Showing posts from January, 2006

bitesize bullets


HEADING? : As you can see by the blog title I’ve found a new toy online – Yahoo’s translator tool. You can have a bit of fun with it, especially when you know the translation probably bears no resemblance to the original meaning whatsoever. This week’s guest tongue is of course French.

TUNES : I’ve been catching up on my pre-Christmas album purchases and lately it has been Gorillaz’ latest “Demon Days”. Not only are these guys innovative with the whole “virtual band” concept, they also produce some kickin dance tunes.

SLANG : I’m not quite sure if I’m at the right age to get away with the phrase “kickin dance tunes”. In fact, I know for a fact I would never use that in speech. Please forgive me. These things are important you know.

LOST : Halfway through series 2, I’m still enjoying this show. From the get-go I was impressed, but I was curious as to how they could expand the m…

i'm back!

They say you can't keep a good man down - well I've news for ya folks, ya can't keep me down either!
Yeah I know it has only been two weeks so maybe I should downgrade the break from "sabbatical" to "vacation", but whatever way I want to spin it, I have to finally concede that I'm a fully fledged blogaholic and put an end to all the denial once and for all!
Now that I have reached that stage of acceptance, I plan to get back on the writing horse. I'll kick-off with the "bitesize bullets" on Monday as before and take it from there.
Thank you all for still dropping by while I was gone; just because I wasn't writing doesn't mean I wasn't checking my stats!


I have busy times ahead, which although they will be expensive and sometimes even head-wrecking, will hopefully be ultimately fruitful.

And so I need to minimize my distractions, and so I have decided my blogging must be a casualty for the time being. At best it will be a couple of weeks till I post again; at worst, a couple of months.

If you want to check out my older stuff, I have it organised on my portfolio blog.

Otherwise, thank you for dropping by, and I hope to be back in the swing of things soon.

where flattery does get you

Shaggy IX > Paige A Harrison

One thing is for sure when it comes to being a blogger – if you can’t take criticism, you shouldn’t be doing it.

In fact, I find one of the benefits of inhabiting the Blogosphere has been to hear different takes on what you have to say on life, the universe and everything.

Now don’t get me wrong – it’s much better to have someone stop by and leave a comment telling you how wonderful you and your writing is, but if that was all you were ever getting, you may start to wonder just how genuine they were being. Getting the odd curveball tossed into your comment section is what makes it all worthwhile.

The purpose for my regular “Shaggy” award is to acknowledge my fellow bloggers in my own way. I have decided to make it a monthly occurrence for it has been rather erratic up to now.

So without any further ado I would like to announce that The Ninth Shagadelic Contribution To Blogland Award goes to Paige A Harrison over at “blankpaiges” for her recent post “Educatio…

bitesize bullets


PROGRESS : It was with great trepidation that I stood on the scales yesterday, to discover I had only put on six pounds in the four weeks since I last posted about my weightloss quest. Now I’m back on my regime, hopefully I won’t be long in losing that and then some.

TUNES : What do buy the man who has everything for Christmas? Music store vouchers! Among my purchases this year were the impressive debut album from Kaiser Chiefs [imagine a cross between Oasis and Madness], plus Eminem’s Greatest Hits [I was annoyed the song ‘Mosh’ was nowhere to be seen]

#1 : My First New Year’s Resolution was to reward myself with a week’s grace from commencing my 2006 ones for having done so well on my 2005 ones. They come into effect today.

GERMANY : 2006 is a World Cup year, everyone, so be prepared to have the pants bored off you by this particular soccer-mad blogger over the coming months, even …

ironically, sixty is a conservative estimate

“I'm not smart enough to debate you point to point on this, but I have the feeling, I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s only the first week of 2006 and we already have a prime candidate for Quote Of The Year.

What you see above is pretty much the perfect wording of what one side of opinion in the USA these days would like to say to the other; sort of a "BushBashers' Creed" if you will. Sure, it has taken them a long time to say it, but when it was finally delivered, it packed one hell of a punch.
The paradoxical genius in the wording of the quote is in the reference to personal intellectual shortcomings, which has often actually been used in rhetoric by no less than Dubya himself to court American popular opinion.

It was said by David Letterman, a cultural icon in his own right for his innovative weeknight talk show, to Bill O’Reilly, bigwig broadcaster from FoxNews and renowned poster child for right wing American me…