March 01, 2006

Scooter – back in Ireland

Well now! Here I am, back in Ireland. All is well – my home town of Bangor is looking suitably incredulous, and my old school has transformed from what looked like a giant, flat plastic portacabin into a giant, plastic Church Of The 80s with an impossibly angled roof. Anyway – here's a couple more photos. I almost lost my calm facade of getting-very-close-to-the-faces-of-animals-to-take-photos-of-them-Doctor-Doolittle-style-if-he'd-had-a-camera-which-he-probably-didn't today, as a maniacal cat mauled my leg and took a bite out of my trainer when I took a picture of it. Maybe it was worried I'd stolen a part of its soul. Ah well – easy come, easy go, as they say in the world of cat photography.

Watch it cat!

Watch it horse!

Watch it again cat!

Waaatch it horse!!


February 28, 2006

It has to be seen to be believed

Follow-up to the world's worst shop front window from Talking Behind the Psychic's Back

Not too many shocked readers responding to the photo of the stuffed animals displayed in a shop-window, so after a hunt through some old photos taken last year… I found…. the very first photographic evidence of this macabre display!!!

So for your delight, here it is!!!

Grim shop


February 24, 2006

Computer guys – I need help

Techie types the blogging world over… I need your help. I'm totally stumped. I've been given the task to update a website which is hosted by Lumison. However, when I log in to the Lumison website, I cannot at all figure out how to edit my own site which is here . The unhelpful techie types at Lumison tell me that I have to use something called FileZilla, but I can't get that to work. Neither can I access the site from the FTP location which they've suggested. In fact, I don't really understand FTP at all. Does anyone have experience of hosting sites with Lumison or with anything similar, and does anyone at all have a clue about how I can edit the HTML of an existing site (i.e. in FrontPage or something similar) and then update it to the site? I don't understand this…I need a free site from geocities or something.

Aaaand a few more photos

…some from last weekend, hostelling in Youlgreave – and a couple of extra photos of other things. I'm probably now taking up the entire 'latest on blogs' page, but I'm not sorry. Ha ha ha! Pics taken by me and by fleur

Youlgreave

Youlgreave

Youlgreave

Youlgreave

Youlgreave

Youlgreave

Youlgreave

Palm trees in Zanzibar

leamington

vroom vroom

birmingham eye


Pictures pictures pictures pictures

Feedback pleeeeease, photo kids!

A few more shots from Sweden:

Abandoned fairground

Snowball fun

Looking for candy floss

Fairy fair

Woosh

Falling...

Us at the fair

Snowy bikes

Airport Fleur

happy us


February 22, 2006

Photography news…

Hey hey, photo kids…
I've just signed up with my favourite favourite favourite website, Lomography.com
You can see my pics by checking my profile page and clicking 'Shots'. Also check out Fleur's at this address
Feedback appreciated as always, on this site or on that one. I recommend all you snappers to sign up, it's an awesome forum. Cheers!

February 20, 2006

New York photos

Follow-up to Sweden photos from Talking Behind the Psychic's Back

Now I'm on a roll with the old scanning malarky, have also updated the New York gallery
Go and check it out!

New York taxis


Sweden photos

Well now! I've just put up a bunch of photos from the holiday which Fleur and I took to Sweden a couple of weeks ago. The dude at the photo processors cut them a bit wacky, but I like it. Some of them are taken with an ActionSampler (takes four pictures per print with a delay between each), some with a Fisheye camera (the curvy ones) – both available from the amazing site Lomography.com.
As always, I'd appreciate any feedback! Hope you like them – check out the Gallery here for all pics. Here's a sample of some of my favourites.

Narnia

The Narnia-esque landscape!

Church

The Church behind our hotel.

Fairground

A ride at the Stockholm fairground – abandoned for the winter!

Graffiti

Fleur and I, near our hotel.

Me jumping

Me jumping like a loon.

Hope you like them!


February 16, 2006

PC World and all that is wrong with it

Well, well.
In prelude to the forthcoming entry on 'Tesco and all of its evilness', allow us to entertain you with the following.
Now, Random and I made a little trip over to P.C. World earlier today, in order to fulfill our relatively simple request for a new hard drive. Computer illiterate we may well be, but still, we expected service of the calibre promised to us by that stupid T.V. advert, with salespeople appearing from within our very bodies and handing us USB cables, frankincense and myrrh. Instead, what we received was something along these lines:

Fleur: 'Oh, hello. I was wondering if'-
P.C. World Employee: 'What?'
Fleur: 'Well -'
P.C. World Employee: 'No, sorry.'
Fleur: 'Oh.'

Later...

Fleur: 'Excuse me -'
P.C. World Employee: 'Not my section, mate.'
Fleur: 'Oh.'

Later still

Fleur: 'Can I just have a hard drive?'
P.C. World Employee: 'None in stock, mate.'
Fleur: 'But I just phoned you, and you said you had several.'
P.C. World Employee: 'What?'
Fleur: 'Do you have any?'
P.C. World Employee: 'There only is one, and you can't have it. It doesn't work.'
Fleur: 'Then why are you selling it?'
P.C. World Employee: 'Well, it does work, but you can't have it.'

Meanwhile

Me: 'Do you have any scanners? I'm looking for a scanner, but not a printer, just a scanner on its own.'
P.C. World Employee: 'Say that all again.'
Me: 'Scanners?'
P.C. World Employee: 'Hmmm. Well there are two models available. One of them is much better than the other, and much cheaper.'
Me: 'Oh, so why is the other one more expensive?'
P.C. World Employee: 'You what?'
Me: 'Well, I'll have the cheaper one then please.'
P.C. World Employee: 'We haven't got any.'

Later still

Fleur: 'Look, can I just please have a hard drive?'
P.C. World Employee: 'You can't take that one, it won't work.'
Fleur: Oh. (to other P.C. World Employee) Will this hard drive work okay?'
P.C. World Employee: 'Yeah mate! No problem!'
Fleur: 'Oh. I'll have this then please.'
P.C. World Employee: 'Okay, but you can't take it out of the (plain unlabelled cardboard) box until you know it'll definitely work, cos we can't return it when the seal's broken.'
Fleur: 'Oh.'

In conclusion, then, the idyllic world promised to us by television is proven once again to be nothing but a falsehood. For this was what we expected:

PC World of falsehood

but this, dearest reader, is what we received.

Purgatory

For God's sake!!!


the world's worst shop front window

If you owned a clothes shop in the middle of a busy and popular part of town, where tourists might stroll past catching a glimpse of your wares, how would advertise your products and create a stunning window display?

Would you
a) arrange the clothes artistically following a colour theme, perhaps a seasonal theme, give examples of accessories to go with the clothes..
b) go for a traditional mannequin display with blank eyed women staring out of the window at potential buyers, with the clothes hung in a formal but proficient manner that demonstrates how they would fall against the body..
c) use taxidermed animals in the window front, a hideous witchy looking woman with a big hooked nose, more taxidermed animals but with human noses and ears stuck on them. The final insult after being killed (or dying of natural causes), stuffed and displayed in a clothes shop window..

What's your choice?

awful awful shop

That there folks is a hedgehog with a funny bill stuck on along with a sailor's cap, a small puppy, a grotesque monkey and a ferret/weasal/stoat thing in the background. Sadly the picture doesn't show the congor eel, the duck, the mongoose, the kitten, the small piglet, oh, and the horrible woman with the hooked nose.

Any swedish speakers please please translate what the little signs are!!!


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