Jan 022008

I mis-set my alarm last night and instead of getting up at the planned 6.30am I had set it for 4.30am… Thing is I didn’t notice and came down and booted up the laptop to start work. I then went into the kitchen to make a coffee and saw the time on the oven read 4.34 – my initial thought was ‘oh, we must have had a power cut’ then I checked my phone* which confirmed it was still stupid o’clock in the morning…

I actually toyed with the idea of actually starting some work but after about 2 seconds I thought ‘sod it’ and went back to bed for a couple of hours!


* my phone which now looks rather swish thanks to the awesome free UI, called ‘.Home’ from PointUI.

Apr 182007

Makka Pakka, Makka Pakka, Makka Pakka!

Eh?! What? You obviously haven’t seen ‘In The Night Garden‘ – created by the very same mentalists who did the Teletubbies.

Mini-MaFt likes it but hasn’t quite grasped how to say ‘Makka Pakka’ yet, instead it comes out as ‘Paki’ which he shouts at the top of his voice… Living in Bradford, I’m now scared to take him out of the house!!!

Makka Pakka


Mar 132007

Monkey’s are great, you can’t beat ’em. So it was a great delight when I saw that PG Tips had stolen ITV Digital‘s advertising campaign of Johnny Vegas and Monkey to sell their bags of leaves.

The thing is, I only drink, on average, one cup of tea a month. I’m too lazy to put the kettle on, stick a tea bag in a cup, stir it, add milk etc etc. Then, when I do bother I nearly always forget and by the time I’ve remembered the kettle’s gone cold again… A glass of water is much less work!

In order to get my free monkey I had to buy a box of 160 tea bags – remember: 1 tea bag per month. To get my ‘free’ monkey I have had to buy 13 years and 4 months worth of tea bags… Hardly ‘free’ is it?!


Dec 212006

I’m sure that old-age is making me lose my mind. I mean, 26 years old IS pretty old really – I’m probably a third of the way through my whole life…

I did another stupid thing yesterday although not quite as girly as being scared of a spider! I was hoovering up in the lounge (ok, maybe it IS as girly…) and there was a big bit of stuff on the floor. The hoover didn’t pick it up first time so I tried reversing over it, you know, just to make sure. It still didn’t manage to suck it up into the spiders new abode. So I tried again, both going forward and in reverse. Still no luck.

So what did I do? I bent down to pick up this bit of stuff to make sure that it wasn’t stuck in the carpet and after confirming that it wasn’t stuck in the carpet I put it back on the floor and tried to hoover it up again. Why I didn’t just put it in the bin when I’d picked it up I have no idea… Perhaps it was just to make sure the hoover was really working, perhaps I’m just daft… It can’t only be me that does it, surely?!

Her With The Hoover

DaFt (my new name?!)

Nov 272006

“It’s stupid, contagious
To be broke and famous
Can someone please save us from punk rock 101
My Dickies, your sweat bands
My spiked hair, your new Vans
Let’s throw up our rock hands for punk rock 101″
‘Punk Rock 101’ – Bowling For Soup

I had a message via MySpazz yesterday saying how the Punk Workshop I was running sounded like a great idea and this guy was going to try get some of his friends to come along.

Now, hopefully, it was a simple typo that was supposed to read ‘Punk Worship‘ and the poor lad wasn’t actually expecting a workshop on how to be punk…

In case I am actually mistaken and he WAS wanting a punk workshop then below is my quick guide on how to be punk depending on your age:

Young Punk:

  • ensure your wardrobe consists solely of: atticus, lowlife, vans or black clothing
  • deny you are ’emo’
  • slag Green Day off for ‘selling out’ after releasing [insert any Green Day album title here]
  • listen only to the latest ‘cool’ bands
  • claim loudly that [insert last week’s ‘cool’ band here] have sold out because they got radio airplay
  • only go to see your mates bands and download their cd instead of supporting them
  • have a MySpace page with your friends made up of bands you’ve never seen and your school chums
  • explain to everyone that being ‘punk’ is about not following fashions and thinking for yourself then go around dressing the same as everyone else…

Old Punk:

  • hate new punk rock groups for at least one of the following reasons: they have good quality recordings, they’re in it for the money, they’re too young, it’s just not ’77
  • wear an old, tatty leather jacket with some dodgy 70’s bands Tipp-Ex-ed onto it
  • go on constantly about ’77-’79
  • show how much you ‘hate the system’ by working 9-5, 5 days a week, for a multi-national company that exploits cheap labour in China
  • explain to everyone you meet that ‘punk’ is about not following rules or a fashion but then dress the same as every other punk and slag off various groups for not fitting the punk rules that, according to your own beliefs, don’t exist anyway…
  • never shut up about the time you saw [insert any 70’s punk band here] at [insert any small pub name here]

OK, so that was slightly tongue-in-cheek, but some people annoy me! Having said that there are 2 ‘types’ of punk person that I respect:

  • 1) The young punk who’ll go to see old bands and respects the fact that this is where their current ‘new’ bands got a lot of their inspiration from
  • 2) The old punk who accepts that times change and will go to see and support the new punk bands

That’s all for now, I feel I may have babbled! Anyway, it’s not ‘punk’ to moan about stuff that’s not government (old punk) or fashion (young punk) related…