Sunday, 31 May 2009
The sword has had an impact on modern society in a couple of ways:
Why do we shake hands with people?
The origin of the handshake lies in medieval history. By offering a right hand to a stranger, a hand that could otherwise be used to draw a sword, men were overtly displaying their intentions of peace towards one another. So now “shaking on it” remains a symbolic sign of agreement.
Why do we drive on the left-hand side of the road in the UK?
The basis for a lot of British law comes from the Middle Ages. The theory is that knights riding on horseback would have wanted to keep their right hand, usually their sword hand, exposed to oncomers . They would therefore keep to the left when travelling. This custom was transferred to the modern road in the Highway Act of 1835, which declared a fine for drivers not keeping the left or near side.
Now you know!
Friday, 29 May 2009
I chose California Dreamin' as the clip to highlight his skills that include some complex chords, finger plucking, pulling, bending, harmonics and hammer-ons. He is likely to be a huge star one day.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
And another football story... Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League at the weekend and they certainly have been awful all season. The fans interviewed blamed the club owner, previous managers and coaches. How about blaming the players? The team consisted of a bunch of overpaid prima donna's who acted like they were too good to go down. From what I read it seems some of the players were there just for the money. Money is one of the major problems with football today - you just cant have players on the pitch earning more in one week than a group of fans in the stadium earn in total in one year!
Anyway, the talk of football always gives as excuse for a semi-naked football picture! I would choose a Manchester or Barcelona player, but none are worth using! So, here's a picture of the sexy Blackburn player who seems to look better as he gets older and also has the coolest of names... Roque Santa Cruz.
Monday, 25 May 2009
We found a newt in the pond yesterday. How does a newt suddenly appear from nowhere in a garden that is fully fenced in?! Answers on a postcard please. Pete wants to call it Isaac (i.e. Sir Isaac newton), while I am going for Pistazza.
Apart from some gardening, we have also been re-watching Lost as we recorded the whole of series 5. It makes far more sense the second time around and would advise fans to re-view before the final series next year. The guy who plays the young Charles Widmore is called Tom Connolly and there is something about him I like.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
51. Although I have tried to wean myself onto it, I still can’t stand the taste of whisky.
52. Steak must be medium rare.
53. I find Elgar’s “Nimrod” from "Enigma Variations" both uplifting and emotional.
54. My favourite colour is neon blue.
55. At an airport, I will check where my passport is at least 10 times.
56. I like playing with the wax on a lit candle.
57. I am right handed for everything except using a knife and fork.
58. I struggle to walk through an airport duty free shop without buying a Toblerone.
59. My earliest memory is sitting in a pushchair in the rain aged about three.
60. Some of my favourite films include: American Werewolf In London, Life Of Brian, Kind Hearts And Coronets, Jackie Brown, Planet Of The Apes. See my blogger profile for more.
Monday, 18 May 2009
In other news: On Monday I had a tooth out. The one featured in the picture on this blog entry. It's the top left as you look at it, top right for me. I hate going to the dentist and was dreading this visit for my first extraction. It took 3 injections to numb the area and then the tooth crumbled as he pulled... and pulled... and pulled. He needed various instruments until the tooth squeaked from my skull and throughout, my heart was pounding out of my chest. Even the thought of it many hours later, as blood continues to trickle in my mouth, makes me feel ill.To lighten the mood, as I feel very sorry for myself, this picture was taken in The Netherlands during the latest visit and is obviously not as rude as it appears...
Sunday, 17 May 2009
The voting was less political this year, so I might watch again next time!
Friday, 15 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
House values on the Dubai 'palm' islands have fallen 40% in 6 months.
Also in Dubai, over 3000 cars have been found dumped at the airport by fleeing foreigners who are in debt and missing loan payments (that's illegal in Dubai).
You generally don't leave a tip in a bar or restaurant in Holland.
Sunday night is a great time to burgle TV and radio personality Gloria Hunniford - as mentioned in a Sunday magazine, she is either at the cinema or in the treehouse drinking gin.
I agree with actor Jason Isaacs who complained about toilet attendants in posh London restaurants and bars - we don't need any help and can manage without you!
I hate the celebrity culture in the UK. It features sad people who make money just because they are famous. The UK has far too many of these irrelevant idiots and I just don't understand why the public are interested in them. I particularly dislike Jordan and Peter who are regularly in the trashy magazines and on TV. Why and how are they famous?! Who reads and watches this shite?! They have announced that they are getting divorced. I give it one month of "exclusive" stories in the stupid-people-magazines before the 2 give marriage another go... complete with further exclusive coverage in the dimwit press. The UK sub class that look up to these slebs' is so very gullible. And to prove how much I dislike the male half of the publicity machine, I wont even include a picture of his long gone six-pack!
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
We travelled on the overnight ferry from Harwich to Hook Of Holland - which was a much better experience than I had been expecting and then drove through the country to Assen in the morning (what did we do before Sat Navs?!). We arrived around midday on Friday and after a quick pee break and coffee we headed off to the Assen TT circuit to watch some practice and qualifying sessions for a number of races of various car types plus racing trucks. Here is a stunning short film I made at the track:
The hotel was in the middle of town, which was pumping at 3am - just what I needed. Assen is a clean and compact town, with loads of shops. We had a walk around on Saturday morning including cake stops for Pete. He likes the Dutch tradition of having coffee and cake.
On Saturday afternoon, there was a barbecue and plenty of beer and/or wine. While we were there, we reenacted a photograph that was taken about 20 years ago - a depressing thought, but we thought we would do it again in 20 years - before and after...
On Sunday we took it pretty easy and after seeing Jan's impressive summer house in the woods, we drove to Leiden which is south of Amsterdam. It's a really pretty town with canals everywhere. We stayed there overnight before getting the 2.30pm ferry on Monday afternoon - 7 hours later we were back in Harwich.
The Dutch people are so welcoming and the lifestyle is far more laid back than the UK. They seem to have the balance about right between work and play - few people commute by the sounds of it, a source of stress for so many people I know.
It was a fun, costly and tiring weekend - but well worth the effort.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
I wont be around for a few days, so I will "pre-post" some more miscellaneous photographs to appear in a couple of days - so watch out for that and add comments if you wish, especially after seeing the picture of a huge cock.
And also feel free to add your own caption to this image of Rafael Nadal...
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
OK, Ed Speleers cant act, but looks nice... it's a fantasy film that was obviously designed for a sequel.
Pretty in Pink 4
Oh dear - I wish I had missed this "classic" piece of 80's rubbish.
Waltz With Bashir 8
A stunning animation with disturbing content.
Bright Young Things 7
It's meant to be a computer classic that hasn't dated - but it has dated badly and the acting was awful.
It's strange when you revisit a film you enjoyed many years ago... and wish you hadn't.
A pretty good gay themed film featuring some cute surfers.
The Royal Tenenbaums 8
An off the wall story about a New York family - not as obvious as it first appears.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 6
From the maker of the Royal Tenebaums, this is a really bizarre film and I cant decide whether it was crap or wacky?!
Run Fatboy Run 7
Funny film with Simon Pegg - a few good laughs.
No Country for Old Men 7
A good thriller with a storyline that kept you on the edge of your seat - but it was a little too long for me.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 4
So disappointing and so annoyingly childish in places. Avoid this terrible film.
The Constant Gardener 7
Lucky Number Slevin 8
I really enjoyed this film and also watching Josh Harnett in a towel for most of the film!
The Good Shepherd 7
An usual movie, from the same people that made the excellent films: 'The Darjeeling Limited' and 'The Royal Tenenbaums'
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Sunday, 3 May 2009
We went to the Bocca Di Lupo that has received rave reviews in recent months for its imaginative Italian menu. The food was amazing... as was the bill! Don't even ask how much it was!
We met up with a couple of friends afterwards and ended up drinking far too much... for me anyway. We first met at the top of the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. From 28 floors up, you get a great view of London. We then went to a new courtyard bar at the Dunhill Club - both venues are rather pricey!
The week ahead will be good, as I am only working 3 days (bank holiday on Monday and a day off on Friday).
Here are a couple of pictures I took on Saturday: