Saturday, 31 July 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Nat (The Ginster) Jones
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Nat (The Ginster) Jones
*or I was before Dad started editing my grammar
Well done Nat, I knew what you were saying you just need to prcaticce how you say it...Dad.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Today I built a new forge map like the last one I built but a very very sad thing happened near the end of its completion some people joined the game with out asking and deleted everything or destroyed it they ruined hours of work those people were Sam Small and a person who's gamer tag is X DARKLORD these people were promptly removed from my Xbox live friends list. This may seam very relaxed and laid back my day was very undemanding and easy but soon that would all end if you recall I said I did a boxing taster session yep that's right I went to a boxing lesson and was not to bad. First we (we being Hannah and I) did some practise at punching I was not terrible but not the best either. Then we did some of the most dreaded thing in the world fitness training the first thing we did was called the plank this involved laying on the floor supporting your self on your arms for 1 minuet then you get 30 seconds rest and do it again 7 times. After that we had to put or backs on the wall and get in to a position like sitting on a chair for 1 minuet we did this 6 times.
Today I slept till god knows how late as I had stayed up till 0300 hours the previous night. When I finally got up I went down stairs Hannah had the Disney channel on so I almost immediately went back up stairs. When I got back upstairs I set about building a map on forge*. The purpose of the map was simple, a ball rolls down a ramp in to a tube and then the ball falls from the top of the map down in to another tube, which funnels the ball in to a hole in the ground, the ball falls down the hole in to another tube and finishes the word HALO which is spelt with weapons. the hard part of building this map was lining up the different tubes. The longest bit was clearing the map I built it on of everything else that was already on the map. But I was sadend shortly after creating the masterpiece my map was I could not save it as I already had 100 maps oh the sadness. 10 words to go how will I get to 200 thanks to saying that I have now.
* Forge is a thing on halo that lets you build maps.
Tuesday, went to bed about 9:00 slept until 4:30. Throat seems to be better still a little sore and occasionally coughing up green mucus but much less than before. This afternoon we attempted to discover where the boxing club is and after a few false starts (we went to the wrong side of Braunstone Park) we eventually located Bendbow Rise and the club is located in this building.
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We met a very chatty chap named John, drives for Walkers Crisps, who's daughter boxes at the club; apparently she's a real up and comer and has boxed at county level. In fact she, Paige, took Nat and Hannah under her wing for their first taste of the sport. After they had punched the pads, she held for them, she introduced them to the reality of boxing training and my god did they sweat. Good on them, hard as it was they both stuck it out to the end. There are sessions from 5-7 PM Monday to Thursday. We're planning to go every day that we can over the holidays. In term we'll see what we can manage. The club is certainly cheaper than kick-boxing, 31:00 per session, and the training is intense. Hopefully this will burn off the fat that both Nat and Hannah are carrying; time will tell! The kids that do go there regularly are all as fit as a butchers dog.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Before I continue I will say two words SPOLIR ALERT now you can’t sue me.
Today started of with me getting up nice and late at about 0900 I think. Once I had got up I got dressed and then after some Gaming on the PC we went to sea Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief for 95p each because they were showing it at Kids AM. the film was great with killing and Questing* and all kinds of shize you would not expect in a Kids film but it is not a Kids film it is a 12A. Essentially a boy who’s name is Percy Jackson, turns out to be a Demi-god his dad is Persidan. He then has to go to a special camp*1 to survive being hunted by Hadies because he is trying to get his filthy mitts on the lighting bolt.Now all the gods think that he has stolen Zeus’s lightning bolt, and as a result Zeus is preparing for war with Persidon as Zeus thinks Persidan has sent Percy to steal the lighting bolt. That was a mouthful.
* Is that even a word.
*1 but special as in talented not special as in special needs.
That afternoon, while I was STILL in bed Han went with Shantelle and her family to Abbey park.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Today was AWSOME! It was a day in which I did something other then sit on my Xbox although I still did sit on my Xbox for a while well a bit more then a while more like a very big chunk of time. One of the cool things about today was that I went to a fair at Mostail Meadows with my dad and sister. Apart from the dad and sister bit only joking but to every one else who is not my dad or sister I’m not joking.When we got there Hannah and I joined in in a tug of war and as a result our team won. Soon after this I went to the air force cadet stall where I looked in a camp they had made and took some leaflets. Later that day but only by about 10-20 minutes later we continued walking round the fair we found a stall that sold that's right it is so blindingly obvious they sold golf clubs at £1 each what amazing value seen as Zak’s dad bought one club for £110 when we paid £5 for six. soon after this Hannah and I met a Boxing instructor who was running a taster session and I threw punches at the pads he was holding. Several minutes later I went and did some fencing which is now anther thing I would like to do but there aren’t enough days in the week. Later on once we had bought the hole set of golf clubs we walked home when we got home we got back home I went on my Xbox but I have already talked about that or haven’t I MU HA HA HA. Also a new Halo Reach video was realised today well they would realise more videos it is Comic-Con.
How AWSOME is that it is also EPIC and IMMENSE as well as being described with the most adventures word ever NICE oh how nice it is to be nice. Hang on a sec have I already put this video on the blog its not a big deal its like I always tell every one “A quitter never wins and don’t trust whitey” *
* I am not a racist by the way.
Mossdale Meadows Festival, Tug-a-War, Broken Phone Strap, Air Training Corp, Sundry Stalls, Hannah Off with Shantelle, Me and Nat, Golf Club, No Cream Teas with Jesus, Golf Club 2, Hannah Boxing, Nat Boxing, Nat Fencing, More Golf Clubs 3 4 5 and 6, Walk Home, Zak
Nat and Hannah immediately joined in the tug-a-war and, according to Nat ,that's what won it for their side! Somehow Han managed to break the strap on Mum's N73 while tugging but eventually we found the broken strap and tried it back to the phone.
Just after this Shantelle showed up; Han demanded her money then she and Shantelle set off on their own. Nat and I stayed together; the first stall we visited was that of the Air Training Corp. As a teenager I'd been a member of the ATC and done quite a lot of exciting things, including gliding, so I wondered whether we could crowbar this into Nat's already busy schedule. They meet twice a month but, unfortunately, the meetings are on a Monday (kick boxing and Queen's Scouts award) and a Thursday (judo) so it doesn't look like a feasible option.
We continued round, the stalls, to see what there was to see. We bumped into Maxine with daughter Amelia, broken ankle freshly plastered* , in tow and had a brief chat. I'm sure Nat gave thanks that Henri wasn't with them, he absolutely detests Henri.
The first thing we bought was a golf club for a whole £1! We thought we could buy few balls and when walking Monty over on the sports ground we could have a knock around. This might aid in countering Nat's eye/hand coordination problems. Just beyond the stall where we bought this was the cream teas stall. Fifty pence for a Cream Tea!!!! The OAP's were queueing to get a seat and the sign said it was fully booked for the rest of the day. How could they do it for 50p, I hear you cry? It was a church stall and they, like drug dealers who give free samples to reel in new users, were using it as a lose leader to gain new converts.
We acquired another golf club, this time a left handed driver (I know...Why?) at a further stall and proceeded to use them to mug pensioners! Having recouped our cash through this inventive use of our golf clubs we wandered on. Off and on we were joined by Han and Shantelle and while Nat was queueing for a burger I saw them again. They were with Shantelle's Dad, whom I'd not met before, and he turned out to be a charming fellow. Han and I walked over to the boxing ring that had been set up in the middle of the meadow.
Han decided to give boxing a try and turned out to be quite good at it; after all she spends enough time, at home, punching the karate pads she makes me hold. Below are the videos of her in the ring:
I phoned Nat, who was still queueing to buy a burger, to tell him where we were and shortly after he joined us. If Han was going to box then, of course, so was he. Below are his videos:
The bearded chap who was instructing, a settled former traveller would be my guess given the accent and the van, was very complementary about them both and both of them expressed and interest in attending the club. I got the details and we're planing to visit one evening next week. The club runs from 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday and charges a £1.00 per session.
Han, once more, departed with Shantelle and Nat and I went to see the fencing; Nat has fenced before, at scouts, so once more he joined in.
Friday, 23 July 2010
I remained awake until 6:00 and then caught a quick couple of hours on the settee, while Deb was getting up to go to work. My phone alarm woke me at 9:30 to advise me to ring the Occupational health nurse, Lucy, which I did. I explained the situation and I'm ringing her on Monday to arrange another appointment.
Nothing much else during the day just hung about feeling sorry for myself. Deb and the kids went to bed after BB11 leaving downstairs, as usual. I was watching Family Guy but had to freeze it as I kept nodding off. I woke when it came on again, watched the remained and at about 1:30 went to sleep on the settee. Slept quite well...Mossdale meadows park Summer Festival in the morning.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Tuesday and Wednesday - Phone John, Occ Health Tel, Sore Throat, Occ Health Reschedule Friday, Shitty Day, No Sleep, Wed Am Bed, Swimming, Sailing
Shortly after I came downstairs Nat left to go swimming, with his pals, Hannah was almost inconsolable when she found out she couldn't accompany them, at Endeby Leisure Centre so we'll see him when we see him altough he can't be too late as his Scout Troop is going sailing this evening. I made Deb and Han and myself some salad sandwiches (it took me 30 minutes!) for lunch and now, because I used all the remaining bread, I'll have to pop to ASDA at some point to buy some more.
*When she got up Deb finally accepted the inevitable and phoned her work to report that she was sick and would be absent for today. While I've found this bug unpleasant it's hit her much harder and she's been feeling quite unwell for the last several days. In fact, as I was writing this she quietly crept upstairs and went back to bed where she's now fast asleep.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
On our way home, after we crossed the bridge over the Soar, we diverted through the filed to where some kids appeared to be swimming in the river. Both Nat and Hannah knew one of the kids, Jasmine a former cub with Hannah and now a scout in Nat's troop, and so we arranged to come back for a swim after we'd taken Monty home and picked up some trunks. We did exactly that, I popped to ASDA while the kids were getting their stuff, then we walked back to the river. Hannah and Nat were both in the water as soon as we arrived and they both used the rope swing to jump in. neither appears to be able to hold up their legs and as a result as soon as the swung out their legs dragged in the water and pulled them off the rope and into the drink. We stayed until 4:00 then left for home as we were suppose to go to the cinema and I got the times confused and thought we had to be there for 4:45 when in fact the film started at 5:45. Deb came home just after we got back and the kids were getting cleaned up. We left for the Vue and there discovered my error. We decided to spend the unexpected hour travelling to Huncote tot he pavilion leisure centre to see if we could sin Hannah up for some of the courses that Shantelle was going to. They're fully booked but will give us a call as soon as they become aware of any vacancies. This was the first time I'd been into Huncote in years, I used to shoot large calibre pistols at an outdoor range nearby during the 1980's but it seemed little changed from what I remembered. We headed back to the Vue via the Sainsbury's supermarket at Grove Park Triangle, I noticed that the empty Borders store was being stripped and refitted, where we purchased some nachos and dips for after the film. Sherk 4 was made to be seen in 3D and we watched it in 2D, it was no longer being shown in 3D?. I haven't seen Shrek 3 but Deb, Nat and Hannah all say that it wasn't as funny as number 2. Shrek 4 was OK but not particularly funny, but I think the script was, to a degree, sacrificed on the altar of 3D. We were home at around 20:00 and I prepared the nachos. Nat wanted to immediately pour all of them onto a plate, cover them with cheese and microwave them. I prevailed upon him to let me see what happened when we did that to a few before we risked ruining the all. It worked a treat so we had; Nachos, regular and tangy cheese, covered in nacho cheese and grated cheddar microwaved for a minute and then eaten with salsa dip... yummy!!!
We all watched BB11 then the kids went to bed, Deb watched the reminder of the Bruce Forsythe "Who Do You Think You Are" while I sat down and wrote this. When Deb goes to bed I'm going to watch the TV, then, after midnight I'm going to call John, at work, to see if he's heard anything from Occupational Health about my supposed appointment at 11 AM tomorrow morning. I'm not travelling all that way if it's not definitely been arranged; I still haven't heard back from Lucy either by phone text or email.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Back to talking about being at Jacobs once we had played on the Xbox for another couple of hours we went into the tent and started playing cards or more specifically Black Jack also Know as 21 we used Starburst also known as Opel fruits or as Jacob would call them April fruits for betting I won every hand literally so by the end of the game I had a massive pile of Starburst and everyone else had tiny little piles MU HA HA HA!!!! After this we talked about Halo Reach and Rugby as Zak is going to join the Vipers when the season starts back up again but he won’t be able to replace Robin she was so so scary one thing Zak will never be. At about 0300 we got to sleep and the rest of this griping story will be told in the blog post for Monday.
Hannah went first and I only managed to film a little of her time because she was halfway through it before I was ready to film. I managed to get more of Nat when he had a turn.
We had parked at the Highcross Centre and on our way back to the car we stopped for a little while, there's no such thing as long enough in this shop, at the Apple Store* where we played with the new iPhone 4 and the iPad and Hannah, in addition, played with the latest Nano. We went into town at 11.30, Hannah had already , along with Shantelle, gone into town with Harleen and her Mother. We had arranged to meet up with her there which we did shortly after we got there. We left at about 2:00 so we weren't there for very long. Another advantage to staging this event in the park would be that families would make a day of it there.
Bondage Bunny Phone
Shantelle popped in this evening and spent some time with Hannah in her den while we all tried to stop Monty joining them.
After BB11 finished Deb departed for Bedford-shire while the kids stayed down with me. Hannah kept getting hysterical every time I pretended to be Brain Damaged Horse (or Mental Horse) from Family Guy and in the end wouldn't stop pestering me to be him "just one more time". Nat managed to remained with us for the last part of V for Vendetta and two episodes of Family Guy but then gave up the ghost. Hannah stayed awake for three episodes of Smallville before she crawled into her den and went to sleep.
Then I came and typed this.
Friday, 16 July 2010
It'sThe End of the (School) Year as we Know It...Already! No Spondoolies, Lucy Lawless, Spartacus, Edgy Photo, New PAYG Three Android Smartphone, Doit4Real, Cumbria, The Lake District, Castle Head, Ghyll Scrambling.
I've got six unseen episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on the Virgin+ box which I must get round to watching because I've just found out on the Inter-Web that Lucy Lawless, yes Xena Warrior Princess, gets her Norks out in a number of them and, apparently, they are very nice Norks indeed. On top of her lovely Norks, or to be more anatomically accurate below her lovely norks, she also wears her very own Merkin! Well that's one night of severe wrist ache pencilled in; probably best to pencil that in now... while I still can! I think that's more than enough lawless lusting for today, wouldn't you say?
It looks pretty decent too:
Nat's Doit4Real course got sorted out yesterday. It seems that Deb's conversation of the previous evening had not been entered into the record hence the phone call. Nat missed his "extreme activities" courses but has ended up with one that he should enjoy greatly. It's in the lake district at Castle Head Field Centre,Grange over Sands, Cumbria and it's pretty nifty. The course doesn't included paint balling and the like but it does include activities such as hill walking; camping; ghyll scrambling; rock climbing; caving; canoeing and rafting. This should be more than enough to keep and adventurous twelve year old boy happy. we didn't actually know what ghyll scrambling was so we Googled it and it turns out to be, walking, running, sliding, diving and generally navigating your way down Cumbrian rivers. It looks like a darn fine way of passing the time and building moral fibre as this terrific video from the BBC's "Country File" demonstrates.
(Castle Head) is very attractive; it lies between the fells of the Lake District and the shores of Morecambe Bay, in a secluded corner of north west England. The Centre includes an impressive Georgian house which is enhanced by a Victorian verandah and is surrounded by 20 hectares of grounds.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
I received a plethora of telephone calls this morning; first "Doit4Real rang wanting to speak to Deb about booking a week with them for Nat this summer because the two sites we'd already applied for were fully booked. I explained that Deb had spoken to them about this already because they'd called about it yesterday.I'd understood, from Deb, that she'd already booked an alternative venue. She had no record of this so I gave her Deb's work number so that she could check directly with her.
As I hung up the phone it rang again. Answering I could not understand anything the person on the other end said. The line cleared and the caller explained that she was Lucy and she was calling from the Occupational Health Dept at work. My mobile rang at this point and I had to put Lucy on hold; it was Deb wanting some Doit4Real info, I explained that I couldn't speak and would call her back ASAP. Back on the line with Lucy she explained that John, my manager, had referred me to OH and she was calling to follow up his referral. She wasn't aware of my situation Re:Hip Replacement at all so I explained the position, told her that I was now walking and that I was considering returning to work next week. She was surprised that I was thinking of returning so soon but, as I said, I was getting cabin fever at home and I was now virtually fully mobile. I suggested that perhaps I could return first for one night, then two, then three, until I was sure that I was up to returning full-time. She agreed this might be a good idea but, whatever I decided to do, she wanted to see me before I returned at all. We had provisionally agreed to meet at 11:00 next Tuesday but, as she was giving me her direct contact number, before we confirmed these arrangements she was cut off. I hadn't managed to get her number when this happened and so I was about to 1471 her call when Deb called and made that impossible. I tried, instead, to ring Reception (at work) but this number kept putting me straight through to a CSO. Apart from the fact that lines had a queue of backed-up calls a CSO wouldn't have been able to help me so I rang off to wait for Lucy to call me back... I'm still waiting!
Today I posted my 1000th Tweet and it was a dozy; I'd come across a video of famous movie themes played on the vuvuzela and posted the link to this. Here's the actual tweet:
#vuvuzela #vuvuzelafilmscores #vuvzelamusic #movies #vuvuzelas #films #filmscores Film Themes on Vuvuzela http://bit.ly/cOmomu MY1000TWEET. I've actually embedded the video itself in the post below this one.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
When we got there the first ride I went on was Maelstrom which is a ride that spins and swings you it was immense, next up was rocky rapids a water ride although not a very wet one at all, Soon after was storm force ten although it was a massive twenty minuet wait and again I came of dry while every one else was soaked but never mind it was a great ride because your not on a track your boat actually jumps and you can see the drop if you are at the front which of course I was. Later that day but not much later I went on a ride called the WILD WEST SHOOT OUT YE HA on which we had to go around on a cart shooting things with a laser tag pistol my score was 8000 which is a very high score although the high score this year was 30,000. Next I went on APOCALYPSE which is so fast you go up and when you get to the top ten seconds later you are at the bottom it was so fast and epic I want to go on it again and then possibly a third time!!! Next I went on Pandemonium a ride which spins you round and round and you guessed it round on this ride I almost fell out of my seat when we were upside down like when I was on a similar ride in
Today Will Mark My Thousandth Tweet or Will It? Conning Christians, Jason Bradbury, How Not To Film Yourself, How To Film Yourself
Anyway, I've just discovered a way to easily collect twitter followers; when you tweet anything taking the piss out of religion just include the # tag #Jesus #God # and such like and some dumb arses will follow you without reading the content of your tweet. I tweeted the following - Jesus Saves: But unfortunately not enough to fund a 2/3's of final salary pension! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10630893 #pension #jesus #saves - within 5 minutes I been followed by two USA churches who obviously hadn't read what I'd written. So on the run up to Tweet 1000 I'm going to add as many hashtags (#) as I can to my tweets to see how many followers I can get before I hit the big 1000! It'll be interesting to see if I can get anymore followers; I'll have to plan the next few tweets
Nat went on a trip, with his school, to Drayton Manor Park and Zoo today. I asked him if he could take some photos and perhaps the odd video while he was there to include in
First, here are the THREE photos he took; yes I know, without a doubt he's obviously destined to be the next David Bailey:
There is his video:
and here's how it should be done:
P.S. Re: Twitter - ((* or 998 if you don't mistakenly hold down the shift key! If I do Tweet another Two before Midnight I'll return to tell the tale.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Poor old Shantelle came to see Hannah this afternoon, after we'd got back, in floods of tears. Her Mum is getting remarried soon and today Shantelle's bridesmaids dress arrived. Now she is a little over weight and it turned out that the zip on the dress couldn't be done up. Her Mum, it seems, probably already pretty stressed by all the preparations, lost it big time and told the poor little thing that she was fat and had ruined her wedding because of this. You can imagine the effect this had and when her Mum's new chap didn't intervene to defend her this made things worse. Deb ended up giving her a cuddle and reassuring her but it wasn't nice and my heart bled for her. Eventually she calmed down and afterward she and Han and Harlene all went upstairs to watch a video.
Finally, after nearly a year of knowing about it, Nat and I sat together and watched the first Stanford University Software engineering video. He managed to get most of the way through it but eventually got bored because the first video contained allot of material relating to the course as it applied to campus students. What I did do, when it was over, was finally get round to downloading the course software from Stanford and installing it on the PC. This proved to be a more fiddly exercise than it first appeared but eventually I got it all up and running. Now we can watch the next video and start programing Karel the Robot.
While I was doing the install Nat went upstairs and continued to build a Halo game on his X-box. He later came downstairs and took me back up with him to show me what he'd done. It was very impressive, in collaboration with Jacob, he had built a new and original game site where humans were pitted against zombies.
Han was finally given her Sports day certificates at school today and below are some photos of her with them.
Monday, 12 July 2010
to-wit this one
BritishRT @mysickbones cheers via @JasonBradbury I sent a the following tweet to Jason Bradbury : @JasonBradbury Some one tries to explain them here if this is of any use to you http://bit.ly/9SQ22P PS Loved the Gadget Show Live this year
In response to his query about the lyrics of this song http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858700024/
I don't know why I've received this follow up from BritishRT because I can't work out what British RT (retweet) is. maybe I'll get a response which will explain everything. In the mean time I've followed the links and it just leads me to this site Favstar.fm and this site makes even less sense. maybe I'm just being stupid but the intricacies of Twitter are weird! I've watched their video and I'm still not clear what it's for. But, I've proved that you can write two hundred words about nothing.
Considered the master-work of renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project's vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona's (and Spain's) top tourist attractions for many years. The church is to be consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI on November 7, 2010, during his visit to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona.