Friday, December 28, 2007

Testing again!

Despite assiduous, nay obsessive, care of my possesions, alas my old camera case was lost possibly stolen. In it was my old 6 meg digital camera which had served me pretty well. Ok maybe i do have a digital camera fetish... the future is digital. Cheers PC world for bearing with me while i drove a hard bargain and quizzed them on the iso number which is alas only 400.

Pictured below is the Merrion Center today, named after Avid Merrion of course. Apologies whoever you are who is pictured, happy to remove said picture or credit you.

still testing

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Tetley Challenge

It would appear that Joshua Tetley, the man who invented beer, successfully challenged Houdini to free himself from a padlocked metal cask full of beer, Tetley’s I presume. Houdini the man who had got out of the Tsarist Secret Fuzz “cassette” failed to find his way out of the barrel. Cheers!

Houdini yesterday

More on the Git Box (Make me a Muslim Lesbian)

Must confess saw all 3 episodes of “Make Me A Muslim”.

Must confess also that the title reminded me of a graphitti wall of yesteryear which ran “MY MOTHER MADE ME A LESBIAN” underneath some wag had written “IF I SENT HER THE WOOL WOULD SHE MAKE ME ONE”.

So format of show was they had an Iman (Muslim vicar) on a mission. Goes to Harrogate, here in the West Riding of Yorkshire, a town with few Muslims. Recruits happy go lucky band of non Muslims prepared to give Islam a go if only for 3 weeks.

Now, if there are any identity questions within Islam (and I for one suspect there are some within all of the “great faith traditions”) none came out in this programme, alas. Is someone a “bad Muslim” if they drink alcohol moderately? Or have soft porn? Or hard porn? Or sleep with their fiancé? Or cuddle their boyfriend/girlfriend after a row during Ramadan?

Anyway, Brit Bloke taxi driver Phil seemed to do a lot of the first episode nipping of for a pint, a bacon butty and even a trip to Harrogate’s only strip club. So it was decided that Harrogate is a town with too much temptations… who’d have thought it! I’m on my way! LOL

Also having decided that Luke’s homosexuality was un-Islamic, it seems they felt this was as a result of too much female company (?!?!) so they arranged for him to have more male company (?) and more cricket. Well as I think I recall Luke saying: got his testosterone going hehe.

And there was at least one advert for a product containing dead pigs in the ad breaks. Lead us not into temptation….

Anyway with the rise of Unreality Television, Elimination Shows and so on, television is more than ever it would seem about conflict. So if this band of willing Harrogate Muslims and their mentors had been relatively conflict free, I am sure creative tension would have been introduced anyway. For a start it can usually be done in the selection of the “contestants” (in this case the volunteers and their mentors).

Back to issues of Identity. I must confess to being a non Muslim. I wonder however if the definition of Islam used here has been a particular definition of what constitutes “Orthodox” Islam. Perhaps there are people out there who would define themselves as Muslims but who don’t wear the Hijab? Perhaps they would agree that Islam demands modesty but how much?

Youtube, conspiracy theories and the dark nite of the soul

Seems there is a chap on Youtube who thinks that the Jesuits, Zionists and Masons are all working for the Illuminati in a great conspiracy. Unlikely bedfellows I would have thought, but that just shows how clever a conspiracy it is I suppose. And who am I to argue…

And maybe the Illuminati are just working for the aliens anyway. Who knows? No doubt someone knows but is not telling.

Monogamy through the ages… (part one of an occasional series? Sorry I keep losing count)

Was watching the Git Box (aka Brit TV) late one night. There was a prog about Porn. It seems that there is this top Porn Star who only does girl on girl action because she is married (think they said to a chap but my memory is not perfect) and “she is monogamous”. Perhaps Hubby approves…

Seems also that 90% of girl on girl action is bought and watched by men. Beyond me who wants to feel like a surplus male…. Seems also a lot of “straight” male porn stars do gay porn if the money is right. Funny old world.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Don't You See That I! Am Really Worth A Try!

Did the OkCupid test many years ago. No surprise that I am "The Boy Next Door" though said test is flawed in having as it's 4th dimension love v sex (can't I have both? though i suppose in my current condition either would be welcome...).

"On paper, most girls would name the Boy Next Door as their ideal mate. In the real world, however, you're often passed over for more dangerous or masculine men."

yup! Chicks Did Jerks!

"You're the typical "nice guy:" without just a touch of cockiness, you're doomed with girls."

I'm doomed! :-(

"A shoulder to cry on? Okay, sure. But never a penis to hold."

Am I really so replusive!!! No chance of any fun sex it would seem.....

Might not get everything into this post but it can be improved and posted again i suppose, hehe.

I suppose if i am fortunate(!?!?) to be on this planet another 40 years I will probably still be mystified by the mysteries of sexual attraction. Likesay as a gay male married friend put it in a letter may years ago, "it is remarkable how many 'right on' het women (is there such a person?) end up marrying the most apalling sexist troglodytes".

Anyway, current msn tagline from D C Lee's classic "See The Day"

"Don't you think that I? Am really worth a try?"

Yes I am bitter! Deal with it!

The Boy Next Door

Random Gentle Love Dreamer (RGLD)

The Boy Next Door

Kind, yearning, playful, you are The Boy Next Door. You're looking for real Love, a lot like girls do. It might not be manly, but it's sweet.

We think the next three years will be very exciting and fruitful ones for you. Your spontaneous, creative side makes you a charming date, and we think you have a horny side just waiting to shine. Or glisten, rather. You enter new relationships unusually hopeful, and the first moments are especially glorious. If you've had some things not work out before, so what.

On paper, most girls would name the Boy Next Door as their ideal mate. In the real world, however, you're often passed over for more dangerous or masculine men. You're the typical "nice guy:" without just a touch of cockiness, you're doomed with girls. A shoulder to cry on? Okay, sure. But never a penis to hold.

More than any other type, Boys Next Door evolve as they get older. As we said, many find true love, but some fail miserably in the search. These tarnished few grow up to be The Men Next Door, who are creepy as hell, offering backrubs to kids and what not.

Your exact male opposite:

The 5-Night Stand

The 5-Night Stand

Deliberate Brutal Sex Master

Always avoid: The Nymph (DBSD)

Consider: The Maid of Honor (DGLM), The Peach (RGLM)

Link: The Online Dating Persona Test @ OkCupid - free online dating.
My profile name: : borgiaginz

Idiocy is like hypnosis or ejaculation: if you want it, you can’t have it–and if you don’t want it, you can

Since Seeing "The Idiots" have had the following as my msn tag:-

"Idiocy is like hypnosis or ejaculation: if you want it, you can’t have it–and if you don’t want it, you can"

which is a quote from an interveiw the director gave.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Jeremy Kyle Show Through The Ages (part one of an occasional series, as it were)

Must confess found this one looking through “The Northern Star” and had a giggle, likesay thought: "this is a classic Jeremy Kyle moment". On re reading it I see there is a real human tragedy there. But then that I suppose is why I have been drawn to The Show if I can get up in time of a morning. My sick interest in Working Class tragedy. Here goes….


At Marlborough-street office, London, an old woman, named Elizabeth White, was charged with being drunk, and having created a disturbance in the streets. A young man of very respectable appearance came forward to give evidence against the woman. He said the woman at the bar was the mother of himself, and three other sons, all of whom were establishing themselves in business, and each was likely to have his property severely injured by the disgraceful propensity of their parent for gin. They jointly contributed a weekly sum towards her maintenance, and they had even made arrangements with the parish officers for the further support of their mother. Such, however, was her unconquerable propensity for liquor that she would spend every farthing she could obtain at the gin-shop, and though clothed respectably one day, she would appear the next in rags, from having parted with her decent garments to raise money for more gin. When in a state of intoxication, she would make her appearance at one of her sons shops, and, by her disgraceful situation, and her conduct, she would cause a riot, and thus create much injury to his business. All her sons had times out of number been subjected to this annoyance, and it now had become necessary to ask the magistrate to inflict some sort of punishment on their mother. It was useless sending her to the workhouse, as she had discharged herself twenty times from that refuge; some more severe mode of restraint must now be adopted towards her. Mr Chambers said that it was shocking to see a woman advanced in years, and the mother of a grown up family, so disgrace herself. He knew of no course to pursue, unless the sons sent her to some village where no gin was sold, if such a place could be found in England. The old woman she said would not go near her sons again, if she were released. The magistrate was informed that she had made the same promise repeatedly, and no later than the previously day had been discharged from custody on a similar plea. She was sent to prison in default of bail

From ”The Northern Star” 29/September/1838

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pardshaw! The Movie!

Where do I start!

Well that’s another post….

So anyway with only 1 confirmed guest, me, set off for my 40 Birthday Bash. Think I had better let pics speak for themselves with minor over dicta? Whatever.

Bought a supersaver return ticket at Leeds Train station. Not a bad journey as far as Penrith over oceans of green…. Had a through ticket to Cockermouth.The railway runs out at Penrith however, no doubt due to Dr Bleaching… So waited for bus at Penrith Station. Looks like they got a castle at Penrith. Pictures of rainbows and sunsets never seem to come out as good in pics especially my digital cameras..

Idiocy is like hypnosis or ejaculation: if you want it, you can’t have it–and if you don’t want it, you can

So along to Cockermouth.

surely this can't be ASBO country?!

Actually got to Cocker quite late. It was already dark and so had great fun walking in the dark down a 2 lane A road for miles to Pardshaw. Well busses are a rarity in that part of Cumberland. Oh with no pavement and a few suicidal dangerous corners. A small mercy was that I had a head torch which I shone onto the road in the hope of some visibility. And I had too much to carry.

But likesay Made it! The old Coopers Dip Enamel was still there.

Clean your sheep to the bone! Yay!

And I managed to get the fire going

fireside chat anyone?

Now things are getting a bit stream of consciousness….

Walked into Cockermouth following morning to do some shopping.

Here is Chairman Herdwick the great pioneer of Marxist Ovinism. Good to see a bit of Stalinist Realism.

Our Glorious Leader.  Actually taken at the Lakeland sheep and wool centre

Had to stop for refreshment in Cocker, found an alehouse dedicated to some Lakeland poet and one to a Lakeland mutineer by the name of Fletcher Christian.

Best Mutineers in the world…

Mutiny not poetry say I!.

Have a pic somewhere which I took waiting for final bus out of Cockermouth. Shows statue of Mayo (the pious inventor of Mayonnaise) in the high street.

Now it gets a bit more stream of consciousness…. A random shot of the burial ground.

wonder how many more days it will take me to write this post which no one will read….

Welcome to Pardshaw.

Stuff and information

Now Cumberland is a bit bumpy here is the path from the Meeting House up to the front entrance and the School Room

Passing the Dalton Memorial, more of later

Now Pardshaw makes a lovely hermitage but it is a bit big. It was my birthday and I was all alone… Thankfully the Lovely Linda graced Pardshaw with her wonderful presence. She even brought a cake! Pity it was not vegan but I was more than honoured to cut it

40 candles!

Not everyone makes it to 40. Noticed headstone of one deceased Friend in the burial ground who had died a few months before her 40th birthday.

Here is the Birthday Boy cutting the cake

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Don’t Mess with the Chef! LOL

it’s getting late and my humour is on the blink….

Here’s the Dalton Memorial

wasn’t possible to get a really good pic

Getting random and stream of consciousness now….

A view from the Burial Ground

A pic of the Meeting House

not good use of lighting I suppose

A better pic more oblique

A lovely view of the Cumberland countryside

I don’t like the countryside, hasn’t got a roof over it lol

Another pic of the Meeting House in a better light

Beautiful Lakeland

A view from the Throne Room

A Young Friend Meditates

All thanks to the work camp of 1786. Bit before my time…

things were a bit primitive before then…

Here’s one of those red skies that looked better in real life

Still beautiful I hope…..

Here is the front door to the Pardshaw Complex

Home from Home

Just arrived

actually just about to try and catch one of the 3 buses of the day..

Or just leaving?

only way to make a bus stop is to stand in the middle of the road like a nutter….

Welcome to Pardshaw, hope you find the presence of GOD. I did.

The Society of Friends, a splendid firm!

Let’s go to the school room

At the time Quakers had to educate their own sprogs.

I went for a short walk into the village

just up the road from Pardshaw Young Friends Centre

The Drying Room

Make LoVE! Not War!

Just to show I was there! Bluebell and Pardshaw. Can you guess which is which?

and I was saving the bad jokes for the hover captions lol

In the School Room! John Dalton the man who invented physics and chemistry was educated here!

real history….

Wish you had been there. Here’s to the last 40 years! And JAH willing the next!

Monday, November 26, 2007

A Fairy Tale...

More textual harassment though this time I will protect my sauces

“World’s shortest fairytale.. Once upon a time a man asked a woman ‘Will you marry me?’ The woman replied ‘No’ and the man lived happily ever after and went golfing, drinking, shagging and still had money in his pocket at the end of the week. The End”

Some Fairies, yesterday

Friday, October 12, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Back from Pardshaw

If I ever have the energy will do a proper post on my latest misadventure at Pardshaw for my 40th Birthday celebrations or whatever.

So glad that this enamel had survived into the era of digital photography, it was there when I first went to Pardshaw for the Easter gathering 1996

Clean your sheep to the bone! Yay!

I managed to get the fire going

fireside chat anyone?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Village In The Jungle…

I do believe that Chapel Allerton, (or Chapel A if u is posh) is known as the village in the city. By contrast Armley is known as Chav Central or alternatively the village in the urban jungle…

I took this picture of a lovely herbivore grazing on the common.

Free Equine therapy…

And some roses….

The Peace of the Roses

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Naughty Naughty (again)

Your Score: On your way

You scored 53 %Sexuality and 53 %Freedom!

You have tried out a few sexual fantasies. You enjoyed them and look forward to pushing yourself further. You may be a little afraid of how far you may go...losing complete control.

Link: The Naughty Bedroom Test written by fergy77 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Born In Hell! Made of Fluff

Pumpkin Ted was a considerable gift from London lover Becki, helloo Becki if reading this Love you!

fancy a cuddle?

Born in Hell! Made of fluff! That’s me that is lol

Terence McKenna Lives!

Looks like someone in advertising has been reading the immortal (though sadly now dead) McKenna…. Terence McKenna that is.

mushrooms not fish!

Diet Plans Trough The Ages…. (part one of a series that might just run and run)

Fairly self explanatory I think…. This one currently nailed to the door to my room.

Road protestors sickness alas, too much Special Brew….

There again, found a copy of “I Can Make You THIN” by Paul McKenna (any relation?) in a charity shop. Will keep you posted.


Much as I would love to help this young lady out…. I’m not that sort of chap LOL.

There this long and highly dangerous girls…..

Spotted in Leeds City Center

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Life began 40 years ago. Discuss?

JAH willing I will complete my 40 trip around the sun soon. So I have booked Pardshaw Young Friends Center for a Celebration of Life 27th September to 1st October. If you are coming do let me know. Bring friends just don’t bring the bad people (we know who they are).

Pardshaw Friends Meeting House yesterday

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

only curious.....?

Your Score: Poly Leaning

You scored... 55% = PolyAmorous

You really seem like you could have what it takes to live in the complex world of polyamory. You do also have quite a sexual appetite, but no one says that there has to be Love without sex. has articles on Jealousy, PolyAmory vs Swinging, MonoPoly and the fact that is is fine to love more than one person.

Link: The PolyAmory Test written by ericsnyder on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Eating beautiful animals

Hurrah for ex police officer and mum Nina Hobson looking into the issue of what could potentially get fed to the sprogs (Undercover Mum, ITV 1 Wednesday night if I remember but can’t find it on the website).

Funny though that the narrator said that they had to focus on a limited number of issues, as there are so many when it comes to food. And the great discovery? That some of the steaks on the children’s’ menu in alehouses were not actually from beautiful British bulls and cows but from African zebus.

No thanks I am a vegetarian and gotta love family planning. But if I were to feed beastly vile animal products to my offspring I would want it to be beautiful British Animals not some minging African ones… LOL

What a minger!

Even so there is a serious issue of traceability. I have for years been seen as a freak when asking what was in food when trying to purchase especially ready cooked food. I can well understand that the low paid fellow workers behind the counter are far from passionate. But hey, beastly vile animal products are not food. So I do want to know if potential “food” contains any.

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