Archive for November, 2009

Oi beardy

I’ve grown a beard.

This wasn’t on purpose but it wasn’t exactly accidental either.  I didn’t just wake up what morning to be greeted by the site of a beard in the mirror nor was it an attempt to save money in the uncertain economic times but cutting down on razor blade usage.

I thought I was going to be away from home for a week or so and wasn’t fussed that I would be ‘heavily stubbled’ by the time I got home.  But I ended up being away for over a month and I passed that imaginary line in the sand from stubble to beard.

I should really have a picture of myself to illustrate my new found facial hair but that would be the first time I showed my face on my own blog an force me to lose my anonymity.  A choice I made when I started up the blog, I guess from a type of paranoia and lack of blogging experience. 

Now I don’t really care if my face adorns the blog, but it would be wrong to I guess almost lie by using a picture that looks nothing like my everyday appearance as the only picture of me wouldn’t it?

Top O’ the world

Got up the mountain today and the cloud lifted for a while.

Bliss.

Rain, rain go away

I generally enjoy the rain. I have no issues with it, as long as I have the right clothes on a walk in the rain is all good. It gives a different perspective on things in the same way a blanket of snow can make even the grubbiest area look new and pristine.

But today I just want the rain to piss off.

I have a day off and it just looks miserable out there and despite a list of jobs I was going to get done with my day its now looking more likely that movies or my Xbox may win through as I hibernate from drap conditions.

Snowiest month on record ever for the area and now rain. Bah.

Rain

Still here…..

The forgotten blog.

 Well not forgotten just under used.

 I’ve not posted in a while for a few reasons, partly I have been ill, partly I have been snowboarding (I did make it up despite being full of cold) and partly as I have been in a bad mood.  I think that blog venting is good on occasions, but my posts would have just been sulky and let’s be honest sometimes it’s best NOT to share.

Turns out I have to go get some surgery done on an old issue, nothing serious but it does mean that I will miss a few weeks of the season, which is bollocks.

On the plus side I watched For Your Eyes Only the other night for the first time in years, gotta love 80’s Bond.

Rogger '007' Moore

A big fat f**k you

Having waited so so long, and so patiently to get snowboarding again I spent the first day of the season not snowboarding but at home.

I got up this morning early to beat the line up and be one of the first up the mountain, even if it meant standing still for over an hour before the lifts opened but my head was pounding and doing anything simple (such as blinking) was a cause of pain.  

Gutted.

I have had 3 different types of over the counter meds at 3 points throughout the day and I still feel rough, I’m now resorting to some spicy curry as I think its sinus related. 

Fingers crossed.

5 Best winter Olympic events

With the winter Olympics now less than 100 days away I thought I would have a winter Olympic themed fantastic 5 on friday;

Ice Hockey.  Fast paced and physical game that can change in the blink of an eye, puts grown men on ice, gives them all sticks and then asks them not to hurt each other.  Good luck. 

Ski Jump.  Ever since Eddy the Eagle Edwards practiced on his shed roof for this event I’ve always kept an eye on it.  Must take some serious guts to hurtle down a steep hill, going flying off a ramp and hoping not to die.

Border X.  Fun to watch and fun to do, it gained infamy at the last Olympics when the US boarder (Lindsey Jacobellis)had the gold within her grasp and threw it all away by trying to perform a grab at the final jump.

Skeleton.  Again with the guts, but maybe going head first on a tray down a chute covered with ice should just be called what it is.  Crazy. 

Super G.  I’ve never watched Olympic Super G live before, or any Olympic event for that matter but once you have ski- boarded- fallen on a ski hill you realize what kind of gradient these people fly down at and at what kind of speeds.  There seems to be a common theme of guts or mental illness between winter Olympic athletes.

Runner up was snowboarder half pipe, good to watch but when so much is on the line its almost to clinical and to perfect that really watching these guys practice and trying new stuff is more fun.

Time to dust of my gear

It’s that time of year!

My local mountain is opening a few days early and I should be snowboarding on Saturday.

I can’t wait.

I relocated earlier in the year so I could enjoy another season on the slopes, and now I’m just days away. 65 more centimeters of snow due before the weekend it should be good opening few days.

5 Best coffee accompaniments

coffeeIn line with my semi regular Fantastic 5 on Friday I give you my take on the 5 most fantastic things to accompany your coffee.

Carrot cake.  Don’t think it counts as one of your 5 a day on the fruit and veg stakes but tasty and goes well with the java

Muffins.  Choc chip, blueberry or my own favorite raspberry and white chocolate,  any is good when hitting up the sugar rush between meals

The Oversized cookie.  Once upon a time the simple digestive was an institution to be dipped in a cup of tea, but with coffee shops there seems to be a veritable arms race for who can carry the largest cookie.  Expect pizza style sizes soon

Croissants.  Less choices than with muffins but plain, chocolate filled and my personally preferred option the almond filled are never better than when eaten with a latte.

Chocolate cake.  When enjoying the benefits of one type of bean, why not enjoy the antioxidant benefit of another, the cocoa bean!  Ok I may be clutching at straws for a reason by why not indulge

Runners up include biscotti as favored by many (just not me) or more coffee.  Go on it was a late night and you could do with the extra kick form an extra shot.

Any others that deserve a mention?

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks in movie adaptation

I just found out that they are making a movie adaptation of the book Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.  This is a novel that has sat on my bookshelf and moved thousands of miles with me without ever actually being read.  It came highly recommended from friends and family and yet somehow I have always elected to pick up and read something else in its place before moving on to it.

Now I know that the movie is set for release in 2010 I need to get my butt in gear and get reading as world prefer to have read it before trailers adorn the screens. 

All I know of the movie so far is that it stars Brian Cox, and one of my preferred British actors Paddy Considine.  If you like British movies and haven’t seen either Room for Romeo Brass or Dead Man’s shoes then I highly recommended them as both examples of British cinema done well and also a demonstration of Considine’s talent.

Halloween movie choice; Trick r Treat

I’m not a big fan of the horror genre, I think its been ruined by too many movies that base a film round a sick idea then write a story opposed to a story written with the inclusion of some shocking moments.  I just thought I should put that out there before I go any further.trick r treat

Since it was Halloween though I thought I should get back in the mix and try watching something different, the winner in the choice stakes was Trick r Treat, partly because it actually based around Halloween and not just a random horror and it stars Brian Cox and Anna Paquin who I think  are generally pretty good. 

The movie itself is really 4 short stories each interwoven to create the overall feature, if you watch carefully enough from in front of the couch rather than behind you can catch glimpses of characters from each of the stories in the background of others to help give the movie some continuity. 

Each of the movies involves an element of something that you would expect in a horror movie, a bit of death, a dash of the undead and a hint of supernatural. But in the end if never really cranks up the scares, suspense or the gore to really get you squirming.  I’d say that was a good thing if the story was more solid but the 4 mini movies mean that you never really get the same character development of plot to really get you involved.

I suppose I shouldn’t complain too much as I stated at the beginning this generally isn’t my genre, but think hardcore horror fans will be disappointed and there is no extra element that will help turn this movie into a classic Halloween picture. 

Best suited to the easily frightened who want to embrace a ‘scary’ movie once a year at Halloween.