Archive for August, 2004


Thursday, August 19th, 2004

So what have I got in today’s bag, hmm?

First up is to join in with Anne‘s asshat linking project:

For your protection and ours we have established a procedure for parties wishing to introduce a link to the ATHENS 2004 website on their site. By introducing a link to the ATHENS 2004 official Website on your site you are agreeing to comply with the ATHENS 2004 Website General Terms and Conditions. In order to place a link embedded in copy interested parties should…

Big business has taken over the Olympics, is it any wonder that the stadia are half empty?

Ostrich alert

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

The other day Billy wrote about racism in the UK. No, no I said, it’s a small minority. Billy, if you can find that comment, could you delete it please? Because I was wrong.


Monday, August 16th, 2004

It wasn’t mean to be a mini break but the plan to sneak away for blogging sessions with family visiting was doomed from the start. The making of too many bacon butties, strawberry smoothies and endless pots of tea, combined with the hijacking of the computer by beloved nephew and nieces meant that I didn’t get near the desk, let alone do any blogging.

But it was worth it. They left around 6 this morning en route to Doha to start a new life. The house is very quiet and the dogs are wandering around sniffing beds, wondering where their best friends have gone.

Here’s to new beginnings.

Quiz results

Friday, August 13th, 2004

It’s just occurred to me that I ought to post the correct answers to Part 1 of the silliest quiz on t’internet but first a big *congratulations* to Leah for getting 100%. How nice to have a female stalker for once. Heh. Answers are in the extended post. And now how about you? Fancy creating your own quiz?

In the meantime:

Giggle of the day

Music for grown-ups [via Gert]

For the man who has almost everything [via Adrian]


Friday, August 13th, 2004

I’m having a humungously busy day, just time for a few things you might enjoy.

First up, Happy Left-Hander Day to all us southpaws, cack-handers and mollie dookers out there. Alas, it’s also Friday 13th. I shall be especially careful when using knives, potato peelers and paint scrapers today.

Things to go back and read:

Taz over at Citrus Moon has, among other things, a great post on creating custom colour schemes, producing gorgeous pages like this

An interesting blog on the English language [via Celine]

Jim Holt’s New Yorker review of Punchline, The history of jokes and those who collect them

A multimedia presentation on graphic novels [via Linkkivarasto]

Things to think about this weekend:

Why isn’t this story bigger news?

The real Big Brother awards [via a welshman in milano]

Facing the peril and How not to buy happiness

Aw bless

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

This is the trendy, check tight fitting pink top with white arms which was worn by Myself during this years big brother finale!

Proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Samaritans.

The top has been signed by all of the housemates and and is logoed “camping”. I have signed the top “love darling”, Emma has signed “I love you babe”, Michelle has drawn a chicken!, Kitten has signed her name, Dan has signed “you sweetie!”, Nadia has signed “with love”, Victor has signed “Be Easy bro! Da slickman”, Vanessa has signed “so hectic, lots of love”, Stuart has signed “Stuie”, Jason has signed “Cheers”, Shell has signed “you are a princess too!”, Becki has signed “with love” and Ahmed has signed “Ciao, salom!”.

For a generous bid I will deliver the t-shirt personally and will contact the press for possible coverage. Remember, proceeds will be donated to the Samaritans. Get bidding darling!

love, Marco xx

Secret vice #402

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

** Warning: anorak alert **

Most weekday afternoons at 15:30 I stop to watch (or tape for later) Questions pour un champion on TV5, the equivalent of the English language quiz Going for Gold. But I’ve just discovered that you can play online. Deep joy.

The Daisy quiz, part 1

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

I just failed miserably at Stuart‘s quiz so like any good blogger I’ve made my own.

You can take the quiz here and then check the scoreboard. That’s if anyone takes the quiz. Five ickle questions. Go on, *flutters eyelashes*.

The Tech issue

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

An interesting Salon article by Farhad Manjoo, Blogging Grows Up [via Molly] including how Six Apart came to be named.

Another reason to use Mozilla’s Firefox browser – bugmenot extension [via Jen]

Has anyone else noticed oddities in their SiteMeter stats?

And the non tech bit:

Worst case scenario [via Anil Dash]

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Notice in The Shining [via Danish blogger, many]

Gulp, a really scary story

Bill “Tosspot” O’Reilly interviews Jesus

And finally… who remembers Benny Hill?

Yummy ice cream sundae

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

While up at stepson #1’s on Saturday we managed to eat a lovely lunch (salad and barbecued tuna, chicken and steak) but it was so hot that no-one got really excited about the food. Until Tom disappeared into the house and emerged 10 minutes later carrying a tray of sundae glasses. They were absolutely delicous and very quick to prepare once the jelly’s made up so here’s the recipe. Serves 4.

1 packet Rowntree’s Raspberry Tablet Jelly
Fruit (strawberries, rasperries, bananas, etc.)
Icrecream (vanilla with caramel recommended)
2 or 3 snack size Twix bars (or 1 full size) (I think Mars bars would work just as well)

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