Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hunt Watch

I loved Life on Mars, but the scriptwriters for Ashes to Ashes are really going for it with the Hunt-isms. Hurrah for un-PCness! Gene Hunt we love you.

From Ep 1:

Hunt: Put your knickers on, you're nicked.

From Ep 2:
Hunt: (To the team) Don’t ever tell me how to drive, this motor’s more a part of me than my own ball sack.

Hunt: (To Alex Drake) You’re looking very chirpy Bowles, been sitting on the washing machine again?

I'm going to start a drinking game - for every quote that you'd get hauled in front of HR for these days, drink a dig*. For every time he says 'knickers', down it. I foresee some messy Monday nights....

*dig = digit, ie one finger's worth of whatever's in the glass.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Winging it

Trying to make a hoodie to go with the heart trousers, without a pattern. This is where I've got to:

And I'm hoping it's going to end up something like this:

Which is a Baby Hoodie pattern for Blue Sky Alpacas.

It's quite possible I've gone drastically wrong already, looking at this pic. Hey ho! Next time it will be better. Or at least not so bad.

On a side note, I love working on circular needles. Look how I can knit bits and leave bits and jump bits - how cool is that? And no poking fellow commuters in the beergut either!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Normal service will resume

Here are the latest knitting projects:

Cable rib cardigan from Debbie Bliss, which will be sleeveless and therefore a gilet.

Heart baby pants (trousers, people!) from Hannah Fetig's Cherished Knits. It was a bit difficult sewing the hearts on while on the train without pins and getting them level so I think the one on the left knee (on the right here) will need to be repositioned.

And finally what I bought with some birthday money. An all grown up wool winder! No more hand-wound balls rolling off the settee and into teacups! Hurrah!

£16 off ebay plus P&P. Bargain.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Sorry for not posting for a while, but last week (on my birthday) this happened:

As you can imagine it's been rather hectic since then! The Man proposed beautifully, with dinner at The Ivy followed by a private pod on the London Eye, complete with champagne and chocolate truffles laid on, where he snuck the ring into my glass. I was completely surprised as I thought it was all for my birthday!

I am so clueless sometimes.

But extremely happy.

And slightly panicking about organising a wedding!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Abolish Money!

Took this at lunch time of the G20 'riots' at Bank. Also been following the fun on Twitter (what has the world come to when we turn to twitter for breaking news? Why can't the proper news sites keep up?) and these are some of the best comments (excuse the screwy formatting, blogger doesn't like it when I cut and paste):
1 person breaking stuff and 200 filming it. Idiots.

Stupid anarchists drinking Starbucks. Right.

*We* own the banks now. Stop smashing them up you idiots!

City workers hanging out of windows waving £10 notes at protesters. A few years ago it would have been fifties and bottles of Veuve.

This is the worst festival I’ve ever been to.
Someone just said it feels like glasto without the drugs.

They've reportedly been smashing windows at that RBS branch for an hour now. How many windows does it have?!

G20 protesters say 'Abolish Money!' Okay, let's start with them: turn all your cash in right now!

"Hippies. They're everywhere. They wanna save the earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad" - Eric Cartman

Sshhh dont tell the G20 protesters but the banks have no money - so no point storming them ;)

Can someone tell the man smashing the RBS windows that he (presuming he is a taxpayer) will have to pay for that.

Trannies protest too

Latest placard: "Down with this sort of thing"

Illegal venue rules apply know your exit, watch your back and run as soon as someone up the front starts playing bongos

Shocked at the number of greengrocers' apostrophe's (sic) on the G20 protest banners. Follow the hobbyhorse for grammar crimes.

Can't believe all the fuss over G20. They didn't even win the X Factor and their Bohemian Rhapsody cover was terrible.

Police still in RBS when I left. disabled chap at 'Camp Climate' complaining about wheelchair access

Ask yourself Sarkosy: what would Chuck Norris do?

Lots of unwashed types at the g20 protest - Brighton town centre must be empty today.


14:37, Rage Against The Machine playing outside BofE

I'm protesting against the miserable state of G20 protesters: using my brain, working hard and wearing a Saville Row suit.

Do the protesters know that the additional police will cost the taxpayer? Could they even spell counterproductive?!

Embattled bankers are blasting out James Blunt and Dido through RBS building loudspeakers. Crowd disperse

The G20 protesters have the cutest angry clothes! Apparantly The Gap are basing next season on them.

If this was Paris would there be more burning cars and less standing around doing nothing by now

Just saw a couple of clowns wander past drinking strongbow. Literally and metaphorically.

Anyone else chuckling at all the anarchists with iPhones?"Fight the power, yeah? With your £50-a-month O2 contract."

A G20 protestor penned in with others slammed police "Some of us have to pick children up from school!" Planning's not her strong point eh?

Only things getting through police lines are portable loos. Lombard St, in case anyone needs to go

I keep missing all the constructive suggestions being put forth by protestors on how to remedy the economic downturn.....

Apparently seen in bank HQ window during G20 protest: "While you are here protesting, we are repossessing your homes"

Have the collapsitarians managed to overthrow capitalism at the G20 or are they pausing for tea time?

G20 Protests: All iconography and no ideology.

Which just goes to show that Twitter is used almost exclusively by bored office workers.

Lisa and I popped down at lunch time and saw about the only interesting thing to happen - the policeman that got hit over the head here being dragged back to the police vans, all bandaged up, and about thirty riot police plunging into the crowds amid much shouting. It sounded quite like someone had scored a goal. There were indeed eleventy hundred reporters and rubberneckers and not that many actual protesters. And no one is the wiser what they're protesting for. There were lots of hippy women with push chairs and papooses. Just the sort of thing to take your children to!

Anyway, why are these people causing a ruckus? If they really want to make a difference they should form their own party and their own policies, and run for office. If it works and people like the ideas they'd get voted in. Then they could sort it out themselves.

Blimmin soapdodging grufty hippies.