# Sunday, September 16, 2007
I just opened a bottle of Vashon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. This is a really fruity full bodies red wine. It has a slightly oak like taste. I thought this was a really nice wine and good for the price of £6.49 a bottle. Slightly strong at 14% volume but it still gets five stars.

posted on Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:26:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Oscar is a funny cat, he loves cuddly toys. He often picks them up in his mouth and carries them around the house whilst howling at the top of his voice. I have not been able to find out why he does this. His latest trick is to gradually transport all of the toys outside, one by one, whilst howling very loudly.

posted on Sunday, September 16, 2007 5:42:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
I came across this website that offers a Photo to Canvas Printing service. They can convert any image whether it is from a digital camera, a photograph, 35mm slides and transparencies. They offer photo restoration as part of the service and can correct any imperfections such as red eye. They can also combine several images for you, convert a picture to black and white and restore damaged pictures.
 
If you want to combine a lot of photographs you can choose from several options, one of which is a memory board containing as many as twenty small photographs. I think this option is a really nice idea and would make a really nice personal present. Other options available include a filmstrip effect where you can combine four of five images separated by a film strip.

They offer the prints on a wide range of finishes including art paper, art canvas, photo paper and clear film. A family and friends package is also available so that if you order a main piece of art, you can have an additional two A3 duplicates for an extra £100. All the prints are offered with a full money back guarantee so that if for any reason you are not satisfied they will issue a full refund.

posted on Sunday, September 16, 2007 5:38:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 15, 2007

It’s good news for the traditional British pint, which was due to be scrapped under EU rules. The EU have now announced a U-turn on the policy which would have meant grocers would be unable to sell produce in pounds and ounces and pubs would have to stop selling pints. The EU has now ruled that pubs can go on serving beer in pints after 2009. Personally I couldn’t see myself ordering a litre of beer, mines a pint landlord.

posted on Saturday, September 15, 2007 8:46:29 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Friday, September 14, 2007
I was chatting to a friend the other day who had been told by an advertising agency that Quark is not compatible between the PC and the Mac. I’m not quite sure where the advertising agency found their information because I have been using Quark successfully between the PC and Mac for around six years now. On one project I spent a lot of time working with style sheets between Quark on a PC and Quark on a Mac. I found with this that as long as the style sheets have all the same names they import perfectly. Saying this you can experience some slight text reflow between the Mac and PC versions of Quark. This is usually caused by the fact that the fonts differ slightly between the two systems. I would be interested to hear from other people that have worked with Quark on cross platform projects.

posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 10:10:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
I have reading with interest the news surrounding Northern Rock and the fact that is has recently had to ask for the Bank of England for emergency funding. As a result its shares have now fallen by 25%. Customers have also been unable to access their accounts on the website to increased demand. There have been reassurances that the business is stable but in some areas worried customers have been queuing outside branches.

posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 3:25:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
If you have to appear in court, I’m sure you would make all the proper preparations, such as wearing a smart suit, making sure you are not driving a stolen car, that sort of thing. One woman who went to court to pay a traffic ticket was arrested after it was found she had driven to the court in a stolen car. Now, that’s just plain stupid.

posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 11:20:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Thursday, September 13, 2007
If there is one thing I can’t stand its sales calls. Usually its people who are quite obviously based in an Indian call centre trying to sell me a mobile phone contract that I don’t need or wanting me to consolidate all my debts into one easy payment. Despite registering with the telephone preferences society I still receive a huge number of these calls.

I have now started to make a game out of it, by generally asking as many stupid questions as I can think of and getting the sales person to repeat the information over and over, until they get bored and hang up. When I see an international number come up on the phone, I often answer with “Battersea Dogs Home, how can I help you”. Pretending you are deaf is always fun, as is asking them to speak slowly so you can write everything down. I have even started trying to sell things to the sales people and now actually look forward to making their life difficult, mean I know, but so is calling me at 8am on a Sunday morning. It seems some companies, have now stopped using real people. Instead of getting a person who you can have fun annoying, there is simply an automated message. These really annoy me, what’s the point in getting sales calls if you can’t have a bit of fun? Bring back real people I say.

posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:57:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Its bad news for farmers who must have thought they were lucky to survive the first foot and mouth outbreak a month ago. It appears foot and mouth is back again, this time in Egham, about five minutes walk from my house. It appears the disease is the same strain that was found in Pirbright, near Guildford last month. So far, it has affected two farms in Egham, with the nearby footpaths being closed off. There is also a noticeable increase in traffic where I live due to the fact that several roads in the area have also been closed. Let’s hope they can contain this latest outbreak quickly before too many farms are affected.

posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007 2:31:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 12, 2007
One of the more unlikely stories I have seen in the headlines over the last few days is about Sybil the cat. Sybil was just an ordinary cat but that has now changed. She has recently moved into Number 10 Downing Street with her owner Alistair Darling which makes her about the most famous cat in Britain right now. I'm not really sure the story deserves as much coverage as it has been getting, Sybil seems to be on the front of most newspapers this morning, still she is rather cute.

posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 5:11:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
This is the wine that I purchased on the Virgin Wine auction a few weeks ago. The blurb on the bottle talks about blackberries and chocolate and it certainly is a really nice fruity wine. It is a really smooth velvety red and has a pleasant after taste. I think it’s actually the best wine I have tasted in a long time. You can buy this for around £6.99 a bottle when it’s on offer but I am really pleased with it because I picked it up for just under £3.00 in the auction. I like everything about this wine, and have already worked my way through a good portion of the case. I will definitely buy this again and again. A full five stars.

posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 4:40:27 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Mentioning my moggies in a previous post, I thought it was time for another cute cat picture, so here is a picture of Willow and Oscar.

posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:06:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Most of my regular readers will have noticed by now that I love my pussy cats. I came across this website that sells luxury gifts for pets. They have a range for dogs including cute dog apparel and also a range for cats. The cat gifts include superior cat collars that have a rhinestone finish or collars made from leather. They also have a range of luxury cat beds that even the most picky kitty will find appealing. The bed range include cat pillows and mats, cat beds and cat snuggle cats. The only question is are my common moggies posh enough for these luxury items?

posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 7:12:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, September 10, 2007
This is a pleasant enough Spanish wine with a slight taste of oak. Its not the most exciting wine, I have tried recently, and could almost be called bland. At £8.99 a bottle I think it’s a little overpriced for what is it. I give this one a rather generous four stars, it's pleasant but unexciting.

posted on Monday, September 10, 2007 9:21:43 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Police investigating a vandalised building in Cheshire were able to catch the criminal without really needing to do much. The criminal in question had helpfully written Peter Addison was here, on the wall of the vandalised building. He was quickly tracked down and arrested for the crime. This must be the perfect example of what not to do when committing a crime.

posted on Monday, September 10, 2007 9:16:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
We cooked this sea bass on the BBQ recently. It's the first time I have tried it and not being a great lover of fish I had already convinced myself I probably wouldn't like it. Basically all we did was wrap it in foil with a knob of butter a few bay leaves and some herbs and cooked it on the BBQ for about 20 minutes. It was actually really nice and I will definitely be cooking it this way again. The only thing is I liked it so much I forgot to take a picture before I ate it all, but you can get an idea of how it looked from the remains below.

posted on Monday, September 10, 2007 2:31:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, September 09, 2007
I took these pictures the other day when I was printing out a few letters. As you can see Willow and Oscar found it very exciting.



posted on Sunday, September 09, 2007 6:49:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself today because I have a bout of food poisoning. After spending most of the morning being sick, I am still suffering from sharp stabbing pains in my stomach. I’m not quite sure what I ate to cause the problem, but I don’t remember feeling quite this bad since I had food poisoning as a child from eating mint choc chip ice cream. To this day I still can’t touch the stuff.

posted on Sunday, September 09, 2007 1:18:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback