later it stopped, rained and it all was gone. Maybe it will snow again over the weekend. On the one hand I hope so because it makes London look so pretty and I want to go and take some more pics of nice things, but on the other hand, it's gonna make driving around a real bastard so not looking forward to that.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Uh! Dunno bout this.

I am 37% Metrosexual.
Not Too Metrosexual, Sugar!
I may own more than two pair of dress shoes, and maybe a designer suit, but I don’t mind going to the grocery store in sweats. And I may even go a day or two without a shower.

Waheyyy! - I'm a winner!!!

Waheyyy! - I'm a winner!!!
Originally uploaded by Steve J.
My numbers came up last night. Well 4 of them, so that's a grand total of £59. Enough to get, um, lemme see... I know, I'll invest it in 6 weeks supply of lottery tickets!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

An old one, But it still makes me smile...

Do you sometimes have one of those "I Hate My Job" days?
When you do, try this:
On your way home from work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the thermometer section and purchase a rectal thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson.  Be very sure you get this brand.
When you get home, lock your doors, draw the curtains and disconnect the phone so you will not be disturbed.  Change into very comfortable clothing and sit in your favourite chair, open the package and remove the thermometer.
Now, carefully place it on a table or a surface so that it will not become chipped or broken.
Now the fun part begins.
Take out the literature and read it carefully.  You will notice that in small print there is a statement, "Every rectal thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson is personally tested".
Now, close your eyes and repeat out loud five times, "I am so glad I do not work in thermometer quality control at Johnson & Johnson."

Rush hour? What rush hour?

Rush hour? What rush hour?

I often try to remind myself of the advantages of living in the middle of London's West End district. Ok, so I have to deal with congestion charge, but I don't usually drive in the week time. I have to deal with the noise, pollution levels, abundent tourists asking daft questions etc. But this is all outweighed by my morning commute to work. This pic wasn't a one off, it's like this every day. I only have a couple of miles to travel by bus, but I'm going against the grain, so to speak, and therefore I don't have to deal with the cattle truck experience of most commuters. I never thought I'd call a 55 bus luxury, but in comparison to what I could be travelling on - it is!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Google!! - Where are you?

Now I know it's not just me. Simon, our IT guy has just mentioned to me that he has also noticed that Google has been down for most of today. At least I know now that it's not just my connection that's had a problem with it. So, perhaps Google has suffered a DOS (Denial of Service) attack. And it is Yahoo's 10th birthday today! Any connection I wonder, or am I just a little cynical?