31 08 2007

Today is the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

Like so many others I grew up watching and being facinated with her (and all the Royals).

It amazes me that someone I never met still can make me cry at their loss.

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Last Day for Tony Blair

27 06 2007

Today is the last day in office Tony Blair. He was the British Prime Minister for 10 years.

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I Need a Vacation

18 06 2007

I haven’t been on a true relaxing vacation in a few years. Sure I’ve taken a little time off here and there. This year I took time off for my Brother in Law’s wedding, but it wasn’t for ‘me’ or relaxing/refreshing/rejuvenating like sitting on the white sands of a tropical paradise with a fruity drink dressed with an umbrella.

I need some time off for myself (and Colin)

In August Colin and I have booked a week off, we will drive up to Sudbury for a few days to see P&K and their house and hopefully head off to a cottage for the rest of the week.

I’m looking forward to no internet, no laptops, no phones, no cellphones, no Blackberry. I am far too attached to these items day to day. . . . .

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Do You Know Anyone in the MET Police? HOT FUZZ!

1 05 2007

When we lived in England several of our friends became police officers, one in the Surrey Police and another in the London Metropolitian Police. . . . . .

Last week Colin and I decided to go out to a film and see HOT FUZZ, staring Simon Peg and Nick Frost.

Nicholas Angel is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing – the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman. The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman, Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life “bad boy,” and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny’s puppy-like enthusiasm only adds to Angel’s growing frustration. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny’s dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality. It’s time for these small-town cops to break out some big-city justice

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A Salute to a Brave & Modest Nation : CANADA

23 04 2007

Today I was invited to a FaceBook group called “The Amazing Race:Canada” – the idea of this facebook group was to get as many Canadians to join, there are similar groups for Britian and the USA.  The goal was to reach X amount of people in the group by a certain date, and ahead of the other countries participating.

On the ‘wall’ of the group, there was a link to the story below.  It is ‘thank you’ to Canada, who is always a thankless participant in many of the world’s conflicts.  Please take a moment to read it.  Thank you.

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Mind the Gap . . . In this Guy’s head!

29 03 2007

I have no freaking clue what this guy was thinking. . .  .but even thought its a stupid thing to do, I must confess I still think this guy is awesome.  He skis down the longest elevator in the London Tube system.   And because I know where that is (in fact I’ve been on that very escalator) I thought I would also post up some cool London Tube facts!

oh, and by the way, the station is Angel Station with 318 steps (Over 200 feet).

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The World’s Uglist Couch

19 02 2007

 Its been almost two years since we sold the beloved ugly avacado puke green leather button back couch.   I have an odd sense of mourning about it.

Before I was married, and Colin lived with a few chaps in a rented house in Chertsey (Surrey, in the United Kingdom) .  In order to furnish their place they gladly accepted ‘handouts’ when ever they could.

This couch was one of said handouts.  It was given to them by a mutal work colleauge, who had quite an interesting genre he collected.  He collected all things ‘casino’ – which is really no small feat in rural England.  He had a garage full of one armed bandits, bar ware and lounge furniture.

This couch apparently spent its glory years in the lobby of some European casino, sadly we never found out which one.  What a glamourous life.

Scars of its past life of splendor were evident, to the worn drink rings on the arms, to the scuffing on the round ball feet.   The leather was worn the middle of each seat cushion, and the back of couch was yellowed from natural light aganist it.

After we got engaged and the guys went their seperate ways, Colin ‘inherited’ the ugly avacado puke green leather button back couch. For the time we lived in England it was the faithful heart of our living room.  It was the butt of many jokes, but Colin stayed true to his couch.  When the time came to move back to Canada Colin seriously contemplated the cost of bringing his free avacado puke green leather button back couch back to Canada to adorn our need abode.  Needless to say I wasn’t as keen on the idea.

Thankfully after several days of “Don’t worry Honey, we’ll find the couch a good home” He finally agreed to let me sell it on Ebay.

I put a reserve of 100 Pounds and a week for the auction.  We watched, and waited.  Many people “watched” the auction with us, but no bids.  The day the auction came to an end there was a frenzied bidding war on the ugly avacado puke green leather button back couch that Colin had got for free.  When the smoke cleared we were surprized to learn that we had got 500 pounds for the thing!   In fact, when I spoke to the chap who bought it on the phone he’d said he’d been looking for a couch just like it for ages, and was actually prepared to spend almost 1000 pounds to get it!

Its certainly true, people will buy anything on ebay.

Dear Ugly avacado puke green leather button back couch, 

I hope your life has been good, and your new owners cared for your as much as we Colin did.


Colin and Joey