Website finally back up again

15 November, 2014


Hello! Is there anybody out there?

Old pals might remember that in 2010 I stupidly allowed my domain name to expire. It was snapped up by a US internet company keen to sell it back to me for some ridiculously inflated price. I registered a similar domain name instead, but didn’t ever get round to re-uploading the page.

Anyway, a few days ago I checked to see whether had finally become available again, and it had, so I’ve put my page back up. I’m sure lots of links will need fixing, but all my old backpacking write-ups should now be working again. I’ve started having fun re-reading them.

Ender’s Game the Movie — Review

25 January, 2014


Quite a lot of years ago now I listened to this as an audiobook as I walked Piglet on the beach. I was immediately drawn in: what a fantastic book, I felt! Probably my favourite amongst hundreds of books that I’ve listened to on MP3, even though Science Fiction is not my usual thing.

When I heard that it was coming out as a film I was hugely excited, and I’ve been waiting for it for many months. Now that I’ve seen the adaptation, though, I’m hugely disappointed. The actors playing the children were all too old (defeating the object of the book (if you’ve read/listened to it, you’ll know what I mean)), and it seemed as though somebody had been through the book with a pencil ticking off things that they felt should be incorporated into the film and filming them as a matter of conscience.

There was no heart in it, though, and I actually gave up and went to bed half way through the film. I tried again with the rest of it the next morning, but it was all so dull and boring and lacking in spirit that I simply turned it off: I’ve no idea how the film ended, and I really don’t care.

What a shame! I know that it was never going to be easy to turn Ender’s Game into a wonderful film, but now I’m sorry that they even tried. Thank goodness that I still have the book itself to return to.

Sorry to say, but if you’ve not seen it yet, and you loved the book, then I’d suggest that you don’t bother :(

Bloody Natwest…

2 December, 2013

Have just had my debit card declined twice in the local shop. Pretty embarrassing!

Came home and tried to access online banking, but it’s down.

Went to Natwest home page to see if there was a problem, but there was no suggestion that there’s anything up.

Then Googled and found hundreds of people complaining of exactly the same problem. In a way it was a relief–was wondering whether I’d accidentally overspent my small stash of pennies, or whether somebody had nicked them–but how very unimpressive that Natwest haven’t posted any kind of reassurance or explanation or even… apology.

I have to get petrol in the morning in order to get to work. I hope my card is working by then…

Muzicks (what else?!)

19 November, 2013

I think this is already here but I can’t find it, so I’m putting it in again, just in case. Lovely!

And here’s the Jethro Tull version. Brillzville (though I could live without the middle).

I keep wanting to add something profound to my blog, but there’s nothing better than musicz so here I am posting it again :)

Lakeland — Impressive Customer Service

13 October, 2013

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I love Lakeland. On Friday I nipped in with my sister (for two supremely happy hours), having spent a few days walking in the Lakes, and bought lots of lovely things for my kitchen :)

Today I attempted to fit my new ‘Magic Hob Liners’, but found they were too small for my range cooker. I rang Lakeland and offered to return them for a refund, but the woman I spoke to said that sounded like a long way for me to travel and simply refunded my card immediately. She didn’t even want the hob liners back, and suggested that I should give them to a friend or to a charity shop!

In these days when we’re all watching the pennies, this sort of stellar customer service is particularly welcome and appreciated. Well done, and thank you, Lakeland!

Also, and while I’m at it, if there’s anybody else out there who hasn’t cleaned their oven for two years but hates the nasty, pongy oven-cleaning products available in supermarkets, I’d highly recommend Lakeland’s ‘Oven Mate Cleaning Gel‘, which I bought about 6 months ago and finally got round to using a couple of weekends ago. Absolutely brilliant! I left it on overnight and wiped it off in the morning. Almost every bit of nasty brown gunk came away, and now I no longer get nasty burning smells when I’m cooking something hot in my oven. And, true to their promise, there was no smell. I even used it on the oven racks, and now they’re sparkling like new.

I’m not very good at the old household maintenance stuff, and so products that really do the business without unnecessary fuss or mess are very much appreciated Chez Peewiglet. Lakeland tends to be where I look first, and now I’ve been reminded of exactly why that is.

Finally tracked down ace tune I keep hearing as TV background!

21 September, 2013

Though I prefer the instrumental version. Still looking for that one.

Kudos to the BBC, btw. I’m so used to hearing great music as TV background and being unable to track it down that I almost didn’t bother to Google “The wonder of dogs +music”, but I did, and–lo and behold–there was a list of all 27 pieces of music they’d played in the background. Fantastic! I first heard this tune a couple of months ago on the Miranda Hart tribute to Eric Morecambe, but despite much Googling and questions on web forums I couldn’t identify it. Made my day to find it this afternoon. Good for the BBC!

Wow! Random YouTube Happy Trawl :)

5 July, 2013

Anyone in need of a smile need go no further :)

Persist with this next one…


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