Monthly Archives: August 2011

The weekend

After a week of stomach cramps, i took to having a busy weekend; going  by my own standards. On the Friday i went to Leeds Fest, on the Saturday i went to London and to Wembley for the challenge cup final*. It was a mixed time for myself, still feeling a little ill, i traveled to the leeds festival. It was nice to see my friends who was camping and hung out with them, ate some burgers, and listen to some good music. The best music of that night was of course the headliner muse. It was the second time i have seen them, and they put on a typical energetic performance. As it was the 10 year celebration of their second album, origin of symmetry, they played every song from that album, as well as some of the biggest songs. It was a very muddy evening, with the rain pouring down, the liquid mud reached my shins on the wellies. It was a miracle and something i’m quite proud of that; i did not fall over.

Then came Wembley, me any my Dad went to the amazing and huge stadium via a coach. I was tired from leeds festival, my legs were aching, so the 5 hour coach trip was nice, for the feet anyways. Some more bad burgers later and  the final was about to start. It started off bad 16 points down within 20 odd mins. I felt it was going to be a very bad night, but Leeds came back and was within inches of taking the lead in the last 5 mins. However it was not to be, the leeds lad should be very proud of them self, before the game they was not given a chance in hell of winning, and they came so close. There is always next year, but the time is running out for the Leeds Legend, Kevin Sinfield to win the only club honor that has alluded him.

Sunday i slept, a lot.

Again sorry for the lack of blogs….


* In case you don’t know, the challenge cup is a competition, in the sport of rugby league. This year final was between Leeds and Wigan, my team Leeds have lost last year final.


Sorry for the lack of substantial blogs of late, no reason for other than i can’t think of anything interesting to say. I know what your going to say “That never stopped you before” ho ho ho you funny bugger…. Can’t see this fact changing withing this calendar month, as I’ve got a busy time ahead; maybe that will give me a topic. So hope everyone is well.


Put me in a book store….

I simply don’t pay for books, of all the book’s i have ever read only a handful of books that i actually owned. A library is pretty amazing place, it’s one of the only place where you can get stuff you want for free*, with the online service it is very easy to get most books you want. Now that borders have closed there are very few large book stores around, so when i was in London yesterday and i was confronted with Europe largest book store, i made the choice to buy a few books from the Sci-Fi and fantasy section.

The collection i bought,

I know 6 books is not a massive amount; but i had to lug this collection all about London and some of the books happens to be quite chunky, with one books being 3 books in one. Many of the books are part of a series i’m already quite familial with;

  • Two lord of the rings books are there as i mentioned in my previous blog, i had read the first book and i was planing to read the next two.
  • Heretics of Dune i have read the previous 4 books in the dune series, which i believe is best Sci-fi  series out their. And i’m looking forward to reading this book.
  • The forever omnibus, i have read forever war but this book cotains the original (i got it from a library) and the two other books in the series, which i have been planing to read for a while.

The other two American Gods, and Seeds of the earth are both books i have heard of, seen some good reviews of and they have been recommended to me. On the train home i read the first 70 odd pages of American Gods and so far it is VERY good.

*For a limited time

Fellowship of the ring….

As a avid book reader, it has surprised even me that it has as taken me this long to read any of the lord of the rings, which happens to be my favorite movie trilogy. So i got the book out of my local library (which will probably end up being closed soon) to have a little gander at the book. I have now read the first volume (well it was actually last week; but never mind) and i can kinda see what all the fuss was about now.

Having watched the movies many a times, it was nice to see parts of the book, that never actually made it in the film. I enjoyed these little bits the most, and i was surprised how much of this very large book did in fact make it in to the film. There was one big surprise in the book for me, which was the age of main character; i assumed wrongly that he would be same age as in the film, but in fact he is much older and there was a longer time lap’s at the start of the book. I’m not going to lie and i say it’s the best book i have ever read, maybe not knowing the plot before hand could have made the difference, but the fact is i have read better books. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy as it is still a great book,  it is probably a little unfair of me to give an my impression of a book that is clearly meant to be read in all 3 parts. So once i own the next 2 volumes, i shall read them and i will give some more detailed views on the series as a whole.

I’m off to London tomorrow, so if all is well with the riots, i may visit a book store and buy the trilogy. Also off to see Shrek the musical; i’m so cultured you see.

That job

On Friday, i had my last day at my work, while i did not leave of my own accord (it was the end of 6 months fixed term contact), i can’t fully say i’m sad to have left the place.  It was nice to have that monthly pay check and to get in the big wide world of working. So now it’s ended and i’m back to being unemployed, i’m going to take a step back think about this job in a objective manner. It’s hard to see a job when your in it than anything other than bad. It was boring, i did not really get on well with one person there. The worse problem with the job, was that i struggled to have more than one conversation, with any one person, that did not directly involved work. I was at a place where even if i was not on a fixed term contract there would be no promotion opportunity’s how ever long i stayed, i stated as much to the manager and she did not disagree. There was also benefits too, some i doubt i will find in my next job wherever that may be. One it was a great location i had a 20 min walk to and from work everyday, quite relaxing. It also had flex time, so i had more freedom. It not a job i could have seen myself doing in any permanent way, i never even thought of Human resources as a career choice. So i’m not really sure if i’d have wanted to stay at that place, i think once i’m at my next job i will have my answer.

I’m now extreamly nervous for the future, i don’t know where i will be next. How far out it will be, what type of job it will be. It’s getting to me. I’m trying to enjoy this time off i will have at the moment, but i will struggle to do this knowing that my future has never been so uncertain. However i’m thankful for the fact i won’t be kicked on my ass, any time soon that is. At least that’s if i don’t do anything to piss off my parents. So the Job hunt is back on.

I still want to be a writer, but the more i read online and more i actually write, i start to think either i’m not good enough (click the pages at the side of the blog for a selection of my work and tell me your self) and even if i am it a near impossibility to make enough money with it. Ahhh well the silver lining is for however long i’m without a job i can concentrate on my writing, reading, cricket and rugby watching, and game playing.

Off to Wembley

A quick post on the Rhinos.

Leeds are off to Wembley, and this year i can go with them as there is no pesky leeds festival to get in the way. Leeds in a hit and miss season still managed to beat Castleford, albeit in golden point extra time. It was of course through a (sir)Kevin Sinfield kick at goal.. They will face Wigan who will be massive favorites, there will every chance (a very good chance) that we will be well beat like last year and i am expecting it to happen. However less than 2 years ago leeds had completed history in winning 3 grand final in a row, while there is a few older players and number of more avareage players in the team now. I still feel that this team has it in them to put in a great performance and sneak win (well ya never know). I have booked the tickets and got the coach travel sorted out. It means that after the Firday at leeds festival, i will have to leave as soon as Muse stop playing, i need to rush home and get a few winks of sleep, before heading  for the coach. I’m really looking forward to it.