these moments that I've had.

Friday, April 30, 2004  

Auditions for Tron2 are being held at Pinewood Studios this week.

What are my chances?:

posted by Darren | 11:02 AM

Thursday, April 29, 2004  

At least the ducks and the garden are enjoying themselves this week.

posted by Darren | 3:19 PM

Tuesday, April 20, 2004  

I'll never complain about the cost of going to Disney again.

£12.95 to get into the London Dungeon for:

- the slowest ticket-payers I've ever seen, not withstanding the language barrier.
- the shortest, nearly-least-scary, water-cum-ghost-train-ride ever.
- a bunch of out-of-work actors with faux 17th Century England accents and costumes.
- ditto late 18th Centrury for the (CRAP) Jack the Ripper section of the 'attraction', with some of the least convincing recreations of his deed I've ever come across.
- tat tat tat everywhere.
- the stench of the toilets as we walked in - no, that wasn't part of the 'experience' I am sure. It was the smell of poo and wee, not the smell of death. Though, come to think of it...

Don't go.

posted by Darren | 6:25 PM

Monday, April 19, 2004  

The most famous painting by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano has sold for £744,800 at auction. He doesn't own it and it doesn't necessarily mean that all the critics who slag his work off are wrong, but I think it gives them the finger none-the-less, and as I like his work...

HURRAH ! ! ! !

posted by Darren | 8:59 PM

Dave went to Duckie with DG on Saturday night, while I stayed in and watched Touching the Void (very good) and Veronica Guerin (very good), which really packed an emotional punch.

I know how to get MY kicks.

Sunday, Tom came round unexpectedly, and as we hadn't had much else planned, we all watched Love Actually, actually. We were the only people in Britain who hadn't seen it. Dave thought it was shit, I thought it was good, for its type and I don't think Tom had an opinion either way. Later, after Tom had toddled off to the Heath, we watched In the Cut. Dave thought it was dull, I thought it was good, we both thought Mark Ruffalo was cute, not just the scenes with his knob out. I wondered how the cocksucking scene had got past the censors. Prosthetic? Didn't seem like it.

Today was Vivienne Westwood exhibition at the V&A. Lots of frocks and very high-heeled shoes. Nice.


Kevin Spacey nearly came out, á la George Michael-ish.

Spacey shrugged off suggestions that he might have had another motive for visiting the park so early in the morning.

"Walking your dog in the park is a perfectly normal thing to do," he added. "My doggy had to go."

Kevin, if you ARE gay, with your money, there are easier ways of getting under-class rent boys to suck your cock, that don't involve having to walk your dog at 4am.


The chief executive of McDonald's has died of a heart attack. Too much fat in his veins?


And on April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, and injuring 500. Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the bombing and sentenced to death.

He didn't do it alone.

posted by Darren | 8:29 PM

Saturday, April 17, 2004  

This was my fifth official 'leaving do' with this company, so I'm pretty much used to them, but I was still nervous when people started to gather round the dept. at 5.15pm. My boss pulled out the stops(not all of them, but some of them), and created a booklet, including a 12-step programme lifted straight, and adapted, from AA(Alcoholics Anonymous, not Automobile Association). 12 different former colleagues read out a different step. It probably read better and they could have done with some advance warning and practice(!), but I really appreciated the effort made, and was also pleased I didn't have to make a long speech!! Applause started after a couple of sentences, which gave me the opportunity to thank everyone and head for the pub.

I got what I wanted!
I got what I wanted!

An iTrip and a PowerPod for my... iPod. Yep.

And a few other bits and pieces. Thanks Team!

I also managed to not get completely legless. Dave was quite surprised when I got home.

Was great to see colleagues from other departments there and also former colleagues - Ian, Julie(and husband, Richard(also known as Pilchard - don't ask)), Derek, Caroline, David(and wife, Kim) and Guy(revelations galore from him!), as well as friends Martin and Rob.

I shall miss you all!

Actually, I'll see most of them quite regularly and am back in the same office on my first day in the new job, Tuesday 4th May.

Now for two weeks off to prepare, starting with a spot of spring(window)-cleaning and gardening (I KNOW how to live). The lawn mower rear-roller, provided by my mum and dad last week, doesn't fit our knackered old electric mower, so looks like it IS heading for the dump and we'll have to put our backs into using the old manual mower. Could do with the exercise! I HAVE, though, finally managed to get the remainder of the grasses planted (BW won't be pleased with me, we bought them when she took us round local garden centres at least two weeks ago now, but they seem to still be fine. Very hardy is grass).

A trip to the V&A to see the Vivienne Westwood exhibition is still planned, as well as a few days in Blackpool and wandering round the North West.

Hope the weather holds. Glorious spring-time out there today. Good for the cobwebs.

posted by Darren | 3:34 PM

Thursday, April 15, 2004  

So many posts(to post), so little time....

ONE day left in the office.

Desk cleared.

No need to take bag to work tomorrow, therefore no requirement to keep eye on it in pub tomorrow night, when my colleagues celebrate the wonder that is ME and all I've done for them down the years.

I hope I get what's coming to me. As it were.

posted by Darren | 7:23 PM

Tuesday, April 13, 2004  

4 days up North and coming to the end of our sixth holiday-day and would like to post something more substantial, but our Broadband has decided today that it would rather revert to being NARROWband, so I really don't have the patience, after it taking 90 minutes to sort thru 30 (legitimate) e:mails.


posted by Darren | 8:26 PM

Thursday, April 08, 2004  

10 years ago today.


posted by Darren | 5:46 PM

Wednesday, April 07, 2004  

It was David's leaving drink last night. The second one in the last month. Mine is next Friday (only three more working days left). There are currently two other members of the team applying for other jobs round the company. That would be 30% of the team in three months. 30% from the more experienced end. Things aren't looking too good.

On a much happier note, my company car has been ordered, but won't be ready until mid-May, so I might get the use of a Porsche in the mean-time. They're spoiling me, they really are.

posted by Darren | 8:31 PM

Monday, April 05, 2004  

54 today and a new album out this month. Martin IS pleased.

posted by Darren | 7:27 PM

Sunday, April 04, 2004  

Today is


posted by Darren | 8:22 PM

After the exertions of yesterday(?!?!), a much more restrained day, watching FA Cup semi-final football and Formula 1 motor racing on TV.

Work called twice. This is the last weekend I'll be doing "second level support", whereby members of my team can call me up and ask for assistance. In fact, of the six days I have left in my current role, only two of those nights will involve this task. One of the main benefits of leaving.

I wonder if I'll miss it.

posted by Darren | 7:23 PM

Saturday, April 03, 2004  

Lovely late morning, early afternoon trip to Essex.

Thanks for the hospitality Mr and Mrs. BW.

Edward was a little bemused by the high voltage fencing surrounding the chickens, but thoroughly enjoyed every other aspect of his little adventure and is pining as I write.

posted by Darren | 9:26 PM

Friday, April 02, 2004  

posted by Darren | 8:13 PM

Thursday, April 01, 2004  

The Corrs have a new single out soon...........*collective groan from 'cool' bloggers everywhere*....... which I welcome.

Darlo lent me a promo copy, it's called Summer Sunshine and it's just what I needed to lift my mood.

Summer's here and so are The Corrs. Hurrah!

posted by Darren | 6:58 PM