Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pet Taxidermy

"I just wanted to tell you and your staff Thank You for your work on Petunia... I am extremely happy with the results. I have gotten many unique responses when people have seen her. The best one was "I thought you told me your cat died?" It is so good to have her back home with me."

"Myself and my family could not be any happier with the results of what you did with misty. Thank you for the care you put into her, It feels like we have a complete family again. I can't wait to show her off now. I will highly recommend your services to anyone thinking of another alternative. And YES when I do come home or when I wake up and before I go to bed I always take a few moments out to talk to her just like before. Thanks again!!!!!!"

Well, it's an option.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sort out this Pensions mess your-self

Be Pension Minister for the day by doing this quiz/Interactive thing from the TUC website (Union people, not biscuit brand. I have no Idea what TUC biscuits make of pensions) on the Pension “crisis”. What would you do?

My proposals largely pissed off Employers, Pension experts and Women, but the TUC were relatively happy with what I suggested.


I recommended the state pension should stay at 65 and people should be compelled to contribute to a work pension scheme. It has to be done, stop them moaning about not having money for cruises and the like in the future (Don’t think the payout will be that good though). Quite statist really, forcing people to save. I’m not a Libertarian it seems. Maybe Gordon Brown will follow the same route.

Pensions are a tedious business to us youngsters. Better to spend while you have it, worry about old age later, when it arrives and it’s too late. Let the kids look after you, move into their homes, raid the fridge, alcohol cabinet. Make up for their behaviour as youth. Not even had children yet, it’s a good bit of forward planning though.

It’s what happens in other countries, a duty, one that should be brought in when I get to end age, but not before, obviously.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Cannon & Ball Autobiography

A tribute from an Amazon reviewer:

"Tommy and Bobby are the last of the a very special breed of entertainers. They brought joy and happiness to millions without being crued or stooping to blue humour. While they struggled to deal with being rich and famous they fell out and hardly spoke to each other for years. Apart from when they were on the stage making the world laugh which they still do to this day. - I have waited twenty years for this book to be published, it was worth the wait."

Here here. The tear brought to thine eyes on reading that. Keep on flowing tears.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Andrew Flintoff Drunk & Reinaldo de Silva

It seems people still can't get enought of pictures of an Inebriated Andrew Flintoff. Most my hits are coming from people searching for "Flintoff drunk". Sorry, but i only have the one picture of him drunk, and that was taken from somewhere else. But carry on. Also, people are rather fond of looking for pictures of Peter Mandelsons partner, Reinaldo de Silva, Interesting. None here, except a fetching picture of a Mustachioed Mandy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ian McEwan "Enduring Love": First Chapter

This is the good stuff yo. Perhaps the best opening chapter of any novel. Gripping.
Chapter 1, part 1
Chapter 1, part 2
From the Randomhouse website.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sunday Shouting

Sundays are blah to me, why can't we have an extra Saturday? Yet Saturday isn't much better, people doing their shopping at the same time, collective activity, no premuim on Individual thought. Invading the town centre like a consumerist army.

It's fair to give the mundane its beautiful due (John Updike) on occasion, but uniform mundanity is too much. I Suppose the days, regardless of their names are what you make of them, and I make little. Well, there went Sunday.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Kate Bush: An Introduction to Womenfolk

47 years old, still looking fantastic. If I were a lady, I would like to look like her when I turned that age. Visual aesthetics aside, Bush has a new album out, which is receiving much praise:Playlouder, Guardian, Music OMH.

Kate might have been the first woman to awaken me to the essential differences between the two sexes, as I recall (after recently re-viewing it) her Babooska video made my 6 or 7-year-old self feel slightly strange.

It was Kyle Minogue though, who was the first female with the glorious distinction of garnering my affection, this was back in 1988, when “I should be so lucky” was at number 1, and she had a huge perm. The 80’s were a laugh (except for those who lived down mines, or underneath newspaper buildings, and for people in general, who didn’t neccesarily work underground) when people couldn’t look good for love nor (Loadsa) money. Harry Enfield, you funny man.

If you came here to read a review of Kate Bush’s new album, profuse apologises. I will have one up when Bush brings out her next album.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Google Earth: Explore the World

This is an excellent bit of software. You can look at anywhere in the world pretty much. It uses digital photos from space, and you can zoom in on exciting places such as Dudley.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Donald Rumsfield talking Doll


Donald (Rummy) Rumsfeld is tight-lipped and reluctant to let the press know exactly what is going on behind closed White House doors,(
wonder why?) so when he talks, he makes news. "Rummy" is dressed in a black pin-striped suit with white shirt, yellow tie and black shoes. The articulated figure stands on a special Department of Defense display base. The figure's features duplicate Rumsfeld's stoic, determined look, his gray hair and even comes with a set of glasses!... Press his button to listen to 28 different phrases including: "I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said. But I know what I think. I assume that's what I said."

Yes Donald, makes perfect sense.

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