30 July, 2010
This is amazingly cool - check out West Ashfield tube station (a training station in West Kensington)...
What are the essential programs to have on your computer?
Warship mounted lasers become a reality...
Gosh...Kirby gets all angry when he goes abroad...
Lightning slowed down 300x...
London was bombed by Zeppelin!
Goats in what? ;)
MS Street Slide manages to be better than Google Maps...
My son is a meme? :0
Amazing Mexican cenote... (I've actually swum in one of these)!
...and finally a rather painful juxtaposition fail and a rather strange sign fail...
Have a great weekend everyone...! ;)
29 July, 2010
- this year (lacking Colin the Camper) we opted to just go for a single day (the Sunday) as you can get a cheaper day ticket rather than having to pay for the full weekend, the only flaw in our cunning plan was trying to drive to the travelodge we were staying at on the first day of the school summer holidays...it took about 5 and a half hours *and* the post code for the hotel took us to a doctors surgery car park in the wrong town (even Google maps had it completely wrong when I checked on my mobile), we ended up having to call reception (who said "Oh yes, that's the right post code but it doesn't work with Sat Navs I'm afraid, you either end up there or at Waitrose") and they talked us in over the 'phone...*just* what we needed after hours sat in stationary traffic with a bored baby Thomas...
Anyway, a fantastic (Rib eye steak) meal that night in the local American-style diner more than made up for it and we were up early (me managing to flood the bathroom when I had my morning bath and Thomas covering the floor in nectarine and squashed banana) so we beat a hasty retreat to Santa Pod with barely a backward glance in case an angry maid was chasing after us with a mop...
If you come on the Sunday they make you park in a different field (as we were early we were right on the far side of it - annoyingly) and then have to walk in, we paid our money and were told there was a shuttle bus to the strip if we wanted it, but we didn't think the pram would fit (and there's always a lot to see anyway) so we skipped it...
First stop, after marvelling at the odd things people had arrived in -
- (there's lowered, and then theres *lowered* - can you imagine that on the M1??) or brought with them -
- we made a quick pit stop in the new Pod Shop -
- to buy Thomas some baby ear defenders (as drag racing can get *rather* noisy for little ears) which he initially really wasn't very sure about but soon came round to, then we walked around the other stalls (glancing nervously at the slate sky) -
- and then wandered back (with a few new T-shirts and a VW Camper van bin) to watch some of the racing (as the sun finally started to put his hat on)-
- Thomas (of course) slept through the jet funny car -
- Oh well, there's always next year...when he did wake up he made a big point of making sure we realised that there were cars racing along -
- which was very sweet... ;) We had a poke around the show and shine (which was much improved by the lack of lakes of mud) -
- although it was very difficult to push the pram around thanks to the rubble it was taking place atop)-
- got a bite to eat (while Thomas bashed my head in extreme excitement) and watched the incredible new VW pickup bus do it's first ever run-
- after that we decided it was probably time to head home (as it had taken so long to get here the day before) -
- pausing to watch some incredible motocross stunt riders do their thing -
- notice the new Monster Truck Experience (very reasonably priced too) -
- and the usual heaps of rubbish the poor organisers are going to be picking up for weeks to come...Great day out (as usual) and great to see that a lot of the money we pay to get in is being invested back into the site, it's a better experience every single year...well done Santa Pod! ;)
...when I saw it (on my commute)... ;)
I especially like the way the outline has been slightly imperfectly drawn so the little chap appears to have a little bit of hair... ツ
On a related note - Do you like my new smiley? I nicked it from Asia...(just hope it doesn't translate as "anus" or anything)... ツ
Update - it's okay, it's just a syllable pronounced "Tsu"...
28 July, 2010
...when Baby Gap moves out of their retail unit in
(Don't go getting any ideas, Flyingpops... ;)
27 July, 2010
Drowning people cannot call out...
Drowning people cannot wave...
Drowning people cannot grab rescue equipment...
Drowning people frequently look like someone bobbing happily on the surface...
Do yourself (and your kids - if you have any) a favour and read the full article here...
26 July, 2010
Aw...this is so sweet, he did this all by himself after seeing me blowing the Vuvuzela in the back garden, quite spontaneously he crawled over, picked it up and started making "Oooooo!" noises through it... ;)
Clever little boy... :)
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20 July, 2010
Okay, just a quick "work in progress" update (if you click the picture I've put some little notes of explaination on it on Flickr - just hover the picture with your mouse to see them) but basically - everything works - yay!
The power supply on the top is a temporary measure (obviously), so all those messy looking cables are going to vanish, the laptop will live in the cupboard below, but that proves the VGA and network cables are all laid in okay, the router and cable modem will also disappear below into the cupboard, but that's all good (which means I wired the coax okay - as we have cable TV and internets) and the xbox tested okay and works through the surround sound - a 100% success rate - thank goodness...!
Tonight the cupboard doors should be going on - meaning we can throw away the old TV stand and move the Jungle Jumparoo back to it's normal place of residence, and as soon as we can sort out the parts for Kenny we should have neat and tidy power cables (all pretty much hidden from view) too!
19 July, 2010
- while Flyingpops is having her hair coloured in the kitchen (thanks Charlie!) and Thomas is being herded away from falling off things and grabbing power tools by Flyingpops mum (thanks Janet!), Tom and I install the cabinet carcasses we have bought (*extremely* cheaply - thanks Magnet! We have a 70kg TV, but the guy in the store said once we got them all together I would be able to "******* dance on it if you want to mate")...
So we got all the units in, and level, then started putting in all the various cables we would need (everything will be hidden behind the back board, so even the cupboards interiors will be extremely neat and tidy)-
- surround sound cables all laid in neatly and clipped together -
- Xbox 360 video and sound cable -
-VGA (for PC/Laptop etc.)-
-and then we struggled around the garden for ten minutes trying to get the (extremely heavy) three meter beechwood top in the house the correct way round to make the work top...but it was already looking awesome - more later!! ;)
14 July, 2010
13 July, 2010
Tesco Lasagne Sandwich
Originally uploaded by finkangel.
Well....it launched today, and I just *had* to try it...when I got into Tesco Canary Wharf there were only about 4 sandwiches left and thirty grumpy executives shoulder barging each other to maul them, using my extraordinary height I managed to both spot my prize (slightly battered) and reach over the ravening hoard to claim it...
Back in the office, after the gasps of disbelief and pointed questions about Saturated fat and carb levels (which turned out to be comparable with the pot of light cottage cheese my desk neighbour had suffered with for lunch), the taste is actually extremely nice...
The cheese and (also cheese, but I'll let that slide) Ricotta dressing is pleasantly cheddary, the thin sheet of pasta just ends up on the palette like an American slice and the Ragù is wonderfully rich, high notes of basil and the sweetest tomato...
Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we have a new winner...! ;)
- or a water-colour greeting card featuring Gordon Ramsay (for that matter) -
- (delicious pies though are a no brainer) -
- it was so hot this year that sections of the tarmac were melting (this little squirt shot out when I ran that bit over with the pram tyre -
- and I managed to get a rather painful sunburned neck looking round -
- and yes, this woman did indeed have a live parrot in her rucksack/cage -
...shame it's probably the last one...the talk of the show was of the organisers charging people to come and show their precious things, which isn't really going to work (imho)...