Thursday, August 25, 2005

So, How Was Croatia? I Hear You Ask

OK, so I didn't go to Croatia, as well you know. But someone I know did. Here's what she said about it:

"Croatia was beautiful, we stayed on the coast in a very family orientated area just outside Porec, did a couple of trips - inland is breathtaking - loads of different landscapes and lots of medieval little villages. 2 wet days - one was spent in Venice which flooded - you could tell who the Brits were (the ones wading across St Marks Square laughing!) Did a little sunbathing and snorkelling but rocky coasts covered in Italians so mostly walked here and there. Would recommend a week but if doing 2 would suggest hiring a car."

So there you go. My blog even stretches so far as to give travel reviews.

Did she have anything else to say to me today? Well yes, yes she did:

"Zooooooooooooooooooom! (What your email replies would say if they could talk)."

No More Wednesdays!


I've got my boss to agree to me no longer working on a Wednesday. I will now work from 8am - 5.30 pm 4 days a week and will use my day off to catch up on my studying and general relaxation requirements.

Or alternatively I could spend each Wednesday stalking Des, Laura and the boys on their summer adventures, taking photos of them from a distance and then posting blog articles about their escapades. I could even wear clever disguises and pose as different people on their journeys: waiter, jouster, local ruffian, etc. Hmmmm ... interesting...

On an altogether other subject, do you know what I've been thinking about??? Yes, that's right, my doorbell.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

First Football Match in 13 Years

So after much nagging and promises of glory (not really) I finally agreed to attend my first football match since the heady autumn of 1992 when Gates and Justin took me to St Andrews to watch Birmingham City play Stoke. That time "we" won. Last night "we" didn't.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the match overall. I think when I last went (and in fact embarrassed myself by asking Gates when it was going to start ten minutes after kickoff), I just didn't have the understanding of / interest in the game. Whereas now, while I would never call myself a football fan, I was able to appreciate the shennanagins.

The first half was infinitely more enjoyable than the second half, even though Middlesboro scored twice. But after half-time, when they lobbed in a third goal, the atmosphere just plummeted.

Whenever I watch football it seems (pretty much) that the team I'm "supporting" is destined to lose, and always seemingly unnecessarily so. I don't understand why football managers make the decisions they do about their team line up and positioning, when everyone sitting near me in the stands seemed to have a better idea of how they should have been playing. For a start, I often watch matches where one team has so few forward players that whenever they get near the goal they are swamped by (usually pretty good) defenders. Naturally this team goes on to lose. I then always find myself asking why oh why, come the second half, does the manager not rearrange the team and put a few quality players up front? Especially when they're 2-0 down as "we" were and so were hoping for a miracle anyway.

"Will I go again?", I hear you screech. Well yeah, I think I will. As I said, on the whole it was an enjoyable experience and if "we"'d won then it would have been great. I think next time I'll go to a Baggies (West Brom) game, as they're my most local team.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Been to Wales I Have

Yep, had a fantastic week in super-sunny splendid beautiful green Wales.

This is the beautiful landscape, and a picture of me enjoying said landscape.

Meet My Great-Nephew (Probably)

Yep, that's my great-nephew. At least it's most probably a nephew and not a neice, although I think that's based purely on the Mother's (my neice, Sherelle) desire to have a boy and the ramblings of an old woman (the Father's Mother I think).

So yeah, there you go, exciting stuff huh?

In 6 or 7 years or so, please could someone remind me to whisper in the child's ear "I've seen your spine". And if you think that you won't bother remembering because lots of other people will remember, don't go along with that train of thought as I'd much prefer several people to remind me so that I remember to do it on several occasions over the course of a couple of years.

I look forward to several "don't worry, that's just your great-uncle Dave"-s.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Radioshow 7 - Dave Flies Solo

Hello there!

So, with Paul in Wales and with me yet to join him, I did the radio show by myself on Saturday.

Sadly it was a lot less exciting than it is when there's two of us, but listening to it again it's not that bad, even if I do pretty much give up talking about 3/4 of the way through.

Anyway you can listen to it here.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Now This Has Got Me Thinking...

This is an article from the BBC. Apparently they're looking into growing meat in laboratories instead of "on animals".

Now, that takes out most (but far from all) of the ethical issues around eating meat. Or maybe it doesn't. It's got me very confuddled.

Being an 'err on the side of caution' type of guy (in certain select circumstances) I can't see myself going anywhere near it. Also I think it's a little bit freaky. Maybe at some point they'll be able to grow you a girlfriend, but, you know, just the bits you actually need.

Anyway, apparently making this idea into a reality isn't very far off, and there will no doubt be all manner of debate over the subject.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Dave's Inner Child Test Results

Dave's 3 Variable Humour Test Results

Dave's Personality Test Results

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Ooh, Subtle

In 2004 Firefox changed their logo from:


It must be really hard to make the decision that the new one is the right one to go with; that it doesn't need any more changes or improvements.

Still, on the new one the fur on his head is infinitely more ticklable.

Happy Birthday!

Today is (Rankin' Woshy) Joshua's 10th Birthday. Although I think he might be 11.

It's also the birthday of Mel Goodall.

Happy joy!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Hello Graham!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Would You Like a Song to Stick in Your Head?

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Radioshow 6

Check it out here.

Special features this week include:

* Phone-ins from no less than 5 people!

* Plenty good music!

* Dave's Definitive History of Dogs

* The Usual Stuff

Friday, August 05, 2005

Dancing Guy - Looks Like Paul

This guy gave up his job as a computer programmer to travel the world and dance in the street, in front of a video camera.

Check him out here.

I think you'll find that he:

a) Dances like Paul

b) In some shots could actually be Paul

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Langley School Music Project

It's taken me one hundred thousand million billion years to find this song, by the Langley School (in Sutton Coldfield) Music Project.

OK, granted, I didn't look very hard for most of that, and when I did look really hard I found it pretty quickly, thanks to Paul

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Into the Dragons' Den

I doubt you'll find this an interesting post but...

The extremely entertaining program, Into the Dragons' Den is coming back to our screens very soon.

But the interesting thing is that ...

Rachel Elnaugh's company, Red Letter Days, which you'll no doubt have heard of, recently went into administration due to a massive debt burden. Now, however ...

Peter Jones, also from the Dragons' Den show has, along with another investor, paid a substantial sum to take over control of the company. That must be really quite embarrassing for her, although it hadn't happened by the point at which they filmed the new series.

Anyway, note the consistent correct use of the apostrophe in "Dragons' Den" throughout this post.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Why the BBC is Dodgy

Because they seem to have a thing for pretty Muslim women.

They always prefer to show photos of young attractive Muslim girls rather than older, less attractive women. I think there's something fundamentally contradictory and disrespectful in this.

A specific example is Shabina Begum who couldn't attend school because they wouldn't let her wear a jilbab. There were many more pictures of her all over the media than you'd normally expect to find, when in fact I think it would have been appropriate for there to be less.

Anyway, that told them.

Radioshow 5 - 30th July 2005

Here's the latest radio show!

I think it's complete. My computer has some trouble uploading large files. And rememeber Muther, right-click on the link that says 'here' and select "Save target as...".