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January 11, 2008

Sorry blog

I wish I had the time and inclination to write on this blog more… I think I need a new incentive… maybe a new blog…

September 07, 2007

Using my name in vain

Writing about web page http://www.myspace.com/biffyclyro

Biffy Clyro, Folding Stars

Take a long hard look at yourself
How did you end up here
The blood drips like red inverted balloons
Tomorrow is a promise to no-one

If you want, follow me and I’ll lead you inside
You don’t have to run and hide

Eleanor, Eleanor
I would do anything for another minute with you because
It’s not getting easier, it’s not getting easier

In a bedroom with no windows or doors
All the happy people are crying
You can’t hold a gaze for a second or two
It always ends in total darkness

If you want, follow me and I’ll lead you inside
You don’t have to run and hide

Eleanor, Eleanor
I would do anything for another minute with you because
It’s not getting easier, it’s not getting easier
You will be folding stars
You can’t even understand
It’s not getting easier, it’s not getting easier

It ends in a place with no love only hate
And a mirror reflecting the truth
In your eyes, in your face you can’t wash it away
From your cold, cold heart

Eleanor, Eleanor
I would do anything for another minute with you because
It’s not getting easier, it’s not getting easier
You will be folding stars
You can’t even understand
It’s not getting easier, it’s not getting easier

I hope that you’re folding stars

July 23, 2007

Brief reflections on Bali

First day back in the office after a fab holiday in Indonesia. We sent most time in Bali, but we did go to another couple of islands out there too – Gili Trawangan and Lombok.

We flew from LHR to Doha, got a connecting flight to Jakarta (via Singapore) and then flew Jakarta to Bali (Denpasar airport). The journey took about 30 something hours but was well worth it.

We stayed a couple of nights in Kuta before flying to Lombok where we got a boat to Gili T. We stayed in Gili T for a few nights and then got a boat back to Lombok where we took a trip to some waterfalls. Stayed in Lombok for one night before flying back to Bali and heading to Ubud which is in-coast and is the central cultural area with lots of art, wood carving, temples etc. We stayed two nights there and then went back to Kuta for about 4/5 nights. We then flew to Jakarta where we stayed overnight and then flew back to LHR the following day (the journey home seemed much longer than the journey there!)

Was a fab holiday and we did so much stuff that it feels like it was longer than a fortnight! We did surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, visited waterfalls, rode an elephant, went to the monkey forest and lots of other stuff! Will try and write a few more details soon…

June 12, 2007


Do you believe your horoscopes or are they just a vague prediction that people attach meaning to so they can explain the things that are going on around them?

I have a daily horoscope on my iGoogle page and so often it seems accurate… is there really some truth in it or is it just a coincidence?

Also, your star sign – do you really have the traits of your zodiac sign? I am a Leo and I think people who know me wouldn’t be surprised to find that out.

June 06, 2007

YouTube error

Just tried to access YouTube and received an error message with the following useful information…

A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

I can just imagine the little web monkeys… Made me smile…

June 01, 2007

Ugly Brummie Girls

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/6700777.stm

Brummie girls ‘not pretty enough’

This featured on the BBC website earlier this week…

Beauty contest officials chose a model from Stoke-on-Trent to represent Birmingham because they could not find anyone pretty enough from the city.

That’s just wrong… I know lots of pretty brummies…

Why do people always pick on the Brummies??

May 24, 2007

Getting out and about

3 weeks today – Toronto…

6 weeks today – Indonesia…

Woo hoo!

May 18, 2007

Seven Ages of Rock

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/sevenages/

Was really looking forward to this new series starting on BBC2… but then they go and schedule it for 9pm on a Saturday night! Guess i’ll have to get the old VHS tapes out…

May 15, 2007

I like to… what?

Writing about web page /naomihowell/entry/i_like_a/

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

Google Game: Go to Google and type in quotation marks your name and then “likes to” (ex. “Steve likes to”). Type in the first ten things that come up and repost in your own note.


  • Ellie likes to see the deer and says that in the park it’s possible to feel like you are really in the countryside
  • Ellie likes to go everywhere with her owner
  • Ellie likes to talk…and be held
  • Ellie likes to describe people in both pictures and words
  • Ellie likes to run and play typically for a puppy and is housebroke and up to date with her vaccines
  • Ellie likes to cover mama in puzzle pieces!
  • Ellie likes to eat, sleep, go for walks and snuggle
  • Ellie likes to dance with boys
  • Ellie likes to make her smellies from nature’s goodies…
  • Ellie likes to chase kitties, but when disciplined not to, she listens well

A few of those are true… i’ll let you work out which ones…

Unfortunately, I think Ellie is a popular name for dogs

April 25, 2007

Smoking ban

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6583865.stm

Call me an insensitive non-smoker, but this makes little sense to me:

Smokers should be given time off work to quit before the 1 July ban, NHS experts say.

Do smokers need time off to stop smoking?? I thought that not smoking was something you could do whilst doing other things?

April 24, 2007

Mad world

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6586879.stm

Man cuts off penis in restaurant

Why would anyone do this???

March 30, 2007

Celebrate good times…


I predict exciting days ahead…

Next weekend is my cousin Laura’s wedding. I can’t wait! It’s a momentous occassion. People who know me know how many cousins I have and how important they all are to me. I have one male cousin out of a total of about 15 and he is the only one who is married. Laura will be the first of the girls to tie the knot and it is going to be a good party!

The preparations for the wedding have already taken about two years (it seems like more!) but the big day is creeping closer and suddenly becoming a lot more real! Last night was the wedding rehearsal at the church… I hope the actual day isn’t so chaotic – none of us could stop giggling… especially since the grooms middle name is Algy.

Tomorrow my cousin Maria comes home from Indonesia – the last time she was home was last summer so she hasn’t seen my flat yet! I am very excited about showing her so have got lots of housework to do tonight to make it nice and tidy! We are going out tomorrow night for a few drinks to celebrate her coming home and my cousin Katrina who lives in Leeds is also home for the weekend.

On Wednesday my aunty Mag from Dublin is coming over with my second cousin Sarah who is about seven years old. On Thursday I am going to take her and cousin Rosie to Twycross Zoo for the day with a picnic and everything!

Then it’s Easter weekend and final preparations for the big day. My cousin Catherine and her daughter Caitriona are coming from Dublin on Saturday and then all the family will be home except for Joey who can’t make it as he is in America : (

On Easter Sunday we have to go to the church so the florist can dress the altar and pews and we have to do a quick run through for my cousin who missed the rehearsal!

Then the wedding is on Easter Monday – I can’t imagine the chaos on the day and the tears and the excitement. Laura, the bride cried walking down the aisle for the rehearsal let alone the real thing! The reception is being held at Nailcote Hall and the food and everything sounds lovely. DJs from BRMB radio station are the entertainment for the evening so it should be a great party! Tuesday I will be recovering from the hangover and enjoying the wedding breakfast at Nailcote Hall and then Wednesday it is back to work!

A busy week and an exciting one! Bring it on….

March 14, 2007

Arctic Monkeys fans…be warned

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6449883.stm

If you are a fan you probably know this already but for their forthcoming tour the Arctic Monkeys are restricting the sale of tickets to people who pre-register on their website to try and stop touts.

We are pleased to announce our forthcoming tour in April. As a thank you to all our loyal fans we are only offering the chance to buy tickets to those of you on our mailing list. The opportunity to buy tickets will then be determined through a ballot allowing everyone to have the best and equal chance to get tickets for the upcoming tour.

The deadline to sign up to their mailing list is 7pm tonight so you had better visit their website if you want a chance to see them!

February 28, 2007


Follow-up to Look out Dublin… from For blog's sake

Had an amazing weekend in Dublin a couple of weeks ago. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get around to writing about it – have been a busy girl!

The Liffey

St Stephens Green

The Camden Court Hotel was lovely and was reasonably priced considering it included use of the spa facilities – pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi etc and a yummy fried breakfast each morning.

On the Friday night we went to Luigi Malones restaurant which was delicious. Had Chinese Parcels for starter and for main had Steak Fajitas – really nice although I think they overdid it on the garlic! Would definitely recommend it though!

On Saturday we did all the Dublin sights – Grafton St, Trinity College, bridge over the Liffey, O’Connell St, Ha’Penny Bridge, Temple Bar, St Stephens Green – was a lovey sunny weekend too so could sit out in St Stephens Green with a coffee from Butlers Chocolate Café – (really nice Caramel Macchaitto) and watch the world go by – quite relaxing considering it was a hen weekend! On the afternoon we went and chilled out in the hotel spa in preparation for the main event – the Saturday night out.

On the Saturday night we went to the actual Temple Bar – obviously the main stop for all tourists so it was rammed and full of trashy hens and stags! We left there and went to… erm, some other bars – I don’t recall the names! Was good fun though! There are more photos in the Hen Weekend gallery

Sunday we just did the spa and then went into Dublin again. Everyone was a bit worse for wear from the following night so we all just headed to another lovely coffee shop (again can’t remember the name…)

Anyways, as you can tell the weekend is now a bit hazy in my mind (partly because it was a little while ago and partly because it was a hen weekend!) I will have to take another trip back there soon to refresh my memory!

February 14, 2007

Look out Dublin…

This weekend, I am heading to Dublin with about 24 other ‘cluckers’ for my cousins hen weekend! I am scared – it’s gonna be messy.

I hate the idea of hen weekends – a big gaggle of drunken women leering at men and wearing L plates… but I am sure it won’t be as trashy as that!! Anyway, given that today is valentines schmalentines day, I think the hen weekend might be well timed for us single hens!!

We are getting to the airport at about 2pm on Friday afternoon and then the flight is at about 4pm, so we will have chance to get a couple of drinks at the airport (and time for a few little surprises). My cousin doesn’t know how she is getting to the airport yet either, and that will be another funny surprise (photos to follow!)

We are staying in Camden Court Hotel in the centre of Dublin. The last time I was in Dublin was when I was about 8 years old! It’s a bit naughty that I haven’t been there for so long, especially since my aunt, cousin and goddaughter live over there!

On Friday night we are going to Luigi Malones Italian restaurant and then on Saturday we will be heading to Temple Bar, and I am guessing (the rather cheesy looking!) Boomerang Nightclub. I imagine that a few drinks will be consumed and there will be a few stories to tell come Monday! Good job I have booked the day off work to recover!!

January 30, 2007

Being nosy…

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/webcam/

I love the Warwick webcam…

When I am sat at my computer doing work in University House, I can look out onto the piazza and see what everyone is doing…

It’s great when something like One World Week or Graduation is on as there are always people milling around, and its lovely at about 5pm just as dusk sets in. It’s a nice reminder that we all work on an active campus and when you don’t have much of a window view in your office, it’s nice to have a window onto the piazza.

Next time you’re passing – give me a wave!

January 24, 2007

I am getting unnecessary wrinkles…

I am frowning too much today… some days things just seem a little more tricky than others… and it’s not big important things, just little hurdles that you normally hop over quite quickly that some days seem to all mount up and make slightly bigger hurdles that you try and step over, then try and jump up, and then just look at puzzled and annoyed.

I must stop frowning…

EDIT: And then a little something goes right and seems to make the day so much better : ) Although the frown lines won’t be erased so easily when I am older…

P.S. I hate those whiny blogs where people complain about how everything is so bad in the world so please don’t think any less of me for having a little whine! And don’t look back at past blog posts to see if you can find another example of me whining – I am sure there probably is one somewhere!

January 15, 2007

Oh god, I can be so blonde sometimes!

On Saturday night, my cousin Kat came round for dinner (more about that later if I get chance).

We decided to watch a DVD after dinner and we sat through half an hour of deleted scenes until we realised we weren’t watching the actual film! No wonder I couldn’t follow the plot very well!

January 08, 2007

Hopes for 2007

Ok, so it’s a week late…

I shan’t call these my new year’s resolutions because to be fair, I don’t resolve to keep them all – they are more like hopes and intentions… I am so non-committal.

So in 2007, I hope/plan to…

Take advantage of the fact that the ‘Best Midlands’ is currently a great place for live music and new/unsigned bands. I plan to see more live music (at the end of 2006 I saw The Twang, The Gravity Crisis, The Ripps, Untitled Musical Project, Murdoch, Deluka) and I reckon if you haven’t heard of any of these bands yet – you might in 2007. The Twang were recently named one of the sounds of 2007 in a poll published on the BBC website.

I also plan to improve my knowledge of the arts (and also theatre). When I was younger, I considered myself to be fairly artistic. I wasn’t bad at art and I enjoyed taking trips to galleries in Birmingham but recently I have stopped doing these things so I need to start again… As a first step towards improving my knowledge of the arts, I have enrolled in an history of art module with the Centre for Lifelong Learning ‘Artists in context’ which starts tomorrow evening.

Along a similar line to above – I intend to watch more documentaries and less reality TV. I watched a great programme the other night about the drug/gang culture in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro which was fascniating. Also, I saw a great programme advertised that is on tonight about the California music scene during the 60s and 70s so I will be tuning in to that. And I hardly watched any of the mind-numbingly rubbish Soapstar Superstar or Just the Two of Us.

I also intend to make better use of this blog. I have trained as a journalist and I work in Communications so I hope that I can produce more interesting reading matter on here instead of just general chit-chat about my flat and stuff! Expect more reviews…

I should probably make note of a resoultion suggested by my Mom. She told me I should ‘make a concerted effort to find a boyfriend’. Now, I am not sure exactly how you are meant to ‘make a concerted effort’. It’s not like I’m not keeping my eyes/options open – the right one just isn’t coming my way… plus the fact that I am committment-phobic is a slight hindrance here. Which brings me to my next resolution…

‘Say yes and worry less’. By say ‘yes’ – I just mean, take advantage of the opportunities that come my way instead of fretting about them and worrying ‘what if?’ all the time. I think I will go and buy ‘Yes Man’ by Danny Wallace and see if that helps… although I am not going to say ‘yes’ to everything – so don’t ask!

Another thing I need to remember this year is that I am only 24 years old – not 44!! Since I got my flat and my mortgage I have been staying in more (which is fine since it will help me to fulfill the aims above) but to fulfill my other aims such as find a boyfriend and enjoy the Birmingham music-scene a bit more, I need to remember that it is ok to go out on a work night, a large proportion of my weekend should not be taken up with hoovering and tidying up, and I have the rest of my life to save money. But then when you have a nice cosy flat to go home to it is tempting to become a hermit!

So there we go – my ‘hopes’ for 2007 – we’ll see how it goes…

January 03, 2007

I don't need broadband anymore…

Follow-up to I need broadband… from For blog's sake

...I need a new laptop! It died on Christmas Day!

I took it to a local repairs place and they said something about the platinum discs that make up the hard drive being knocked and damaged? I had the hard drive on the damn thing replaced in October 05 and I think that this second ‘breakdown’ signals the end for my little laptop.

I suppose one good thing is that I should be able to take advantage of the January Sales to find a decent offer. Anyone want to recommend where I should start looking?

Another good thing is that I never actaully got around to sorting out a broadband connection when I said I needed one – good job I was too lazy… I mean, busy!

The annoying thing is that if my hard drive is not retrieveable all of my iTunes and a lot of photos have gone. Lesson learnt – upload photos to Ringo or Truprint!