Archive for November, 2004

26 Things December 2004

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

Sh1ft’s 26 Things is back up for December.

I think Croila’s already started with a lovely post/pictures for the Generosity category.

Oh dear

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

Father arrested after attempt to discipline daughter backfires

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A father’s attempt to teach his daughter a lesson about drinking backfired when the teen led police to a stash of drugs and weapons inside their home.

Kevin Winston, 46, called police at 2:45 a.m. Friday after his 16-year-old daughter came home drunk and unruly. When police arrived, however, the girl told them she feared for her safety because her father stored drugs and weapons in the home.

The girl led officers to a crawl space above the ceiling where they found four semiautomatic guns and more than 600 vials of cocaine.

Winston was charged with numerous weapons and drug charges. His five daughters were placed in the custody of a relative.

“He called us on her and ended up getting locked up himself,” said Newark Police Director Anthony Ambrose.

Eastenders 1917

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Brilliant, malady just brilliant [via].

Another film meme

Monday, November 29th, 2004

How about listing the top ten films you’ve never seen and have no intention of seeing?

  1. Star Wars. I know, I’m a freak.
  2. James Bond movies. Ditto.
  3. LOTR. I’ve tried, really. It’s on often enough in this house but the sofa is so comfortable for taking a quick little nap… I did enjoy the dvd documentary about Andy Serkis playing Gollum though.
  4. Ringu. I saw the US remake a while back and it left me a little disturbed so when I read that the JP orignal was on the other week I switched on. Oh dear. Stuff of nightmares.
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean. I just don’t get it.
  6. Mr Deeds. I’ve seen the reviews.
  7. Any Charlie Chaplin movie.
  8. The Godfather.
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey. One day someone will find a long lost letter of Stanley Kubrik’s and the words “emperor” and “new clothes” will feature prominently.
  10. NEW: Forrest Gump. One of the worst films I’ve ever seen.
  11. NEW: About Schmidt.

No longer in the list:

  1. The Exorcist. Hmm. This was released in the UK when I was about 12/13 and we were strictly forbidden from seeing it. Ever. Stories ran like wildfire around the school that so and so’s sister’s best friend’s neighbour’s son had seen the film, gone straight to the top of the multi-story car park in Cardiff and thrown himself off. (Don’t underestimate the power of the Catholic taffia in a small Welsh town.) I saw a clip of this at the weekend and wondered if I’d be able to see it now that I’m a woman of more mature years. Allegedly. Update: Martyn has seen it, laughed out loud and confirmed that I should definitely not watch it. Ever.
    Update 2: Dragon has changed my mind, I might watch it one day.

So it’s over to you – a list of films you’ve never seen/never want to see/never likely to see please!

I took your advice

Friday, November 26th, 2004

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Update: Converted to left-handedness by Emrys. Diolch.


Friday, November 26th, 2004

Remember the Sorry Everybody project? Well um, is that Paul McCartney?

Update 1: Here’s the picture (is he sucking a lemon?). It seems to be in the last three pictures to have been addded so now I’m wondering if he submitted it anonymously because I can’t see any publicity anywhere. Ah well. Another of life’s great mysteries.


Then again, I could go get me a life.


Update 2: Lynn points out that there is a similar picture by Bill Bernstein on the BBC website where McCartney is holding a sorry note apologising to his fans for cancelling a concert. So someone might have been pulling a fast one. Or maybe the former Beatle submitted the picture himself. Stranger things have happened. If I hear any more I’ll let you know. And of course if you guys hear anything…

Update 3: Just had an email from James at sorryeverybody.com, they’re taking the picture down just in case. So now, does anybody know of a way to contact Paul McCartney’s PR people so that James and team can ask for it to be left up?

Stressed out and not feeling very bloggy

Friday, November 26th, 2004

I’m learning a new part of an existing software alongside needing to quickly get to grips with this in time for a big new project and it’s not going well and I’m sitting here feeling thick and stupid and tired and… I’ll stop whining right now and point you to the wonderousness of Greg M. Washington’s site and to BBC Radio 4 at 15:30 GMT today, a Maggie O’Farrell short story in this week’s Mind Games series (“five new psychological thrillers: chilling mind games and disturbing tales”). If you can’t get to a radio at that time it’ll be available on that page for the next seven days.

Oh and here’s a little tale that’s starting to make me feel better (from computer stupidities):

Want to set up a new TypePad blog?

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

If anyone’s thinking of setting up a TypePad blog let me know – Six Apart are offering a free second subscription to those of us who renew for another year.

I’ve been trying to find a way to afford another year of TypePad so maybe we could split the difference? Leave a comment or email me (address is in the top right hand corner of this page).

But wait! That’s not all. For a limited time, TypePad customers can get a free TypePad subscription to give as a gift this season. Simply renew your subscription to TypePad on an annual basis, and you will receive a free yearly subscription (at the same level) to give to someone on your holiday shopping list this season.

Go on, you know you want to!


Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Fans of Damien Rice with access to BBC 4 might like to tune in tomorrow night (Friday 26 November 2004) for a one hour candle-lit concert recorded a fortnight ago at LSO St Luke’s in London. Tracks from O will be making an appearance, as will “strong language” for some reason.

Those of you out carousing on Friday nights or with rugby addicted partners wanting to watch the Wasps v Worcester game on another channel will have to wait until 02:10 the following morning.

What the internet was invented for

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Caca dans toutes les langues

As Changing Rooms comes to an end, the epitaphs begin…


New US commemorative stamps [via Eliane]

And from one cracked pot to the rest of you, Happy Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating/Happy Thursday if you’re not.

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