Thursday, March 30, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - match report

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about tonight's game

1…. The two sides were Small Swings (us!) and AWS Sloggers.

2... We almost didn't get a side out but dragged in two ringers at the last minute.

3... One of the ringers got recruited in the changing room before the game !

4... They batted first and managed to annoy me by not giving a stumping out and by calling one of my deliveries a no ball.

5... I don't get mad, I get even. Most of the 12 balls I bowled tonight were the fastest I've bowled for a while.

6... But they still squeezed 13 off my 2 overs to get a total of 87.

7... Not so many stumpings (missed a few :-( ) and not enough catches meant their 89 actually flattered them.

8... Blew up my right calf near the end of our fielding.

9... Batted first with Ringer 2 and carried on the get even theme with some hitting.

10... Good catching restricted that partnership to 39.

11... Our other people didn't really get going, leading to an extremely close finish. We got 85, losing by 2 runs.

12... Things were made more interesting by the squash players breaking their windows, had to take the long way round.

13... Made the mistake of running back to the office to avoid the rain, blew both calf muscles up ... They seem to have settled now, although they were complaining by the end of the drive home.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Patch day !

Big patch this time for WoW. The high end instances had lots of changes and were supposedly made easier. Big changes on what modifications are allowed and which ones are banned.

They took away the one that tells me how much room is in my bags ! Will have to get a way around that cos losing that one is a bit annoying.

Couple of Mercenaries felt some Bashara aggro tonight ... I was tanking with Charge and was wondering why people seemed to want to insist on attacking the wrong target. If they do that, I just leave them to it.

Game tomorrow, we might need some luck because I think we may be going into it short. We shall see what happens. I still have dregs of last week's bugs, so I'll be ignoring them tomorrow. Trying to figure out whether to do a Thursday Thirteen match report or the gaming sights one ... Think it might be the match report because I'll need to do a little research for the gaming one. Think I have a few but need more. So far it's : Ratchet's tree, Eve's space stations, looking at Oblivion's Imperial City from the other side of the lake. There's also Oblivion's face maker and a few more of the WoW vistas. But I need some more than that to make up a thirteen.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Plots and pans

I think I've figured out when I'm going to upgrade the pooter ...

And I think I've gotten into a spending mood ... Telly's good. I've just watched Sin City and it definitely gets the seal of approval. Sound is pretty naff but then it always is. It's there for the picture though and that's impressively sharp and well defined. And that's on a stark, visual film like Sin City as well. The sound is only needed for watching stuff off air anyway as I have my surround speaker set for everything else.

Been looking at upgrading that as well though ... It's good and it has done the job adequately for many years now but it has "disagreements" with some of my cds where it just really struggles to play them without audio confusion.

Anyway, the pooter ... It's going to get its money spent at Easter, which will be when I'll be able to be in for long enough to be able to pick up the bits that'll be coming through. I'm having about a week off at Easter. For the why, I'll blame Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion, which I picked up on Sunday. My Thursday Thirteen this week is going to cover beautiful sights in gaming and Oblivion has already accounted for a few of those. And I can't run it like I'd like to because my current machine can only handle it at reduced resolution. To be honest though, it's an absolute cracker visually even with the really pretty stuff toned down.

World of Warcraft is pushing me away a bit at the moment I think. Or maybe it's the people. There's only so much ignoring you'll take before you start ignoring back and I feel a little ignored at the moment.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Music and a book

This is the kind of night when I'd have probably looked to watch a dvd with a pizza ... Well, I've had the pizza (just about managed) but dvd watching is on hold until Monday when I get a telly that's up to it ...

I'm still giving the dvd player some exercise though, I'm just keeping Cyberkitten up with it :-). Madonna's newest album is very dancy and can be rather loud, especially if your subwoofer shares the neighbour's wall.

CD Change time ! Now on my third cd of this session. The second was Seal's greatest hits and there are some very, very good tracks on that one. Now it's Alisha's Attic Illumina (their second), which is an album that is far too good to get the limited playtime I give it. I don't play it enough because I have only so much time to split between the 4 Alisha's Attic albums I have, plus my singles collection. I'm not counting the "Greatest Hits" album there, those don't really count. The fourth one I have is from their rares collection, Attic Vaults 1, which is perhaps better than their other albums. But then you'd say that about all of the AA albums after hearing them.

I like Alisha's Attic :-).

Oh yeah, I've also been reading David Weber's March Upcountry on and off when my brain lets me. My brain is getting a rest from WoW, as I've crashed through another 4 levels yesterday and this morning with my trainee hunter, Finlay. I got to the half way in levels point (30) in 45 hours, which is pretty quick. Trying to get to level 60 in 5 game days. Not getting up to much raiding at the moment, I went in at the last minute for an Onyxia run yesterday but backed out of the main Molten Core run. My health isn't up to it yet.

I'm still running borderline starvation, with my system nudging over into collapse when it feels like it. What's annoying though is when I try to impose a normal eating pattern on it, it doesn't like it. Had a pizza tonight that I normally wouldn't have noticed, tummy was complaining after just 5 of 6 slices tonight. But at least I remembered to eat and not eating is what got my body into the massive problems it's having at the moment. (I'm still looking at my arms and thinking they're too thin still)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

New telly coming

Thought for a laugh I'd show people why I've gone for the new telly ...

This is a picture of the current one.

The red lines show the borders of where it stops showing anything. It's squeezed the normal widescreen image into about a third of the screen.

Ho hum - perfect excuse to buy another telly :-) This time, I'm hoping that I'll be able to have a working TV output from the desktop as well as the laptop, because the new one has S-Video connectors, which the current one doesn't have.

Oh yeah, as well as the assorted rubbish, you'll also see Dino the nodding dinosaur, Norbert the telly cleaner, one or two more presents, plus my (rather small) Pocket Dragon collection.

Footnote - the picture captured shows some of the best news to come out of Iraq for probably the past 2 years. Norman Kember and 2 of his fellow hostages were freed today in a bloodless assault. Good to see they got those guys out alive and that the evil people don't always win. Thoughts are with the family of the one who didn't make it out.

At home, chillin' with me bugs

After giving up at half time yesterday to go home, I didn't feel in much condition to come in this morning either ...

I think I know where a fair few of my problems were coming from though - the numerous days without anything significant to eat had taken a big toll on me and my body. I've been doing a little better since the soups and last night's half a dinner. Although I do need to remember to eat something now.

(puts kettle on for next batch of cup-a-soup)

Might be back into work tomorrow, although I won't be fit to do the trip up norf for Mother's Day.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New telly needed I think ...

Current one is doing some rather strange things with the shape of the picture, as well as making some rather suspicious burbling noises occasionally ...

Ah well, had it for quite a while now and it's had issues for most of its life (loud buzzing on turn on that disappears quickly)

Will have to :
See when I can get one ...
See if I can get the shop to take the old one away ...
See what's out there.

Of course, I'd want to be a bit more lucid for telly buying than I am now as well. I'll be attempting to have my first proper dinner since the weekend in a few minutes, maybe trying to eat properly again will help me kick out this cold.

PS Telly's been reasonably behaving itself since I switched it to the fuzzier PAL setting instead of the sharp RGB.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

More bug

Hmm. Let's see what I'm having at the moment :

Persistent chesty cough.
Very dizzy.
No appetite whatsoever.
Fever/chills. (At the moment, heating is on and I can barely feel my finagers to type properly)

Not even got the energy to summon up to get to the corner shop to get me some soup ! Or maybe I have. Just been curled up halfsleeping on the sofa in front of the cricket highlights. Trouble is, I can't send myself to sleep outside of normal sleeping hours.

What I'm wondering at the moment is whether this bug will stop me from going up norf to see mum on Mother's Day. Think it might do. I can do the trips into work okay, but 3 hours in the car may be a bit much at the moment, especially as the last proper meal I had was either Saturday or Sunday. (Can't remember)

Heh - less whinging, more looking forward to getting rid of pesky bug.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Dizzy ...

Definitely in the firm grip of a bug at the moment, which is one reason I've been quiet.

I have the chesty cough, which is ok until I start doing my typical overcough, which rattles my brain so much sometimes it feels like my head is exploding.

I think I'm also seeing the effect of being able to hear again through my right ear. After getting used to not having that ear work properly, I'm adjusting back again. So I'm pretty dizzy ...

Anyway, that's it for me for now. Back with more when I'm feeling better.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

100 posts !

Hey ! Milestone time :-). And I want to put this post in now because of the negative one that's gone before it. Time to look back on what I've blogged. That's really why I'm doing this blog, to remember what I've been getting up to over the last few months. Besides, I have something else in mind to blog later today.

November :
This is when I started writing this blog and what do we have ... Ahh ... saying hello, what I get up to and complaining about my laptop. Which is really slow. Oh yeah - strange positions on the kitchen floor. Shoulda used my gloves to keep the leak under control better. Oooo - this is the month Civ4 arrived. The first and only game to distract my attention away from World of Warcraft for a decent amount of time. I also introduced one or two of the characters I have the pleasure to share the world with, the IT Girl and Miss L. We don't see Miss L so much lately though and the IT Girl hasn't been too well.

Bacon sarnies. Can't beat 'em, can't get thin on a diet of them. More Molten Core, plus complaints about my ISP. Also managed to cheat something into telling me that my blog should be the colour it is. Result !

December :
I'll come clean here and say that December wasn't a good month for me. I had a lot of things building up on me, stress with the mortgage and more stress from being very overtired. So I said a few things I wish I hadn't. Back to seeing what I did post ...

Yey :-) New toy - webcam. Haven't used it as much as I could have. Xmas party - always good for a laugh and this one was no exception. And I managed to tag along wherever Miss L went all night. Wasn't looking for sympathy honest, even though I did damage my back that morning due to the bitter cold. Hmm. Commenting about the outfits that the WoW people have given the girls. I have an even more revealing one now for my main character ... Darn good item too. Fire, poison, magic, frost proof hanky. Toast. I love toast. Must remember to get the butter out the fridge before going to bed.

Uhoh - I just saw the first of my world hating posts. Ah well. I said what I said back then and probably agreed with it at the times. I still agree with it but for different reasons. At the time, I hadn't seen the need for tightly controlling who goes on raids but after seeing the passengers we have at the moment ? I'm all for it again.

Christmas and the tree. Don't tell my partner - she forgot to pick up that tree when she left. Mine now. Muahahaha ! Had two Xmas's this year, up norf with the family and with CQ for the second family. You'll know most of them from the blogroll. Hmm. I quit WoW around this time. That didn't last long.

January :
Star Wars Marathon. I like Star Wars but it could have been rather better. Well made but doesn't really satisfy the scientist in me cos of the universe it's in. It works well for stories though. First Old Game Appreciation Society post here, although it was a kinda pre one. Massive 'who am I' meme and another 'who am I' about university. A flirtation into a couple of other games (didn't last long). Back into WoW, with some good, fun, successful runs with the guild. First match report and this time it's a good one. We buried the opposition. Birth of Flameberry in WoW, a character who I'm highly unlikely to play much more because of stuff that happened in game. She was named in honour of Cloudberry, who stabbed Guildlink in the back.

Ha ! Celebrating a diet milestone by going out and getting a pizza. That's sensible.

Shopping is dangerous ... And hunting dragons can be too. Visited the parents, which doesn't happen often enough. Showing off my wish list for a pc. Did I mention that shopping is dangerous ?

February :
Wowser - first day of the month and we're up to Scotland to see the launch of 7000 tonnes of pride and hard work. And then a complaint about a credit card ... Still not got a Chip and Pin card from Halifax. That's ok though, I defected to Marbles and I'm highly unlikely to use the Halifax card again. Cricket again, our turn to get swept away by the Drifters. Olympics started - good on ya Shellie Rudman ! History repeating itself part one this month, with people moaning about not being picked for raids. Haven't I put something about that below ? Oooo - finance. (makes sign to ward off evil eye).

Miss L moves on ! Boo hoo. And I exposed my personality to an unsuspecting world. Learn anything people ? Posted my first Thursday Thirteen and we had the earthquake schism in Guildlink.

March :
Woo hoo ! One chapter of my life gets put to a close here, with the removal of my ex's name from the house deeds. Time to move on properly. Started the saga of the garden. Originally I got promised I'd have 6 months to pay the guy but I'm getting daily phone calls at the moment asking for money. Waiting for a couple of loans to come through. Started feeling grotty, haven't really stopped feeling grotty due to bad ear. It's improving though, I'm back to about 50% in my right ear, so at least I can navigate.

Heh heh heh - more WoW frustration. It's amazing the difference a quality team makes. You can sometimes get away with that but not when half the team is incompetent or a waste of space. Mixed month for WoW, we've had good runs and bad runs. The good runs have made it worth it. As has the chance to listen to the Overqueen. Always a pleasure because of the tone she sets.

And that takes us up to today ! Blimey this is a long post, I'll have to do the next one of these at 150 posts.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Ooo dearie, dearie me ...

After the demolition that happened last Monday in Molten Core, we had the mistake of underestimating it again ...

Or rather, we had a few too many passengers again. You can normally get around those in a 40 person instance but not if they're doing stuff like distracting mobs away from the tanks or not giving the tanks the healing they need.

But that's not the worst of it, right at the end, we had some idiot look at the loot that the boss had at the end. That shouldn't happen because of a system called Master Looting, which means that only one person can see what loot the boss has. That's a really big sin that, as the loot in the Molten Core is hot stuff, with strict rules on who gets it and who has to wait. Basically, you earn points the more times loot drops and only get loot if you have more points than anyone else.

Ok, that's cardinal sin number one. Cardinal sin number two is that the guy put "need" on an item he couldn't use !!!!!

1 - I think that fella will not be invited to raid with us again. New person, should have picked up on the rules because we were a few hours into the run. Plus, he looked like one of those people who bought his character on Ebay.
2 - Someone else probably won't be invited to raid with us again because he threw his teddies out the pram over not making the team. What's he expect if he doesn't sign up ?

I imagine poor Sarai (raid leader and Overqueen) is banging her head against the wall at the moment. Think I might be getting my hunter to the standard needed for these runs rather quicker than I'd like ... We're running out of trustworthy hunters ! (got two, hopefully three in the guild though)

PS Bugged, think I got the cold that's going around. I'm currently bouncing between hot and cold and my muscles are complaining (partly due to yesterday). Fingers and hands are freezing though.

Bah - enough complaining. Will get some sleep in a bit when the effect of Mini Eggs & coffee has worn off.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - match report

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about The Game

1…. The two sides were Small Swings and Leather On Willow.

2... Team Selection leading up to the game was fun ... 1 player dropped out, the reserve had to disappear, so I needed to call in the second reserve.

3... We lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

4... We scored 93 and were probably 20 runs short of a good target.

5... I had trouble coming to terms with the ball again ... (I either hit too straight or too square)

6... Different tactics by the opposition meant my normal sharp stumpings were taken out of the game.

7... But I did get 3 catches from behind the stumps.

8... We got hammered by their star player. We just couldn't stop the guy scoring ...

9... I got two miracle catches off the walls that I had no business whatsoever taking. (I need new glasses)

10... I bowled a bit better and only did one beamer. Improvement ...

11... They scored 108 to win the game. Boooo !!!!!

12... I pretty much got away with injuries, although my calf muscles did try to explode on me afterwards.

13... We had fun :-)

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Arg Leadership ! Take it away

Found out this morning that I might be captaining the indoor cricket side on Thursday ...

Well, hopefully I can slope shoulders that off to another fella who is better at it than me. (Still affected by my ear, but return of The Bounce Factor means I'm dealing with it better)

Anyway, Thursday's going to see the return of The Brain, coupled with the return of the bruised and battered fingers. The Brain can bowl rather quickly. Think there's dents in the wall still from when we played with a harder ball. It also sees the introduction of The Tall Guy, who I'm eyeing from a crooked neck position (yep - he be that tall !) wondering what it'll be like to keep wicket to him. We also have the Pitied One playing, so I'll have to put on my special smiley mask when talking to him. (He's the Pitied One because the poor fella is going out with my ex). And then there's the Old Fogey and the Unsung Hero.

And then there's the Eternal Cripple (me !). I'm hoping that the Old Fogey will take over the reins for the actual game on Thursday as I'll have enough to think about with keeping wicket.

Looking forward to trying to turn a match report into a Thursday Thirteen ...

Monday, March 13, 2006

Revenge is best served hot ?

More World of Warcraft. Gonna have to try and find some alternate subjects to talk about soon but things went rather well for the team tonight. Apologies if I'm boring people with all the WoW stuff !

Anyway, after the trials of the weekend, things started looking up yesterday with the first taming of Onyxia since Guildlink lost two of its biggest guilds. And that taming was probably the most perfect take down yet. We outdid that tonight though, the Molten Core team went through 6 bosses in 3 hours 42, which is an all time new record. We only got wiped out once during the entire session as well ... Fantastic stuff. (And I got more loot too)

Being able to do that is a testament to the quality we have in the new team. Sure, we still have one or two passengers but we managed to take down most of the bosses without anyone getting killed, which is pretty special. Even with taking in a lot of new people, or even because of that, we're fitter, faster, stronger and far more disciplined a fighting unit than we ever were before.

And I got more loot too. Yey ! But we got to hear the Overqueen on TeamSpeak as well, which we didn't get yesterday due to illness. It's always better when you're hearing stuff over TS. I'm going to have to get back into the habit of turning my microphone back on so I can join in with the laughing. And the way we do Molten Core, there is always a lot of laughter due to the tone that the Overqueen sets but at the same time, we're also doing a good job of professionally demolishing of the instance.

Hmm. Onyxia again tomorrow and around that I'll be continuing to powerlevel my hunter, Finlay the orc. Level 26 so far, in 32 hours of game time. Hoping to get him up to level 60 quickly, so I can play with the big bombs.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Hmm - bit different

Another World of Warcraft post, this time a happier one.

We took on Onyxia today, which meant a full 40 person raid, with the better players in. That's the ones who have gone through a rather long quest chain to get themselves the key to Onyxia's lair.

We struggled a couple of times before with Onyxia but this time, it went down like absolute clockwork. That's one thing about the newer, shinier Guildlink, people may not have the same initiative but we seem to have got rid of the dangerous wild cards. (We now have people who are a bit too tentative, instead of the suicidal)

Amazing how much smoother it can go with a decent core team ... Molten Core tomorrow, that's another 40 person run. We'll still have passengers in that, but passengers affect 40 person runs a lot less than they affect 20 person runs.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Another day, another evening in the purgatory team

I'm still trying to figure out what I've done to deserve the punishment duty I apparently have.

The group today was better ... but we still had about 5 or 6 passengers, which is fatal in a group of only 20. One of those passengers was the third tank, who decided to bounce around like a mad thing, instead of taking up the tanking like he was supposed to. Numerous times. It was noticed ...

And then there's the healing ... tanks were able to get the attention of the boss but then immediately died because the healing wasn't there. That's not really good enough ... Mind you, I can't really talk about healing because I don't have the mindset to do that job.

It still feels as if I'm being punished for something though. There's a team that gets all the best people and then there's the team that I get put in. That's starting to get extremely old. I'd like to know what my crime was, who the jury are and how long I have to serve on my sentence.

Friday, March 10, 2006


Nothing too substantial today, or rather I'm going to try and keep it short so I don't start ranting.

Had our first trip into the newly opened Ahn'Qiraj instance today, which means learning for everyone. Well, maybe not so much learning because we've researched what things do. Or so you'd think ...

Instead of learning about what's inside the instance, it ends up learning how to actually play the character for most people in there. Healers who don't keep tanks alive, tanks who don't bother actually tanking, tanks who don't know that what they're doing is actually increasing their aggro when they're supposed to be handing off to the next tank. (The boss does something that makes it impossible for the tank to do his job).

Translation - I was in the B team, the one that has all the people who haven't been picked for the better team. I don't know why I'm in there. I have one of the best equipped characters for my class in guildlink and I'm one of the best mages in terms of skill for GL too. I can also figure out alterations to strategy to optimize what we do as well. But I'm still never picked for the top team. I haven't a clue why that happens when we split into 2 20 player raids. It's getting to the point where I'm wondering whether or not to bother signing up to the 20 player raids.

And I'll leave it there.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Before I start tapping, I'm not doing too well at the moment due to my ongoing ear problems ... So I might appear a little more waspish than I'd like to. Struggling to think of a theme as well today :-(.

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about Sleepypete

1…. I'm a bit of a loner ... but I'll feel left out if I'm not part of a group.

2... I'm a chocolate fiend. Chocolate and especially Mini Eggs, is not safe around me.

3... But I'm on a diet, so I must resist. (1 stone lost so far, stalled there though)

4... I've run 100m in less than 12 seconds, when I was 14.

5... I've been constantly afflicted by disabling injuries since I was 14.

6... I like my gadgets but I'm not a fanatic. Why have an MP3 player if you don't listen to music outside of where you can listen to it in high quality ?

7... I have a habit of upsetting people and I don't suffer fools lightly.

8... I'll help anyone who asks politely but I'll not help people who have made no effort to help themselves.

9... I can see why change is necessary, I really can ! But that doesn't reduce my natural inertia against change much.

10... I could kill for a KFC right now ... (it's the funny chemicals they put in) but there's no way I'm getting in the car again tonight.

11... Pushy people irritate me, whether that's pushy in terms of how they drive or whether they want me to do stuff that they should be doing themselves.

12... Alisha's Attic music gives me the irresistable urge to sing along.

13... Peace and quiet is all very well but I do miss having company around. Maybe that's why I play WoW so much.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Too imba ?

One of the things they're going to change in the next World of Warcraft patch is the top end small group instances ... These are places that are designed for 5 person parties but which can currently take up to 10. What they're doing is making them slightly easier but they'll be enforcing stricter limits on how many can go in.

So, Stratholme and Scholomance join Dire Maul (great names huh ?) as being a maximum of 5 people. Which will up the challenge to make them interesting. Trouble is, it may also make them too hard for random groups to do. Hell - I haven't got a problem with that, it will encourage people to learn their class better. Sure, it encourages the hard core but you don't need to be on the game 24 hours a day in order to get really good at it. And the instances were perfectly doable with just 5 as they were before as well.

The place we blitzkrieged tonight is a place called Upper Black Rock Spire, which can currently take 15 people. It's being limited to 10 after the patch, so we thought we'd see how we'd do with just 10 players with the instance in its harder prepatch state. How did it go ? Errmmm ... kinda embarassing. The mobs were dismissed like tatters in the wind as we whirled through the instance. We got through the instance extremely quickly, good profit for little cost. Just shows what you can do with a strong group.

We missed the Overqueen, who was the inspiration behind the run. Things were a bit quiet, apart from the dying screams of those foolish enough to try standing before us that is. There's a definite bit of fun and laughter that comes in when the Overqueen's voice comes over Teamspeak. Especially when you come up with a comment that gets her close to dissolving into giggles :-) (managed to do that twice now) Ah well, we'll have to drag her through there at a later date when she's feeling a bit better.

Monday, March 06, 2006


Just dropped out of a Zul'Gurub run because of not feeling too great. At least it means that someone well, willing and able can take my spot :-). (I hung around for about 10 minutes so that they wouldn't go in short)

Ear problem must be worse than I thought. It's affecting my balance, which means I was concentrating hard on trying to walk in a straight line while I was at work today. At least I could concentrate a little more, which is better than some stages of last week. Mind you, I also have a sore throat.

This sounds like excuses doesn't it ? Ah well. I try to not tell people what to think but try to get them thinking for themselves. If that's what they think, so be it ;-) but at least I can be happy knowing that I haven't let the team down because I hung around to make sure they didn't go in short.

In the meantime, I'll start looking for an anchor to stop the room moving, while just generally crashing out in front of the telly.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Don't scare me like that England ...

Heh - relatively early mornings for me, yesterday and today. cricket was on !

I managed to emerge yesterday at around 8.30 ish and was out of bed and into slumber position on the sofa today before 8am. That's before I get up for work in the week ! Shame the cricket wasn't really worth watching at that point. I even turned it over to the South Africa v Aussie game for a while.

India decided to make it interesting towards the end though, as they tried going for the win. About 200 runs to get off 25 overs and it actually looked at one point as if it might reach the nightmare condition of them having a chance for them. Not to be though, the fading light brought an early close. I think that had something to do with Harbhajan Singh of India having 2 of his 3 stumps removed from the ground by a 90mph ball from Steve Harmison that he probably never saw.

Good result for England though. Because they were missing their Captain, Vice Captain and one of their 4 fast bowlers, they went into this match very short on experience. They had no less than 3 players making their debuts ... However, they avoided defeat quite handily and put India under pressure. Even game, although the pitch stopped either side having a good chance for the win.

Oh yeah - England bowler Matthew Hoggard is going to get some ribbing from the people looking after the England team ... He's just been shown riding around the outfield on the 125cc motorbike that he received as part of his Man of the Match award.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Poor Chronos

Big evil grin ...

Chronos is the cat who occasionally gets free munchies from my neighbour, Cyberkitten. Normally, Chronos would be able to nip into my back garden through a lattice fence and go next door via the gap in the fence between my place and Cyberkitten's.

Alas for Chronos, my fence has been fixed ! No more hole to let Chronos get his munchies.

I've been watching the cricket this morning and have noticed a few disgusted looks from poor Chronos as he eyes up my new fence panel. I think he might be getting his mates around later for some concentrated climbing on the fence panel to see if they can bring it down.

Wonder how long it will take Chronos to figure out a way around the problem ?

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen people who are important to me

1…. My family, my mum, dad, nan, my sister and the brother who I will never see again.

2.... Craziequeen for all of the listening

3.... RCA for being so determined to let nothing stand in her way, that will always be an inspiration.

4.... Miss L for pulling me up out of the pit I found myself in last summer.

5.... The IT Girl for being one of the best friends I have. Be well IT Girl :-)

6.... The Crazies for letting me be myself.

7.... Diablo for also being one of the best friends I have.

8.... Sarai the Overqueen for laughing at my jokes.

9.... The Mercenaries for helping me rediscover a sense of fun.

10.... Tula the Dancing Girl for being a beautiful spirit.

11.... Keith Whitton for having faith in a raw 16 year old and giving that 16 year old the belief he needed to step up into becoming a full part of the mens team. Shame I didn't follow him when he left !

12.... Widget and co for taking me in while I was at university. Bring on the next Centre Parcs :-).

13.... And finally, the inventor of Mini Eggs ! (Gotta have one fun one - or I'd have been lying on number 9!)

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1. Craziequeen

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Boingy Boingy

To shamelessly steal a phrase from someone :-)

On the one hand, I'm at the point of tired where I could quite easily put my head on the arm of the sofa and snooze until morning. But on the other hand, I'm getting the kind of energy that makes me want to jump around like a mad thing.

Hence the boingy, boingy.

I can't figure it out ... and I'll bet that when I try and get to sleep tonight (when I eventually go to bed), I'll be awake for a while. We shall see. Maybe it's what I'm eating, it was another hectic lunchtime today (meeting through most of it). Maybe it's my body doing its usual thing when faced with a problem, which is go nuts with adrenaline to keep me on my feet.

Hmm - I've got the England v Uruguay match on at the moment, that's highly likely to send me to sleep. Mind you, Saturday will be day 4 of the Test Match, so if I wake up at normal time on Saturday, I'll be able to fall asleep on the sofa in front of that :-). Back to the game !