Friday, October 23, 2009

I don't....honestly!!!!!!!!!

The Law of Exclamation

First recorded in an article by Lori Robertson at in 2008, this states: "The more exclamation points used in an email (or other posting), the more likely it is a complete lie. This is also true for excessive capital letters."

It is reminiscent of the claim in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels that the more exclamation marks someone uses in writing, the more likely they are to be mentally unbalanced.

According to Pratchett, five exclamation marks is an indicator of "someone who wears their underwear on the outside".

I do use a lot of exclamation marks.... but I wear my underwear on the inside...(if I'm wearing any at all!)

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm trying to think of an analogy for this story....

but my little brain is too confused...

Vatican welcomes Anglicans into Catholic Church

The Vatican said Tuesday it has worked out a way for groups of Anglicans who are dissatisfied with their faith to join the Catholic Church

The process will enable groups of Anglicans to become Catholic and recognize the pope as their leader, yet have parishes that retain Anglican rites, Vatican officials said. The move comes some 450 years after King Henry VIII broke from Rome and created the Church of England, forerunner of the Anglican Communion.

The parishes would be led by former Anglican clergy -- including those who are married -- who would be ordained as Catholic priests, said the Rev. James Massa, ecumenical director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

All about Arthur...

Because two cats were not enough trouble...we've added a hound into the mix... meet Arthur...the bounciest Golden Retriever..ever...

This is what he does when he doesn't want to do something...

This is Arthur looking for the large stick that has been thrown into the ocean for him...he really is not the best Retriever...he never finds the stick and it always ends up with us going into the ocean to retrieve it..

He's also at the lovely age where he humps everything in sight... yesterday at the beach he decided that he rather fancied a little bit of action with a little German Pointer...he finally cornered her at the edge of a private swimming pool (part of two very expensive villas at Seminyak beach) and as he leapt on her, he slid off her back right into the swimming pool...he swam around in the pool in the centre for about 10 minutes before he came anywhere near the edge and I could haul him out...

He's ok with the cats...he's learnt not to annoy them...the Kitten and he I think will eventually be friends.. Chiang Kai-shek..forget it.. He is another source of food for the kitten who has decided she much prefers the crunchy dog food...



Saturday, September 26, 2009

"I have been so misunderstood"....

An interview with Imelda Marcos...

“I envy almost everybody, I even envy the beggars in the street because they don’t steal. They humiliate themselves to be beggars,” she said.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Makes me wonder what else I've missed.....

Of could only be a news item from the Philippines that would make me wake up after such a long break...

I have been lurking around a few blogs recently...but hadn't clicked over to MLQ3 for a while, in addition I hadn't read any of the Philippine papers online for about 2 weeks so I had missed the uproar over GMA's light dinner snack whilst Stateside....

I can't comment on the events...but trust me it is fascinating/entertaining/appalling reading...

from MLQ3 here
and from Torn & Frayed here (I love that comment under the picture of GMA...another alternative could have been "...and the bill was this long"

The upshot of all this seems to be that she doesn't want her plane anymore...

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

In addition...

Just to continue the answers from last night...

David Bowie's wife is Iman, not Imran Khan as was suggested by myself!!!

I still think my water will go my drain the other way when I get to Bali...I don't care about the Coriolis effect, and I'm sure Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy would agree with me!

And for the record, I promise never to skim your blog again...I will read all posts from now on, with the utmost of attention and diligence.



To answer your questions...

E@L, these answers are for you..

It's hardly surprising you couldn't figure out the last line....

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked 1000 miles
To fall down at your door

Hong Kong's Pink Couple....Brenda and Kaibong Chau

Hopewell Centre, part of Hopewell Holdings, whose head honcho is Gordon Wu.

And inflation of dolls



Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Breaking the law...

Other than driving over the speed limit, I have never knowingly broken a law in any country at any time....

However, whilst perusing Rab's latest trivia posting; I notice that..

'In Thailand, it's illegal to leave your home if you're not wearing underwear'.

Now, I don't break this law all the time, however, in times of emergency...(don't even ask!!) I have had to go commando for short periods of time!!



Thursday, June 19, 2008

Signs of Bangkok

Advert for an underwear shop in MBK

sign on the back of taxi front seat

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The Kitten has been fixed!

Given our impending departure for Bali, I decided I had to stop procrastinating in the 'fixing' of the kitten...procrastination was due mainly to the trek it takes to get to the vet (which will be described later!).

So last Thursday I dropped the kitten off at the vet before work for her little 'operation', instructions received from the vet were that I could pick her up after work on Friday. We agreed that I would come to the vets about 8-8:30 in the evening.

Friday at about 6pm my phone rang...the Vet..."Where are you? We are waiting"..I reminded them that we had agreed between 8-8:30..."I know, but I want to go home now, so you have to come now"...rushing anywhere in BKK traffic, during the rushhour on a Friday just never going to happen...but, I downed tools immediately, bolted out the door and then sat in traffic for the next hour, finally reaching the vet at 7:15pm.

The Kitten looked very subdued, not happy...mainly due to the huge collar around her neck (exhibit A & B).

The collar meant that her sense of direction and balance etc were all over the place, when we got home she kept reversing everywhere, wouldn't turn round properly and kept stopping still in the middle of rooms and corridors...not a happy Kitten!

I had to take her back to the vet on Monday evening to have the wound checked. Appointment was for 6:30pm. The plan was to leave work at 5pm...this is how the evening panned out....

4:50pm - leave basement (second basement) office (no windows, no idea of weather outside) with the aim of getting a taxi...look out the window and realise it is pissing (and I mean pissing!) with rain...(exhibit C & D)

4:55pm - grab umbrella from unsuspecting colleague! And go stand outside in the rain

5:30pm - finally get a now am soaked, head, shoulders, bag, trousers up the ruined...all soaked...

6:30pm - finally get home ( a trip of normally 10 minutes) to grap unsuspecting and unhappy kitten.... Kitten has (I realise belatedly) ripped off her collar and when I go to look for it...she has hidden it somewhere...

6:45pm - call vets...tell them I'm late due to weather etc..but am on the way. Leave my flat...down to the road side...water by this stage about half way to my knees (I have changed to grotty trousers and flip flops and hence look a sight!)

6:47pm - it starts to rain harder (if that's possible) and the wind starts blowing too...therefore myself AND the Kitten are now soaking...and both fairly miserable...

7:00pm - finally a taxi arrives (and stops) that will take an animal and a wet gweipo/farang/wild woman of Borneo...all pile to love that air con...take kitten out of box and put underneath my Tshirt to warm her up..or at least try to...

8pm - finally arrive at the vet; ignore comment from receptionst along the lines of "You're late and will have to wait for next appointment".

8:10pm - vet calls us in...all ok...come back Wednesday for the stitches to be taken out....

8:20pm - outside again, in the pissing rain, waiting for a taxi...

8:40pm - elephant comes out of a neighbouring soi...goes to the animal hospital..they open the doors, elephant kneels down sticks his head in the door and vet does something to its trunk - elephant then stands up and locks double doors - only in Thailand!

9pm - get a taxi...after having to agree to pay about 10 times the normal rate....

10pm - get home....

11pm - find the collar.....

Midnight - discover the Kitten happily watching TV!! (exhibit E)

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They start 'em young in Thailand

This is the billboard collection that I stand and stare at each morning whilst waiting for a taxi....

no idea what the little boy is saying/thinking...but judging by the drooling can't be good!!



I was thwarted...

A few days back I wanted to post a gratuitious Daniel Craig picture, but could not due to Bloody Blogger's picture thingy (technical term) not working! However, now it here it is...!!

I would like to point out that this didn't work the first 15 times I tried this on my PC..had to wait until I got home to my Mac to upload the sodding picture....

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What in God's name is Unitarian Universalism?!

Given that I was christened Church of Scotland and that I really have not been involved in any organised religion since I was confirmed at 13; (the last time I was at a church service was almost three years ago at my brother's wedding!) I was interested to give this Belief-O-Maticquiz a shot...

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Neo-Pagan (96%)
3. Liberal Quakers (91%)
4. New Age (79%)
5. Reform Judaism (78%)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (76%)
7. Secular Humanism (75%)
8. Theravada Buddhism (75%)
9. Jainism (69%)
10. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
11. Bahá'í Faith (65%)
12. Sikhism (60%)
13. Taoism (56%)
14. Orthodox Judaism (54%)
15. Hinduism (51%)
16. Nontheist (51%)
17. Scientology (51%)
18. New Thought (50%)
19. Orthodox Quaker (50%)
20. Islam (47%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (37%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (27%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (26%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
25. Jehovah's Witness (15%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (13%)
27. Roman Catholic (13%)

Link lifted from Jakartass



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mood swings....

Looking at possible ways to get to Angkor Wat from Bangkok, I came across PMT air.

I wonder if there are times of the month when it's best not to fly with them and to use alternative transport...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Big Brother is listening...

I think that my relocation company was eavesdropping on conversation with the Island Boy.

I asked the relocation company for a quote for the cats to be shipped from Bangkok to Jakarta*. The quote came back today...they've quoted for 40Kg of airfreight cargo....just how big do they think these Kitties are...??!!!!!

The two together weigh crate of about the measurement allowance...never in all my days of flying cats around has the weight come anywhere near 40Kgs..!!! Needless to say, I shall be doing this myself!!

* It seems that getting animals into Indonesia is rather complicated, they cannot go direct to Bali, but have to go via Jakarta where they need to do 14 days of quarantine..and then, this is the kicker, they have to go overland to average of about a 20 hour drive...what a nightmare...

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Achmed the Terrifying Terrorist

Friday, June 06, 2008

That really can't be her real name!!!

Maxi Mounds has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest augmented breasts in the world 36MM...and they're still growing!


Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sex and the City...

"The good ones screw you, the bad ones screw you,
and the rest don't know how to screw you. "

My latest quote to add to the collection!!

BTW the movie was great...just ended too soon!!!



Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Will the real men please stand up!

Last week I had a few hours to kill so went to see the latest Indiana Jones offering. It was as expected, entertaining, amusing, action packed, but with a little added extra...a real man...Harrison Ford does 'male' really well, regardless of his age, it's all in the attitude.

It seems that this latest performance from Indiana Jones has reawakened a certain 'longing' in the female population...for a time when men were men and girls were...well girls!

This longing for 'real men', gives us the Retrosexual. Mr Retrosexual has been around for a while, however, it seems that Indiana Jones has given a new face to the ilk!

For those of you not paying attention...modern man has changed a few times over the past 30 years...

We have had SNAGS (Sensitive New Age Guys) or Blokus Domesticus the Australian version! Then we had to suffer Mr Metrosexual.

Personally, I always thought that Daniel Craig fitted the real man (retrosexual) image - as bloody blogger is still not working's a link to gratuitious pictures

Here's hoping that Mr Retrosexual does not morph into something sensitive in the near future!

I would like to point out that there were mutterings on this very subject, on this very site, way back in 2006, whilst discussing the Milk Tray Man

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