Thursday, 31 July 2008

Weird house

I have to admit that it has been VERY weird being alone in the house tonight. Not sure I liked it very much. The novelty wore off after about 5 minutes! You can't beat the ability to actually interact with people!

I am just glad that I got a chance to talk to Toni on the phone (even if we were both flagging a bit).

Roll on tomorrow. Sam will be back, Toni and Aaron will be here and maybe Sophie will put in a rare appearance!

Deep Purple pics

Thanks to Amanda for sending me some of her Deep Purple pics:

Motor Show pics

Thanks to Amanda for sending me some of her Motor Show pics, thankfully she took some of the same vehicles that I did (before I lost my camera):

Early start............

... but not for me LOL

Toni headed off by 06:30 this morning and took Sam with her as he is staying over at her mum's with Aaron tonight and then coming back with Toni tomorrow. Am sure the boys will have a great time playing console games with Jamie (Toni's brother)

House will be weird tonight with just me in it (as I am assuming Sophie won't be home). It will be nice for about 5 minutes and then I'll think its too quiet.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Deep Purple at the Excel (& British Motor Show)

Had a bit of a change from the norm tonight as Toni and I went to see Deep Purple at the Excel. My friend Amanda had some freebie tickets to the gig (and they also granted entry into the British Motor Show) so we kindly accepted them.

When we arrived (having met up with Amanda and family and got our tickets) we went and had a jacket potato and then browsed around the Motor Show. I'm not really into cars but it was quite fun and I wouldn't mind being able to spend a day at the show. There would be lots of lovely pictures of cars posted here but unfortunately I managed to lose my camera between havng a coffee and getting to the arena to see Deep Purple which was a real bummer.

Deep Purple were actually pretty good. With a few newer tracks they also played all the classics like Black Night, Space Trucking, Strange Kind Of Woman, Highway Star and of course Smoke On The Water.

Having last seen Deep Purple back in 1987 (I think) where Ritchie Blackmore didn't even bother coming out for the encore it was nice to see this line up onstage and obviously really enjoying themselves with no personnel issues in a Blackmore free environment.

Thanks to the magic of mobile phone I did manage to snag these (not great but they'll do):

Toni and I just after entering the arena:

I guess the pruple lights are a clue the band are due on!


Old, loud and proud:

We then headed back to North Greenwich and drove back to SWF for a much needed sleep (and this was probably the earliest night we've had in weeks LOL)

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

WTF? How f***ing stupid is this!

Superdrug are about to start stocking make up "for men". The range will include "GUYLINER" and "MANSCARA".

Christ on a bike, if a man is comfortable enough to wear make up then let's not try and make it all macho by giving it a new concept. It is STILL make up, trying to make it masculine with stupid branding doesn't make it any less make up!

Here's what the Telegraph had to say:
'Guyliner' - which is thicker than normal eyeliner to make it easier for men to grip - will appear on shelves in Superdrug this week, along with 'Manscara'.

Later in the summer a concealer and lip balm will be added to the range, called Taxi Man.

The company's director of trading Jeff Wemyss said the make-up is not for drag acts, but for masculine men who want to enhance their features.

He highlighted the comedian Russell Brand and pop star Robbie Williams as famous 'red-blooded' men who have not shyed away from a spot of eyeliner.

He said: "These days you can be macho and wear make-up. Men are more obsessed with their appearance than ever before. There is no longer any pain in being seen to be vain."

The products may also be bought by women for their partners, added Mr Wemyss.

The cosmetics' creator Peter Kelly said: "We've developed essentials any guy would borrow from his other half.

"It's about subtle make-up rather than wanting to create the drag queen look."

Male grooming is a booming market and according to business analysts Mintel, the UK market is worth £700m annually and is predicted to grow to £820 million next year.

If I wasn't such a gobby mare I'd say that words fail me!
It will be much more expensive than the "traditional" product just like Gilette's razors for women are more expensive............ *sigh*

Love Me Or Hate Me

Lady Sovereign:

Lady Sovereign stylee:

Sorry, just felt like being silly!

The underpants that would not die!

Bands are like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along!

Looks as if Jeff Lynne's Underpants could still be registering on the heart monitor. I am meeting Dren and Rene tonight for a drink so we'll see if the rise of JLU is still a possibility. I could end up being a very busy boy at this rate!

Monday, 28 July 2008

HOLLYWOOD DOLL seek singer and drummer

Essex based band HOLLYWOOD DOLL are seeking a singer and drummer to complete their line up.
Influences: Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Vain, LA Guns, Velvet Revolver.

HOLLYWOOD DOLL are keeping the glam/sleaze vibe going playing good old fun rock and roll!

If you want to get involved then please let us know ASAP!

Love and Lipstick
Trash Queen Lollipop Shock!

I Hate Kissing You Goodbye

Baby, Times are changing I see it in your eyes
So why do we keep on pretending, why do we even try

My heart is like an open book
Won't you read between the lines
And show me, show me, show me everything's alright

I hate kissing you goodbye, whoa ohh oh ooooh
I’ve heard it all before, and I know for sure
That it won't heal with time, Baby
I hate kissing you, kissing you goodbye, whoa whoa yeah

Maybe, the things we shared were never meant to be
Our love is like a heart attack, and it's slowly killing me, yeah

If you can taste the pain I know or
The way I feel inside
Then show me, show me, show me everything's alright

I hate kissing you goodbye, whoa ohh oh ooooh
I’ve heard it all before, and I know for sure
That it won't heal with time, (it won't heal with time)
No matter what I do, or what I say, no matter how I try, Baby
I hate kissing you, kissing you goodbye, whoa whoa yeah

Then show me, show me, come on show me
Everything's alright, mmmm
I hate kissing you goodbye
I hate kissing you goodbye
I never, ever, ever wanted to kiss you goodbye, whoa oh oh

I hate (I hate) kissing you goodbye, Baby-baby
I hate (I hate) kissing you goodbye, (oh-oh-oh) you know I never wanted to
I hate (I hate) kissing you goodbye, bye-bye-bye
Bye-bye, (my-my) miss American pie, whoa oh ohh
I hate (I hate) kissing you goodbye,

- I Hate Kissing You Goodbye (Tuff)

......because I do hate it!

Blast from the past

Had a most unexpected friend request on Facebook last night. Steph's niece Anne added me and sent me a message as she was trying to get hold of contact number for Steph and doesn't talk to the rest of the family. Of all the people least likely to have got in touch with me it was Anne. Just have to wait and see if its OK with Steph for me to pass on her mobile number now.

Meh, grumble grumble!

Had a totally crap night last night. It was way too hot and I only managed about 3 hours sleep :o(
Felt sick when I woke up and almost phoned in...............but didn't!
Am going to have to invest in some fans to cool the place down, god I'd love to have one of those ceiling fans in the bedroom again!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Dinner, paperwork and late nights!

Toni made a gorgeous stir fry to go with our jacket potato and tuna. I started doing some tidying up and a much needed sorting out of paperwork (BIG mistake). After dinner I had piles of paper coming out of my ears and they still haven't all been put away, but I am getting there. The kids started playing Rock Band and before we knew it it was gone 23:00 and Toni had to leave (despite all the kids protesting that they didn't want this to happen, including Sam). So after a cup of coffee they finally left and headed back to Eltham.

The Sunday night thing still sucks..........

Dungeons and Dragons

After a quick snack Sam assumed the role of Dungeon Master and led Toni, Gemima, Aaron and I on an epic adventure through two levels of Dungeons and Dragons. Although the board game is nothing like the old role playing game it was still great fun and nice to do something together.

The Lidl things are great!

After the car oil change we went to Lidl to pick up a few much needed supplies to tide me over until pay day (Thursday).

I do love Lidl, it is so cheap without compromising on quality.

All change

Up early today and showered to take Toni's car over to Shane's to have an oil change. We got there at 10:30 as requested and Shane's mum made us a cup of tea before going to work. We say in the living room talking to Sophie and Shane while Gemima and Shane's nephew and niece played together. The mechanic had popped out to get some bits to fix Fi's car. This took "slightly" longer than expected and it was about three hours later that he returned and things started to happen. He drained the oil to reveal that there was probably about a litre in the engine (which strangely enough was about how much Toni had put in recently). The dipstick hadn't even been registering that there was oil in there at all. We suspect that when the service was done they had drained the car and either forgotten to refill it or only put in a bare minimum. Toni is very lucky her car didn't give up the ghost months ago. Luckly no harm was done and it is now running quite happily on 4 litres of oil with a dipstick reading to reflect this!

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Showers and candles

After a lovely refreshing cool shower it was time for bed. Toni had lit all the candles in the bedroom. It looked fabulous and it was nice to just lay there in each others arms watching the flames flicker and the shadows dance across the walls and ceiling.

Fast Show, snoozes and Spanish chicken

When we got in we all plonked oursleves down in front of the TV with cold drinks and watched some episodes of The Fast Show. It was too hot though so Toni and I went and had a little siesta. It was lovely to drift in and out of sleep and hear Sam, Aaron and Gemima all playing together and getting on well. It was even better to be woken up by Sam to find out that he had cooked us Spanish chicken. He was adventurous though, took a jar of cook-in sauce and added his own herbs and spices to spruce it up a bit and the results were fantastic. He really is turning into a pretty good cook.

Southend promoting with the Vendetta crew

We all went down to Southend to meet up with Cat and some of the other Vendetta/Evolution people to do some club promotion and hand out flyers to try and increase the crowds.

The car journey there was long and painful as everybody in the world seemed to want to go to Southend. It was all too much for Aaron:

When we finally arrived (including some much need and excellent directions from Ric) we congregated at the Odeon cinema and started handing out flyers. I had planned on taking some photos but never really got a chance to. There was some people from Starbucks dressed as Banaman and Wonder Woman handing out free smoothie samples which delighted Gemima. She did enjoy it despite the look on her face!:

We went from one end of Southend High Street to the other (detouring to a great little shop called Dead Glam where Toni picked up a fabulous skirt and Aaron bought some goth/emo fingerless gloves). Eventually the kids got hot and hungry (plus we had to shoot off to get Toni's car looked at) so we stopped and had some chips before heading off to Chelmsford. Luckily we hadn't got too far before Sophie sent me a text saying that the car wouldn't be done today but tomorrow morning so we just headed back to SWF.

Lunch and grooming

Quite a busy day today. Started with getting ready and Gemima having to be bathed and creamed due to some very bad (but impressive looking) sunburn.

Next came a light lunch mainly comprising of leftovers from last nights BBQ. Next up was the much needed application of hair dye for my as I was showing some serious roots! Sam and I then both had our hair straightened before we all got ready to go out.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Different night for a change

Got home from work to find that Toni, Aaron and Gemima had already arrived. Toni suggested that we have a BBQ at some point over the weekend but the weather wasn't looking great so we decided to have it there and then. One trip to Asda later and we had the coals burning and a lovely meal was cooked on a glorious evening. It was so nice and such a pleasant change.

Following that we slipped into the usual bad habits and watched the Big Brother eviction!

Happy Birthday Sandra Slater

Happy Birthday Sandra,

Hope you have a great day

All our love

Keith, Sophie and Sam

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Car playing up

Toni's car is playing up and we are hoping and praying that it will be a quick fix and nothing expensive. She is getting it looked at by one of Shane's friends on Saturday.

If the car goes then it will have awful implications on a) our usual weekends together and b) our trip to Swanage in August.

Fingers crossed it won't be anything serious!

Things You Don't Want to Hear a Chaos Magician Say

  • With some slight modification I can make it better.

  • Anyone seen that talisman of mine? I seem to have misplaced it.

  • Parsons was a wanker--- Watch this!

  • Now it's time for the triple invocation of Loki, Coyote, and Baphomet.

  • Help!

  • What you don't know can't hurt you, right?

  • Don't worry, everything's under control.

  • I know what I'm doing.

  • Trust me.

  • Hastur, Hastur, Hast---

  • Oops

  • No, I planned this, honest!

  • I'm glad you asked...

  • But the *theory* is sound.

  • Yeah, but you should see the other guy.

  • But if it's already dead, how can it be a sacrafice?

  • Now if only I had some bungee cords.

  • Then Cthulu showed up.

  • I really wish I had some chalk right about now.

  • Everybody needs a hobby, right?

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

How do you tutu?

Hazel is doing some modelling on Friday but she was sadly lacking in the tutu department. Strangely enough your truly has a couple of tutus so offered to lend them to her. She popped round after work tonight and borrowed, my old faithful, my naughty shorty, plus a skirt that I got cheap that I can't quite fit into yet! Hazel will probably have to pin them a bit but at least she has something to work with now.

Was good to have a quick catch up and see that she is doing well. Her medical issues are nowhere near as bad as she thought and she seems so much happier now she has put Ed, her ex, well and truly in his place.

Whilst drinking tea it was amusing to see her reading texts from Dan saying that Iz had just thrown up in the car twice! Bad news is that now she is home she is still very poorly. Get well soon Iz!

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Dropping the boy off!

Toni came over tonight to drop Aaron off for the rest of the week (as Sam had invited him to stay over).
Was lovely to see them both again so soon!
Had a bolognaise for tea and then watched Pirates Of The Caribbean 3 and slowly drifted off to sleep.
Hopefully it won't be too long before we can seriously start thinking about doing things so that we don't have to be apart during the week ;o)

Open up and say AAAARRRGGHHHH!

Poor old Sam had two of his teeth extracted today as part of his ongoing orthodontic treatment. Not nice to have a tooth pulled but two on the same day, OUCH! He seems to have survived it well enough to be able to shout, "If that's dad, tell him to eff off" when I rang Sophie to check that it went OK!

Happy Birthday Gloria

Happy Birthday Gloria,

Hope your day is a good one and isn't too tearful for you.

All our love, Keith, Sophie and Sam

Monday, 21 July 2008

Message From Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth

Thee Temple strives to end personal laziness and to engender discipline. To focus thee Will on one's true desires. In thee belief, gathered from experience, that this maximizes and makes happen all those things that one wants in every area of L-if-E.

Explore daily your deepest desires, fantasies and motives, gradually focusing on what you would LIKE to have happen in a "perfect world", a "perfect situation", taking away ALL restrictions and "practical" considerations. What you would REALLY want.

Then decide to try and do it.
Thee mere visualization of that true goal, your true Will, begins thee PROCESS that makes it happen.

Clean out thee trappings and debris ov compromise, ov what you've been told is reasonable for a person in YOUR circumstances. Be clear in admitting your REAL desires. Discard all irrelevancies. Ask yourself, who you WANT as friends, if you need or WANT to work, what you want to eat, what sexuality you REALLY need to pursue. Check and re-check everything deeper and deeper, more and more precisely to get closer and closer to, and ultimately, integrate with, your real SELF. Your INDIVIDUAL. Once you are truly focused upon your SELF internally, thee external aspects ov your L-if-E will fall into place.

Skeptics will say that they simply don't believe this Psychic PROCESS works. But it does.


- Message From Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth

Last.FM listening post

Here's last week's top picks music lovers!

Top weekly tracks:

Top weekly artists:

Overall top tracks:

Overall top artists:

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Water balloon fight!

Aaron, Sam and Sophie decided to have a water balloon fight in the garden this afternoon. All I can say is, boys will be boys!


Some bright spark decided that he would get up early today and do some gardening! Got both bits of grass out the front of the house cut and strimmed. Toni and I then did a mega blitz on the jungle that is the back garden and it is looking very nice now. Still more to do but we made an excellent start!

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Stir fry

We had a lovely stir fry for dinner tonight, and Sophie had a jacket potato as she doesn't like Chinese food. We watched some of Kill Bill Vol 1 before retiring to bed early as we were knackered (probably the marathon Monopoly session couple with too much dancing last night)


Promised Sam that we would play some family games this weekend and he opted for Monopoly. It was a bit of a marathon session with the game lasting over 3 hours. Aaron went bankrupt and Toni and I both conceded as Sam was cleaning up so he won by default (and we also realised why they are called board "bored" games as this one went on FAR too long)

Push me, Puli!

Separated at birth!
Which is Sam and which is the Puli?

Kamikaze Sam

For some reason Sam decided to dress as a kamikaze pilot today........or is he a school boy........oh I don't know, perhaps its ninja stylee LOL

The tie (with knots) was used in a game of "whip me, beat me" with Aaron last night versus a tea towel!

Friday, 18 July 2008

Arizona at The Lodge

Toni, Sam, Aaron and I went to The Lodge to see Arizona play tonight. Was lovely to see Tracy and Bev again (and great that they got to meet Toni).

The band were cooking as usual, great entertainment and the usual catalogue of great tunes.

Sam and Aaron en route (looking like a couple of dogs!):

Moody git:

The band:

No pictures:

Baggy Trousers (or just plan Madness)

The gang's all here:


Sam's new (very drunk) friend:

The return of Jagger Mk 2!

See all the photos here:


.... looks like I have upset Kat!

Was supposed to be forming a "function band" with her and we had a rehearsal scheduled for tomorrow with a drummer and guitarist. After much soul searching this week (and probably aided by the fact that I have my home recording studio working now) I realised that the function band thing is not really where I want to be musically at this moment in time.

Decision was only really made today and Hazel said that I needed to tell Kat sooner rather than later so I did. Seems Kat now has the serious hump and isn't talking to me anymore! I did point out that there was no reason why she couldn't still go ahead and rehearse tomorrow with the guitarist and drummer as they can still carry on and do the band without me but she never replied.

I didn't want to upset but had to be honest as well, I didn't want to commit to something that I didn't personally believe in doing so bailed out before it was too late. Will be a real shame if she stops talking to me altogether but in the end it's her loss and not mine although I wouldn't like our friendship to end on a sour note.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Shhhhh, musician at work!

I have finally got part of my home recording studio up and running and have started laying down the first parts of one of my songs. It feels so good to be able to final record it all at home and I can't wait to finish a song!

Happy days!

Happy Birthday Tracy Skingley

Happy Birthday Tracy!

Hope you have a great day and get lots of lovely presents!

See you at The Lodge tomorrow.

Love Keith, Sophie & Sam


Grrrrrrrr. Bloody jumpers!
Just got a text from Mike Babb saying the trains are shot to shit due to a fatality at Harold Wood. Went to catch the usual 07:58 train but it was cancelled and the next one is not until 08:40 and will only be four carriages, oh joy! On the plus side if I actually get on it I'll be straight to Shenfield rather than having to change at Wickford. Such a pain in the bum, if you want to check out early please find somewhere to do it that doesn't have an effect on everyone else!


Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Midweek visits!

I love midweek visits!
Toni came over after work today which was nice. Lots of chatting between all of us and then Sam went and put his foot in it and upset Toni. Think they sorted it all out but it was pretty unpleasant at the time.

After that we sat down for bolognaise and watched Kids In The Hall. Then we indulged in ice cream straight from the tubs YAY!

Toni and I both managed to fall asleep during Big Brother and so it was an early night for us when the kids woke us up!


Here are my scans of the scans that Sophie has had done LOL!

First scan 10/07/08:

Twelve week scan 14/07/08:

Talk Dirty To Me

You know I never
I never seen you look so good
You never act the way you should
But I like it
And I know you like it too
The way that I want you
I gotta have you
Oh yes, I do

You know I never
I never ever stay out late
You know that I can hardly wait
Just to see you
And I know you cannot wait
Wait to see me too
I gotta touch you

Cause baby well be
At the drive-in
In the old mans ford
Behind the bushes
Till Im screamin for more
Down the basement
Lock the cellar door
And baby
Talk dirty to me

You know I call you
I call you on the telephone
Im only hoping that youre home
So I can hear you
When you say those words to me
And whisper so softly
I gotta hear you

Cause baby well be
At the drive-in
In the old mans ford
Behind the bushes
Till Im screamin for more
Down the basement
Lock the cellar door
And baby
Talk dirty to me

C.C. pick up that guitar and talk to me

Cause baby well be
At the drive-in
In the old mans ford
Behind the bushes
Till Im screamin for more
Down the basement
Lock the cellar door
And baby
Talk dirty to me

- Talk Dirty To Me (Poison)

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Traci Michaelz Memorial Show

Sometimes I really wish I lived in Hollyweird. Would have loved to be able to attend this event. Nice to see another rock legend being given a great send off:

Might have to purchase one of these instead: