London Bommings

July 27, 2005 – 12:04

I am listening to the BBC Radio 5 Live feeds from the house of commons about the London Transport Blasts, it seems very little is known a unknown islamic group seems to of claimed responsability for the blasts however no one is sure if they can be beleived.

Inteligent Bears in Croatia

July 6, 2005 – 11:57

Pete and Elkanah better be watching out, it seems that bears in Croatia (where they have gone for their honeymoon) have become “Brighter than the average bear”:

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The Loknar family from Gerovo in western Croatia said the bear had knocked at their door three times and they were now refusing to answer the door.

Congratulations Pete & Elkanah!

July 4, 2005 – 9:03

Congratulations Pete and Elkanah, welcome to the world of married life!

I feel that I redeamed myself somewhat I delivered my best mans speech on Saturday with only a couple of stutters and fluff ups and got a fair few laughs in the right place:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen –

I would like to start by thanking Pete on behalf of the bridesmaids for his kind comments and echo the fact that they look wonderful and performed their role fantastically.

Let me just say that the years I spent in the company of the groom means that he had as much of a part in developing my sense of humour as anyone. So, although I have tried to make this speech as funny as possible, please blame Pete if it’s not.

As some of you know, Pete was my best man nearly a year ago and he did a wonderful job. However Pete, there are many reasons why you should get married and I’m not sure if revenge is one of them.

Having never been a best man before, I was a little perplexed and wondered how I was going to go about it. My wife suggested the Internet as a first port of call, which bombarded me with a wealth of information, including a useful list of duties. But I was immediately stumped by one of them – ensure that the groom’s face and hair are in order. Well Pete, I have to say that if God didn’t get them in order the first time around, what chance did I have?

In writing this speech I did quite a bit of research on Pete’s history, so I thought I should search for Pete’s name on Google, and this is what I found:
• There are approximately 10,700,000 hits for Peter Arthur
• I discovered Pete is a Musician – that explains the guitar
• A Teacher – that explains the “Know it all attitude”
• A stock market trader with over a billion is assets – that explains the nightly take away meals.
• A Doctor of Biochemistry – that explains the contents of the fridge
• and a Scott – that explains everything else
I think you will all agree that Pete is a man of many talents!

I wonder who will be doing the cooking in the newest Arthur household? During the time Pete and I were house mates at university we spent some time cooking together. It was Pete’s job to do the cooking and my job to go from room to room removing batteries from the smoke alarms. So… which job would you prefer Elkanah

I feel as the best man and as a recently married man myself; I should impart some of my experience and knowledge I have gained from my married life:
• The most important phrase is “I’m Sorry”.
• The worst possible phrase is “I know I am right”.
• Socks are just socks; they are not worth arguing about.
• Be honest about each others cooking, or you will be eating it for the next 50 years of your lives.
• One good turn gets the duvet.

In all honesty and sincerity, Pete has been the best friend to me over the years I have known him; I have been really blessed by his friendship, kindness and understanding. I am sure everyone that knows him will not dispute that he is a really terrific guy.

I have not had much chance to spend time with Elkanah, however from the way Pete talks about her, and the way he speaks her name she is obviously the centre of Pete’s world, and today I can see why. Elkanah you look beautiful today.

It is an honour, all be it a most terrifying one, to have been asked to be the best man here today. However I do feel a certain relief to see the end of my duties in sight, as I’m totally certain that Pete will never have any need to ask me to be his best man again.

So now I come to my final wedding day duty which isn’t a duty really – it’s a real pleasure: on behalf of the bridesmaids and myself I sincerely wish you and your lovely wife, everlasting love and happiness!

ISO Creator/Writer

June 21, 2005 – 13:27

Found a very useful tool called ISORecorder for creating ISOs from CDs, it works well with daemon tools, and burns ISO images created with nLite, pretty good replacement for the ISO Burning portions of Nero.

If you wanted a burning tool similar to Nero with the ability to add individual files and directories to a CD Image take a look at the free CD Burner XP.

On a totaly different topic, there is a heated discussion going on over here about the relative merrits and disadvantages of Wireless Mice over Wired Mice… if you feel like a bit of an expert feel free to join in!

It’s hot in Brighton

June 20, 2005 – 8:08

Whilst some of the country is suffering flash floods and landslides, Brighton is boiling hot… fortunatly I work in a basement which keeps it quite cool for the moment, however last night was excruciatingly hot even with a fan on.

On another note, I think I am going to have to take a crash course in Microsoft Internet Information Services, as it is perfectly clear it has changed quite a bit since IIS4 (I believe it was re-written for IIS6) either way, I feel a little lost in it at the moment, all the functions are there… they are just in the wrong place.

Dr Who – The Transformation

June 19, 2005 – 10:59

If you missed it last night, you missed a bit of a treat… just in case some people haven’t seen it yet I won’t spoil the surprises. You can find the trailers and teasers for the whole series here

On another note, Catherine and I are feeling much better, we haven’t eaten much in the last couple of days so we are a little shakey on our feet, but on the mend. Hopefuly I will be well enough to go into work tomorrow.

Worst Best Man… EVER!

June 18, 2005 – 16:17

If prizes were handed out for those people who were the worst at partular roles in life I think I would probably be up there in the Worst Best Man chart. Yesterday evening Catherine was in pain, really suffering from something… so I phoned the doctor who says it sounds much like gastroenteritis, all she could suggest was that she gets pleanty of fluid and doesn’t eat anything… so this morning I wake up at about 5AM in major pain… oh crap!

Yes you guessed it… I am suffering from the same thing that Catherine was suffering last night, so much for paintball (so much for anything in fact) I now feel like the worst best man in the world, because I can’t even manage to make it to the groom’s stag do!

Dr Who

June 16, 2005 – 8:46

Excited dosn’t even begin to explain how I am feeling about the climax of the current series of Dr. Who; I am not going to be able to watch it on the night so that is going to get to me even more knowing that I am going to have to wait an extra day to see the end of the series.

The thought that this episode explains how Christopher Eccleston comes to an end as The Doctor? how the Daleks managed to survive the time war? are the time lords still in existance? Aaagh so many questions.

Month of Madness!

June 13, 2005 – 21:48

This month could possibly be the busiest month of my life, I am feeling quite stressed as it is because Catherine has been feeling much worse with her arms, so I have been doing more round the house. Starting a new job is always tiring particularly when you have a 1 hour round trip by foot to get there and back. My body was rebelling against me over the weekend, I ached from head to toe and honestly don’t feel rested in the slightest.

So next week is Pete’s stag do, I am best man which probably means I will get the pain of getting shot at by 30 people along with Pete, which will be fun. To be honest I am more than a little nervous about paint balling again, last time I went I got quite a bit of paint in by eye (just from it dripping down of my mask) which was absolute agony.

After that, Catherine have got two weddings in a row, first one the weekend after next is one of Catherine’s friends getting married in London, shouldn’t be too bad as we are only going to be able to make the actual ceremony as the reception would prevent us from getting back, shame though as it would have been an opportunity for Catherine to get together with some of her friends again, and a good opportunity for me to get some ideas about my Best Mans Speech. That’s the second wedding the next week, being Pete’s best man is an honour, but it is also a nerve racking experience!

Somewhere in between these manic weekends I have to write a speech, pack and move house… I am going to need a very, very, very long rest, unfortunately I don’t think I am going to get one.

people actually read this!

June 7, 2005 – 16:32

I can’t believe it, people out there actually read my blog, I am fairly impressed I thought I was blogging to myself… not a necessaraly a bad thing that.