Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hi all

Sorry the posts havent been as regular as I would have liked recently. Just a quick one here though.

Have added a pic of William - little monkey as he is. He is speaking more now. New words include, bye bye, Granma, Grandad, ' elp elp' ! ( help !!!) when stuck down the middle of the chairs ! lol
Hes a real character. Dan and Will have become such good friends too. Still have the odd 'tiff' which mainly consists of pushing Will out the way so Will screams !
Dan is fine. I had an audio clip of him talking about snails but audioblog wont upload for some reason so I will endeavour to get him recorded again. We are looking around some schools for him next week as we have to apply from June onwards for his Sept 2007 intake date. Scary to think he'll be off to school next year ! :(
He's fine though and is so funny. His latest is -
'Actually take a deep breath......and let it out' -

where did that come from lol !!!

Grant and I are looking forward to a relatively relaxing month of June. We are visiting the Inlaws in Scotland for the 1st week of June, then off for 1 week hols down to Perranporth in Cornwall at the end of June. Much needed time off to chill out - although Im not sure for me the Inlaws will provide much of the chilling !

Im off work next week . Just going to relax and spend some quality time with the boys so hopefully I can capture some great moments for here.

Hoping to go and watch The Da Vinci Code on Sat night. I know it recieved mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival but having read the book and enjoyed it, Im going to watch it regardless, so will let you know what we thought.

I have also found my Second Life as Adora Bayliss, with thanks and help from my bro John, AKA Micah Simon. Look forward to delving deeper and exploring more soon.

So thats it for now -

Will post soon - promise !!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art,
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'ns Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I wish I could understand the way people think. Perhaps that is what I will do with my life. I should probably give an attempt at figuring out the way I think first, I suppose.. I can imagine that a profession in studying peoples' minds would be either a very interesting or a very dull one. Maybe I'll be an English teacher instead.
People blow my mind. Well, at least they will eventually. My mind has not exploded yet, but I am certain that it will in the next year or so. I simply cannot bring myself to understand how we can claim to be a nation that highlights its freedom and equality .. but still we have picket signs at funerals, screaming against the sins of homosexuality.
We are cavemen. We are nothing more than Neanderthals in lavish suits. I find myself becoming so .. so emotional that I am almost brought to tears from the mere frustration I feel because I don't know what I can do to change anything.
The fact that we have certain "unalienable rights" does not make us free.
Our lives are bound by paper.. by words. Words that could be destroyed by one swift flick of the wrist. What would we be then?
What a state I am in.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Little of the Old In and Out


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In: Davos Buzz. Last year, Sharon Stone stole the show by raising $1 million in five minutes for bednets to help stop the spread of malaria in East Africa. Whither this year at Davos? According to Deutche Welle:

"The World Economic Forum brings the world�s most powerful business and political leaders together to plan changes for good. Or does it? Maybe it's just an excuse to gossip in designer clothes and dine on lobster.

"The World Economic Forum is underway this week in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos. The forum brings together over 2000 of the world�s most powerful business and political leaders. 'The aim,' the forum's organizers say, 'is to tackle the big challenges facing the world.' Critics say the forum is little more than a networking opportunity.What is the world economic forum exactly? Is it a schmooze fest or an informal summit that can really solve some of the pressing problems facing the planet? It depends who you talk to.

"... Fur coats and face lifts abound in Davos during the forum; lobster and champagne become boringly common at late night soirees. And the list of sessions, meetings, interactive midnight chats is so long and so varied that it's hard to know what�s really important, or even what�s happening at all.

"In one single day you can hear the UN secretary general talk about the importance of sports, you can listen to Christian archbishops and Moslem clerics discuss the way to do business in a religious world, you can drop in on a meeting of the world�s big insurers talking about the problems of insuring against terrorist attack�and you can even go to a debate on the meaning of happiness."

More here.

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Out: ABC World News Tonight. Big, brassy theme song notwithstanding (Averted Gaze), the news division at ABC has never quite recovered from the sudden loss of the legendary newsman Peter Jennings. According to Brooks Barnes of the Wall Street Journal (link via TVNewser):

"The prime-time schedule at ABC is on fire, with juggernauts such as 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Lost' helping the network close in on the No. 1 spot.
"But the rising tide hasn't lifted the boats very much at ABC News: Although news magazines 'Primetime Live' and '20/20' have had ratings improvements lately, most of ABC's news programs, including 'World News Tonight,' are stuck in second place or running a distant third.

"More than its rivals, ABC has tried to shake up how television news is gathered and presented. Earlier this month, ABC News tried officially to step out of the old television news era and into the new, with the installation of Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff as co-anchors of 'World News Tonight.'

"Instead of sitting behind a desk reading headlines, the two would-be globe-trotting correspondents run the evening newscast from the field while filing daily dispatches for video iPods and the Web. But the bold approach hasn't paid ratings dividends yet."


Kiefer at Christmastime. It was the Nog. (image via justjared)

In: Drunken Kiefer Sutherland Stories. Are we the only ones that get a soft chuckle out of every drunken Kiefer Sutherland story? Remember how he lost Julia Roberts, then his fiance, and the biggest star on the face of the planet? Can anyone say "self-destructive"? Keifer fucked the whole shit up by cheating on Roberts with a marginally hott -- at best -- Vancouver go-go dancer named Amanda Rice, AKA "Raven (Exaggerated cough suggesting feigned detachment)." WTF?!

Then, of course, there were the legion tales --Brobdinangian, really -- of Kiefer getting ass-clown drunk, usually before noon, on a weekday at a dive bar. Ass clown, we tell you (The Corsair sparks a Cohiba); The Corsair is talking about crawling on the floor ("20-floor"), lacrymose, monkeyface drunk. Blind drunk. Keifer drunk. (Averted Gaze)

Today, the Page Sixxies add another piece to the Drunken Keifer Mystique:

"'24' STAR Kiefer Sutherland shocked staffers at the Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz, Calif., the other morning when he bellied up to the bar around 9 a.m. demanding to start a tab, reports Steppin' Out magazine. Editor Chaunce Hayden says the normally thick-waisted Sutherland looked 'rail-thin' when he entered the tiny dive bar with a group of rowdy pals and ordered a round of drinks. According to witnesses, when presented with the bill, Sutherland claimed his wallet was 'indisposed' - 'It's been stolen! I promise I'll come back and pay.' At that point, things got weird."
One can imagine ...

"'He started to go into a series of karate kicks in the middle of the floor while the bartender, waitress and several customers looked on,' Hayden reports.

Clearly, Keef is in a late-Elvis stage of disintegration:

"Thankfully, a star-struck fan agreed to buy him several J&B's on the rocks. After devouring a plate of chicken wings and littering the floor with bones, the star left without tipping. Sutherland, it turns out, was winding down from a very long night at the Drawing Room across the street. A rep for Sutherland did not respond to a call for comment."

Bone-gristle, greasy, smeared fingerprinted shotglasses and all ...


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Out:Wordplay. Frankly, we were kind of surprised that Wordplay was acquired by a studio at Sundance. From what we heard the film was a magnum of chloroform. A real snoozer. Now, it seems, there is controversy surrounding the sale, according to Kim Voynar of Blogging Sundance:

"As Karina reported yesterday, Wordplay, Patrick Creadon's documentary about crossword puzzles, sold yesterday to IFC. This morning The Hollywood Reporter's Anne Thompson has a story up that there is some controversy surrounding IFC's acquisition of the audience-pleasing film, which sold for about $1 million.

"Warner Independent Pictures president Mark Gill reportedly accused attorney John Sloss, who brokered the sale, of spreading false information regarding Warner's bid in order to drive up the film's price. Sloss denied Gill's charges.

"Another studio exec, Sony Pictures Classics' co-pres Tom Bernard, is also unhappy about the way the deal was handled, alleging that the Wordplay filmmakers were not apprised of his studio's bid. Bernard reportedly implied that if there is not some kind of regulation over the way deals are brokered, 'there will be major lawsuits', and said that filmmakers are not empowered in the deal-making process."


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In: Across-the-Board leadership elections. The Republican Party is hierarchical and built on the masculine virtue of loyalty. As a result, it is, as an institution, averse to reform and more favorable to the concepts of authority and tradition. That would explain why the daily tally for the House Ladership races favor the Establishment choices overwhelmingly. Still, the fight is not over; anything can happen. From TheHill:

"At least 18 House Republican lawmakers have signed a petition for across-the-board leadership elections on Feb. 2, for now leaving its supporters well short of the 50 signatures needed to consider whether to replace the entire House leadership except Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), according to an emailed copy of the petition obtained by The Hill. Yet, even if the petition's sponsors, Reps. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) and John Sweeney (R-N.Y.) do not collect the signatures of 32 more lawmakers necessary to convene a conference for the purpose of down-slate leadership elections, lawmakers could still demand those contests separately on Feb. 2, when House GOP lawmakers will choose their next majority leader.

"During the conference, which Hastert scheduled to conduct a vote to replace former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), a lawmaker could move to vacate any one of the current leadership position. But doing so could prove difficult because it would require a majority - 117 - of the GOP Conference's 233 members to vote in favor of approving the motion once a meeting of the conference convenes."

Thursday, December 01, 2005

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