February 12, 2006

Run for it Marty!

They found me I dont know how but they found me…

The Doc and I

that was all this Doc Brown lookalike could say when I cornered him on one of the sunny days of my holiday in America.

I recommend Universal Studios theme park to any fan of back to the future its awesome. The first thing I saw entering the theme park summed up americanism to me and almost brought a tear to my eye…

The universal sign

no no no not that….this brought tears to my eye,

Mullet boy

Check out the mullet on that little one, only in america : ) the mullet industry just like the tabacco one. Get em young.

February 05, 2006

From the land of opportunity we bring you: The trainers of lost opportunity

Those of you who have read any of the other articles on this blog may realised I have an affinity for my first name. Shak. I like it. Short snappy and too the point….the opposite of me…well I'm a little short…maybe. But I waffel and beat about the George W as much as anyman.

(For those of you who are wondering I'm trying to use George W as slang for the word bush…I don't think it worked that well, I'm picturing a puzzled look on your face)

When I ventured to America this summer I did some crazy things and among them I went trainer shopping. Crazy I know. Here I made a huge mistake.

Shaq Shoes

Look how happy I am. Why did my penny pinching nature forbid me to buy these. Damn my CHEAPNESS! I walked away and will forever regret…..

February 03, 2006

Things that are great about 1984

So I was thinking we all grew up in a pretty funky age. We had cool cartoons and some ace movies. But I decided that it was time to properly document the things that made our age the golden age of growing up. I pity the children of today who will one day grow up and talk about sponge bob square pants instead of ren and stimpy and bob the builder instead of postman pat.

Am I looking on my childhood through rose tinted glasses just as future generations will look upon thier own? perhaps but digimon is a pile of crap whatever you say. And as yet all the CD:UK's in the world will never replace classic saturday morning tv.

I only need to say two things…. the racoons and Going Live!

Right on with the listing…

Films and tv

  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Terminator
  • Footloose
  • Ghostbusters
  • Gremlins
  • Karate Kid
  • The last starfighter
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Airwolf
  • The Never Ending Story….sadly it did end….very badly: see never ending story 3 for further details.
  • Police Academy
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Dune


  • Scarlett Johansson born 12 days after me!
  • Delta Goodrem born 1 day before me!
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Katie Melua
  • Kelly Osbourne

Music Things

  • Sting plays his last concerts with The Police: March 1st
  • "Take me on" – Ah ha
  • "Relax" – Frankie goes to hollywood (strictly speaking end of 1983 but i'm reaching.)
  • "Do they know its christmas" – Band Aid
  • "Last Christmas" – Wham!
  • "Like a virgin" – Madonna (albumn)
  • "Purple Rain" – Prince and the Revolution
  • "Cruel Summer" – Bananarama
  • "Footloose" – Kenny Loggins
  • "Forest Fire" – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • "Freedom" – Wham!
  • "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" – Cyndi Lauper
  • "Ghostbusters" – Ray Parker Jr.
  • "Smooth Operator" – Sade
  • "The Wild Boys" – Duran Duran
  • "Time After Time" – Cyndi Lauper

Just an extra bit for TNMT fans

Also I'm happy to present thanks to a comment leaver known only as "splinter" a link to a fansite of the teenage mutant hero turtles, which began in…yes you guessed it 1984. Check out this website if you're a fan you'll love it.


I started off this article with a lot of steam and now I seemed to have run out. I know there are many things that make 1984 great but I just cant find them all. If you think of any let me know.

Enjoy the remenicing until you then realise….you've become old. At least you still have your hair and your original teeth….probably.

January 31, 2006

The actions of Daniel Shakhmundes

This young fellow has done me a favour.

You may have noticed that for a very long time my blog has remained dormant. And not "oh we all live at the foot of a volcano" dormant that the villiage people are happy about…it's the other kind. To the point! Daniel Shakhmundes (kudos for the very cool surname) recently added a comment on my "further comment" listing.

He tells a tail of how he was googling the short form of his last name and fell upon my beard articles and this site. He has now been encouraged to begin blogging about beards and link back to my site.

I've decided that I will blog again! and now I've started with this entry to leave it empty in the future would make me look very silly indeed so I better get the ranting done on a regular basis.

Until I grow facial hair! or find a dissapointing cereal box toy goodbye.

p.s. thanks Daniel Shakhmundes

June 19, 2005

Further Confirmation….

Follow-up to Is Batman Begins really all its cracked up to be??? from Shak's blog

look how friggin cool he looks.

Is Batman Begins really all its cracked up to be???


May 05, 2005

Kellogg’s Cornflake Lightsaber Related Disappointment

I was standing in Sainsbury yesterday when I stared down at the next item on my list. It read “cereal”.

I decided to continue as if unperturbed by the fact that I was going to have to make a breakfast meal orientated decision. I instinctively reached for the weetabix, my safe haven in a world of uber healthy bran related options and artificial sugar “enriched” krusty – o type cereals. But just then something caught my eye…

Kellogg’s cornflakes, and today they came with reinforcements. A free toy. Those cunning bastards. A lightsaber puzzle. My mind flashbacked to the advert…tony the tiger saying “good enough to test a jedis skills they’re grrrrrrrrrrrrreat” how could I resist.

My main area of dissapointment came when I opened my cereal this morning. The toy poped out on the first bowl. The toy never pops out on the first bowl. This isn't supposed to happen I said to myself. I wanted the antisipation. I wanted the drama. I wanted the "will I get the toy in this bowl" feeling. I thought they were packed specially at the factory so I need to finish the cereal before I get my shiny reward!

This was not so. The second area of dissapointment is that the toy in itself is rubbish. Maybe its just the human condition, grass is greener syndrome. I've been known on many occasion to ruin a perfectly good pack of cereal by ripping it apart in search of the cheap plastic toy inside. Why should I be annoyed when the toy is presented to me on a silver platter…..I just love the chase.

Well today I learnt my lesson.

oh and tony…..they are not great…..not great at all (shakes head solemnly)

April 26, 2005

over active…what with all the squash

A few friends of mine have been partaking in the seemingly grown up game of squash, and I, with my usual lathargy rebelled against it and denied it was any good at all and that they were making a fuss over nothing. Well I've done it. I've jumped on the squash playing band wagon. And I have to say its good.

At first I thought it would be easy just smack a little black ball over a line and hit is anywhere on a wall how could it go wrong. I even toyed with the idea of giving some blood before playing squash and then going to a tae kwon do class in the evening.

I am glad I aborted this insanity early on. The squash was knackering even though I played it for a shamefully short period of time. Its a fun game with running and hitting and serving and running and slamming your body into the wall and running and drinking lucozade to make yourself feel cool and like your a sporty type….oh and if you're lucky a little running may be involved.

Oh no! My day isn't over yet…my jet set high profile gogogogo life doesn't stop there I then went on a magical journey to cryfield for a nice easy welcome back from easter session of TaeKwonDo…..this was not the case. As I am now in the next level of the class my relaxing hour of training is a 2 hour session of Tae Kwon Do madness. I am tired beyond words.

Think I'll still be going back next week…...

well thats my little rant about actually going out into the world and exercising a bit. I recommend it to people great and small.

March 30, 2005

The modern age man, are there limits?

In what some people laughingly refer to as the "good ol days" where a nagging hysterical woman could be told to pull her self together with a firm pat on the cheek many men had no input into their own childrens upbringing. This was left to the women while man, the provider, went out to work.

Todays roles are changing and men and women are becoming one combined gender goo….pardon the imagery. I approve, the roles should be equal however there are other things to consider and so I can now lead on to my point.

On two seperate occasions in two seperate places, one town and one city, I have seen something that has made me wish for the good old days. On these two occasions I was at a public urinal…the toilet, mans modern day castle, a dark dank hole aways from the worries of the world. I began to urinate, as is the custom and let my eyes wonder down. I spot a foriegn object in my peripheral vision…something that doesn't belong…I quickly glance left.

A small girl is watching me urinate.

What do I do? do I zip up half tank and run away? do I angle myself? and this has happened because a young modern father has decided to take his little girl out to town to visit the shops. He too needed to releave himself and was faced with the decision….do I leave my daughter outside unprotected or bring her in to watch strange men urinate next to me?

I'll leave you to decide whether the two fathers I encountered made the right call…

November 18, 2004

Blogging….an addiction?

Am I blogging or am I being blogged? Do I chose what I write or am I being written?....none of these statements make much sense but I thought that they would sound cool and entice your attention.

Lately I have resisted the temptation to blog. The work has been piling on and deadlines that seemed months away have flown into my face with only one week left out of the months I thought I had to complete my work.

Before this influx of work I had an addiction. Its name was blog. I would run into the student computer centre…as I am now and pour a torrent of my mundane thoughts onto the webpage. Althought you may not see a vast amount of blogging on my page now it doesn't mean it didn't happen. Many entries bseegin their life as private entries and are then deleted when I realise they are too terrible to release on you. The unsuspecting public.

The question is…is blogging taking over the minds of the warwick populace. Its rapid growth scares me and the part that I am a part of it scares me more. Should I offload a torrent of my thoughts onto the internet?

P.S. that last bit was rhetorical if you're going to be nasty….

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