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Friendly Fire

I have just watched a Panorama programme on BBC1 about John Simpson’s team involved the the friendly fire incident in Northern Iraq, where a young Iraqi photographer was killed while working with the BBC. OK, in war there are always casualties, but it was how it happened, the US Navy launched a bombing raid on a friendly convoy, which it thought were tanks, this was an error by the commander on the ground, not taking the time to give grid coordinates, how could this happen in war with all the so called safeguards and technology of modern war. A thing that annoys me is that time and time again, it’s always the Americans that are involved in friendly fire incidents, are they poorly trained? or is it just the stereotypical gung ho attitude that the Americans seem to have, who knows? but it shouldnt happen in this day and age of modern warfare.

On to something a little less important in comparison, England have beaten Wales 28 -17. England didnt look like a world cup winning team in this match, Wales out-scored England, 3 tries to 1, it was Jonny Wilkinson’s boot that won the match for England. Ireland also went out to France, losing 43 – 21. England will have to play much better to beat a quality French side next Sunday, lets hope that they can.

If like me, you are getting pissed off with the increasing number of fake mp3s flooding the P2P network, you could do a lot worse than visit mp3sfinder, it has most of the latest chart tracks for download + many more. I normally buy as many albums as I can, but I dont have an infinite amount of money to spend, so I do download the occasional track or two.


So Tired!!!

After getting only 3 1/2 hours sleep on Thurdays night, I only managed 4 hours last night, I am just about dead on my feet. But I still had to update the Phoenix Live site, pictures here, go to a gig, take pictures, process them, and upload, now I can finally go to bed.

I am a little disapointed to see that Argyle went down 3 – 2 to Northhampton in the first round of the FA cup, at least we are still top of the league. Scotland were beaten 33 – 16 by a superior Aussie side today (England Vs Australia final anyone?) in the Rugby, as were South Africa beaten 29 – 9 by the All Blacks.

I am off to bed, to catch up on some sleep.


Relieved!!!

After yesterdays worry about losing my benefit because of not taking a job was needless, I just explained the situation to my New Deal Advisor, and he understood fully, so I am a happy camper once again. Tonight I was in the Phoenix again for yet another live gig, pictures here. The headlining band was called Monkey Boy, all the band members are completely crazy, well they would need to be, to have such an unorthodox approach to rock music, two bass players, and a singing drummer, despite my reservations, I quite enjoyed the gig.

Only a short update tonight, feeling rather tired after getting only 3 1/2 hours sleep last night.


Youth Club!!!

I walked into the Phoenix tonight and wondered if I had walked into the wrong place, it was full of 14 to 17 year olds, aparently it was a young talent night. Tonight as well as being photographer (pictures here), I was acting as bouncer as well, helping to throw a guy out who had too much to drink, and crowd control duties for the mosh pit, which has left me rather tired, dont know where these guys get their energy from.

I have to go to the jobcentre to sign on tomorrow, which I am a little nervous about as I didnt take a job that they wanted me to take, it would have been too much hastle for 4 weeks work, plus the job would have bored me to death. I am just hoping that they dont stop my benefits, if they do I will be up the creek without a paddle, I would loose my home, as I wouldnt be able to pay the rent, and life would be generally crap, but hey, lets be positive about it.


My Inspiration Is Back!

After yesterdays inspiration free zone, I have managed to put together a decent template for the site now, I just need to tweak it to make it perfect, hopefully it will be up and functional by the weekend. I attribute the inspiration drought to having too much hair, shaved my goatee, and hair off (see picture) and suddenly everything is back to normal. Or it could have been the fact that until 6pm I didnt go anywhere near my computer and had a nice relaxing day, doing as little as humanly possible.

I am happy to see that (in F1) Jaguar are keeping Justin Wilson on for another 6 weeks to prove himself, comparing him to Mark Webber after just 5 races is a little unfair I feel.

I am a little bermused about the high court blocking the work on the so called “Ghost Ships” they have to be scrapped somewhere, so why not here in the UK, it creates jobs, so surely that can only be a good thing, feckin’ bureaucrats, its alright for them with their million pound homes dictating to us.


Has Anyone Seen My Inspiration?

For most of today, I have been trying to come up with a decent design for the Phoenix Live site, without any luck, I just dont seem to have any inspiration at all today, cant even decide on a colour scheme, it has gotten to the point where I am getting annoyed with myself, so decided to kill the idea for tonight, tomorrow is another day.

Not a lot else has happened today, so I shall leave you with “HOW TO POO AT WORK” courtesy of Cringer of the PCFF!

We’ve all been there but don’t like to admit it we’ve all kicked back in our cubicles and suddenly felt something brewing down below. As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the WORK POO is inevitable. For those who hate pooing at work, following is the Survival Guide for taking a dump at work.

CROP DUSTING
When farting, you walk briskly around the office so the smell is not in your area and everyone else gets a whiff but doesn’t know where it came from. Be careful when you do this. Do not stop until the full fart has been expelled. Walk an extra 30 feet to make sure the smell has left your pants.

FLY BY
The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooing. Walk in and check for other pooers. If there are others in the bathroom, leave and come back again. Be careful not to become a…

FREQUENT FLYER
People may become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

ESCAPEE
A fart that slips out while taking a leak at the urinal or forcing a poop in a stall. This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of embarrassment. If you release an escapee, do not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you are standing next to the farter in the urinal, pretend you did not hear it. No one likes an escapee. It is uncomfortable for all involved. Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

JAILBREAK
When forcing a poo, several farts slip out at a machine gun pace. This is usually a side effect of diarrhoea or a hangover. If this should happen, do not panic. Remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom to spare everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

COURTESY FLUSH
The act of flushing the toilet the instant the poo hits the water. This reduces the amount of air time the poo has to stink up the bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME.

WALK OF SHAME
Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the door after you have just stunk up the bathroom. This can be a very uncomfortable moment if someone walks in and busts you. As with farts, it is best to pretend that the smell does not exist. Can be avoided with the use of the COURTESY FLUSH.

OUT OF THE CLOSET POOER
A colleague who poos at work and is damn proud of it. You will often see an Out Of The Closet Pooer enter the bathroom with a newspaper or magazine under his or her arm. Always look around the office for the Out Of The Closet Pooer before entering the bathroom.

SAFE HAVENS
A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building where you can least expect visitors. Try floors that are predominantly of the opposite sex.This will reduce the odds of a pooer of your sex entering the bathroom.

TURD BURGLAR
Someone who does not realize that you are in the stall and tries to force the door open. This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments that can occur when taking a poo at work. If this occurs, remain in the stall until the Turd Burglar leaves. This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye contact.

CAMO-COUGH
A phoney cough that alerts all new entrants into the bathroom that you are in a stall. This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON, or to alert potential Turd Burglars. Very effective when used in conjunction with an ASTAIRE.

ASTAIRE
A subtle toe-tap that is used to alert potential Turd Burglars that you are occupying a stall. This will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied. If you hear an Astaire, leave the bathroom immediately so the pooer can poo in peace.

WATERMELON
A poo that creates a loud splash when hitting the toilet water. Can create your own Tsunami, which will result in a puddle appearing appearing under the stall door. Also, there is the inevitable embarrassment of “splashback”. This is also an embarrassing incident. If you feel a Watermelon coming on, create a diversion. See O-COUGH.

HAVANA OMELETTE
A case of diarrhoea that creates series of loud splashes in the toilet water. Often companied by an Escapee. Try using Camo-Cough with an Astaire.

UNCLE TED
A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever. Could spend extended lengths of time in front of the mirror or sitting on the pot. An Uncle Ted makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper, as you should always wait to poo when the bathroom is empty. This benefits you as well as the other bathroom attendees.


Another Bizarre Night!

Tonight I went to the Phoenix to take some more pictures of the bands, but the headlining band, who was supposed to be there at 6pm, eventually rolled in at nearly 9pm, and wondered why no-one was in the Phoenix. The gig had been cancelled, as the Phoenix didnt think that they were gonna turn up, so cancelled the support acts. The band, Jeniferever decided that they were gonna kick off, it was their fault in the first place for not calling to say they were gonna be late, but they thought better of it in the end, but did try to steal some of the cables and equipment, and kicked the panels in on the front door, complete assholes, oh yeah, they were Swedish. I dont know how people behave in Sweden, but its certainly not how we behave here in the UK, most bands are really nice people, but these guys were just plain assholes.


I Have A…

Complimentary Phoenix T-Shirt, so I have been accepted into the Phoenix family, fixing Rachaels computer probably helped, but hey, it is my second home, apart from the family dog, seems to have taken a dislike to me, trying to rip my arm off as I walked up the stairs, but it makes life interesting. Got some pictures of the Phoenix 5, which are the house band for the lack of a better name, although only 4 were in on acoustic day, will put those pictures up sometime tomorrow, my brain isnt working too well after being sat in the pub all day.

I managed to forget to record Scrapheap Challenge, Enterprise and Robot Wars for the second week in a row, now I have nothing to watch tonight. But England managed a cricket score in the rugby against Uruguay, winning 111 – 13, so its been a pretty good day apart from the minor dog attack incident, but we shall forget about that.

Currently Listening to: Bring It On Home, by The Southpaw Jinx (see yesterdays update)


And The Word Was Rock…

Another night out at the Phoenix, another 3 live bands, first up was Rend Asunder, who were far too shouty for my liking, but I guess there is a market for random noise. Second up were Mockin’ Grin, another shouty type band, but better than Rend Asunder. Finally, The Southpaw Jinx were up for an hour set as another band pulled out (result!!!), what can I say about these guys, bloody amazing, impressed me so much that I bought 2 of their CDs, a bargain at £2 each. They have an early Metallica feel about them, who knows, in a few years they could be the next Metallica, good luck to them is what I say. I did remember to take some photo’s inbetween enjoying the music, they can be found here, then click on the ’01/11/03′ link.

Also today, I pulled my finger out and created a proper site for all the pictures that I take while out at live gigs, so you can now take a leasurely stroll around my live world.

In sport, Plymouth Argyle could only manage a 2 – 2 draw against Oldham (a bit disapointing after the recent run of big wins), but despite this, they are still top of Division 2. Ireland almost managed to turn over the Aussies in the rugby, only 1 point in it at the end of the game, the Scots scraped through to the next round by beating Fiji by 2 points, so things are looking good for the home nations at the moment.


In The Pub Again…

Last night, I ended up at the Phoenix yet again, with a dozen of my mates as they were all going to the Halloween bash at C103, but unfortunately I couldnt go, as I am banned for life, which doesnt normally bother me, but when all your mates are going and you cant, it tends to really hit you. Just as well I couldnt go really, early mornings and late nights dont mix, left the Phoenix at 11:30, got home, turned on the TV, and fell asleep within minutes, hence the lack of updates last night. No bands were playing last night, so no pictures this morning, but will be out at the Phoenix for 4 live bands tonight, so pictures either tonight or tomorrow.