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Month ending 31 October

  • · Still waiting for GT5. However GTPlanet has informed me that a demo is downloadable from the Japanese PlayStation Store. This has proved to be good fun. Not sure about the TV section, it needs to download in the background.
  • · Couple of problems with the bike! The battery has started going dead and I nearly got stuck at the Post Office. Changed the battery and have success. The bike starts much better now.
  • · Next problem with the bike was the fuel and temperature gauges stopped working. One new PCB later and I now know again how much petrol I have in the tank. Mind you, the petrol gauge has never been really accurately anyway.
  • · I really love being patronised when on training courses.
  • · I have fundamental issues with my own values and beliefs and pretty much everything I am expected to do in my life. Bit of a bummer! Will be trying to settle down over the next while.
  • Month ending 30 September
    • · Well, new job, less time, very tired and trying to work conscientiously hence this site hasn’t been updated recently.
    • · Had an issue with the screen of the Toshiba M400. They collected the PC and had it returned within a week working perfectly. Thank you.
    • · Trying to calibrate the PC pen caused some issues as it would not work. It turns out to be a conflict between the interactive whiteboard software and the pen drivers. Uninstalled the IWB software and I can calibrate the screen again. Don’t get a tablet for an IWB.
    • · Waiting for GT5 has meant that I have been playing Ridge Racer online as a substitute. Online racing is good fun but I am rubbish at it.
  • Week ending 2 September
    • · Cant’ we just forget that someone famous died on the 31 August 10 years ago? I hate the whole drive to “preserve the memory”. Arrrrrgggghhh.
    • · Built a fence with the help of Bev. It took 4 days but we did a good job. Now we have to do the rest of the garden. Part of my penance for buying a PS3.
    • · Work looms and I hate the anxious feeling I get this last weekend of freedom.
    • · Need to look up the Audi R8 on the web as GT5 video shows it and it looks good.
  • Week ending 19 August
    • · Spain is hot in the summer. The Mediterranean was wonderfully warm though.
    • · Missed the dog while we were away. Not doing that again, he is coming with us.
    • · Thank the stars for tax free shopping at airports. I managed to bag a PS3 for a good price. Also well done for shop and collect, else I would have had to take the new stuff to Spain and back.
  • Week ending 29 July
    • · I don’t really like gardening. Apparently I am soon going to build a fence around our garden. This will involve sweat and tears, I know it. Sorry to my wife, Bev.
    • · Said goodbye to some wonderful people this week. At least some of them are going to where I will be working in September.
    • · The dog has started looking grown up now. He is close to a year old, so I guess it is going to happen soon.
  • Week ending 22 July
    • · Only three more days at work.
    • · MUST buy tickets for WSB soon.
    • · Want a PS3. Am going to wait until Gran Turismo is released. Will definitely get one then.
  • Week ending 15 July
    • · Why do so many people believe in god. On TV they are always so willing to praise god for the good things in life? Arrrrgh.
    • · Must keep in touch with friends. Feel bad that I don’t phone them enough.
    • · My phone (N95) can’t find my wireless network in front of the TV because the router is behind the TV. In fact I find the wi-fi connection on the phone a bit temperamental.
    • · Bought a DVD because I couldn’t be bothered to record the film on tv, is that lazy?
  • Week ending 8 July
    • · Happy Birthday sisters.
    • · The Tour de France came by our village this weekend. It was a great experience. Seeing nearly 200 cyclists passing in around 10 seconds was not to be missed. Just don’t blink.
    • · I still feel the loss of Dr Who from our screens. It really has been a great series.
    • · Bought a new waterproof as my summer bike kit was a little small. The jacket didn’t really cover my wrists. Now I have an all-in-one. It is bigger than I need so at least I’ll be able to fit in it.
    • · Wimbledon is over and I don’t watch it usually but the BBC were broadcasting it in high definition so it made it worth watching. I had to have the HD box changed recently as the picture had been freezing.
  • Week ending 1 July
    • · Just heard some wind in HD on the tv and thought it was outside.
    • · Managed to fit into my dinner jacket recently. This was a surprise as I bought it when I was 21. I also found a camera in the pocket of the suit so I’ll have to wait and see what is on the film. Where do I get things developed?
    • · So a prolonged period of summer showers and wind. Can we assume this is due to global warming? Are short weather events attributable to global climate changing? I don’t know but hopefully people who are cleverer than me will.
    • · The bike summer kit is not waterproof so I have to put some waterproofs over the top. The only problem is that these are too small and so now I need a new set. Probably going to get an all in one as I think it’ll be easier to put on.
    • · Race of Champions looking good so far this year.
  • Week ending 17 June
    • · What a weekend! Le Mans, F1 GP, BSB, WSB and WTCC.
    • · Been watching The Bachelor on Living TV by proxy and it is shallow. Also, I would have to say that Britain’s Got Talent surely shows that Britain doesn’t have it.
    • · New alarm on the bike as the old one wouldn’t turn off and I couldn’t start the bike. Managed to get it started for the journey to the garage to get it fixed.
    • · Motors TV is great for the coverage of the Le Mans 24 hour race. Brilliant.
    • · Saw a funny episode when Krusty lost it and shouted infront of an uninvited audience. I even lost sleep over this!
  • Week ending 10 June
    • · Finally managed to get a new N95 ordered from O2. You are not allowed to pre-order so you have to phone them when they get stock in. This seems a rather silly situation. Can’t they take orders and then just send them out when they come in. How can pre-ordering not exist throughout commerce nowadays?
    • · Started writing my leaving speech for work. I have another 4 weeks to get it just right. I feel that to leave without saying what I really feel would be a waste.
    • · New phone turned up the day after it was ordered. The sliding mechanism is a bit sloppy but given it took a month to get this one I think I’ll cope. It all seems to be working ok at the moment. The Nokia back up tool was good, which was rather surprising given the PC Suite is a bit iffy.
  • Week ending 3 June
    • · The weather at Brands on Monday for the Historic Masters series was rather atrocious. We left early as the F1 (pre 1978) was delayed because of the the rain.
    • · I love the sound of the wankel engine in the Mazda 757 that was racing on this Monday.
    • · Although a week off work it did go rather quickly and I had got into the mindset that I was on my summer holiday.
  • Week ending 27 May
    • · New phone has been sent back with WLAN connection problems. When I phoned Nokia they weren’t aware of this, but when I searched the W3 there seemed a number of issues. Now I have to wait for the phone to be received by O2 and then get another sent out.
    • · Mucho gracias to British Eurosport as I entered a competition and won tickets to see the World Superbikes at Silverstone. The weather was so bad that we left after the first race, which is just as well as the second was cancelled.
    • · Have finally stopped my subscription to unlimited cinema with Cineworld. Having the dog and work just make it harder to see all the films I want to see.
  • Week ending 20 May
    • · New phone. It is good but not that good. It is the first one I have desired. Damn those advertising executives. I must try harder to resist.
    • · Said goodbye to a wonderful bunch of people this week (7-11N). I’ll see them occasionally and will hear about their future from my wife.
    • · Burnt a CD using the internal drive on the PC. It worked. I now have to get myself through all the DVD formats so I understand how to burn a DVD.
    • · Nokia PC Suite converts from iTunes format, now that is nice.
  • Week ending 13 May
    • · Happy Birthday Mr Smith.
    • · Am transferring all the stuff I need from one computer to another and I have to say it is a pain. This web editing program needs some severe work, and with changing account data I have to update all the picture links.
  • Week ending 6 May
    • · The dog can sleep in a tent with humans! He managed to stay mostly well behaved.
    • · Toshiba and Dabs.com might make onto my list of endorsements. Open Office too.
    • · If you have a meeting 10 miles away, make sure you travel on the right day. Turned up 24 hours early to an empty office.
  • Week ending 29 April
    • · A1 Grand Prix, at Brands Hatch, just excellent.
    • · C’etait un rendezvous - at last a copy from a shop at Brands. Quite expensive in terms of price per minute, but worth it.
    • · Congratulations to my father, who retired this week.
  • Week ending 22 April
    • · I am moving jobs and very happy about that. Hopefully I won’t be mentioning work again in this column. Goodbye IGS, hello RMGS.
    • · Have done quite a bit of work at home recently and I would recommend listening to the Bruce Dickinson Rock Show on BBC 6 Music. Listen at any time on your PC. Keeps me sane during the humdrum of the work I do.
    • · Got the go ahead to get my bike fixed. The insurance company seemed to take their time over this issue.
  • Week ending 15 April
    • · Have realised why decorating disturbs me. It is mainly that I find painting boring (but essential) and the disruption it causes to the rest of the house gradually nibbles at my calm exterior consciousness. I want and like the end product of decorating but can’t stand the doing. I think next time I’ll pay someone to do everything and then move away for a week.
    • · Finally got my computer to write to a CD-R. For the last few months it had decided that it wouldn’t do it! I didn’t do anything to the computer it must have a random switch in the registry somewhere.
    • · British superbikes are back. Watched the second race on ITV4! What sort of channel is that to watch sport? Surely they can take over a proper channel? The repeat was a week later on ITV1, now that takes the piss.
    • · Another new Belkin modem/router for home. We’ll see if this one cuts the mustard.
  • Week ending 8 April
    • · New PSP game to make sure I play it more. Needed to tell the PSP the date, that is how low the battery had gone!
    • · Went to the cinema for the first time in ages. Great, although the sound was much louder than at my usual cinema.
    • · The router died. Got another but the transformer was making a lot of noise. Next try in the week to come. Have moved from a D-Link to a Belkin. Not a great move but dictated by local store stock. We’ll see.
  • Week ending 1 April
    • · Two weeks off and apparently there is a religious festival. I will be trying to ignore it all.
    • · Need to spend some time trying to get a life. Well the sort of life I want. I want to be busy on the playstation or cinema, being with my wife and dog. I don’t want to spend the rest of my time working, eating and sleeping.
    • · Some friends have paid their subs to the escape committee as they have all got through either Tom, Dick or Harry.
  • Week ending 25 March
    • · A day off, but was on a work trip good fun though.
    • · Happy birthday grandma.
    • · Am now far too tired to be able to do anything in the evening. Now live in a strange world of getting home, walking the dog, eating and sleeping. No PS2, no “Lost”. I have seven episodes on the Sky recorder to watch. When am I going to get that amount of time?
  • Week ending 18 March
    • · Thanks to the bastard who drove into my bike and knocked it over. Only £800 of damage! I’m not pissed off, just would have liked person who did it to own up. Once again my faith in the natural goodness of humanity is dealt a blow. Now thinking about it, I don’t see why there has to be a natural goodness. I am pretty sure we are all out for the best we can get.
    • · Beer for lunch, especially Belgian beer, makes the rest of the day seem murky.
    • · Welcome back to the spectacle that is WTCC. Apparently F1 is on, but I must have been asleep.
    • · Why am I bothered by the prospect of a EMP?
  • Week ending 11 March
    • · Nine Inch Nails at Brixton Academy - Bloody brilliant. A great gig.
    • · How can weathermen continue to tell us it is going to be a good day if it is sunny. “Oh a wonderfully warm day coming up”. Do they not realise that these warm days are the harbingers of bad news. It is utterly intolerable for weathermen to have an opinion on the goodness of a particular day.
    • · Had the wedding photos printed and they look fantastic. Thanks so much Hugh.
    • · My front room is now full of packaging that needs to be thrown away after having two items of flat pack furniture delivered. I try to be green but I don’t think I manage very well.
  • Week ending 3 March
    • · Had a flat pack bed delivered and then spent 6 hours gluing and screwing this thing together. I no longer sleep on a mattress on the floor, however, the ceiling is now quite close. This disturbs me.
    • · If it takes 6 hours to build a bad and it is not delivered until 1 in the afternoon and then you have to leave the thing for 8 hours to dry how can you get to bed at a sensible time?
    • · An item of flat pack furniture bought from Argos is rather poor in quality as when putting it together the dowels don’t fit properly and the glue ran out after half the thing had been built.
  • Week ending 25 February
    • · I have recently bought something from a leading store and it needed to be delivered. Firstly I had to pay for this, which as the item is delivery only I find this rather cheeky. Then the company informed me that I couldn’t specify what time I wanted the delivery. I had to keep a slot of my day open for 5 hours. I thought I was the customer and therefore always right.
    • · Hotel Babylon is just right. It’s like candy floss for the mind. It takes no real concentration and there are a few laughs there as well.
    • · Wedding gifts have arrived and spent ages unpacking them. House is now a tip.
  • Week ending 18 February
    • · Porlock, Somerset, has a steep hill, but it was demolished by the car. Well done Passat turbo diesel.
    • · Don’t want to go back to work. Had a great time away and really loved the place.
    • · There is a speed when driving that is suitable for the South East of England and there is another speed, somewhat slower, that is acceptable in Somerset. Took me a while to slow down.
  • Week ending 11 February
    • · Being married is great.
  • Week ending 4 February
    • · Trying to write a speech for my wedding. This is proving rather fraught. I want it to be good and have an overall message, but putting it together is a pain. I don’t mind making it up, but that would probably involve me going on to wild verbal excursions. The story-teller could be back!
    • · Managed to miss the first of Buzzcocks and Mock the Week this week. Have now set the Sky box to record these things and am slightly happier. The problem is I don’t read tv pages or watch much of the normal channels.
    • · I must try and take more photographs with my camera. You see, I find that once I have taken photos of a particular thing, then it is done. However, I must attempt to take some serious pictures of the dog. As he is mostly brown that will prove hard work.
  • Week ending 28 January
    • · Put chilli powder on the logs for the fire and it stopped the dog from chewing them. He had a real good sniff!
    • · Stag do required me to have the next day “resting” and not moving. Mostly not moving due to a stomach upset.
    • · There was a collection of Lotus motorcars at a local Fiat dealership and I missed them due to a stag event the night before.
    • · Less than two weeks to go. EXCELLENT
  • Week ending 21 January
    • · Put Tabasco sauce on the skirting boards as the dog was chewing them. It made him chew them more! He likes it!
    • · Had a quiet day with the dog today.
    • · I have become a Sunday rider. Oh dear! They are just the people I moan about. Time to get the bike on the road more.
  • Week ending 14 January
    • · With reference to an earlier entrance copied just after this entrance. Don’t write about such things on a website that your friend reads and then asks about the incident!:
      • · When driving a car with a TV in the boot for a friend try to remember it is there when you put your foot down going around a corner. The bang in the boot was a small shock to me as the tv slid from one side of the car to the other.
    • · I can go for three weeks without cutting my hair but I don’t like it. I should make sure I always follow the “two week or less” rule.
    • · When I started this page I made a rule never to write about work. Just as well.
    • · Why is it that men have good spacial awareness but women can arrange a room with far more success?
  • Week ending 7 January
    • · I can’t find a motorsport magazine / newspaper that I like. I think I shall just have to remain subscribed to a number of RSS feeds.
    • · New coats certainly help keep dry and warm when walking the dog.
    • · Ten sixty six is a cafe in Maidstone. It will not receive any more patronage from me. The staff were rude and the service poor. I almost feel as though I should write to the owner to let them know. It is a shame as the cafe looks really nice from the outside. Just staffed by morons.
    • · The Dakar rally has started and I am going to try and follow it on tv this year.
  • Week ending 31 December
    • · Christmas TV was rubbish. Just as well we played poker that day!
    • · The weather has been affecting the celebrations for the new year. Curious that we place so much into an arbitrary date change.
    • · Going to put off buying a PS3 for a year.
    • · Might be considering buying a playseat as I am that sad.
  • Week ending 24 December
    • · A1 GP clothing is available from the A1GP.com website.
    • · Played Gran Turismo for the first time in ages and was shite. I think I need more practice.
    • · Saw the Futurama episode that mirrors the classic film 2001. Excellent. In fact it is a rather good series in all.
    • · A1 GP websitehas been redesigned.
    • · There is no point cleaning your house when you have a puppy. He chews cardboard and drops it everywhere! I know I could just not give him cardboard but it is better than chewing the sofa.
  • Week ending 17 December
    • · Set my Sky+ recorder using a S60 application for my “smart” phone. This is wonderful although I don’t know how often I am going to use it apart from showing off.
    • · A restaurant in Maidstone had no Newcastle Brown Ale. I am going to have to buy some at the off-licence.
    • · When reversing your car in a car park, check that the pillar behind you does not have bolts sticking out. I have a little round hole in my rear bumper now (this is not a euphemism).
    • · The best Indian restaurant in Southfields has to be the Sarkhel's Indian Cuisine restaurant. Absolutely lovely food.
    • · The A217 into Wimbledon is a mostly straight forward road into London. Much quicker and easier than driving through the middle.
  • Week ending 10 December
    • · Goodbye Roy.
    • · Always reserve your items in Argos. Never spend more than 5 minutes in store. If there are people queuing then leave. Preserve your sanity.
    • · Went on a head of department course and would you believe it, most of the people there were like me and not head of department. We had all been delegated the task.
    • · A1 GP races in the wet. Very exciting.
    • · A local pub had no Newcastle Brown Ale. I normally have this tipple when I go for a meal there. Something is not right with the world.
  • Week ending 3 December
    • · Used a SMS to set my Sky+ recorder. I was in London and managed to set my recorder because it should be possible and not because I needed to. Lovely. I hope that if I am ever abroad and desperately need to record a TV programme that I remember the time difference.
    • · Don’t change your brand of toilet paper, you’ll only end up disappointed.
    • · Found a cassette tape I thought I had lost. I had the box in the kitchen but couldn’t find the tape. Searching for a right-mood CD in the glove box in the car I lifted the bottom CD and found “Blackout” by the Scorpions. Not a classic but good music and at least I don’t have an empty box.
    • · Don’t try to walk through Rochester when the Dickensian Christmas Festival is in full swing. I needed to cross the high street and the parade of characters was making its way along the high street. Had to wait ages to get across the road. Who wants to look at “up themself” tosspots dressed up anyway?
  • Week ending 26 November
    • · Tickets for the A1 GP next April have been ordered. It is going to be the second best weekend next year.
    • · The train seats on trains through Maidstone don’t seem wide enough. My shoulders are wider than the space I have to sit. This makes the journey quite uncomfortable and is a method for the company to have more space for standing and so have more fare paying customer!
    • · When driving a car with a TV in the boot for a friend try to remember it is there when you put your foot down going around a corner. The bang in the boot was a small shock to me as the tv slid from one side of the car to the other.
    • · The Ashes are back. I heard a chap on radio saying he was slightly sad and slightly happy after our poor performance in the first couple of days at the Gabba. He was sad we were doing poorly but happy we had to realise we aren’t that great anyway. A very British view on things I thought. I am glad someone said publicly what I had been thinking. The Aussies are good and we are not. Oh well. It was a bit like someone said that Children in Need was a crap TV programme, I had been thinking that for years.
  • Week ending 19 November
    • · Parked the car overnight in Liverpool and it was there the next morning!
    • · Took the dog to kennels and missed him so much. Was lovely to get him back, but he had grown so much!
    • · Was great to see my friends over the weekend. It is such a shame we don’t get together enough but when we do it is just the same as it always was. The conversations have changed over time from music to mortgages and now we are on children’s programmes and weddings.
    • · LOST in HD.
  • Week ending 12 November
    • · 3 points and a fine. A fair charge for my behavior. I have accepted the consequences.
    • · I hired a car in Spain. They charged me £35.22 (or euros equivalent) for filling the tank when I returned the car. As I filled the petrol myself, they refunded me the same amount of euros but it came to a total of £35.29. So I made 7p in the transaction. If the rental company didn’t lose out who did? My bank? One for you Mazza.
    • · Must check with my future wife about pictures I send in emails, just in case she isn’t looknig her best (never I say).
    • · A page of photos of the dog here.
  • Week ending 5 November
    • · Am learning to survive with a max of 3 hours sleep at any time. The dog is wonderful but at the moment he has a 3 hour bladder. Hopefully it won’t be long until he has a 6 hour bladder.
    • · I dislike Mazda adverts sooooo much. Zoom, f***ing zoom.
    • · I want Sky HD, but I think it is too expensive. If it took a year for me to buy a camera, how long for Sky HD I wonder. Any bets?
    • · I need a bed and some bedroom furniture. Sleeping on a mattress on the floor has its advantages (easy to roll out of bed) but it is the norm to have a bed thing. This would require me to wait on the Sky HD for a while. This is a conundrum.
    • · BlueWater shopping centre has some magical fish decorations in the pond. Wonderful white wicker fish things with stars at their gills. How are fish in the Xmas story? And why the hell are there decorations out in early November. If no one likes these things so early in the year, why do shopping places put decorations up so early. It must have something to do with profits and making stupid people buy all their things early.
  • Week ending 29 October
    • · Spain was really warm last week. Lovely place, you can ask for a coffee and get just that - a coffee.
    • · Stansted Airport - Four coffees, two sandwiches and a danish pastry - £16 holy maloley. Rip off city.
    • · Picked up George and haven’t slept. What a lovely chocolate lab he is.
  • Week ending 22 October
    • · Have had to put the winter bike gear on as the mornings are really chilly. But, when I go home it is the mid afternoon when the temperature is a bit higher. That means I get too hot. There is no solution to this (apart from taking the linings out for every journey) but people should understand what bikers suffer to continue their art.
    • · Bought a dog. Just have to wait to pick him up. Yippee, but also rather scary.
    • · Medium season 2 is great.
    • · Keep an eye on ANTM.
  • Week ending the 15 October
    • · I will have to retire from driving comments in this column as I feel that should really have a page of its own.
    • · Thank the lord for Paramount Comedy Channel, because most of the rest of Sky tv is shit, and yet I still pay my subscription.
    • · Found some sloes and have bought some gin so Christmas is going to be great this year.
    • · Shouldn’t the international community be actively reducing their nuclear stockpile before condemning North Korea for developing its own weapons.
    • · Moto GP. Oh good grief. The race in Portugal was just about the best race I have ever seen. Why isn’t everything in life this good?
  • Week ending 1 October
    • · There some roundabouts in Kent where I am sure the lane markings are ignored by all who drive them. Does it not make sense (the lanes indicate so) that you move over to the left a lane after you pass an exit? Not in Kent apparently where the locals don’t read the lane markings?
    • · A1GP has started. Thank god. Finally a decent open wheel race series where the drivers make the difference.
    • · Really impressed with Team.GBR as they sent me a nice team shirt quickly and efficiently. Now, here’s hoping that Darren Manning manages the same today in Holland.
    • · iPod - nice.
    • · Lukas Rossi won Rockstar Supernove, but I hate his voice, so I won’t be buying their album. Whereas had Toby won I would have purchased the songs.
    • · Someone told me that Lianna won Britain’s Next Top Model. Not good, as she cried as every photo shoot.
    • · Watching the F1 Grand Prix in China and Schumi overtook Alonso, but do I have to watch 37 replays of it? No, show me the action. Also, don’t show me people in the pits! The action is on the track.
  • Week ending 24 Sept
    • · Severe computer break down causing major stress and loss of work. Saved website though.
    • · Don’t install the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack (updated) as it messed up my computer.
    • · Korean films are generally messed up. Watched Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and ended up feeling ill!
  • Week ending 3 Sept
    • · New TV makes Ian a happy chap.
    • · Cars in Australia have the indicator on the wrong side of the steering wheel.
    • · Back to work soon and not happy about that. I could so with another month off.
    • · Have spent far too much money in DIY stores over the summer. Bugger.
    • · Time to lose weight again. Back to the gym.
  • Week ending 27 August
    • · GP2 produces good racing.
    • · I don’t like decorating. I have an attention problem so that I can keep motivated for about an hour before I need to do something else. I think an hour on / hour off cycle would suit me good.
    • · Australia - It’s big (and a bit like the USA unfortunately).
    • · News programmes are good at keeping the perceived level of terrorism threat high.
    • · BBC Breakfast is awful. I manage about 5 minutes before putting some sport on. If I want news I’ll listen to BBC Radio 4.
  • Week ending 23 July
    • · It can be too hot for riding a motorcycle.
    • · There have been a number of diesel spills on the roundabouts in my area, it really screws up my plans for a speedy trip round the thing!
  • Week ending 16 July
    • · Saw an extremely fat woman in the supermarket at the weekend. From her shopping contents I am guessing that she doesn’t really want to change. She had 12 large ASDA pizzas, 3 multi-packs of crisps and 8 bottles of coke. That was it! If she wants to blame “glands” then she deserves what she gets.
    • · Wickes home delivery are still crap. They still haven’t delivered the correct bits, so now I get a whole new tap.
    • · The PS3 is going to cost £500! how do I justify spending that much when I am saving for a wedding? And then there is the HD television I need also!
    • · Canesten AF cures athletes foot according to the advert, but look closely and it also cures Jock Itch. Why didn’t they mention that in the advert.
  • Week ending 9 July
    • · LOSTPROPHETS - great live. However concert goers now seem obsessed with getting pictures and video on their cameras. Why? Just enjoy the music. Now, the music they play over the PA system before the band comes on is normally just there for effect however I found myself surrounded by a new breed of teenager at a rock concert. When the BGM was Metallica (Whiplash) or Megadeth (The Conjuring) no-one sang. But when the Ordinary Boy’s hit “Boys will be Boys” came on the entire crowd (apart from me and my fiancé) sang along. This is not a good state of affairs, or perhaps the LostProphets just aren’t hard rock.
    • · Brixton Academy is now the “Carling” Academy. This is just plain wrong. Perhaps the drinks companies are being forced into sponsoring events and places because of a backlash against their advertising.
    • · A new bathroom is a great thing. I now have a shower.
    • · Wickes’ delivery service is sh(not very good)it. Also the set of taps I bought just happen to be on sale in Argos for £30 less than I paid. Grrrrrrr.
  • Weeks ending 2 July
    • · It can be too hot!
    • · Blowing bits of bread that have fallen onto your keyboard is a bigggggg mistake. Letters get stuckkkkk.
  • Week ending 18 June
    • · The population of Wye is definitely older than the rest of the country.
    • · Chicken Shashlik is great. Well done the Joshan of Wye.
    • · My inflatable mattress is now just a mattress and not as comfortable!
  • Week ending 11 June
    • · Taps are really expensive!
    • · It’s hot again and people insist on walking around without a shirt on. Have some manners please.
    • · Tourist Trophy has arrived and it is excellent. It is great to be learning tracks I already knew but with motorbikes instead of cars!
  • Week ending 4 June
    • · Gulab Jamuns are great. Perhaps it is the sugar syrup you serve them with.
    • · Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez is great. Not my usual stuff but good!
    • · My TV started making an occasional high pitched noise. This is good news because if it dies I want a new TV anyway. This is bad news as I can’t afford a new TV. Bugger.
    • · Saw the price of a PS3 on Play.com. £550 for the console and three games. I can’t justify that yet either. Shit.
    • · In The Times (national daily newspaper) they can’t spell “lots of extras” in the motor adverts. I guess these would have been written by the seller but surely you know not to spell it “lots of extra’s”.
  • Week ending 28 May
    • · Too much rain makes Ian a sad boy. Not enough bike time.
    • · Time to delete the advert schmience page as there is too much to moan about and I don’t keep this site updated enough.
    • · GT4 - fantastic. Still.
  • Week ending 21 May
    • · ANTM is addictive viewing, but keep it quiet.
    • · Went to Gravesend and got shouted at within 5 minutes. It is the sort of place where you definitely don’t use your mobile phone or look people in the face.
    • · The food in Waitrose looks really nice. Could it be me or is it just a case of “the grass is greener”?
  • Week ending 14 May
    • · Websites that show pictures and have a click here for a larger image are all very well and good IF the new picture is larger. However, many sites have links to the same picture! No point.
    • · ATS Euromaster in Aylesford don’t do MOTs! Damn.
    • · Travelling by motorbike makes the journey as much fun as whatever you do at the destination. Travelling by car makes the journey something you have to endure!
    • · There is a motorbike racing simulator coming out soon. It is called tourist trophy and is made by the guys who wrote Gran Turismo. I can’t wait. Although on the game website it does say that the Honda CBR1100XX has 90 b.h.p whereas we all know it has around 160!
  • Week ending 7 May
    • · There are places in Kent where you can stay in the left hand lane to turn right at two consecutive roundabouts.
    • · I don’t want lots of football and jingoistic adverts on television.
    • · Shutting the stable door after the horses have bolted seems rather ridiculous. Especially when trying to maintain a particular code in an organisation.
  • Week ending 30 April
    • · Booked a wedding venue in just two evaluation visits. Well done. For more information click here.
    • · Friday evening at around 7pm and there are huge numbers of police on the roads around Maidstone! Why?
    • · Joined a new gym. Expecting to hurt tomorrow. Watched four Lost episodes in a row and it is quite good! Still!
    • · Why do we have parent’s evenings? I don’t see the value except that they are the only time a parent will meet their child’s teacher. Why are teachers blamed for everything? Out of the year we deal with kids for 3/4 of it. Out of the day we spend only 5 hours with the kids. Yet, it is all our fault.
    • · Doesn’t it seem that recruitment procedures are a little iffy?
  • Week ending 23 April
    • · Very tired now as spent the weekend camping and leading a large group of students in navigation.
    • · Some signs need punctuation, a sign at a children’s adventure centre says “Slow Children”.
    • · Figured out why I consider the Passat’s brakes a little poor. I am used to the Blackbird’s brakes and they are very good. Then again the bike does weigh quite a bit less than the car.
    • · The car has 130b.h.p and the bike 164 b.h.p. You figure out which is more fun.
  • Weeks ending 16 April
    • · Got engaged on the 5th April. Happy that Bev will soon be my wife.
    • · There was a DVD review on Radio 1 where it was claimed that the beginning hour of Peter Jackson’s King Kong was controversial because it didn’t contain any of the beast. Well piss off Radio 1. If you can’t sit still through a film then don’t go. I have been moaning about this quotation for a few days now and I think it is going to continue. Damn them all.
    • · A Belgian cafe in West Malling. Great news. The only problem was the beer made me sleep through the afternoon, oh well I missed some crappy Easter Sunday film.
    • · Sorry it has been a while, been rather busy. Was out camping the first weekend in April on a training course for work. It could be a good course but I feel that the people running it are making it up as they go along. You can tell these things when it is your profession to teach.
    • · The second weekend I was visiting my parents and had to spend some time at Brands Hatch watching the British Touring Cars. Then I went away to Cornwall and then I came back and went sailing for two days.
    • · Actually suggested going to Blue Water shopping hell and found I quite enjoyed the experience. There are a lot of shops there that I have never heard of. Also had a “sub” to eat from some place that was definitely not as good value as SubWay.
    • · Teaching little kids Gran Turismo is somewhat fun. After about half an hour they could get round a circuit!
    • · I have again realised that there is not enough time to do everything I want to. I need more time to play the PS2 and read and cook and watch films and watch TV.
    • · People who say etc. etc. get on my nerves.
    • · Little Chef served up two panini with the words “paninis ready”. . . . .
    • · I need a holiday from my holiday. I have over busied myself.
  • Week ending the 26 March
    • · Playing poker for money is good fun. I only lost 7% of my stake so was quite happy. Poor Rich lost loads.
    • · The return of British Superbikes - great. Although it was damp at Brands it was a great day.
    • · New N70 is good.
  • Week ending 19 March
    • · Another birthday so another year older. Mind you still 31 years until I retire! “Keep on running . . . . “
    • · It would appear that a new bike cover and high winds contributed to the damage to my bike. It has been just over a year since the last incident so at least I have had a “clear run”. The wind blew my bike over. I was away but some wonderful neighbours put a note through my door explaining what happened and also lifted the bike up. It could have been something more sinister (someone knocked it over in their car) but I like to look on the better side of human nature.
    • · Never discuss political issues with your family if you have never really done that sort of thing before!
    • · At last a major issue is resolved. For many years the using soap to wash your arse and your face has been an issue. How do you wash your face last but still not use the same bit of soap as you did for your arse? The resolution appeared in the form of a present which has the two main faces of the soap labelled “Arse” and “Face”. There are people out there with the same issues as me!
  • Week ending 12 March
    • · It’s strange when you attend a course and the entire content and instruction technique pisses you off. We found ourselves getting moaned at for not having the correct equipment and yet we hadn’t had any form of programme for the weekend. Poor organisation masked (ineffectively) by anger at attendees.
    • · Bought a car! Seemed a relatively painless process but took two hours. I guess that isn’t long to wait for the car to be checked. We didn’t have two forms of ID but (thank god) they only asked for one.
    • · My new car diesel tank holds 60 litres.
    • · Took a list of moans to the senior manager and he listened and seemed to take notice. Not bad.
  • Week ending 5 March
    • · Rolling news programmes are poor quality and very rarely offer any new things to learn over the course of the hours that they broadcast. They claim there is an appetite for this sort of news and also spectator journalism. I would argue that this is a self fulfilling prophecy and incorrect. We need quality news shows with in-depth journalism. Another reason to dislike these shows is their helicopters. On Thursday this week we had two news helicopters circling over our town for a few hours, for a few shots of some criminals. They were noisy and probably didn’t improve the quality of the news being broadcast. The rush for sensational pictures is ruining the power that real news has. Please stop the helicopters.
    • · Clay Pigeon shooting. Excellent fun. I got 13/25. Which is better than 50% and quite good I think. Will have to do some more soon.
    • · Car Giant is a bizarre place in west London. A thousand or so cars in a huge area. Great fun just for dreaming.
    • · Moneyback Bank part of the Alliance and Leicester has a very efficient system.
    • · Cous Cous is a type of PASTA. I always thought it was a seed or grain!
  • Week ending 26th Feb
    • · Brands Hatch have made their grandstand tickets really cheap (in comparison to last year) and yet they have increased the price of a season ticket by 65%!
    • · Shelley Rudman, who one a medal in the Winter Olympics is a “classroom manager” according to The Guardian report about her medal win. I would like to know what a classroom manager does.
    • · My local Sainsbury’s petrol station has chip and PIN and so they should. However, they also have security cameras pointing directly at the pay counter so even though the staff may not look at you enter your PIN the camera can see all, unless you cover your hand while you press the buttons.
    • · Street Pastors exist on the streets of Birmingham. Could this be more cheap labour from the Government to avoid having police on the streets doing the job that they should.
  • Week ending 19th Feb
    • · Lampshades for the lights in the house really make it much nicer at night time.
    • · Want a Sony Bravia 32” but I think that has to wait until next year.
    • · Got really nervous about driving a race car. I thought I might not be able to drive and mess it all up. As it happens I went quite well and really enjoyed it. I even got slowed down by people in front of me. Excellent, I want more power.
    • · “Taking on the worlds toughest energy challenges” is a phrase trademarked by Esso. How can an entire phrase be trademarked? Anyway, as I don’t have permission to use the phrase perhaps Esso will get “in touch” with me.
    • · The 12 cartoons should be printed by all newspapers around the world so everyone can decide. You should be able to stand criticism of your religion if you are truly religious. If everybody who claims to be religious truly was then they would adhere to the tenants of their faith and I can’t believe all hatred and murder are preached by any religion. People who say they are religious aren’t else there would be the most wonderful state of utopia on Earth.
  • Week ending 12th Feb
    • · Second book in the Initial D series is still good.
    • · Spent a day sawing, drilling and building. Brilliant. House is still a tip though. Need more storage boxes and labels for things I will throw away in five years time.
    • · Winter Olympics on all day everyday at the moment. Great.
    • · New light bulb in the lamp outside the house. Now I can see where I live coming home at night. As long as I remember to turn the light on when I leave the house.
  • Week ending 5th Feb
    • · Trying to spend more time focussing on the good things!
    • · Tokyo Pop is great. Just started reading Initial D and although the plot is reasonably thin the art work more than makes up for it.
    • · Thank you society for the ability to be standing in the middle of a field and be able to talk via the wonderweb to someone anywhere in the world. Texts are useful too when you need to keep in touch.
    • · I must educate the world to understand the difference between the internet and the world wide web.
  • Week ending 29th Jan
    • · Dance with the Devil by Cozy Powell is still a great tune. Bought a copy from Italy via E-Bay. Thanks you Ebay, most of the stuff you sell is shit but this was worth waiting for.
    • · Trying to sort out flights to Australia is frustrating when most web sites do not display results for flights on many days. BA do well and I am impressed with the Qantas website as there is an excellent journey planner.
  • Week ending 22nd Jan
    • · Charmian Beaton - Thank you. Feniom, something good to come out of Belgium along with chips and nice chocolate, Herge and Magritte.
    • · How to back up photos and data? Do I buy a 160GB external hard drive, which could fail but has fast access times or do I buy a DVD-RW drive which saves data onto a permanent media. I just don’t know at the moment.
    • · Sunny weather. Described as lovely, brilliant, good and great by the weathermen. Now for the last three weeks the weather has been grey and it was nice to have some sunshine but there is no need for sun=good and rain=bad. The only good thing about sun is that it dries the roads, mind you wind does the same.
    • · Not going to eat any more burgers at the Exchange Bar and Grill in Rochester. The last few have been tough and packed too tight. I prefer light, soft burgers.
  • Week ending 15th Jan
    • · Fog Lights. This week there was a day when it was foggy and drivers put their fog lights on. Fair enough. But why don’t people turn the fog lights off when the weather improves? Surely the big light on the dashboard indicates to them that the fog lights are on and yet they think it is ok to keep the lights on. Do these people not realise that although their visibility improves, mine, as a driver coming the other way, deteriorates.
    • · Another driving thing this week. I have noticed a number of drivers pull out into a faster lane on the motorway without taking the speed of approaching cars in to consideration. I have deduced that this is because many people look in their mirrors just once, not allowing them to judge speed, see a reasonable gap behind and pull out. This is sheer laziness on behalf of the driver. I hope I can keep clear of these idiots.
    • · Titanium, seriously cool and light. Brilliant.
  • Week ending 8th Jan
    • · Modern Art (enough said really). Went to the Tate Modern. Some of it is very good and easy to interpret. The rest of it is really bollocks. If I drew a circle in the middle of a piece of paper it could be said that it represents the void between my real self and the self I imagine in the my plane of dreams. Or it could be said to represent the oppression of the Jews during the last 2000 years. Perhaps it even represents the fact that I rode a bicycle a lot as a child.
    • · Well done to the RAC for being prompt and efficient in retrieving me and my car from a service station on the M4. Thank goodness I have a motorbike to use as well in this really cold weather.
    • · The Tate Modern has sandwiches (one round) for sale at £4.99. How can they justify this price when Subway can give you a foot long sandwich with loads of filling for £2.80? As much as I dislike the proliferation of the Subway brand I have to admit they offer great value for money.
  • Week ending 1st Jan 2006
    • · Time seems in short supply over the xmas period so sorry for not completing this as often as I should.
    • · Was going to order all xmas presents online but basically couldn’t be bothered picking everything up from the Post Office. Why do they deliver things at the incredibly convenient time of 9am when most normal people are at work? Sorry you were out.
    • · Why do Sky still peddle the “live pause” function on their Sky + boxes when it doesn’t work properly because of a software fault. Hurry up and fix this please, I pay you money for good service, not this shoddy one.
    • · Bought the Daily Star for fun reading on holiday over the new year and can;t believe how really shit it is. I know I buy the Sun now and then, only to get wound up but there are people out there who really do read this bollocks.
    • · Got some money off my mum for xmas and I bought some South Korean films. Not sure what that says about me but I am sure they will be great. To see a complete list of films click here.
    • · My brother-in-law can watch the TV while the rest of the family talk and the kids run around the house - why don’t I have this skill?
    • · Missed most of the TV over Xmas. Thank fuck for that.
  • Week ending 4th December
    • · I don’t understand how, in this world, people still believe in god. To me it is perfectly logical for people to not believe. Why are atheists not considered the norm? For some reason non-believers are called non-believers. Surely we should be called “the-right” and people who believe in this supernatural being “the wrong”. How can Intelligent Design be considered as an alternative to a scientific theory. I accept that evolution is a theory but it is the best theory we have that explains the living organisms on the earth. How does ID explain cancer and other diseases? How can people believe that their lives are predestined? what tosh. The sooner the global community accepts that god does not cause things the better. How about people take responsibility for their own actions rather than blaming an entity we can’t prove, see or feel.
    • · The Darkness song “One way ticket to Hell and back” is really pissing me off. If it is a one way ticket then you won’t get to Hell and then back again. So make sure you sing “one return ticket to hell and back” when you see them live.
  • Week ending 27th October
    • · Bought some real wood logs for the fire, but can you get unreal wood for a fire?
    • · Along the same lines I saw some “real almond” marzipan. I wasn’t aware you could get any other kind.
    • · Marks and Spencers food adverts - bollocks.
    • · Actually all adverts are crap.
    • · I dislike people quite a lot. I know this because I spent some time xmas shopping this weekend and I hated everyone. All the shop workers, other drivers and other shoppers.
  • Week ending 20th October
    • · Why does he do it? He makes a film and then decades later he tries to correct continuity errors. George Lucas has ruined the end of Return of the Jedi (DVD Edition). He has added a celebration scene on Naboo. Not only that but he has added the Haydon Christiansen (sp?) to the “ghosts” montage. Why get rid of David Prowse when the other guys are shown old. We don’t see the Ewan McGregor Kenobi do we? Lucas is just wrong.
    • · A coal fire is lovely. Cost a bit to get the gear but it just can’t be beaten.
    • · I have lost some photos. I have no idea where I left them. Strange as I put them somewhere safe to take into work to show people but away they went. I just ordered some more.
  • Weeks ending 14th October
    • · Truck racing at Brands was simply great fun. Excellent even though the weather was crap.
    • · After 33 years I am going to have to change my ten pin bowling technique. I have watched some of the Weber Cup on TV and think I have sorted it out. Now to practise before my nephew’s birthday.
    • · Building a Lego (tm) kit makes me very possessive. No one else should be allowed to make bits. It is MINE.
    • · The battery on my SLR camera lasts absolutely ages. Well done Nikon.
    • · I hate Toys ‘R’ Us.
    • · If you have to block someone in at a car park (at work for instance) wouldn’t you move it as soon as you could at the end of the day because you know most people leave at that time? Yes, I would but apparently most people don’t have that amount of consideration - arseholes.
    • · When riding a motorbike most car drivers seem to accept that you want to go fast and therefore move over for you (if they don’t then a slightly illegal move may be necessary). However, if you drive a car all other car drivers think that you want to go at their speed and seem very unwilling to move over. Flashing seems a bit rude so just have to be patient.
  • Week ending 30th October
    • · It doesn’t always rain in Wales.
    • · Gave in to the digital SLR thing. It has taken me about a year to surrender to my gadget fixation though.
    • · Why is it that when new buildings are designed architects don’t ask those who will be using the building? They tend to ask managers who, lets face it, haven’t a clue about what is really needed.
  • Week ending 23rd Oct
    • · The bath is the perfect place to clean motorcycle wheels.
    • · The level of service from the O2 shop in Chatham is poor. I have been waiting two weeks for a battery and case. What’s more it’s my battery anyway. Just post the damn thing.
    • · Stumble Upon is the best thing since the internet (Firefox add-on).
  • Week ending 16th Oct
    • · Apologies to the female Hayabusa rider that I nearly “clipped” coming down Wrotham hill.
    • · Apparently there is an O2 shop in Maidstone! When I checked on the O2 website the nearest shop to me is in Chatham. I had to go there to hand my phone in to be repaired. However, closer inspection of Maidstone has shown that the is an O2 shop in that town. I didn’t have to expose myself to the animals of Chatham. Bugger.
  • Week ending 9th Oct
    • · The Imperial Hotel in Russell Square, London, has some rather nifty toilet seat disinfectant. Just a drop on some toilet paper and the seat is easily wiped.
    • · Rush hour traffic in London is too much. Riding into town is just not worth the stress and hassle.
    • · I want a digital SLR camera. How long can I survive without signing up to buying one?
  • Week ending 2nd Oct
    • · Oh to live on the continent. It just seems that much nicer.
    • · AND the grass IS greener over there.
    • · The road between Calais and Oostende is a motorway with only a grass strip between the on-coming traffic. Fantastic. Real roads for real people and not signing everything for stupid people.
  • Week ending 25th Sept
    • · CHRISTMAS STUFF IN SUPERMARKETS ALREADY! Arse.
    • · A1 GP is fantastic. A big well done to the organisation.
    • · It was nice to see “normal” motorbikes parked at the A1 GP. A bike events you get all the riders who take their bikes out at the weekend and then spend the rest of the week polishing the precious machines. At the A1 GP it looked as though all the bikes were used all the time by all weather riders. There were other Blackbirds there looking as beat up as mine - brilliant.
    • · A trip to Thorpe Park has reminded me of the wonderful types of people that exist.
  • Week ending 16th Sept
    • · A1 GP is nearly here.
    • · Olives stuffed with whole cloves of garlic are surprisingly good.
  • Week ending 9th Sept
    • · Working after a holiday really takes it out of you. I need another break!
    • · An answer please: why does an astroturf surface need sand?
  • Week ending 4th Sept
    • · Try not to park in front of the posters at a cinema on a Thursday evening. The staff need to change the posters.
    • · I have discovered the perfect way to tell when it is too hot. People start driving around with their right arms hanging out the window.
    • · The richest nation on earth can’t organise itself to help those within its’ borders.
  • Month ending 31 August
    • · Biked fixed = happy
    • · It is hot and dusty along the Costa Blanca
    • · Cricket (Ace)
    • · Nice weather but a broken bike means a little sad this month
    • · Card games ARE fun!
  • Week ending 31 July
    • · Formula 1 has lost it’s appeal for me. Moto GP is far better.
    • · Went to France for the day. It pissed down. All day. Anywhere can look miserable in the rain. Even France!
  • Week ending 24 July
    • · There must have been plenty of things to irritate me this week but I can’t think of one. Have I moaned about use (or lack of) of indicators?
  • Week ending 17 July
    • · Sainsbury’s at Aylesford has some motorcycling parking bays. However it is a shame that they use these for storing trolleys. Will they moan if I park in a car space? Let’s hope not.
    • · Maidstone Borough have removed a number of free motorcycling spaces from the town, but they are improving parking in other areas. I am surprised at the speed that I received a reply to my email from Maidstone Parking Services.
    • · There is nothing like following the soaps by proxy! My neighbours are partly deaf and have their TV turned up loud. Not a problem until the summer and windows have to be opened to stay cool. Arrgggghhh suicide because of the sounds of soaps. Save me. Save me.
  • Week ending 10 July
    • · I haven’t learnt this rather than remembered this. The farting smell scale of 1 to 10 is a little arbitrary. So to formalise the scale I propose the following upper scales. I think most people would agree that a “9” means that the pets look at you in disgust and leave the room. I believe that a “9.9” should be the ability to make other people physically sick. If you manage to make yourself throw up then that is a “10”.
    • · “World of work” is not a phrase that I like.
  • Week ending 3 July
    • · The Post Office left a card saying “Sorry you were out”. Well it was not really a surprise that I would be out, given that the parcel was being delivered at 10am when most of the (decent) population are out working. Perhaps the card should read “We know it is a stupid time to deliver your parcel but could get up any earlier”.
  • Week ending 26 June
    • · Vittel water: owned by Nestle (bad), unbreakable bottle (they reckon), 403mg of dry residue (high or low?), “squeeze to drink” (gravity feed not good enough), natural water (any other kind?).
    • · Nearly got caught in a 4x4 sandwich on a roundabout (tossers), look before you change lane.
    • · Great service from an internet company? Yes. Thank you Photobox
  • Week ending 19 June
    • · Can it really be that hard to attach a file to an email before sending it?
    • · Has the law changed so that car drivers no longer need to use their indicators when navigating roundabouts?
    • · Hot weather - arse.
  • Week ending 12 June
    • · Letting Agents are arseholes. £141 for a credit check that costs ~£20. Even if you include photocopying and phone calls the cost probably only bounces to £21:50. Slimey arses.
    • · Many years ago there was an Off Licence in Parsons Green where there worked a woman with the best arse in the world. However, she can no longer hold that title, it has passed on to someone else with a mighty fine derrière. Sorry.
    • · Grove Green Tesco’s don’t sell Leffe beer.
    • · DHL stands for Dalsey, Hillblom and Lynn
    • · The world will eventually see that motorcycle racing is far superior to car racing for action and skill.
  • Week ending 5 June
    • · Staying in the “Palace” is great.
    • · Flower and fruit get on VERY well.
    • · Nothing like picking a campsite just because it has an amusing name: Sandy Balls.
  • Week ending 29 May
    • · I knew this already, so technically this shouldn’t be on this page, but the food at Brewer’s Fayre pubs is shit.
    • · The benefits of being a member of the Links Club, including the tie, are obvious.
    • · Damn Aerosmith and “I don’t want to miss a thing”.
  • Week ending 22 May
    • · The Red Bull in Eccles doesn’t open till 5pm. No all day drinking there.
    • · Ducks quacking in the still of the night sound as though they are laughing.
    • · There is a big hole in the road by Marble Arch.
    • · Losing yourself in the moment in Leicester Square is more than great.
  • Week ending 15 May
    • · I have a modicum of natural ability at mountain boarding.
    • · Driving along traffic free roads in Cornwall in a coach is irritating when you can feel what you would be doing on a motorbike along the same roads.
    • · Surfing is a great challenge but stand up once and you have to keep trying.
    • · We should treasure the sanctuary we gain from our own space. Dirty too a.
  • Week ending 8 May
    • · Riding a bike with a heavy rucksack is not very rewarding.
  • Week ending 1 May
    • · I have realised that I don’t have enough time to do everything that I want to. There are films, books, PS2 games and live sporting events to see and I can’t do it all. Rather depressing really.
    • · Slightly worried this week as I impulsively bought some clothes!
  • Week ending 24 April
    • · Meetings that are meant to finish by a particular time rarely do.
    • · Didn’t win all my GT4 races this week. New experience for me.
  • Week ending 17 April
    • · When camping with a load of younger people it might be a good idea to where ear plugs to facilitate sleep.
    • · Once you’ve popped it IS hard to stop.
  • Week ending 10 April
    • · Everybody must learn to be conSIStent.
    • · What is happening to the News? The headlines should be “Old man dies” and “Old man marries”. The entire rest of the news coverage is just to fill time.
  • Week ending 3 April
    • · How I love riding on the continent.
    • · Really impressed with Eurotunnel’s treatment of bikers.
  • Week ending 27 March
    • · Writing these must be done every week or I forget what happened.
  • Week ending 20 March
    • · A pair of scissors from Sainsbury’s cost me £4.70! That struck me as a little expensive.
    • · Cutting glass fibre matting with household scissors destroys the scissors.
    • · You can’t play GT4 when slightly drunk. It ruins your lap times.
    • · I am not sure how I am going to learn the Nurburgring.
  • Week ending 13 March
    • · GT4 is here.
    • · Brands Hatch season is on this week!
  • Week ending 6 March
    • · Snow is good and bad. Good: off work. Bad: stuck at home with no transport.
    • · Some people are wankers. They pushed my bike over (causing £500 damage) while it was stuck at work during the snow.
  • Week ending 27 Feb
    • · Not only do busy town centres and busy shops make me feel physically ill (see below), there are certain people who, when I see or hear them, make me want to puke. This is a harsh reaction to another human being but I guess there is a evolutionary reason for it.
    • · Bluetooth - Great. Now I finally have a phone that I can saved to the PC and access the internet wherever I have a GPRS connection.
    • · Radio 4 is surely the greatest.
  • Week ending 20 Feb
    • · Turn up the distortion and sound like a rock god.
    • · Being in some town centres can make me feel physically sick. I get the same feeling going into a really busy shop.
  • Week ending 13 Feb
    • · MP3 players are good (sound quality notwithstanding) but they can disturb certain situations (FG and EM).
    • · There are some bars that I feel comfortable in, whereas others I can’t wait to leave. I’m much more of a “King William IV” in Sawbridgeworth type of man.
    • · Curry, curry, curry is a good thing.
  • Week ending 6 Feb
    • · I had forgotten how much I like chick peas.
    • · I am a technophile.
    • · I really must look around before I speak.
  • Week ending 30 Jan
    • · Bus drivers are ever so slightly mad. As are many of the passengers.
    • · NIG are a good insurance company (as long as that is not oxymoronic).
    • · After nearly nine months I can still drive a car.
  • Week ending 23 Jan
    • · Falling off the motorbike hurts. Especially if you slide along the ground. The noise of bike and me scraping the floor in not going to leave me for a long time.
    • · I don’t know the difference between satsumas, mandarins and clementines.
  • Week ending 16 Jan
    I am aware that the recent lessons have been a little obscure. This will be reversed in future. There follows a brief explanation of some of the recent bits. “Just in case” is a quote from “No Sleep Till Hammersmith” by Motorhead. Just before the band plays the song “Motohead” Lemmy shouts “Just in case”. A great opening to a song if I ever heard one. “Never get off the boat” is a quote from the film Apocalypse Now. I have used it as a metaphor. “Absolutely goddamn right” is what Captain Willard says about chef shouting “never get off the boat”. The Universal Exterminators consist of 3 tortured souls: Frank Poole, Dave Bowman and Heywood Floyd. (thanks to A.C.Clarke for the names, sorry). These are the alter egos of a group of friends from many years ago. I might write a few pages about them one day.
    • · The Universal Exterminators may ride again.
    • · Heywood Floyd has been in touch and reminded Frank Poole that “shit happens”.
    • · There is a difference between flan and quiche.
  • Week ending 9 Jan
    • · “Just in case”
    • · Never get off the boat. Never get off the boat.
    • · Absolutely goddamn right.
  • Week ending 2 Jan
    • · Never watch Apocalypse Now. Standard pattern sleep is not possible with this going through your head.
    • · Not sure about the handlebar muffs. I’m convinced they were activating the front brake so I took them off. Will put up with cold hands.
  • Week ending 26 December
    • · Being sensible ruled over keeping the bike looking good. Bought some handle bar muffs ready for the journey down to Cornwall on New Years Eve.
    • · I have enjoyed buying Christmas presents for someone this year! Didn’t expect that!
  • Week ending 19 December
    • · Had my first ever front wheel slip this week. The wheel slid about 4 inches to the right while I was attempting to turn left! Made for an interesting few moments. fortunately this occurred while I was pulling away from some lights. So no real damage, just brown trousers!
    • · When buying a plain sheet for a cinema screen in your lounge don’t pick up the “fitted” sheet by mistake. You have to cut it to bits. Now the cinema screen looks a little tacky.
    • · Sod buying a plasma screen in the future. I’m going to get a data projector. 60” TV anyone!
  • Week ending 12 December
    • · Riding a motorbike with a broken headlamp bulb is a little scary. Although you hope cars can see you, you can’t see a thing.
    • · When ordering flowers for a Sunday pick up you must make sure you let the florist know by Friday.
  • Week ending 5 December
    • · The Tories sent me a questionnaire. I filled it in. They suggested that I pay for the postage. I think not. Nice to know my (not very helpful) reply has cost the Tories some money.
    • · Jar of Flies and Sap by Alice in Chains is fantastic. However you do have to be in a great mood as it is quite depressing. Just beautiful.
  • Week ending 28 November
    • · Telegrams take at least 24 hours to arrive. How does that work? I thought they would be special. Ho hum.
    • · You can get diesel spills exiting a roundabout that may just cause you and your motorbike to go sideways for a short distance. Don’t panic. Opposite steering and off the throttle to stop spinning it up.
  • Week ending 21 November
    • · When sending a card, try to remember to put a stamp on it before you put it in the post box.
    • · Given the choice between a Blackbird and a Goldwing, a three year old will choose the Goldwing.
  • Week ending 14th November
    • · Gran Turismo 4. Meant to be the greatest PS2 game so far. Due out June 2004. Then Dec 2004. Now due Feb 2005, with NO network play. Hey I’m going to buy it anyway but the prospect of racing humans was the major selling point. I don’t know who to complain to.
    • · Winter weather is great. Dry sunny days. Smooth roads (not really a seasonal event) and a 1100cc motorbike. Marvellous.
    • · Have found two Honda Blackbird sites. BIRD and IXXRA. They used to be run by the same people but a slight argument ended with a split.
  • Week ending 7 November
    • · When did Guy Fawkes night become Bonfire night? Are we finally bothered about the celebration of the failure of an act of terrorism. Or perhaps the idea that the celebrations are really an excuse for Catholic bashing.
    • · In a (Fox) news report the Army’s new Apache helicopters were credited with being an excellent weapon for the war on terror! Could someone explain how? What a crock! This is news for stupid people.
  • Week ending 31 October
    • · I have managed to get motivated again at the gym! I am hoping this will last at least 6 months so that I don’t get fat.
    • · I have had a mostly happy experience with a builder fixing part of my house. I had some special bricks installed to remove the damp. If you are interested then visit Frank Schrijver UK.
    • · Moto GP has the most exciting racing that I have seen for a long time. I suggest you view the 125cc races. These are breath-taking.
  • Week ending 24 October
    • · I am bored of the gym. I have been going for regularly for just over a year now and the whole thing almost makes me want to cry. The motivation is waning.
    • · Yachts have a great ability not to tip over when being driven at an exciting angle and then being forced over by a gust. Hey, I survived which kept me happy.
  • Week ending 17 October
    • · The Eurostar train travels at around 105 mph across the Medway bridge, I happened to have observed while travelling on my bike.
    • · I am able to remove the rear wheel off my bike when I have a puncture. New tyre £156.
    • · The advert about the national lottery is rather annoying. Your chances improve if you actually play the lottery. True, but lets look at the numbers. Probability of a jackpot win if you don’t play: 0. Probability of winning the jackpot if you do play: 0.0000000715. Nice.
  • Week ending 10 October
    • · “Gusset” also makes it onto the list of least favourite words.
    • · The Bank of England requires permission before you display a copy of the paper legal tender of this country. The notes are copyrighted. Good service regarding getting permission from the Bank
  • Week ending 3 October
    • · “Discharge” is in my list of least favourite words. This does not mean I have a physical list, it just means I would put in on that list if that list was to exist.
    • · I have found out the difference between a theorem and a theory. I only looked it up in a dictionary. But he we go: a theory is a mathematical formula that applies to a natural phenomenon, a theorem is a mathematical rule derived from the axioms of mathematics. So we have Fermat’s Theorem, Pythagoras’ Theorem and then we have Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the Theory of Evolution.
  • Week ending 26 September
    • · I think something may be out to rid me from this world. Within half a klick I nearly had 3 major incidents on the bike. First a diesel slick on a roundabout, then glass everywhere on the tarmac while I was trying to brake for another roundabout and then some idiot squeals to a halt behind me (only another foot and I would have been eating grit). I would like to search for some big reason behind this, but there isn’t. It just happens. See this page.
    • · More people need to speak out about their religious beliefs. Why do we have a born again Christian Prime Minister when most of the country don’t believe in God. Perhaps people lack the conviction to stand up for their beliefs. How come the Church still has so much power in this country. How come religion is still a major force on this planet. Can’t people see or think for themselves?
  • Week ending 19 September
    • · Everyone interviewed on TV Loan Shark adverts is quite thick and fat. It is so easy to get a loan that you pay off over 25 years so that you have more money now! Just another reason to understand mathematics.
    • · Logitech Europe have a really good customer relations department. They have been very helpful since my Driving force Pro started acting up.
  • Week ending 12 September
    • · Don’t make references to newly-weds weight.
    • · Season 5 of the West Wing is really poor. Aaron Sorkin wrote the first 4 series and they are brilliant TV drama. However the latest series has another writer and the whole show has not so much gone downhill as sky dived in the quality stakes.
  • Week ending 5 September
    • · I enjoy my job. Actually, this is not something I have learnt but more something I know. It was just reaffirmed this week.
    • · A realisation this week that the preordained religious views of “Good” and “Evil” don’t exist. Just a scale of human behaviour from seemingly acceptable to the not acceptable. I can accept the use of the word evil as a description of someone whose behaviour is far from the socially acceptable, but I do not accept evil as a description of religious inevitability.
  • Week ending 29 August
    • · It is apparently unacceptable to say “cunt” on TV, even C4 late on a Friday. Ricky Gervais’ programme was bleeped whenever he said “cunt” I did hear that it is ok to say “fucking hell” but not “fucking jesus”, what an odd world.
    • · Plasma screens do not have a scanning raster and so you can’t play PS2 games that use a G-Con gun.
    • · It does not matter if the car infront of me is going acceptably fast, I must get past it.
  • Week ending 22 August
    • · I can’t race the New York circuit on Gran Turismo Prologue. For some reason I am about 1.5 seconds off the pace I need. I can’t see where to improve my driving.
    • · Ten Pin Bowling leaves me with a sore right butt cheek.
  • Week ending 15 August
    • · A handy method to stop impulse buying using your credit card is to put it in the freezer. It is still available for emergencies but can’t be used without aforethought.
  • Week ending 8 August
    • · Don’t try to drive away when a disk lock is on the front disk. RAC are great though.
    • · Always think twice when friends ask you to help out moving 4 tonnes of garden slabs.
    • · I don’t like really hot weather. 20-22 Celsius is fine.
  • Week ending 1st August
    • · Ikea is actually quite cheap and not a really bad place to visit.
    • · I don’t understand women who go swimming but try to keep their hair out of the water.
    • · A bunch of women in the pool all wearing perfume creates a blanket of fog over the pool that does not help you breathe when you are trying to swim lengths.
  • Week ending 25th July 2004
    • · Crop circles are still being made (Blue Bell Hill).
    • · Motorbike stands sink into warm tarmac.
    • · Daytime TV is very poor and derivative.
  • Week Ending 18th July 2004
    • · Kebab meat on pizza is not a good thing.
    • · Phonecalls from Norway show up on “Caller Display”
    • · A punked up version of “Knockin’ on Heavens Door” sounds great.
  • Week ending 11th July 2004
    • · The Village Hotel, Maidstone cannot spell “cameras”. Apparently it is spelt “camera’s”. Poor, poor.
    • · Starbucks are really trying to push the “environment factor”.
    • · The front end on a bike will feel odd if 10 psi below norm!
  • Week ending 4 July 2004
    • · Lots of place names in Kent end “...den”. Interesting.
    • · There are old fashioned railway crossings on the Kent/East Sussex border.
  • Week ending 27 June 2004
    • · The Co-Op bank can’t fill in forms correctly.
    • · It takes 20 minutes on hold when phoning the Co-Op bank
  • Week ending 20 June 2004
    • · The Spanish can’t pronounce “Kant”, “Beech” or “Sheet” without it sounding rather rude.