Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Twisting your melon, man?

I know, I know - I hardly ever post anything and even when I do, it tends to be an embedded Youtube video that I saw via another blog.

However, if you find yourself leaning towards the conclusion that I'm a dullard with nothing of interest to contribute,...well, that's your prerogative - Thatcher's pestilent spawn may be back in power but not all your human rights have been eroded yet. Right on, kids.

(thanks to Boing Boing for the heads up on the video)

Saturday, 27 March 2010

We'll all be humming it by Easter

(thanks to Anton Vowl at for pointing it out to me and, of course, Dan & Dan at

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

We have travelled this way before. And there is much to be learned.

This is lovely.

And so is Rum and coke.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Get down, Shep

Clarke, you drip - I could get better drift whilst hopping.

My earliest memories of cricket umpiring relates not to Dickie Bird or to Shakoor Rana, but to David Shepherd.

With full acknowledgement of how subjective this claim is, I reckon Shep had as much of a hand in my enduring pleasure of cricket as Beefy or Richie.

For a glorious obituary, read David Foot's eulogy.

Anyway, rest in peace David. You were proper.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Sit down, shut the fuck up and listen.

It's good, isn't it?

(thanks to

Friday, 4 September 2009

Paradigm Shift.

Tax deductible, innit - it's a creative aid, man.

Snoop has jumped the shark.

Wax on, wax off.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

My name is legion for we are many.

I urge you to go to and give £1 in exchange for Radiohead's "Harry Patch (in memory of)".

It's a memorable piece of music. And it's a good cause.

To infinity and beyond.

Just watch it, eh?

Friday, 19 June 2009

And like a flash, he was gone.

"The intrinsic truth of evolution is demonstrated, infallibly, by harmony"

Band: The Low Anthem

Album: "Oh My God, Charles Darwin"

That is all.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Geek meets chic

Go here and check out great photographs from Nasa.  What are you still doing here, I said go.

Link to pretty pictures

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Waiting for golf.

(thanks to the Guardian -

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Spear and magic helmet!

No particular reason for this - I just like it immensely and want to have it on my blog.


Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Where the hell have YOU been?!

Smell the Glove?  It's sexy, not sexist.

Short answer is "None of your business".

Slightly longer answer for those of you that like details is, "Do I know you?  None of your fucking business, you prying fucknut".

So, that' the 2 month sabbatical from blogging cleared up neatly, I feel.

I'm not a qualified teacher, as one might might've expected by this stage in 2009.  In fact, on the contrary, I've dropped out of the course. There is the opportunity to finish matters next Spring but that is a decision for the future.  Currently, I am not employed (and not particularly employable either, I fear).  Fortunately, Cumbria is blessed with a variety of conurbations so someone is bound to come knocking any day soon.

In other news, my ipod is dead.

Oh, and I'm on Twitter quite a lot.  If you haven't already, come join the party - I am Pettsvaldo there.

Saturday, 21 February 2009


Been so busy and so miserable - hormones, weather, stress, gene-pool, whatever - I am a maudlin muddy funkster

And these represent two of the many reasons I've not posted for a while.

However, earlier on this make me moderately less miserable for about 3 minutes and 22 seconds...

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Who hell you?

Can't believe it's been over 2 months since I put anything in here.  Ho hum.

Anyway, I've been under the cosh, PGCE-wise - hence silence.

Was on a placement 2 days a week in Autumn term, as well as having a couple of essays to write.

Then, Xmas came along to turn my head.  Kids had a whale of a time (though fortunately, not actually a whale itself - then again, if I could swap what they did get for a single, small whale I suspect it'd take up less room in the bombsite where my house used to reside).

And now I've got a couple more essays to write before next week.

Oh, and my fulltime placement starts on 19th January (that's eight weeks) - should really have some planning done for that.  However, I have not, as yet.  Not entirely my fault but I am, I admit, complicit to a certain degree.

So, excuses made, brief catch up on my life dispatched.  Back to your business now, nothing to see here.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Close your eyes, America - go back to sleep

"Fuck you! Death to your dreams and hopes!"

As the USA election sharabang finally pulls over to the side of the redundancy turnpike, I am reminded of Bill Hicks and his colourful rendition of the British general election of April 1992.

Here's hoping, eh?!

Friday, 31 October 2008

Nothing but essays, baby

This is dull as you like.  And extremely self-indulgent into the bargain because none of you are going to want to read them.

However, I'm doing it anyway - here are links to PGCE Assignments I've written thusfar (and uploaded to Google Docs).

For some reason, some of the jpegs that were in the original Word Docs have not uploaded properly but since no-one is going to read them, I don't foresee that being too big a deal.  If, by some chance, you wish to see them unadulterated, just say so in the comments and I'll be more than happy to email you them, geek. 

I've got one more to write so, if you're all very good, I may treat you to additional output at a later date.  Do try to control your excitement - remember, stiff upper lip and all that.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

In my mind, it's TC that's flying the chopper.

"I'm on the top of the world, looking down on creation..."

So you've all heard of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, right?  Of course.

Well, I've just been alerted to his website (link).  The photographs therein are truly magnificent so I urge you to close the door, ignore the phone and indulge yourself for a little while...

(thanks to for the link)

Thursday, 11 September 2008

This is vocal range, Mariah!

Maybe it's because I'm a little giddy from lack of sleep but this has had me laughing almost to the point of tears

(thanks to Geekologie for the link)

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Third Degree Cern

I just want to make sure I've got this handy so that I can remind myself what the bejeesus is going on down at the LHC...

Friday, 5 September 2008

Long time listener, first time poster

Jon Stewart is, on the whole, a funny guy. Sarah Palin is, on the whole, not my choice for a new generation. That's all I've got to say about that.

To everybody out there trying to make a difference in your community, FUCK YOU!

Monday, 4 August 2008

MVP, My Lord, MVP

Thank you, Michael.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Nice 'n' Spicy Nik Naks, these ain't

I'm gonna git yo, sucka

I've tried out some of the products from The Chilli Pepper Company (based in Cark) and I can assure you they're perfectly capable of putting a rod right through you. They've got a special liking for the Bhut Jolokia pepper, which is a real rocket in your pocket.

And whilst I'm more of an enthusiastic amateur, rather than a committed professional, when it comes to Scoville related antics, I'm more than a little keen to take Satan's Ashes for a ride.

Then again, isn't all this (spicy) hot food business all just cock waggling of the most primeval sort; or am I'm wrong again - do women get competitive about phals?

Anyway, if you're planning on travelling up to Levens Hall for the inaugural English Chilli Festival, give me a shout - we'll go "down down down" (copyright Johnny Cash) together.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Monday, 7 July 2008

Nadal; capybara. Capybara; Nadal.

I'm not envious of his skill, his strength, his physique, his money, his success or his overwhelming appeal to the female demographic; I'm just envious of the fact that he's an example of the world's largest rodent.