Saturday, November 14, 2009

Home

For the first time in ever, I will spend a whole year without setting foot in England. I think when I first moved over here, I was probably averaging about 4 or 5 trips home per year - great for airmiles I guess, but those weekend trips I tried to fit in were pretty hard to handle, even when I was in my 20's. It's weird looking back - I think these days it would be much harder to move to a new country and start up a life. Back then it just seemed like a big adventure that required a slightly larger suitcase.

Anyway, even though I can't get back as often as I used to, I still get to see pics like the one above - we bought Dad a camera for his birthday while he was over here, and as you can see, he's been putting it to good use (although I'm thinking he's up a little early for my liking ;-)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Favorite Doormat

Available for purchase here (if you have a spare 50 bucks lying around)

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Shoe Bath (Tub)

Somehow I see the wife wanting another bathroom makeover when she sees these.....

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Shadow Chair

You have to look pretty close to work out how these things are standing up....

(via Dvice)

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Getting Old....

I think this news story was the biggest when I was growing up. Some guy picked up a shotgun, walked around a neighbouring town (it was about 10 minutes walk from my front door), and shot pretty much everyone he saw. It's the 20th anniversary today, and it kinda made me realize how long ago that was. It also made me realize I've spent more of my adult life in the US than I ever did in the UK now, which is kinda weird in itself.

The main thing I remember about this was that I was the only one of our group who had passed his driving test. We went down to take a look a day or two after the incident (it's amazing what curious 17 year olds would do...), and Nev drove. We went down the street, passed the guys house (and the mobile incident unit) and suddenly realized the other end of the road was blocked off. It was a pretty tight little road - one of those you see on movies about England, with big old trees on either side, and just enough room to fit two small cars down it (it would be a tight fit for your F150 on it's own..).

Nev was driving, but he hadn't passed his test yet, so I was the qualified front seat passenger for him. He freaked a little about reversing back down the street, so I ended up jumping in the driver's seat. I just remember being terrified of crashing, even though we were doing no more than 10 mph. I wasn't insured for the car, had never driven it before (it was a blue Austin Allegro if you know what they look like), I was reversing down a ridiculously narrow street with cars parked on one side, and had to pass pretty much every local police man that was currently working. Talk about pressure. Anyway, I guess it was punishment for going to take a look at something we had no right going to look at, but I survived to live another day.

BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | Survivor remembers shooting spree

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Paint it White

A while ago, Heidi had the great idea of painting a wall in the kitchen with blackboard paint - it turned out great - keeping the kids entertained when they come over (and the adults too at various parties). It also has magnetic paint underneath, so we can stick cards and notes and stuff on it, so it's pretty perfect.

Now, the people over at IdeaPaint have released whiteboard paint. I don't think it would work in our kitchen, but painting an office wall might work pretty well. And no doubt it would be a little easier to clean than the blackboard.

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Cool Rocking Chair

Not only does this thing look cool, judging from what it's made of (stainless steel), it'll keep you cool. Apparently, it also costs a cool $161k, which in the middle of a recession, seems just what you need.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Divn't need a coat, me like

And now some scientists are intrigued enough to find out why.....

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Hamburger Bed

For when you're feeling a little tired and hungy (via LikeCool)

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Favorite Wedding Pic


0174_IMG.jpg, originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.

Of all the great pics we got in our album, this is probably my favorite (although this one runs it close). We managed to get a new photo printer the other day, and it has the ability to print out in 13x19, so this is going to be my first attempt (and got some hanging things as well, so I might actually finally, 12 months late, get some stuff on my walls in the office at work). The paper arrived today (that stuff isn't cheap), so it'll be on my project list for this weekend (along with the less fun task of working out why our washing machine has started to create huge puddles of water in the basement, urgh).

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pacman Seat


Love this, especially the red one.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Get in someone's head

Not sure who's exactly, and definitely not sure about the sheepskin type interior going on, but for the people out there that need their very own hiding place inside their home, this could be the answer. The link for this is here, but you'll need to click around to find it as they have masking on all the sub pages of the site. And while you're there, you can check out some of the other slightly weird stuff (like Man with Prick sculpture - "The penis of this sculpted a man is completely out of proportion to the rest of his body. While proud of his huge member, the man is unable to move because of its staggering weight." Apparently)

I'm pretty sure none of this stuff is sold at Ikea.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Showers Forecasted

I'm a big believer in the shower we finally got installed in our bathroom (Kohler Rain Tiles, lots of space, lots of water) but this actually looks pretty cool. Technically it can be an almost bath one way, and a full on shower the other.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Non Camping Post


The Vegetable Garden, originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.

My initial intent was to post a gorgeous photo of where we camped at the weekend, basking in sunshine, with a beautiful stream flowing next to the tent (or something like that). However, no sunshine, 5 inches of rain and a little sleet and hail meant the stream turned to a river, we sheltered (shivering) in the tent and I never got the camera out. And we left after (just) surviving one night in the elements. It's not often the weather sucks in Colorado, but last weekend wasn't good.

So, instead, I've posted our (or really the wifes) ever growing vegetable garden. If you take a look at this pic, you'll see that the tiny boxes sitting on the table have turned into something a little special. We picked the first cucumber last night, and I can't wait for the tomatoes to be ready - there's something strangely satisfying about picking stuff out of the garden for your tea, even before you realize it saves you dealing with the lines at Safeway.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Table Watch (or Watch Table?)

I used to love my watch that looked just like this back in the 70's. It was way too big for my wrist, but I thought I was the coolest 7 year old in school. If only the batteries didn't crap out every 4 weeks or so.

Now you can have a decent sized table made to look just like that watch. And it even works - press the buttons, and it changes from time to date to some special 8 character message you can plug in. And if you don't like the finish, chrome and gold are available as well. The site doesn't have the price on there, so I'm guessing if you have to ask it's too expensive, but I'm seriously tempted to ask.....

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Best Ever Coat Hangers?


Coat hangers have never really been that cool - they get hidden when they're in use, and the fact you can pick up about a million for 20 bucks at Target probably were part of the reason.

But Yuedo have a new design out that changes all this. Obviously the footy ones caught my attention, but the swimming ones on the website also look pretty cool too.

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Numeric Keyboard Chairs!?

If you own a big house, or an office that needs some stools, or maybe a school I guess, this might just be a perfectly nerdy way to get some seats in there. Unfortunately, my house is too small, we never need quite this many seats (apart from Heidi's annual birthday party - stay tuned if you're expecting an invite, it's on my list to start getting sorted this week).

I'm not sure if you can actually buy this or not, but if you're really interested, just keep following through this link and you'll get to the source eventually (I think).

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Freddy Shepherd, Quote Machine


Always one for a classic quote, Freddy Shepherd, former Chairman of Newcastle United came out with this one today, in response to questions about him buying a stake in (dirty, dirty) Leeds United.
"It's in my blood. You can get rid of the wife or the bank manager, but a Geordie can never get rid of Newcastle"

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Gangsta Rap - Geordie Stylie

Not really safe for work so you've been warned, unless you're wearing headphones. Thanks to (big) Neil for the link (ages and ages ago, but just getting to it now - I know I owe you an email or 6...)

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Just in case you were wondering


This is actually a chair. I think it's for girls, coz that looks nothing like my arse. And obviously, it's Italian.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Magnetic Table

I guess this is for those people who live in NYC, or London and don't have access to the space saving gadgets available at Ikea.

Personally, apart from the fact that I'm way too clumsy to not pull up the chair and knock everything I'm not using to the floor with my knees, this kinda freaks me out a little. I'm not sure I'd ever feel like the room was tidy with stuff hanging below, and trust me, I'm not what you'd consider tidy.

Oh yeah - here's the link

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

My Next Trash Can

Or bin, if I'm speaking in real English. Urban Outfitters have the pics/price/details if you want it.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Inflatable Buildings

Now here's a great idea from a UK company - just make sure that you don't lay it over any sharp objects...

Details via DVICE are here

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Blow Up Hot Tub

Could this be the answer to the Hot Tub addicted Mr Penn's problems? Throw it in the back of the car, and where ever you are (and provided you can find some water, and I presume electricity) you can blow up your very own hot tub.

Alternatively, you can just use it as a cheap skate way to get one in your back yard. Just avoid the pointy sticks when you're deciding where it's going to go.

Link is here if you want to buy one

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Keegan Returns

Bit of a shocker, and just breaking, but Keegan is back in management at Newcastle. BBC has the news here - this will definitely improve the amount of attacking the team does, but will we win anything this time around?

One of his more famous moments at Newcastle was following the away game at Leeds (which I happened to have gone down to, coz those were the days when I actually lived in England), when he got pissed off with what Ferguson was saying and went ballistic on Sky (see the video below for what I'm talking about). That was one of two classic post match listening to Five Live moments on the BBC (both times I was actually with Pete, who now gets to spend all his time on football) - the second being when Cantona karate kicked his way into the crowd when Man U were playing Crystal Palace.

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Wiii Races

If you've never played on a Wii, you should really try and have a go - they're a lot of fun....

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Back Home

So we survived the flight home with no drama (for a change), and now merrily making my way through the usual list of food (Gregg's pasties today, steak pie yesterday, curry when we got off the plane). Of course, it's raining outside, and despite the weather being about 20 degrees colder in Denver, it feels much worse here, so I've been wrapped up warm since I got off the plane.

It turns out the UK actually has a freedom of information act these days (although I'm sure they've got some pretty good exemptions in there), and so The Times has compiled this list of 59 things we wouldn't know if it wasn't in place. I particularly like the fact that Thatcher was planning to send dolphins to look for the Loch Ness monster....

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Cool Kitchen Stuff

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Formula One Lawnmower


Gardens are much bigger over here than back home (for comparable size houses and money, obviously) - case in point The Thompsons, who could/should fit a five a side pitch in the back yard. Being English, I think as a nation we're opposed to the whole sit on a lawnmower and drive around on it, but Mr Thompson has had to fend off questions about why he can't sit on his lawnmower (technically I guess he could, but I'm sure it would get warm and maybe a little painful).

Anyway, this could well be the answer. A Formula One inspired lawnmower. Although you still have to follow it round, it looks kinda cool, and I'm sure must go faster than the normal ones. And the JP paint job - brings a tear to my eye, remembering the old Lotus cars from my yoof. No-one would question your machinery when you're pushing this around your back garden.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

You never really

know where you come from until you read Wikipedia about your home town....

The guy who invented plasticine lived there!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

New Favorite Chair

Called the Solar Chair, I think I like this a lot. No idea how comfortable it actually is, but it would go great in our office (or maybe even at work). Details here, but it looks like it's for sale back home, which doesn't really help me out much....

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Jonny Decker Has a MySpace Profile!

OK, unless you lived in Shields as a kid growing up (or I guess later on in your life), this post is completely meaningless, so just stop reading now.

Anyway, I screwed up my back again a couple of weeks ago, which meant I spent the immediate 3 days afterwards flat on my back on the couch or bed. This obviously is great for the first 10 minutes when you realize that's all you've wanted to do for the last few weeks of total hectic life, and then you get bored.

So, I did the MySpace thing coz I hadn't ever created a profile, and despite the awful user interface, me being too old, and realizing that I couldn't write html to save my life, I've been checking it out every couple of days. I somehow ended up traversing a few people from Shields, ended up on the John Spence page, and from there, the classic Jonny Decker page. Like I said, if you didn't grow up in Shields, you should have stopped reading ages ago, but if you didn't, Jonny was local celebrity bloke who hung around bumming tabs off everyone. He had this weird ability to be pretty much everywhere you ever went, never seemed like he caused any bother (not much, anyway, at least by Shields standards - put him in Denver and it might be a bit different), and actually brought a big smile to my face when I realized he had a page. I'm not technically sure if he somehow found a computer, or if someone else has created it in his honour, but I'm glad it's there. Makes me a bit homesick in a way, but guess I'll have to wait until Christmas to get over that one.

Giz a tab man.......

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