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.

Taking a break

Thursday 07 February at 1043 | Posted in Personal | 2 Comments

About a year or two ago I moved blogging platforms due to that particular site undergoing some changes and making everything worse.

I tried out about 5 or 6 different blog sites, including Blogger, Livejournal and of course here.

Although Blogger is a Google site and I do have a lot of respect for what Google generally does, I felt their blogging platform was no where near as good as wordpress.

Roll on a dozen months and Blogger has changed quite a lot. It has become more open to developers and creativity then wordpress.com is. (I’m looking at you EMBEDDED code)

So for the next few weeks I’m taking a little adventure over to blogger to see if I like how it works?
I’ll probably mirror all of the posts here and there, but just to help push the new platform I might post there a few hours/days earlier then here.

So if you would like to catch tomorrow posts today have a little look at…

The (temporary?) Boy Who Likes To,
yes I am sticking with the brand name.

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.

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…

The next time…

Thursday 31 January at 1407 | Posted in Humour, Life, Personal, Rants, Sandwiches, Work | 14 Comments

The BBC website’s main story is about the awful weather. I wasn’t sure or not whether to chance the weather and make a dash for my regular sandwich shop? Continue Reading The next time……

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.

RA D IOHEA_D AT RT_E 047

Thursday 17 January at 1136 | Posted in Life, London, Music, Personal, Radiohead | 15 Comments

Well the last 24 hours have been a bit of a roller-coaster. My emotions at the moment seem a little bit on a knife edge. But one thing at a time, lets start with the easiest. And I need cheering up.

The impromptu free Radiohead gig that I mentioned yesterday and asked someone to be me a solid for…seeing as I got no offers I went myself.

I made an excuse and left work, told them that I wouldn’t be long.
Knowing what Radiohead fans are like I was expecting the queue to be around the corner within the hour of Jonny making the post on their blog. So after an hour and thirty minutes trying to weigh out the pros and cons of going I decided to take a look at the queue.
After getting off at Aldgate, getting lost walking past many Universities I kept getting the feeling that my journey would be wasted.
And the journey felt even longer as I got on Brick Lane and couldn’t find the venue. It said 91, but 91 looked like a sofa warehouse. So after checking out a few maps and a bit of luck at spotting a sign I found the record store.

And I was in for a shock when I saw the queue.
I had arrived at about 12.30. 2 hours after the word got out and there was just around 50 people there. How could I not queue up?
Next I had to figure out what to do for the next 7 hours?

Lucky for me a few other single Radiohead fans arrived just after me so it wasn’t long we all got to talking about life, work, hobbies and of course Radiohead. There was even hope of killing time with a crossword, except Random Dan had mistakenly thought there was a puzzle in when their wasn’t. Damnit Dan (this is a joke that only me and three other people who I will never see again will get)

Just a quick note, had it not been for the three randoms who I put my trust in when I went for toilet/food/drink breaks I wouldn’t of made, Thanks Random Guys.

Things started to get a bit busy at 5ish. I was getting worried as the queue infront of me seemed to be getting wider and places were very limited, turns out there was only 176 wristbands to hand out. At 6 they started to give out wrist bands. After a nervous wait of about 20/30 minutes the bouncers finally got to me and handed me my wrist band (number 047 out of 176). It was at this point that I started to breath properly and began to relax. It had been 5 hours, only another 2 more hours to go.

Alot of people then started to turn up. It began to get a little messy. I was just pleased that I had already got my wrist band and had my way in. But more and more people kept turning up. We People start to gatherwould later find out that the police had some concerns and the venue was to be moved because of concerns over the crowd and the venue not hold many people. Some people estimated that there were over 15o0 fans crowded outside the shop.
Even a media circus turned up. I got interviewed for Sky News. Which I later thought was a bad idea as I had told a little white lie to my boss to leave. I hope he doesn’t watch the news. I’ve even spotted myself waiting in line on the BBC video report. (Can you spot me?/Will I get away with it?)

So the gig was put back by 2 hours and moved down the road. Only a few hours extra, there was no way I was turning back now.

Finally in 93 Feet East another two queues 40 more minute of waiting. Peoples feet were aching, patience was running low the temperature had really dropped, which was hard for those that had rushed out without  although we did get to see the band as they walked through the beer garden from the car park.

Eventually at 22.20, two hours twenty minutes later then planned – beat that Winehouse – the band all appeared. All the crowd forgot about the last 10 hours and started to cheer.
The sound and acoustics of the venue sounded so different from anything else I have heard Radiohead play. Especially as the whole stage had been set up in about 2 hours. It was just like they were saying “hey yous guys, come listen to this really quick, but we have to leave soon.”
They played all their In Rainbows album. Some hits and misses, it wasn’t flawless but it was fantastic. The usual suspects stood out amongst the rest, 15 Step, Video Tape, Jigsaw and my favourite Reckoner. It was just Radiohead and less then 200 other people. And me.

The encore was just as good, if not better. Thoms solo with Up on a Ladder. Colin making the crowd laugh during Thom “having a serious moment,” and Thom checking Jonny was ok on You and Whose Army.
But I think the major crowd pleases were the two tracks from The Bends, My Iron Lung and The Bends which showed that Radiohead can still thrash out those guitars rock stylee.

All in all I had a great time. A long wait, but the gig was well worth it.
It wasn’t their most perfect or possibly even greatest performance but it will be one of their most historic gigs as the band are at their peak.
For those 176+ people and myself that got to see this intimate gig it will certainly be the most memorable Radiohead gig ever.

BB/C _6 M usic /Revi_ ew
A ll Yo_utub/e V i deo_ L/inks
A f ew b lur_ry p_hot os I to/ok

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. 😀

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