July 6th, 2006


Chain E-mails

Strange how the same/similar chain e-mails seem to do the rounds. I've notice a few friends of friends have had something similar ton ths of late. This was sent to my by my friend Chrissi in Nottingham - I had to provide the following answers:

How well do you know me??
For instance, did you know...

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1.Fencing Coach (Voluntary)
2. Civil Servant, Assistant private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford and Lord Falconer
3. Producer and Presenter of a Monthly Astronomy spot on BBC Radios Kent and Essex (Voluntary)
4. Freelance Sculptor

Four nicknames I have been given:
1. Big Ears
2. Luke Skywalker
3. Jenny Wren
4. BJ (as in Hunnicutt from MASH)

Four movies I could watch over and over:

1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. The Lady Killers
3. Star Wars
4. Breakfast at Tiffany's
and for a bonus
5. Touching the Void
6. The Dish

Four places I have lived:

1. Addiscombe
2. Shirley
3. New Addington
4. TBC

Four TV shows I love to watch:

1. Dr Who
2. Farscape
3. Star Trek TOS/TNG
4. CSI

Four places I have been on vacation:

1. Miami
2. Tipperary
3. The Norfolk Broads
4. Everest Basecamp/Nepal

Four things I could NOT live without:

1. My family and friends
2. Sculpting/Fencing (My hobbies)
3. Hope
4. Peace of mind

Four of my favourite foods:

1. Quiche rice and sweetcorn with plum tomatos
2. Chinese Sweet n Sour pork
3. Chilli
4. My Mum's apple crumble

I would rather be right now:

1. Waking up to Audrey Tautou
2. or Irene Jacob
3. or Uma Thurman
4. or Claudia Black
Bonus point
5 Waking up with all 4

Get down wiv da Kidz.....

Had a great day today.

Took Mum to Hampton Court Flower Show today. It was raining on arrival but cleared up almost as soon as we entered the show. The grounds were ok and the wet dried out pretty quickly leaving the show blessedly cool after the recent heatwave.

Some good interesting gardens and the usual utter pap. In keeping with every show I've been to over recent years there were new trends in plants and gadgets... and this year ladies and gentlemen, you just aint hanging wiv da kidz unless you are shelling out readies on........ FLEA DARTS.

Yes, that's right the plant of choice at this years show, was Flea Darts - those grasses/weeds that grew on the edges of our playgrounds in the 1970's - they look a little like grassy ears of wheat and often had little black insects in them - hence the nick name Flea Darts. We'd pick em and use them as darts and throw them at the slow kids, where they would stick in their jumpers and cardies....and then we'd laugh like hiynas.

I kind of wanted to shake every muppet I saw dragging these weeds around and yell at "HOW WERE YOU PARTED FROM YOUR MONEY FOR A WEED - ARE YOU STUPID ?!"

I suspect however I already know the answer.

I have decided that Dandilions are to be next years 'it' plant.

If this is the case my garden can now be classed a 'show' garden ...hell I have so many excellent specimins I should get a RHS gold medal.

Having just got in I've turned on to Newsnight. Only this is Newsnight with a difference...yep it's being produced tonight by the kidz again.

Yeah hip and trendy Newsnight run by kidz is staring The Boy Wonder David Millibland himself. Great. I want to throttle my cynical instincts and let em rip the panel apart but the poor kids have a particularly oily line up of obsequious gits. Milibland, Richard Madley and Seb Coe together. Stuff the Middle East if we can refine smarm into a fuel we have enough to be oil independent for the foreseeable future.

And feck me, if the depth and insight into the subjects isn't about as deep and meaningful as a Thames water controlled reservoir in a drought.

It's not the government's fault that Britain is rubbish at sport. Most of the responsibility for Britain's lack of international sporting achievement is down to the individual sport's governing bodies which have about as much vision and forethought as a severely concussed Goldfish…..with Alzheimers. Sport governing bodies are riddled with bureaucracy, and warring factions that fail to deliver coaching strategies and development within the disciplines of sport. That combined in part buy the lack of facilities at a local level and the interference of sponsors or lack of sponsorship is why we are a big pile of steaming pooh on the international level….mostly. We have our exceptions, and some fine sportsmen and women.

Why should the government fund sport? If Britain wants to be good at sport it should get of it's increasingly fat arse and train and coach and show some commitment and some initiative. It should develop coaching and sporting centres of excellence in the same way the former communist countries did. Unfortunately too many kids think sport is about earning £130k a week, driving a car worth twice as much as most of the population earn in a year, having a vacuous token girlfriend and behaving like a petulant child in their chosen field .

Needless to say it doesn't…. it's needs years of commitment with no guarantee of success.

And we seem to live in a society, which switches off or gives up unless we get instant gratification/results.

Ta la la……I'm a happy soul really …..and actually I've had a smashing day with Mum.

Work tomorrow so bed time now.