Broken promise

Monday 11 February at 1151 | Posted in Lifestyle, Personal | 4 Comments

Okay, I know I said I was going to mirror this blog along with my blogger one, but I can’t be bothered.
Yes I know all it takes is a quick click of ctrl+C followed by ctrl+V, but I just can’t be bothered.

So I won’t be updating this blog for a while. That time might be forever or until the near future. But I’d like it if you updated your bookmarks or feeders with the following,

http://theboywholikesto.blogspot.com

<p><a href=”http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheBoyWhoLikesTo”><img src=”http://buttons.googlesyndication.com/fusion/add.gif” width=”104″ height=”17″ style=”border:0″ alt=”Add to Google Reader or Homepage”/></a></p>

At this point I would of liked to have included simple buttons for you to click to add my new blog to your feeder list but I can’t. WordPress will not let me include simple embedded code in to my blog and this is the main reason why I’ve chosen a different platform.
If you click the above link you will see huge big buttons for you to press to update your feeders there.

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I spy with my little eye

Tuesday 05 February at 1100 | Posted in Blogroll, Lifestyle, Personal | 9 Comments

I have just recently found out how I can tell how many people are using certain Aggregators to read my blog.

This is mainly for those who like to know blog stats and numbers.

Unfortunately there isn’t one single place you can go to to get all the feed numbers for your site, you have to visit each aggregator and get the numbers one by one.

The two major web ones at present are Bloglines and my personnel favourite Google Reader, and both have easy ways of being able to tell how many people are using their own web application.

Both are pretty straight forward, although I think for the Google one you NEED a Google account.

For Bloglines, you just head over to their website, change the search type to “Search for Feeds,” enter in the first part of your blog name, ie ‘theboywholikesto’ and hit search and voila…

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4 subscribers via Bloglines.

If you have a Google account you just need to head over to Google Reader, I don’t think it matters whether you have set up a Google Reader account, I think Google automatically set it up for you once you have a Google account.
To find out how many readers are using Google Reader all you have to do is click on “Add Subscription” again type in the first part of your blog name, ie ‘theboywholikesto’ and hey presto!

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17 subscribers via Google Reader.

There we have it.
Obviously this is just two aggregators out of hundreds of different ones like I say. It’s just the two major web ones.

Of course you can also type in the name of your friends blogs and check out your stats compared to theres and see who is most popular out of all your friends.

For example I can tell that Olly over at Electric Pig has 5 subscribers via Google Reader. Which I think is a mighty shame as Olly is one of the blogs I have regularly read over the last, coming up to 5 years now, and his adventures in Japan have been pretty awesome. As well as his updated when necessary features about the wonderful and strange tastes of Japanese chocolates and McDonalds.
If you like gorgeous photos of foreign lands I highly recommend you check out Electric Pig.

Unfortunately Google or Bloglines don’t tell you whois RSSing you though. That you’ll have to guess.

From the department of…

Monday 04 February at 1047 | Posted in Humour, Lifestyle | 10 Comments

…saying what you’re all thinking.

Fish flavoured bread! Really?

Added bonus, nice review.

(My personal theory is; is that in a few years the scientists of Political Correctness Gone Mad University will deem Omega 3 to be highly unhealthy and millions of lawsuits will fly at every brand carrying Omega 3.)

Office work space

Saturday 02 February at 1300 | Posted in Life, Lifestyle, Personal, Work | 5 Comments

Some photos of my office work space.

The World seems so peaceful in the morning. Continue Reading Office work space…

Casa de us

Wednesday 30 January at 1207 | Posted in Life, Lifestyle, Personal, Spain | 18 Comments

Later on today I’ll be calling one or two Spanish estate agencies about long term lets. It’s been brought to our attention that it’s worth considering renting the property through March even if we don’t arrive until April, just to secure it. Which is fine and understandable.

So I’ll be calling regarding a few places me and the missus have been looking at. I have a few questions that need to be cleared up and will need to report back to the missus later tonight, but fingers crossed before the end of the week we will be able to say “We want this one please.”

But if anyone – excluding you Pinkosa – can correctly guess what makes this property stand out from the rest and appearing and on our list I’ll give you some points.

My top 5 discontinued* products

Tuesday 22 January at 1113 | Posted in Humour, Lifestyle, Personal | 34 Comments

5) Lets start with Start. The one thing that stuck out about Start, if I remembered, was the box was much smaller then the regular sized cereal boxes. It was like it was a league of its own. Possibly even some sort of “special-high energy” cereal. I was never allowed it much as a kid. This often fueled the mystery around it. Although most kids would be able to tell you all Start was, was just three Honey Nut Loops joined together.
To me it was more.
And as some keen eyers out there may of spotted, the above box – from the Kellogs site – has those really helpful nutrition guides on the box, so they must be out there.

4) TaB Clear. This is a slight cheat. I never really liked TaB Clear much. I tried it a few times, but it never tasted like cola. But that was only half of the TaB Clear equation. The major selling point of TaB Clear was that it was a see-through cola. This was pretty crazy in the fizzy pop World and as any kid would tell you, cola is brown. To get a see through cola was frickin weird.

3) Weighed bag of sweets. The grand father of pick’n’mix. All corner shops I remember as a kid had shelves full of different types of sweet. You could buy any amount of any sweet. 50p of Pear Drops. Or perhaps 70p of Cola Pips. Alot of the time me and my friends would have to route through all the shelves and large jars of sweets to find the sweet we wanted that day. Sometimes you’d have a sweet in mind and spend 10 minutes moving about the shopkeepers neatly stocked jars just to find Midget Gems.
My favourites were Jelly Beans and Bon-Bons.
Of course these sweets are around, but now they can only be found in cinemas and at prices about 4 times as much as they used to be.
Just not the same.

2) Cheetos. Ok, they are just Wotsits. But they they taste far nicer. I remember the first time I had Cheetos, it was for winning the Pepsi Vs Cola Challenge. (I don’t remember this day for the prize, don’t think I obsess over Cheetos. I just don’t win many competitions, when I do it’s remembered. Also Pepsi tastes nicer, so it was pretty easy.)
When over in Spain last year they had these crisps everywhere. I think I must of gone through two large packets everyday. Just sitting by the pool with my queso crumb covered fingers. What a great time that was!

1) Ricicles. These were some of my all time favourite cereals. They were like a Frosties version of Rice Crispies.
Yes there was that one time they added the marshmallow men, ufos and creatures to the cereal but that didn’t work out. I did try and eat the marshmallow shapes a few times, but ended up picking them out of my bowl.
A couple of times when we have been shopping I have told the missus about my love for Ricicles and often searched them out. She thought I was going insane a few times.
Another photo of a cereal box with those really helpful nutrition guides on the box, so they must be out there. Somewhere.

Special mention: Branston pickle. Ok technically I shouldn’t include this as this product has not been discontinued. Actually you can still get Branston Pickle EVERYWHERE! Fact.
But I had a jar full of it the other day and it’s gone pretty fast. I was pretty shocked as I was just starting to perfect my pickle:cheese ratio.

* although I say discontinued, I understand that some products just may not be sold in this country/shop near where I live. This is more a ‘top 5 I cant find products’ list.

Slow day

Monday 21 January at 1437 | Posted in Humour, Lifestyle | 7 Comments

Ok it’s a bit of a slow day today, I did have something I wanted to write about. I think it was somethign to do with sticks or perhaps plastic cups. It was something like that.

Instead I’l have a go at implementing a new idea in to my blog. Basically I’ll check out my top searches, ie search engine results that have sent people here, get one of you lovely guys or gals to pick a number. And which ever search that number correspondes with I’ll try and help out that person with their search/problem.

Confused?

Just pick a damn number…(and so everyone can have a go, the same person cannot go twice in a row.)

First person to shout out wins.

Who wants to do me a solid?

Wednesday 16 January at 1009 | Posted in Lifestyle, London, Music, Personal, Radiohead | 13 Comments

Anyone in London want to do me a favour?

If your hanging around Bricklane at lunch do you mind queuing up at Rough Trade Shop for a few hours?

I promise there will be chances for toilet breaks and food offered out too. And when I have finished work and arrive I’ll let you go.

I will reward you handsomely. Your shout.

Weather warning

Tuesday 15 January at 1352 | Posted in Humour, Life, Lifestyle, Personal, TV | 8 Comments

Phew. I managed to make it to the sandwich shop and back in time before the rain came pouring back down. 
I have informed you this is a blog about weather, so don’t complain afterwards.
The current weather in Malaga (south Spain) is a sunny and pleasant 17C. Warm enough to take a stroll to the beach with a light jacket on.
None of this head blowning off gales.
I did warn you it was about the weather.

I also read today that that thanks to the writers strike over in America, Gladiators made a return recently.
Apparently it did so well that it is getting a second series. (Which means it’s already doing better then some fantastic shows, Studio 60, Jericho to name a few.)

I certainly wouldn’t argue if they brought back Gladiators here in the UK. I’d certainly watch it just for Jet.
I’d love to go a few rounds with her on Hang Tough.

Lads, go check out her ‘stats.’ (SFW)

Right I’m off to see how many images Google has of Jet in her spandex bikini work.

PS I’ve been watching The [American] Office. It recently started on Paramount – and I believe will be on ITV4 soonish. I highly recommend you watch it. Most of the characters obviously aren’t as good as the UK ones, but some of the stories/scenes are very funny.
The was a scene in last nights one (the episode were Michael Scott/main boss/Gervais character injures himself) were a few characters are driving to the hospital. I kept thinking it was a little Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-esque. I might of even woken up the missus a few times.

PS it’s my birthday in a few weeks – February 12 – if you guys and gals are stuck for a present here is a tip….number 3. 😀

the deed

Monday 14 January at 0957 | Posted in Humour, Lifestyle, Personal | 11 Comments

Well the weekend has past, were you able to guess what my big deal was?
Yes of course it was getting my hair cut.

I’ve had my longish style now for almost 2 years. It was starting to get a little annoying. It took forever to dry and it would naturally curl up unevenly at the sides. If I hadn’t had change to straighten it then I knew that all throughout the day I was be getting annoyed at curls flicking up in my eye.
 Plus as I got it cut before falling out of love with the longer style then at least I know I can still go back to it….in the summer…when I can’t afford a hair cut while working on €3 per hour.

I’ve always said that my fall back hair, the hair cut I can reply on when I am clean out of new ideas for styles, is the mohullet. A fusion of the mullet and mohican. (The mullet of course is the most understated hair style)
Here is my old hair. Linky
And my older old but new hair.Linky
I like it. I was even complemented at the hairdressers also – but because the hairdresser was rushing me I didn’t get chance to fully bath in the compliments from the girl sat next to me.
My neck and ears now do feel slightly colder when outside. I feel like I can run faster, jump higher. Generally more streamlined then last week.
I even got to show it off at drinks with old colleagues. Haircuts in their essence are better when seen by others.

Over all I’m happy with it. And also now there won’t be any fighting or queuing with me and the missus when trying to use the hair-drier or straighteners.

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