Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here's to 2010

We went to visit a very good friend this week and ended up getting together with a few other people for the evening. All good friends, some we knew and some new folk. It was a lovely evening.

At one point I asked a few people what their highlights of 2009 had been. There was some groaning and the question was put back to me.

I thought it was interesting as I generally think of 2009 as being a bit of a hard year that has ended well. I have had some worries and issues, nothing too huge but enough to stand out as a big thing for me for the year.

Anyway they are things I would not discuss casually and so when the question was posed and I thought about it there were instantly several other amazing things that have happened this year. I sold my first photographs, I got a pickup truck, I started up my website, I saw BB King plus some other brilliant live artists, and I had some great moments with good friends and family.

After listing them I realised personally 2009 has not been too bad at all and what the hell had I been complaining about! The issues I have are not small fry but they will work themselves out in time and I want to draw a line under worrying about them.

I finish the year happy and very excited about the prospects for 2010, a positive outlook I hope to keep through the coming 12 months. Happy New Year one and all!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Start as you mean to finish!

Happy Christmas everyone! Well the big day is over and as we wing our way to 2010 we are already making plans for our first gig!

I have just booked tickets for Porcupine Tree at the Royal Albert Hall!

We saw them twice this year, that's four times altogether now, and as one of our favourite bands they are always going to be a great night out but the venue is the icing on the cake.

I have been before and was down in the front row staring up at the Crash Test Dummies which was very good but PT's sound will suit the venue better and as we have better seats in the boxes it should be amazing. Only 289 days to go!

We are also trying to get tickets for Jeff Beck in Birmingham however the tickets are platinum only at present and a little too pricey! We are going to wait for the cheaper seats and take binoculars!

Image Credit: Julian Lloyd Webber

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pet Pampering?

I have some dog pampering tips to pass on, well they are less pampering and more methods for dealing with goo and cleaning eyes.

I have two large dogs and during play they tend to produce large amounts of sticky saliva which they then smear over each others faces as they ruff and tumble. I say saliva but it is more like industrial strength glue! Have you ever touched a slug? If so you may remember that the goo they left behind on your hand seemed impossible to wash, scrub or scrape off? Well dogs goo is similar!

Anyway when they get back to the house it's nice to clean them up, besides if I don't then they come and walk through my legs rubbing it off on my trousers in the deliberate process!

So I decided to pinch an idea from Indian restaurants who very kindly provide you with a warmed flannel to wipe your face and hands with after a meal, a custom I greatly appreciate. I run a towel under the hot tap, wring it out, and wipe it over their faces, ears and necks and they seem to love it! It also removes much of the goo with little fuss and rubbing!

As a final touch I like to clean their eyes. My pups, especially Roxy, is prone to eye infections and I think this kind of play and goo sharing promotes the infection so I clean their eyes after every walk.

My vet gave me a very good tip saying that cold tea is a soothing and effective treatment. So after I make a cup of tea I leave the not completely wrung out tea bag on the side to cool and then use it like a cotton wool pad to wipe each eye. I use the round tea bags so there is a side for each eye and one gentle wipe from back to front provides a soothing and cleaning final touch.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

The last Christmas song I posted was Bob Dylan's new song and I love it. It's great to hear a new Christmas tune and heh, it is Bob Dylan! It also reminds me of a childhood game. I have thought about trying to explain which one here but it is not easy to do in text but I am sure you will guess it if you listen to the song. My clue is 'I went to the shop and I bought bananas.'

This Christmas song is one of my favourites and never ceases to get me up dancing. I woke up this morning and my first thought was that Terry Wogan is not going to be on the radio in the mornings anymore and it made me sad, Shaky has rescued me from that feeling and made me giggle and sing! I hope he has the same affect on you!

Must Be Santa!

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Farewell to Wake up to Wogan

Today marked the last broadcast of Wake up to Wogan. I am currently listening again via the BBC Iplayer as I had to go to work this morning before the show finished.

You can listen to the last seven days of shows via the BBC Radio 2 website. Click HERE to listen to todays final broadcast.

I have been mentally writing a farewell letter to Terry for many weeks now. In the end many many people wrote in and reflected my thoughts and feelings. So I have decided to save my letter until his new weekly Sunday show starts on Valentines Day 2010 and instead of dwelling on how much I will miss him, put my effort into welcoming him back to the airwaves! My Sunday routine is about to change!

In addition to listening to the last few shows you can sign Terry's online card HERE. If like me you feel the need to reach out to the TOGMeister why not leave him a message.

In recent years in particular I have become used to this Terry's wonderfully familiar and comforting voice getting me through the start of the day and playing so many tunes that I love. The last show is full of Terry's favourite tracks. I swear I can feel the nations grief today.

In addition to Terry's new show he will continue to host and champion Children in Need, and I have no doubt will turn up in a few other places. I bet he still wakes up at 3 every morning though!

I am off shortly to look up some Wogan clips on You Tube, apparently he holds the record for the longest televised golf put.

In the meantime all I want to say is heart felt thank you...

Thank you Terry! I miss you already.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dreaming of....

Well it is finally here, the weekend when we are going to put up our decorations!

Quite a few people in the village went for it at the beginning of December and the office decorations went up last week. I have to say the office is a little over the top, in fact I think my exact words were 'it looks like Christmas has thrown up in here'!

There are individual sets of lights around peoples desks, grotto's in corners, pictures of semi naked girls in Santa outfits and musical turkeys that sing when you press their tummies!

I have tried to keep my desk area a little more subtle! And there are no pictures of semi naked chaps in Santa outfits!

We have picked out our names for the office secret Santa gifts and I have got a lovely girl who got me for her secret Santa last year. She bought me some lovely candles and a Santa hat which I wore at the Christmas party.

She is a huge chocolate fan which makes a gift for her nice and easy although I am not going to make my final decision until I have been out shopping this weekend in case I see something else.

Otherwise I have got all of my families gifts and am planning a wrapping session on Saturday. I have a few items to post to relatives who I will not get to see over the Christmas holidays.

I have done most of my shopping via the Internet again this year which I am loving. Shopping from the comfort of your own home and all items delivered to your door!

My fella and I both have the whole holiday week off work this year. We are travelling to family for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and my sister is visiting us a couple of days after that.

Otherwise we are planning to visit some friends and have lots of lovely long walks with the pups. One of our friends turns 50 on Christmas Day and we are hoping to be able to celebrate that with him at some point.

These images are a collection of my Christmas and winter shots from the past few years. We had a lot of snow this year in February and apparently we may be in for another lot soon, maybe even next week!

I know snow is a pain but I love it! In February when it snowed everyone very sensibly stayed at home rather than risking the roads and the village came alive with children sledging and families having snow ball fights!

Now I have the truck it makes it a lot easier to get out and about in snow and ice anyway so if we do get snow we will still be able to make our visits to see people and take them emergency supplies!

What ever your plans for the festive season I wish you peace and joy, and the weather of your choice!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Silver Bells

I have to confess, even after my last post, I am feeling very festive at the moment. Since waking up to dark mornings in a warm house, which has been going on for the past few weeks now, every day feels like Christmas Day! Well at least for the few minutes before I remember I have to get dressed and go to work!

If I had my way the decorations would be up and the Christmas play list my fella and I created a few years back would be playing!

And speaking of Christmas songs, the Terry Wogan and Aled Jones Christmas song Silver Bells is now available to download from iTunes, and is also available at other stores for purchase or download.

It is all for the very excellent cause of Children in Need and I am hoping that it becomes Christmas Number 1 this year.

Aside from supporting the very worth while charity all TOGS (and TYGS) are hopeful that it can be achieved in tribute to the TOGMeister as we approach the end of the Wake up to Wogan show which will be airing for the very last time ever on 18th December 2009.

I cannot think about it too much as I get really upset! I know its daft and in the grand scheme of things not that important but I love Terry Wogan, he has been a huge part of my life as a DJ and TV Host and over the past 7 years especially has become an integral part of my day. I, like millions of others, are going to be a little lost in the mornings with out him.

So, if you have 79p spare why don't you pop over to iTunes, or a similar site, and download the song. You will be supporting a fabulous charity and making and oldish man and national treasure very happy!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Only 20 Days Until The Winter Solstice and Then it's Plain Sailing to Spring!

Blog Post Count

I am a little disappointed with the number of posts I have managed this year. I don't think it will be near to or more than last year. I'm not giving myself a hard time about it but a blog can be a fabulous time capsule and trigger the memory of all sorts of small things with a picture or a word.

There are a few big chunks out of this years log!

I know now that Christmas is not a time for blogging. You are too busy having a wonderful time with friends or family and so is everyone else! And rightly so!

I do hope though that next year I will become more frequent in blogging and maybe less demanding on myself in content. A brief word is better than no word right? You may disagree!!

What Happened to the Weekend!

My wonderful fella sent me these at work today. I give you 23 of Tommy Coopers finest! (In case you don't know he was a stand up comedian, sadly departed.) Enjoy! By the way, that's Tommy Cooper, not my fella.

1 . Two blondes walk into a'd think at least one of them would have seen it.

2. Phone answering machine message - '...If you want to buy marijuana, press the hash key...'

3. A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only Clingfilm for shorts. The shrink says, 'Well, I can clearly see you're nuts.'

4. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

5. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said, 'No, the steaks are too high.'

6. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.

7 . A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, 'Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!' The doctor replied, 'I know you can't, I've cut your arms off'.

8. I went to a seafood disco last week.and pulled a muscle.

9. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly.. They lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.

10. Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.

11. Man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing out of his head.
Doc says 'I'll give you some cream to put on it.'

12. 'Doc I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home'
'That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome. '
'Is it common?'
'It's not unusual.'

13. A man takes his Rotteweiller to the vet. 'My dog is cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?'
'Well,' said the vet, 'let's have a look at him'
So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says, 'I'm going to have to put him down.' 'What? Because he's cross-eyed?'
'No, because he's really heavy'

14. Guy goes into the doctor's. 'Doc, I've got a cricket ball stuck up my bottom.'
'How's that?'
'Don't you start.'

15. Two elephants walk off a cliff...boom, boom!

16. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

17. So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me 'Can you give me a lift?'
I said 'Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it..'

18. Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my Dad, or my older brother Colin, or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu. But I think it's Colin.

19. Two fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other 'Your round.' The other one says 'So are you, you fat bastard!'

20. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.

21. 'You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.' So that was nice.'

22. A man walked into the doctors, he said, 'I've hurt my arm in several places'
The doctor said, 'Well don't go there anymore'

23. Ireland 's worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 1826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night.

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