The Return of the XBOX

Posted by Chalky on Dec 17, 2008 in Random

Yesterday, I received my XBOX back from Frankfurt via UPS. I was pretty pleased because:

  1. It meant I will have my XBOX for my Birthday
  2. The repair took less time that Microsoft has said.
When I opened the box, I was almost certain that I had been shipped a brand new XBOX, however on closer inspection I found that it was still my original XBOX. However, I was very pleased that they had replaced the front faceplate as this has been damaged in my move from Scunthorpe to Sheffield, hence why I thought it was new. The XBOX has had a new Motherboard and a new DVD Drive along with the new faceplate. 
I’ve only played on it for a very limited amount of time but everything appears to be in order. The XBOX seems slightly quieter overall but it could just be my imagination. 
As well as receiving my XBOX in better condition than when it went, I was very pleased to see that Microsoft has included a covering letter explaining what work had been carried out on the XBOX and a voucher for a free month’s of XBOX Live Gold as compensation for the inconvenience that I had been caused. tHis was a very welcome surprise and means that I can put off renewing XBOX Live until after Christmas.
Anyway, all in all I’m pretty chuffed with the outcome, hence me posting the results as I usually moan about things. I’m sure normal service will be resumed shortly!

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Cough Medicine with Clout!

Posted by Chalky on Dec 4, 2008 in Random

I came across this little gem the other day from Denmark. It’s called Ga-Jol and it’s basically a Liquorice Vodka Shot which tastes very much like Covonia! It also somehow has the power, like Covonia to tackle coughs (even the World Famous Chalky Cough of Doom) but has some distinct advantages:

  • It actually cures a cough
  • It contains Vodka
  • It is alcoholic
Which, in my opinion are all key features of any cough relieving liquid! One thing that I found odd with the bottle is that it is covered with the sticker as you can see. So, in order for you to see how much ‘stuff’ is left, they give you a gauge on the side:
Unfortunately, the sticker round the bottle means that it is very dark inside and the drink is brown which basically makes it impossible to see how much is left!
Also, when you take a look at the ingredients, Ga-Jol is probably actually better for you:
  • Vodka
  • Sugar
  • Liquorice
  • Ammonium Chloride
  • Flavour
  • Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide BP
  • Menthol BP
  • Anise Oil BP
  • Capsicum Tincture BPC 1973
  • Caramel BPC (E150)
  • Cetomacrogol 1000 BP
  • Cineole BPC 1973
  • Chloroform BP
  • Citric Acid Monohydrate BP (E330)
  • Diethyl Ether
  • Glycerol BP (E422) 
  • Peppermint oil BP 
  • Purified Water BP 
  • Syrup BP
  • Sucrose 
If Vodka flavoured Covonia doesn’t float your boat you could always tried Fisherman’s Friend Vodka Shots:
I have to admit, this stuff is horrible but then again, I don’t like Fisherman’s Friend!
Anyway, it’s not really likely that you’re going to come across these in your local Tesco so I’m not quite sure why I even wrote this… Oh well.


“Have you got your ears in?”

Posted by Chalky on Oct 8, 2008 in Life Stuff, Random

For a long time now, I’ve considered myself to be a good listener and I feel honoured that people feel they can come to me if they need to talk to someone.

But who does the listener turn to when they want someone to hear them out; Who listens to the listener?


Cat Plays the Theremin

Posted by Chalky on Sep 17, 2008 in Random

Whilst watching an episode of Diggnation I saw a video of a cat playing which is fast becoming my favourite instrument. I really need to get one at some point, along with a Pleo!

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R.I.P. The Cooling Towers

Posted by Chalky on Aug 26, 2008 in Random, Sheffield

Scarily, it seems to be becoming a recurring theme that I’m paying homage to things that have been destroyed. After only just posting about the demise of Weston-super-Mare Pier, I’m talking about the downfall of the much loved Cooling Towers in Tinsley, Sheffield just next to the M1.

These iconic structures have lined the horizon of Sheffield for many years and always served as a reminder that you were home.

Thousands turned out to see the demolition of the towers, unfortunately, I was down in Somerset and was unable to pay my respects to them. It was pleasing to see that they didn’t go down without a fight! Makes you wonder if E:ON’s claims of them being structurally unsound was a valid one though.

There is one thing that is really bugging and puzzling me about the demolition of the towers: Why the hell weren’t they listed? It is thought that these were the last examples of pre-1950′s Cooling Towers and nobody thought that this was an important part of this country’s heritage? How can an eye-sore like Park Hill Flats, which are apparently fine examples of 1950′s architecture (precisely the reason they should be knocked down), be considered as a listed building and the Cooling Towers not be?

It was good to see that so many people turning out and that there was so much media attention about the Towers, just a shame that it was too little, too late. One other confusing thing was that The Guardian article quoted as them being nicknamed Bill and Ben the flowerpot men. I don’t know a single person who has ever referred to them as Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, please correct me if I’m wrong though!

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R.I.P. Weston-super-Mare Pier

Posted by Chalky on Aug 26, 2008 in Random

I know it’s been nearly a month since the Pier at Weston-super-Mare was engulfed in flames but it’s not until this week that I’ve seen the wreckage in all it’s glory.

I was actually suprised at how little damage was done. I mean I know there used to be a huge pavilion sat on top of the Pier but I thought the whole thing had dissolved into the sea! As it turned out, the whole structure of the Pier was still there and it was just the top of the end bit that had been destroyed; The firefighters managed to save the vast majority of the Pier.

People are still able to visit the attractions and shops along the main part of the Pier and you are able to walk up the Pier to where the fire damaged area is:

Whilst I’m very sorry that the Pier caught fire, the one thing I can’t understand is the mentality of certain people and how morally, Grand Pier Limited can do this. The Pier is owned and run by Kerry & Michelle Michael trading as a limited company, therefore, it is not run as a charity but a commercial business. As such, it is imagined that the company has insurance for the Pier and therefore will be receiving a payout from this insurance company.

Yet despite this, there are tins and signs all over the Pier asking for donations for the return of the Pavilion! I’m really unsure which is worse, a commercial company fleecing the pubic or the idiots actually stupid enough to give a donation! Would you give a donation if your local bank burned to the ground? I don’t think so!


In Loving Memory:

Posted by Chalky on Aug 12, 2008 in Random

Always Use the Postcode

You can shout across a valley
When your friend is standing by.
Smoke signals from a hill top
Can puff up to the sky.
Talking drums in Africa
May warn that foes are near.
But a letter is far better
When it comes from someone dear.

In past the stagecoach
Braved highwaymen and such
To carry mail and passengers
And keep our folk ‘in touch’.
But letters then were rarer
(Tho’ penned with flowing hand)
‘Cos families stayed together -
It’s easy to understand.

Now, always use the Postcode
When you’ve sealed the envelope.
It’s not a pointless exercise.
No – the G.P.O. can cope
But we can really help them
By always writing down
The letters and the numbers
Of the destination Town.

John Wentworth Standley

5th September 1926 – 1st January 2007


We're back, new and improved!

Posted by Chalky on Aug 8, 2008 in Random

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Well no, not really. Suffice to say I’m back and that’s about it!

After playing with some website stuff with Heather (a website for Ferdinando’s), I decided it was probably high time that I resurrected the old blog. It died an unfortunate death when I moved between servers and I’ve never really been bothered to get it up and running again! But after a renewed interest in all things webular, I decided to put the effort in and get it back. I think I’ve managed to get everything back how it was before but if you notice something missing, let me know via a comment!

I’m going to try and fill in some of the gaps so that it looks like I’ve made some kind of an effort!


R.I.P. Old Orange Lady

Posted by Chalky on Sep 18, 2007 in Random

I went to check how many minutes I had left today and was horrified to find the familiar Orange lady which has greeted me for the past goodness knows how many years is gone! To make matters worse the calm RP talking lady has been replaced with some commoner with a London accent! Oh well, I guess it’s to match Orange’s fall in Customer Service.

It is rather amusing however to listen to the number of minutes and messages you have left as they’ve forgotten to replace some of the dialogue so you get a mash-up of RP and Londener!

Orange Auto Attendant Mashup

The Orange Answerphone is still to recieve the new voice-over so listen quickly before she disappears forever!


The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs

Posted by Chalky on Sep 11, 2007 in Random

I’ve recently discovered an become addicted to reading The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs aka. Fake Steve Jobs. Yet again, I’m way behind everyone else as this blog has been around for a heck of a long time, and Fake Steve has already been revealed as Forbes.com’s Daniel Lyons.

Either way, even if you aren’t a fan of Apple, or computers in general, it is a pretty funny and interesting read!