30 Nov 2006
Is a star. And you should all know her name.
Quick biography: She used to be a Latin and Greek teacher before becoming a stand-up comedian; as she says herself though – “I had no friends until I was 30″.
I heard her first on Radio 4′s Banter where she revealed that her boyfriend, for their first Christmas together, bought her a cel of Danger Mouse. How cool is that? She’s since been on another Radio 4 oldie called Quote Unquote. This is really a dull programme with little redeeming value but I did hear the one where she was appalled that the other guests didn’t know where the “In a galaxy far, far away…” line came from. They dismissed it as “well it’s for the uneducated isn’t it”. To which her response was “Oh so my first class honours in classics (or somesuch) not good enough for you then?” Marvellous.
Last night she was on Radio 5 as one of their regular guests commenting on the day’s news. She revealed herself to be equally as opposed as I am to ID cards (humourlessly referred to by some as IDiot cards; even though I’m in the same camp as them).
Well she was also on Newsnight Review last week. I discovered this yesterday. They reviewed the Wii amongst other things. If you go to their site here and then click on the pic at the top right wot says “Latest Programme” you can see it too (until tomorrow night’s programme). The Wii bit is about 75% of the way through the show and they give it a good 5 minutes. Someone’s put the thing on YouTube too but I can’t be arsed to find the link now. She yet again shows herself to be a sounder judge than these stuffy intellectuals as she’s not afraid of actually having some fun. Having said that Mark Kermode’s (top man by the way) views were quite entertaining too.
She sounds witty and clever and a solid judge of what’s good and proper. See her if she’s on near you.
28 Nov 2006
K’s mum has made it safely to these shores and managing to keep us both well. Last weekend she gave us a game casserole amongst other tasty treats. Magic.
Went to the juggling do last night and had an grand time starting from the car trip with Clurb and D. Fun and frolics were had. And I was propositioned by D. Who would of thought it?
Juggling was going very well. I beat my previous best at 5 clubs by managing a hefty 4 catches. Me and Clurb ran 7 clubs in various ways including our best runs yet of singles and 3 count. Then we had a go at back to back and things started to fall apart somewhat. Cue lots of giggling. Then we had a go at 7 club ultimates and then things really went awry. Clurb seemed unable to pass singles at all at that point; so I’m blaming her for our poor form. I’m sure she’ll accept that.
‘M’off to Manchester this aft to drop K and her mum off. They’re buggering off to Tunisia for a fortnight (I discovered this about 2 days ago). So apart from the trip to Manchester I won’t see K for a while. Some times I feel like I don’t get to see much of her at all now; what with her working nights and then buggering off on hols when she has time off. Sigh.
Ah well looks like fillums and games night on Friday then!
24 Nov 2006
We’ve just had a referral at work for someone for “impacted earwax”. I’m not too sure what physio can do for this person. Perhaps the GP has us confused with say the ENT team.
Off to pick K’s mum up from Heathrow this afternoon. We haven’t told her about the excessive winds expected. She may have a bumpy descent.
20 Nov 2006
I had an example of a problem at work this morning. It happens on occasion but probably less often than you’d think.
A young lass came to see me about her back pain. She’s in her mid-20′s and the possessor of some level of attractiveness.
Now one of the questions we ask about the pain is “What makes it worse?” In other words; are there any activities or movements that invariably bring on your pain. She answered this with the dreaded – “Sex”.
Now you may understand my post title here. Specifically what I’m after with the “What makes it worse” question is an idea of what position or movement the back doesn’t like. For instance people will say something like “Bending over” or “lifting” or “standing for an hour or so” or “hoovering” or “making chapattis”. When someone answers “sex” then it leads to other questions. There’s not enough information there for me to figure out anything of worth. This leads to a quandary. Do I ask about exactly which positions are the most painful? Do I ask about “dimensions” or “roughness”? I don’t know, I really don’t. If I don’t ask I don’t get the full info that I really need. If I do ask then there’s an extreme risk of being slapped and thought of as a pervert for asking such probing questions [pun intended].
Still I had a quick chat with a colleague who’s had a patient who hurt her knee whilst engaging in the sexual activity of her choice. When she said this apparently she also proffered “Well I was kneeling for quite some time”. I really wouldn’t have known where to look at that one.
Sometimes this job is really fun.
A busy and frustrating weekend that seemed destined to get better but ended on a real downer.
Saturday was ok if very rushed. I went to my bro’s to pick up the car he gave me. I’d sorted insurance and needed to get it taxed. But the Post Office wouldn’t let me because I only had a photocopy of the registration docs. Quite why they care who taxes the car is a mystery. But then to Kings Lynn where my bro would meet me with the original document. The journey was ok apart from waiting nearly an hour at Leicester and then getting stuck in a jam from hell just getting into Kings Lynn. The wait was just long enough for me to miss the Post Office there which, rather quaintly, closes at 12.30.
So to their house and pick up car. Seems to work ok. It gets me home nicely without any problems. I managed to dash into town and taxed the thing at about 1 minute before the PO closed.
Drove K to work and noted that the battery light was on. It was on this morning too when I picked her up.
Then to D’s to have look under the bonnet to see if ‘owt needed doing. There wasn’t really. But he couldn’t put our CD player in as he didn’t have the key to get the old one out. Fair enough – that’ll be a 2 second job for some shop somewhere.
Took K to work again and then drove to P and C’s; no light on the dash – no problems. P had cooked in return for a freebie to the show tonight. Good stuff – I like P’s cooking. Oh and Clurb has finished her task of the month.
But the main news was the trip out to see a comedy night. The MC was very good if a little apparently startled at the beginning. Cue banter between him and the crowd. He asked if anyone had done something interesting. I said yes and we had a natter about me getting this car. It was quite funny. Not quite as funny as his chat with the camp, effete fop (think cane and baize jacket) in front of me. A new answer was given to the question “Which came first?” Apparently it’s not “the voice”.
First act was a Welsh comedian (Lloyd someone) and he was pretty good. I had mild banter with him too about holidays – (wasn’t very funny, but he did ask). Quite a good act.
MC on again and he gave us the funniest bit of the evening with a description of travel entertainments whilst on the road to a gig. This was notable for another thing. One woman asked the question that titles this post. It was hilarious and she had provided the cue for this hilarity. But when he followed up on it she went very arsey and sour in an instant. I don’t think she laughed again for the rest of the evening. Sourpuss. She should have been proud not defensive.
Next act was the weakest. Some bloke from Halifax. I impressed the crowd again with my knowledge of the inventions of people from Halifax. Well I just retain some stuff you know. As he died slowly at least he realised he wasn’t going well so got off quickly. A good move.
MC on again and then onto the headliner Mr Richard Keith Herring. Hmm. I’ve heard quite a bit of his act as he’s been on the radio a lot. The bits I hadn’t heard were definitely not going to get on the radio though. Clurb was appalled at how disgracefully filthy he was. Most was pretty funny. I am definitely going to start calling apples “sky potatoes” from now on.
A good evening then with a bit of a dud in the middle. Back to P and C’s to pick car up and go home (incidentally giving Rosie a lift too). But then the bummer. The car was completely dead. No power at all. The interior light was only just working. So the car is now still outside P and C’s place. My AA cover will get us to a garage but I have to find time to do it. Aaarggh!
17 Nov 2006
Just to let you all know that “MJ Hibbett and the Validators” are playing in Leicester on 14th Dec and it’s free! So I reckon there’s a show for some of us to go and see.
If you’re blank as to who they are then they’re the ones who came up with “Hey Hey 16k” and “The Gay Train“.
15 Nov 2006
4 tickets booked for Richard Herring on Sunday 19th. We’ll be seeing Rosie as well. It starts at 8pm – how’d you all fancy a meal out first? Curry, Chinese or whatever?
14 Nov 2006
There’s a Have Your Say about 4×4′s in London (again) and people are showing their appalling prejudices (again). The idiots with one are complaining that it’s all just “envy” which to my mind is the laziest piece of thinking ever. Mind you it does tell us plenty more about their state of mind and their beliefs than pretty much anything else they could say.
Some people are slagging off the alternatives; most ably and mentally demonstrated by this post:
Last time i looked i lived in a free country, I for one will not be putting my personal safety or health at risk traveling on public transport, I have a car and intend keeping a car, the sooner they progress technology the better, the sooner government gets rid of petrol the better. I wont travel on public transport and risk contracting untreatable TB from some illegal, here on a freebie at our expense, anybody saying TB comes from anywhere else but poor ecomomic migrants from poor countries within our borders, are only fooling themselves, I dont listen to the PC brigade that seem to deny everything, for as long as possible, putting our population at risk, whilst they stay safe.
How insane is that? These are the people ranting about how Britain is worse off now than ever before. In reality the only people wrecking Britain are these imbeciles with their “I want everything and anything wrong is someone else’s fault” types – just look at the “Have you had an accident that wasn’t your fault?” adverts for a start. What an idiot.
You’ve all seen D’s site and hopefully his “Jugglelikey” section (I would link directly but there doesn’t seem to be a direct link to that bit of the site). Anyway look on the left and look for “Jugglelikeys”.
I got a copy of GamesTM magazine last week and there was a storming likey. Here’s a scan:
This bloke is apparently one Jonathan Wendell (aka Fatal1ty (?)) a “cyber athlete” and world’s best Quake3 player. Any guesses who the likey is?
Juggling again! Fundangled on Sunday for a bit and threw some nice passing patterns as per usual nowadays and a bit of a chat with Helen and Barnesy.
Last night was the uni club and was already busy when me and D wandered in. But wot no Clurb!? Again! So no muse for my passing bug. Did some solo stuff and managed a few runs of 4 clubs. Watched Phil and some newbies doing hard stuff. One guy running some nice 2 diabolo tricks. Watching Jon was fun as well; he’s got some very nice stuff up his sleeve for the next BYJOTY. Snakeboarding is taking over as well with 3 boards alternately zooming and stuttering around.
A good evening in the main.
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