Saturday, October 27, 2007

The siege of Sangin

We have no Idea this is going on.

From Wiki

The siege of Sangin lasted between June 2006 and April 2007, during which time Taliban insurgents besieged the district centre of Sangin District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, occupied by British ISAF soldiers. During the siege, fighting became intensive, causing General David J. Richards, the NATO commander in Afghanistan, to declare that Helmand province had seen the fiercest fighting involving British troops since the Korean War.[3] It became emblematic of the difficulty of the mission being carried out by British soldiers in Afghanistan, who nicknamed it "Sangingrad" (in reference to the battle of Stalingrad).

Thursday, October 25, 2007

the mind of a six year old (just)

Dear Auntie Margaret,

Once upon a time, there lived a boy on his own. His step mother was a witch. The boy's name was called Jack. One day, he went into the forest. He found a hole in the ground. He looked into the hole. He saw a little squirrel. The squirrel looked at him. He touched the squirrel and then the ground shaked and in the air he found a wishing star. But when it landed it was a green ball. He looked at it and he touched it. The ball's door opened then Jack found a witch. He ran as fast as he could. He found a nittle cottage, he banged on the door. Then a little voice said "Come in" he rushed in and slammed the door. And there was this little man that was a dwarf. And then the dwarf went up to the witch. The witch did loads of powers on him, he defended them. Then he rised his axe and slammed it on the witch. The End

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Emergency 999

Kimmy sent this to me
can't guess why

Monday, October 22, 2007

adam kay

One for the Ship's doctor

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rugby World Cup 2007

Oh what fun has been had! A truly superb competition with thrills, spills, and fabulous rugby all the way. From the opening night upset of Amazing Argentina beating a lacklustre host France, to the Superb spectacle of rugby, the Bronze Medal match which in spite of being heralded as "the match no-one wants to play", turned out to be a real corker. Some superb running rugby by the Pumas, with a festival of tries, and the amazing sight of Sea-Bass Chabal, the French "impact" phenomenon being knocked backwards & stunned by a full back half his size. Talk about Hwyl! I cannot praise the Argies enough. Surely now they have proved they deserve their world ranking of 4th, and must be admitted to a major tournament. I hope it will be the 7 Nations, although I worry about how Wales can compete with them.

And so to the spectacle of a reborn Engeerlaand meeting the rampaging Bok's in the final. Can the Captain Cat and his crew keep the cheetah racer out of their box?

Watch this space.

Friday, October 19, 2007

A little cross?

From Wiki:-

The Victory Cross (Cruz de la Victoria in Spanish), is the name given to the Christian cross carried by King Pelagius of Asturias (Spain) at the Battle of Covadonga.

It's a wooden (oak) cross. It was covered with gold and precious stones in 908, under King Alfonso III, and so it remains until our days at the Cathedral of San Salvador (Oviedo).

Almost 1100 years old! They don't make victory crosses like that any more! ;)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

How sad is the tigger movie?

Dylan cried tonight, oh how he cried. Firstly he wouldn't tell me why. then he sobbed some more,
and some more. after about 5 mins, he confided in me.

It was the Tigger movie. He was crying because tigger couldn't find his fambly tree. :(

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mr Apollo

5 years ago I was a 18 Stone poulterer, Today I am two separate teachers!

Enroll today in Mr Wagg's GTP course!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Facebook Group

I've joined NJB and created a group on facebook! Piece of cake. I'm still not sure why, though :$

Saturday, October 13, 2007


The Howell's have now decided that the world may have caught up with them, and started to use Skype, so you can now phone us for free by downloading the software from Here, and adding Grumunkin or kimsarahowell to your friends. It's been a long wait since 5/5/2005.........


Friday, October 12, 2007

Dylan King of the sea

Dylan asked us today "how do you get water to drink from the sea"?

We asked what he meant

He Said "well, how do you take the shampoo out, do you take a bucket full, and put it in a machine"?

It seems that he was confusing the white water at the sea's edge with shampoo foam. Quite cute, really

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache

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Captain Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache (10 June 1884 - 20 February 1917) was an officer in the British Army who died during the First World War. A common misconception is that he had the longest English surname on record, or the English surname with the most multiple barrels.

Leone was born in Lincolnshire, the sixth son of the eccentric clergyman, Ralph Tollemache-Tollemache. He was the eighth of Ralph's many children by his second wife, Dora Cleopatra Maria Lorenza de Orellana. In common with his many brothers and sisters, his father game him an ecccentric name, although not as extreme as one of his elder brothers: Lyulph Ydwallo Odin Nestor Egbert Lyonel Toedmag Hugh Erchenwyne Saxon Esa Cromwell Orma Nevill Dysart Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache.

A common misconception is that Leone had the longest English surname on record, or the English surname with the most multiple barrels. His surname at birth was "Tollemache-Tollemache", his father having doubled his original surname, "Tollemache", after his second marriage. "de Orellana" derives from his wife's Spanish ancestry and is a forename rather than part of his surname. The first "Tollemache-Tollemache" also seems to be an unusual forename. He was Ralph's sixth son, hence "Sextus". "Leone" repeats a pattern seen in the names of his elder brothers and sisters (Lyonel, Lyonesse, Lyulph, Lyona, Leo, Lyonella and Lyonetta). In practice, Leone shortened his name to "Leone Sextus Tollemache".

He joined the British Army, attending the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in 1902. He was commissioned into the Leicestershire Regiment in 1903. Before the First World War, he served in India and at Fermoy in Ireland.

He married an Irishwoman, Kathleen Mary Mills (daughter of Joseph Mills and Charlotte née Bloomfield), at Acomb, Yorkshire on 23 April 1914. They honeymooned in Fermoy. Their son was born on 12 January 1915 in White House in Acomb; Kathleen died in childbirth, but the son, Denys Herbert George, survived.

On the outbreak of the First World War, he was sent to France on the Union-Castle steamer SS Braemar Castle in September 1914. He kept a personal diary of his experiences. His brother, Leo, also served in France, in the 1st Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. He went missing, presumed killed, on 1 November 1914 and his body was never found. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial.

In 1916, Leone was seconded to serve as Brigade Major in the 3rd Australian Infantry Brigade of the 1st Australian Division after it was redeployed from Gallipoli to the Somme. He died on active service in 1917, from influenza. He is commemorated at the communal war cemetery in Betancourt.

Monday, October 08, 2007


film trailer

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The day of the underdog

What a turn up! Just goes to show you can never predict international rugby matches!

A superb day's entertainment, and two hard won victories by two teams with a lot to prove.

Well done boyos

Friday, October 05, 2007

Goon Bandage

Just back from the Taliesin Theatre in the Uni, to see Goon Bandage an evening with Harry Secombe, one of Swansea's finest sons.
It was a great production, a storming one man show, mixing humour with pathos, leaving a tear in the corner of our eyes at the end.
I thoroughly recommend it.
There is a fine review here and another review here

The run is:-

Run sheet

Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea
October 4- 6
Sherman Cardiff
October 9
Miner's Institute Blackwood
October 10
Borough Abergavenny
October 11
Theatr Hafren Newtown
October 12
Canolfan Ucheldre Centre Holyhead
October 13
Wyeside Arts Centre Builth Wells
October 17
Miners Ammanford
October 18
Theatr Mwldan Cardigan
October 19
Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mold
October 23-24
Theatr Ardudwy Cyf Harlech
October 25
Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon
October 26
St Donats Arts Centre Llantwit Major
October 27

Thursday, October 04, 2007

that's 'ealth n saaafty that is!

Nelson: "Order the signal, Hardy."

Hardy: "Aye, aye sir."

Nelson: "Hold on, that's not what I dictated to Flags. What's the meaning of this?"

Hardy: "Sorry sir?"

Nelson (reading aloud): "'England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability” …..”What gobbledegook is this?"

Hardy: "Admiralty policy, I'm afraid, sir. We're an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil's own job just getting 'England' past the censors, lest it be considered racist."

Nelson: "Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco."

Hardy: "Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments."

Nelson: "In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the main-brace to steel the men before battle."

Hardy: "The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government's policy on binge drinking."

Nelson: "Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we'd better get on with it........... full speed ahead!"

Hardy: "I think you'll find that there's a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water."

Nelson: "Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow's nest please!"

Hardy: "That won't be possible, sir."

Nelson: "What?"

Hardy: "Health and Safety have closed the crow's nest, sir - no harness; and they said that rope ladders don't meet regulations. They won't let anyone up there until proper scaffolding can be erected."

Nelson: "Then get me the ship's carpenter without delay, Hardy."

Hardy: "He's busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral."

Nelson: "Wheelchair access? I've never heard anything so absurd."

Hardy: "Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently-abled."

Nelson: "Differently-abled??? I've only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn't rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card."

Hardy: "Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency."

Nelson: "Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons."

Hardy: "A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won't let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don't want anyone breathing in too much salt - haven't you seen the adverts?"

Nelson: "I've never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy."

Hardy: "The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral."

Nelson: "What??? This is mutiny!!!"

Hardy: "It's not that, sir. It's just that they're afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There are a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks."

Nelson: "Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?"

Hardy: "Actually, sir, we're not."

Nelson: "We're not?"

Hardy: "No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation."

Nelson: "But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil."

Hardy: "I wouldn't let the ship's diversity co-ordinator hear you saying that sir. You'll be up on disciplinary report."

Nelson: "You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King."

Hardy: "Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it's the rules. It could save your life"

Nelson: "Don't tell me - health and safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?"

Hardy: As I explained sir, rum is off the menu! And there's a ban on corporal punishment."

Nelson: "What about sodomy?"

Hardy: "I believe that is now legal, sir."

Nelson: "In that case............................... kiss me, Hardy

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Eddie Izzard- Death Star Canteen

Hat Tip
the lovely Karima Khanniche

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Next sport for RJM?

From Wired:-

33 year old Austrian Markus Stoeckl has smashed the World Speed Record for series mountain bikes. Stoeckl, nicknamed "Hercules" because of his 6'4", 220 lbs. frame, broke the 8 year old record by 14 mph on a 2000 meter, 45 degree run in the Chilean Alps. Because of the extreme cold, Hercules had to hold his breath for the 40 second duration so his helmet didn't fog up.

Crazy, indeed, but we wonder how on Earth he stopped. Those disc brakes were surely useless. See the video below, wherein Stoeckl makes it all look effortless.

Markus Stoeckl breaks record for series mountain bikes by 23 km/h [Intense Cycles via Bicivilizate]

Monday, October 01, 2007

Thanks to my ever loving brother, "the Moose" for the fine and upstanding present in consideration of my impending natividad. A case of fine Bordeaux Rose, my favorite tipple of the moment.

This prompted me to look up the Chateau Rousseau de Sipian Here.

Whilst browsing the site, I happened to notice that the negociants he is currently moonlighting for as a representative, are mentioned in the links Here.

Surely the wine couldn't have fallen off the back of his van?


(just joking, Mart ;) )