Bonfire Night

Two young people walked down the street, each becoming aware of the other at about the same time. Initial impressions were good. Each noticed the other correct their posture and hold themselves properly as they approached. They both walked past, seeing that the other was checking them out whilst doing their best “head straight forward” routine. And two young people went home feeling a little better about their lives.

*Taken from what would have been my column for CIO.com if it hadn’t closed. I was going to continue writing the blog, and publish it myself, but blogger seems to be playing up and just swallowed the second half of what I was writing.

On a happy note:

The valve of the radiator in my bedroom burst this evening.
We got a knock on the door, right in the middle of the festivities – it was the folks from downstrairs complaining about moisture running down their walls. They didn’t think to consider the erffect on my carpet. Oh no. Selfish through and through. :P
So, the valve’s now bound up tight with sodden handkerchief and hopefully shut down tight, ready to be seen tomorrow.
Hurray!
Just what was needed to liven up the party.

Arrrg! I’m so slow……

Yet another bunch of apologies to the competition winners of the phantasmogoric pheelter phextravaganza.
I was merrily grinding the consumable parts of your prizes early this afternoon, when smoke started billowing out of the back of the grinder.
Not a good sign.
It took me an age and a half to grind (by hand – using my huge mortar and pestal) two thirds of what remained. By that time I had guests arriving for birthday things.
So, for yet another delay in the posting of prizes I apologise from the heart of my bottom.
But the rest of what you get will be a mystery worth having waited so patiently for.
I’m sorry. :(

Another quick pretend entry

Name a CD you own that no one else on your friends list does:
Soul Ascendant’s debut: Between Two Worlds. They’re a bunch of my mates who happen to be in a soul band and have released one album just as they’re about to split up.
Of course it’s highly unlikely that any of you own a copy of the Best Mr Men Album in the World … Ever.
Or of the Clangers Opera CD

Name a book you own that no one else on your friends list does:
Bit trickier, this one. I could go for university text books.
But I won’t.
So I’m taking a bit of a gamble here and saying Bruce Dickinson’s: The Adventures of Lord Iffy Boatrace.

Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that no one else on your friends list does:
I’m counting my very limited DVD collection only, since my videos are all in boxes down south.
If we can count films of live comedy shows then I’ve got a copy of the League of Gentlemen playing Drury Lane Theatre.
If not then the least mainstream film I have in my collection is probably Breaker Morant starring Edward Woodward. I bought it on ebay largely because Cassidy rambles on about in the final Preacher collection and I thought it sounded interesting.

Name a place that you have visited that no one else on your friends list has:
One of you makes this one very, very difficult, but I wouldn’t have thought any of you had actually been to Byker Grove. It was a flying visit on a free bus tour of the area and we only stopped long enough for the guide to say “That’s it there!” before the bus moved off.