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September 28th, 2005
Room 101

In a recent dinner table discussion, the following were suggested as things people would like to put into Room 101:

  • Food noises
  • Stinginess
  • Ringtones
  • “An Audience with…” and “Mania” nights on ITV
  • Fake laughs
  • Gossip
  • Bananas
  • Keira Knightley

Posted at 10:15 pm | 7 comments | Category: General

September 27th, 2005

What’s the most discreet remedy for a wedgie?
It’s for umm…let’s say, scientific research…

Posted at 11:12 pm | 7 comments | Category: General

September 24th, 2005
Jaffa Cakes

My youngest sister was doing her homework the other day; a project on cakes for Home Economics..Cookery…How to Microwave Ready Meals 101 or whatever they call that class these days. She was making a list of the different type of cakes one can consume and caused quite a stir when she wanted to write in Jaffa cakes.
“They’re not a cake, they’re a biscuit!” was the cry to be heard around the room.
Of course, I had to correct them all and told them the story of when McVities took on the mighty Customs & Excise to prove that Jaffa cakes are in fact a cake and not a chocolate covered biscuit for VAT purposes. A thrilling tale involving 12″ Jaffa cakes and zero-rated goods. I mean you’d be enthralled if I told you this story surely? You see no reason why my entire family feigned yawns and snores right? Thought as much.
Whilst we’re on the subject, here are some more unusual items that are VAT exempt. And they say us accountants are boring.

Posted at 10:58 pm | 6 comments | Category: General

September 16th, 2005
Sylvanian Families

841.jpg I got my foot on the first rung of the ladder! I’m now the proud parent of White Mouse twin babies. I’ve named them Molly and Matty. Eeeeeeh.

Posted at 6:49 pm | 2 comments | Category: General

September 13th, 2005

My sisters say that if I ever write an autiobiography, I should call it “I Fell Asleep”. Apparently, it’s my catchphrase.
What would your autobiography be called?

Posted at 8:34 pm | 9 comments | Category: General

September 11th, 2005
The Many Faces of Minesweeper


Posted at 5:14 pm | 10 comments | Category: General

September 9th, 2005
Bíum Bíum Bambaló

My Audioscrobbler list is becoming one big “it’s not mine, honest!” a la Austin Powers moment thanks to my lil’ sister’s music sessions while I’m at work.
Earlier, I was listening to Kashmir by Led Zeppelin when someone said, “Oh my God, someone covered that Puff Daddy song?!” I almost rushed upon my sword-shaped letter opener. (By the way, you can’t buy Led Zeppelin tracks on iTunes…whaaa?)
Talking of music (which I’m doing a lot of lately) you must must must listen to Bíum Bíum Bambaló by Sigur Rós. It’s from the soundtrack of an Icelandic film called Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe). I don’t care how you get listen to it, sell your soul to Bill Gates if need be. Find it, love it, thank me. This track is going to blow you away, unless of course I’ve hyped it up so much that it disappoints in which case you have permission to kick my butt.
Oh, and if you really cannot get hold of it, tell me and I’ll personally burn it onto a CD for you and send it your way. It’s that good.

Posted at 9:04 pm | 19 comments | Category: General

September 7th, 2005
Walthamstow’s Finest

I am not ashamed (though I probably should be) to say that I was an East 17 fan back in the day where being an East 17 fan didn’t get your head kicked in. Yep, I had large posters of Tony Mortimer and Brian Harvey up in my room, even a couple of small ones of Bill and Bob (or whatever the other two were called). Mum of course knew of the fascination, being subjected to their music all the time. I even blasted it in the kitchen when she was trying to teach me how to make chapattis.
East 17 broke up in 1997 and I was sad for, oh, about a day. My musical tastes have changed, you’ll be pleased to know. (Some would argue that liking the Backstreet Boys isn’t much of a progression but boo sucks to them.) Mum however isn’t quite up to speed with the goings ons in the pop world (apparently she has better things to do with her time. Poor excuse, I know.) Whenever I’m listening to something that happens to have a male voice, mum chimes in, “Is this East 17?” To name but a few, she has asked me this whilst I’ve been listening to the following: Seal, 112, Maroon 5 and Notorious BIG.
I don’t mind of course, I just gently tell her that no, it’s not the boys from Walthamstow.
The last straw however was the other day when I was listening to Franz Ferdinand. “Is this East 17?”
“Mum! East 17 have been been gone for over eight years now! No this is not East 17….I don’t listen to them anymore! They weren’t that great a band in the first place; that is such an insult to this music!”
“Okay, okay, baba…..is it Take That?”

Posted at 7:23 pm | 1 comment | Category: Music

September 6th, 2005

I listened to Parachutes and X&Y back to back last night and wooooah *waves arms in air, pretending to be a set of scales therefore signalling that Parachutes far outweighs X&Y and that Coldplay should really pull their socks up*

Posted at 9:44 pm | 7 comments | Category: Music

September 5th, 2005
YS Chronicles – Fat Troosers

Younger Sister: Those trousers are waaay to big for you. It’s like you’re wearing your dad’s……and that your dad’s fat.

Posted at 9:24 pm | 8 comments | Category: YS Chronicles

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