31.1.05

The cake…..

Yesterday was a flatmate's birthday, and two of the girls in the house thought it would be a nice idea if they made him a cake. So yesterday, armed with a recipe book, they took over the kitchen for a few hours and baked the cake. When I got home, the cake looked DELICIOUS. Considering that these two girls are not exactly the most 'dosmeticated' babes I've ever met. Anyway, the cake looked really, really good, I even accussed them of going out and buying a cake.....it was that good.

Until I tasted it.

It was horrible. It didn't get baked all the way through, and tasted of a mix between ice-cream and a brownie. While one of the guys spat it out, and threw it away, me and the birthday boy tried to encourage the girls, saying that it wasn't that bad, especially since it was their first time ever baking. And that was until they tasted it themselves. The cake was crap. Case closed.

Today, all 5 of us who ate it are hoping we don't get food poisioning. Because with only 2 toilets in the house, that would be a real DISASTER.

7000 visits !!

My counter has hit 7000 visits !! Cool.

Church was da bomb and a half. We had a vision night, where we heard about what the church plans to do in the next 12 months. The biggest surprise was the fact that we're going to seriously start a building fund, and look to build something in London !! Exciting
times....................

Work starts again tomorrow..........and I'm going down to Dorking on Tuesday, so I'm looking to rip some episodes of 24 to .avi and watching them on the train !! Also, it seems that 24 will not be shown on Sky Travel, today was just a teaser, and to continue watching you'll need to get Sky One. Guess I'll have to wait for the DVD then :(

30.1.05

Weekend review

Yesterday was hectic if anything. Woke up a bit late after my 24 marathon kept me up till 4am. I've finally realised there's no way I can finish series 3 before series 4 starts tonight.
It's not like I didn't try anyway, I'm still on episode 8 as I'm typing this. 16 more episodes to go. I'll record tonight's episodes and try and complete series 3 before the end of the week and see if I can catch up.

Anyway, yesterday, I went to Paddington to buy my train tickets for my trip to Kidderminster next weekend. We're going paintballing.....been planning this for almost 3 months, so it had better be FUN. We're about 8 people going down, but hopefully, we might get another 8 people to sign up.....!! After paddington, I went to Oxford Street to pick up some new CDs, and then to Asda for shopping, and got home at 6pm. One of my flatmates was celebrating his birthday, and we were all meant to go out with him, but he kept shifting the time, from 7pm, to 7.30, then 8pm, then 8.30pm...I just got angry and decided not to go. Stayed home, and did my usual cooking for the week, and watched one episode of 24 till I fell asleep.

Now, I've got ironing, and then church, and then I'll be home around 10pm.......so it seems the 24 marathon will continue tomorrow.

I'm really chuffed with my new mp3 player. I had to rename a lot of my music files, long story, to create playlists, you can only use files with names of 52 characters or less. And I tested the video, it's super !! Had to download a few free programs off the web, but they worked a charm. I'm loving it, I'm loving it, I'm loving Jackie II...............

29.1.05

Best book I’ve ever read

I went to buy this book

about a week ago. But on the tube that day about 7 people were reading this book


in the carriage !! So I decided to buy both. John Grisham has always been my favourite author, and "The Broker" was a good read, however, "The DaVinci Code" is simply the best book I've ever read. Ever. It was difficult to put down once I got into it, and I'm really glad I bought it.

And now, I've dug out another book someone gave me for Christmas



OHHHH Yes.

I name this ship……..


 


 


Jacqueline II. May god bless thee and all who sail (play) in thee. OK, so I ended up buying the H340 iRiver. I went to meet an old friend on Oxford Street tonight, and we ended up going for a walk towards Totenham Court Road. I walked into Dixons, and there she was waiting for me. I didn't realise what had happened till I'd paid and taken it out of the shop. At £299.99, it's even cheaper than Amazon, and I don't have to wait for delivery


 


Will charge it up now, and move all my music across. And tomorrow, Jackie's journey begins.


 


P.S. Jacqueline I was my first car, a 1985 Toyota Corolla, which I got in 1999, back in univeristy in Nigeria.

Two words

During an interview, a reporter asked the bank president for the secret of his success.
"Two words"
"And what are they?"
"Right decisions"
"How are right decisions made?"
"One word"
"What is that?"
"Experience"
"How do you get experience?"
"Two words"
"What are they?"
"Wrong decisions."

28.1.05

MP3 player info glut……..somebody help me !!

OK, while working on a PC in the office, a colleague on a nearby desk was talking about an MP3 player he had just bought with his quartely bonus. I mentioned that I'd done the same. He went on about how his MP3 player cost just £240 and was a 40GB player. I said mine cost £310, but that it also had an FM radio. Then he said his had an FM radio as well !! Then I asked about if his had a voice recorder, he said he wasn't sure. I did quick search online and apparently, the Cowon iAUDIO M3 has all the features of the iRiver I was going to buy, except a colour screen. I was going to save £70 !!

Notice I said the iRiver I was going to buy? I QUICKLY cancelled the order from Amazon, and placed an order on www.goaudio.co.uk for the iAUDIO, as Amazon did not have the iAudio in stock for 1-2 weeks. Then I noticed that I could get it used on Amazon for £189.99 !!! So I cancelled the order (again).

I've decided to calm down now, and make up my mind what I want. I'll DEFINATELY be going down to Tottenham Court Road now, and see if I can get the iAUDIO there, so I can take it home with me (as long as it's less than £250!). If not, then I'll buy it online.

So now.....this is my new desire:



It shall be mine.............

It shall be mine……



iRiver H-340 40GB Hard-disk MP3 Player With Tuner

Soon..........

Ordered it at 6.30 am this morning, but I should have ordered it 2 days ago, Amazon say they can't dispatch it till the 31st of January (so much for "Availability: usually dispatched within 24 hours.")!!! Amazon have really let me down, three years ago, most purchases were dispatched on the same day, but now, they take a lot longer. I'm actually considering cancelling the order, and getting the player from Totenham Court Road on the weekend. Anyway, I'll wait for it....don't have much of a choice.Estimated delivery date is Feb. 3rd or so. I WANT IT NOW.

CAN'T WAIT.

24, Series 4 ON FREEVIEW

I've just found out that 24 Series 4 is going to be on Sky Travel. That means I can watch it on my freeview box !! Unfortunately, I never finshed series 3. So that means I'll have to record series 4, until I can watch the whole of series 3. 22 epsiodes to go.......................I've got to watch all day on Friday and Saturday.....

Awards

I didn't win Most likely to become famous. Nope. I was a bit surprised, but hey, like it was said tonight, they didn't specify what you were likely to become famous for !! And most people said I was already famous...so I didn't qualify.

However, after mounting a vigorous campaign, I did win the messiest desk award

The Statues didn't arrive from the US, apparently Royal mail lost them somewhere. So we had to make do with some £3 trophies from Clinton's Cards. Anyways, when the real trophies come, they may distribute them, or keep them for next year, we'll see.

Anyways, it's almost bedtime. goodnight.

27.1.05

Tonight’s the night

The Awards ceremony. On my way there now. Keep your fingers crossed, I may come away with 2 awards.

24.1.05

And the Award goes to…………..

Was going to blog about this last week, but I was way to busy. We're having an awards ceremony in the office on Thursday. We're calling it the LAFTAs and I'm nominated in 2 categories. "Most likely to become famous" and "Messiest Desk". It looks like it's going to be mad fun. Other Categories are:

Best Newcomer

Most Irritating Ring Tone
Most Helpful/Best Telephone Manner
Best Dressed
Best Person to be stuck in the Lift with
Most Cheerful
Persom most likely to know the answer to anything
Best Boss

I'm a bit gutted that I wasn't nominated in the most helpful catgory, as helping people in what IT Helpdesk people are meant to do !!

Voting costs £1 per vote, with the proceeds going to the Tsunami disaster fund. The company has agreed to match any money we raise, which ended at about £1,200 when voting closed on Friday!! Not bad for 40 odd people. I contributed £20 to the cause (unfortunately, you're not allowed to vote for yourself).

I did my best to campaign hard, the 'most likely to become famous' should be in the bag, with my TV appearances and all, and the last voting update in that category was "wouldn't really bother voting now!" so hopefully I've got that one. However for the messiest desk the update was "2 close contenders for the prize". However the picture of my desk that was pasted around the office should have gotten me some last minute 'pity' votes..............



OK, I 'touched up' a little when I knew they were taking a pic. But hey, have you seen a messier desk?

Money, money, money

Just confirmed that I'll be getting a bonus along with my paycheck on Friday. £1000 minus tax. The MP3 player will be bought next week......YIPEE !!

Also, I made a phone call, and I might FINALLY get paid for the Top of the Pops thing ! An extra £200 !!

Nice one....................................

Is London suddenly overcrowded or what? Today, the tube was packed, there was barely enough room to breathe !! And at lunch time, all the shops were full, the queues srecthed on for miles, good thing I bring my lunch from home !! Also, NATWEST must have had a major problem or something, I couldn't log on to the online banking for a few hours, and when I went to the branch near here, the queue was almost on the street and all the cash machines weren't working !

Anyway, I'm just gonna dream about how I'm going to spend all the money..........

And then they were two

Today, the boss isn't in. He called to say that either he or his baby daughter was ill (the person who took the call can't remember), but as I haven't heard a thing from him today, I suspect it's him. And also, another member of the IT team called in sick with food poisoning, so the team of 4 is down to 2 today. We sent out an email telling everyone that they would have to bear with us if they found us a little slow today, and it seems it's scared everyone off, I haven't had a single call today !!!

Yesterday, I was in church all day, sang with the choir for all 3 services. Wasn't easy, but I think I'm getting used to it. However, running round that theatre is more than I do in my gym workouts, so I'm considering cutting out the Monday gym on the days after I do church. Thankfully, this is only required once every 3 weeks (for now). So I've got the next 2 Sundays off.........

Will be blogging later in the afternoon...I'm off to get some lunch now....

22.1.05

Horrible

After such a wonderful day on Tuesday, I would have hoped that the good fortune would continue till the end of the week. Well, I'm not that lucky, never have been. I guess I'd used up all my good luck for the week in one day.

Wednesday morning started in the usual way, with me hoping on the tube. But at Mile End, someone on my train pulled the passenger emergency alarm, and we all had to wait while the driver came out, and cleared the alarm. While he was doing this, there was 'passenger action' some stations in front, and we had to wait on the platform for another 10 minutes or so. I felt a little sorry for the people in the train behind us, they were stuck in the tunnel all this time !! I saw the train when I left the carriage after some mysterious person farted inside. (There should be a law against farting in crowded public spaces)

Then to work. The desktop faxing system was still not working, even though the BT engineer had come and gone the day before when I wasn't in. Then I took part in a game where BT and the supplier of the system traded blame for who's equipment was to blame. And while all this was going on, the photocopying machine/scanner/network printer broke down for a bit. Phone never stopped ringing. Spyware on a manager's laptop. My stash of rice which I take to work everyday went bad.....I could go on and on, but I don't want to moan.

Fax mysteriously started working on Friday after everything I'd tried decided not to fix it. Things seemed to slow down a bit. I've still got a bit of work to do though, and I'm even in the office right now.

Take Care people......

19.1.05

Click, click, click

That's how today went. Everything went according to plan. Even when I was running late for my train to Goring-by-Sea this morning, the train was delayed by 10 minutes, just enough time for me to get on. As in, as soon as I ran into the train, the train left.

At Victoria station today, I saw the strangest advert I've seen in ages. An Audi A4. Right there on the concourse. As in the actual car. In a glass type case.

Goring-by-Sea is one of the best places I've been to in my life. It's a really nice village, no streetlights, no pavements, just nice bungalows everywhere and a magnificent beach.

Got into London around 4pm and got home just before 5pm (did some light shopping on the way home). Then I went for a meeting at church and just got in about 30 minutes ago.

Oh, and Liverpool lost. Again. You can never really have it all, can you?

18.1.05

Dear Mum

A mother passing by her daughter's bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then she saw an envelope propped up prominently on the center of the bed. It was addressed, "Mom". With the worst premonition, she opened the envelope and read the letter with trembling hands: Dear Mom, It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new boyfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I've been
finding real passion with John and he is so nice-even with all his piercing, tattoos, beard, and his motorcycle clothes. But it's not only the passion mom, I'm pregnant and John said that we will be very happy.

He already owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. He wants to have many more children with me and that's now one of my dreams too. John taught me that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone and we'll be growing it for us and trading it with his friends for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so John can get better; he sure deserves it!! Don't worry Mom, I'm 15 years old now and
I know how to take care of myself. Some day I'm sure we'll be back to visit so you can get to know your grandchildren. Your daughter, Judith

PS: Mom, none of the above is true. I'm over at the neighbor's house I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than my report card that's in my desk center drawer. I love you! Call when it is safe for me to come home.

The purpose of physics

One day our professor was discussing a particularly complicated concept. A pre-med student rudely interrupted to ask "Why do we have to study this stuff?"

"To save lives," the professor responded and continued with the lecture.

A few minutes later the same student spoke up again. "So, how does physics save lives?" he persisted.

"It keeps the ignoramuses out of medical school," replied the professor.

Political wrestling

The gong hasn't even started, but the battle for 10 Downing Street has well and truly begun. Today, the Tories and the LibDems laid out their plans for Britain, the Tories believe they can 'bribe' the public by calling them nice names like 'the forgotten majority' and reducing taxes all round. The LibDems believe the time has come for them to take over as the real opposition. Personally, I am going to vote Labour for several reasons, but let's talk about the opposition first.

TORIES

A bunch of losers. They've not had anyone with leadership credentials since Thatcher, but she left such a bitter taste in everyone's mouth, that she's not exactly good news. John Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith (don't even get me started) and Michael Howard are all jokers, Major never deserved to be PM, and the rest don't look like they will ever make it. William Hague might have made it one day, but he got the job of Party Leader a bit too early, and he might actually one day lead the party again and might even challenge for PM one day. Their policies for this election are simply a joke. They plan to cut taxes drastically, and sack half the civil service. But their sums don't add up, someone should tell Michael Howard that 1+1 will always, always =2. If he cuts taxes, then publice services will suffer. Also their policies on immigration are just silly. The tories want to
stop people coming to the UK for holiday and study from switching to long stay visas. This directly affects me, so it's difficult to be objective. However, the USA, Canada and Australia are keen to ensure that foreign students that are able to secure jobs stay on, to improve the quality of the workforce. Top foreign workers can now pick and choose which country to work and live in, and for these countries, it's getting more and more competitive to attract the best talent. The UK is not exactly an attractive place for foreign workers, it's already the most difficult country to come to, and Mr. Howard wants to make it harder. He also plans to implement a points based system like the one in place in Austrialia. Someone should tell him before he embarrasess himself, the UK ALREADY HAS SUCH A SYSTEM, IT'S CALLED THE HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANT PROGRAM (HSMP) and IT'S BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2002. I don't know why Labour haven't told him this, he should stop peddling someone else's original ideas as his own, or at least do a little research before he opens his mouth.

Mr. Howard is just scaremongering, he knows the 'public' are concerned about Asylum and immigration, and he's trying to score cheap points with his immigration policies. But all his policies are laughable, and I pray that they never see the light of day. Thankfully, as a Nigerian citizen, my status as a Commonwealth citizen allows me to vote, so I'll make sure I vote, just to keep the Tories out. Who knows, maybe if they win, I won't be able to vote in the next election, cos they'll take that privilege away from me.


LIB DEMS

To be honest, I like the Lib Dems. I lived in Liverpool for 2 years, and the city council was predominantly Lib Dem, and I have to say, they did an excellent job. They're very radical and 'with it' and will do a much better job that the Tories. However, they can go a bit too over the edge for me, and while they'll make a very, very good opposition, I don't ever see them as a government party. Charles Kennedy is a brilliant leader, and maybe one day, I might vote Lib Dem. But not this
time.

LABOUR

Long live the kings !! Everyone is talking about the feud between Blair and Brown. We're not even sure if the stories are true. One of my flatmates works as a reseracher for a Labour MP, so she gives us a few 'inside stories' and while there is some truth to the fables, it mainly the press blowing the whole thing out of proportion. Anyway, the Tories should not even be talking about this. Because while Labour has 2 people wanting to be PM, and looking objectively, both of them will do brilliantly, they don't have even one person..........

I'm a big fan of Gordon Brown, I think he's a brilliant man and he's done a good job at 11 Downing Street. And he's so determined to fight poverty worldwide, and reduce debt in the Third World, that he's got my vote again and again and again. I'd prefer him to Tony Blair, but it's all good.

Do this country a favour. VOTE LABOUR.

Good night.

17.1.05

Slow your roll…….

Today started out a bit slow, but true to what has been happening all week, in the afternoon, the Desktop Faxing system went down, and I had to call BT. They've got this stupid 'fancy' system where you type in the number, and it tests the number and tells you everything is fine (Even if it's not, which apparently was what happened today). I dropped the phone in anger, all I wanted to do was talk to one human being !! I proceeded to call the Fax System provider and give them loads of grief for 2 hours, until someone in BT thought it would be a good idea to give me a call and tell me that the fault was with the the phone line, and it won't be cleared up till tomorrow !!

Anyway, I'm off to Goring-by-Sea tomorrow, I've called National Rail Enquires and got my train times and all, but from the way it looks I'llbe back in London around 4pm. I've got a meeting inchurch at 8pm, so it looks like I won't have Internet Access till Wednesday......so no blogging till then. I'm watching Starship Troopers right now, good movie !!

Million Dollar Baby

The name of this movie almost put me off. It sounds cheesy, how could Clint Eastwood choose to give a movie this name, him of all people? But the movie poster has good reviews from some of the top names in the business. And everyone was talking Oscar/Golden Globe for the movie (Best Picture/Best Director). So today, I took a chance. I went to see it.

It's a long movie, goes on for just over 2 hours, but it's good. I can't say too much about the story, and if I give it away, you won't enjoy the movie. But I'd recommend it. It's a really really good movie.

I enjoyed it, and my girlfriend enjoyed it.I'd really like to talk a lot more about it, but I'm really scared to give the story away, so I won't.

GO AND SEE THE MOVIE.

Nuff Said.....

Two Girlfriends….

There was this guy and he had a girlfriend called Lorraine who was very pretty and he liked her a lot.

One day he went to work to find that a new girl had started. Her name was Clearly and she was absolutely gorgeous. He became quite besotted with her and after a while it became obvious that she was interested in him too.

But this guy was a loyal man and he wouldn't get involved with Clearly while he was still going out with Lorraine.

He decided that there was nothing for it but to break up with her and get it on with the new girl.

He planned several times to tell Lorraine but he couldn't bring himself to do it. One day they went for a walk along the river bank when Lorraine slipped and fell in to the river. The current carried her off and she drowned.

The guy stopped for a moment by the river and then ran off smiling and singing: "I can see Clearly now Lorraine has gone"

16.1.05

Stupid things said by famous people…

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." --Mariah Carey

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," --Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body," --Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." --Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.

"Half this game is ninety percent mental."
--Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."
--Dan Quayle

"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur." --Al Gore, VP

"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas."--Keppel Enderbery

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."--Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

And the man without whom this post would be incomplete:

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."

--Geroge W. Bush, President of the USA

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."

--Geroge W. Bush, President of the USA (Just how did he win that election?)

15.1.05

Long day………

Woke up this morning and went to the office. Yep, on a Saturday. I say went to the office, because I didn't go to work per se, had to give the building guys access to our server room to change the fire sensors. Basically hung around for 2 hours, until I managed to harass the building manager into getting them to come over, and then 10 minutes for them to fix it in, and I was ready to go. The engineer was talking about me coming in tomorrow to open the door for them to test it, but I wasn't having none of that, I've already got to come in to work next weekend, so Boso's law is not 'weekends are sacred'.......

Aftre that, I went to watch the Liverpool match with an old friend. in a pub in Leceister Square. Both of us were extremely gutted with the result, and after the match, we went to a nearby resturant in Chinatown, where we had some LOVELY rice with Cripsy Chicken and Roast Duck. (I can still taste it in my mouth) :)

After that, went shopping, and then did some cooking. Now, I'm watching TV and will be ironing for the week.....such is the boring life I lead....

Tomorrow, I've got church and then I hang out with my girlfriend. All this means that my Xbox will go unplayed (again) this weekend, and I'm not playing next weekend either, as I'm working on Saturday. Why did I bother getting it, if I never have time to play it?

1-0 to the scum………

Manchester United beat us. Again. To make it even more painful, it was Wayne Rooney that scored the 'fluke' winning goal, after the usual gaffe from Jerzy Dudek. (What's scary is that I'm almost getting used to them!) Dudek is almost certainly out of the club, cos it seems like Liverpool are looking to buy 2 goalkeepers, a youngster to be 3rd choice keeper, and a more experienced keeper as 'cover' for Kirkland, and I don't see Dudek hanging around after that. We lost out to Chelsea to sign Leed keeper Scott Carson, but I hear about another young keeper from Oman, Ali Al-Habsi from Norwegian club Lyn. Anyway, back to today's match.......

Morientes made a very good debut, although the scum managed to keep him quiet by placing 2 men to mark him. Wes Brown was looking for trouble from the opening whistle, and after a small tussle with Pellegrino just before a corner, I just knew he would get sent off before the end of the day. Speaking of Pellegrino, he also made his debut, and that was also quiet. It appears we're going to have Hyypia and Pellegrino in the middle, and Carragher will be playing on the right.

After Wes Brown got sent off, Liverpool managed to dominate the  possesion, but that was it, the scum defence was resolute, and they managed to hold off Liverpool. I was really disaspointed with the team today, and if they continue like this, we should stop talking about Champions League. And to imagine that we were talking title at the beginning of the season !!

Two things are certain:

1. If Dudek plays against United, he's going to make a massive mistake and cost us the game.

2. Whenever we play against Blackburn, one of their players will break one of our player's legs. (Carragher, Baros, Cisse)

14.1.05

IPod Shuffle ??

Ipod has come up with a new player that is making headlines at the moment. But, as with most things Apple, it's all talk, but no substance.

The Ipod Shuffle is supposed to be 'pioneering' technology. But it's not. It's a Flash MP3 player, and we're had those around for DONKEY years. The entire existence and product premise of the iPod Shuffle has been created from a marketing perspective. Goal: need to create a cheap iPod - drop the screen, a major cost. So, no screen, so you can't choose what music to listen to. So.....let it play the music randomly. And the Shuffle was born !! In this way, the sole feature lacking from the device becomes a key selling point, denying any negative press - the device was designed that way!

So, while other flash players have features like FM radios, the shuffle uses the cool style and brand cachet of the iPod, and keeps costs low with the absence of a screen.

I've said it before, I'll say it again......

Apple makes fashion accesories, not technology.

13.1.05

50 Dollars is 50 dollars

Earl and his wife Diane went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, "Diane, I'd like to ride in that stunt airplane." Diane always replied, "I know, Earl, but that airplane ride costs 50 dollars, and 50 dollars is 50 dollars." One year Earl and Diane went to the fair and Earl said, "Diane, I'm 75 years old. If I don't ride in that stunt airplane, I might never get another chance." Diane replied, "Earl, that airplane ride costs 50 dollars, and 50 dollars is 50 dollars." The pilot overheard them and said, "Folks, I'll make you a deal. I'll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won't charge you, but if you say one word, it'll cost you 50 dollars." Earl and Diane agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word was heard. He did all his tricks over again, but still not a word. When the plane landed, the ! pilot turned to Earl and said, "By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn't." Earl replied, "Well, I was gonna say something when Diane fell out, but 50 dollars is 50 dollars."

41 reasons to think about Manchester United and smile

From www.liverpoolfc.tv

In no particular order:

1. Kenny telling reporters they'd get more sense out of his baby daughter than Fergie, following a 3-3 draw at Anfield - April 1988

2. Lou Macari leaving Celtic and turning us down in favour of United. Look what you could have Lou! - December 1972

3. The four replica European Cup's being waved enthusiastically in the away section at Old Trafford (rumour has it that 18 League titles were confiscated at the turnstiles!) - January 2002



4. Liverpool leading United 2-0 at Anfield and the Kop singing 'there's only one United and that's a chocolate biscuit! - Boxing Day 1979

5. Razor Ruddock's bullet header past Schmeichel to complete the never-to-be-forgotten three-goal comeback - January 1994

6. Nigel Clough's two goals in the same game - January 1994

7. United finishing fourth in the one-horse title race of 1985/86 - May 1986

8. The Manchester Evening News proudly publishing the league table after just one game of the 1989/90 season. Why? Because United were top following a 4-1 victory over Arsenal! - August 1989

9. Ron Atkinson's decision to let Peter Beardsley leave United - March 1983

10. Beardsley's hat-trick for Liverpool in a 4-0 Anfield rout - September 1990

11. Souey bursting the Anny Road net with a first time rocket past Paddy Roche. It was his first goal for the Reds and set us up for a 3-1 win - February 1978

12. 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' ringing around Anfield as United lose the league to Leeds - April 1992

13. Murphy's free-kick ending ten years of hurt - December 2000

14. 3,000 or so Scousers out-singing 64,000 Cockneys at Old Trafford - every season

15. THAT goal by John Arne Riise - November 2001

16. Gary Neville's laughable act of bravado when attempting to goad a 10,000 strong army of travelling Reds from the safety of the Old Trafford pitch - January 1999

17. Big Jans Milk Cup screamer that has never been seen on TV - November 1985

18. Steve Bruce deflecting a McManaman shot past his own keeper - March 1995

19. Dusty Whelan and the sweetest of Wembley winners - March 1983

20. Fowler 'the prowler' overshadowing Cantona's much-hyped return - October 1995

21. Whelan scoring the greatest own-goal ever and the fact it didn't matter - March 1990

22. Old Trafford resounding to anti-Scouse songs - whenever United are on the telly

23. Rob Jones keeping Ryan Giggs in his pocket on his Reds debut at Old Trafford - October 1991

24. Kenny's mazy dribble through the United defence and subsequent finish in the FA Cup semi at Maine Road - April 1979

25. Fergie deliberately forgetting to mention Liverpool whenever he talks about Europe's most successful clubs - every time a Champions League game comes around

26. Walshy's last-gasp semi-final leveller at Goodison - April 1985

27. United fans claiming they didn't care about the Worthing Cup Final. Poor losers! - March 2003

28. Gordon Milne sending the Kop into raptures with his late New Years Day winner - January 1966

29. Stevie G's Anfield belly flop - March 2001

30. Brucie saving a Frank Stapleton penalty at Old Trafford - April 1982

31. A young Michael Owen scoring a goal then showing he's not afraid to put his foot in - April 1998

32. Jockey Hansen sprinting the length of the Maine Road pitch in celebration after equalising in the FA Cup semi-final - April 1979

33. Speedie silencing the Stretford End with a goal on his debut - February 1991

34. Big Ron from Old Swan, his year round tan and full-length leather. Symbolic of a glorious era when empty spaces at Old Trafford outnumbered the prawn sandwich brigade - June 1981 to November 1986

35. Mancunian striker Alf Arrowsmith scoring two against his hometown team as the Red close in on the title - April 1964

36. Barthez flapping at a cross in front of the Kop and Owen punishing him by heading home to complete a 3-1 victory - November 2001

37. Shanks laughing off Matt Busby's cheeky bid to sign a young Tommy Smith and Chris Lawler - early 1960s

38. Ruddock winding Cantona up by continually turning his collars down and provoking a retaliation that earned the Frenchman a booking - October 1995

39. Louis Bimpson's finest hour, when he scored three in a 4-4 Anfield thriller - August 1953

40. Goals from Keegan and Heighway sealing a 2-0 home win. Nothing remarkable about that but come the end of the season United were relegated and this result obviously contributed to that - December 1973

41. The display of total football from arguably the greatest Reds side ever during an emphatic 3-0 festive stroll at Old Trafford - Boxing Day 1978

11.1.05

And another blogger bites the dust

Another blogger has found himself on the wrong end of a P45, this time from UK bookstore chain Waterstones. Joe Gordon, who has been running his Woolamaloo Gazette satirical newsletter since 1992, was dismissed last week after working for the bookseller for 11 years, following a disciplinary hearing.

The blog covers everything from the city of Edinburgh to UN scientists in Iraq, also mentions his work in one of the chain's Edinburgh branches. As well as discussing visits from authors to the store and which cartoon characters his work colleagues would be, Gordon occasionally used his online diary to vent steam about his working life. Describing the store as "Bastardstone's" and using terms such as "Evil Boss" probably didn't do him any favours either, as the company sacked him for bringing it into disrepute.

Gordon joins a long list of bloggers who have lost their jobs after writing about their employers. Ellen Simonetti, formerly an air hostess for Delta Airlines, was fired after management saw pictures of her posing in her uniform on her website. Jessica Cutler - the now infamous Washingtonienne - was also sacked from her job in a Senator's office for the content of her blog. A list of companies that have

a list of companies that are purported to have fired employees for blogging "fired, threatened, disciplined, fined or not hired people because of their blog." can be found at Boing Boing.

1.) Delta Air Lines
2.) Wells Fargo
3.) Ragen MacKenzie
4.) Starbucks
5.) Microsoft
6.) Friendster
7.) the Houston Chronicle
8.) the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
9.) Nunavut Tourism (Canada)
10.) the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University
11.) Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona Self Help Center and Library
12.) Mike DeWine, US Senator (R-Ohio)
13.) the Durham Herald-Sun
14.) Kerr-McGee
15.) ESPN
16.) Apple (according to this blog entry AND this article)
17.) Statistical Assessment Service (DC nonprofit)
18.) Minnesota Public Radio
19.) The Hartford Courant
20.) the International Olympic Committee (barred athletes from blogging during the Olympics last summer)
21.) Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (?)
22.) the National Basketball Association (NBA)
23.) Waterstones

10.1.05

Boso Highway
















Boso Highway
























Dumpsville4
Valley of Depression17
Study Hall53
Loony-Bin Lane104
Wealthville457
Please Drive Carefully




Username:
Where are you on the highway of life?
From Go-Quiz.com

Frustrated Blogger……

Can't blog about anything naughty............'cos a lot of my family read my blog regularly.

Can't blog about my girlfriend or our relationship......................'cos she reads my blog regularly.

Can't blog about work now.........................'cos my boss has started reading my blog.

My boss even left a comment on here this morning !! Was thinking about moving to a new blog, with a whole new identity and all, but my boss said that as long as I have a blog he will find it. And you know what? He's right.

I've actually considering calling it a day, and closing up shop. But that will be too easy.

So I guess I'll just continue blogging about the not too personal stuff, and stay out of trouble.

In unrelated gist, I preordered this over the weekend.



Series 3, haven't seen it yet. Got it for £17.99 on www.play.com (The Bargain Hunter strikes again!) It should arrive around the 24th of January, which isn't too bad.

I’m in love…..



Camera from Kodak.

Built-in Wifi.........

3X Optical Zoom.

4MegaPixels

won the G4tech prize in the digital imaging category at the Consumer Electronics Show currently on in Vegas...

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme !!

Are you addicted to the internet?





Are you Addicted to the Internet?










64% 



Hardcore Junkie (61% - 80%)
While
you do get a bit of sleep every night and sometimes leave the house,
you spend as much time as you can online. You usually have a browser,
chat clients, server consoles, and your email on auto check open at all
times. Phone? What's that? You plan your social events by contacting
your friends online. Just be careful you don't get a repetitive wrist
injury...

The Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz at Quiz Me!

Completely and utterly knackered….

I've been at church since 9am. I'm so tired, my voice is gone, and I've got blisters on my feet.

On the upside, we now have church at the heart of the West End, at the Dominion Theatre, home of 'We will rock You' !!

But that doesn't change the fact that I'm tired. Must get sleep, work tomorrow. Ah, Peter Kay's on TV. After Peter Kay, ok?

8.1.05

Three computer illerates…very confused people

Once I went on site to set up a computer for a school. I spend several hours setting up the equipment and configuring all the software and checking the Internet connection. When I left, everything was working perfectly.

The next morning, I got a call from the teacher, saying that the computer wouldn't turn on. Perplexed, I paid another visit. I sat down at the desk and looked at each component: the scanner was on, the monitor was on, the speakers were powered up, but the screen was blank. I looked under the desk, and, sure enough, none of the lights on the face of the computer were lit. I reached down, pushed the main power button, and the computer immediately came to life and booted up normally.

* Me: "Why didn't you try that?"
* Customer: "The light on the brain was on...."
She was pointing to the speakers.

* Student: "Hey, how do I lodge in to Hotmail?"
* Me: "You've got to type in your username and password in those fields that say 'username' and 'password'."
* Student: "I don't have one of those."
* Me: "You need one to log in to Hotmail."
* Student: "It's 'LODGE' in."
* Me: "The term is 'log in,' and you can't log in without a username and password. I can help you create one if you'd like."
* Student: "Um, excuse me, but I THINK I know what I'm talking about. It's LODGE in, and I don't want a username and password, I just want to get some email!"

I just went back to working after that, and he left complaining about how "crappy" the computers in the lab were, after trying to "lodge in" for ten more minutes.

I received a call from a woman. She had been told in a previous call that her computer was infected by a trojan virus and wanted to know where to begin disinfecting the computer. I asked her what software she was using, but she sounded a little confused. After a few minutes, I learned that she had dismantled her computer and was preparing to wipe everything down with Lysol, a disinfecting cleaner.

It took me another minute to compose myself and try to tell her to stop before she ruined her computer. I don't know if she did, as I never heard from her again -- and it took me ten minutes to stop laughing.

The ten most commmon forms of office illness

1. The Macy's One Day Sale Flu.

2. The Drivers License Renewal Appointment 24-Hour Virus.

3. The Friday-Afternoon-Start-The-Weekend-Early Sudden Unbearable Stomach Pains.

4. The I'm Looking for a New Job and I Don't Know How Long It's Going to Take, but I Want To Stay On The Payroll Until Then Mysterious Infection.

5. The My Boyfriend's Got the Week Off So Suddenly I'm Too Contagious To Come In To The Office Disease.

6. The I Need a Hair Cut and My Stylist Doesn't Make Evening Appointments Bout of Influenza.

7. The There's No Federal Holidays for Two Months and I Want a Day Off Sickness.

8. The It's Spring Break and I Want To Pretend I'm a Teenager Again General Ailment.

9. The I've Messed Up Royally and I Won't Come In To Face the Music Terminal Illness

6.1.05

Gadget time - MP3 player

This year, the choir has gone hi-tech. Well not exactly. But we now have a semi-functioning website (they call it an intranet, but from my knowledge of IT, that would only apply if we were on the same network, but that's beside the point). Well, we log in to the website, and get important notices, choir rosters for the weekend, and loads of other stuff. But most importantly, any new songs to be learnt are now available on the website in mp3 format (that's what they said, but the ones there today are in Windows Media Audio format, but again, shut up Boso, and stop being such a smartass). And from now on, before every rehearsal (Thursday, today), you must have listened to the song, learnt it, and be ready to learn how to sing the harmonies, and any new arrangements. This way, we can learn up to 5 songs a week (at least that's the aim). There are currently 6 songs online now, of which I only know one. The songs are made available on Tuesdays, so it's a 2 day window, but with my lifestyle, I don't have the time to listen to it when at home, as I get home pretty late. And now that music has been banned in the office, that means that I can't listen at work either. So there's only one solution. I have to get myself an MP3 player as soon as possible.

I was already planning to get a digital recorder to use in choir rehearsals. But I discovered over Christmas that I could get a combined MP3 player/voice recorder. But these things cost money. Which I don't have. But this is becoming more and more of a necessity, and I'm gonna stuggle to cope with choir till I get one.

Being Boso, I've done some research. So these are the contenders, in order of price:

1. Phillips HDD120 Jukebox



With a built in voice recorder, and 20GB hard drive, this is a very lovely piece of kit. Price? Argos is currently doing a sale and it's available for £199.99. Richer Sounds has it for £249.99, which is the price at loads of other places. I would prefer a larger hard drive, but this is the largest Phillips do, so the only reason I'd buy this is because it's the cheapest.

2. iRiver H320



Also with a built-in voice recorder, but this also has an FM radio !! Also the colour screen is a big plus, it also allows you to view JPEG and BMP images. However, it also has a 20GB hard-disk, and if I get this one it will also be based on price. Richer Sounds has it for £259.95. Saw it at Dixons just before Christmas, but the price was so laughable, I've forgotten it (it was £300 plus tho...!) Currently available on an eBay shop for £209 (delivered from the US) and on Amazon.co.uk for £219.00

3. iRiver H340



This is currently sitting very comfortably at the top of my priority list. All the features of the H320, but with a 40GB hard disk !! The price? £311.99 from amazon.co.uk, or £269.00 from the eBay shop. It's been hard to find this player around in stores, but this is what I want........if I can somehow come up with the money.

4. Iriver IHP140



In reality, this is what I'll most likely get. It has the required voice recorder, and even packs an FM receiver, but the screen is unfortunately not colour. :( But with a 40GB hard drive, I'm not likely to run out of space anytime soon. This kit goes for £239.99 from amazon.co.uk and £249.95 from Richer Sounds.

So which will it be? I'm not so sure. I'm too broke to buy any of them at the moment, so I'll try and save till the end of March and see which I can get.

Fingers (and toes) crossed !!

5.1.05

Why are you not married?

Here are some comebacks:

You haven't asked yet.

I was hoping to do something meaningful with my life.

Because I just love hearing this question.

Just lucky, I guess.

It gives my mother something to live for.

My fiance is awaiting his/her parole.

I'm still hoping for a shot at Miss/Mr. America.

Do you know how hard it is to get two tickets to Miss Saigon?

I'm waiting until I get to be your age.

It didn't seem worth a blood test.

I already have enough laundry to do, thank you.

Because I think it would take all the spontaneity out of dating.

My co-op board doesn't allow spouses.

I'd have to forfeit my billion dollar trust fund.

They just opened a great singles bar on my block.

I wouldn't want my parents to drop dead from sheer happiness.

I guess it just goes to prove that you can't trust those voodoo doll rituals.

What? And lose all the money I've invested in running personal ads?

I don't want to have to support another person on my paycheck.

Why aren't you thin?

I'm married to my career, although recently we have been considering a trial separation.

Bonus reply for Single Mothers: Because having a husband and a child would be redundant.

Last Night’s footie….

An FA spokesman after the game absolved the linesman of any responsibility for the apparently mistaken decision not to award a goal to Spurs after a shot from the halfway line crossed the goal line by at least a meter."The shot came in from an unusual distance and as such caught the linesman out of position forcing him to race back towards the goal as the play developed", explained the spokesman, "As he ran, the United scarf he was wearing under his shirt came loose and fluttered up into his face obscuring his view and preventing him from making the call. It was just one of those things."

In response to further questions from the Press the spokesman explained "If they don't already have a United tattoo most officials on game day try to wear a scarf or a relica shirt under their regulation kit to show their support for the worlds greatest club. The linesman in this case had chosen to wear a United scarf, a common choice that is in keeping with FA guidelines. The root cause of the problem lies not with the linesman but with the players and management of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club who broke one the most important unwritten rules of the English FA: They placed a shot on target at Old Trafford. Martin Jol is new to this country and perhaps he s not yet familiar with some of our finer traditions. Fortunately if he doesn't yet understand that for the greater good of the game visiting teams, by tradition, are not expected to try to score at Old Trafford then our officials are in a position to help Mr Jol make that cultural adjustment."

Chuckling to himself the FA spokesman added "The goal had to be disallowed to avoid us descending down a slippery slope that would be bad for the national game. It's a fine line the officials have to walk. If they award a goal this week, next week someone might expect a penalty or ask that Van Nistleroy be booked for diving. Can you imagine? That would just never do. No no no. Shocking, just the thought of it.





DISCLAIMER: BOSO DOES NOT SUPPORT MANCHESTER UNITED, AT PRESENT, AT ANY POINT IN THE PAST, OR WILL HE EVER SUPPORT THE SCUM.

3.1.05

It’s exactly 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours till……

Payday !!

Boso, your mission, should you choose to accept it is to survive till the 28th of January on little or nothing. To aid you, you have to use a weapon called 'budgeting' to it's maximum capabilities. Your cooking skills will also come in handy, as you will have to create weapons called 'packed lunches' on a regular basis.

Some of your enemies that will try and attack you before then are 'Starbucks', 'KFC', 'Subway', you can succumb to them once in a while, but try and get your friends to 'give you cover', when you go in. But be warned, you have 2 credit card bills coming soon, that will test your resolve to the max. You also have 2 phone bills coming, which will also attempt to destroy you.

All the best soldier. See you on the other side.

Longest ever commute

Do you know anyone who had has a really long commute? The person I know that has the longest commute, comes into London everyday from Eastbourne. My boss said he used to work at Birmingham for a while, (he was living at Eastbourne at the time), however, he was working for an airline, so he would drive to Gatwick, fly to Birmingham and then fly back to Gatwick.

In today's news, Les Ferdinand is leaving Bolton Wanderers by mutual consent. The 38 year old striker is looking to play in a team where he will get more first team opportunities (???), and it seems he'll be linking up with his first professional club, QPR. But what amazed me was that he's been living in London all this time, and commuting to Bolton by helicopter.

But why do footballers do that? It's like when Stan Collymore was commuting to Liverpool from Birmingham. Robbie Fowler commuting to Leeds/Manchester is excusable. But London/Bolton?

2.1.05

Travesty of justice

That's what happened today at Anfield.

The referee did not award 2 blatant penalties. And he has the guts to say that Tiago's handball was 'ball to hand'. Mike Riley was in the storm of controvesy earlier in the season, when he robbed Arsenal of a match, in a similar fashion to what he did to Liverpool today.

Liverpool took the match the league leaders, and dominated the possesion for most of the game. The first half especially was all Liverpool, but I have to admit that the Chelsea defence was very firm and placed very well, keeping Liverpool chances few and far between. Gerrard worked hard as well, but we lost Xabi Alonso, to a broken ankle, after a monster tackle from Frank Lampard.

Mourhino must have been mad, 'cos it took forever for the Chelsea players to leave the dressing room. He came out first, and they came out a few minutes afterwards. They played a lot better in the second half, Liverpool still had more possesion, however, as the home team, that was expected. However, Chelsea had a few chances this time, and eventually scored when a Joe Cole shot was deflected by Jamie Carragher into the net. Carragher had had an outstanding game in central defence and I'm really impressed with him this season.

The Chelsea manager has admitted that the ref should have given Liverpool 2 penalties in the first half, and that they were lucky to win.

"The way both teams fought and tried to win the game means I think a draw would be a fair result.


"But at the right moment we had that little bit of luck that champions need to have in crucial moments."


Anyway, it's all good. half our team is injured. Let's see what Rafa does in the transfer window.

1.1.05

New Year’s day - drunken London

My New Year's day celebrations almost didn't happen. Left home at 11pm, and got on the train to Westminster, hoping to get to Big Ben on time. However, when we were almost there, the tube driver 'reminded' us that Westminster tube station was closed !! What? I'd checked online, and no one mentioned anything about closing the station? So my girlfriend and I got down at Waterloo, at 10 minutes to 12. We had no idea where to go, but there was a massive crowd, and we just moved with the crowd. Everyone was walking really fast, in fact some were jogging, and we managed to get into a position where we had a very good view of the London Eye, with Big Ben in the background (ironically, the reverse was what I was hoping to get, but this was good!). And bang on time, Big Ben began to chime, and the firework display started. It was really nice, lasted about 10 minutes.

After the fireworks, we started to go home, but there was such a massive crowd, it took about 30 minutes to get on the platform !! And there were so many drunk people misbehaving, pools of vomit all over the place, and people screaming and acting all drunk. I've never been drunk, but after last night, I can say I'm not missing much !! Some guy though it would be a good idea to shout "Allah Auakbay" in the middle of the crowd at Waterloo. It wasn't. We all thought it was a terrorist attack, and I don't see how that's funny.

In fact, the drunkeness, combined with Ken Livingstone's bright idea to provide free transport till 4am may have caused more problems that he thought. At one point, there was a 15 minute delay on the Jubilee line, due to a fight on a train, and apparently, the police had to sort it out !! We went to my place first, and then I took my girlfriend to North
Greenwich to start her journey to Abbeywood. We had a drunk girl try to chat us up at the bus station. The tubes may have been running ok, but the buses were a joke! I took about 4 buses, and my girlfriend took 2 buses home from North Greenwich, and it was the same everywhere, the buses were just not running, and we had to use night buses a few times, which were few and far between. However, I had called London transport earlier, and they had assured me that all bus routes would be running free and regular services all night.

Liars.

Got home at 4am. Went to an aunt's place today for a bit of a family get together, so I'm full, so stuffed, it's emnbarassing. Also, my aunt says I've gained all the weight I lost back over Christmas !! I'm so sad about that. So I have to pick up the diet again in January. And
Liverpool lost. but that's another post altogether......

Happy new year all !!

P.S. Would have posted some pics from last night, but I've run out of space on my blog :( I might be upgrading to a paid blog in Feb. so I can post more pics, which is why I haven't posted to the funny pics section in a while as well.

Heaven FC

TWO old men - Bert and Sid - were sitting on a park bench.

Bert turns to Sid and says, "Do you think there are football teams in Heaven?"

Sid thinks for a minute and replies: "I don't know, mate, but let's make a deal. Whichever of us dies first has to come back and tell the other if there's any football in Heaven."

They shake on it, and, sadly, a few months later, poor Bert passes on.

Some days afterwards, Sid is sitting in the park when he hears a voice whisper,

"Sid... Sid..."

Sid responds,"Bert! Is that you?"

"Yes, it is," whispers the spirit of Bert.

Sid, still amazed, asks, "So there is football in Heaven?"

"Well," whispers Bert, "I've got good news and bad news."

"Give me the good news first," says Sid.

Bert whispers,"Well, there is football in Heaven."

Sid asks, "And what's the bad news?"

Bert sighs and whispers,"You're playing next Saturday."