Archive: July 2012


Gallery: BMW M5 (2005)

The latest addition to my car history is this rather lovely 2005 BMW M5. With 507bhp and a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, this is something of a monster.

I'll be writing a full review of the car once I've become more familiar with it and it's functions, but for now have some photos.

The other cars (with the exception of the Celica) will be being sold to fund this baby, incidentally. So if anyone is interested, please get in touch!


Thief: Deadly Shadows Tweaker (v1.2)

This software was originally released in April 2004, shortly after the release of Eidos' Thief: Deadly Shadows, the long-awaited (but much maligned) sequel to Thief: The Dark Project and Thief 2: The Metal Age.

The idea was to provide an easy to use GUI to help players tweak their game settings in ways that the in-game settings menus wouldn't allow.

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Summer's finally arrived, then!

At present, in my bedroom, the temperature is 26ÂșC.

We currently have a winter-weight duvet cover on the bed.

Earlier today, quite by coincidence, I found out that my BMI of 18 is lower than 99% of males between the age of 15-29 in the United Kingdom.

By the morning, unless the temperature drops, I fully expect my BMI to have fallen below 17.


Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

tdkr_batmanIt's been a long time coming (four years almost to the day, in fact) but the final instalment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy is here at last.

Christopher Nolan's film-making chops find themselves under even greater scrutiny this time around - we've all been waiting for this epic conclusion since we saw Batman ride away into the light on the Batpod, but has he delivered?

Note: This is a pretty long review, but should be almost completely spoiler-free.

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Monopoly announce London 2012 tie-in


LASIK Laser Eye Surgery - An Experience

In September 2007, I underwent LASIK laser eye surgery with Ultralase in Birmingham. As a relatively active member of the Something Awful forums, I wrote an account of my experiences on the day and posted it in the General Bullshit subforum on September 19th, two days after the operation.

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Gallery: Jenny & Arni's Wedding - 14th July 2012

This weekend saw the marriage between Jenny - one of Alex's friends from Aberystwyth University - and her partner Arni. The wedding took place at Steventon Church (which, funnily enough, is in Steventon in Oxfordshire) with the reception afterwards being held at the Village Hall in nearby Eynsham. The following day, a get-together and barbecue was had in Ducklington, another nearby village.

So, quite the tour of Oxfordshire, then!

A good time was had (hopefully) by all, especially at the reception where the ceilidh band succeeded in getting me on the dance-floor - no mean feat!

Congratulations to the happy couple, and thanks for inviting Alex and I to enjoy your weekend with you all!


Gallery: Spiders

Ever since I were knee 'igh to a grasshopper, I've wanted to keep tarantulas as pets. For some inexplicable reason, my Mum wouldn't allow it. I dunno, apparently they freaked her out or something, can't imagine why.

But anyway, in 2008, I decided to bite the bullet and bought a spiderling (that's a baby spider to the layman) Mexican Red-knee tarantula (Latin name brachypelma smithi) from The Spider Shop.

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Automatic cat feeding

I'm going away shortly, and so far have not been able to find anybody free to feed my cats while I'm gone.

As I'm not overly keen on the idea of throwing them into cat prison (aka a local cattery) for a couple of days, I've been looking into the idea of automatic pet feeders.

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Restaurant Review: Henri's, Shifnal

I took a trip over to Shifnal recently with Alex, to a restaurant called Henri's. Situated on Church Street in the town, with an outside seating area and a (small) car park, it seems well placed for passing trade and the general aesthetic was nice. The menu offered a pretty good choice of starters and main courses, and a specials board was brought around which had a number of dishes on.

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