Sunday, October 29, 2006

Another Fine mess ....

Or if it is Not broke Dont Fix It !!

I have not had a good week-end. I tried to partition my large hard drive with partition magic and guess what it went bang, so i tried recovery console on my windows xp home disk and that went bang. So to cut a long story short ... I had to call out someone to give me advice and help me to sort out this mess on my laptop.

Hopefully, it will be fixed by tomorrow night and I wont have to use this old desktop.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Aren't you meant to eat fish? Pelican makes a meal of a pigeon .

This caught my eye in The Daily Telegraph today.In St James Park London on Tuesday a Pelican ate a Pigeon.

" The moment was caught on camera by Cathal McNaughton, a Press Association photographer. He said: "There was a bit of a struggle for about 20 minutes, with all these people watching. The pelican only opened its mouth a couple of times. Then it managed to get the pigeon to go head-first down its throat. "

Warning : The pigeon is still alive and the photographs are close up.

Read the full story here.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Eddie Chapman (1914 – 1997)

Eddie Chapman was a British double agent during World War II. He was born in County Durham in the north of England.

After deserting from the Coldstream Guards in the 1930s to become a safecracker and spent a number of stretches in jail for the crime.

On being arrested in Scotland and charged with blowing the safe of the headquarters of the Edinburgh Co-operative Society ,he was let out on bail. He escaped to the Channel Island of Jersey , but ended up cracking a safe in a dance hall and was eventually imprisoned for fifteen years.

When the German's occupied The Channel Islands he was recruited as an agent, but on landing in England he offered his services to MI5 , and was to known as Zig Zag.

This is where his unsual story really began.

Read a little more about Eddie Chapman and other agents on The BBC Web Site.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Carnation Milk ....

I received this via email ... I thought it was funny.

A little old lady from Newfoundland had worked in and around her family dairy farms since she was old enough to walk, with hours of hard work and little compensation. When canned Carnation Milk became available in grocery stores in approximately the 1940's, she read an advertisement offering $5,000 for the best slogan. The producers wanted a rhyme beginning with "Carnation Milk is best of all...."

She thought to herself, I know all about milk and dairy farms... I can do this!

She sent in her entry, and about a week later, a black limo drove up in front of her house? A man got out and said, "Carnation LOVED your entry so much, we are here to award you $1000, even though we will not be able to use it..."

Saturday, October 14, 2006

1 vs 100

The new lottery game on BBC TV seems interesting. I watched it for the first time today and enjoyed it. It is nice to have a new game show on Television

It is hosted by Dermot O'Leary, I think he is excellent in his performance. The 33-year-old has worked on Big Brother for five years, he has reportedly become disillusioned with the lack of new opportunities offered to him at Channel 4.

Have a go on the above link. I did notice the same questions came round a couple times but it is fun.

The BBC have put a game on the page in Flash format where you can play 1 vs 100.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tennis Ball Challenge ....

Pass away a few minutes with This Game, It not as easy as you think unless you get lucky with the bounce.

My mother, aged about 20, see more of my family history at

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Confucius ...

The government of China have come up with what, they think Confucius may have looked like. The China Confucius Foundation (CCF) commissioned a statue for his birth-place, Qufu - which is in the east of the country.

They have given the statue Copyright protection ! A spokes person said “ A standard portrait is needed so that different countries can have the same image of him”.

Here are some of my favourite Confucius quotes :

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

Read more Confucius quotes Here.

Friday, October 06, 2006

He's the last man standing.

In the Daily Telegraph today is a story about Mohammed Sagar, the only refugee left on the tiny island of Nauru, and it is costing Australia £8m a year.

Where is Nauru.

Read the full story on the links above.

Here is a picture I took one morning on my way to work, showing the sky over kent. I only had my Mobile Phone with me. Over the next few days I had my camera in the boot of the car but have never seen the sky as beautiful as the one above.

I will keep my camera in the car and hope to capture a better photograph to post here.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Three Horses.

A blog worth reading - A funny blog through the eyes of Kaitiaki Guardian sleuth reporter, the inimitable Hamish Cornwallis.

Monday, October 02, 2006

I am back !

Well. I have had my two weeks holiday (France - but more on that later).

In that peaceful two weeks, I was unable to get online so I did some housekeeping. This old laptop is running pretty good now. I have got rid of most of the junk and saved anything I think I will need to my memory stick. I would suggest everyone gives thier computer a good clean out once in a while.

Well, I will close for now, but I will post again very soon with news of my holiday in France.