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Christmas Parties Are Bad For Your Health!!!

Well, last night was the Phoenix Christmas party, and I managed to get rather wasted, 6 pints, 2 shots of Apple Sourz, and a concoction of double vodka, whiskey and rum. My body really didnt like that drink at all, dont remember much of what happened after that. My living room floor didnt look too pretty after my body decided to reject all that alcohol and food that I had consumed. I swear that I will never drink again, well until the next time anyway.

In technology news, Swedish ISP, Bredbandsbolaget are to introduce 100Mb bi-directional broadband, which means that it is possible to download files at 12.5MBs/sec, but this is reliant on the server that you are downloading from being able to support that speed. And amazingly this will only cost 895 kr (£70), the same amount as we currently pay for 2Mb ADSL here in the UK.

In sport, Rio Ferdinand has been banned for 8 months for missing a madatory drugs test, seems like the FA has decided to make an example of Ferdinand to deter other footballers from thinking about missing madatory drugs tests. Ferdinand and Manchester United have decided to appeal against the ruling, but the FA will stand firm on this issue, which I think is right, rules are rules, and need to be followed.


8 Hours of Motorway..

..is as boring as hell, thats what I saw for most of yesterday, driving up from Plymouth to Leyton Buzzard near London and back to Plymouth. The fact that I only had two and half hours sleep didnt help matters, damn those online games to hell, kept on dozing off every so often waking up, wondering what the hell was going on, just as well I wasnt driving then. Later in the day I went to the Phoenix introducing Tomas to the joys of live music in the Phoenix, and he wasnt disappointed, as three of the south west’s best bands were playing, although the headlining act couldnt come down due to illness, but the local bands certainly made up for it

Back to the online gaming that I mentioned earlier, I have gotten back into playing Team Fortress Classic online again, only intended to play for half hour, then its suddenly 6am, 3 hours later, I needed to be up at 8am for the trip up to London, I should know better at my age.


Maiden, Maiden, Maiden…

Well, I am back from the gig in Cardiff featuring a little known band called Iron Maiden, some of you may of heard of them. Anyway, about the gig, one word immediately springs to mind, AMAZING!!! although the first few songs werent that enjoyable, as everyone decided to move forward, squashing me and everyone else around, to the point of almost cutting off my breathing. After a few songs of that, I just had to get out of there, and more importantly get this little woman stood beside me out before she ended up getting killed. Moving to near the middle of the arena was much better, as the sound balance was better, so I could hear the full range of the music, as apposed to mostly bass at the front. The only downside is that I decided to go to the toilet and almost as soon as I went in, they played Fear of the Dark, which was a little annoying. But I did hear Paschendale in its full glory, bloody amazing song live, especially with the added intro and the accompanying light show. There was a few songs that they didnt play which I would have liked to hear, such as The Clansman, and the Wickerman, but despite that, it was an enjoyable show after I got out of the crush at the front. I did take some pictures of the gig, but they didnt come out too well, the arena lights, and the fact that my camera auto focused on the peoples heads in front of me, rather than the stage, but I am gonna try to clear them up in photoshop over the next few days. One thing that this little adventure has proved is that Maiden are the best live act in the world. A big thanks goes out to Tomas, who arranged and paid for this trip, which would never of happened if he didnt, thanks mate.

Well, not a lot can compete with the mighty Maiden, so I will shut up now.


Its Only…

..a matter of hours until the Mad Axeman, e.g. Tomas, my friend from Iceland, who will be staying with me for the next 9 days, which means that it is less than 48 hour until I go up to see Iron Maiden live in Cardiff. With Tomas being here for the next week and a bit, updates may be a bit sporadic, but I will try to update as regularly as I can.

Plymouth Argyle have managed another big win in the contest to get promoted to division 1, beating Swindon 3 – 2, but with QPR beating Hartlepool 4 – 1, the league positions remain the same, with Plymouth 1 point behind. Its looking good for Plymouth at the moment, I really hope that Argyle dont choke at the end of the season reaches its climax. [More Info]

I am shocked and disapointed to hear that Colin McRae has been rejected by Subaru to drive one of their cars for the coming season. I really dont understand why they have elected for a rookie over an experienced driver like Colin. It just wont be the same without him driving in the World Rally Championship. [More Info]


Apologies…

..for the lack of updates over the last few days, been laid up with the flu, I couldnt even sit at the computer for any length of time as my eyes went funny, so most of my time was spent on the sofa, watching TV inbetween sleeping. I missed a gig at the Phoenix, I am even gonna miss the gig tonight as I dont think it would be a good idea to go out while still recovering, and my plea for a nice lady to come look after me seemingly fell on deaf ears, oh well, I will have to just make do with the mad Viking arriving on Saturday.

In technology news, Kazaa Lite (K-Lite K++) has been removed from the Internet, well the official sites anyway, because Sharman Networks threw their toys out of their pram saying that K++ was copyright infringment of their software. How ironic is that, Kazaa Media Desktop is the dictionary definition of copyright infringement, the software is squarely aimed at people that want to download free commercial music, movies and software. Besides it is full of nasty spyware that keeps tracks of your surfing habits, and sends the information back to Sharman Networks, to sell off to the highest bidder, so they can spam you silly, which isnt illegal, but it should be as far as I am concerned. [More Info]


Drinking When Ill, Dont Do It!!!

Best to start from the beginning, I did a favour for the Phoenix, by making compilation CDs to DJ with at a private party. The guy that I did it for was feeling really ill, probably the flu, since then, I have developed the same illness, and I decided to drink vast amounts of alcohol to try to kill the germs. Well, it did work for a while, then I woke up at 3am, coughing and urging, promptly throwing up, luckily I pre-empted that happening, having a bucket located nearby. So the moral of the story, dont drink when your ill, its doesnt help.

Right, that being said, I am gonna go back to laying down, suffering in silence, if any willing lady wants to help me recuperate, my address is…


Going Mad!!!

This morning I woke up thinking it was Sunday, that in itself is nothing, but I am going up to see my dad Sunday, and was supposed to be up there at 10am, and I woke up at 10:55am. Thinking I was late, I threw some clothes on and rushed out of the door, got half way up to my dads, and made a phone call to him to let him know I will be still coming up, only for him to inform me that it was Saturday, making me feel like a prize fool.

Last night at the Phoenix was a bit crap music wise, the only band of any merit was 69 Reasons Why, the other bands were terrible really, Mockin Grin, and Rend Asunder were just shouting at me, which I dont really consider music, The Vital Fault were better, although not great, but their lead singer was feeling under the weather, so I will reserve judgement on them until I hear them properly.

In cricket, England have managed a draw in the first test match against Sri Lanka. To be honest, England were lucky that the weather came to their rescue, as they had 9 wickets down, and realistically didnt have any chance of making the runs required to win.

I’m gonna get a rest, no gig tonight, there is a private party on at the Phoenix, so I can sit back and watch some Saturday night TV, which I havent been able to do for months now.


Nowt Happening!

Well, in the last two days, nothing of any merit has really happened in my life, went out to the Phoenix, then onto a club, Voodoo Lounge, met up with a friend, ended up talking until 6:30 in the morning, about life, love and everything else, as BT keep on telling me, its good to talk.

In technology, T-Mobile have introduced musical ringtones, not the one that your phone creates, but the one that the caller hears while waiting for the call to be answered, so no more ‘bring bring’ while waiting. In real terms its a gimmick, its hardly something that is of any real use, just another way from the mobile companies to make more money. [More Info]

In sport, the English cricket team have managed to pull themselves up by the bootstraps after the domino act they did earlier in the test match, England are now in with a fighting chance of a win, after taking 5 wickets for 99 runs, still not gonna be an easy match, but they are certainly in with a shout. [More Info]

Also in sport, it’s looking likely that Colin McRae will take the vacant seat left by Richard Burns at Subaru after his brain tumour scare, and being unable to drive in this years championship. It’s good to see that the drive will be going to a fellow brit and not to a foreign driver, which seems to be happening all too often in motorsport these days. [More Info]

Just for fun, ever wondered what your ‘unplugged’ Matrix name would be? then check out The Matrix Name Generator to find out, I am ‘Poseidon the Sentinel Slayer’ shame I am named after a dodgy 70s ocean disaster movie.


Globalisation

Today’s rant is inspired by Norwich Union’s decision to cut over 2000 UK jobs to employ people in India, which will cost a fraction of what it would employ UK people. The average wage is £12,500 for a UK employee, but only £1,500 for an employee in India, but the cost of living is a lot higher in the UK than in India, so the wages are comparative. Experts say that another 200,000 jobs could be lost in the next 5 years to foreign markets, all in the name of globalisation. Meanwhile Norwich Union say that they are committed to the UK, their actions suggest otherwise, no wonder so many Brits are searching for employment in other countries. This coupled with companies ‘importing’ people into the country to fill vacancies that Brits could easily do as well, if not better. [More Info]

In Formula 1, I am disapointed that Justin Wilson has been dumped in favour of Christian Klien by Jaguar, basically on the grounds that he can bring in more sponsorship, I really hope that Jaguar go down the pan this coming season, for those of you that say Jaguar is British and I should support them, as part of the Ford empire, they are about as British as Macdonalds. [More Info]


Women & Clothes

I went around to see a female friend of mine, she is going out tonight, and she says “I have nothing to wear”. Considering that she has 3 walldrobes and two 5 drawer chests full of clothes, how on Earth can she have nothing to wear. I have two 4 drawer chests with clothes in, and I have more clothes than I could ever need. Anyway, she decided to go clothes shopping, and I just about managed to escape that little trip, thanks to a phone call I received. I will never understand women as long as I live.

I have been testing some php photo gallery systems for my Phoenix Live site, but none of them really fit in with the site, so I am still looking, if I cant find the right one, the only other option is to create my own, which is very time consuming, and time isnt at a premium at the moment.