Monday, 31 December 2007



For everyone who thinks the lighting up the house thing has gone too far, for too long.

Dead Pool 2008

  1. Thatcher.
  2. Bernie Ecclestone
  3. Sir Norman Wisdom
  4. HRH Duke of Edinburgh
  5. Pervez Musharraf
  6. George Herbert Walker Bush
  7. Dame Vera Lynn
  8. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
  9. Brigitte Bardot
  10. Elizabeth Taylor

Wednesday, 28 November 2007


Leaning tower of Greatham

Monday, 19 November 2007

Unexpected Snow

Suddenly winter arrived in Bromyard

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Tidying up the garden.

I have a lot of small trees and shrubs in the garden which need cutting back regularly. Decided today that rather than dragging the prunings to the council tip I'd buy a shredder.

Wickes 2500 watt garden shredder, sturdy, powerful, £69, does what it says on the box.

Might also be a solution to the problem of cats crapping in the vegetable patch too ;-)

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Firefox no scrolling problem - fixed!

At last! Finally I got around to fixing the lack of touchpad scrolling in Firefox (and Thunderbird for that matter) on my Acer laptop. All that was required was to update the Synaptics touchpad drivers.

So, no need to use Internet Explorer then :-)

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Where did they all come from?

Had a clearing out of the loft. five, yes five count 'em, old PC base units had collected up there!

All now stripped of useful bits and taken for recycling.

So that just leaves one spare PC, a Merlin Tonto, and a Commodore C64 in the collection :-)

The spare PC is currently having Zenwalk Linux installed on it.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

How to change a car stereo

I kept the stereo from my old car when I sold it because it will play mp3/WMA tracks from disc but when I tried to swap them over previously it wouldn't power up. I assumed some subtle difference in the wiring of the plugs so today I decided to have another go:

  1. Download wiring diag. from JVC
  2. Get tools and meter from van
  3. Extract old stereo
  4. Notice 15A blade fuse in rear of old stereo
  5. Look at rear of new stereo
  6. Notice empty slot for 15A blade fuse
  7. Wonder if that's where fuse found on floor when cleaning car came from
  8. Insert 15A blade fuse into new stereo
  9. Connect wiring plugs to new stereo
  10. Turn on new stereo - WOW, IT WORKS!!! :-)
  11. Try to insert new stereo into dash aperture, won't go :-(
  12. Realise new stereo still has mounting bracket around it.
  13. Disconnect wiring and remove mounting
  14. Re-connect wiring
  15. Try to insert new stereo into dash aperture, won't go :-(
  16. New stereo has extra bit of wiring harness to convert from 2 multiplugs to one
  17. Perform James Herriot impression with hand in dash aperture to try and stuff
  18. wiring harness into back of hole for stereo
  19. Gently insert new stereo into dash aperture
  20. Vigorously insert new stereo into dash aperture
  21. Shove very hard on new stereo to get it to go all the way into dash aperture
  22. Replace front panel of new stereo and turn on
  23. WOW! IT WORKS!!! :-)
  24. Pick up old stereo to put in box
  25. Realise Bryan Adams CD still in old stereo
  26. Swear
  27. Check for manual release on old stereo, nope :-(
  28. Swear again, only louder
  29. Extract new stereo from dash aperture
  30. Transfer wiring to old stereo
  31. Transfer fuse to old stereo (no, I don't know where the one that was on the floor went, OK?)
  32. Eject Bryan Adams CD from old stereo
  33. Transfer fuse and wiring back to new stereo
  34. Repeat steps 16 to 22
  35. At last! I can play MP3/WMA discs in car again :-)

Thursday, 23 August 2007


Hard to imagine how this guy could be embarassed given what he does for a living but...

Dwarf's penis gets stuck to vacuum cleaner - Arts - Entertainment

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Southsea in the rain

We went to Southsea last weekend. I had hoped the weather would improve but it didn't.

Were we downhearted?

No, just damp :-)

Thursday, 26 July 2007


Tonight's ruby was enjoyed at Dilshad Tandoori, in Preston, where they are trying to educate me in the ways of Cisco routers.
A very traditional curry house, much dark wood and sober wallpaper with subdued lighting. Food was good and staff attentive without being pushy, although they were a bit previous brining out the starter course as I was still attending to the popadums (good lime pickle - no woody bits!)

Starter: Prawn Pakora

Main: Chicken Jolfrezi, Tarka Dhall, Mushroom fried rice.

Drinks: 2 pints Kingfisher, 1 coffee

Total cost: £22.20 (all the better as it will be going on my expense account :-)

Dilshad Tandoori Restaurant, 121-122, Friargate, Preston. PR1 2E
01772 250826


A new toy.

Someone said Expansys were selling the Nokia N770 Internet Tablet for £73 so of course I succumbed to the gadget urge.

I'm sure I'll find a good use for it, it is much more portable than a laptop for quick trips away.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Things to do with iphone.

Fed up with all the hype about the iphone?
Bored with your iphone already?

Will It Blend? Presented By Blendtec

Thursday, 5 July 2007

What the best dressed pub is wearing this year.

The Bay Horse, Bromyard, Herefordshire has won Bromyard in Bloom 2007 Best Decorated Pub.

Thanks to hanging baskets provided by Jean Hounsell there is now a shiny cup behind the bar.

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Global Warming Explained

So now we know.

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