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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Updated Weather Forecast

Well you have had your first taste of winter, now we are getting back into autumn properly.  Which means wind and rain, but also milder weather.

Zonality, as we like to call it, us people who follow the weather.

What is causing most confusion is the jet-stream, as it seems to want to dive as far south as north Africa, which to me seems absolutely bizarre, and therefore will have a strange impact on the low pressure systems approaching the UK.  Low pressure systems instead of crossing the UK may split into two low pressure systems, with one being anchored to our north-west and the other darting down towards Ibiza.

It doesn't make a lot of sense, not something I have seen before in 15-20 years or so of reading charts so I am not sure how it will pan out.

I shall try my best.

Friday is the first example of such - had it not been for the jet-stream, I think this system would have been a wet and very windy affair, however as it splits, I think it will mean rain overnight on Friday.  It will be mild and fairly breezy, 14'C.


Saturday, the next low pressure system tries to come in, but it cannot quite make it.  Its intensity dies, and gets sucked south.

So Saturday and Sunday will see mainly cloudy skies I feel, with some rain at times but nothing substantial.  Temperatures around 12'C.

And Monday, a similar kind of day, cloud, with a band of rain probably in the evening.

After that it may get milder, still with the potential for some rain at times, before high pressure sets in I reckon around the middle of the month and will cool it all down again.

So in summary, unsettled, but nothing significant in the way of rain.

There might be floods in Portugal though.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Economic Thoughts

I thought it only prudent (don’t worry, not in the Gordon Brown sense of the word ‘prudent’) to comment upon the state of the UK economy today, with the release of good news with the quarter on quarter increase in GDP of 0.8%.

I am sick of the bashing from the Anti-Tory left-wing of this country already (BBC - you are on notice as my favoured news provider). They are so desperate for power that they will choose any way to attack the government, and talk down the country’s prospects. And don’t even get me started on the politically-motivated unions, like the London fire-fighters looking to strike on November 5th.

The left of this country had 13 years in charge of the economy. Despite my natural misgivings given how badly Labour handled the economy in the 1970's, I had no major complaints at the handling of the economy when Labour first took over in 1997, until around 2003 anyway, and looking back now, I stick with my same stand-point. It was around 2003 when I really started to get the jitters about the future of the economy.

Now the Tories and Lib Dems have only had 5 months.

It will be a good couple of years before we really see the fruits of the work going on now. Many economic inputs have a significant lag-time.

That the figures for this last quarter were better than expected is no surprise to me. Our annual GDP growth rate is now 2.8% - just about what it was prior to the recession.

I still expect it to dip somewhat in future quarters before rebounding strongly later in 2011 or 2012.

I don’t think we have felt the full effects of the £200billion quantitative easing from last year, and I think inflation could very well rise further, which would likely mean higher interest rates to tackle it, and more problems for home-owners, and subsequently the poor banks.

There is still quite a rough ride ahead. Enough internal possibilities on the down-side without even considering all the potential external down-sides. But I am confident that the seeds of future prosperity are being sown.

I really wish everyone would give the government a chance. I gave the Labour government a chance back in 1997 despite my misgivings...and it took them a few years longer than normal for their standards to mess it up.

I have faith in the government – and fear not, I will be warning if I feel they are not taking the right steps in the future, I am not blind to following one party – just because I fully believe the Conservatives fixed the country in the 1980’s and are doing so now (along with the Lib Dems), does not mean I assume they will always get everything right. I will be scrutinising and making my opinions known to them if necessary.

But for now, please give them a chance. If in 5 years time, we are in a worse place, then I will stick my hands up and admit I was wrong, and re-consider all my learned economic thinking (you have this in writing).

I have placed my confidence in our government.

Taxi Spotting

Here I am on a drab Tuesday morning, and sadly my imagination was a little too slow to start.
Standing around, waiting for a bus, which is next to the taxi rank, where there were about 10 taxis waiting for customers.
Enjoying not only the finest pork and apple sausage roll, but also a suitable podcast from kabale Und Liebe with the latest disco, house, minimal funk, when a woman rushes up to me asking "is this the queue for a taxi?"
Fair enough, maybe she didn't realise that she was interrupting the groove, but surely she could see I was mid-sausage roll?
I politely pointed her in the correct direction.
A missed opportunity, I feel, as I perhaps should have said yes. And the reason the queue wasn't moving?
We are all taxi collectors, waiting for the next taxi that we have never used. It's the latest app that everyone is using. We go around collecting taxi journeys, like football stickers but for people who go to work.

Updated Weather Forecast

What am I doing writing a weather forecast at this time in the morning?  I have no idea.  I should still be in bed, pushing the sleep button, trying to get a little extra sleep.  But no.

Anyway in case you haven't realised, rain is on its way.  Not especially heavy.  Rain.  But temperatures will rise to around 12'C (the peak may well be around midnight).  It will become windy.

Wednesday should be a reasonable day, perhaps a shower or two, more likely I suspect in the morning - again windy and maybe 14'C.

Thursday may just feel quite ok. Maybe 15'C, still a fair wind but from a mild direction, again there could be a couple of showers.


Friday and Saturday I expect to be wetter than the previous two days and windy still.  Again, not cold, around 13'C to 15'C with no cold nights.

And that pattern is set to last roughly until the 10th November, give or take, I reckon.

So Economy How Are We?

So much waffle going on about the economy.  Experts think that the third quarter on quarter growth which will be announced shortly will be down from 1.2% to 0.4%.

I reckon on my feels-like analysis with no computer models or anything like that, that it will be 1.5%.  Quite different from what the 'experts' say.

So am I just dumb?

We shall see.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Is Moanday

A lack of human contact is not good for the soul, certainly not my soul anyway.

Monday’s are rarely my favourite day of the week, unless I have had a really good weekend. And I most certainly did not. Shit weekends = shit moods.

I now feel inspired to commit random acts of violence, or at least vandalism, however I expect that my current level of lethargy can only lead to having a moan.

After all, this is what I have my blog for. That and weather forecasts, but more people read my moans than my weather forecasts.
So this is a list of the trivial things that have pissed me off today:

1. My 6am alarm clock. Like I was going to get up at that time you fool given that I haven’t got out of bed before 07:40am in weeks.
2. My 6:20am alarm clock. Like I was going to get up at that time you pillock given that I haven’t got out of bed before 07:40am in weeks.
3. My 6:40am alarm clock. Like I was going to get up at that time you arsehole given that I haven’t got out of bed before 07:40am in weeks.
4. My 7:00 alarm clock. Seriously need to punch myself.
5. My 7:20 alarm clock. Would be useful to get up now so I am not late for work.
6. My 7:30 alarm clock and the fact that it will not fucking shut up.
7. My 7:40 alarm clock. Fucking arseholes, bastards. Can I say the C-word for the first time on my blog?
8. State of my kitchen…and flat in general.
9. Me again. I didn’t bother to get any food. Oh the fridge is fucked anyway.
10. The number 4 bus to take me to work just 3 minutes walk from my house being axed.
11. A 15 minute walk to the station.
12. No apple and pork sausage rolls left.
13. Being late for work. Arsehole.
14. The arsehole that filled up his 20-litre bottle of water for 15 minutes whilst I waited to fill my small glass up.
15. Severe lack of hugs, love and human contact.
16. Current level of sobriety.
17. Distinct lack of funds.
18. Who put that table in the walk-way forcing me to take a 10-secnond detour? Twat.
19. And now I have hiccups.
20. I have run out of staples and the stationary office is 5 minutes walk away.
I would apologise for moaning, but I have been ignoring my frustrations recently and therefore been in relatively good moods so it is long overdue and if you don’t like it then fight me. I will vandalise your face. I will ransack your face. And then throw my shoes at you.
I now hope to find an excuse for a large intake of alcohol at the first available opportunity.  Or vandalism.  Or drunken vandalism...hmm.

Friday, October 22, 2010

End Of October Storm?

I've been banging on about the potential for an end of October storm for some months now (read previous forecasts if you don't believe me), and just when I thought maybe I was wrong a few days ago, some of the models I follow are looking increasingly wet and windy for right at the end of October.

How satisfying.

Weekend Fears

Why do I fear the weekend so much when I have nothing planned?

Many years ago I used to be able to cope. But over the last few years, my social life has gone into orbit with all the fantastic people I have befriended.

I do quite like my own company, but I really like the company of others.

So I'm coming back from work now with no plans and wondering how the hell I am going to occupy myself for two days and three nights?

What do other people do? How do they cope?

I shall have a pie but then what? I guess I may have to default to football manager.

I guess I could have been more proactive in arranging something but I am reluctant to spend much money this weekend.

Will I keep my sanity? Time will tell.

Blogging, Drinking or Art?

I feel that I have been neglecting my blog over the last week or so.

The thing is though, nothing has really upset or annoyed me. I am rather content in life at the moment. Everything is OK.  I would have preferred a few more cuts in the spending review, but nothing enough to blog about.
The only minor quibble is that I do seem to be spending too much on drinking and going out as I do find it increasingly difficult to entertain myself.
Especially now nothing is annoying me enough to inspire me to have a rant on my blog. I think I might buy some paint and a canvas. I was terrible at art at school, and I am sure that I am no better now but I need to get my creativity out of me somehow, and if I am not inspired to write anything at the moment, and there is no dancefloor potential, then I conclude that maybe I need to paint.
I am not yet sure whether to replicate my previous artwork (a few blog posts below) which was just done in pastels, as I would like to see what it would look like in paint, or whether I should try something new.
I know that I could never replicate anything I see in life, in art. But I reckon I can replicate what goes on inside my wonderful mind when questionned.
So...will my weekend produce art...or will it just simply produce hangovers?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Updated Weather Forecast

Did you enjoy the early cold blast?  Want another one?

I cannot say I did as I am still working out how long these stupid storage heaters in my flat have to be on for, I was pretty damn cold the other night.  Now I reckon I will need to open the windows tomorrow!

We are going to get a more westerly flow over the next couple of days, so less settled but less cold.

Another chilly night tonight but we should escape a frost (it was -1.4'c last night!).
Friday should be dry, quite windy perhaps with rain overnight, 12'C during the day and not cold overnight.

Saturday the low pressure will still be nearby (there is a big blocking high pressure to our east so not so easy for weather systems to cross us), so expect some showery rain at times, and a cooler feel as the wind swings to the north again, 11'C - a chilly night.
Sunday will eventually see the low pressure move away but drag down more Arctic air so expect a cold day, 8'C or so which will feel unpleasant in the wind.  There might be a shower or two.  The wind will die down overnight leading to a frost, maybe below zero again.
Monday sees high pressure building from the north-west, so it should be sunny but still pretty cold, 8'C, chilly overnight but probably not a frost as the breeze will pick up.

Tuesday should be dry but with rain in the evening/overnight, 12'C during the day so feeling better.

From then on, I see a pattern of an unsettled but mild day or so followed by a settled but cooler day or so, taking us into the first part of November.  Wind and rain, then sun and frost.

No sign of the late October storm I was expecting in my long-range forecast.  But I don't rule it out yet.

I think from the early to mid part of November onwards it will be dry and cold with high pressure establishing itself over us.

Winter I am thinking either colder or snowier than last year.  I am preferring the colder but dry outcome at the moment.

Spring I am thinking dry too.  Next summer average temperatures at best.

Not sure about 2012 yet.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

James vs The Met Office Part 85

Over a week ago, I said it would be just 7'C in Reading this Wednesday - even up until yesterday the Met Office said 10'C for the maximum temperature...

Who was right?

Well according to Reading University, the maximum reached was 8.4'C.

Therefore I win.  Albeit by 0.2'C.  Screw you Met Office!

Things I Would Like To Cut

Things I Would Cut:
1. Wayne Rooney’s manhood, like you would a rabid dog.
2. Jimmy Bullard’s contract length and value. And hair.
3. John Terry. From life.
4. X-Factor. Death to X-Factor. Stop ruining my social life and what is left of decency in society at large.
5. All soap operas but starting with Eastenders first. I might keep Hollyoaks but cut most of the sound out unless there are any lesbian noises.
6. All prisoners. Or cut them from this country anyway – outsource them to a Chinese prison.
7. Electro-house.
8. The price of beer.
9. The length of skirts on all good-looking women.
10. Margaret Thatcher’s age – get her back into power.
11. The BBC license fee – scrap the illegal tax. I should be allowed to choose if I want TV, not be forced it upon me.
12. The amount I pay in rent and bills.
13. The distance I have to travel to go to a decent nightclub. Someone bloody needs to build a decent nightclub in Reading with underground music.
14. The cutting of sandwiches for men.  Do not cut a man's sandwich.  Unless he is gay.
15. My hair. But without me having to pay for it.

I’m sure I could think of more but this is a starter. I will send to George-y boy later.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dirty Warehouses and Mammoth Sleeps

I didn’t make it to either fabric or Mango on Sunday or Saturday respectively – but I’m not so fussed as I had true disco satisfaction after an excellent night at the Warehouse Project on Friday night!
The night takes place in a car park underneath the train station, and is very basic and rather dirty – musically and well, it is in dirty Manchester. I say it was basic as it was simply a couple of thousand people there for the music and a damn good party – no messing around, no poncing around, no leaving early.
The star was Richie Hawtin though perhaps because that was the only person I managed to see reasonably close after eventually squeezing a bit of disco space. Magda may well have been good but at this point we were running around after each other, trying to find a decent spot. Saw some of Marc Houle play live who was also really good.
Only slight gripes was how over-filled it was, and not having the same sound quality as fabric, but they cannot really be classed as gripes, just a tiny lack of perfection. And as it was sold-out before we got our tickets, one cannot really complain about being let in!
Thoroughly recommend it…though I think most nights are sold out now.
When I finally arrived back in Reading on Saturday afternoon, I decided upon a sleep. I was rather surprised to awake at 11 to see the sun still shining – then I realised that it was Sunday morning and I had slept for a record 21 hours! I guess I was still catching up as I wasn’t 100% fit on Friday.
I am struggling slightly with a lack of inspiration today. Looking forward to some kind of gravy-based meal tonight and that will probably be the only highlight of my day. Unless I discover a hot new tune but I have listened to nothing but turd so far.

Monday, October 18, 2010

James Winfield's Artistic Abilities Part 2


This is my second piece of art.  Comments appreciated.

Updated Weather Forecast

I'm sure by now you are feeling the impending doom of the cold season starting to make its effects.

I don't really have too much confidence in exact weather predictions at the moment, it is a little all over the place.

Tuesday should start sunny but will cloud over to an extent, maybe with a shower, around 11'C - it will be chilly overnight as the Arctic blast I forecasted digs in for Wednesday, where you will feel the cold with temperatures perhaps down to 7'C.

There may be some rain overnight on Wednesday but I think most of the rain will have died out.

High pressure is then trying to build from the south-west, but low pressure is trying to come in from the north-west, I am not sure of the outcome at the moment, but I would expect an unsettled weekend.

Thursday will be less cold at about 10'C and Friday might even be back up to 13'C.

It is possible that the low pressure for the weekend might suck down more Arctic air on Sunday, making it colder.

Apologies that I cannot be more descriptive, I'm waiting to see how it pans out.  Remember - Wednesday = cold.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend Excitement!

Tonight I am going to make my first ever visit to the Warehouse Project in Manchester, to see Magda, who is the DJ I most want to see that I have never seen (closely followed by Jamie Jones) and also Richie Hawtin.


Those that know me will know that I am not the hugest fan of track-destroying and sound-diminishing DJ software like Traktor, but looking at the videos of Richie Hawtin closing Amnesia, one has to admit that he does manage to do something pretty special and ultimately enjoyable and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing what he has to offer.


This link has a review of Amnesia’s closing party, and the Richie Hawtin videos are very well worth watching.

Then on Sunday, hopefully I shall be visiting fabric for the 11th birthday party celebrations which should be a very special day – doors open at 11pm on Saturday night and close at 5am on Monday. I have been to the last two birthdays and both were very special nights so I hope this will continue.


I have been watching Ricardo Villalobos at Exit Festival, a whole hour long set, and it is so enjoyable, and of course I love watching the strange, ultra-camp/ultra-wasted dancing and posing of Ricardo, well worth an hour of your time. Though seeing him live at fabric on Sunday would be much better!

I might even go to Mango on Saturday.


So finally, I get to go clubbing. Happy days – very happy days! I might even do a review assuming I survive.

James Upsets America

Well well well, I always said that my blog would get me into trouble as I am not one to stick to convention, and, it appears that it has.  Though not this blog, my sister blog James Winfields Top Tunes blog seems to have got me into trouble.

There I am, thinking that all of these tunes I love, that I discover, should be shared with everyone; suddenly I receive such e-mail:

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Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog is alleged to infringe upon the copyrights of others. As a result, we have reset the post(s) to "draft" status. (If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.) This means your post - and any images, links or other content - is not gone. You may edit the post to remove the offending content and republish, at which point the post in question will be visible to your readers again.

A bit of background: the DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. If you believe you have the rights to post the content at issue here, you can file a counter-claim. For more information on our DMCA policy, including how to file a counter-claim, please see http://www.google.com/dmca.html.

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at http://www.chillingeffects.org. We do this in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You can search for the DMCA notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page at http://www.chillingeffects.org/search.cgi, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed. If it is brought to our attention that you have republished the post without removing the content/link in question, then we will delete your post and count it as a violation on your account. Repeated violations to our Terms of Service may result in further remedial action taken against your Blogger account including deleting your blog and/or terminating your account. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.

Sincerely,

The Blogger Team

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My response being:

Dear Sir

I would like to reply to this accusation.

I am simply trying to promote, both artists and re-mixers that I feel my friends should be aware of. I expect that they will then consider those artists in their future purchasing of concerts, festivals, albums merchandising, etc of said artists. I receive nothing. There is no money to be made in my blog. I simple admire this track and am trying to promote it.

What is wrong with that?

Please explain.

Kind regards
James Winfield

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The track in question is the Carl Craig remix of Hot Chip's track called "One Night Stand"

So who is the bad guy?

I'm not sure, so therefore my conclusion, sadly, should be that you listen to music that you are allowed to.

I will continue to provide links to good music that I am allowed to. I just want to promote artists. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Updated Weather Forecast

Firstly I have to bring you very sad news, in that possibly the only really good weather presenter on the BBC, Rob McElwee, is no longer going to be providing forecasts on the BBC, in part of the BBC's left-wing dumbing down agenda. This is the only forecaster I truly admire, for he will actually dare use words such as "isobars" and "jet-stream", and hint of future weather, as opposed to saying things like "splishes and splashes of rain around about" and tell you nothing, as many of the other presenters do.

The Met Office provides the BBC this service. Both are government departments which should be privatised as they are no longer providing a quality service.

Off my soapbox, onto the weather.

It should stay dry over the weekend, but nights will get chillier as we lose some of the cloud gradually.

Then we will have a northerly flow digging in, as I suggested previously.

So this weekend may seem chilly, with temperatures of 11'C-14'C at day, and between 3'C and 7'C at night but just wait until next week when the Arctic air blasts in, Monday onwards, ho ho ho!

Snow, snow snow? Way too early for it to snow. But it might just.

And Russia is preparing for a once in a thousand year winter. Ouch.

By next Wednesday you should really be feeling the chill, temperatures down to perhaps 5'C to 7'C. And maybe some wintry showers, we shall see.

But it won't be cold for too long. This time around anyway.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Evening Thoughts

OK I should have posted this much earlier but I seem to have been struck down with something which my immune system has not been able to cope with, hence I didn't wake up until 4pm and have only just started to have any kind of physical energy.

Firstly I have some thoughts on the football from yesterday.  Montenegro are a good team.  They were a good team before they won their first three games and are still a good team.  They could well do just as Greece did in 2004  - an unspectacular team but with the spirit and togetherness to see them through.  I cannot understand the tsunami of criticism for the England players or managers.  England drawing against Montenegro is like Chelsea drawing against Aston Villa.  It happens.  It is football, get over it, you cannot win every game.  We know Chelsea are better than Aston Villa and we know England are better than Montenegro.  Not every result goes to the favourite.  It was tricky, we got a draw, it is an ok result.  We have no divine right to beat decent teams.

I still suspect Fabio Capello is a man on a huge contract, smoking his Italian cigar with a diminishing sense of pride, and that he does not have what it takes to be England manager.  But name me someone who does?  The job of England manager is almost impossible.  You have to control a group of young men, many of whom who have lost all sense of morals, though some of whom will be very moralistic, players from very different areas of the country that tend to generally loath each other.  Then you have to cope with the demands of premiership club managers, who all have huge amounts of pressure upon them with regards to their star players who are going to foreign countries not under their control.  And then the fans, who expect to win every single game, and win comfortably.  Give the guy a chance, let him fail or, perhaps, just perhaps, succeed.  There is no point in getting anyone else to do it, because as soon as they fail to slightly meet an expectation, they are no good again.

Secondly, I am somewhat perturbed by the seemingly continuous footage of 33 miners trapped underground in Chile coming to the surface, when there are other news stories to report.  I don't want to diminish the exceptionalness of the story of the miners, but I do not need to know which miners have a wife and a mistress who met each other for the first time whilst said miner was trapped.  Especially given that the miners are from a country that very few of the people in the UK have anything to do with.  Although I am special in this case, as the revered Ricardo Villalobos is from said country.  Anyway, surely Sky News could report a little more on our own good news story, that of the privatisation of the Royal Mail?  Excellent news which will affect us all, and most of us in a good way by finally having a modernised postal service that we can again be proud of.

And finally, a happy 85th birthday to Margaret Thatcher.  I doubt our country's standing or prosperity would be as it is now, were it not for her.  I would expect us to be more like Italy.

Goodnight, I hope to be posting in a better state of body tomorrow, loving the world!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Updated Weather Forecast

Apologies that I did not do a forecast last night as I normally do on a Monday evening, but like the weather, I am being a bit lazy.  I'm glad I didn't though as I have some interesting projections for you.

Are you enjoying autumn?  Ready for winter?  It appears that the Arctic wants to send a cold blast our way pretty soon.  How that will affect our weather, I am not sure.  Arctic blasts don't normally start this early in the winter season...sign of things to come perhaps?!  If it were December, of course I would say it would be snow.

But it is still October.  Could it snow?  I think perhaps some snow even in the south if it comes off as a full blown Arctic blast could fall.

However, hurricane season isn't over.  My attention is not being turned.  I have said for a long time that October will end quite stormy.  This cold blast could be just what an ex-hurricane or tropical depression requires to give us an interesting end to the month.

For now, we are going for dry but cool days, 12'C to 14'C.

Some days will have more cloud, others more sun. If the nights are clear then it could get chilly overnight, and perhaps misty or foggy in the morning.

Next Tuesday is probably when the weather will start to be interesting again.

I shall update on Thursday night.  Remember that the snow is just a remote possibility right now, but it is enough of a possibility to be a shock to the system and therefore I believe worth a mention.  Ta-da folks.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I am a Socially Inadequate, Pimpled, Single, Slightly Seedy, Bald, Cauliflower-nosed, Young Man sitting in my mother's basement, ranting

“A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother's basements and ranting. They are very angry people.”
This is according to Andrew Marr.
Firstly, have you ever watched his television programme on a Sunday morning? It is truly banal. Many a time it has put me to sleep after a heavy Saturday night’s clubbing. I really enjoy politics but he really knows how to make it truly dull.
And a while back he also did some programme on the wonders of the British Isles, I cannot remember what exactly it was as I gave up after about 20 minutes as it was putting me to sleep. It should have been a really good series of documentaries but no it was a brooding sleep-fest.
May I clarify that I am not bald. I much prefer broccoli to cauliflower. I am not in my mother’s basement. I am ranting, but I am only angry towards a small sector of society – mainly Gordon Brown and his cronies. Socially inadequate and seedy? Perhaps at 5am on a Saturday or Sunday morning after 12 pints.
"Terrible things are said on line because they are anonymous. People say things on line that they wouldn't dream of saying in person."
Do you want a bet, Mr Marr? Come and speak to me in person. I will quite happily repeat myself.

Life Is So Terribly Unfair!!

Why I am being punished once again?

I moved into a new flat only 3 minutes walk away from the bus route number 4 to get to work, and two months later, Reading Buses withdraw it. I can still get to work on the bus, but from two weeks time I will have to walk to the bus station (of sorts) which is 15 minutes away.

Although I can then get a bus for £1.30 rather than £1.70, it means that I will then walk past the delightful Crumbs (just off Broad Street in Reading – use Google to find it) which sells the best sausage rolls in the world. This is not good for bank balances or weight levels. At least the drivers on the Park & Ride bus are slightly less miserable and once every few months if I have one of the 12-journey tickets which they mark with a hole per journey, they will not notice the previous hole and re-hole it, giving me a free bus journey. Free bus journey days are excellent days.

All clouds as they say…though remind me of this when it is below zero with a biting northerly wind on my walk to the station.

Monday Morning Musings

Sometimes in life I have to remind myself that perfection is not easy to achieve. The positives definitely outweigh the negatives, however such is my general desire for everything to be perfect, when things do go wrong, I can focus on the negatives too much. I have to remember not to dwell on them too much, especially on a Monday morning. I must keep the faith. Hull City did get into the Premier League – even what is seemingly impossible can come good!


I still have 10 days of holiday left and only about 10 or so weeks to take them in, which is quite a nice prospect. I have decided to take tomorrow off from work to catch up on stuff around the flat, and also take next Monday off which I might need after a weekend in Manchester for the Warehouse Project…and maybe, just maybe, fabric’s birthday on the Sunday. But as it is so long since I have been clubbing, one will do! I actually am thinking of just going by myself one night to fabric – but a night out in London is a bit of a commitment to do by myself!

I don’t really have much else to say for now, I just wanted to spend a few minutes writing something – it makes me feel better if nothing else.

I hope to have something more entertaining to say either later today or this evening.  I might even do my weather forecast this evening.  I'm expecting to advise of more dry weather, but a drop in temperatures.

I hope your Monday isn’t too minging. The weekend will arrive soon enough.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Updated Weather Forecast

Well, as you all may be aware, we are about to have an Indian Summer.  I have no idea why that term is used, yes I know I could look on Wikipedia but I shall desist for now.  I have no interest.

What I am interested in is that is should be a nice, warm, sunny day, once the cloud clears - the airflow is from the south, this is good.

It won't be wall to wall sunshine though.  I think we can be hopeful of 21'C.

Repeat performance for Saturday with a touch more warmth at possibly 22'C as long as the cloud clears early enough.

Fairly similar on Sunday though the wind will turn to the east, potentially more sunshine but about 19-20'C.

High pressure is building from the north and will then introduce cooler weather.

Monday should be sunny, 17'C, Tuesday perhaps only 14'C and it could be cloudy by then.

Wednesday onwards I don't think it will get above 12'C.  There is uncertainty as to whether it will be cloudy and cool, or sunny and cool but with chilly nights.

And after that I am not sure, there is no clear outcome being modelled - my long-stated forecast for October was that it would end stormy so we shall see.

Enjoy the pleasant weather.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Hello Ukraine

I’ve been following politics in the Ukraine for many years now, since their recent revolution. They are a bit useless at running their country to be honest. Not as bad as the Labour party here were, but not far behind.

Anyway, I am dismayed about the new dress code being suggested for Ukraine’s government officials and buildings.

Men must wear mostly grey and dark blue suits and not wear the same suit two days in a row.

Women must wear business suits and low-heeled shoes, minimal (hmmm) make-up and jewellery.

Apparently, in the Ukraine, woman wear tight, low-cut dresses to work. And if their ex prime-minister looks that hot and she is getting on a fair bit now, imagine what the younger Ukrainian women must look like.

So, Ukrainian women, start queuing at my door. I am open to offers. I know a few people from the Ukraine have visited my blog so you must be out there.

I will still do my own ironing if you agree to wear tight low-cut dresses. Rebel against this stupid dress code – or better still, come and live in my bedroom.

Thursday Thoughts

So Wednesday Night Syndrome strikes yet again.  It seemed such a good idea at stupid am to watch David Cameron's conference speech in full.  52 minutes long.  Inspiring and at times amusing, I especially like any attacks on Labour, which on the attached link can be seen at 29 minutes.  Surprised that the BBC have actually thought to point it out given their seeming preference to Labour.  They should at least stop colouring things in red.  Yes I know Sky leans towards the Conservatives but they are a private company - public funds should not go towards biased media of one form or the other.

Did anyone else watch it?  I assume not.

Did anyone else see what I saw this morning?  I hope not.

In the car park where I work, someone got out of their car, took off their trousers, got another pair out of the car and put them on.  Surely that could have been done in the various bathroom facilites in our building?  I can think of at least 20 private areas where this could be done.  What is the logic in this?  Maybe he was just expressing his displeasure of coming to work.

Oh and I am led to believe that Facebook is having a rather big update today or very soon at least, where we can download all our photos or status updates (heaven forbid do I want to torment myself, though maybe I could release them in a book?), and also allowing for more group interactivity, which is something I have been hoping for for a long time as Facebook is very 'me me me' and yes I know I am like that.  I'm hoping this will bring a shift about in how people communicate on Facebook, and improve society.

Time for a bacon and egg sandwich?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Introducing Yourself

There are various ways to introduce yourself to someone you have never met.  I never used to get it right when I first came to Reading a good 12 years ago - I found that outright asking for sexual favours as the first sentence didn't tend to endear me to either the student population of Reading, or the general population.  University was clearly mis-sold to me.  Even in Hull, I think back then you still had to offer a drink first before asking a young lady (perhaps not quite the right word) to come back to your parent's house for a rumble in the shed (as long as it wasn't too far below zero).  Perhaps my greatest error was mistaking a young heavy metal fan for a woman.  A good tip is to look at the face first, especially when struggling for focus due to alcohol.

In the world of work, water coolers are a good place for introductions, and there are a few young ladies who's marital status I feel need some investigation.

I just had an older gentleman introduce himself to me, by way of advising me that some of the plain off-white mugs in the kitchen are heavier than the others and must therefore be thicker than the others as the other dimensions were all the same.

I struggled to contain my excitement as I tried desperately for something to say other than "oh".

I think he must have grasped my minimal level of interest as he then proceeded to tell me about some very fat and very ugly woman playing her ipod on the bus too loud for his satisfaction.  Though he seemed satisfied that she had more serious problems due to her looks than going deaf, and therefore he should perhaps allow her some fun due to her seriously ugly face.

I look forward to hearing what other insights my new friend has for me over the coming weeks and months.

Today Is A Good Day

Today is a good day and here is why:

1. My good friends, Shaun & Kellie, have just had their second baby.  The more babies that are born now, the better, as they will be paying for my health costs and pension when I am older, so the more people 20-40 years younger than me the better.  I'm glad they didn't steal Tinkerbelle from me as her name.  Secretly though, I am actually quite delighted more though as Shaun & Kellie are truly delightful friends.

2. I have freedom today.  I can do what I want without fear.  If I want to check Facebook every 30 minutes I can do.  But nobody seems to go on Facebook nowadays.  I am saving my work for tomorrow.

3. Someone has just put a plate of food next to my desk from a meeting.  Free food equals good day, no matter what else has gone before.  Unless perhaps it was free food at a hospital after being stabbed.  Or if the food is shit.  Fear not though blog-fans - sausage rolls and chicken wings are there.

4. I am having dinner cooked for me tonight, and I fully expect it will be the best thing I have eaten for a while.  Even better than a pie.  I should also mention that I had a something, kiwi and quial pie at the weekend.  I was a little drunk when buying the pie hence I am not sure what the first ingredient was.  I still prefer chicken, brocolli and stilton.  Or steak and ale.

The only thing which could make it better would be if I could discover a couple of hot new tunes.  I have another 4 hours of listening.  Fingers crossed.

Anyone else got reasons to be cheerful?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Get Those Prisoners Working

So Ken Clarke is today going to suggest at the Conservative Park conference, that prisoners should work a 40-hour week.


What an excellent idea. I cannot believe that our government actually has the balls to suggest this.

I am very pleased. Here are my suggestions:

1. They could build Crossrail or the High Speed Rail 2 line. Crossrail has been in the planning stages for about 25 years now.
2. They could clean litter from the side of the roads – the state of our roadsides is disgusting.
3. They could generate electricity. Simple wire up exercise bikes to the national grid. We have a big upcoming problem with the lack of electricity generation and this could possibly solve it.

Alternatively to save money, why do we not outsource our prison service to China or Vietnam. They would run it much cheaper and I suspect criminals may be a little less reluctant to commit crime if they are likely to be sent to China. I think there would have to be some leniency, in that the whole of the sentence should not be served thousands of miles away, perhaps 50-75% of it.

Updated Weather Forecast

Well going to bed at 7pm last night kind of meant that there was no time for the usual Monday evening forecast.  I would apologise but as I nearly fell asleep at work yesterday afternoon (well I didn't, I just had to survive on large amounts of caffeine).

I shall be quick as I have lost my freedom for the day already.  But I can give you fairly good news.

Tuesday will see some bit of light rain around but possibly some sun and it could be warm in any sunshine at 19'C.

More organised rain overnight and into Wednesday.  This should clear later and again there could be some sun, but probably no more than 16'C.

The outlook for rain has been downgraded as high pressure is building strongly to the east and the low pressure forecasted for later this week is just going to wind itself up in the Atlantic with stormy winds - but miles out to our west, so this will suck up warm air from the south - Ibiza was 30'C just a few days ago.

Thursday should be quite sunny, though not perfectly so, and warmer at 18'C, maybe 19'C.

Friday is the warm day at 20'C to 22'C depending on amounts of sunshine.  I suspect it will be cloudier than sunnier.  You should notice the breeze too, but a warm breeze.

Saturday winds then swing round to the east which is becoming a colder direction.  There is a chance of some rain on Saturday or Sunday, but not guaranteed as I think high pressure will be building from the north.

As high pressure builds from the north next week, temperatures will reduce to 12'C to 14'C (more normal for October), and it might start to get chilly overnight when the easterly wind dies down during the week.

This high pressure for the middle of the month matches my long-standing October prediction - will we get the storm to end it?  And then a cold start to November?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Monday Morning Blues

Ahh, Monday morning arrives again. A severe reluctance to get out of bed this morning. A dawning realisation that I have spent too much money yet again this weekend, achieved nothing and not gained as much enjoyment out of it as the amount that I spent should have achieved.

More than anything right now, I have an extremely strong desire for a good night’s clubbing. I always feel so revitalised, even on a Monday morning, after a good dance at fabric or the likes, hearing amazing music and being with like-minded souls.

Three months without going is way too long, especially considering the amount of money I am wasting at the moment. I didn’t even manage to get my hair cut, which is now probably 3 months I have been promising myself that I would get it cut at the weekend.

Forgive me for moaning, it is a Monday morning after all, and if I am not annoyed with myself for wasting so much money then I will just keep on wasting it in annoying fashion until I have nothing to waste.

I need to re-learn the art of budgeting. And find someone to go clubbing with or find the balls to go by myself! After all even when I go with someone I seem to spend half the night on my own wondering where everyone is! I know it might sound illogical to want to spend £100 on a night’s clubbing just one sentence after moaning about wanting to save money but I call it a wise investment.

All is not lost though. Fingers crossed I have a couple of good weekends coming up. And I have just discovered a hot new house track. And I am going to spend much of the rest of the day doing an online training course on html which is an excellent way to spend the working day on learning something that interests me and might eventually allow me to improve the look and feel of my blog, maybe ready for my blog’s first anniversary in January. And I think I am just hearing a new track by Oliver Huntemann and Dubfire which is rather excellent techno.

So where there is darkness, can come light. Even on a Monday morning.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Baby Names

I struggle to understand why women are not flocking at my feet, desperate for me to have a baby with them, especially now I have finally settled on what to call a baby girl;

"Tinkerbelle Margaret Semi-colon Winfield".


I think that beautiful, aspritional, reliable and traditional.  Anyone disagree?


Now...what if it were a boy...


Maybe I should just think about what I will do when I win the lottery instead?

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Didn't take me long.  Deano Villaloväth Winfield.

Ranting - I Have A Blog For That

I need a rant. Ooh, I’ve got a blog for that.

I appreciate that I should not rant about this on the internet but my frustration is boiling over. I asked my superior if I could leave an hour early next Friday, to which the reply was “Do you not realise that it is the last day for processing?”

Processing what exactly? The dearth of anything substantial to do is driving my mildly crazy. I am employed to make a contribution towards a company’s success. That generates personal satisfaction. I do not like sitting here all day doing jack. I can cope with it, I am learning new things, and entertaining myself.

But to be questioned as to if I really need to leave an hour early because there is the off-chance that there might be something to process? There are three of us anyway who could do it. I am led to believe that the proverbial shit does hit the fan sometimes, and I will be happy to stay if that is the case. But given that I have had nothing to process since Tuesday, I do not foresee this possibility.

Grrr.

I do really like the company I work for. And I know that there are lots of people out there who would quite happily be paid to read the news and listen to music all day. But I like achieving.

I’m sure I recall a chewing gum manufacturer had a song about my dilemma.

But to really rub salt into the wounds, I just went to go get a sandwich from the deli at the opposite end of the building, a tiring 5 minute walk away. Lamb carvery. But extremely tight on the meat levels. And the bread roll was rather dry.

But what really topped it off for me was the cutting in half of said sandwich. DO NOT CUT A MAN’S SANDWICH IN HALF.

I feel demasculated. Just because I like rosé wine does not mean I have grown breasts and therefore require my sandwich cutting in half.

Perhaps I should have paid attention and stopped her from doing so, but I was probably distracted by breasts, sorry, a rather attractive young lady that walked by.

Yes I know my subject is perhaps trivial in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a little light entertainment, after all the internet is a playground for us all :-)

Updated Weather Forecast

Don't tell me you haven't been waiting for it...I did try to write it late last night but my fingers failed me.

The next ten days or so will be unsettled as the Atlantic takes hold, the timings of the rain bands are not set in stone as it is very much a developing situation.  But the Atlantic is going to throw everything at us.

In case you haven't guessed already, rain is on the way today for much of the day, and with some strong winds.

Saturday day should be dry, but from evening onwards, wet.  And this will go on into Sunday with more pulses of rain coming from the south, which could be quite heavy at times.  It being from the south though will mean that it should remain mild.

Monday should be drier, but I don't rule out some showery rain, or showers.

Tuesday also looks like showers.

Wednesday looks like more wind and heavy rain, followed by blustery showers, with showers on Thursday and the next band of rain is waiting for Friday or Saturday.

The timings could be slightly out as the week goes on but this is how I currently prognose it to be.

There is a chance of flooding, rainfall totals could end up very high.

It will not be cold though.  Always rather mild.

This is as I expected, I still think there should be a drier period around the middle of the month, but a stormy end.  November I am thinking cold but dry, maybe some early November snow, December possibly mild.