Friday, October 29, 2004

Big brother is watching, and not on C4

This is a repeat of what is on Iain's blog (click here for what I'm talking about). It seems a little shocking, but when you think about it a second time you think "Yeah, big brother is watching you".

I don't live in the USA but I have no doubt that saying certain things on my blog could get me turned away at passport control next time I take a holiday in the States. That is if I ever get the chance to do so again :(

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Blog at your peril

This story raises an eyebrow.

Do you dare blog your work exploits (even ones you make up)?

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

One for the law abiding public

This story made me feel (for a second) that the law is actually on the side of law abiding Joe Public.

I suggest it be written into legislation that if you catch a burglar in your home you should be allowed to kneecap him/her with a pellet gun.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

What! No posts! (well fever)

Apologies for the slow down in posting.

I'm currently trying to construct the website this blog will eventually be published on, so with limited time available something has to suffer.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg.

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wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh?

Monday, October 18, 2004

Aw Crap!

Well if finally hit on page 37: Writers cramp. Hmmph!

Not sure if it is the fact that I've written nothing for the past five days and I need to get back into it, or I've just found a point in my story that I'm having trouble putting into words.

Anyway, let's hope it goes away tomorrow.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Ideas, ideas everywhere, but not a second to write!

A good five days must have passed since I've penned a single word for 3500 Miles from New York (my current screenplay). I have about thirty hand written pages to type up, but home life never seems to allow me the time. Also at work my current project is going live so I've even found it impossible to write by hand in my lunch hour.

Things should slow down at work next week so I should be able to continue on with pen and paper, but as for typing it up I feel I'll have a complete hand written screenplay before I get time to type another character. Then again I've just typed a load of them in this post, so I must have some time, but hey... :)

Can't say I should feel sorry for myself though. My friend Iain (aka Mosh) has open uni deadlines coming up with no time to work. I should quit moaning, as at the end of the day I am working to my own deadline, not one that I have to meet to get a qualification.

Let's all send a bunch of positive waves Iain's way. All the best dude!

Weekend ending.


Weekend is over. Not sure anyone will understand be being thankful for the thought of returning to work the next day, but after this weekend I'm shattered.

Anna-Louise (my little daughter) has just turned 2 years old, so on Saturday most of my family turned up out of the blue (not bashing that guys, it was a nice surprise), so we had a house full. Anna-Louise had a great time opening gifts, however today Lydia's family and some friends turned up (again not bashing it), and it all happened again, this time with party food. All that along with the fact that I've been unable to sleep for the past two nights has wiped me out. I'm looking forward to what in comparison seems a nice relaxing day at work :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

XP Service Pack 2

Just wondering if anyone out there is running XP Service Pack 2 and if so have they had problems?

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Funny as hell

I was a bit pushed for time so I only browsed around on my new Clerks DVD.

I came across a 'Lost scene', that was too expensive to shoot when the movie was made. So now that view askew has bags of money (I assume), they got the actors back in and they did voice overs for an animated version.

Funny as hell. I was laughing my head off watching it on my laptop whilst Lydia was watching TV. I think she thought I was going doo-lally.

Loads of extras on there and from what I've seen if you like the movie then this is a must have.

Monday, October 11, 2004


Ordered the Clerks X dvd from cd-wow last thursday evening. £17.99 with free postage, which isn't bad at all for that dvd. It said it would take 5 - 7 business days to reach me so I was expecting it around Friday at the earliest. However this morning it landed on my desk, air mail from Hong Kong.

With free postage I call that good service.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

All is well that ends well

Lydia came home late last night.

While I was visiting a group of 4 very senior looking doctors came in and had a brain storming session about her.

They came up with a CT scan to find out if there was a clot on her lung. They did it and there wasn't, so they let her go home. I'm happy she is going to be all right, but I still am a little worried about her.

Basically they have proved it isn't a clot on her lungs that is causing her to be constantly out of breath, so now they don't care why. How does the saying go? Ours is not to reason why,..........

Friday, October 08, 2004

Lydia pt2

I now have a very miserable wife and I don't blame her.

She has been told she has to stay in hospital until at least Tuesday. One good point is that they have moved her to a private room with a TV and video, so at least she won't be as board.

The ward she was on was awful. Imagine a film that depicted a nightingale ward full of mental patients in the 1920's and that is what she was on. If was full of old people who couldn't walk trying to break their neck's by getting out of bed and trying to walk away, or people constantly for help. The latter didn't get much help because the 3 nurses who were on duty were too busy sprinting up and down the ward trying to stop the latter from killing themselves.

The thing that is pissing me off is that they suspect she has a blood clot on her lungs which is something that could kill her. They have told her that she needs a test but they only run these tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays and that she has to stay until they can test her. If they suspect she has something that could kill her you would think they would run the test now and not wait.

I guess all of this is typical of our under funded crap NHS. I don't blame the staff as they are doing the best they can, usually with somewhere around 50 to 75% of the staff they need to do the job (I know this because Lydia is a nurse herself).

Perhaps Mr Blair should have more money into the NHS instead of helping that Bush fella blow up Iraq looking for chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons that didn't exist.

A dusty script on my shelf

Now I have the momentum that may see this attempt at writing turn into a complete script, I have become a little puzzled about what to do next.

I take it for granted that may rewrites may happen, and I don't mind spending some money on coverage. I will probably put it in a drawer while I write one or two more scripts and after that see what I think of it. Whatever happens, if the finished product seems promising, what I don't want to happen is for it to gather dust on a shelf.

To get my script out there to those that matter, perhaps I need an agent, but to get an agent I need to sell something. See the problem?

Perhaps my way in to the business is through competitions?

Perhaps I should wait until I actually finish the thing :)

Does England exist north of the Watford gap?

At the moment I'm watching any news to do with interest rates and the housing market with interest as I wouldn't mind moving at the moment.

The problem is that every time I see an article on the subject, it seems that it only includes data South of Watford.

So really the headline: House Prices in England Fall means a whole lot of nothing up here in the northern parts of the country where the total opposite could have happened. If we are not in England, and not in Scotland, where are we?

Perhaps the Yorkshire indepandance party won their struggle and I didn't even realise.



For those who know me, Lydia (my wife), isn't well in hospital at the moment. She is having trouble with her breathing.

If you are interested she is on ward 1 at BRI.

With a bit of luck they will find out what is wrong today and then we may know when she cancome home.



Tuesday, October 05, 2004


I have to say that I am keeping the momentum going with my current script, which is the total opposite to any attempt I have made before. It has nothing to do with the story (well, apart from one), but has more to do with the fact that I can't get any free time to write at home with my little daughter tugging at my arm.

Before I'd always write at my computer. I'd perhaps scribble somenotes down on paper, but that was about it. This time I've taken to spending each lunch time in my car writing away into a note book. I'm still having trouble typing my work up (the number of written A4 pages in my notebook has risen to about 25, however the file size of the script on my computer hasn't changed for about a week).

I guess when I've finished the script in my notebook, I'll take my laptop into work and type away over lunch breaks.

At least I'm writing.

Monday, October 04, 2004

An apt description

Our team leader here at work has just tried to name our new server that should (ahem) solve all our problems. He suggested Wombat.

Why? I asked

The reply made me laugh:



Saturday, October 02, 2004

Lost in Translation

I've been thinking about this film for a while. I rented it on a whim the other week not really knowing what it was about. I had heard it was a comedy, but that was it, so I expected something like an Adam Sandler film (I guess).

Not getting what I expected, the film started low in my opinion, probably because I was a bit miffed that I didn't get the Adam Sandler type film (hey, we all have our tastes).

With it's slow pace I was about to give up on it and contemplated switching off. Then it occured to me that I should forget it was not what I expected and give it a chance.

What emerged was a film so fantastic that I almost missed why. It tells a simple story simply. There is no high concept hollywood here, no plot twists within plot twists. No gunfights or car chases, just a very simple story. Much of the time the story is told with the camera as there often isn't much dialogue, which leads me to the question:

Was it well written or well made?

I guess I should hunt down the script and give it a read.

Too many things to do

As well as this blog keeping me from writing my screenplay, I have also found the beginnings of a web site I intended to host this blog on when I first came up with the idea. I haven't touched it for ages, but I've decided to bring it back to life.

With a bit of luck it will be up and running in a week or so ("Ha! He's said that sort of thing before" I hear you say).

Well, time to dig out those HTML books.