My Shop (work in progress!)

Sunday, 30 March 2008

What's the significance?


As I left work on Friday and was walking along one of the many soulless hospital corridors I came across three elastic bands on the floor.

Big deal I hear you say. I see loads of elastic bands everyday.

But have they fallen, apparently at random, to spell out 800?

Does anyone know of any significance of this number in mythology etc? Like 7 is a lucky number for some reason and 13 is seen as unlucky. The Wikipedia page is a bit dull and doesn't contain anything like that.

What could it mean?

Scientology is Gay

This is an experiment to see if I can get the hang of this adding a YouTube video to my blog.

If you like this video please visit and rate it, and even favourite it if you like it that much!

A bit of advertising for my friend who made the video and sings. Also check out his band page linked on the right.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Marwood film #1

Quite dull really, this was me literally testing that the camera worked as it only arrived in the post yesterday. Quite funny though and I love m'kitty! I made a personal best of power walking from my house to the Post Office as it shut at 6 and I got in from work and found the delivery card at 5.53. Got there just in the nick of time.

New camera!

Oooh I love a bargain. I asked for a new digital camera for my birthday and I've been a bit naughty and bought it already. I decided to go for the Fuji F50fd and it is brilliant compared to my old camera. (Adopts old grandma voice) "Ah the wonders of technology!"
I managed to get in on eBay for quite a bit cheaper than I would in other shops - it is used but it's in very good condition. I'm sure there will be many photos and films posted here as I play with it!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Misheard lyrics

I don't know how to put a video link in to YouTube so I'm afraid it's just a boring link

I'm sure Hot Chip are singing "You're my Numberwang guy" around the 2 minute mark.

If you haven't watched That Mitchell and Webb Look you won't know what I'm talking about.

Only on Wii/Only Ennui

Only ennui the woman on the advert says. What do you mean "only ennui"? I think. If you've ever suffered from it you wouldn't dismiss it so.

Ennui is awful. I'd rather have a Nintendo.

Neville is from The Gashlycrumb Tinies, one oof the best books for "children" ever. Edward Gorey is a genius.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Amusing sign #3

Not sure why I find this one funny. Taken in the ladies' toilets at Talkin Tarn.

Knitting for a good cause

I am a keen knitter but I never seem to get anything finished. I always get bored, start a new project and now I probably have about five unfinsished things on the go at the moment.
This is why I am so pleased that I got some baby socks and trousers finished in time for my friend Vik's baby boy Django - and finished in time for him to be able to wear them!
So when I checked my emails this morning there was an email from Oxfam asking for my help. They want to make a giant baby blanket made up from lots of different squares. They need 250,00 squares by September 2008. This is to represent the number of mothers who have died during pregnany or childbirth because they were unable to access appropriate medical care.
So if you can knit at all - whether you've been doing it for years or you're a novice that drops lots of stitches - please visit the site and take part. I know this is one project I will definitely persevere with.
Image from

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Amusing signs #2

You might have to enlarge this a bit but it says "U + JESUS = ENOUGH".
This too was taken in Thanet, Kent, possibly in Ramsgate.

Monday, 10 March 2008


My mum has a post about email spam, so check it out (sorry mum can't be arsed to link it).

I just received one that was called something like "now that they have found love" or something like that, but it sounded a bit more pretentious and interesting. So I opened the email and this is what it said:

"He yearns to find a dragon's lair,,he fights without he fights without remorse.,he fights without remorse.,Sword held high above the ground,. "

Rather poetic for spam I think and I might try and turn it into a poem!

Sunday, 9 March 2008

St Bees in March

I was a little disappointed with this photo as on the LCD screen of my camera there was an almost solid beam of light. But I'm actually quite pleased with the image, especially the little footprints in the sand. I think I could have a lot of fun playing about with this image. No colour fiddling on this image.

I love this image as although it was taken in colour and I have not treated it in any way it looks like it is in black and white.

A fleeting moment of sunshine! It was a very odd day and we caught the best of the weather whilst on the beach. The little people in the photo are mum and Vince.

Looking south down the coast towards Drigg and Ravenglass there was an odd mist. I think the person in the right of the photo is mum.

St Bees Head is the most westerly point in Cumbria, and indeed the north of England. These photos were taken on 1st March and the month certainly came in like a lion. I don't know if it's because I grew up near desolate beaches such as Drigg but I prefer them that way. Seascale and St Bees are all very lovely but I do prefer them without a promenade and isolated from any town or village.
However, I wouldn't get rid of the cafe at St Bees for love or money! After a bracing walk on the beach Vince, mum and I went into Hartley's cafe for a toastie and a drink. They have secondhand books with the proceeds going to the local lifeboaft station and it's always good for a ratch. Mostly there are the inevitable Danielle Steele, Jackie Collins, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Mills & Boon books but you never know what gems you might find. We bought Forrest Gump, a book on pizza toppings and a rather pretentious sounding novel called Ella Minnow Pea.
Later in the day we met up with my grandparents for a meal to celebrate my mum's birthday, Mothers' Day and my grandad's birthday. We go at least once a year to the Cumbrian Lodge in Seascale as it is handy for my grandparents and the food is lovely. I had a tasty turkey, ham and leek pie and banoffee pie. Vince was adventurous and had ostrich which he now claims to prefer to beef steak!

Amusing signs #1

"A dirty place to live"

After living in Scotland for just over a year I picked up some choice phrases, some of which I still use, mostly when sharing in-jokes with Vince (who is kindly modelling the street sign above).

For those of you who haven't lived in Scotland and don't know any Scottish slang the word mauchit (as it is normally spelled) means dirty, grubby, filthy etc.

Should you wish to visit this beautiful street Mockett Drive is in St Peters, Broadstairs, Kent.

I'm back!

I now have home broadband so I will be able to blog once more!


Oh well.

I have to go shower before my landlord comes round so I'll leave a more interesting post later.