Sunday, March 29, 2009

Masked Menace Terrorises England

So here's what I was doing at the weekend. Anyone want to take a guess what kept me occupied Saturday and Sunday?


I've also noticed a new tab on the blogger dashboard about signing up to some advert thingy. Apparently I can earn money by having adverts on my blog. Has anyone else signed up to this thing? Are you making any money at all from it? I actually think that having a slightly less cluttered blog is a good thing. You're more drawn to the actual content than some flashing banner wotsit, although that might be a blessing considering some of the content on here at times! Also, less gubbins means the page loads faster, which is definitely a good thing in my book. So...to advert or not to advert, that is the question. Makes you thinkful eh...which is a new word I've just heard. And it sounds good in my head, so I may well use it again.

Anyway, not wanting to wish my life away but I'm off on yet another little adventure in about 3 weeks time. Whilst being very excited, I'm also a tiny bit apprehensive considering my track record with recent excursions. Fingers crossed on that one. As for what it is, you'll just have to wait and see. Don't you just love surprises!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Bit Of The Old Random

Every now and again I wander from the normal path (I am nothing but a creature of habit, right up until I get bored anyway). The other day I was browsing THIS blog, which is great, when I started surfing through a few of his links.

I happened upon THIS blog. The latest post is very funny. I really do love hearing about foreigners in the UK, especially when it's as well written as this. Seriously, go check it out.

Loads of other stuff is going on too. Mainly work. Not that I'm complaining. I'll actually have an extra dose of work if there's any going.

Talking of work, just finished a room for a couple I have known for quite a while. Turns out that the woman is a bloody nightmare. Over the years a pattern has developed, which only now I've been able to see. It kind of works like this...and I'll do it in steps...

1. Successful Man meets successful Woman.
2. Woman gets pregnant & has sprog.
3. Woman leaves high pressure job (PR, Recruitment etc etc) to look after said sprog.
4. Fed up with talking "goo goo ga ga" 24/7, Woman decides the residence needs sprucing up.
5. Decorator arrives.
6. Woman then proceeds to try and recreate the high pressure environment she was in by pissing the decorator off no end using a plethora of unnecessarily long words, none of which are applicable to the job anyway and getting her arse confused with her elbow.

I'm used to dealing with morons, so I try and explain everything I possibly can about a job. But there's just no way of dealing with complete and utter stupidity when it's bolted onto a shrill and condescending voice with a sprinkling of Arse Bandit Attitude.

I just refuse to work for stay at home mothers that had big deal jobs in their previous lives. It's what you used to do. Not what you do now. Which is clean up shit that sticks like Velcro and feed the ever gaping face that is a baby. You really do not need to speak to me like I'm the damn post boy in a shiny glass and metal office.

I'm going to leave you with a new Song Of The Week by a band called Elastica. Their debut album was released back in early 1995 and featured this track, Car Song. Britpop was in full swing at this point, carrying a torch for guitars and British references, and this song holds fantastic memories for me. Give it a listen, let me know what you think if you haven't heard it before. If you heard it the first time around, does it invoke any memories for you?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Request!

I've been having a think about the content of my blog, where I want to go with it, and why I even write anything on here. When I started my original blog, coming up to 3 years ago, it all started off because I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Then I really got into it and just enjoyed the whole process of writing, the energy I got from putting down my ideas, experiences and thoughts (the few that I have). I really didn't care if anyone read it or not, it was all only ever for me. Then, after a while, I started to get a few readers (which even now freaks me out that people actually want to read any of what I put on here) and some comments.

I look back now and realise that my writing style changed, the content got a little lost and in hindsight it's easy for me to see that I had started to try and write for the people that were reading instead of just doing it for myself. Then I took my "Christmas Break" this year and I've found it hard to come back to. Well, I've had a brainwave. And a slight attitude change. I made the decision to go back to what I was originally doing and write it all for me. Go with whatever ideas and subjects that I want to, and not try to make it something that it's not.

I now feel a lot more relaxed about what I'm putting down. If I get responses, then that's great. If I don't, I can still look back on it and say "Yes, I remember feeling/thinking this and that back then" and that's a good thing, right?

I actually got excited about writing again. Something that I've sorely missed over the last year or so. Consequently I've begun thinking about blogging when I'm at work, or just out and about. Coming up with random ideas about what I might like to write about. Mainly, they're all to do with music in some form or another.

Weller once said about the recent 22 Dreams album "It's like a musical journey". And that makes so much sense to me. Everything I've ever done, all the people I've ever met, all the places I've ever been to have had songs attached to them. Years later I can look back at a whole host of memories through my ears. And I don't think I'm alone. Not in the slightest.

Which brings me to the next point...where I'm going with my content. On my last blog I did a quiz thing every month, which was really good (at least I thought so). I liked the interactivity of it, and I'd quite like to have something similar going on here. But I thought I would like to go the way of Interviews. With normal everyday people. If there is actually such a thing. And if you are, what the hell are you doing here!? Anyway...this brings me onto a "Help Request". I need people to interview. Ideally interviews would be done face to face, although if that's not possible then I'm sure something else could be figured out. The interviews would be about your tastes, thoughts, and passions of whatever music you like. Any recommendations, likes, dislikes, or stories you want to share. And of course, it would all be kept anonymous.

I've thrown the idea out to a couple of other places, and the response hasn't been great I must admit. Quite surprising considering the people that I've asked. Maybe here will throw up a few more results. I guess it needs to be done by people that have no problems being talkative...I think I'll rope in Viking, not that he knows it yet.

So, that's one idea I've had. There are more that require less input from other people and only marginally more from me. Maybe I'll go with those in the meantime.

And I've written this over a period of several hours in between doing my washing, eating, playing Playstation and putting new songs on my iPod so I've no idea if it reads well or even if it makes any sense whatsoever. A decent writer would go back and read it through...but the iPlayer is calling my name...must watch the latest episode of Heroes...must watch....