Whoooaaa!!

I know, it’s a catchy post title, but that was the point ;-)
So, in a week that brought us my buddy Dr Sue Black asking her other half to marry her on Facebook, the sad news that Davy Jones of the Monkees has died, Gabsatrucker looking on in disbelief as a locksmith offered to unlock her friends car with a lump hammer, Angelina Jolie proved that she has finer legs than any table and I made my own cup of Tea for the first time in years – yer gotta ask “what’s next?”

Well I’m getting drawn more into Adobe art things and think I’d like to qualify properly in it at some point, so much so I bought a Wacom drawing tablet, and for those whom know me – me actually spending anything is kinda rare (especially on myself). So it was to the finest market in the world (eBay) to acquire said item for 1/3 its RRP. :-)
This my friends also means you’re gonna have to put up with more of my crazy artwork at some point :D

Now… The Argies..
On my birthday, it will be the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War… I remember this war well, a few friends of mine fought in it, most notably in South Georgia,  Goose Green, and the other, after establishing the Beach Head at San Carlos, walked 70+ miles to battle.
The reason I mention this isn’t because I have some benign rhetoric on this issue – just that simply, the UK isn’t shouting about this, there is no dispute here. Argentina on the other hand is running around screaming blue murder everywhere and even getting famous folk like Sean Penn and now Roger Waters of Pink Floyd harping on about it…
JUST SO WE’RE CLEAR… The Falkland Islands are NOT under UK control, they no longer belong to the UK – they belong to the people of the Falkland Islands…
WE on that basis (and that they wish to remain British) will defend their right to do so…
Basically the freedom of the people of the Falklands is our priority… as it should be for any free and fair society on earth.
The military strength on the Falklands is simply at a level to repel another illegal invasion of the islands and incarceration of its people. People failing to understand this have a serious flaw in their over all ability to be intelligent – I should know, I’ve met a few flawed folks in my time (and you should see me when I’m drunk).

Moving on:
I was grimacing about some fashiony type things while being shown a website on Skype the other day, this led to Gabsatrucker falling about laughing and suggesting I should create a fashion blog or website with my point blank point of view (i.e. as rude as hell). This I could see strangely working because my opinion is often very straight, blunt and clear – when you look like sh*te, I’ll tell yer. This is based of course on a lifetime’s practice of looking this way, which I believe (as do others) puts me squarely in the ballpark of being ever correct and on the ball… But it will of course be funny, very rude and probably get me sued :D

This blog’s very own culinary expert in all things of where is best to eat wherever you are in the world (Dom Joly) [ok, I say "this blog's", but I simply tweet him and he tells me where to go] is drawing his epic global monster hunting expedition to a close as he looks for real life source material for his book due to be released later this year.
As I write this, Dom is in Tibet and due to return to Blighty tomorrow. As such he has been filling the columns of The Independent newspaper and you can read about his exploits HERE and check out some of his pics HERE. If you want a fun read though, Dom’s other great book “The Dark Tourist”, and you can find it at Amazon by simply clicking this book cover.

Finally…
Now I know I mentioned the new life brought into this world by Gabriela and of course Dad; Alex Elwood… but how can I go without posting a pic?
Ladies and Gentlemen from whatever country you reside, whatever language, faith, creed or other things you hold dear, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to:

Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and better known to you as

Benjamin Elwood

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Busy weekend for many

The news of this weekend is about all the  things others seem to be doing – and this kicked off with @jamescraven28 informing me that it is one of those very rare occasions – raining in Saudi!! He then went on to try to recruit me to the eastern region. This I’m not against, but working in the east comes with a possible benefit – living in Bahrain and commuting to work.

The day also brought this blogs hindrance and help Gabsatrucker, out running a steady 10 miler before breakfast with her running crew and then Twitter buddy @amanjo was doing a run up a sky scraper in aid of “Fight For Air Climb”. She did however making one major mistake – she mentioned she’d be on Fox 9 tv station… a few clicks of the mouse and live streaming commenced as you can see ;-)

Now… it only seems like yesterday that we welcomed this blogs anarchist and accomplished song writer and pianist Alex Elwood and his better half Gabriela brought their first-born into to the world. That was March 2010 and today I can happily also state that Elwood 2.0 has arrived albeit a week and a half late… I shall resist a comment on that – but here is what Alex posted on Facebook.

Congratulations to everyone today, but a heartfelt one goes especially to Alex and Gabriela.

Published in: on 25 February, 2012 at 20:08  Comments Off  
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Punishment that kills…

h/t Gabsatrucker

I’m not exactly an easy task master, when it comes discipline I believe firmly that punishment should be fair enough for a person to understand, be done with knowledge of the individual’s welfare and overall physical and mental state – and that it is administered without anger, emotion and never to excess or out of spite…

So WTF were these people doing?! (click the image to go to the article)

For 3 F**king Hours!!!!! in that heat……………. I have  no other words… What the hell must that girl have felt, thought, and suffered?!

Published in: on 24 February, 2012 at 23:27  Comments Off  
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I think this might be, how should I say? “An interesting Movie”

Published in: on 15 February, 2012 at 18:44  Comments (2)  
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Errr wow….

h/t Kev Waite.

Yesterday I received an email from Kevin down in (not always) sunny Exeter, saying “You gotta check this guy out…” The guy is Jon Gomm and is a name I’ve heard before but knew nothing about or even looked into. The reason for this is you hear a lot of names and stuff.. But check out his work, I did and was frankly gobsmacked!!

There are many people who tap out a rhythm or two on the old soundbox of an acoustic guitar, most use instant samplers to keep a rhythm going – but what this guy does to a guitar is pretty amazing… he’s also no friend to the finish of the guitar either!

Anyway, an acoustic mix of classic through to hint of rock and mixed with his own very definite style – I give you Jon Gomm.

Please note, while his playing  is awesome, not keen on his songs so much :-/

Published in: on 10 February, 2012 at 20:35  Comments (3)  
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Sometimes… words are enough! (troublesome teen)

I’ve just seen this, it was drawn to my attention on twitter by @andrewbaron and I have to say… Wow! Nice One!! :-)

Basically, here is about the most responsible parenting you’ll find anywhere… This video was posted on Facebook and You Tube by father Tommy Jordan. He had just spent a day upgrading his daughters laptop and came across a letter she’d posted on Facebook… Enjoy the results.. and please, watch it all!!

Now… obviously people will or wont agree with this, so I can’t leave without posting what Tommy had to say in response to the comments left to and at him.

By Tommy Jordan

For those that wondered, commented, criticized, and just in general wanted to know: My daughter came through it fine.

Yes, she’s in trouble, and yes she’s grounded, but that doesn’t mean every moment of her life has to be miserable. She’s going to come to terms with the changes that will be present for a while; no TV privileges, no Internet, etc.

In the meantime, once the initial anger passed, she sat with me reviewing some of the comments that have come in via Facebook and YouTube. One person even suggested collecting the shell casings and auctioning them on eBay. I said I’d do it if it would help contribute to her college fund! When I told her about it, she thought a minute, got a funny calculating expression on her face and said, “in that case you should shoot my phone too. We can use more bullets and I’ll go half-sies with ya on it! It’s not like I’m going to need it any time soon. And I can use the money we get to buy a new one.”

While the whole point of this story isn’t funny, what is funny to me is how weak some people out there think kids are. Our kids are as strong as we help them to be. My daughter took a horrible day in her life, had her crying fit, then got over it, accepted her punishment, and hasn’t let it (or people’s comments) destroy her strength. I don’t get any credit for that. She’s strong and able to overcome almost anything life throws at her.

Since this unsuspectingly threw her into the limelight much more strongly than either of us intended, I asked her if she wanted to make her own response video, and told her I’d let her do it if she wanted to. She doesn’t like being in front of the camera, so she declined, but I’ve told her if she wants to write a response or post a video response, I’d be OK with it. It’s only fair considering the viral nature of the whole thing. So far she’s not really interested. Quite frankly it seems she’s gotten bored of it much faster than the general public has. If that changes I’ll post it here.

Finally, my thoughts…

Shaping the will without breaking the spirit makes great parenting and turns kids into fine adults, sometimes that line comes very close when it needs too, but break the spirit and you either destroy the child or turn them into a monster. But this wasn’t crossing any line, it was taking control of the situation in a manner that would be fully understood, clear and direct. The most important point of all is that Tommy took a day to think about this, didn’t go off the handle, and you could see how much he cared in his body language. He was beyond annoyed, he was hurt and let down greatly.

The last point, a kid who has the space to rebell and yet can accept their punishments for their wrong doing – will make a great adult…

 

Published in: on 10 February, 2012 at 15:45  Comments (1)  
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Vids, shops, music and news

This week I was nearly tempted to write a political reality post. A no holds barred wake up to reality about the BS that goes on here in the UK… However, as a lead on from my last post – look over there =====>>>> the shop is up running and ready!! Now I know my humour often has to be toned down considerably – but it transpires many of you like my often rude or quirky sayings… especially the word “Bollocks” and the interest in the mug area is quite interesting :) At this rate I’ll have to start a “Bollocks” store on it’s own. I’m still tweaking it, so keep and eye on it. Oh and if there’s something I’ve missed or simply does notwork – please let me know.

This week also has had me glancing at YouTube and as ever the Vlogs of Mr and Mrs Le Croix do put a smile on my face… here is a flavour of their fun and the following vid is about them.

Also the latest Boeing offering in Apache Helicopters is the AH64-D BlockIII and in true Boeing style they did one of their time-lapse high-speed videos of the first one being made. Great you would think, but you soon realise that a lot of tech goes into these things.

A strange thing happened the other day, it’s strange because I suddenly remember old tunes I used to play and had forgotten – only to remember, grab the guitar and not quite remember all the parts. In this case it was Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. For the most part it must have sounded like I was trying to slaughter cats with a toothbrush – such was the disturbing noise I suddenly seemed to be creating. So with that, I will go and try to remember HTML and leave you with the real version and the late yet awesome Randy Rhoads doing it properly.

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