Saturday, June 30, 2007

1917 Catwalk Show

Watch out for the "walking suit".....ouch, those shoes must pinch!

Oh joy, Mrs Hannah Jack Williams has been back in touch

She's using a Czeck Republic email address this time.....

My name is Mrs.Hannah Jack Williams I am a dying woman who have decidedto donate what I have to you/Organization. I am 59 years old and I wasdiagnosed for cancer about 2 years ago, immediately after the deathof my husband, who had left me everything he worked for. I have beentouched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my latehusband to you for the good work of God than allow my relatives to usemy husband hard earned funds ungodly.

Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God toforgive me and I believe he has because He is a merciful God.I will be going in for an operation tomorrow morning I decided toWILL/DONATE the sum of $3,500,000(Three million five hundred thousanddollars) to you/Organization for the good work of the lord, and alsoto help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistanceof the widows according to (JAMES 1:27).

At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to thefact that my relatives are around me and my health status. I haveadjusted my WILL and my Executor is aware I have changed my will, youand him will arrange the transfer of the funds from the Private Financecompany to your humble self.

I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, andPlease use the funds well and always extend the good work toothers.Contact my Executor (Barrister Edward Hayes) with thisspecified Email:( with your full namescontact telephone/fax number and your full address and tell him thatI have WILLED($3,500,000.00) to you and I have also notified him thatI am WILL-IN that amount to you for a specific andgood work. Thanks and God bless.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter untilthe task is accomplished as I dont want anything that will Jeopardizemy last wish.And Also I will be contacting with you by email as I dontwant my relation or anybody to know because they are always around me.

Mrs.Hannah Jack Williams"

Friday, June 29, 2007

Oh, for a complex local transport system....

....then we could maybe find strange beasts on the metro map!
Check out the London fauna here

The Nigerian Scam.....and I'm an all-time winner!

I've had to do a bit (OK, a lot) of registrations for online services this week for the Berlin fieldtrip. I made the mistake of using my Yahoo mail address for some of them.....whoops, remind me not to do THAT again! On Thursday alone I had 10 emails telling me that (in total) I'd won slightly in excess of £15million in various European lotteries (spelling and grammar universally atrocious!) and also could also help out miscellaneous widows, orphans and cancer sufferers, thereby netting a further £8.5million in the process.....and all I needed to do was provide my bank details to rake in the cash. Maybe I'll keep the day job! There's a selection in the shared box for your delectation. DON'T CLICK ON ANY LIVE EMAIL LINKS, unless you want to take them on at their own game!!!!

Check here for some Nigerian scam entertainment UK style "The Massage Parlour Proprietor" counter-scam is particularly good! "Baiting the scammers" could become an Olympic sport!

AND here's some videos...first off, "A Dramatisation of 419".....the typical message, by Ze Frank

then we move into an american "expose" in 4 parts.....
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

and if you've made it this far, here's a clip about what "they" are doing about it....well, maybe! My money's still on the "let's con the conners" option, at least we could have some fun!

One for Johnny....

....even though he probably never reads this!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tom Jones.....but, could he still do it today?

The Frug that is? (I'm sure he still manages to pull off the giving of the sweaty hanky to the fat lass in the front row, we'll gloss over the 'snogging sisters stage left' bit....let's not even go there!)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"Sexology" cover, 1964

No comment........except "what the hell was on page 413?"

An answer to the smoking ban?

Put the two together, add a woolly jumper/some stout thermal knickers (double gusset preferred), possibly a pair of wellies.....and it might just work!!!

I want one...and I don't even drive!!

There's something about vintage camping equipment that appeals. I remember avidly reading Dad's "Amateur Caravanner" (but come to think of it, is there any other sort?.....maybe I've got the title wrong!) checking out the ads for "a complete camping kit (tent, sleeping bags, primus stove etc) for 20gns"....oh, happy days! This above though is the dog's bollocks, you even get a boat!

I won some Southern Comfort in a raffle a while back...

....and now I've found this my life is complete! If there's any left, expect cocktails at that end of term party!

Created with Paul's flickrSLiDR.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

A Martian in Paris

I've been a bit remiss in the blogging department this week so by way of apology here's a vintage French photostory.....

Un martien à Paris

Friday, June 22, 2007

Quantity Surveying Berlin..... just about finished. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Click here to view it in all it's glory!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Want a new desktop wallpaper?

I typed in "rendezvous" and got this.....

But then again, you might prefer something more tropical!

Go here to grab lots of nice possibilities.....type in a keyword in the box at the bottom of the page, click on an image you can live with, then when it loads right click and select "Set as background"

(But if you want something with a bit more street cred go to Pixelgirl !)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007

And another game

Play here
Improve your mouse control to the backing of 70's style cinema advert style music
More games from the same author here

Another point and click game....

....that I haven't tried yet, but if it carries on bloody raining I might!
Play it here

Lovely, messy, flash game/web art thingy

"game, game, game, and again game is a game/net artwork created by Jason Nelson which is both an interactive flash game but also a ruthless rant against the glossy clean design which bombards the net. Jason attempts to deconstruct this cleanliness by creating an interactive game that is neither clean nor easily readable."
(Try to) play it here

Friday, June 15, 2007

Sarahs Final Show

The photos didn't come out too well, but at least you get the idea....well done that girl!

Monday, June 11, 2007

One of those productive days.....

I've got to grips with YouTube and Flickr, Odeo, Jimdo and Twango, and all in the space of a day.....amazing what you can do when it's quiet at work and there's no students about! I even wrote myself some notes so when I have to actually DO something with them I won't have to go back to square one. Time for a celebratory glass methinks.....

This is the proper test post

Originally uploaded by

This is a picture I took in the cuppola of the Reichstag on the last Berlin fieldtrip, it was fab weather for November as you can see! (by the way, "surveyingberlin07" is my temporary work alter ego this year!)


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Build your own Eiffel Tower

Because you know you want to! (and wouldn't it be just perfect as a table centrepiece/talking point for that awkward "cooking dinner for the boss" occasion?)

Printable version if you click on the image then right-click to "save picture as".

Merci! Agence eureka

Friday, June 08, 2007

There's Escher's "Relativity"....then there's Lego "Relativity"

Construction details and big pictures here.....and for other Lego versions of Eschers work

Wish I'd known this this morning!

Picture the scene, I'm on target for getting to work early for once. I'm showered, I've ironed some clothes to wear, got dressed (I can just about manage these tasks blindfold).....but then comes the moment of truth and I reach for my glasses (I always put them in the same place because without them on I can't see the damned things)....and, horror, there's nothing there!!! Frantic scrabbling around and much swearing ensues and it's 10 minutes before I find them (by touch!) sitting on the windowsill where they'd slid during the night.

Now if only I'd had a copy of the book on the left........

Thursday, June 07, 2007

How to wash a cat.....

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.
4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash and rinse".
6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.
7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.
8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.
9. Both the toilet and the cat will be sparkling clean.

They've got me convinced!!

But then again, a couple of those names just don't ring true......Ransford Triggs/crack marksman??, Myrtle Sawler/x ray technician??....nah, surely not! Maybe I'll stick with the Silk Cut after all
As usual, click on the image to see the readable version

MONTHS LATER...Seems I was dreadfully mistaken (see comments) for which, humble apologies....but I'm still waiting to hear from Myrtle!

Expect some strange test postings......

....but I promise I'll try to make them tasteful! "But for why" I hear you ask...well, it looks as if I might be doing the Berlin fieldtrip again this year. My mission this time (alarmingly there was no mention of whether I wanted to accept it or not, the cassette player just blew up in my face) will be to get the students to produce 'attractive and informative' group websites including pictures, video and audio while only using free software/host sites etc (keep in mind this will be on the last day of a footslogging weeks visit.....we covered effing miles last year!) in some friendly, local unversity computer lab where all the software menus are presumably in german which by the way I don't speak....tell you what, that's no mean task when the boys and girls would really rather be out shopping and drinking (come to think of it, I'D rather be out shopping and drinking, so I need to keep it simple!) This is by way of some preliminary research in case they want to put up some dirty jokes or undercover late-night recordings of salacious gossip in the hotel bar.

The following is neither a dirty joke nor salacious gossip, it's some wistful oriental music.....I hope!
You may need to click twice on the play button....I always have to

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

One for the gents.....

....."from the pages of the gripping October, 1949 issue of Detective World Magazine"

via Eye of the Goof


Ages ago.....

I posted a link to 'possibly the worst music video ever'.....then only today came across a 'tribute?' video. You have to wonder whether this interweb business is always such a good idea!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

John Peel 3 hour special on BBC7

I guess it must be some sort of anniversary because BBC7 is doing a repeat commemorative 3 hour broadcast (Saturday 2nd June) of a John Peel 'life and times' special.....I'm recording it and will later burn to CD for anyone who either missed it or would like to load onto their version of an ipod (you know, for that problematic 'journey-to-and-from-work.....oh bugger it, I've finished the crossword' moment)

500 years of women in art

Incredibly slick and clever.....worth watching!

Women, know your limits!

Just because it's funny

Optical illusions galore

Click here and be prepared to not believe your eyes. 71 optical illusions for your viewing confusion.

How to bake a car

You'll have seen the advert, but this is the mini documentary showing how they did it

Schroedinger's LOLCat

The best LOLcat sighting this week!

June is "National Accordian Awareness" month

Oh yes it is!!.....well, in America anyway. In honour of the occasion here's a virtuoso performance of "The Flight of the Bumble Bee"
via Neatorama

Friday, June 01, 2007

A little something for the weekend

Well, it was the last day of term for me today, so it's now officially summer! Daizy's already pestering me to set up camp on the north face of the garden again.....but for the rest of you there's this paper model to keep the dream alive. Click on the images for the full-sized versions
From Agence eureka

Lots of pretty pastel games with relaxing music

Definitely suitable for the young 'uns.....and jaded adults too! Available for free at Orsinal

Brain training

Get your free online brain training here while it lasts....when it comes out of beta you'll probably have to pay!
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