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March 14, 2007

Parish Church

Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
Filter: UV
Date: 18th Feb 2007
Location: Parish Church, Leamington Spa
Focal Length: 18mm (equivalent focal length: 30mm)
Shutter: 1/400s
Aperture: F/10
ISO: 400
White Balance: auto
Comments: Whilst being one of my favourite photos at the moment, it gives a clear example of the barrel distortion you get on this lens at the wide angle. It’s not so evident with further zoom, but is a bit rediculous really!
Post–processing: none

March 11, 2007

House Sidearm

Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Filter: UV
Date: 28th Feb 2007
Location: Ultimate Frisbee Pitch, Uni of Warwick
Focal Length: 150mm (equivalent focal length: 244mm)
Shutter: 1/320s
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 400
White Balance: Cloudy
Comments: House unleashes a sidearm up the line.
Post–processing: none

JLo Layout

Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Filter: UV
Date: 28th Feb 2007
Location: Ultimate Frisbee Pitch, Uni of Warwick
Focal Length: 140mm (equivalent focal length: 228mm)
Shutter: 1/400s
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 400
White Balance: Cloudy
Comments: my gripe with this is that I didn’t quite catch it in time and thus it’s out of focus. I really wish it was in focus then it’d be one of my favourite photos.
Post–processing: Cropped quite a lot

March 09, 2007

Three Pint Challenge

Copyright © 2007 Nick Hudgell

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 18–200mm f3.5–6.3 DC
Filter: UV
Date: 7th March 2007
Location: Varsity, Uni of Warwick
Focal Length: 88mm (equivalent focal length: 143mm)
Shutter: 1/100s
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 800
White Balance: auto
Comments: The nemesis of all Ultimate Players: the Three Pint Challenge. Albeit finished.
Post–processing: none

March 05, 2007

What would you do

Here is a hypothetical situation:

If you had £2000 to invest, and could invest in whatever you wanted be it shares, bank account etc what would you do?

p.s. this is not some attempt to get some free financial advice, I’ve not got £2000 to invest!!

February 20, 2007


This is just too awesome to remain unblogged. It would seem that my brother is a creative genius with rice, this is his latest masterpiece – Jimi Hendrix, made entirely from uncooked rice placed on his campus bedroom carpet. Teh Win is it not?

Rice Hendrix Inverted

This is the inverted image. For the original click here

M xxx

EDIT: Also, why am I almost one third of the hot topics? What is up with everyone? This is unnatural…

February 14, 2007

Mmmm Topical Repost


If February 14th is for couples, just remember that February 15th is everyone elses turn to celebrate; so use the opportunity to buy a nice big box of reduced chocolates to treat that special someone in your life - you.

Or just stock up with cards and fluffy crap for next year. Y'know. Whatever.

M xxx


Dear You,

Happy Valentines Day!


From Andrew.

(Image obtained from VGCats.com)

February 13, 2007

Hell Yes!

Follow-up to Dear Mr/Ms World from Something Random

As of the 5th of March Mia will be officially EMPLOYED.


E   M   P   L   O   Y   E   D   .

Parfait Amour celebrations will commence ahead of schedule, as will much bubble-bathage, pampering and singing musicals/radio karaoke out loud. Then after a while it will really sink in and I will have to have a little lie down I guess. Wow. Fucking hell. A Job. With many shiny pennies. and a health plan. Christ.

This is a big thing after all that being poor and tesco-value-ness.

I think I might have to have that lie down first... 


M xxx 

February 11, 2007

Fingers on buzzers…

parfait amourSo, how many "first posts" will be made on wednesday? Any guesses? Will the stats peak like a 7.2 on the Richter scale? Hopefully it won't be as tragic as I expect, although it would prove to be one of the few times my pessimism has let me down.

Still, I can't help but feel optimistic this week, for on top of the prospect of imminent employment I will at last get to spend the 14th with my true love. Which definitely beats last year (when I was forced, by circumstance, to spend it with my brother - I'm sure he was equally thrilled) and, come to think of it, the other preceeding twenty...  But finally on wednesday I'll get to snuggle up with my darling, my treasure, my "Parfait Amour" - all 70 neon-violet centilitres of it. Bliss.

M xxx

Horrible Video

Here is a video of a mouse being eaten by a giant centipede. It’s icky.

Video doesn’t allow embedding, so clicky on it to watch it at youtube.

February 08, 2007

Public Service Announcement 2

I still hate snow, it’s still rubbish.

February 05, 2007

On Bettering Oneself

I used to read a book a day, and now I’ve sunk to such levels that I’m lucky if I manage a book a year. It bothers me so much that I’ve set myself the task of bridging this literary deficit as quickly as possible, starting with “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.

What are the classics that you would consider unmissable reading? Are there any books that changed your life or worldview? I’m giving myself a year to get through as many suggestions as possible…

And yes Hughes, Catch 22 is on the list already.

M xxx


Should read:
1984 – George Orwell
A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway
A Million Little Pieces - James Fray
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Animal Farm – Orwell
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Between Silk and Cyanide – Leo Marks
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
Coming Up For Air – George Orwell
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell
Emma - Jane Austen
Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
Going Solo - Roald Dahl
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman
Homage To Catalonia - George Orwell
How Green Was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn
I am Legend - Richard Matheson
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell - Susanna Clarke
Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
Once in a House on Fire - Andrea Ashworth
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years Of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Paddy Clarke Ha, Ha, Ha – Roddy Doyle
Romance Of The Three Kingdoms - Lo Kuan-Chung and C.H. Brewitt-Taylor
Sandman - Neil Gaiman
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
Tess D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
The Bonfire of the Vanities
– Tom Wolfe
The Count Of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
The Forever War
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
The Kite Runner – Khaleid Hosseini
The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Outsider - Albert Camus
The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Transmetropolitan - Warren Ellis
War And Peace
- Leo Tolstoy
Wind Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

Currently reading: Neither Here Nor There - Bill Bryson
& The Sound Of Laughter - Peter Kay

Have read:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett (I fell off the waggon...)
Small Gods - Terry Pratchett (I fell off the waggon again...)
The Discworld Companion - Terry Pratchett (And again...)
Colony - Rob Grant (Screw the waggon.)
Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee
The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson

February 04, 2007

World Also Needs Graphs

Graphs allow us to see how properties vary as other properties change, magic!

World Needs Diagrams

The world needs more diagrams, here’s an example of a diagram. As you can see, the diagram makes the process much easier to understand.

January 29, 2007

Public Transport

Public Transport is a little bit expensive.

Last week I went for a job interview in Hatfield, that’s just north of London. Initially I thought to get a train because I don’t have much experience driving long distances.

It would have cost me £75 to buy the train tickets at the station, plus another couple of quid to get a bus from Hatfield station to the business park.

If i’d booked tickets in advance it would have been £35. Somewhat better.

In the end I drove, I filled the tank immediately before and after the journey (i’d actually driven the 1/2 mile to and from ASDA once before refilling, so knock 50p off or something). It cost me £17.

The journey each way also took an hour and a half as opposed to 3 hours.

I would love to be environmentally friendly and use public transport, but quite frankly I can’t afford it.

January 28, 2007

Adventure Time

It’s Adventure Time!

January 17, 2007


I have been provided with a fine assortment of spirits from the drinks cabinet to cater for my mother's posh dinner party this saturday but find myself at a loss when it comes to cocktail recipes. What are your tried and tested favourites? Leave recipes with the comments (especially if they include spirits off the list) and I will use them to experiment on all the guests.

Le Alcohols:

  1. Absinthe
  2. Advocaat
  3. Apricot Liqueur
  4. Aquavit
  5. Baileys
  6. Blue Curacao
  7. Bols Parfait Amour
  8. Brandy
  9. Cream of Aniseed
  10. Cream Sherry
  11. Galliano
  12. Gin Mahon & Dry
  13. Martini Rosso
  14. Moscatel
  15. Peach Schnapps
  16. Pimm's No.1
  17. Pina Colada
  18. Rum
  19. Tequila
  20. Tintilla
  21. Triple Sec Curacao
  22. Vermouth Bianco
  23. Vodka
  24. Whisky

My personal favourite involves a large bottle of Baileys and a glass. 

M xxx 

January 12, 2007

Really Good Couriers (Part 1)

This is a work in progress, I expect masters of comedy like Dean Love to help me make it awesome.

Interior RGCHQ, Evan Bunkerweiner’s Office

Alan Twiddleclud has just begun his first day at Really Good Couriers and is really excited about learning the trade. He’s currently in a meeting with his superior Evan Bunkerweiner who is explaining what he’ll be doing today. Evan Bunkerweiner is some sort of fatherly boss figure, Alan is an eager but naive newbie and Clive talks like someone who went to Eton and Cambridge but is also an idiot.

Evan: Your first day is fairly straightforward, you’ll just be shadowing one of our seasoned drivers and learning the ropes.
Alan: Ok, but when do I get to go out on my own?
Evan: Steady son, there’s a more to being a Really Good Courier than just driving around picking up and dropping off parcels, much more! Ah, here he is, meet Clive.

Clive extends his hand to Alan

Clive: Clive Shuntrunkbag at your service.

Alan shakes Clive’s hand

Alan: Alan, Alan Twiddleclud. Nice to meet you Clive.
Clive: BRILLIANT! Let’s get this old hedgehog roasting!

Interior: Package Room

It’s the room where the drivers pick up the packages and load their vans. Clive and Alan are just loading the last few packages, there are a few other drivers in the room.

Clive: Right, we’ve picked up the goods, or “contraband”. Little joke that, keeps me sane!
Alan: Good one.
Clive: BRILLIANT! We’re going to get along like a ferret in heat!

A random staff member comes across to talk to Clive

Staff Member: Hold up Clive, we’ve got a late package for Bumcorp.
Clive: Another one for Bumcorp? CHRIST! That means we’ll have to do a CONSIGNMENT MERGE!
Random Driver: a CONSIGNMENT MERGE?! You bastard, I haven’t had one of those for weeks!
Alan: What’s a consignment merge?
Clive: Man, it’s times like this that i’m glad to be training the newbies. Ok Alan, a consignment merge happens when multiple orders from the same source are to be delivered to the same place at the same time, a little trick we do is to put them all under the same delivery. It saves us having to drive away from the recipient, turn around and then drop off the second order. Clever eh?

Alan looks confused for a moment, looks like he’s about to say something then wisely decides to keep quiet. Alan is learning.

Alan: Right.
Clive: BRILLIANT! Let’s go poach some eggs!

Clive and Alan get in their van and drive away

January 10, 2007

Product vs. Process

The Painting

He was a little boy
And he was going to paint.
“What are you going to paint?”
Asked the teacher.

“The sky,” replied the little boy
And he picked up the brush
And dipped it into the paint
And painted a big blue sky
With a big yellow sun.

Then he turned around for
The teacher’s approval
But she moved on
To another little boy.

Then the little boy
Remembered the sky at dawn
With pink fluffy clouds
And a soft grey background.

So he dipped his brush
Into the pink and grey
And painted the sky at dawn.
But he’s seen other skies –
The sky at sunset
All red and orange and purple
So he painted the sky at sunset
Streaked with red
And orange and purple
And all the colours ran
Into each other
And the paper was very wet.

Then he painted the sky at night
And he dipped his brush
Into the dark blue
And studded the paper with
White stars and a yellow moon
And the sky before a storm
Angry and grey and dark,
And then he put down his brush
And stood back
Looking at what he had done

And that the colours had all run together,
All the blue and the pinkand
Red and orange and purple
And yellow
And had made a grey wet mess

“Goodness,” said the teacher
When she came back,
“That doesn’t look like the sky.”

But the little boy didn’t care.
It was exactly how
He wanted it
And he carefully put the painting
Away to dry.

by Winnie Pe##, 198#*
* unfortunately the only copy I have is very old and some letters were cut off the original by the photocopier.

Taking a look at some of the most recent blog images reminded me to post it. I wish I had read it when I was doing my A Levels and constantly getting criticism for not sharing the same vision as my art teacher; maybe things would have turned out differently. For starters I wouldn’t experience the urge to be sick every time I see a vase of dying flowers.

M xxx

January 09, 2007


How to get it write.

  1. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
  4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  5. Avoid clichés like the plague.
  6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
  7. Be more or less specific.
  8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
  9. One should never generalise.
  10. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
  11. Don’t use no double negatives.
  12. Eschew ampersands, & abbreviations etc.
  13. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
  14. Understatement is always the best way to put forward earth shaking ideas.
  15. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
  16. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  17. Who need rhetorical questions?
  18. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  19. One word sentences? Eliminate.
    And finally…
  20. Proof read carefully to see if you any words out.


:) M xxx

January 08, 2007

Oh and another thing

I disappeared for a while. But I now have hot steaming broadband being pumped straight into my room, so love me or hate me I’m back; Funnier, cuter and even more outrageously employable than before. Cue 24/7 msn in t minus 9 hours… well, a girl has to sleep

Dear Mr/Ms World


Just give me a goddamn job already.

Not that I’m impatient or anything.

Lots of love,


December 30, 2006

Film Meme–tastic

Who doesn’t enjoy a good meme? Hitler, that’s who. Now lets see how many of this random selection of films i’ve seen.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 6

( ) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
(x) Saw
(x) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 11

(x) Scream
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(x) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
(x) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
(x) American Wedding
(x) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 21

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 27

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
() Robots
Total so far: 33

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
Total so far: 39

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
(x) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
(x) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
Total so far: 44

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
(x) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 46

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
(x) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 50

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
(x) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 57

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
(x) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 63

( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 71

(x) X-Men
(x) X2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
(x) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
(x) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
(x) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 86

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old-virgin
Total so far: 88

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 94

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 95

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 99

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
( ) Chronicle Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
Total so far: 104

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 107

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 113

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
(x) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
(x) Hannibal
Total so far: 120

Good Times

December 17, 2006


I redesigned my blog, it’s not exactly finished but I wanted to get it online so that I can focus on other things.

Grungy Times