All entries for September 2005

September 30, 2005

Another mystery unravelled

Writing about Syncspeed, how and why from Syncspeed

Following on Simon's entry on blog names and where his came from, I feel I should take this opportunity to clear up where mine originates from for those who don't get it (I know from the past that it's not as obvious as I thought it might be!). Basically, it's an amalgamation of "Petrolhead" and the modern world's need to attribute anything to sexuality – the terms "retrosexual" and "metrosexual" both come to mind. I first read petrosexual being used in an article by Jeremy Clarkson in Top Gear around a year or so ago, and so we arrive at the thoughts of a car nut – a petrosexual's tuppence. Just to clarify for those who are still confused (again some queries that have come up in the past):

  • A petrosexual is nothing to do with pets (and that is just plain wrong)
  • Petrosexuals are not actually sexually attracted to cars. Well not to my knowledge anyway

I hope that clears it up for everybody.

September 27, 2005

Yay for Top B

I have just returned from the first Top B of the year. Despite having to queue from Lazer Lizard and also one or two other setbacks, I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed it tonight and also that I have some great friends and friends of friends who really do make it infinitely more fun. Thanks to all for a fun night out. In addition, living on campus (and thus not having to drive 18 miles home and therefore being able to drink more than one pint) kicks ass.

September 25, 2005

I is back

Just a quick entry to say I am now officially moved in on campus. By moved in, I mean my stuff is in my room, my stereo is working and I'm online. That covered, I'm going to find some people to abuse. Am also a very happy Siggy as I found out today that I've managed to rid myself of my Liberty Park contract, so I'm not going to have to fork out two lots of rent this year! Free drinks for all!

September 22, 2005

Boredom strikes

Writing about web page

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

Ok so I nicked this from Chris, despite the fact that I've done it before. What the hell, I have nothing better to do right now…

Okay, here's what you're supposed to do…..and try not to be LAME
and spoil the fun! Just give in. Copy (not forward) this entire
e-mail and paste it into a new e-mail that you can send. Change all
of the answers so that they apply to you. Then, send this to a whole
bunch of people you know INCLUDING the person who sent it to you.
The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known facts about
your friends. It is fun and easy (and totally pointless but what the

1.What Time is it now? 22:15
2.What is your full name? Christopher Stephen Sigournay
3.Single or taken? Single
4.What does your name mean? Christopher – well taken from Jesus Christ I guess, although I may be wrong. No idea what it means. My surname is Hugenot Flemish (ancestors fled as refugees during the French revolution) – it means 'journeyman'
5.Who picked out your name? My Dad I think, I'm named after his brother who died before I was born
6.What's your nickname? Siggy, plus many unprintables
7.How old are you? 21
8.What colour are your eyes? A boring plain brown
9.Do you have an innie or an outie? Innie
10.What size are your shoes? 10
12.How tall (or short) are you? 5ft 10
13.Honestly what do you like about yourself? I'll get back to you? If we're talking about in general, probably my ability to think my way around problems. If we're talking physically what do I like about myself, errr well I've been complimented on my chin before, I guess I'll put that down
14.What do you always get complimented on? A determination to work hard from employers and academic ability from staff
15.What is your worst quality? My bloody mindedness – although it can also be an asset
16.What are the last four digits of your phne Number? 9770
17. Do you think you're cute? I hope not. I'd like to think I'm handsome, but I think that's stretching it a bit. Cute implies boyishness and I hate not looking grown up
18. Hair colour? Brown

19.Do you wear contacts? No
20.Living Arrangements? I'll let you know in 48 hours! Don't know myself yet…
20.Favourite Drink? St Clements
22.Favourite alcoholic drink? Cider – proper cider mind
23.Favourite Month? May is great
24.Favourite Food? Steeeeeeaaaaaakkkkk
25.Favourite Board/Card Game? Risk
26.Favourite WebSite? is pretty good
27.Favourite Clothing Brand? Clean, tidy, comfortable and covering all private parts is about as far as my clothing requirements go… Ask anyone who's ever been shopping with me, I don't know!
28.Favourite day of the Year? Can't honestly say I have one
29.Favourite colour? Blue
30.Favourite Animals? Big cats are my favourites – Tigers, Jaguars, Leopards. If I had to pick….. Hmmm Jaguars
31.Do you have more girl or boy friends? I haven't counted, probably about an even mix
32.Who's your best friend? Chris H from uni and Kim and Chris P from home are my closest probably
33.Are your parents together? No thank god
34.How often do you get together with the family? Big family gatherings about two or three times a year really
35.Do you tell your parents or your friends more? Definitely friends for most things. I'd never tell my Dad much relevant, Mum and Grandad get a lot more and on some things they know more than friends I guess
36.Anything special about your parents? My Dad is cool when it's one on one and he's not annoyed about something and is the most prodigiously talented person at practical things and operating machines that I know, mum is generally great at cooking and life stuff
37.Siblings and their ages? Andrew, 19, and Emma, 17
38.You're a flirt? I don't think so!
39.You're slutty? Somehow no
40.You Mean? Not that I know of
41.You like someone? No, I hate everybody with equal passion. I like to be fair
42.You can keep secrets? I can indeed

43.You dance in front of the mirror? My dancing is for the suffering of others
44.You sing in the shower? Never in the shower
46.You liked Britney Spears? In what way?
47.You've liked a cousin? No
48.You've been in the opposite sexes bathroom? No, I can read the signs
49.You've seriously hurt someone? Yes, although not intentionally
50.You've been hurt seriously? Yes
52.You get your way? Always
53.You're willing to try new things? So long as they look like the old things
54.You've cheated on a test? Cough No
57.What are you wearing? Engineer jeans, grey trainers and a Tommy H Polo shirt that was bought when I was about 14 and it still fits
58. What colour and material r ur pants? Grey cotton
59.What are you listening to? The computer cooling fan. This computer has built in speakers only – ick
60.How are you feeling? A little tired, a little stressed, a little mellow
61.What are you doing? Typing this waiting for the next hour to roll around
62.What are you eating? Nowt
63.How many people are online? Nine
64.How's the weather? Dark and clear
65.What's on your mouse pad? Some weird aboriginee picture of a kangaroo fight. It's not mine…
66.What books are you reading? The timewaster letters by Robin Cooper

67.How many lip glosses do you have?
68.What perfume do you use?
69.What's in your purse?
70.Thong or regular panties?
71.Tall or short boys?
72.Blonde or brunette guys?
Who stole number 73??? Is it lost on a bus somewhere in Brixton?
74.Boxers showing?
75.Long hair or short hair on boys?
76.What do you find annoying in a guy?
77.What's the first thing you notice about guys?

78.What kind of cologne do you use? Lynx although I'm currently using a can of deodourant that was bought for me a while ago, I forget what it is but it's ok
79.What's in your pockets? My keyring with car keys, house keys to here, Grandad's and Dad's, my phone and my wallet
80. Boxer or Briefs? Boxers
81.Blonde or brunette girls? Either or
82.Tall or short girls? Hmmm short to medium height
83.Piercings on girls? Ears and tummy only
84. Long hair or short? Long. The longer the better
85.Good or bad girl? Good
86.What do you find annoying in girls? Given that I have a female as well as male readership and I do not wish to offend by sweeping generalisations, I'm going to not answer this one for once. Oh, except that most of you can't drive properly but still consider yourselves authorities on lecturing me how to drive. Those that can are obviously excepted
87.What's the first thing you notice about girls? Usually the mood they are in actually, ascertained by eyes and mouth

88.What was the last movie you saw? Sahara on DVD, Stealth in the Cinema
89.What did you have for dinner? Scampi, chips, garlic bread and lemon sorbet
90 and 91 anybody???
92.What movie do you really want to see? I was annoyed that I missed fantastic four. Right now the one I want to go see is Dukes of Hazzard, although I think there was another one that I haven't seen that I want tot
93.Tell us about those scars? Right shin ripped on a metal bike pedal at 8, left arm fell through a trailer during my first summer of farming are the main ones. Oh and on the back of my left hand I burnt on a 6.6 litre engine block
95.Where is your dream place to travel to? I'd love to do a Safari. And I'm looking forward to going to the Amazon with Lindsey, but considering she hasn't even gotten so far as getting a plane to England yet, that could be some way off…
96.What did you last dream about? I hardly ever remember dreams
97.What was the last thing you ate? A packet of cheese and onion crisps
98.If you were a crayon what colour what would you be? Good question. Namely because relating my personality to a particular frequency of vibration of electromagnetic waves is a leap of abstract weirdness too far for my brain
99.Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My grandfather, reminding me about something that was already on my to do list for tomorrow
100.Do you like the person that sent this to you? Well I stole it from him but yeah I guess he's alright
102.Ever had a crush on a teacher? I don't remember having one
103.Are you too shy to ask someone out? Yes
104.Scary movies or happy ending? I don't like scary movies. Tacky endings suck though. I prefer well thought-out ones mostly
105.Summer or winter? Either or really. Summer usually means I'm driving tractors so I'll go for that
106.Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
107.Do you want your friends to write back? I don't give a toss if they do or not!
108.Who is most likely to respond? No idea
109.Who is least likely to respond? See above
110.What did you do last night? MSN for the most part
111. What time is it now? 22:55

September 19, 2005

A farmer no more

Today was my last day on the farm this year. It should have been last friday, but my manager asked me to work today as well, so I ended up getting up at 4:15 this morning and driving a four hour round trip just because I wanted to have another day driving my tractor. After over 3 months (I started on the 13th June), you'd have thought the novelty would have worn off, but no. So there we go – another fun season is over and done with. Drilling is well underway, oddly harvest isn't quite finished because we still have 2 fields of linseed to cut (my first year's experience of the stuff), and generally everything seems to be in good shape. My tractor even came back from the workshops last week after 5 weeks (picture of broken part and others to follow) which was good. But it's all over for another year and I am now a very sad and exhausted Siggy. Flump.

September 18, 2005

Nicking a quiz from Lorna

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to the First Level of Hell - Limbo!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very High
Level 2 (Lustful)Moderate
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)High
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Level 1 - Limbo

Charon ushers you across the river Acheron, and you find yourself upon the brink of grief's abysmal valley. You are in Limbo, a place of sorrow without torment. You encounter a seven-walled castle, and within those walls you find rolling fresh meadows illuminated by the light of reason, whereabout many shades dwell. These are the virtuous pagans, the great philosophers and authors, unbaptised children, and others unfit to enter the kingdom of heaven. You share company with Caesar, Homer, Virgil, Socrates, and Aristotle. There is no punishment here, and the atmosphere is peaceful, yet sad.

Level 3

In the third circle, you find yourself amidst eternal rain, maledict, cold, and heavy. The gluttons are punished here, lying in the filthy mixture of shadows and of putrid water. Because you consumed in excess, you meet your fate beneath the cold, dirty rain, amidst the other souls that there lay unhappily in the stinking mud. Cerebus, a canine monster cruel and uncouth with his three heads and red eyes, dwells in this level. He growls and tears at the damned with his teeth and claws.

Level 6 - The City of Dis

You approach Satan's wretched city where you behold a wide plain surrounded by iron walls. Before you are fields full of distress and torment terrible. Burning tombs are littered about the landscape. Inside these flaming sepulchers suffer the heretics, failing to believe in God and the afterlife, who make themselves audible by doleful sighs. You will join the wicked that lie here, and will be offered no respite. The three infernal Furies stained with blood, with limbs of women and hair of serpents, dwell in this circle of Hell.

September 14, 2005

Clarkson attacked!

Writing about web page

Jeremy Clarkson was attacked by a protester on monday whilst recieving an honorary degree from Brookes University. His immediate reaction was "A good shot, but too much sugar" – good to see that he took it all in good humour. And interviewed afterward about suggestions that he was attacked because of the perception that he doesn't care about the environment, he immediately replied "well, I don't". No-nosense stuff from the greatest presenter ever – keep up the good work Jezza!

September 02, 2005

A couple of slightly different moments

While waiting for a lorry to turn up today, I had a most blissful few minutes of being paid at work to lie back on straw bales staring into the open blue sky, a pair of aeroplanes making vapour trails (which reminded me of a song we used to sing in primary school but I can’t remember the name – any help?), birds wheeling in the air crying faintly, temperature just right to be cool and a soft breeze to caress the skin. On the other hand, breaking open a wasp’s nest and having thousands of angry wasps swarming about the place is somewhat less blissful.

September 01, 2005

In case anyone wonders…

… Where I get it from, a phonecall from my grandfather today will answer your queries. One of his fiddling about jobs for the day was to investigate what was wrong with a tool we have, affectionately dubbed 'Big Bertha'. Big Bertha is a hot rod flame gun; basically a cylinder which holds a couple of litres of paraffin, with a pump and burning nozzle on one end. We use it mainly for burning off weeds and starting fires when the material is reluctant to burn, although if not warmed up properly the fuel doesn't fully combust in the nozzle when pumped out; so in this fashion we can happily spit balls of flaming paraffin a good twenty feet or so, which is always good fun. Anyway; there has been a problem with the pump not fully sealing recently, and so grandad was taking it apart to put it right. I didn't really follow what he was doing from the brief description he gave me, but it was something to do with the pump only being soldered in and not welded in like he thought, and he was using a gas torch to free it by heat or something; and the resulting unexpected igntion blew the pump off, through the garage roof (which now has a nice hole in it), over his conservatory (which is about 14 feet high at the centrepoint) and to the other side of the garden some 80 feet away. I was most impressed with him, and was sad that I wasn't there today to see it. I was laughing so hard at the mental image that I had tears come to my eyes and I had to stop driving for a minute or two to compose myself. So yeah, if you ever want to know where I get my messing about, pyromaniac, destructive and accident prone tendencies from, there's your answer.

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