Friday, 18 December 2009


Life has been a mixture of quietness on an extreme level and tying up lose ends with my move back to UK around the corner. Liz Lemon has been taken away and is somewhere around the north west of Spain about now I reckon. All my bags are packed. The cupboards are bear. I have a weekend to go here in Spain, which will be taken up by spending time with my mum, who arrives today. A gig and show in town at two different bars tonight. Tapas tomorrow night. Cleaning for landlord Sunday and visit later in the evening from him and early start on Monday for my final flight from Malaga to Liverpool John Lennon airport.

There are a few things I will miss in about Spain. The weather. To a point. I will miss a few people here. Especially ones that have made the last few weeks more bearable. Most of all I will miss tapas and especially a lovely fish bar call El Pulgilla. If you are ever in Nerja I cannot recommend this tapas bar high enough. It's on c./ Cristo, the main shopping/restaurant road. It's also were I will be spending my final night out on Saturday in.

There is so much I am looking forward to in the next few days though. Getting home for a start. I've been waiting to get home for a while now. And rather being a rushed job trying to squeeze everyone in within a week I've got all the time in the World now. I can enjoy everyones company a lot more.
Spending. Sales. Cannot wait for the sales to start. I've totally missed out this year on some awesome bands. The xx, Modest Mouse, Phoenix. There are so many great albums our this year that I missed. And I still have loads more to check out as the albums I have heard I can't help but keep on repeat for a day. Will be in my record store quite a bit in next few days.
(Also check out DiS top 50 of 2009 Spotify list, possibly the only playlist you will need for the next few months. )

Playing games. With such a packed few weeks I've miss the Team Fortress 2 Soldier Vs Demoman War (Well down Team Soldier) But now that all the items and new maps are live I really want to do nothing put play TF2. But gonna have to wait till back in UK. (So pleased that I have the BT engineer coming around a day after I arrive to set up telephone and broadband.)
But my big BIG purchase for myself, to cheer me up after a tough few months, is the purchase of a PS3. Going to get a few games, Assassins Creed 2, Unchartered 2. Really unsure about Modern Warfare 2. TF2 might take up all my online time and is just too good of a game. Pixeljunk Shooter will be one of my first downloaded games and so will the awesome Vagrant Story. Personally I'm not a huge Final Fantasy/RPG/Square fan but Vagrant Story is such a beautiful game, with a great story, fantastic gameplay and oozes re-playability like no other game I have seen, it is a must for any serious gamer out there.)
As well as a host of Nintendo games I didn't get round to getting this year, Boom Blox, Klonoa, Zelda:Spirit Tracks, Mario and Luigi, Boy and his Blob.
Not sure if I can fit all this gaming in. But I will try my hardest.

Opera. The browser. I'm a huge fan of Opera and have missed using it in the last few months. I've gone to Chrome. But that's only because my ISP wont let me connect to Opera's servers for some reason. I always prefer using the latest Alpha/Beta builds of Opera browsers but find it hard to find them at and cannot get access to the blogs that give links the the downloads. Plus Sync, UNITE, Turbo all don't work for me with this ISP. And to make matters more exciting Opera is releasing 10.5 on the 22nd (I'd link to the blog post but can't get to it) What is in store? It will be nice to get back to using Opera again. Especially a faster one. But will I be able to give up Chromes Extensions so easily now?

And just generally catching up with friends. Making new routines of pub nights out/gaming and pizza nights in. Getting out and meeting new people, new faces and reconnecting with lost old friends. And football weekends with pops.

And that's just things I'm looking forward to still in 2009. 2010 is going to be fun. Almost all weekends in March are taken up by one gig or another. Holidays in Poland and Scotland (might not be a great getaway but this walking holiday lodge has the best food I have ever tasted) New albums from Sigur Ros front man, Silver Mt. Zion, Daft Punk.
I've not done an awful lot in the way of gigs and music in the last maybe 3 or 4 years. This year I hope to fix all that.
And despite wanting to fork out a few hundred on a PS3 there are more games coming out on Wii next year that I want to play then on PS3. Anything and everything off Kotakus' Wii for 2010 list will find itself in my gaming library.

The countdown has started. After the weekend I'll be home again. Can. Not. Wait.

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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Liz Lemon has improved her skills

Not sure if I should be proud or worried that Liz Lemon's hunting skills?

She has finally caught a bird.

Moments ago I could hear a strange skwarking noise getting louder and louder. When I went to the front door Lemon was there with a good sized bird in her mouth.

Well done Lemon.

But please be careful birds!

Also, do you know how hard it is to brush up feathers?

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Monday, 16 November 2009

Brief but worth it

So I've finished my day of travelling. I can never make my mind up about travelling? Before I start I'm excited. Who will I see on my adventure? What will I see on my travels? Today flying back I spotted that the plane I was in over took another plane.

But towards the end I'm always exhausted. Even having a mini siesta out on the balcony, in the Sun, I'm still now a little tired. (Although that might have more to do with drinking vodka until 1am and getting up 4 hours later my flight.)

Visiting Runcorn, my new old home, was a lot more enjoyable then I had hoped. I was pretty much packed and busy every day with very little time to myself, so much so that I missed out on Doctor Who. (No one tell me what happened). 
Which is what I needed after a month of solitude. 

There was the (almost) brawlrum, DJ Hero and Louis night. Finding out lots of new bars in Liverpool to play in and ones that no longer existed (or had moved). Although slightly annoyed that my friend had some unwritten-unsaid-one-drink-only-in-each-bar-rule going on. And of course The Wedding.
Highlight was getting my dad to do his own Arrested Development "chicken dance." Which you can see here, the right way up and although you might not be able to hear him he is saying "Clucky-clucky-clucky".

But just generally catching up with family, old friends, surprise last minute catch ups with longer lost friends is what just what I needed.
Unfortunately I didn't get to see everyone I wanted to. Those that I did meet up with I wanted to spend more time with them. 
But I know that when I return not every day is going to be as packed as the last 10. But if it's half as packed as the last 10 then I'll be pleased.

The problem is I now have 5 more weeks in the Fortress of Solitude (broken up by a mini visit by my mum) before heading back to UK. Let's hope that nothing bad happens to Runcorn in the mean time.

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Monday, 2 November 2009

What I'll miss; Sunsets

With around four more weeks living time here in Spain I thought I'd take the opportunity to show you what I'll miss.

With the main source of light coming from the huge patio doors I always see beautiful sunsets. Everyday without fail. Back in England I'll be lucky to see a handful of these.

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Nerja '79?

Is this how Nerja looked 30 years ago?
Playing around on Picsay for Android

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From a different angle

No matter how much equipment you purchase (for these particular photos a few hundred pounds worth of camera, another few hundred for lens and filter) sometimes photos look best when taken from a different perspective.

In this case we gave my dads Nikon D90 to some child on the beach, who was supposed to be handing on flyers for the local Wai Wai Wok but was instead asking to use the camera.

Here are his results; some of the face from down on the beach.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Spoiler Alert

Spotted this ride with some major spoiler help. Don't know how poor this guy thinks his aerodynamics are but can't be four spoiler bad.

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Monday, 26 October 2009

You're my hero

I have a new youtube hero. shane12lee. This guy is awesome. Inspiring stuff

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Have just came across this website, It's awesome!

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

(Beach)Race warm-up

There's a jetrally boat race at the beach this weekend. Thought I'd have a little look.
The race line passes in front of the balcony, shame I haven't got a decent zoom camera :-(

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Feria

A brief visit to the feria.  Far too packed to even move.

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Not to Fall pre-feria

"Smithster" guest mic'ing with Not to Fall.

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

More mantis

(I need to learn to shrink these photos before emailing them)

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Looked what the cat dragged in

Each evening Liz Lemon and Scruffy cat will play on the balcony. Lately they've been fighting over a small rubber lizard toy.

Tonight was slightly different. There was a bit more commotion. Almost like the lizard really was alive.

Then I took a closer look through the big glass door and noticed that Liz Lemon had in her a mouth a praying mantis.

Me, lover of all creatures attempted to save the poor praying mantis from the clutches of an over excited kitten.

After looking half dead on the floor I slid it on to a card (actually it was a wedding invite, sorry sis) and placed it in a bush. Where it made a quick recovery and climbed up the branches.

I've kept on guard for the mantis for the last hour or so making sure none of the cats spot it as they do their casual walk across the wall of the balcony. Luckily none have noticed it but they have spent more time in that corner then before. Perhaps they know and are just playing with me.

Perhaps not.

Either way. The mantis is fine. And it's still sat on the same bush just hanging around.

Good catch Liz Lemon

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Wednesday, 7 October 2009


My regular bread now comes in a new bag.  This new packaged bread has some instructions. Not instructions on how to make sandwiches, I know how to do that. But instructions on how to tie knots.

I also know how to do that.

All this is for a new way of keeping the bag closed and the bread fresh.

Change is good.

And just to prove I can follow instructions.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Time for a catnap

You better be tired.  You woke me up at 5 today.

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Monday, 5 October 2009

Went to a gig...

Went to a gig on Saturday. Could of sworn the lead singer was out of Shameless.

Sorry for poor quality photo.

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