Archive for January, 2009

Leaving The Gayness Behind

and heading for the sun….

And for those interested in robbing my house – I wouldn’t… the Mother In Law is house sitting. You’ll get more than you bargained for.


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LOL Funny

It’s been a little while since something made me laugh out loud and bring tears streaming down my face but this link got forwarded to me at work today and left me needing to sort out serious mascara streaks running down my face.

It’s a complaint letter written by someone unhappy with thier flight on a Virgin airline. The writer really has comedy genius talent for putting lines together.

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I’m Not Gay – And No One Cares!

daffydI love the place I work and I love my job. Like any other place of work it has it’s irritations. The fact you have to go through a song and dance to get anything done, the issues with under staffing and there being 50% more chiefs than Indians. The necessity for people to throw awful buzz words about to make out they know what they’re on about. And this insidious fascination with ‘partnerships’ and ‘working together’ which really just seem to be a cover up for farming out ‘giving a shit’ and quietly privatising public services. There are tons of irritating things where I work but they are by far outweighed by the benefits which are flexible working – I can basically pick my hours as long as I cover the amount I’m contracted to during a month. I get paid for the extra hours I work as well as being able to take time off in lieu of hours I’ve worked above my contracted hours. I get paid fairly well and I get recognised for what I do. When you add it up my holiday time runs into months rather than weeks and I have very little, if any pressure or stress. For those reasons I can accept the annoying warts on the place. Until that is I read the intranet site this week to find them making an announcement about having been named in a particular top 100 employers list which specifically identifies employers who are excellent at hiring gays.

Ok, fair enough it seems I’m not the only one enjoying working there – the population of gays we have working there obviously love it too. Now I’d never considered how many gays we have working in our company but I guess any employer who hires people in denominations of thousands you can guarantee there are going to be a few hundred differently sexually oriented people – either way, why should I care?

The answer is, I shouldn’t care because political correctness determines that I must not care because these gays are normal people like me and they shouldn’t be treated differently. And I don’t treat anyone who I know is gay differently I really couldn’t give two shits whether someone is gay or not. I’m more likely to care if someone has bad breath, not what sex person they’d rather be involved with. And this is what enrages me about this crap. On the one hand the ‘diversity’ muppets at work are beavering (no pun intended) away at making sure no one is taking a stab at the gays, Asians and disabled yet the irony is they are single handedly creating the isolation these people say they don’t want. At the end of the day being gay, bisexual, lesbian or trans-gender all comes down to one detail – Sexual preference. And who’s business is that anyway? And why must it come up at work of all places? Why does anyone’s sexual preference need to be involved in anyway at the place of work for someone sorting out your council tax, planning application, school dinners, streetworks? Surely the fact people who have different sexual preferences are working within the company they are means they’ve been treated fairly already. Job done – now get on with your day.

No one gives a shit that I’m NOT gay, it’s accepted as the norm yet if we spent time and effort making sure everyone treated me well because I’m hetrosexual and held clubs and groups so that I could go along and meet other people who are hetrosexual and then made announcements that it’s great they hired me because I’M HETROSEXUAL I soon wouldn’t be treated very normally.

Furthermore the intranet reports that they will be holding an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) exhibition to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community in which they will be ‘flying the rainbow flag for part of the month’. The article went on: “The county council has an established lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff network which holds social events and has a say in staff policies. Diversity Champions at all levels of the workforce drive forward equalities for staff and customers, and we have excellent confidential monitoring of sexual orientation in the workplace, looking into the experiences of gay and lesbian people and measuring the outcomes of equality and diversity initiatives”…. Really? We’re looking into the experiences of gay and lesbians? WHY?

The more I read of this rubbish the more I felt like it was turning into a bit of a freak show. Will we be getting all the gays together and making them dress in pink sailor suits and skip around the foyer of the building too? What about the disabled people – are we going to involve them and give them a special day too? Everyone wear a prosthetic limb to celebrate being disabled, sorry, ‘less abled’, no, ‘limb challenged’. What’s next? Bring a gay to work day? Seriously it’s WRONG – not the being gay part – the whole fucking fanfare that is being created and I can honestly say if I was gay I’d be dead embarrassed by it all.

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Rats, Cats & Elephants – Capel St Mary, Nr Ipswich

I am bloody angry. SO ANGRY that I’m not going to check this post for mistakes and grammar!

I’ve had a tropical fish tank for over 7 years, infact nearly 8 years. I started out with a small tank and and gradually upgraded to the 180litre community tank we have now which is home to several different varieties of fish, some of whom are as old as the set up itself. The tank is established, runs well and I have never had some of the common diseases I see people on the forums troubled with. I use tap water that I treat with de-chlorinater to carry out weekly water changes.

Several months ago I bought 2 small freshwater Dwarf Puffer fish from the shop in the title of this post. They incorrectly had this fish labelled as a Community fish meaning you could keep it as a member of a group of other fish who are also known to dwell peacefully together. There was no problem for the first few days as they settled in but then I noticed some of the other fish turning up with chunks out of their fins. The puffers were fin nipping the other fish during the night. I also found the puffers were incredibly hard to feed because they would only eat meaty foods like blood worm which everyone else in the tank enjoyed too and gobbled up before the puffers got a look in. The amount of food I had to put in the tank for the puffers made the tank filthy quickly and algae started to become a problem.

I eventually got a tank divider as a temporary solution since I didn’t want to take the puffers back to the shop. One of the puffers got bigger and the other smaller – I now know this was because they didn’t have enough room between them and one became boss. The little one suddenly died, so I was left with one.

The problem with food continued and I eventually bought another small tank called a Biube to rehouse the puffer on it’s own.  The Biube is a contemporary tank made from clear acrylic, something that a serious aquarium owner would perhaps find a bit novice but actually works beautifully for what I need it for. I was considering buying a shrimp of some sort to do the job of cleaning the bottom.  Crustaceans are often better in a ph of 7 because it’s more beneficial to their shells. Last week I went to the fish shop and saw they had some Crystal Shrimp – £9 each.  Knowing my tanks are around 8.2-8.4 I queried the owner at Rats, Cats and Elephants what his tanks read at. My thinking being if his tanks are at a PH of 7 and I dump a shrimp into mine which is 8.2 that could well be £9 down the pan!

The bloke stood there and practically froze at the question like I was trying to catch him out! He asked why I wanted to know, so I explained. I got a long lecture on PH which contradicted many things I’d read from other aquarium owners and encylopedias on the net. He came across as quite arrogant and I didn’t appreciate it when he made comments about my using tap water in my tropical tank and then took a stab at the fact I have a Biube! “The only problem you’ve got is that you own a Biube”! Well it serves the purpose I said, before leaving without a shrimp. Wil also pointed out that he’d been shitty about us asking for only 5 litres of Saltwater in our 25 litre container. Seems he’d rather we buy a whole container full.

As if the abuse of last week wasn’t enough we returned today to buy more water to do the weekly water change in our Marine tank.  I wanted to start up a small snail farm for the Dwarf Puffer so I asked the woman who works there (assuming it’s his wife) if she could fish out some of the tiny baby snails that were stuck to the inside of all of their hundreds of tanks along with some plants I was buying. She looked at me like I’d just peed in one of the tanks and then said snails aren’t something they sell. I said, no, I’m sure but do you want to keep them? (knowing full well most people don’t want that many snails in their tanks and other fish shops I’ve been to are only too happy to give snails away) She said no, they are a nuisance but that doesn’t mean she wants to go fishing them out of the tank to give to people!

I couldn’t have been more flabberghasted – I just stared at her in disbelief, took my bag with the plant in, paid and left.

I am beside myself that as a regular customer of this shop – one who goes in on a weekly basis to buy salt water, guinea pig hay, straw, sawdust, food and all supplies for my fish tanks – not forgetting the couple of hundred quid we spent on our marine tank, stock and all the follow up routine supplies and the fish I’ve bought there that she couldn’t throw a handful of nuisance snails in a bag for me. Helping me out and ridding themselves of something she actually admitted they considered a pest. In the middle of a recession I’m amazed that 2 people in a business of, lets face it – not exactly necessary products that people are going to buy when they’re broke, are willing to treat people in this manner.

I won’t be going back anyway.. I’ll drive twice the distance to go to other stores for future supplies as well as purchasing an RO/DI filter to make our own water for the marine tank.

Rats, Cats & Elephants – has definately lost my custom and I won’t have anything good to say to anyone else about them either.

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T-Mobile Advert

I just saw this advert aired for the first time on tv tonight. Apparently this happened yesterday (Jan 15th) at Liverpool Street Station, London. Which, if you are not from around these parts is the major train station junction for most trainlines running into London from all over England. There are many videos on YouTube where passers by and people who were there catching their trains filmed it on their mobiles but this video is the actual advert touting T-Mobiles slogan ‘Life is for sharing”…  I think it’s genius!

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Mrs Hojo has presented me with this award….


Nothing says ‘I love your blog’ quite like a chintzy tea cup full of  pink roses which probably smell like a drawer full of your grans underpants. Too funny – who designs these things? Remember the last one?


Bizarrely complete with a row of houses on it and linked to a photo of someones kitchen!

However, awards are awards and I accept them with all the sarcastic, angsty piss rip that earned me them in the first place.   Thank you Mrs Hojo for reading my blog, all your lovely comments and of course this lovely award *sniff*.

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Stunning photographs of landmark captured over six-month period – Telegraph

I’m putting this here so I know where to find it when I want to look at it again. In the meantime.. enjoy!

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