these moments that I've had.

Friday, September 30, 2005  

Asbo sea lions
Watch The O.C. and Newport Beach looks like paradise. However the lives of the rich residents are being ruined - by sea lions!

A huge pack of rowdy sea lions has invaded the harbour and their loud barking at night is causing sleepless nights for everyone around for miles. And a couple of weeks ago 18 of the beasts climbed on to a multi-million pounds yacht and sank it.

So far the residents have tried to disperse them with rubber bullets, firecrackers and noise-blaring underwater speakers, to no avail. They even deployed animal handlers to kidnap the sea lions and release them hundreds of miles up the coast. They were all back within a week.

I like this, though. The latest plan is to paint an electric boat to look like a killer whale, complete with realistic whale noises.

We visited Newport Beach in February this year. The Museum of Orange County was interesting and the outdoor mall was one of the 'poshest' we've ever been to. Nice beach, too.

posted by Darren | 1:10 PM

The new Kate Bush single, "King of the Mountain" is a real grower. Excellent return, Ms Bush. Unfortunately, the new album, "Aerial" is released the week we arrive in Florida. This just means I'll have to buy it over there(if it can be found in their (mostly) terrible local music stores) and inflict headphone time on Dave for a couple of days. Add to this, the new a-ha album being released the same week(which I don't expect to find in rural Florida, though we may venture into downtown Orlando at some point), and you can see our timing is poor - a 12 year wait for a Kate album and I'm out of the country!


Donald Rumsfeld is briefing the President, "Yesterday, three Brazilian soldiers were killed.

"OH NO!" cries the President, "...but how many is a brazillion?"

posted by Darren | 1:04 PM

Wednesday, September 28, 2005  

I'm a late arrival to the Computer Games craze. I toyed with 'Roller Coaster Tycoon', for PC CD Rom, 4 years ago, getting hooked and leading to sleepless nights running scenarios through my semi-conscious brain. I really wanted 'Train Simulator', but when I received it as a birthday gift it crashed my PC, putting me off trying to load it again.

Now, though, following a shopping trip to look for PSP Games for Dave, we were diverted into buying 5 (for £30) PlayStation2 games, for the console that Dave hasn't touched in nearly a year. I'm hooked, and level 3 of 'Medal of Honour: Frontline' is driving me nuts. Dave is currently researching 'cheats' for me.

posted by Darren | 5:19 PM

Thursday, September 22, 2005  

As the Gulf Coast braces itself for "Rita: Queen of Speed", George Bush was asked at a press conference if he had an opinion on Roe Vs Wade.

He responded that he didn't care either way how people left New Orleans.

posted by Darren | 9:31 PM

Sunday, September 18, 2005  

It's been difficult trying to post for the last few weeks. Blogger was playing up, we went away last week for a few days(read about it over at spellcnut), and I've been under the weather for the last 5 days. So, it's all go.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was very disappointing. The Pacifier did exactly what it said on the tin - we smiled. Birth(Nicole Kidman - you may not have noticed; sank without much trace earlier this year) was good, but then Nicole holds most films together, no matter what other problems there may be - script, other actors etc.

Back to my sick-sofa, and second-chance Sunday on E4 - Lost, Six Feet Under.

posted by Darren | 7:37 PM