How to raise your heart rate Whilst clearing out the garage, including brushing out the corners and ridding the place of cobwebs and numerous spiders, spot a sheet of wood that was once part of what is now your fireplace, grab it from the stack, and spin round, holding it up for your wife to

Happy Anniversary

35 years ago my parents stood before friends and family and said "I do". 35 years on and if you ask either one if they still love each other, they'll say the same thing. Now, apparently:traditional 35th wedding anniversary gifts have a theme of Coral, whereas a contemporary or modern 35th anniversary gift has a


Two episodes in and I'm just not convinced. Not sure whether it's the addition of "stars", the acting style of Ricky Gervais (although I think calling it acting is stretching things a bit), or some other factor but whilst there are some very funny moments it doesn't feel complete. Of course that may be by


Like Lyle, I'm working at home, waiting for the presence of a Transco van to make itself known. Yes, the gasman is coming. I'm not holding my breath, which is just as well as it's now 1.30pm and he's yet to appear. Of course the coming of the gasman means one thing, yes that's right,


There is a call centre near my office and every evening as I walk to the train station I partake in the "I'll go left" waltz with many of the people heading to the call centre for the back shift. Last night, however, was a little bit different. As I turned the corner at the

Grayscale this

One for the Lazyweb methinks. Is there an EASY (non-coder) way to make all images that appear in a DIV, grayscale? PHP is the preferred langauge and you can presume access to the GD Library is available on the server. Note: I'm aware that IE users can utilise CSS for this but that's not what

Ethical Animal

I've visited a few zoos and safari parks in my time and if I'm honest I've thoroughly enjoyed most of them. However there is always a pang of guilt associated with these trips, so why do I still do it? Personally, as I've come to learn more about some of the animals kept in zoos

War of the Worlds

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic SPIELBERG, CRUISE, EPIC MOVIE, INCLUDING MORGAN FREEMAN NARRATING (doesn't get much more epic than that these days... whatever happened to James Earl Jones?). Yes, the self-proclaimed "blockbuster of the year" has finally been viewed and it was bloody good. Well it could have been utterly amazing, but


Ohh it's the new blogging, is it? Could be, everyone's at it, and it's guaranteed to be "mainstream" now that iTunes support it but, and please don't think of me as some neolithic oaf but what IS all the fuss about? Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking those who are doing podcasts, I've heard


Spotted in one of the tabloid Sunday papers. A caption underneath this picture that stated, "Jessica Alba, second from right..." You don't say... ~ Vague memory of a need for a web app that I thought up on holiday, something to do with accessing something via a mobile phone. Can't for the life of me


Got my camera back at the weekend, and posted some photos from the holiday. This one is my favourite: See them all (30). Which reminds me, I was going to post my thoughts about Paignton Zoo and zoos in general. Must type that up..


Friday night - double bill, Madagascar and War of the Worlds (thoughts on those later). Saturday - visited parents, had dinner at brother-in-laws. Excellent, not sure about the scallops though. Sunday - came home, veg'd on couch. Scallops kicking in?

16 years ago

Today is an anniversary of sorts, nothing major, but the type of thing my beloved wife remembers (but then she can recall the birthdays of virtually all the people in her YEAR at school). See if you can guess what it is; 16 years ago today Louise and I first _________ .


In case you missed it, my Mum posted the following comment: "Wee pops and ickle mums would like to thank you all for your good wishes. He is being a good boy and doing exactly what the doctor (or the cute wee nurse in the blue uniform actually) told him. His nurse in hospital was

Electric Michelangelo

The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall I'll happily admit that I bought this book on the strength of the cover (and the title) and I'll also admit that I was happily surprised by this story. It tells the tale of Cy, a young lad from Morecambe who somehow ends up an apprentice to the town