The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


To Ensure I Can Keep One New Year Resolution …
December 31, 2010, 4:37 pm
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Yes, what you’re about to see is the World’s worst ‘picture puzzle’ of ’10. Deal with it!

… I just want to be nice for a moment and say that not only do I hope you all had toptastic Christmas/Festive stuff [I did, I have a house full of totally inappropriate presents, especially for a 40 year old married man*] but that I wish the best of your 2010’s are the worst of your 2011’s.

Yes, I know that’s pseudo deep wank, but putting that aside, I do – and I look forward to our frolics, debates and insults in the new year – starting around Jan 10th – when you’re all probably a bit more sober.

So here’s to everyone …

[* No Andy, it’s not blow up dolls or Bridget Jones DVD’s]



See You Next Year …
December 23, 2010, 8:37 am
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I know the picture is very dodgy. I’m not drunk, I’m just too lazy to find a better one.

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The Last Week Of Responsibility …
December 20, 2010, 6:20 am
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So on Saturday [not Friday. Ahem] it’s Christmas day.

Christmas bloody day.

Amazing.

To be honest, it’s the most Christmassy I’ve felt in a long, long time.

As I ‘ve said before, this is normally a hard time of year for me because 12 years ago, this was when my Father became ill and ended up dying after a few weeks … however, thanks to quite a bit of time having now passed, the fact I had a quick trip to Portland – where Christmas is a very big fucking deal – and I now reside in a country where it is actually cold at this time of year [which is the first time that’s happened in 15 years] I enter this week with a little bit of excitement.

OK, so I doubt there’ll be any pressies that will rock my World like my Raleigh Grifter … or even the brilliant-but-fell-apart-within-12-seconds-of-putting-it-together Tin Can Alley … however spending some time with my family – in the freezing cold – with a ridiculously huge traditional Christmas dinner [yes, even with custard] is something I am really looking forward to and to be honest, that’s probably the best present I could ever ask for.

[Note to wife: I won’t say no to an Angelina/Megan sandwich if that’s a possibility]

As this is the last post of my year, I thought I’d end it by rehashing a blogosphere thing that was quite popular a few years ago.

Basically I am nominating the following people …

NP
John
Marcus
Paul Colman [so he’ll start blogging again]
George Parker [he’ll never do it, but you never know]
Age
Charles
Gareth
Lauren
Gavin
Rob
Niko
Scotty
Freddie
Martin

… to answer some questions about their 2010.

1/ Best single thing [personal &/or professional] you did/achieved in 2010.
2/ Most shameful thing [personal &/or professional] you did/achieved in 2010.
3/ Ad industry scandal or scoundrel of the year.
4/ Your overall rating for 2010 out of 10.
[1 = shit / 10 = showoff]
5/ What do you think will be the most overhyped advertising related subject of 2011?

The rules are that they have to submit their answers on their own blog [By Jan 5th] and link it back to this post. On top of that, they have to nominate 5 other people [I got to nominate more because this is my idea and so I can be a fucking little Prince] they’d like to know more about, by getting them to answer the same 5 questions as stated above and so on and so on.

Unlike the ‘total stupid twat’ version that I embarked on back in 2006 [2006!!!!] this is all quite innocent, but it would be nice to hear how others view their 2010, if only for the fact that I’m a nosy bastard.

Anyway, as I wrote about previously, this has been a stellar year for me and if 2011 is half as good, I’ll be feeling very fucking happy with myself … so all that leaves me to do is wish each and everyone of you who has ever visited, commented or insulted me on this blog a very, Very, VERY happy Christmas [or for the PC amongst us, a happy ‘festive season’] and I hope you get spoilt with gifts, love and food because all things considered, I think you’re all very nice and that’s not something I say very often. Or very easily, ha!

So here’s to you, me and us.

Cheers and see you around Jan 10.



America’s Guns Don’t Scare Me, It’s The Other Lot That Does …
December 17, 2010, 10:10 pm
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I have nothing against people who are religious – well I do, but only a particular type of religious follower – however seeing a shop that sells merchandise like this …

… makes me feel very nervous indeed.

And don’t tell me someone who buys this – or worse, wears this – is doing it just for a bit of fun. They LOVE the fact the hat say’s CIA on it because it makes them feel powerful, strong and authoritarian.

Hell, they’re probably the sort of myopic and hypocritical religious Yank who thinks George W was a weak shit for not declaring war on other religions and that everyone should have – and use – a gun … however they don’t see the irony in that because they’ve got “I Love Jesus” imprinted on the peak of their cap and that makes everything alright.

Seriously, I had a lovely time in Portland [especially with the ‘Brit’ contingent, ha!] but thanks to that hat, I’m bloody glad I’m heading back to the loud, rude, busy-as-fuck mania of China.

That is unless US Immigration read this post … which is why I set it so it would appear hopefully after I’ve already left the country.

See you Monday.

Maybe.

Hopefully.



Hotel Television [Porn Not Included]
December 17, 2010, 9:55 am
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In the spirit of Russell [who I am sure will be over-the-moon to know I’m comparing myself to him] here’s the drivel I’m being force-fed with at this exact moment.

Make your own assumptions about what the US TV network entertainment ‘trends’ are …











These posts aren’t getting any better are they?



Everything’s Bigger In America …
December 16, 2010, 11:51 am
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Obesity.
Contributor to environmental damage.
Debt.
Oil use.
War instigator.
Prejudice.
And this …

As sad people who have followed this blog for a long time, I’ve often posted photos of the burgers I have in hotels but whilst others have been tastier, quicker to be delivered and more attractive … I’ve never had one that had so much stuff shoved into the bun and surrounded by so many bloody fries.

Unlike that scene in Michael Douglas movie “Falling Down” … the one where he pulls out a gun to threaten staff when the burger he gets looks nothing like the burger on the menu … this was totally the opposite.

The burger I got looked EXACTLY like the one on the menu except – and it’s a BIIIIIIG except – instead of the bun being filled full of meat, this one was boosted with tomatoes, onion, mushroom, lettuce, cheese and bacon.

Now there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever, however when the actual size of the meat patty is so small even Posh Spice wouldn’t be filled, it shows the dramatic decline in America’s values and standards.

Hell, they even called the 7,361,239 fries, FRENCH Fries … where’s the ‘Freedom Fries’ bollocks gone?

You know America’s hurting when they even let the Frogs off the hook.

Anyway, I’m off out to go and get mugged in the Portland rain [though everyone I’ve met so far is carefully avoiding any eye contact because they think I’m some kind of nutter, probably due to my insistence of wearing Birkenstocks even though it’s rather cold] so until next time, have a top one.

Oh, and for those of you that were wondering, the answer is …

Buuuuuuuuuuurp!

PS: And for the record, you can keep your comments about the inaccuracies of my opening paragraph, to yourself.



Through Another Persons Eyes …
December 15, 2010, 6:15 am
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I know I said I wasn’t going to be writing any more posts till I’m back from Portland, but I saw this and had to write about it because it’s simply bloody stunning.

Of course I won’t know what you think because as you check it out, I’ll be – unless there is an incident I don’t even want to think about – 38,000 feet in the air but that is the joy of pre-writing stuff, I can be here even when I’m not.

Don’t worry, there’s no more after this.

Anyway, watch it on full screen, especially if you have a high-def monitor.

Oh, it also shows British surfers are made of much tougher stuff than those tanned, white-teethed Yankee bastards. Ha.