Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2012

Posted by Riaz on July 27, 2012 in Sport |

It’s 21:24 and I am watching the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. So far I have watched a lot of men in top hats and tails doing a sort of synchronised ‘digging’ dance. A bit similar to the one in the video for that classic 80s song ‘The Safety Dance’ by The Men Without Hats. Only […]


All About Eve

Posted by Riaz on July 25, 2012 in Music |

In 1988 I left school. If I was Groucho Marx I would add, “It was about time, I was forty four.” But I’m not Groucho Marx and I’m not that witty. Besides, I was only thirty-seven. Okay, okay, I was just seventeen and I left school due to the fact that my resolve not to […]


My trip to the Isle of Man – Part 2

Posted by Riaz on July 24, 2012 in Travel |

Yes, that was me in the hotel. I do look like that now. Once upon a time I used to look like this… …and fed myself on a diet of Joni Mitchell, The Incredible String Band, Nick Drake and The Beatles. However, as you may have noticed from the video, on Tuesday 17th, my diet, nearly […]


My trip to the Isle of Man – Part 1

Posted by Riaz on July 24, 2012 in Travel |

Tuesday the 17th of July and I leave my small cottage in Calne on the adventure of a lifetime.  I had my small suitcase packed with everything I needed – snake venom antidote, a copy of Ray Mear’s ‘Essential Bushcraft’, a swiss army knife made in Wales, a compass made of adamantium, a signal mirror […]


Joni and the Brick.

Posted by Riaz on July 16, 2012 in Pets |

It’s when your cat begins to stalk a brick, that the worry sets in. The brick in question wasn’t moving. If it was, even I would have been concerned and would have contemplated stalking it too, just to see where bricks go when they think no-one is looking. However, this brick was as stationery as […]


Friday the 13th, 2012

Posted by Riaz on July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized |

It’s Friday the 13th, again. A day often associated with bad luck and mysterious happenings. You are more likely to be run over by a car today, so they say, or even a bus. A pot of paint, balancing precariously at the top of a ladder, is likely to fall on your head. That itch […]


Are Scooters Electric?

Posted by Riaz on July 12, 2012 in Transport |

The eighties bore a lot of fruit. There were raspberries, strawberries, guavas, tangerines and even bananas, which some people insist is a herb. There were also melons. Some melons were bitter, some were sweet. Some were even bittersweet, like Gary Numan. A bittersweet melon. Gary became famous for one song in particular, where he ruminated […]



Posted by Riaz on July 12, 2012 in Movies |

Wipe that cheesy grin off your pathetic blue face, you wannabe Smurf… I have a nostalgic affection for James Cameron’s 80’s output. The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss have long been amongst my favourite films of the sci-fi genre. I was not impressed by his nineties output. True Lies was more like ‘False Promises’ and […]



Posted by Riaz on July 12, 2012 in TV Shows |

A plane crashes on an island. There are survivors. A trap door is found. There are other inhabitants on the island. A strange energy matrix distorts time. No, I’m not talking about Swindon. I’m talking about Lost, the six season show that began in 2004 and ended in 2010. Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m about ten […]

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