- "Home is a question mark" and
- "What is a song?"
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Item number three was his "Sunday Morning Hangover" zippy thing which, coupled with the bedraggled facial expression, he said was inspired by his father.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Ever since coming back from his holidays last month, our Jamie has been running around like a mad thing.
This is obviously a very positive development in many different ways. For example, given the amount of food he devours during the course of an average day, he really would now be a fat b****** had he not transformed himself into a mini Forrest Gump.
But the downside is that he’s very hard to keep an eye on. We can just about manage when he’s indoors, although he still pulls off at least one spectacular and, generally, physically damaging fall each and every day.
However, he’s clearly in much greater danger when outside and a fairly dramatic step has therefore had to be taken: we’ve got him a lead.
Vanessa carried out a brief road test involving him and his new restraint yesterday afternoon and it was a big success
But how long he continues to smile happily whilst having his style well and truly cramped is still very much open to question.
Feel free to click on to the video above if you’d like to see a short clip of Jamie (and his mum) in action. No pressure.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
And when I say balls, thankfully, I don't mean standing up to these wife-folk, for that could obviously be very bad for the physical wellbeing of us husband-folk.
No, I mean get them a hoover with a big ball in it.
Vanessa found an offer (another thing wives are good for) a few days ago in which you could trade in your battered old Dyson (one of which we happened to have) in return for a discounted "Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner" (right).
She asked my opinion before proceeding with the deal. And, of course, I had very strong views.
Vanessa: "What do you think?"
Barry: "Yeah, whatever."
Anyway, she proceeded to arrive home with this thing and now absolutely loves it - LOVES IT.
She has long complained that our house is too big for one person to hoover and that we should consider hiring a cleaner (over my twitching corpse). But now there's simply not enough carpets for her new toy - which apparently has "great manoeuvrability" - to suck on.
So fellow men, hear my call:
Let your ladies get their balls out and, before you know it, the only whining you'll hear will be from the hoover rather than their sweet, angelic little mouths - at least for a day or two.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
As you can see, I've dropped the picture and headline in above and the text of the piece appears below. (You can just make out the head of Jamie's wind-up Prince Charles in my right hand although, hopefully, you won't be able to spot that I'm biting my lip in a weak attempt not to laugh).
But the strike goes on, and so might the battle.
By Suzanne McTaggart
DAD-of-one Barry White has to deal with plenty of dirty nappies – but his bins haven't been emptied since the start of the strike.
Mr White hit out at the council after hearing friends in other areas had received more than one service during the strike.
He reached breaking point when he saw a rat "standing guard" over bins near his home on Bradford Road, Stanningley.
He said: "Jamie goes through a lot of nappies. It's not particularly pleasant and the rubbish is stacked up. In five years, I have never seen a rat in this area. It's one of the main routes into Leeds and it doesn't give the best impression.
"This is not a healthy place to be at the moment and it's fairly worrying from a parent's point of view."
Mr White said his wife received a "standard response" after sending a complaint to council leader Richard Brett.
The couple put their bins out on the usual day – but private contractors failed to visit.
"I've spoken to the neighbours and we feel we've got to do something. We're law-abiding citizens and we pay council tax like everyone else. We don't want special treatment but why are we not having collections when so many other people are?
"Refusing to pay council tax is something we are definitely considering. Why should we pay for a service we're not getting?"
Pensioner Yvette Massey, 78, is registered disabled and hasn't had her rubbish collected since the strike started.
Mrs Massey, who suffers from arthritis, tried to tidy up the bags in her yard on Norman Terrace, Roundhay, only to find maggots.
She said: "There were hundreds of them and the smell was disgusting. So I just dropped the bags because I didn't like it. I've called the council six times and every time, they've just said they'll pass it on. It's not on really. It's a very serious situation."
Simon Morgan, of Norster View, Beeston, also said the bins down his street had not been emptied since the strike began. He added: "The bins yards are full of rubbish which has spilled over the bins themselves.
"The whole street is a mess. The fear is that rats will settle in feeding off the rubbish and there's maggots everywhere.
"You hear of other areas in Leeds having their bins emptied but we've just been ignored."
And, with every sporting success in this country these days it would appear, comes a pre-cooked press release from a Labour Government desperate to jump on any bandwagon which may offer popular acknowledgement.
Read this from the BBC website:
The prime minister has led celebrations after Jenson Button was crowned as the new Formula One world champion.
Gordon Brown said there was much pride in the fact Button had become the 10th British driver to take the title.
The prime minister said: "I want to send my warmest congratulations to Jenson Button for clinching the Formula One drivers' championship in Brazil, on the same circuit that Lewis Hamilton won the drivers' championship last year.
Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe praised the driver for "realising his potential and answering the critics.
"We are fortunate and privileged to have two drivers able to compete at the highest level of the sport and so many constructors continuing to make Britain their home.
"I hope this success will be a real boost for the sport in this country and make a new generation want to follow in the footsteps of Jenson and Lewis."
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said the victory was a fitting tribute to the Brawn team "who have worked very hard to get the cars on the grid this season".
He said: "UK motorsport contributes £3.6bn to the economy as well as provide highly-skilled engineering jobs in the UK. It also has an important role to play in the development of green technology as we move to a low carbon future."
Catch the sincerity / relevance of those quotes written by either civil servants or special advisers (all of whom are paid for by us).
Do you reckon Jenson Button really gives a damn what these parasites think?
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
- It was in yesterday (very doubtful)
- It will be in on Monday or
- The most likely reason - the contractors emptied our bins yesterday afternoon
Yes, can you believe it?! We finally get to the point where some much desired retribution can be meted out - and the f***ers turn up!
But don't think for a second that this is a coincidence. You don't have to be a media expert to work out that the YEP would almost certainly - and rightly - have contacted the Council's press office to offer them an opportunity to comment on our situation. And the easiest thing for the Council to have done was to quickly dispatch a refuse lorry before going back to the paper to say that the contractors had emptied our bins.
On top of this, both Vanessa and our fine neighbour Barrington (he of the bigger forearms than me) were in direct contact with the relevant Council officer yesterday to advise of their growing frustration.
Whatever the truth, the fact is that we got what we wanted and I suppose we've got to be satisfied with that.
One final piece of news. Last night, it looked like the strike itself would end this coming Monday following a vote of union members. But a further twist in the tale, only about an hour ago, means that the workers now seem set to reject the Council's offer and remain on the picket lines for, perhaps, many more weeks to come.
So maybe the story isn't over quite yet - for us, as much as for them.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
- my expectations have been fulfilled i.e. our bins have been emptied
- my goals have been reached i.e. our bins have been emptied
- something has been achieved i.e. our bins have been emptied
Otherwise it's going to be another week at least and drastic action will most definitely need to be considered.
Watch this space.
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Key to the season is, of course, lots of leaves.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
- Don't watch The X Factor
- Don't remember the Double-Take Brothers and can't be bothered to watch the clip
- Have already noticed the similarity between them and John and Edward or
- Don't care