Archive for June, 2006

Love is…

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

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Photo by Matchstick at Stock Xchng

Making pastrami (eeeuw) and horseradish sandwiches for himself at 05:45 in the morning.

Links for 2006-06-23

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

This just in…

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

…from non blogging Jane: Why women watch the World Cup.

I’ve a feeling it will be classed as rather NSFW so it’s embedded after the fold.

If you have any problems viewing, let me know and I’ll try fixing it send you the .wmv by email.

Edit: Welcome to visitors from Taunton.com. If you enjoy cooking, you might like to visit the Food Glorious Food archives for some tasty tarts and soups.

Best and worst

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Meme #1

Continuing with the photography theme, here’s an idea stolen borrowed from MetaChat – you choose the best and the worst picture you’ve ever taken, upload them to your Flickr pages, website, etc. and we get to ooh, aah and admire then laugh at your efforts. Sound like a good idea? Over to you then. Leave a comment with a link if you’re not too chicken :-)

I’m digging deep (not too deep, hah! so many to chose from) for the worst picture category but my best picture is up on the wall, is from pre digital days and since the scanner decided to stop working and his lordship’s not home yet for me to take a picture of the picture with his camera you’ll have to take it on trust that it’s a reallly good picture. No, really!

Meme #2

All Nancy’s fault – the link I posted to the Adidas video reminded her of a video from her youth which in turn reminded me that I searched YouTube yesterday for Elkie Brooks and the one result that comes up is the lovely Video for the extraordinary Ann Andrews containing my favourite Elkie Brooks track of all time (and certainly in the top 3 of best songs ever recorded), Pearl’s a Singer.

So I’m tagging Croila and Stroppy cow to find a favourite video of their favourite childhood/teenage song, they in turn will (hopefully) tag someone for theirs and so it continues.


More music related stuff

The Scopitone
was a French video jukebox that made its debut in 1960 and was imported into the US in 1964. Although they usually featured high production values, catchy melodies, and lots of gratuitous cheesecake, the singers were often relative unknowns and the music was square even by the standards of the day. Consequently, they never caught on in a big way outside of Europe, and many of the original Scopitone jukeboxes and films were destroyed. Fortunately for us, a few Scopitone enthusiasts have catalogued the songs, scanned the advertisements, and even preserved a few Quicktime clips of the original French and American Scopitone films.

Catching sunshine

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

A hand against the sky appears to be holding the sun between thumb and forefinger

My bad, as the young ‘uns say, I’ve been meaning to post this for ages but logging on to Flickr just now reminded me that Gia has set up a Flickr group called “Catching Sunshine:

“…and thought it would be great idea to try and get everyone to start taking pictures of themselves, their friends, their family ‘catching sunshine’ ie a photo of you holding the Sun, kissing the Sun, kicking the Sun, drinking the Sun…”

Go read Gia’s post for some great tips then get snapping!

[Gia’s blog seems to be down at the minute, keep trying, I’m sure it’ll be back up soon.]

…and action!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

I’m sobbing into my hankie at the moment – the film crew have arrived, I’ve taken some pictures but Martyn has had to leave… taking the only working camera with him.

They’re a very friendly bunch and Millie is adorable but much as I’d like to go out there and have a chinwag, offer them all tea and biscuits in the true Daisy mi casa/su casa spirit, I feel as if I’m intruding. Dammit.

Google has been quite helpful in finding out more:

A six-part sitcom written by twins Beth and Emma Kilcoyne described as a “quirky character comedy, part sketch, part narrative” which is due to air this autumn. Produced by Celador and the BBC in Sunderland.

It stars Emma Kilcoyne and Sam Battersea, and follows on from a sketch show they performed in Edinburgh. It also stars stand-up Dave Johns as Norman, the son of a 73-year-old fortune-telling dwarf.

I’m off to twitch a few more nets…

On a more cheerful note

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Put your average person in a television studio, pin a microphone to his chest and – well to be fair, how many of us would be up to the challenge? Not many, judging by these replies.

University Challenge

Bamber Gascoigne: What was Ghandi’s first name?
Contestant: Goosey, Goosey?

The Weakest Link

Anne Robinson: In traffic, what “J” is where two roads meet?
Contestant: Jool carriageway.

Anne Robinson: Which Italian city is overlooked by Vesuvius?
Contestant: Bombay.

New Orleans

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Arial view of city with large plug hole in centre

Kate’s son is volunteering in New Orleans and in a recent phonecall has been describing conditions:

The volunteers are still finding dead bodies. They end up not being counted if no one claims them. The authorities issue no death certificates and there’s no attempt to identify them. They are not counted as among the dead. From what he’s being told (his co-workers, wearing full hazmat gear, are still finding bodies in the buildings they go in to gut), there are countless numbers who have been dealt with that way. The death toll is way higher than what we’ve been told.

Since there will be no repercussions (these are just poor black folk remember) (hell, I bet they’ll be re-elected in 2008), I just hope that there’s a special place in hell for the people responsible for this.

Links for 2006-06-18

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Oops, no title

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

Isn’t it just typical that the two people who would most appreciate the following links are temporarily away from their blogs? Although I suspect that Len is not the only one to appreciate the wonder that is the Bounce-ometer in action at Shock Absorber.

The other bookmark is for Miss Squoogy (currently exploring a well earned trip to Paris) but anyone who regularly reads AskMetafilter will appreciate this MetaChat thread:

If you wanted to post an Ask Metafilter question that would generate a lot of controversy, a flamewar, or just incredulity, what would you post? Please don’t actually post anything that gets suggested here. I just love to think of bizarre questions. The ideal candidate would cause an uproar, but wouldn’t violate the guidelines or otherwise be considered delete-worthy.



A really good advert for Adidas. Hands up if you can watch this without foot tapping.

Für Elise on a Scanjet

Things to read out loud.


And finally…

Filed under “You just couldn’t make this up”, Man severs wife’s head, kills 2 in crash


I’m off to cross more links of my To Do list while catching up on some of last week’s Radio 4 output. Might start with part 1 of We’ll Keep a Comic in the Hillside.

Welsh comedy writer Stephen Carver asks if there is such a thing as a distinctively Welsh sense of humour. He looks at some of the stereotypes surrounding his fellow countrymen and women.

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