Archive for July, 2008

Delays on the Northern Line

Posted in Ramblings on July 25, 2008 by Andrew T. Smith

Sorry for the delay in making any new posts (He says as if anybody is actually reading). I am currently working on editing some audio for the site but since I am a lazy sod this is taking some time. It should be with you in the next fed days.



Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on July 13, 2008 by Andrew T. Smith

After three years of lounging about punctuated by intense spasms of hard slogging I can now safely announce that I, Andrew Thomas Smith, am a university graduate.

I didn’t expect to enjoy the whole ceremony thing. In fact I only really agreed to do it in order to satisfy my parents; they did, after all, pay for the majority of my time there. It was to my great surprise that my day turned out to be pretty bloody great. The bits I dreaded, like actually collecting gowns and taking photos, went without a hitch and the ceremony itself was pretty pleasant.

Drew meets Kate, a class act with an understandably limp handshake.

One highlight was the speech given by veteran journalist Kate Adie. She came in as a replacement for the new chancellor of Sunderland University Steve Cram who was busy doing some sports-type guff for the BBC in London. I’m quite glad he didn’t turn up as personally I have far more motivation to respect and listen to Adie’s words of wisdom. Her speech was only slightly marred by her request that we go out into the world of employment and, “wave yourselves in their faces.”

It is no secret that during my three years at university I regarded a good percentage of my fellow students with great disdain. At the ceremony however I found these past gripes lifted from my shoulders. Sure, I didn’t particularly care for a lot of these people but in all likelihood I would never see the ones I disliked again and they must have worked just as hard as me to get to this point. Good on them. I got to say hello to just about everyone I cared to say hello too, even if I completely failed to find others in the crowd. It also felt right that Rob and I ended up celebrating together after the whole shebang was done. He was the first real friend I made at uni and remains one of the best.

Rob (Left) and Muggins (Right)

What really made the day special was the attitude of my family, nine of whom showed up to the ceremony. I may bitch and moan about them from time to time but their support and generosity was very touching and I can’t thank them enough. It was also great to gather at home afterwards and get a bit shloshed with them.

Me and My Dad

So, now what?

Buy! Buy! Buy!

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2008 by Andrew T. Smith

Here it is then, the first re-post. This is pretty much as it was on my Myspace blog but with added notes that tell the story that has unfolded since that posting. Enjoy!

“My house … is filled with this crap
Shows up in bubble wrap
Most every day
What I bought on eBay”

– Ebay Song by Weird Al Yankovic

Ebay is my vice of choice, or at least it was until I realised that each month’s paycheck was rapidly being reduced to a pittance after my compulsive deductions. The same applies to all online shopping but in the past ebay in particular has helped to fuel my apsergers-like obsessions. For your perusal here I present.

The Top 5 Useless Thing I Bought On Ebay

5) Ticket From the Premier of ‘Take Her, She’s Mine’

Take Her, She\'s Mine ticket

Not a particularly good film by most accounts, in fact I haven’t even seen it. But this ticket was in the same room as James Stewart at one point and isn’t torn! It must be one of very few in this world and I’d wager the only one in England.

Cost: Records lost to the sands of Ebay but around £8 inc p+p

4) Winnie the Pooh Talking Record Set With Book

James Stewart + Winnie the Pooh = Classy

Please believe me when I say this is cool and is one of the many James Stewart records I have snapped from the clutches of capitalist ebay hoarders. This has been in my possession for three months. I have yet to listen to it.

Note: As this is a re-post and some time as past I can now say that I have listened to this record and yes it is cool.

Cost: About £24 including p+p

3) Roger Rabbit in 3-D, Issue One

I had wanted some 3D specs for a while as I had downloaded some videos of Disneyland that required the glasses to view correctly (Hole, Deeper, Digging) so this made sense to me. If I’m going to pay for some specs I may as well get a cool comic to go along with them.

When they arrived they barely fit my head. Honestly! You would think they were made for children or something!

Cost: £1.04 + £1.60 p+p

2) Aeroplane Monthly Magazine, OCTOBER 1979, Volume 7, No.10

This one may seem a very odd purchase but take a good look at the cover stories and you will notice that this is just another in my long list of James Stewart related purchases. There are only four pages that interest me but the photos are great. In fact this is contains the only photograph I know of showing James Stewart actually in flight. This justifies the expense, honestly.

Cost: £2 + £1 p+p

1) Vincent Price’s Face!

Look at this, an object of true beauty. I am told the cast was taken for the movie Dead Heat, one of Price’s later roles. It isn’t original or anything, in fact it is one of many casts taken from the same mould but how could I resist? It’s so cool. I could astound my family and friends with my amazing talking piece. As it turned out most people were freaked out by the cast and many thought I had stolen his death mask or something.

Edit: My Vincent Price Head was mentioned on radio some time after posting. He is still a celebrity from beyond the grave! I’ll see if I can get the permission to post the clip at some point in the future.

So there you have it. Nothing to extravagant but it all adds up, trust me on that. I don’t know why I need this stuff but I do, perhaps I have convinced myself one day it will become useful. Can you imagine the crap lying around my house by the time I hit forty? This vice is probably just going to get worse. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m just going to…err…check my email…

Blogger’s Block

Posted in Ramblings with tags on July 2, 2008 by Andrew T. Smith

As I mentioned in my first post here I have tried and failed to maintain several blogs in the past. The same though process always occurs. I see a new blog site, get all excited, set one up, come up with a flurry of starter posts and then it all goes to pot as I run out of things to say.

This time, as always, I am determined to break the curse and ironically my menagerie of abandoned blogs may actually work in my favour this time. If I can’t think of anything to say I can just do a repost. It may be recycled material but I’m betting that whoever you are reading this you probably aren’t one of the three of so folks who read the postings in their original locations!