31.5.05

Quotes of the week

I'll be on a bender for a week
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will still be celebrating as you read this.


I slept with the cup in my hotel room. I did not want it out of my sight. When I woke up and someone took it away, I felt I had lost a part of me
Skipper Steven Gerrard on the significance of the Champions League
trophy.



The cup ended up with Stevie G in his room. His girlfriend wasn't here, so he had the cup in his bed instead
Confirmation from team-mate Vladimir Smicer.


Jamie Carragher looks like he's got cramp in both groins
Football commentator Andy Townsend declares Carragher a biological phenomenon.


The boss asked me if I wanted to take a penalty, I said I did and he put me on fifth. I thought "Thanks a lot, pal - my a*** was going, I was all over the place!
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who was spared penalty duties thanks to Jerzy Dudek's save from Andriy Shevchenko.


There was a real suspense surrounding my penalty - it was like something out of a Hitchcock movie!
Xabi Alonso on the penalty he missed to bring Liverpool level, only to net the rebound.


Before the penalties, Carra came up to me like he was crazy - as always! He said: "Jerzy, Jerzy - remember Bruce (Grobbelaar). He did crazy things to put them off and you have to do the same"
Liverpool hero Jerzy Dudek reveals the 'wobbly legs' press conference before the penalties.







Liverpool fans with Dudek banner




Do the Dudek





He did a much better job than I did. He looked like a starfish with jelly legs to me but it worked
Liverpool's original "spaghetti legs" goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar pays tribute to Jerzy Dudek.


This one was enormous - it was the biggest in the world - as big as the room! Every time I went to relight it, it seemed to be the same size - it lasted all night!
Vladimir Smicer, who scored a goal and a penalty in Liverpool's defeat of AC Milan, recalls his giant celebratory cigar.




Football is like politics: you think you have won and then you haven't
Silvio Berlusconi, AC Milan owner and also Italy's prime minister.




It was gutting to watch what Liverpool did in the sense that Arsenal think we should be winning those sort of competitions
Arsenal's Ashley Cole shows he's not a bitter person.

30.5.05

My niece !!

Good weekend.

Spent the time with my wonderful girlfriend, and I've managed to really unwind. We spent today wacthing 'Hotel Rwanda', a really moving movie, almost made me cry to see what we human beings can do to each other.

Unfortunately, my entire body is aching all over, from my gym workout on Friday. I broke my record on the excercse bike again, I managed 4.77 km in 13 minutes. My groin hurts, my back hurts and my biceps hurt. I need to go to the gym on Tuesday, otherwise I will get into trouble, I need to go 4 times a month to maintain my membership (as the office
pays for it). So whatever is aching, has to stop before then !!

Funny thing, tomorrow is a bank holiday in three countries that I know:

UK: Spring Bank Holiday
Celebrated for no reason other than to give people some time off work.

USA: Memorial Day
Observed on the last Monday in May in most of the United States, in honour of the nationÂ’s armed services personnel killed in wartime and the deceased in general. Created after the Civil War, it is traditionally marked by parades, memorial speeches

Nigeria: Democracy Day
Elections held on May 29, 1999 heralded the end of military rule after a series of biazzre events that lead to the death of the then military dictator, and the death of MKO Abiola, how had been won elections in 1992, and been jailed by the military.

And to think that the UK has existed as a nation for much longer than the others (and hence has more history).

27.5.05

Dear mum and dad, I’ve joined a cult

well, not really. I've joined a Halo 2 clan !!

We are the Underachievers !! And they don't only play Halo 2, they play all sorts of stuff.
Basically, it's a group of people who play games for fun, most of us are in our late 20s/early 30s, and a few older ones as well !! I haven't managed to play anything with them yet, but I've been taking part in the forums and I think they're a great bunch.

And I finally gave in and bought Forza motorsport today.



It's only the best driving game in the world. From the clan, I can see that there's a lot of fun to be had online with this, so I'm really looking forward to it. I got rid of a lot of games I'm not likely to play again, like FIFA 2005, and Need for Speed Underground 2.

Oh, and I won my first game on Pro Evolution Soccer !! Some French Kid who congratulated me on Liveopool's victory....He was AC Milan, I was Brazil. I gave away a very silly goal in the very beginning...and managed to score towards the end to take the game into extra time. I scored early in Extra time and managed to hold on to the lead till the end. He couldn't speak English, but I could hear someone making fun of him all through the match.

I'm inspired to go out there again tonight, and prove myself once more !!

What a week !!!!!

First of all, let me apologise for not keeping up with all your blogs, I've had some problems with the 20six email system, and I'm getting emails from yesterday !!

Wednesday was a fantastic night, and I still have not recovered. It's officially the second best football match I've ever seen in my life. The position of number one will always be the semifinal of thr Olympics football tournament in 1996. Nigeria vs. Brazil. The Brazilians had their best Olympic team ever, with a certain Ronaldo and a certain Juninho in it. They were determined to win the only major football tournament they never won. And at half time, Nigeria was 3-1 down. In fact, 10 minutes till the end, Nigeria was 3-1 down and Jay Jay Okocha missed a penalty. Then in SPECTACULAR FASHION, Nigeria equalised to
take the match into extra time. Then in the first few minutes of extra time, Kanu scored AN EXCELLENT goal to win it with a golden goal. At 1am in nigeria, an entire Nation went crazy. Beating Argentina in the finals (a certain Crespo was in that team), was good, but the semi finals will forever be remembered.

Anyway, I'm sitting here, watching the wannabe Big Brother contestants enter the house. I'm loving Makosi...................she looks every bit like an African queen.

Anyway, I've had a few things happen in my gaming world, will blog about that in a bit. And SPPADIC you have no idea how much I envy you. I can't wait to see your photos from the streets of Liverpool yesterday.

25.5.05

CAMPIONI LIVERPOOL

Can you count to 5?

Liverpool have won the European Cup 5 times.....so we can now keep the throphy. Anyway....I saw this pic earlier today.



The banner reads:

No small toffees for feast tonight
Kopites party with Turkish delight
Jose, Sir Alex... London press
All choking on sweet success
Money, not love, is your drive
But tell us... Can you count to five?

Even if Liverpool lose tonight….

they have nothing to be ashamed of.

I wrote this when it was 3-3.........

Liverpool’s team sheet for tonight

Liverpool team sheet for tonight

1 Jamie Carragher
2 Jamie Carragher
3 Jamie Carragher
4 Jamie Carragher
5 Jamie Carragher
6 Jamie Carragher
7 Jamie Carragher
8 Jamie Carragher
9 Jamie Carragher
10 Jamie Carragher
11 Jamie Carragher

(If Only)

This is one of the banners on display at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Good Luck Omens for tonight’s match…….

1978



The pope dies and we have a new pope


Wales win the 5 Nations rugby union

Liverpool lose the League Cup final to the team who go on to win the league (Nottingham Forest)

Liverpool beat FC Bruges with a superb chip from the new King of the Kop Kenny Dalglish,
to become the first English side to retain the trophy.


1981


Prince Charles marries


Ken and Deirdre marry in Coronation Street


Liverpool beat Real Madrid in Paris to be crowned European champions for the 3rd time. (Captained by local boy Phil Thomson)

2005


The pope dies and we have a new pope

Wales win the 5 Nations rugby union


Prince Charles marries


Ken and Deirdre marry in Coronation Street

Liverpool lose the League Cup final to the team who go on to win the league (Chelski)


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Also - every European Cup that Liverpool have won, they have played in red against a team in white.
This year Milan won the toss and chose their away kit to be white.

Songs for tonight….

Trophy Number Five (To the tune of Mambo No.5)

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Trophy Number 5.
One, Two three four five, everybody in the
stadium come on lets try...

A little bit of Garcia in our Lives,
A little bit of Nunez down the sides,
A little bit of Riise's what we need,
A little bit of Cisse with his speed,
A little bit of Hyypia in defence
A little bit of Carragher he is immense
A little bit of Singing from the fans
A little bit of Liverpool against Milan!!!!!!!!

Show me the way to Istanbul (To the tune of Show me the way to Amarillo)



The Champions League is dawning,

On a Turkish Wednesday Morning

I know I am going to be there

With Rafa's Reds winning for me there

Every lonely city

La La La La La

Where we've scored the goals

La La La La La

Ain't as half as pretty,

La La La La La

As where my Anfield's at



Is this the way to ISTANBUL?

Every night I've been hugging my pillow

Dreaming dreams of ISTANBUL

And Rafa's Reds who'll win for me

Show me the way to Istanbul

I've been weeping like a willow

Crying over Istanbul

And Rafa Reds who'll win for me



Sha la la la la la la la

Sha la la la la la la la

Sha la la la la la la la



And Rafa's Reds who'll win for me

23.5.05

Another new toy

After a week of frenzied research I have finally bought a Thomson Digital Video Recorder (DHD4000).



Basically, it's a freeview receiver, with a 40GB hard disk, so I can record TV shows (kinda like Tivo in the US, and a cheaper version of Sky+). It's really cool, it downloaded new software sometime in the first few days, and the few problems I had with it were rectified. The only issue I have with it is that the fan is a bit noisy, and maybe it's a bit too loud for a bedroom, but I can live with it.

Oh, and this is a dual tuner recorder as well. Basically, this means I can watch a previous recording, and record two other channels at the same time !! NICE !!

Anyway, now I can finally dispose of my combo TV/VCR.......

There's a very good comparison for Dual Tuner Freeview Personal Video Recorders at this site.

Lists all known problems, and is an excellent starting point for anyone planning to buy one. also, there's a link to the digital spy website on that site, with forums that give a lot of information.

Boso’s BACK !!!

Well, since my boss has discovered my blog (again) after a quick search on Google, I've decided to revert my username back to 'Boso'

It was 'cool' being the 'coolrunner' but sadly, that has come to an end.......

I'll leave the name of the blog and the URL as the same tho.........tired of moving around !!

All by myself

Right now, I'm surrounded by 5 empty desks:

1. Manager: In a Meeting since 3pm (and will be till 5pm)
2. Support Engineer 2: Offsite for the day
3. Programmer 1: Hurt his back while on holiday last week
4. Programmer 2: On Holiday
5. Consultant: Not in for another week

So it's been just my manager and myself today, fortunately, we seem to be covering well. Hopefully tomorrow will be better................

19.5.05

Open letter from Malcolm Glazer to Manchester United fans

He's sending this to all Man U fans so they know what he's all about.

Dear Soccer fans,

As you all know, i've been looking to buy the United's of Manchester for a little while now. I've also heard that some of you may not be too happy about me using, sorry, buying the club in order to reach new heights and also, that I may not be a fan. Well fear not, as i'm writing this personal letter to let you know that i'm a genuine fan of you blue devils. I began rooting for the United's back in 1992 when our little Malcolm JR was practising those Soccer home runs out in the yard. I loved the way you turned defence into offence, and the way that Bobby Shearer used to top half it into the goal bag. Oh man, that play was hot. My son tells me that you even out-zoned your City rivals Southampton in the 4th quarter of the FAWorld series.

As for your current team, that Rude guy is awesome!!!! I see a profitable future at the United, with the young talent of Cristiano Rooney (man, that guy can dance!) and Peter Shilton giving us hope in defeating the evil Russian tyranny which assaults the freedom of our beloved Soccer. With the marketing potential of those Neville brothers and that Pearce dude leading the team, we can all look to achieving our beliefs of a better future. Especially when I add Alexei Lalas and Cobi Jones to the starting 15.

Now to you, the fans. I've been to see the United's play once before, and the respect you pay your team in silently admiring the play out on the pitch was overwhelming. Because of this, i've just purchased a new £45 million mansion in the Manchester to be close to you guys. And more good news is i'm planning to add an extra 10,000 seats through corporate boxes so more genuine blue devils can experience the play. What's with the prawn sandwiches I had to eat when I was there? Well, rest assured, it'll be super size prawn baguettes when I take charge. I can't wait to come over to the Manchester isles, as I love the country, especially the beaches and the hot chicks. I hope you can all see my vision of this future, with new shirt sponsors (Dunkin Donuts) and new team name (The Manchester Gloom) i'm sure things are looking bright.

*Further good news for you guys is that i've just agreed a partnership deal with McDonalds, who will help in promoting the Manchester brand. This will involve re-naming the stadium to 'McTrafford' as well as an exciting launch of Manchester Gloom plastic fan toys in every happy meal. Cristiano Rooney will be the face of this campaign and during
this, he will be marketed globally as Roonald McDonald.

Take care dudes.
Regards
Malcolm

18.5.05

Think you’re having a bad day?

1. The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from the onlookers. A minute later they were both eaten by a killer whale.

2. A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her with an ax, leaving her with permanent severe brain damage.

3. A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a plank of wood that had been by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Till that moment he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

4. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to the slaughterhouse in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

AND THE WINNER IS.......

5. An Iraqi terrorist, Khay Rahnajet, didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with "return to sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was killed in the explosion.

See... You're not having such a bad day.

17.5.05

Playstation 3 vs. Xbox 360: The battle begins



Got this comparison table from ign.com
























































 
PS3

Xbox 360

Processor
3.2GHz Cell w/ 7 SPEs
2.0 TFLOPS
3.2GHz G5 w/ 3 Cores
1.0 TFLOPS

Memory
256MB XDR @ 3.2GHz
256MB GDDR3 @ 700MHz
512MB GDDR3 @ 700MHz
10MB Embedded DRAM

GPU
550MHz NVIDIA500MHz ATi

Best Display
1080p Standard
Dual Screen Output
1080i Optional
Single Screen Output

Network
1000BASE-T Ethernet

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
100BASE-TX Ethernet
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g

Audio
5.1 Digital5.1 Digital

Wireless Input
x7 on Bluetooth 2.0x4 on 2.4GHz RF

Storage
Removable HDD
*TBA
Removable HDD
20GB

Release
Spring 2006November 2005

Dimensions
About 13.5" x 3.25"About 10.25" x 2.5"

At first glance, I have to eat humble pie and admit that the
Playstation 3 looks like it's better than the Xbox 360. The processor
runs more than twice as fast !! Here is a short list of pros and
cons....

Xbox

Xbox Live is already esthablished, so online gaming will be a distinct advantage.
The Hard drive comes as standard.
Will be released in November 2005. From the keynote speech, they will release it in Europe, USA and Japan simultaneously.

Playstation 3

Has a better processor.
I prefer the bluetooth technology used for the control pads, as I've
had problems with wireless control pads interfering with my Wi-Fi
network.
The HDTV is slighty better than the Xbox 360.
It support Blu-Ray Technology, which is not even available yet !!
The LAN port can go up to 1Gbps

If I have to choose now, I'd pick the PS3. However, I'm not sure how
good online play is with playstation, unlike Xbox where Microsoft hosts
the online games, with Playstation, I think the games are hosted by the
actual publishers, but I'm not sure. It has much better graphics
capabilities, and has a lot more titles available.

But it's not available in the US till Spring 2006, and God knows when it will come to Europe.

Xbox is being backed by a massive marketing campaign, including last
week's unveiling on MTV. However, most neutral media sources said the
MTV show was terrible, and that even the keynote address at E3 was like
a business presentation.

Let battle commence !!

Taping up enquiry

Today, for once, I agree with FIFA president Sepp Blatter. If Chelsea are found guilty, they should be barred from making any transfers for one transfer window. Maybe only then will Chelsea realise that money can't solve all your problemns.

State Opening of Parliament

....was really cool.

After getting to Westminster, I was allowed past the barriers, and past the protesters (Iraq, Gay rights) and then went between the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey to watch the splendid procession and the queen's arrival. The pomp and pageantry is something I'm not used to, but there was more of that to come.

After the procession, I went to the canteen for a hot cup of chocolate, then up to my flatmate's office, on the way up there I met a really good looking lady who I later found out was an MP !! Anyway, I then proceeded to the central lobby. When the queen called the MPs into the House of Lords, they walked past us. I saw them all, Tony Blair, Micheal Howard, Gordon Brown, Boris Johnson (who I suggest should get a new hairdresser), John Redwood, David Blunkett, David Davies, George Osborne, Charles Kennedy, it was good to see how different these 'powerful men' looked in real life. After the queen's speech, they
walked past us again, and then their family members and close friends arrived, even the graceful Cherie Blair gave us a smile !!

Then it was outside to watch the procession as the queen left, and then back to the office !!

I was really glad to have an opportunity to experience British culture at such 'close range', and hope that this will not be the last time !!

Although the real show was not in London, the real show was in Washington DC where George Galloway was facing a senate committee investigating claims he received barrels of oil as bribes from Saddam Hussien. The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow is not high on my list of role models, and I'm not excatly his biggest fan, but I have to say I love the way he handled the American senators, he was his usual outspoken, defiant, rebellious self. It was box office stuff I tell ya !!

14.5.05

Letter from home

LETTER FROM A SARDAR'S LOVING MOTHER

Pyaarey puttar, Vahe Guru. I'm writing this letter slow, because I know you cannot read fast.

We don't live where we did when you left home. Your dad read in the paper that most accidents happen 20 miles from home, so we moved 20 miles. I won't be able to send the address as the last Sardar who stayed here took the house numbers with them for their new house so they wouldn' t have to change their address.

This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine, situated right above the commode. I'm not sure it works too well. Last week I put in 3 shirts, pulled the chain and haven't seen them since.

The weather here isn't too bad. It rained only twice last week. The first time it rained for 3 days and second time for 4 days.

The coat you wanted me to send you, your Aunt said it would be a little too heavy to send in the mail with all the metal buttons, so we cut them off and put them in the pocket.

Your father has another job. He has 500 men under him. He is cutting the grass at the cemetery.

By the way I took bahu to our club's poolside. The manager is a bad man.He told her that two piece swimming suit is not allowed in this club. We were confused as to which piece should we remove?

Your sister had a baby this morning. I haven't found out whether it is a girl or a boy, so I don' t know whether you are an Aunt or Uncle..

Your uncle, Satinder fell in a nearby well. Some men tried to pull him out, but he fought them off bravely and drowned. We cremated him and he burned for three days.

Your best friend, Balwinder, is no more. He died trying to fulfil his father's last wishes. His father had wished to be buried in the sea after he died. And your friend died while in the process of digging a grave for his father.

There isn't much more news this time. Nothing much has happened.

Love Mom.
P.S : I was going to send you some money but the envelope was already sealed.

I forgot to mention…….

I didn't mention something that happened when I did my exam.



When you end the exam, you have a few minutes to comment on any questions you thought were ambiguous, or any other stuff like that. In those few minutes, I had a million thoughts running in my head. I was mentally calculating my score, and as far as I was concerned, I had either failed, or had a very narrow escape one or two points above the pass mark. I was thinking about studying for the exam again, having to wait 2 more weeks to take it, and if I would ever pass it !! When I finally clicked on the button to show your
score, my heart skipped a few beats.

So when I saw my score, I couldn't control myself. I was crying like a girl. It's never happened to me before..........and the other guys in the room thought I had failed my exam, one of them came to 'comfort me' then he saw my score and was probably wondering what the hell was wrong with me. If only he knew.

Yesterday, I had to go down to our office in Dorking, so I couldn't blog, as I was either on the road, or busy working. So I couldn’t blog about ‘Friday the 13th’. And in the true nature of Friday the 13th, I almost got run over by a lady driving a van. She didn’t see a red light, and was speeding down, and I was crossing the road, and she saw me a little late, and slammed on the brakes. She missed me by about 2 feet or so. And I was so scared, all I did was stand in the middle of the road. Couldn’t move, nothing.

OK, this is getting too long, so I had better stop now. But before I do that, let me mention some infamous Friday the 13ths IÂ’ve had:


Friday 13th October 1995: This was the day I started at Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy. I hated that Uni from day one till the day I finished. And on that day I ‘made a friend’ who I loathe till this day, so I guess that was pretty unlucky.


Friday 13th October 2000: I was doing my internship at a company called Manifold computers. On this day, some clever idiot had programmed a virus that wiped out your entire hard drive. So one of our PCs in the office went down, and about 3 at our biggest client, where coincidentally, my dad was working. In fact, his laptop was one of the computers that were wiped out. One of my worst days career wise, exciting, but I had to listen to a lot of crap.


Anyway, let me stop rambling. Have a great weekend people !!

Where did that phrase come from?

In Baltimore, in the mid 1800's there was a man who sold corpses to the hospital for research. He stored the cadavers in cheap whiskey to ferment them before turning them over to the researchers. He then sold the whiskey to the medical students thus the term "rot gut".

Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold, and the yeast wouldn't grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This thumb in the beer is where we get the phrase "rule of
thumb."

After consuming a bucket or two of vibrant brews they called aul, or ale, the Vikings would head fearlessly into battle often without armor or even shirts. In fact, the term "berserk" means "bare shirt" in Norse, and eventually took on the meaning of their wild battles.

In 1740, Admiral Vernon of the British fleet decided to water down the Navy's rum. Needless to say, the sailors weren't too pleased and called Admiral Vernon, Old Grog, after the stiff wool grogram coats he wore. The term "grog" soon began to mean the watered down drink itself. When you were drunk on this grog, you were "groggy", a word still in use today.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle," is the phrase inspired by this practice.

12.5.05

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again

After the exam, I counted all the questions I wasn't 100% sure about. Out of 43, there were 12. And for me to pass, I couldn't get more than 12 questions wrong. A bit too borderline for me, so I started to go through my answers again. But soon, I become restless and angry and was over criticizing my answers. So in anger I ended the exam.

The passmark?

700 out of 1000

My score?

812 out of 1000

So today, I'm now officially a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA).

Time to give my XBox some much needed attention.

11.5.05

Exam is tomorrow

So why am I not studying?

Or in a mad frenzy of last minute revision?

I'm tired of doing this exam. I can't study, cos I know all the material. I hate Microsoft.

OK, that's it....have to read something.

Hopefully, I'll have good news tomorrow.

State opening of parliament next week

My flatmate has invited me for the state opening of parliament next Tuesday !!

I won't be able to see the queen make her speech and all, but we'll get to see all the MPs, and I've been promised a tour of the House of Parliament.

YAY !

Slap Your Co-Worker Day is Coming!!



Tomorrow is the official Slap Your Irritating Co-workers Day. Do you have a co-worker who talks non-stop about nothing, working your last nerve with tedious and boring details that you don't care about? Do you have a co-worker who ALWAYS screws up stuff, creating MORE work for you? Do you have a co-worker who kisses so much booty, you can look in their mouth and see what your boss had for lunch? Do you have a co-worker who is SOOO obnoxious, when he/she enters a room, everyone else clears it? Well, on behalf of Ike Turner, I am so very glad to officially announce tomorrow as SLAP YOUR IRRITATING CO-WORKER DAY!

There are the rules you must follow:

* You can only slap one person per hour - no more.
* You can slap the same person again if they irritate you again in the same day.
* You are allowed to hold someone down as other co-workers take their turns slapping the irritant.
* No weapons are allowed ... other than going at somebody's head with a stapler or a hole-puncher.
* If questioned by a supervisor (or Police, if the supervisor is the irritant), you are allowed to LIE, LIE, LIE! Now, study the rules, break out your list of folks that you want to slap the living day lights out of and get slapping ... and have a great day

10.5.05

It’s not half bad

It's not half bad. My downloads are running so fast, they're scaring me, and they actually take over my PC !! But the Internet is so fast, it's unbelievable.

Had a small incident with UK Online Tech Support last night, which almost made me decide to cancel my contract with them. Basically, I was on hold for about 35 minutes, before I spoke to some guy who left his brain at home. It was painful. I thought I was doomed to a night without broadband, but after dinner, a short nap, and some studying.....I had a clear head, and was able to sort out the connection myself. Note to self: Never ring Tech Support for UK online again.

Played one game of Pro Evolution Soccer online, it was really cool with the new connection. I lost (again), but I think I'm getting better, this time I lost 4-3 !! My first match on it, I lost 9-0 to some German punk who never stopped telling me that it was a record victory for him !! AARGH

Late Night studying is taking it's toll, I'm really tired at work no matter how it goes on Thursday, I've got the rest of the day off, so I'll be taking things VERY easy.

9.5.05

8M Broadband

My broadband service has been migrated, to an 8MB connection today. Seeing that I can no longer connect to my home PC, I'm thinking it's all been done. 8MB connection, I can't wait to see how fast that will be. Will need to upgrade my PC's RAM, currently using 1GB RAM, will upgrade it to 2GB towards the end of the month/next month. However, I think I need a more powerful PC altogether, but I'll leave that till I move into my own flat sometime towards the end of this year.

So, super fast broadband. HERE I COME !!!

8.5.05

Update

My brother's kid is still in intensive care. Apparently, she has an inflammed liver. We're waiting on test results. Keeping fingers crossed.

I'm LOVING Two and a Half Men on Channel Five. LOVING IT. LOVING IT.

7.5.05

I’m an uncle !!

My brother's wife gave birth to a girl yesterday !!

It was a section, so mum is recovering, and the little princess is in intensive care, but we are praying mum and daugther will be doing well in the next few days.

Anyway, exam is on Thursday, and I haven't started studying yet. PANIC !!!!

5.5.05

Dear God, (PS)

Please let Jim Cunnigham of Coventry South win his seat in Parliament. He voted for the war, and for ID cards, but my flatmate is his personal assistant, and if he loses his seat, then she loses her job you see. And we've already got one unemployed flatmate, two would just be
terrible.

Dear God,

I'm about to share our private prayertime with the rest of the world.

1. Please, please, please, please don't let Michael Howard win tonight. I don't like him, and I think he's a nasty man. Please. I'll do anything.
2. Please help me to pass my exam FINALLY next week. I've already failed it twice, and it's damaging m confidence.
3. Please comfort my flatmate and his girlfriend who have just lost their baby. It's been a real truamatic experience for both of them, and right now it looks like only you can help them get through it.
4. My brother's wife is going into the hospital today. She is a few weeks ahead of her due date, so they are going to induce the birth sometime today. I pray it all goes well.

Thanks for all your answers to my previous prayers. You've never let me down before. Even when I've dissapointed you, you've always done right by me.

4.5.05

Still going on about football….



Nicked from sw's blog.

In related news, found this last night. David Beckham isn't very smart is he? Check out the quotes on that link. My favourites are:

"My parents have always been there for me, ever since I was about seven."

"We're definitely going to get Brooklyn christened, but we don't know into which religion."

"Alex Ferguson is the best manager I've ever had at this level. Well, he's the only manager I've actually had at this level. But he's the best manager I've ever had."

3.5.05

CLOUD NINE !!!



Is this the way to Istanbul? Every night I’ve been hugging my pillow……dreaming dreams of the cup

.....and the trophy that waits for us !!!

YEESSSSSS.

What a match. It was a controversial goal, but I don't care. We're due a bit of luck against the Chelski. And it was third time lucky today, we GOT em. 1-0 to the mighty reds.

25th of May.

That's the date.

Liverpool will be there,

Tomorrow AC Milan and PSV will fight for the other place in the final

BRING IT ON !!

Just my luck

First day back at work after a week off.

Power cut at our office in Surrey.

The router blew up.

Had to take the train down here.

I can connect to the Internet, but I can't connect to the London Office.

I'm going mad.

It's good to be back.

1.5.05

BBQ

Went to my cousins place for a BBQ today. They are twins, and it's their birthday in a couple of days, so they decided to use the bank holiday as an excuse to party.

They told me to get their for 3pm, and I did. I was the first person there. Then we had this conversation:

"B, have you ever done a BBQ before"

"No"

"Are you a quick learner"

Before I knew it, I was hauling a large sack of Charcoal, experimenting with lighter fluid, and basically getting smoke and ash into my eyes. I was working constantly for over 5 hours, roasting chicken, prawns, salmon, plantian, all sorts.

No I'm smelling of smoke, and long hot shower hasn't solved that problem. My feet are aching from standing on them for so long. But I have to say I had fun, met a lot of people I hadn't seen in a while, and had good chats with them all.

And now, I can proudly say that I can add BBQ skills to my ever growing repertoire.