Sunday, January 31, 2010

Yalta conference

Roosevelt gets the red turtle shells in Mario Kart

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chose your own adventure

From The Onion

ABC News reported that, since 2005, military contractor Trijicon has been engraving coded Bible passages on sniper sights supplied to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. What do you think?

Jerry Bailey,
Substation Operator
"That's not fair. I heard the Jewish snipers got their rifles engraved with Seinfeld quotes."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

As for ads with enchanting girls on the coffee machine.. The machine tried you warn you, man.

Half a Rorschach

This is a silhouette of Wales. Does anybody else see a man with a strong chin and nose facing to the left, with a small dolphin on his head? Also the dolphin has pouty lips.

Roy and HG once shared with their listeners a description of Alfie Langer's pre-match ritual. 'Before a big game, Alfie likes a vomit, a good solid vomit. And he can often see shapes, things in the vomit, like a Rorschach.. Ink-blot. I've seen him give the thumbs up, vomit dripping off his chin 'hnnh, we're gonna win!' 'Often lets one go out the back door just to.. blow it into shape.'
'Yeah, me too.. Predictions like 'twenty-two to twelve!''

 A grandpa at age 42!

If you can't see the man with a small pouty-lipped dolphin on his head in the top photo, you might be able to see the guy with a cat on his shoulder in this one.

Surly sur l'├ępaule

Tuesday, January 19, 2010



If I was in charge of the Democrat publicity machine, I'd say that I expect 100% of Democrats want for Sarah Palin to run for President. Want for Sarah Palin to run for President. That's Sarah Palin.

Don't be scared, Mini-Me.

Portsmouth: Britannia rules the waves

HMS Warrior

HMS Victory. Served in the war of American Independence and the Napoleonic war.


Over 25 miles of rope constituted the rigging.

Leather fire - fighting buckets lined up above deck. GR for 'George Rex'. Two magnetic compasses in the cabinet in the front. It required four men to turn the wheel in calm weather, six to eight in rough weather. Behind where I stand for this photo is where Nelson was shot on deck.

lego re-enactment rebus

Monday, January 18, 2010

Nerd alert: Ohm's law!

Okay this is the nerdiest-coolest thing I have seen for ages. Photo from

It's a digital clock, the numbers are colour - coded as per the universal resistor value paint codes..

Still snow in Surrey

Just outside of Farnham. There's a military base nearby, helicopters and planes fly over sometimes.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

'The SnowThing', or 'worrying the elderly Polish couple next door'

From the dark depths of the back blocks of Hove... Nay, Simon 'H. R. Giger' Fox's backyard
of frosty  ill-conceived thoughts...

Stands the awful ribby multi-limbed ice-debutante!
(Scares the cat)
Currently slimming in the sleet, no hair, no feet, soon to melt like the wicked Dahlegian* witch of the West (Hove). Let your icicled groaning loin rent forth the snowball drones to wreak torment on the poor yard-bound one called 'Marley'!**

* The witches in 'Witches' by Roald Dahl had no hair. A wig for our snow beauty, you ask?

** Cat, you have been warned. Play up again, and this gruesome five foot chill-mannequin will be gouged into an unrelenting barrage of pitiless snowballs aimed at your scurrying hindquarters.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Back in WA, some of my family have been snorkelling in Bunker Bay.

And swimming in the rivers in Porepunkah

Jazz visits

yeah, it's cold

Sorry girls, not the day for fairy floss and carnival rides on the pier..

Monday, January 11, 2010

Flinders St

From Gordon Yeong:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

There's a way out

Is it called Eastbourne because you can't go west?

Back the way you came

Two of the three ways out of Eastbourne to Brighton were closed. You kinda wonder 'hey, where is all the traffic? Why am I the only one on this.. road?'

Eastbourne beach

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Selden

Fiona and Tom discussing what to make for Jules.

I used to call this blog 'Blast, it's cold' because it started out as a log of my motorbike trip photos. Even in the winter here I haven't been as cold as I was on the road between Ouyen and Sea Lake in Victoria. Note that I haven't been riding motorbikes at 80km/h (or at all) in England.

Mind the nails

-when cutting snowy pallets up with a circular saw


State troubles

Because of the weather, not revolution:

'When the trains stop, that will be the end.' - Lenin.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mystery shovel woman gets planes back on track

Bemused security staff at snow-laden Heathrow airport today apprehended an Australian female attempting to enter the departure area hiding a garden shovel on her person. Boarding staff watched as she pried open a runway-access door with the shovel and then proceeded to clear the entire runway of snow.

'I've never really seen anything like it', Heathrow luggage handler Rod Gelber, 68, said. 'There must be four inches covering the 3/4 square mile of runway tarmac, she really must have wanted to go home!'

Word from fellow travellers was that she 'was grumbling something about really wanting an Iced Coffee.. Someone said she was from the Farmer's Union or something. I don't really know. I'm just happy that my plane is taking off.'

West Sussex County has unsuccessfully tried to contact the woman, stating that they 'want to offer her a job plowing snow off of the A27'.


This guy dropped his bike in front of me

A few cars are abandoned on the side of the road, covered in snow and grit.