Sunday, 30 September 2007

Getting older is ...

"Getting older is like visiting an all-you-can-eat buffet. What should be hot is cold, what should be firm is limp and, the buns are bigger than anything else on the menu."
All sadly true.

Cartoon shamelessly stolen from CoolAdzine for Marketers

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Absolutely vital customs you need to know before for watching television in Spain

"The default position for all Spanish televisions is ON. Whether or not anybody actually watches the program broadcasted at the time is completely irrelevant."
(Guilty as charged. Well, you never know, there might be some vital piece of breaking news that I need to know about! In practice, this is highly unlikely.)

"The standard quality-level of Spanish television commercials is "super cheap and nasty".

Ain't that the truth? I'm not sure I quite agree with Les that comedy is almost never used to sell anything. No, rephrase that, there is, but it's unintentional comedy. But have they improved any since these ads from the 80s?

Watch for the blowup doll exiting the Renault Traffic and for Stevie Wonder, speaking Spanish. No, not dubbed and he obviously isn't fluent!

Oh, and this video will take you right back to the 60s ...

More Absolutely vital customs you need to know before for watching television in Spain. Do NOT miss the cartoon with the post.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Miss the eyes and you've missed the shot


An article entitled, Ten Tips for Photographing Wildlife Like a Pro, begins:

"Miss the eyes and you've missed the shot. Getting the eyes in focus is key to capturing a photo of an animal. It's human nature to look at the eyes. It's how we determine emotion and how we connect."

With this little green-eyed monster called Betty, "wildlife" is the right term and, getting the eyes at all is a major accomplishment. They either don't show up, or are closed and getting her to keep still long enough usually (she's more at home climbing trees, fences, walls ...), but in a rare moment of composure, posing on top of her long-suffering "husband" Mico, out in our (scruffy) utility room, I finally managed to capture her looking straight at the camera.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Human nature is fickle

"It is plain there is not in nature a point of stability to be found; everything either ascends or declines; when wars are ended abroad, sedition begins at home; and when men are freed from fighting for necessity, they quarrel through ambition."

Quote attributed to Sir Walter Raleigh (c. 1552 - 1618)

So glad to see that nothing changes! :)

Descend into worry and hate

descend into worry and hate

Thought this was an advert for the Daily Mail, or someone practicing to write their headlines. (Shoreditch is me muvvers old stomping ground too.)

As seen on Londonist

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Officially dead


The washing machine - 10 1/2 years old and long since "past it's prime" - decided to do a little dance around the utility room the other day, turning a full 90 degrees and even tried to take the drier for a spin as its partner for a bit of "domestic appliance rock and roll", complete with "light show."

Or I should say, "no light show", as these crazy antics knocked out the electricity in the whole house, which is probably just as well: you can't go letting appliances behave like delinquents, unchecked, can you?

The rusted front panel was left flapping in the breeze, the bottom of the machine parted company and the whole thing was leaning further off the vertical than that tower in Pisa. A faulty door catch meant it would work with the door open (as many a flood will attest) and it's been a long time since it seemed to get anything clean anyway, so I reckon it's time to say: R(ust).I.P.

Actually, for a dirt cheap (circa. £115) non-brand name washing machine to last for 10 years, with only one £20 repair, one can't really complain very much and, with it's parting shot at providing entertainment, not at all!


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