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April 28, 2010

Dr. Dave's Blog has moved…

Just in case anyone actually reads this still (been a while since I’ve posted anything!), everything here has been moved to my current Blog at http://blog.dave-wood.org!

This blog is now officially dead!


June 30, 2006

Yet another wate of time!

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  • How many keys are on your keychain?

17. But on counting them have realised that I don’t know what half of them unlock!

  • What curse word do you use the most?


  • Do you own an iPod?


  • What time is your alarm clock set for?

6:50… but it’s a CD alarm clock and I usually end up listening to the whole CD before I get out of bed!

  • How many suitcases do you own?


  • Do you wear flip–flops even when it’s cold outside?


  • Where do you buy your groceries from?

Morrisons, Sainsburys, Lidl, Aldis depending on my mood and current bank balance!

  • Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?


  • What was the last movie you watched?

Flight Plan (Jodie Foster). Rented it without knowing what it was about.. but great film!

  • Do any of your friends have children?


  • If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would buy?

A Ferrari, and maybe a little runabout for the missus.

  • Has anyone ever called you lazy?

All the time!

  • Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep faster?

Does alcohol count?

  • What CD is currently in your CD player?

Queen, “News of the World”

  • Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk?


  • Has anyone told you a secret this week?

That would be telling….

  • When was the last time someone hit on you?

Wouldn’t like to say.. my wife might read this…

  • What did you have for dinner?

Chinese take-away

  • Do you wear hoodies often?


  • Can you whistle?


  • Have you ever participated in a protest?

Don’t think so…..

  • Who was the last person to call you?

(checks phone) It was a wrong number!

  • What is your favourite ride at an amusement park?

Gotta be a decent roller coaster!

  • Do you think people talk about you behind your back?

I’m sure they do….. but that’s ok because I talk about them behind their backs!

  • What area code are you in right now?


  • Did you watch cartoons as a child?

Yes. And still do!

  • How big is your local mall?

Big enough to fit all the shops in.

  • How many siblings do you have?

One, a brother, currently living in the US.

  • Are you shy around the opposite sex?

Depends how much I’ve had to drink…

  • What is your biggest regret?

Life’s too short to have regrets…

  • When was the last time you laughed so hard your sides hurt?

Hmmm…. been a while. That’s not good….

  • What movie do you know every line to?

Star Wars (A New Hope). Highlander.

  • Do you own any band t–shirts?

Loads from my teenage years… whole drawer full that I never wear but can’t bring myself to throw away.

  • When was your last plane ride?

Coming back from Finland after spending New Year there….

  • How many chairs are at your dining room table?

4, although one of them spends most of its life in the bedroom.

  • Do you read for fun?

Don’t have time for fun. Ooops… I mean don’t have time to read!

  • Can you speak any languages other than English?

French, German, Italian, Russian to varying degrees (none fluent!)

  • Do you do your own dishes?

No, but I do load the dishwasher.

  • What colour is your bedroom painted?

Sort of a dark pink sort of colour.

  • Have you ever cried in public?

Not yet!

  • Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?


  • Which do you make, wishes or plans?

Plans, but the plans usually turn into wishes.

  • Are you always trying to learn new things?

Trying, but not usually succeeding!

  • Do you shower on a daily basis?


  • Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?


  • Do you believe that the guy should pay on the first date?

Depends on what I want to get out of the first date? :) No, seriously, depends on how enlightened the female in question is.

  • Can you skip rocks?

Hell yeah.

  • Have you ever been to Jamaica?

No. What kind of a question is that?

  • What to snack on at the movie theatres?

The classic… popcorn. But sweet not salted.

  • Who was your favourite teacher?

Mr. Hoare… great teacher but daft as a bat. He could do John Cleese funny walks perfectly.. and often did.

  • Have you ever dated someone out of your race?


  • What is the weather like?

Warm and overcast.

  • Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos?

Would consider it.. at least you’d have something to read if the sex got boring.

  • Do you have an online journal?


  • What was your favourite class in high school?


  • Do you enjoy travelling via airplanes?

Do it so often it’s just another form of transport. Also depends on the airline.

  • What personality trait is a must–have in your preferred gender?


  • Have you ever been attracted to someone physically unattractive?

No, I’m far too shallow for that.

  • When was the last time you slept on the floor?

Couple of weeks ago (on my office floor after the Sports Fed Ball!)

  • What is your favourite alcoholic drink?

Guiness or a good bottle of red wine.

  • Does your closest Starbucks have a drive–thru?

I doubt it!

  • Do you like your living arrangement?


  • What is your mother’s hometown?

Hmmm… I should know this…. errrr….. but then I did forget her birthday last week! :(

  • How many hours of sleep do you need to function?

More than I usually get!

  • Do you eat breakfast daily?

Yes, but often it’s nothing special.

  • What was the last thing to scare you?

This morning… going into the car park I accidently put the car in reverse instead of first and nearly went into the car behind (it’s a new car… and although it beeps when you put it in reverse I had my music on too loud to hear!)

  • Are your days full and fast–paced?


  • Did you ever get in trouble for talking in class?

All the time!

  • What is your favourite fruit?


  • Do you pay attention to calories on the back of packages?

Why would I want to do that?!

  • How old will you be turning on your next birthday?

Thirty something…. (I’ve reached that age when you have to calculate your age whenever you’re asked!)

  • Are you picky about spelling and grammar?

Only other peoples!

  • Do you believe in life on other planets?

Yes. But don’t believe any intelligent life has decided to visit this insignificant lump of rock.

  • Have you ever been to Six Flags?

Where? I guess that’s a “no” then….

  • Who was the last person to piss you off?

The neighbours. They insist on getting up at some god-awful time in the morning and sitting in the garden talking.

  • Do you believe that God has a gender?

I don’t believe she exists.

  • What was the last thing you ate?

A jaffa cake! :)

  • Do you get along better with the same or opposite sex?

Depends on what I’m doing with them!

  • What did you dress up as for your first Halloween?

I don’t think I ever had… although as a small child I used to set traps for witches… never caught one though.

  • How did your parents pick your name?

From the looks of mine and my brothers they stuck pins into the New Testament….

  • Do you like mustard?


  • What do you tell yourself when times get hard?

“Some days you’re the pigeon, some days you’re the statue” (courtesy of Dilbert)

  • Would you ever sky dive?

Only if pushed out of a plane (in which case sky diving is better than the alternative)

  • Do you sleep on your side, tummy, or back?


  • What character from a movie most reminds you of yourself?

Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day”!

  • Have you ever bid for something on ebay?

Loads. Sold some too… amazing what junk some people will pay good money for!

  • What do you think of Angelina Jolie being pregnant?

I’m worried that it coud be mine? :p

  • Do you enjoy giving hugs?

I prefer receiving them…..

  • Would you consider yourself to be fashionable?

Lol. Maybe 20 years ago!

  • Do you own a digital camera?


  • If someone you had no interest in dating expressed interest in dating you, how would you feel?

Flattered, but worried that they may turn into a psycopathic stalker if I say no.

  • What celebrities have you been compared to?

Jon Bon Jovi is the most common, also Christopher Lambert and for some reason “the evil guy from Ghostbusters”.... could be worse I guess! I’d hate to be compared to someone like Peter Beardsley….

  • Who is your favourite Star Wars character?

Princess Leia (gold bikini).. see comment on being shallow previously.

  • Does it annoy you when someone says they’ll call but never do?

No, because I do it all the time.

  • What books, if any, have made you cry?

Watership Down….

  • Do you think you’re attractive?

Well something seems to work….

  • What are you allergic to?


  • Are you a jealous person?


  • What’s your opinion on sex without emotional commitment?

Depends on whether that’s a question or a proposition…..

  • Do you ever feel guilty after eating meat?


  • If you were born the opposite sex, what would your name have been?

My parents thought I was going to be a girl and already had ‘Elizabeth’ ready… another clue to their bible pin cushion hobby….

Nuneaten followup…..

Follow-up to Nuneaton from Dr. Dave's blog

The reason for my rather oblique blog before is that I had the misfortune to drive through Nuneaton the other day en route to somewhere much more interesting. Well, drive "through" is not really what happened…..

The A444 goes through Nuneaton… you follow the signs A444 Nuneaton… then you reach this place and the signs turn into A444 through traffic.

You drive past a pleasant looking fountain that looks like a big dandelion:


and follow the signs A444 through traffic….

After a few more roundabouts (all the time following signs for A444 through traffic) you come across a familiar looking fountain:


That's odd… two identical fountains.

Then you pass another Tescos.. that's odd.. two big Tescos next to each other…

Then you pass another fountain:


Arrghhhhhhh! They should call the place bloody Hotel California.

I eventually escaped (well, the first time I realised after 5 minutes that I was actually heading back towards Coventry), but it was more through luck than judgement.

I came back home later that day by another route.

June 28, 2006



May 28, 2006

"The Magic Roundabout

Writing about web page http://www.swindonweb.com/life/lifemagi0.htm

No, not the kids program, or recent film, but today I had the misfortune to be driving through Swindon and came across this:

Magic Roundabout

What the hell?!

Took me by surprise, I can tell you! Apparently it's been around for 32 years and has seen over 14 serious accidents… and 80 "lesser accidents" whatever that means. There's whole websites dedicated to it… a bit of warning before you're on top of the bloody thing would have been nice though.

The funniest thing (!) was that as well as trying to work out what I was supposed to be doing I also had to dodge two cyclists who were just riding diagonally across the whole thing and ignoring any bit of white paint on the road that they could.

May 26, 2006

That's NOT so reassuring…..

You Are Barney

You could have been an intellectual leader…

Instead, your whole life is an homage to beer

You will be remembered for: your beautiful singing voice and your burps

Your life philosophy: "There's nothing like beer to give you that inflated sense of self–esteem."

That's reassuring…..

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

May 21, 2006

Watch out Chelsea!


Watford 3 Leeds 0


March 08, 2006

Good and bad news…..

Writing about I've seen a few of these floating about… from John's Blog

All things considered, not a total suprise, but engineering? ENGINEERING? Surely some mistake…...

You scored as Mathematics. You should be a Math major! Like Pythagoras, you are analytical, rational, and when are always ready to tackle the problem head-on!





























What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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January 17, 2006

Waste a few more minutes of your pitiful lives….

….like I did! :p


December 02, 2005

First year mathematicians…...

Thanks for the card guys (and gals)!


November 30, 2005

Not bad for a mathematician I guess!

Now that we're nearly rid of the students for Christmas (Yay!) there's some time to do one of these annoying test things again….

English Genius
You scored 92% Beginner, 92% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 100% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I
can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon
intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You
have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly!
Way to go!

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: link.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 21% on Beginner
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 14% on Intermediate
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 38% on Advanced
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 91% on Expert
Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

As someone else has pointed out, no idea what the final table means!

September 15, 2005

Is this a good thing?


?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
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June 06, 2005

Slow work day…...

Less than a one in three chance of going to hell can't be THAT bad?

Your Deadly Sins

Wrath: 60%

Envy: 40%

Lust: 40%

Sloth: 40%

Greed: 20%

Gluttony: 0%

Pride: 0%

Chance You'll Go to Hell: 29%

You will die in prison, in a puddle of your own blood.

That'll do me!

Anything under 30 has to be good! :)

You Are 28 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view – and you look at the world with awe.

13–19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20–29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come… love, work, and new experiences.

30–39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

May 26, 2005

Don't worry about exams…..

…you can always pick up an e-degree from the University of Bums on Seats

May 25, 2005

Only in…...

Can't remember where these came from, but there was a whole list of 'Only in such and such a country' and I saved these as the highlights.

Only in Australia:

Only in America:

May 23, 2005


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That pension I'm paying into is looking like a waste of time…... or I should buy a dog?

You Will Die at Age 58


Not bad, considering your super wild lifestyle

Want to live longer? Try losing a few bad habits.

May 20, 2005

Apologies to anyone who's Irish…...

…..but thought this would cheer up some of you exam stressed peeps:

May 17, 2005

This looks like a good waste of time…...

Writing about The film quiz! from From tractors to reactors

OK.. getting bored with marking assessments (you students think doing exams is bad!) so thought I'd do one of these "slightly more interesting than watching paint dry" things…....

Last film I saw at the cinema

'Turetski Gambit'.. in a cinema in Russia… unfortunately all in Russian, but if you get a chance to see the English version (Turkish Gambit) it's a good action film with some nice special effects. Don't know if it would be subtitled or dubbed.

Last film I watched on DVD/on computer/TV etc

'Friday 13th Part Zillion' they had two of the later ones back to back on late night TV… was supposedly marking but at that stage I was flagging a little. Only watched them cos there was nothing else on really… aren't they supposed to be scary?

Films I'm looking forward to seeing

Seem to be repeating others but the last Star Wars would have to be the only one really… nothing else vaguely exciting otherwise, although there is that new one with Nicole Kidman in.. no idea what it's about but who cares! :)

Total number of films I own

No idea… more than I have time to watch.. and certainly a lot of shelf space. As well as new ones have been replacing all my favourite videos with DVDs… same thing happened when CDs came out, all the vinyls got replaced at great expense for no real reason!

Five films that mean something to me

1. 'Star Wars Episode IV' the first 'real' film I saw at the cinema, when it first came out (up until then it had been Bambi, Snow White and Oliver Twist). It's still got it after all these years….

2. 'Psycho', the original Hitchcock version of course not that awful remake (why do people keep remaking classics?). This was the film that set the standard for horror and still makes me jump. Whoda thought that a homocidal transvestite could be so scary?

3. 'Highlander', the first one of course. Just such a cool film made even cooler by the Queen soundtrack.

4. 'Cry Freedom'. Film about Steve Bico and South African apartheid.. very emotional and moving film. The only film I've seen at the cinema that where I've wanted to stand up and shout at the screen. If you haven't seen it then you should….

5. 'Dead Calm'. Nicole Kidman… nuff said.

Other mentionable films: Toy Story, Italian Job (the original version!), Event Horizon (most disturbing film EVER), A Fish Called Wanda, Pulp Fiction.

Passing the baton...

Can't be bothered! :)