Following a recent law here in Ireland, selling of alcohol was (slightly) restricted.
For many weeks/ months after, all around a certain supermarket there was a long, boring notice that ended with the words “This is in appliance with recent government regulations.”
I didn’t say anything the first time I was in. I’m not that pedantic, honestly, but a couple of weeks later I was in there again and the signs were still up all over the shop. I stood there in front of one sign, looking confused (I’ve been perfecting that look for a while now), when I saw a manager type guy approaching. He seemed concerned and asked if he could help me.
Continue reading Appliance is a fridge
Following our recent extension work, I was left with a 1.5-foot gap in the cork tiles where the wall was knocked through (ie. some of the floor around the old wall was removed with the wall, which meant the cork tiles now ‘ended’ 1.5ft from the wall, leaving an unsightly concrete gap next to a doorway.)
After the builder & co left I had some lino put down in the adjoining room and asked the person doing that to replace the cork tiles (using the spares I had) while he was at it. He pointed out the tiniest of gaps in the level of the floor (where the builder had removed an old levelling compound, making this ‘floor’ now lower than where the existing cork tiles were laid …got it?)
Anyway, he recommended this gap first be levelled with a skim of some floor levelling compound, otherwise the replacement tiles would be below the older ones by some millimeters.
“Right-ho” I agreed and left it at that.
Continue reading My trouble with cork tiles
I found myself passing through Debenhams last week and came across an item that piqued my interest… an 80cm Giant Space Hopper!
“33% BIGGER” I was assured.
So naturally, as one does, I bought it, took it home and eagerly pumped it up. Alas, my enthusiasm was short-lived when I discovered it to be something less than “giant”. A measuring tape confirmed my suspicion… 55cm!
In the past, some photos have almost made it into our Caption Competition League (previously email-only), but then not used for one reason or another.
Here are some reasons why some of these pictures were deemed unsuitable.
If you have images you think could be good for future caption compos, it might be worth bearing this in mind. Otherwise just enjoy…
Continue reading Some Unused Images
The Caption Competition League ran from April 2007 – August 2007. There were many other leagues before that, but they were via email only.
There were 17 weeks this time around.
It was won by Mr. Rory Corbett of no fixed abode. Rory won A LIFETIME’S SUPPLY OF OXYGEN!!!
Below is each photo and the winning entries.
(Some weeks there were more than one winner -this is because winners were decided by member votes and sometimes more than one caption got the same [highest] number of votes.)
WHILST EVERY CARE IS TAKEN NOT TO GO TOO FAR, SOME PEOPLE ARE PREPARED TO HAPPILY GO FURTHER THAN OTHERS.
SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME SMALL AND FRAGILE LITTLE MINDS.
LOOK AWAY *NOW* IF YOU FEEL YOU MAY BE OFFENDED.
Continue reading CAPTION LEAGUE ROUNDUP
For around 5+ years I had been getting pains in my right hand. Slowly it grew worse, began to creep up my arm and then it also appeared in my left hand & arm and continued to get worse. I sought advice from doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors and anyone else who might have something to say on the subject. I ensured my seating was correct as per all the guidlines. I tried all sorts of mice, keyboards, pointing devices, accessories and gizmos.
But it made no difference. The bottom line was I take breaks every 10-minutes-or-so and/or I go do something else instead of sitting in front of a computer most days for 8+hours.
Continue reading CURE FOR RSI …and it’s free!
Picture the scene: Sunday morning -enjoying a dozy rest in the comfort of my own bed, while the children play and fight noisily with each other downstairs, I casually look up to the light straining through the window.
Who do I see there, peering through his camera lens?
Why, it’s only the greatest film director of all time (in my opinion), Mr. Stanley Kubrick himself!
Continue reading THING -STANLEY KUBRICK IN MY CURTAINS!
A couple of years ago I went for a gastroscopy. Or was that a gastrectomy? …The one where they place a camera up yer bum, looking for the scenic route to Uranus. That one. I won’t go in to details, but I’ll just say that thankfully I got the all-clear afterwards. Anyway, I thought I’d share a little non-medical moment from that day…
Continue reading THING -Gas Queries
I was in PCWorld today and found a bracket that would allow me hang a monitor on my wall. 30euros. I would’ve been happy to pay 20, but I somehow managed to grit a smile as I handed over the full whack.
Anyway, to make a short story only slightly shorter, I came home and eagerly dug out my trusty toolbox, drill and meter-level.
Because the full bracket was in two parts and would be entirely behind the monitor, I had to take some measurements on the height of the bracket in relation to the height of the monitor itself.
Carefully I measured from the top of the monitor to the top of where the bracket was going. Then I measured the same distance on the wall and made two small markings (I used a felt-tip as I couldn’t find my pencil) and proceeded to drill. …Yes I used the level-meter to keep it straight!
Monitor placed! A perfect job well done! Not a bother!
…Except it was too high. Just by an inch or so.
I removed the screws & rawl plugs, placed the bracket lower, re-set the monitor and sat down to examine.
Continue reading THING -I hung my monitor
“It’s just a kids’ movie,” I hear all the time. “Not worthy of analysis.”
Are only so-called serious films worthy of closer looks? Are funny things less worthy? Is less thought put in to making funny and ‘child-friendly’ films?
If so, things weren’t always this way, you know. Let’s take a closer look at Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to allow me to explain precisely what I mean (and also to somewhat-validate the theory I mentioned around here someplace).
Continue reading THING -Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -an in-depth look #1