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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Photo_: You think your baby is ugly :)

What the fuck
Originally uploaded by Velvet Marauder.
This is a baby Aye Aye monkey. Not the most attractive creature on this earth - but interesting all the same.


Thursday, June 15, 2006


At 5:30am this morning my bed was shaking and I woke up. I remember thinking - what the hell was that - but being British didn't assume it was an earthquake until I heard it on the news. My first earthquake :) Cool. It was a little surreal feeling my bed shake. I think I thought it was a truck rolling by or something.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Diary_: California here I come... again

Anyone reading this blog would think I travel a lot. The fact is that sitting in airports and on planes is now the only time I have free to do a bit of mindless blogging. My life is very busy now-a-days.

Not a great weekend really. Weather was nice, I am obligated to mention that as a Brit. Oh... We won the football too.. Which is nice. Again, mentioned out of obligation not any interest. The sooner all the astras are deflagged the better. It's not that I don't wish England well in the world cup, but my dislike of yob culture (and flags on cars) almost outweighs my desire to see England win. Weird huh. I was in town the other day, where the local lads celebrated with a massive town centre brawl culminating in 4 police vans funded by the tax payers, this is in the middle of the day in a small market town full of smiling parents taking giggling children to buy ice cream, etc, and that happens when we WIN! Supporting football in England unfortunately tars you with that brush. Yobs ruin it for everyone. So I will cheer from the comfort of my living room without ramming the st georges cross down people throats or emotionally scarring children with public acts of extreme violence. If that makes me an unpatriotic, asylum seeker supporting, m&s trouser wearing, bleeding heart liberal then so be it.

Sorry.. Rant mode not quite over... Went for a bike ride while the football was still playing on Saturday, thought it would be an ideal time to use the empty Queen's highway + I felt compelled to fade out. Funny thing was the roads were busy and every other car had england flags waving in the breeze! So, my question is, WHY WERE THESE PEOPLE NOT WATCHING THE FOOTBALL??? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE SUPPORTING??? It is even more painful to think these flag waving fools are doing it for nothing.

So why the bad weekend I don't hear you ask, surely undeserved patroitic behaviour didn't ruin those sunny days. well to tell you would be too much info for any blog, but I will say that sometimes life will fire a warning shot, and the terror of thinking that you will lose what you care about the most suddenly brings life back into sharp focus. I am the world's most thankful man. Just wanted to log that, the detail is not for here.

On the plane now. 2 channels on the "entertainment" system are dedicated to the recent 1-0 Engerland "victory" over the MIGHTY Paraguay :smirk: - note to self - over using the sarcastic quote marks :).

Anyway - this blog is about being a parent. Rip has been showing real humour and independance recently. He stomps his feet when things don't go his way. He laughes until he gets hiccups when I tickle him for mispronoucing a word (sounds cruel but he really loves it). He has started nursery for a couple of half days a week which he initially hates with a previously unseen passion but he can't be dragged away when we pick him up. He plays all day in the garden playhouse, activity centre, swimming pool & herbie car. He is addicted to Thomas the tank engine (as - through brain washing - am I). He is just great. The heat doesn't suit him though, I am seriously thinking about buying an air con unit - bloody global warming. I miss my family badly when I am away and I am never ashamed to say it like most blokes my age.

Anyway - I have noticed the intelligent google ads on this site seem to focus on depression and sleep disorders, time to change the subject I feel - I am feeling good about life at the moment, I won't be gone for long, I am interested in the work I will be doing on this short trip, I will be spending time with a colleague who is a great chap and 'hey' California ain't so bad! Dad is even threatening to visit in a couple of weeks. Generally speaking I am OK.

Wow... Long post... Well I will send it when I land so same rules apply. If you're reading this I made it to SFO, if not I have been giving myself rsi of the thumbs for nothing.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Photo_: Ripley looking out of Steam engine carriage window


Photo_: Ripley and me in 1st class carriage of steam train


Photo_: Ripley and Penny by Bodmin 34016 Steam Engine at Watercress Line


Photo_: Ripley - self portrait

Seriously he took this at the minature railway at Frimley. We were rolling along on the little train - he grabbed the camera and pressed the silver button (he knows this is the correct one to make the clicking noise) Hey presto - his first self portrait age 18.5 Months.


Ripley and Me watching Thomas and Friends AGAIN

This is Ripley and me watching the Thomas the Tank engine song on the internet AGAIN!!! GOD I HATE THAT SONG... But Rip likes it - so I keep playing it for him... "T, t, t, t" he says - looking up at me expectantly... t means train.

Here it is.... if you can stand it. http://www.thomasandfriends.com/uk/rollcall.html

Rip is asking now... so I guess I have to listen to it again.

Ripley sliding down Little Tikes slide

Here is a nice shot of Ripley sliding down his Little Tikes garden playground set, he loves it!

Friday, June 02, 2006

First day at Nursery

I walked with Penny and Ripley to nursery this morning before work. It is Ripley's first session, this time he spends it with Penny present so that he can get used to it. He is coming up to 19 months old, which is quite young for nursery unless both parent's have to work of course - a common issue in Rip off Britain. Penny being a housewife can dedicate her time to the tricky job of raising Ripper. So why are we doing it you ask? We both want him to have an increased amount of social interaction with similar aged children to help his social development. Also by playing with other boys and especially girls, his speech skills should get a boost, as has been observed with our friend's children. It is good for Ripley... So how come I feel so bad :(