25 Dec 2007


A Merry Christmas to all my readers:

What I got:
Freaky Flyers (PS2)
R-Type Final (PS2)
Band Of Brothers box set
Hyperdrive Box set
Alien Quadrilogy Box set
Hot Fuzz dvd
Alexei Sayle's Stuff dvds
Long way round dvd
Lot's of chocolate, biscuits and crisps
Aftershave
Socks and some nice jumpers and fleeces.

So not a bad little haul I say. Even my Christmas gifts from my Maplin store weren't bad.
Mini
r/c Helicopter that you can't buy for love nor money,
Maplin playing cards that you wouldn't
want for love nor money,
A Seagate note pad,
An AMD teeshirt,
A tin of biscuits,
A packet of Roses, (Chocolates for those of you who aren't aware),
A large bottle of Beck's Bier (given away as I'm teetotal and boring),
A Tom Tom mobile phone lanyard. I did get the feeling that it was mostly lifted out of the promo packs from stock but hey, last year at Wankinson's I only got a 99p Milky Way selection pack from stock. Also they were buy one get one free and I only got one. I was so impressed that i gave it away immediately. Still water under the bridge, where, if I had my way, the former manager would be hanging. I say former because he was promoted but then we all know that shit floats.

Right I'm off to digest my enormous meal wot I cooked and kill lots of things on Blitzkrieg. I'm feeling a bit like Mr Creosote at the moment.

Happy Christmas

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14 Dec 2007

"Simple though love is, still it confused me. Why I'm not loved the way I should be, now I've lived with heartaches and I've roomed with fear. I've dealt with despair and I've wrestled with tears."

This is my christmas list
Okay, so this time last yearI was as miserable as sin, you may have noticed as such. This was due to many reasons which would make an excellent soap opera storyline. But all in all I'm glad that I didn't chuck myselff of the cliffs on the Eastcliff overdrive or under a yellow bus. I'm alive (barely) I'm better off (once relative's and the baby jesus' birthdays are out of the way) & I've got some nice new bright shiny objects which I've bought myself (I deserve them for putting up with me), I'm down to my last few friends, this being due to them dropping off like a leper's fingernails (You know who you are). So I'm not going out with the woman of my dreams (whom I considered the most beautiful woman in the world... despite the accent), and yes I've lost the urge to bomb Blackburn. True it was mainly because I couldn't afford a B-52, I mean you try to hire a long range bomber and loading it with HE laser guided bombs they tend to frown upon such behavior. Mind you with my budget being tight around christmas I'd be lucky to get an hang glider and a bucket of rocks. Anyway, onwards and upwards it's soon going to be a new year and I'm optimistic about it being better than ever. Yes yes I know I said that before and look what happened it went tits up and not in the good way that would have left me bandy legged and smiling for a week either. No this time I'm reaaaaaallllly optimistic for the coming year ....fingers crossed. Yes every woman I see that vaguely resembles, has a hair-do or wears a similar coat to the woman who broke my heart makes me think of how it could have been all oh so different. Still water under the bridge, time heals all wounds and plenty more fish etc etc. I'm getting better and I look at it this way I could have been married to Heather 'Hopalong' Mills I suppose?

Here's the music we have A bumper Christmas bonanza this week. Firstly there's The Big Stiff boxset, also The Beat - Wha'ppen? for you. And I just found a couple of Madness live shows on a torrent site in wmv format so as it's Christmas....

Stiff 1
Stiff 2
Stiff 3
Stiff 4
Stiff 5
Wha'ppen?

Madness Wrexham
Madness - KROQ

Merry Christmas. Next post will have Dance Craze in avi format.

5 Dec 2007

"Mis-shapes, mistakes, misfits. Raised on a diet of broken biscuits, oh we don't look the same as you, we don't do the things you do, but we live around here too, Oh really".Wednesday and the rest of the week is all downhill from here. That is to say only two more days of working with pillocks who wouldn't know good customer service if I jumped up and smacked them in the face (which is increasingly likely). So far this week I've had old ladies ask me for 'electric lighbulbs', (as opposed to all other types of lightbulbs I suppose?) and the obligatory person who asks "Does this buy one get one free ticket mean if I buy one I get one free?" These are the 'tards I thought I'd left over the other side of the town, but obviously they are everywhere....RUN FOR THE HILLS.
Anyway I've got a long weekend coming up which means Tuesday is going to be hard to go back to work. The weekend I'm going to check out a poster I see from my bus advertising a position nearer to home. This would save the aggrovation of dealing with nutters in the town centre. Like tonight the following happened whilst waiting for the buse(s) to turn up or not if they feel like it. A bloke gets off the 13 bus carrying a beer can (nothing unusual in that nowadays I'm afraid) but I notice that he has a slight one and a half inch gash on his head with semi dried blood on it. He shows the bus driver before he gets off then the person in front of me the gash, he seems proud of it. Then it's my turn.
Him:" 'ere mate check this out" (slurred words) "Tha's not right is it?"
Me: "you ought to get that checked out mate" feigning concern but really I'm trying to avoid getting blood on my coat or good trousers.
Him: "Naw it's fine" Whilst pouring with blood. "Check it out, that's not right is it?"
For a moment I thought I was trapped in a temporal time loop but then as he wandered off as far as the person in the queue behind me I realised that maybe it was the head injury and/or drink that was making him the one trapped in the temporal time loop. The person behind him got the same conversation... and the next ... and the next until all twenty had been shown his gash. The bus pulled away leaving him talking at two young kids who suddenly wished that they'd come to do Christmas shopping another day.
It's not what you need after a hard days putting up with immaturity, I just put my earphones back in and carried on listening to classic motown in the rain, still on the bright side I got home to find my new copy of Get Carter by Ted Lewis had arrived from ebay along with a £50 gift voucher from Lovefilm.com, so it's the rough with the smooth I think.

Right, here's the music we've got acompilation close to my heart called Bollocks to Christmas wot I found about the place and Madness live from the Bournemouth Stateside rooms (wherever they were) 16th Dec 1979 which I found for you. When I used to do the old glue and newsprint in the thumb Upsetter fanzine I used to get a review copy of 'Bollocks to christmas' every year from Dojo records. Enjoy.

Madness
Bollocks

Oh and before I go I have just bought (yet another) xmas present for myself of the Big Stiff box set (here) which I will share next time (providing I remember).