Monday, January 22, 2007

Operation Exit Oxford

Right, well this is set to kick off at the end of the coming week. I'm tired, I haven't eaten since Friday because I feel quite ill and I just need to get out of this city.

As antisocial as it might sound, I had to go to the pub with work people on Friday, but I had half a drink, made an excuse and left. They're cool people, but I don't want to make friends. All I really care about is payday.

To the people who e-mailed me after my last entry, I am typing this on a Wii and so can't get MSN. Not that you're missing much really, as I don't feel much like talking at the moment.

As crap as my old job was, I wish I had just stayed put. City life has proven to be as soul destroying as I thought it would. The quicker I can disappear back to a small anonymous southern village to do some dull job away from pressure, the better.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

i'll burn this whole city down

Excuse the Decemberists quote. Not updated this for ages. Now living in Oxford, although smart gamblers should put money on me being back in Dorset by April. New job isn't what I hoped it would be, people are okay but I don't particularly want to be mates with any of them and I really can't find the words to convey my hatred of the city. It's packed full of pretencious nobodies.

If the whole place burnt down overnight you'd not find me shedding any tears, that's for sure.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Get well soon Shorty

From Speed TV:

Cristiano da Matta suffered severe head injuries Thursday after striking a deer during Champ Car testing at Elkhart Lake, Wis.

The 32-year-old Brazilian was airlifted to Theda Clark Medical Center hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday night. His condition was critical.

“After arriving at Theda Clark Medical Center, a head CT scan showed Cristiano had suffered a subdural hematoma," stated Dr. Chris Pinderski, Champ Car Director of Medical Affairs. "He was urgently taken to the operating room for surgical removal of the hematoma and is now being observed in the intensive care unit.”

The next 24 hours will be crucial for the 2002 CART champion as doctors try to reduce the swelling in his brain.

According to an eyewitness, da Matta was heading for Turn 6 at Road America when the deer ran out in front of him and struck the right front of his RuSPORT Lola. The deer caromed into the cockpit as da Matta smashed into the tire barrier with his foot still planted on the throttle.

Safety crews extracted him on a backboard and applied an oxygen mask as he was taken to a helicopter.

In the wake of the crash, RuSPORT announced that Justin Wilson and the No. 9 team will not participate in the final day of Champ Car testing at Road America.

Known as "Shorty," the good-natured veteran was coming off his first podium of the season, a second place last Sunday at San Jose.

Get well soon, Shorty.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Something really strange happened to me yesterday. I'm not exactly sure what it was.

I was sitting at my desk and it was one of those really busy periods where the phone was ringing and I was having to stack things up and generally get a bit stressed.

For no good reason, my vision went all odd and it was like I was staring down a tunnel. It was really misty and weird, and my hearing went as if I was underwater. My hands and arms felt really light and it was generally really odd. My colleague said I went from being reasonably chatty to dead silent really suddenly and was just staring at my screen.

Dunno what it was, although someone told me they think it might be blood pressure. Either that or I am finally going mental :-).

I really, really haven't got anything to add at the moment that is worthwhile, so updates on this might be sparse. As David Gahan said circa February 1990, enjoy the silence.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Another one of 'those' Saturdays


Apologies for the slightly bizzaro-world colour filtering on the picture - it actually looks remarkably like the image of it I can see myself. About 30 minutes ago that bottle was 3/4 full. Now it's 1/4 at best.

Thankfully, I can still post decent grammar whilst under the influence. I'm sure this attribute will get me far in some form of life, such as wine reviewing and the like. To think I only started drinking tonight to get rid of a headache. Grammar might be my strong point, but logic sure as hell isn't.

Haven't spoken to anyone now for about 14 hours. I'm beginning to realise that it really isn't a case of me going out of my way to do it - rather it seems now to be the autopilot mode I'm set on. I don't mind though. I'm happy enough in my own little world with a glass of Jim Beam and some toast with marmite. Oh, or peanut butter. Yeah, peanut butter on this slice.

There seems to be boxing on the telly. Might go and watch. Hang on, I hate boxing don't I. Oh well, never mind. Yup, it's been another one of 'those' Saturdays, alright.

Monkey out.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I have no idea why I am up. Well, actually I do - I fell off the end of my bed and in the process knocked a pile of CDs off my table onto myself. Har har.

It should be the weekend for me now, but in *checks clock* 3 hours and 46 minutes I have to get up for work. Ho-hum. Was phoned at work yesterday by my sister whom I gave an excuse why I couldn't talk to her (was busy), and then my Dad who said him and my Mum and gone to my Brother and Sister-in-law's house and were having a chinese so I should go there straight from work. Except, I didn't really want to and just ended up going home to bed. It wasn't a conscientious thing I did really, I just didn't feel like it.

Pointless Muppet video:

Monkey out

Friday, July 21, 2006

Monkey reviews.....

Fear Of Music - Fast, Faster, Fastest EP

Fear Of Music - Fast, Faster, Fastest EP

Yup, so this is the second release from this band who have an average age of somewhere around the 18 mark. The first self-titled record was pretty spiffy, with a good deal of different influences (although most of them not sounding much like Muse, which most people suggested it did) and some great songs.

This second EP seems to find them focusing a lot more on the kind of sound they're heading towards, which results in a more heavier rock sound but perhaps a little less variety. However, there are 4 very good rock tunes (discounting the interlude, which is... an interlude), and it makes a very good EP. For me nothing quite touches the level that The Waltz or Millions Screaming managed from the first record, but across the board it is a strong record and augers well for when the band release their first proper album.

4 Stars

On another note, I see the Indian government has blocked the country from using Blogger. Nice to see freedom of speech flourishing into the 21st century.

Monkey out.