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Another update!!!!!

I know, 2 within a month (or 6) of each other!

So, the UK election.... well, we got what we deserved. A hung parliamnet, and now for days, possibly weeks of dicking about while the big players (Con/Lab/Lib) try to sort out just exactly who is going to lead the country. All bets seem to indicate a Con/Lib coalition, which is more than mildly dissapointing. The Cons will revert to type (low taxation for the wealthy, disproportionately high taxation for the poor, reductions in public services, spending cuts, tax breaks for those who don't really need them, the ending og tax breaks for those who do, etc), and the Libs will lose all credibility. Hell, we might even have another general election within 18 months (at which point if the Libs credibility is shot, the Cons will walk it). Sigh.

We need Proportional Reperesentation in the UK now. the majority of those who voted did not wish for a Conservative government, but that is what they will get. Under PR, the Cons would still have won, but their majority (and therefore control of parliament and legislation) would be much more tempered. as it is, FPTP give victory (often by a significant margin) to whomever captures more low population seats. Traditionally, this has given the Cons the edge as they pick up lot of rural seats, which have significantly smaller populations that the Labour (and Lib) urban strongholds. (Or to put it another way Farmer Giles in Somersets vote has disproportionaly more sway over who governs the country than me here in the city of Manchester).

No updates for aaaaaages!

Yes, I'm a lazy bastard.

Yes, I haven't updated this for yonks.

Sorry. Had a lot on.

Anyways, whats been going down?

Well, I'm a wage slave at Primark now...joy. The pay and hours ar not the worst (20hrs a week, £6.02p/h rate of pay), but the job is mind-numbingly dull.

Another hockey season has finished. Nice trip to Coventry the weekend after easter. Lots of drinking (as my facebook photos testify), lots of hockey, and lots of fun. I also almost got sued by our team owner for libel. Which was nice. Of course, I didn't end up getting sued, as I never said anything libelous in the first place, but it made for an interesting week or 2.

Other than that I bought an original Xbox (not a 360), and have started to 'collect' the games for it. 33 and counting. Its not my fault, honest. My local CEX does Xbox games ranging from 10p to £10, so its cheap(ish), and it keeps me quiet, which Hayley is often pleased about.

Oh, and its election time... Thankfully, I don't have to deal with a BNP tosser, sorry, candidate, around here in the 'super constiuency' of Manchester Gorton (which seems to cover about half of East Manchester now), or a UKIP one either. I do have a Pirate Party candidate though. Can't see the poor lad making back his deposit though. And I am seriously considering standing myself at the next election. Call me a 'Liberal Socialist'.

Err, and thats about it. Oh yeah, just to add Wrestlemania... not a great one, but not a bad one either.

Getting onto an even keel..

Yup, I finally almost have my personal finances straightened out. Thanks to a significant amount of cash coming my way from a will (not a relatives, either), I have actually mad a serious dent in my credit card bills!

Hurrah!

And i have treated myself to a few goodies (natch):

a shiny new iPod Touch 32gb
an arcade 'SuperGun' (allows me to play genuine arcade pcbs on my tv... sweet.)
Batman: Arkham Asylum for my PS3
and a full set of Return of The Living Dead part 2 lobby cards.

Well, Its been a while.

Just over 6 months infact, since I last updated this blog. Dosen't time fly?

So what has the last 6 months brought me?

Well, redundancy for one. Yup, I'm now a member of the 'great unwashed' as some folks like to describe this countries unemployed masses. Shan't complain too much though, as my back has now been pain free for two whole weeks (which is a miracle in and of itself).

Other stuff:

Went to Nottingham with my good buds Russ, Caz and Ange for the end of season playoffs. My boys (the Phoenix) were not there, but about 600 of our fans were. And we made a hell of a racket. I even got into a very heated 'discussion' with agentleman from Belfast who took objection to our insinuation that they (and a number of other teams) had openly broken the league wage rules. Ahh, fun for all.

Found a stunningly good pub called 'Pit & Pendulum'. All goth themed with a wicked set of cocktails themed around the 7 Deadly Sins. Tasty. I swear I drank my weight in alcohol that weekend. We started off at 8.45am Saturday morning on the train with a few cans, hit the pubs in Notts, snook some Vodka into the arena, drank more in the pubs, slept, and repeated the pubs and arena bit the day after. I stopped drinking when the train returned to Mancheste rlate Sunday night, just in time for Wrestlemania.

Speaking of which, apart from the superlative Taker/Michaels bout, this years was a stinker. One to put in the 'must try harder' box.

And thats it really. Gods, my life is boring.

Swiped from Ebon

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Went to the Wacken Open Air metal festival.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Don't make 'em.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My aunt Rita had her 2nd child.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope. Was a good year on that front.

5. What countries did you visit?
Non

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More money, and peace of mind.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Non in particular

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting the trip to Wacken organised.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Still being stuck in my shitty job.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The usual shit. Stomach bug in Jan, back problems all year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My HD TV and PS3.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My other half. She is a fucking saint.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My boss. Tells us he is considering redundancies, then in the next breath says he is buying his wife a new car because his new house is more 'prominent', and her current one looks old. No tact at all.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My credit cards.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My PS3.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Guns N Roses- Chinese Democracy.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder:
Happier.

thinner or fatter:
Fatter.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Nothing. Literally. I wish I had spent more time just doing nothing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home, with my mum and my brother.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yup.

23. How many one-night stands?
None

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Dr Who.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope. Still hate the same old folks as last year.

26. What was the best book you read?
The Devil in Amber.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Airbourne.

28. What did you want and get?
Happiness.

29. What did you want and not get?
A new job.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Dark Knight!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 30. I went to see The Damned in concert.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A new job.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Black jeans, black t-shirt.

34. What kept you sane?
My girlfriend.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Christina Ricci

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Credit-Crunch

37. Who did you miss?
My Dad.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Didn't meet anyone new.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Can't think of any.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
So, who's paranoid?

Chrimbo stuff

So, this years haul:

From my Mother:
A new waterproof jacket for work.
A new tent for festivals (much bigger than my old tent...yay!)

From Hayley:
LittleBigPlanet for my PS3 (Which is fucking brilliant).
Dara O'Briain Live DVD
Kenneth Williams Unseen book
'Dandy' (brit comic book) cufflinks.

From others:
Money (£65 in total from various Grans/aunts etc)
Toiletries from various relatives.

Not a mega haul, but not too shabby for a 30 year old.

Already spent some of the money on the following:

Component A/V cable for my Wii (more on that momentarily)
Diary of The Dead Blu-Ray
Talladega Nights Bly-Ray

Now, the A/V cable... I needed this as my Wii resides in the lounge here in my mothers house, and she bought herself a lovely new LCD TV for chrimbo. Nice Sony 32" model. And the Wii looked shit through a Scart connection, so I had to buy the component cable to enjoy the pseudo HD 480p output.

So, whats up?

Well, I made it past the big 3-0 alive, and relatively sober (8 beers and a bottle of cheap white plonk).

And now I'm off work til the 29th. And given that I know what the good lady is getting me for xmas (LittleBigPlanet), I know what I'll be doing for a fair bit of it.

Stuff:

Fallout 3 for my PS3. damn, this is a fucking good game. One of the increasingly rare games I am putting the hours into these days.

The Dark Knight blu-ray. THE superhero film of the year. And it looks fucking amazing on BR. IMAX action scenes, awesome detail. Yes, I'm a cine-geek. Sue me.

Iron Man blu-ray. The 2nd best superhero film of the year.

All i need to complete the year is the 3 disc DVD set of Poultrygeist, and I'm done.

Bored. Bored. Bored.

Not been up to much lately.

Buys:

'Chinese Democracy' digital download. And its pretty fucking good.
'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls' Blu-Ray. Very enjoyable, b ut not quite as good as the original trilogy.
'The Young Ones complete series 1&2' DVD, to replace my worn out originals.
'Family Guy season 7 (UK)' DVD set. Still the funniest fucking show on TV.

Other gubbins:

Still looking for a new job. Getting very pissed off with the lack of responses from prospective employers. Seriously considering working for one of those txt chat companies. I can pretend to be a girl/homosexual.

And, I'm 30 next Saturday (6th). Gulp. Where the fuck did my 20's go?

A round up

So, what the fuck have I been up to of late?

Quite a bit for a change, actually.

So, here goes...

3rd November: Hanoi Rocks concert at Manchester Academy 3 (AKA upstairs at the Students Union building). Top notch old school hard rock.

8th November: Airbourne concert at the Manchester Academy 1. Fucking loud. Loudest gig I can ever recall, tbh.

10th November: WWE Raw taping at the MEN Arena. YES! Finally! An early 30th birthday pressie from Hayley. Twas a top night of entertainment. Great seats too. (Pictures are on facebook).

Plus the usual hockey games and work.

I even found enough spare cash to get the new Family Guy boxset (I now have them all), and Indy IV on Blu Ray.

I'm now off to go and watch some more hockey (and drink a few beers)!

Writer's Block: A Conspiracy of Beards

November is National Beard Month. Muttonchops, Van Dyke, goatee, soul patch, ZZ Top–style—tell us about your own wild and woolly facial fuzz. Even better, post a picture.


Mine is a full on Goatee.

Nicely coloured (I think) with a mix of Ginger, Brown,Black,and in a sign of advancing age, White.

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