The Cost of Reading

16 01 2009

As I normally do on my lunch breaks, I was having a mooch around Waterstones in Portsmouth (now the only bookshop in the town centre, WH Smith is still there, but only your Nan shops there now) hoping that something would catch my eye, that was also cheap.

This was when I realised that the price of books was completely unreasonable these days.  When I first started reading the Discworld series when I was about 10, I could buy the paperbacks for £3.99, which seems fair to me.  Now the same book is £6.99.  The rate of inflation here seems much more than Petrol to me, but as I was 10 at the time, what do I know.

Anyway, I picked up a paperack that was about 250 pages long and found out that it was £12.99.   I like reading a lot, but I am going to have to start going to charity shops, because that is ridiculous.  For nearly 13 quid, that had better be the best book in the world.

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Kicking Myself

14 01 2009

It was pub quiz last night, we had 3 in our team, which is not the greatest turn out, and we came 4th.  The quiz however, was the hardest that we have had, but I did, and it was me on my own, get 18 1/2 on the picture quiz.  It helped that that was Album Covers.

The reason that I am kicking myself though is that there was a round on African Capital Cities, we got one out of 5, but it should have been a lot more.

Here we go, round 1.

What are the capitals of:

  1. Niger
  2. Sudan
  3. Ghana
  4. Malawi
  5. Guinea

Answers on a postcard please.





Melancholy

11 01 2009

You know some days when you just get that melancholy feeling that won’t go away, well I had that today. Even good news from a friend didn’t help, so now I am here listening to (as Barry from High Fidelity would call it) sad bastard music. In truth, its not sad bastard music at all, I suppose if it had a genre it would probably come under stoner rock, but all the same I am back to listening to Alone Jealous and Stoned by the Secret Machines, one of 2 songs that I credit with saving my life.

As it stands, I am just a little fed up and possibly a bit over tired, so should go to bed. 

I am thinking of re-naming this blog My Un-fulfilling life.





Christmas and Other Such Events

7 01 2009

So here it is Merry Christmas, everybody is having fun.  Or so we are told.  I had a fairly busy festive period which started on Tuesday 23rd with an evening pub quiz (2nd place again, damn.  Our crown has slipped), followed by a relaxed Christmas eve daytime before going to the pub and drinking quite heartily until gone midnight.

Christmas day came and went at my parents, as did boxing day and the traditional Hayling Island beach walk.

On Sunday the 28th I took myself up to Fairford to stay at Mack and Spanners for a few days.  Becky, Paul, Catherine and Smyles were all there too, so it was quite a nice big group of us.  By the time I came away I felt quite glad that I was single still, there was quite a lot of hen pecking on the go.

Straight from Fairford I went up to the Woo to stay with Fatbob and Bimbo.  Dev and KP came round for tea, and as May-Z turned up we went to the pub, where discussions   turned to the 4 things that men want most in the world, Pies, Pints, Fires and Women in Stockings.  You could tell the 2 single guys in the group as we were the ones talking about the stockings while the others were talking about what type of pie it would be.

As it was New Years Eve we had had the usual arguement of what we were going to do, and as usual had come up with nothing.  In the end we went to the weirdest little pub in the world, called the Fox.  It looked like someones living room and there was a folk ensemble in one corner (I have one in my living room, don’t you?), but we had a great night, KP was attacked by a small boy, who Bimbo then hit.  Dev was called a numpty by a local and 2 dogs fell asleep on me.  Nice.

After a quiet New Years Day, where all we did was go out for a meal and watch Jonathan Creek, we were joined by Ebby on the second before shooting off to Walsall for May-Zs birthday bash, a piss up in a brewery.  This was outstanding value for money as it cost us £7.50 for a tour and all we could drink of their fine ales.  I had a great time manning the pumps and being landlord for the night.  Sadly we had to leave and we made our way back to Worcester, merrier than before. 

On the Saturday we spent a few hours in Malvern, going to the worlds smallest Theatre, the Theatre of Small Convenience.  It is built in an old gents toilets and run by an extremely eccentric chap.  It was a great experience and we watched “The Tale of the Snowcake Man”.

Anyway, that was the end of the holiday and I am back at work now.   I have a cold and I feel like crap.  This is a rubbish post, I may improve it at some point, but probably not.





Spex Awards 2008

5 01 2009

1) DRINKING BUDDY OF THE YEAR
Andy and Stu.  Always available for beer.

2) LIFETIME SERVICE AWARDS
The Bimbo, I think she probably knows more about me than I do now.

 

3) NEWCOMER AWARD – NEWEST FRIEND
Afro Aid.  Purely because he shares the same hatred of stupidity when travelling as I do.

4) MOST LOYAL FRIEND?
Going to say Bimbo for now.

5) HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR?
Bon Iver on the Sunday afternoon at the End of The Road Festival 

6) LOW POINT OF THE YEAR?
Leaving my old job

7) BEST HOLIDAY?
Pamplona

8) ANTHEM FOR 2008?
M79 by Vampire Weekend
9) ANY REGRETS?
Plenty

10) BEST NIGHT OUT?
Vampire Weekend at the Wedgewood rooms for my birthday.  

 

11) WORST NIGHT OUT?
I didnt like the Mystery Jets, they were crap.


12) WHO DID YOU SPEND YOUR VALENTINES WITH?
Single and wallowing in self pity (3 years in a row now)

13) GAME OF THE YEAR?
FA Cup final for obvious reasons

14) HAVE YOU CHANGED A LOT IN THE LAST YEAR?
Yes, I am happier, which is a massive bonus.

15) WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING YOU LEARNED IN 2008?
Do a job that you enjoy rather than one you think you should do for money

 
16) RESOLUTION FOR NEXT YEAR?
Hang in there, it can’t get any worse.

 
17) CD OF THE YEAR?
Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend.  At one point I may have said that it was challenging The Bends as my favourite album.  Time will tell on that one.

18)SINGLE OF THE YEAR?

There have been a lot to choose from, and its a toss up between Geraldine by Glasvegas, What Took You So Long by The Courteeners, That Boy That Girl by Hadouken and Skinny Love by Bon Iver.  This is a theme for another blog I think.

19) FAVOURITE DRINK OF THE YEAR?
Corona

20) FAVOURITE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ironman

21) BEST HANGOVER OF THE YEAR
One of the ones in Pamplona

 
22) BEST TV SHOW?
Chuck or Last Man Standing

23) BEST DECISION MADE THIS YEAR?
Quit the Job
24) WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR?
Apart from the Safari, not a lot

 
27) TWAT OF THE YEAR?
Dont really have one person that I hate overall at the moment


28) BIGGEST CHANGE OF THE YEAR?

 New job.

29) QUOTE THAT BEST SUMS UP THE YEAR?
BOOOOOM!