Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Haven't you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?!

When I haven't got a lot to say on this blog I often turn to Youtube and whip out a tune from whatever music I've been listening to. I remember when I was a nipper and music wasn't available on demand unlike today. Do you remember that? I either saw Top of the Pops which was a bit boring, or watched the Chart Show on ITV on Saturday morning, or listened to the Top 40 chart on Radio 1 on Sundays. I didn't really buy singles [maybe the odd cassette or LP here and there], although at Christmas my sister and I would club together and buy the latest "Now That's What I Call Music" compilation.

Well now it's all change with downloads and streaming all over the shop. Of course it's always good to get the videos too and so I turn the Youtube.

Today I present Panic! At The Disco, with "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", from their album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.

It's a little different to some of the stuff I normally listen to but I like it.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A long long time ago

Weird Al is back and this time with a bit of nerd-hop. [link found here]


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Eight days a week

Woo Hoo I have a day off!!

Only worked around 85 hours this week.

I don't feel too bad for it though, and am spending today just relaxing and chilling out. I could've gone out last night after sorting out a few things with work, but I was tired and prefered to sleep.

I haven't really been able to check out other people's blogs this week, but they are lined up in my rss feedreader and I will work my way through them soon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Sick and Tired

Sunday start work at 8:45am and finish work at 11:30pm
Monday start work at 9am and finish work at 12am

I am tired. Only another 2 weeks of Freshers Fortnight to go.

Off to catch some zees now.


Friday, September 15, 2006

You gotta fight

Just finished work tonight at 7:30pm and I want to party but I don't think anyone is up to anything. The Reason I want to go out and get wrecked?? Well apart from the obvious. the reason is that Freshers Fortnight starts this weekend and I have to work, starting on Saturday night and working all the days and evenings meaning that this is my last night off for a while.

I'd better get on the phone again and find some peeps that are out!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Theres nothing on the TV nothing on the radio, that means that much to me

Here's a couple of songs for you that are doing the rounds in my noggin.

Razorlight - America (live)

The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Gotta tell you what I heard from agent orange

A while back I told you about changing over to Pay as you go on my Oranage mobile phone and told you how it was going to save money, well an update for that time, 3 months exactly, is that I've topped up by around £40 [with £8 still on my phone]. It means that I've been spending just over £10 per month instead of the previous £40 a month when I was on contract. In the whole scheme of things £30 a month isn't a lot but I am seeing the difference and feel much better now that there are less Direct Debits coming from my account.

On a related note, when I switched over I was about 2 days into a rental month but still got charged full whack. I thought this wasn't right and when I got my final bill through it looked like I was actually in credit and they'd reimbursed me £28.40 onto my orange contract. Obviously though I no longer had the monthly contract so couldn't access it! No where on the bill did it explain this and I ony realised that the sum was credit when I compared it to other bills.

I've been trying to ring them up for a while but have never been able to get path the labyrinthine telephone system they operate, which is like cracking code, deciding which button to press to go through to an actual human. I finally got through today, although I was peaved that I couldn't call Customer Services from my office phone as they'd only accept a call from my mobile, which cost me 25p! After a series of being put on hold [around 15 minutes in total] it's been sorted and will be going into my bank account in 7-10 days.

They said it should automatically go back into my account when I changed the contract but obviously it didn't, and it's got me wondering if this happens a lot, and there are people who just forget to claim this back. Sneaky Sneaky.

This reminds me of something that happened the other month, using betting site Mansion.com. They are the news sponsor of Tottenham Hotspur FC and so were running an offer on Spurs first game of the season. If you bet on Spurs to win, and they didn't, Mansion would refund your stake upto £100. Basically it was a no lose situation as you could either make £80 profit or just just your money back. Me anda group of friends all read the small print etc and signed up and placed our bets. To sign up all we had to do was put in your details, address, and card details, and then you could bet as much as you liked from your switch/credit card.

Now Spurs lost and it took around 3 days for the money to be debited back into our Mansion accounts. The nwe wanted to withdraw that back into our bank accounts, and this is where the snag was. As a security deterrent, and in order to withdraw cash you had to send them photographic ID and a copy of your card!! Can you believe it? So it was okay for me to use a bank card quite freely to put money onto my account, but as soon as I wanted to get it back they wanted to see ID!! Luckily I was able to scan my passport and email it to them, and after about 5 days I got my money back, but it still peaved me off.

I'm sure they did this to put people off withdrawing money from their gambling accounts, as if it had been a small amount of money I would've probably just gambled it away as I couldn't be bothered with the hassle. Also my money sat in their account making them interest whilst they dillydallied around, so it's in their best interest to slow the whole process down.

It annoyed me and I will not be using them again, but it is people being lazy that allows companies to act this way. There are loopholes for companies to use, such as with Orange not telling me I had money in my account, or Mansion making it hard for me to get my money back, but there are also loopholes for us to use, and so that is why I take up these free offers, hound them when they owe me, and constantly switch my credit cards over to interest free accounts, and try and find ways to save money. In my own way I'm sticking it to the man!

Everybody was kung fu fighting

I watched Kung Fu Hustle last night when I got home from work, and I must say I enjoyed it. I was tired and so was almost tempted to bung on the English voice-overs but I resisted and stuck to subtitles, which was much better.I was very impressed with the stylistic directing and also the comedy element to it..... Go watch it.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Every breath you take

On Friday I went on a First Aid Course and I have to say I actually enjoyed it! This type of course is just a half-day course and by the end of it I should be able to:

State the role of the appointed person
Carry out a primary survey of a casualty
To place an unconscious casualty into the recovery position
Carry out effective rescue breathing to current Resuscitation Council guidelines
Carry out effective CPR to current Resuscitation Council guidelines
Recognise and deal with Minor & major cases of bleeding
To recognise and treat a patient suffering from medical shock

And do you know what? I think I could do all of those things. I'd previously done the same course in 2001, and the qualification lasts for 3 years, but I don't think I learnt as much then as I did this time. Obviously the basics were the same but it was the teaching style that differed. Where as then I was taught in a quite rigid style by a middle-aged woman just going through the motions, this time I was taught by a firefighter/paramedic who was in his late 20s. He was able to use real life situations to great effect when going through the course which aided in my learning. Hey some of the stories were very funny, although I'm not sure I can repeat them.

It feels good to think that I could help someone if they needed it. Obviously I'd always call for an ambulance first but it's nice to feel like I could actually do something.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane

There's a bit hype going on about 'Snakes on a Plane', most of all being the plot summary of the title, no guessing really what it's going to be about. Apparently it went through quite a few studios and finally got Samuel L Jackson onboard, who said he'd leave if they changed the title [which the studios wanted to do].

It's got quite a following which will mean that it should make quite a bit of money due to loyalty shown by these fans who know what they want. a simple popcorn movie. This following was such that the studio had 5 days of reshoots after checking out feedback posted on forums. This also changed the movie from a 12A into a 15 rating coz everyone likes to hear Samuel L Jackson swearing.

Anyway here's a song from the movie.

The blonde
is very hot.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

You know you can win, Don't give up the chase

I can't believe that England only beat Macedonia 1-0. In fact they were so bad in the first 45 minutes that at half-time I put a few bets on to spice things up. I had £2.67 in my online Ladbrokes account and so put a few bets on. I had a couple of winners with my 3/1 prediction of 11 or more corners in the England game netting me £2 from a 50p bet and I also bet that N.Ireland would beat Spain at 10/1 netting me £5.50 from a 50p bet. So basically I tripled my money.

Rubbish game though and England could've lost it near the end. But big congrats to N.Ireland and Dave Healy for his hat-trick.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

We can't rewind we've gone to far

There must be something in the water. All explanations here.

Tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen, Pour myself a cup of ambition

Some of you may know that for the past 2 years I've had 2 part-time jobs, one at Uni and one at the pub, well this week I started working full-time at my Uni job. This is very good for me as it means I am earning more money, strangely have more time now as before I was doing split-shifts which basically meant the whole day was wasted, and I also feel more professional.

When people used to ask me what I did for a living, and I had to explain that I had 2 jobs, I would often feel inferior to those with full-time jobs and careers, and often friends would ask me when I was going to get a 'proper' job. Well I never felt like they weren't proper jobs, and hell, I had TWO jobs, when I know some people that don't have any jobs, but at least now I am doing something full-time that I enjoy.

Anyway.... as a treat I popped into Tesco on the way home from work and saw that they were doing 3 DVDs for £15. Usually there's a pretty poor selection and they're trying to get rid of stock they ordered too much of, but there was actually quite a few good movies, and in the end I plumped for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, House of Flying Daggers, and Kung Foo Hustle. I've watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang already and was suitably impressed. I'd heard good reviews of this when it originally came out and I've got to give credit to Val Kilmer for his performance. Good One.

I do feel a bit sorry for this blog but I'm sticking in there and as you can see, I still haven't jacked it all in. Hoorah!