Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Hardest Tongue Twister?

Some time last summer my daughter and I discovered, much to her amusement, after I broke a popper off my trouser pocket that I can't really say "Pocket Popper" much more than once without getting in a mess.  She also found it tricky, but Hayley seemingly has little problem, not sure why that would be.

Anyway, today we refined it further by adding in some of the words we say when we get it wrong and came up with: "Popular Pocket Popper Puppet" which to be honest I often struggle to say even once, usually starting with "Pockular..."

Give it a go!

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Lion King

I found out today, courtesy of my wonderful daughter, that the story of the lion king is this: a cub's daddy dies, then he becomes king.

Sounds awesome.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Facebook Is Trying To Get Rid Of Me!

I'm not sure how I've managed to upset Facebook, but I was a little shocked to see this as a recommended group:


Or has Facebook achieved sentience and started a subtle programme to get rid of the fleshies?  Well I'm not that easy to get rid of Facebook!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Decisions, decisions...

I thought it was unlikely that the legendary Owl Lamp could ever be bested.  I was wrong!  Three times over, in fact.  But which one to buy?  The parrot just edges it for me and only £85 too!  And is it me or does the rabbit look like it's passing a tapeworm..?


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Braaaiiins... Beeeeeerr... Braaaiiiin Beeeerr....

It's what all thirsty zombies have been looking for.  A beer with added brains!  What's not to love? Well the added brains, obviously.  And actually, the beer too.  If I'm honest, I'm not really all that keen on cranberries either.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Blast From the Past

My good lady wife was perusing the 21 Years of Spectrum display while taking Phoebe to her swimming lesson when she spotted a picture of Spectrum Fencing Club from 1994 which she thought had me in it.  So I asked them for a copy of it, and she was right!


What do you mean you can't see me?  I'm here:


Monday, 10 March 2014

Backscatter...

I've recently started suffering from spam in a new and even more irritating way.  It seems that spammers often fake the "from" addresses in their emails to try and fool spam filters.  It also seems that someone has started using mine.  Often these messages are recognised and rejected later on or are to an invalid address both of which can result in a Non Delivery Receipt, or a bounce message.  Of course the bounce message doesn't go to the spammers, it goes to me.

Yesterday I got nearly 100 an hour for about five hours.


I tried setting filter rules to stop them, but unfortunately there isn't a standard for what a bounce message looks like which means you need rather a lot of them.  When I started getting them in German and Italian I got really grumpy.


What I don't know is how they got my address in the first place.  There is a guy in the US who keeps registering for things using my address instead of his (presumably) similar one.  I even got sent a load of legal documents that should have gone to him and I regularly get his BestBuy discount vouchers.  However it happened, it's too late now and it seems there isn't anything I can do about it.  Grrrr.