1) Cricket



I went to my first ever cricket match between Hampshire and Glamorgan. It was a first-class cricket, first of 4 days of innings. It was really chilled out, the game started 90 minutes late, which was fine, more time to chat and read the paper. It is uniquely British -I don’t just mean England and the UK, but also ex-empire colonies like India, Pakistan, Sir Lanka Australia etc. That said the Netherlands have a world class team… ok so maybe it’s the attitude which is British. Only the British would invent a game which takes ages to play, is relatively relaxed and unsuited for British Summers as well as having players who take their time to play the game. Then again they invented soccer so they might be a nation of paradoxes. Anyway it was thoroughly enjoyable and I spend most of a day with my friend David. Next week I hope to go to a ‘T20’ match which is more fast paced and *only* lasts 5 hours.

Bonus points – I got to go to the members only area (since David is a card carrying member and I was a ‘guest’ !!) and we had a lovely carvery lunch with beef, carrots, cauliflower cheese, small rost potatoes, gravy and a yorkshire pudding the size of a small childs head! It was lovely. Bonus bonus points that they had costa coffee and so I got a hot chocolate later on! AMAZING!

2) Lizardmen  

This happy chappy below is a Lizardman ‘Skink’ skirmisher. It’s not mine but the colours are pretty much what mine are painted like. I think they are cute and ferocious at the same time. I’m excited about these because they are getting a new lease of life and I am hoping to return to playing with them more that I have been this last 5 years or so. They were a large part of my young-adult/older childhood. YAY TOY SOLDIERS!


3) Carcassonne Evening

Friends of ours have an über set of Carcassonne with a zillion extras (builders, robbers, rivers, traders, pigs, flying machines and wizards!) with which themselves and ourselves played for 3 hours on Monday evening. Lizzi who was loosing all the way through came 2nd in the end, myself 3rd and it was all quite close! Carcassonne is a relatively relaxed game where you build a map and cities and get points for various things (completing roads and monasteries and cities). It can be a little competitive but is largely chilled out.


4) Scrubs

I’ve been watching this via the intertubes. It’s about medics who survive in a surreal hospital setting. The main character has Ally McBea- like fantasies where the weird things he thinks are visualised fore us. He puts up with his crazy mentor who is brilliant, egotistical and cynical and also from constant harassment by the insane plots of the taxidemy loving crazy janitor. It’s a wierd blend between reflective introspection, comedy and drama. In line with a well done TV series it has a nice array of music which helps set the mood. It even cross references House and self-parodies itself. Sometimes at the same time!

5) Wifey


She always makes the list. She’s amazing. We did belly bumping for sheer randomness and fun. She’s crazy and lovely and I love her. She also got 3 new fish which are cute and zippy. (a bit like her!)

6) Wargaming with Neph

We played more games of Warhammer 40k lite. He won of course 😉 However it is fun and nice to spend time with him mano-a-mano. It’s interesting how he concentrates and is quite ‘mature’ about it in that he’s not smashing 2 space marines together going ‘bang whizz’ and understanding that dice are how it works. He can count the dots on the dice to add things up and I’m using it to try to teach him some basic multiplication.

These ones are mine. (from a while ago)

7) D&D (again!)

It involves odd shaped dice.

I do love D&D. The group survived an encounter (battle) 5 levels higher – which was pretty interesting since that was supposed to be nigh on impossible! They thought it was going to be really hard, but the fact that they overcame it, not easily but without any major losses, shows how strong and co-ordinated they are as a group. It’s fun for me to be able to make stories and things and I think they enjoy exploring the world. Hopefully we’ll all continue to enjoy the adventures and stories.

8) Rain

OK not the actual rain per se but the fact that it ‘watered the grass’ and brought the insane temperatures of Thursday (~30ºC) down to a manageable level for the cricket and just general outdoor life. I didn’t leave the house on Thursday as it was simply too hot. I don’t do well in the heat and it seriously effects the diabetes – I’ve been hypo 3 times in the last week, which is not a regular occurrence. I might get hypo once every 2 months or so, but when it’s hot it is a bit worse as everything metabolises faster, the insulin works faster and its JUST TOO HOT!

9) The Tobacconist

A dying art is that of the tobacconist. Back in the days before Hitler (vehemently anti-smoking and vegetarian – ergo smoke and eat puppies otherwise you’re a Nazi?!?) and before realising that asbestos was bad for you,  these were a staple of most towns and cities. Now there’s only a few well established shops left but still enough to supply demand. Anyway it seems that pipe-ists are a bit of an esoteric lot these days but thankfully the interweb provides a wealth of information for wannabes like myself. My dad is a veteran pipe-smoker since forever (My current theory is that being young and exposed to nicotine all the time I was amped up mentally and doing fine until I moved away and got ill due to passive withdrawal!) and I have always enjoyed the smell of pipe tobacco (well some of them) This is very different than the cancer-stick variety which is thin, anaemic and full of additive chemicals and which I have always despised. I’m an odd fish right?


Top: Pure
Bottom: Filth

Anyway I have tried a variety of things; Circular Navy Cut, [strong, smells nice, smoke overpowering, bitter taste. Verdict: give to Dad!] a sample (5g) of Petersons University Flake [strong, smells so-so, smoke tolerable, bitter taste and  overly moist Verdict: not again), Coniston Aromatic (mild, smells ok, smoke is mild/tolerable, mind taste – simple and plain. Verdict: default!)  and Sweet Peach (mild, smells LOVELY, smoke is pleasant, tastes nice. Verdict: Favourite so far!)

Sweet Peach – look at the lovely colour!

10) Job Application & CDG people

Being ill with the diabetus, the crazyness, the endocrinez and so on I’ve been unable to work since I had to stop my PhD in genetics. So I’ve been liaising with the CDG which helps people get jobs. If they are people like me it’s a bit different than hitting you with a stick until you get a job (*cough* JobCentrePlus *cough*) However I’ve been in sufficiently good mood with good energy this last 2 weeks or so that I applied for a job that I could do and wouldn’t be too taxing for the interim. So that was achieve-y and a positive step.




  1. Hexy says:

    Welcome to the blog sphere… Looking forward to reading more posts by yourself…

    A very good list even if I say so myself. Had no idea you were toying with pipe smoking…

  2. christine says:

    I am going on record to say cricket will never come to the US. I went to one cricket match when we lived in Bermuda. When I heard that 50% of the time, the game is decided after two days by a coin toss, I thought for sure they were joking. No, no they weren’t. We US of Americans will never, ever be able to handle a game that is so laid-back that it takes 4 days to finish. Ever.
    You may be glad to know, though, the PE teacher at my kids’ school rocks, and she spends a few lessons on playing cricket.

    I have never heard of Carcassonne (I scrolled up three times to get the spelling right. I’m not doing it again to make sure.) It sounds interesting. Anything like Risk or Ticket to Ride?

    I must agree, your wife is wonderful.

    Good luck with the job search, but more so I hope for continued better health.

  3. Rich Rumple says:

    I must say that I was never a gamer the way you seem to be. I once purchased D&D one and two, and my wife and I never did fully understand how to play it. The boxes gathered dust for years prior to finally being tossed out in the trash during a move. I do have the original Playstation and a huge grouping of games, but even that seems to have lost its luster over the years. One might say, “Too old to play, yet too young to be cynical.” lol Good Post!

  4. Considerer says:

    You? Mrs So-Laid-Back-She’s-Horizontal, are not into cricket? Surely it’s a perfect match?

  5. Considerer says:

    Keep leaving me handy tobacco hints, k? Then I’ll know what to bring you. It was funny arriving home to see you out on the balcony (*still* so chic) with your feet up and the macbook giving everything a creepy blue glow.

    So glad that you and Neff are doing the whole *shudders a little* toy soldiers thing. It’s good for him.

    And YAY! Tummybumps. I’m so thankful you’re every bit as goofy as I am 😀

  6. zoe says:

    I am so the impatient ugly American…90 minutes late!?

  7. Joe Rogers says:

    Apparently it’s good for the crazyness. There’s even a couple of papers. It’s because nicotine stimulates MAOI receptors in the brain.

  8. Joe Rogers says:

    Yes, it’s a bit of an odd concept. But when you look at how chilled out everyone is at it. It is more of a pass-time than a sport. That said there is a variant called ‘T20’ which has a result within 5 hours (a *shot* game)

  9. Joe Rogers says:

    D&D 1 and 2? Red box?
    4E is a lot more streamlined and slightly more board-gamey but that means that the rules don’t get in the way of the storytelling. I’m not that into computer games anymore. Console-wise we don’t have a TV and my PC shares a space with the toy soldier desk.

  10. Joe Rogers says:

    It just means 90 minutes to read a book or chat to your friend in the mild weather!

  11. Joe Rogers says:

    Tee hee. No don’t worry about it. I’m chic now?

  12. clark says:

    so in this ‘sport’ the ‘pitch’ is a noun and not a verb? what the hell? next thing you’ll be doing is calling soccer ‘football’ because of the use of the foot! sorry, when we all decided to go do a solo album (back in 1775) we had a little thing in the contract that said: ‘we get to steal sports from the indigenous native cultures and pretend we developed it… except for most TV shows*. Sorry, it was in the contract.

    *we do get to marginally change the names of the show so people do confuse the original with the copy

  13. clark says:

    oh! hey! it’s someone at the door… sorry I missed that. Thats ok…I be back at the bottom of the Comment column… new Comment, wot?

  14. clark says:

    funny thing about ‘Scrubs’ loved the premise and (especially) the voice-over thing. but having watched the series almost to the last season, I started seeing the predominance of a rogerian worldview being expressed.
    …not, this is not the ‘my god, man! lighten up! it’s a tv series’ that it sounds like, lol
    but it was interesting to see the expression of this in the JD’s character become more and more emphasized as the series developed.

  15. Considerer says:

    The BALCONY’s chic. You are, as ever a *voice muffled as your hand clamps over my mouth*

  16. Considerer says:

    AHA! So perhaps ‘Scrubs’ clips would be the way forward. I always wondered because there’s clearly so much internal dialogue (that we hear) so I figured it was more a clark thing

  17. Joe Rogers says:

    The pitcher is the bowler as he bowls the ball, but that’s different from bowling or boules.

  18. Lostinthewoods says:

    I’m afraid that not only has cricket made it to the US but it’s been there for just over 300 years – though granted it’s not as popular over there. After all, cricket only stops for tea and rain not ad breaks 🙂
    (I can’t post the link on my tablet for some reason but there is a Wikipedia page about the ‘History of United States Cricket’)

  19. christine says:

    Oh, I forgot to comment about scrubs. I so enjoyed that show when it was on. Of course, I did not in any way analyze it like Clark did.

  20. Considerer says:

    (no-one analyses it the way Clark does – it’s his superpower…)

  21. clark says:

    no, Christine…. you have the handicap of living life in the present. lol

    you guys (scotts) are amazing for that, and I would venture a guess who your favorite characters on the show would be… (let me hedge my bets and pick two): Carla and the Janitor

  22. Yes cricket…we honeymooned in London and discovered the sport of cricket. The match which was in progress on tv on the day we arrived, I believe (and I could be wrong) was still going on when we left a week later. And I still have no clue about it other than someone is supposed to his a stick with a ball and someone else has a bat but it’s not like a baseball bat, it’s more like a big paddle. But glad you enjoyed yourself!

    Also, a word about pipe tobacco…I also love the smell. My grandfather used to smoke pipes and though he had already passed away by the time I was born, his pipe still sat out and I always enjoyed smelling it. I have also smelled pipes actually being used and for the most part I find the scent quite pleasing. 🙂

  23. Joe says:

    I really need to familiarise myself with this doctrine…

  24. Joe says:

    Yes my grandad on my dads side also had a pipe. It’s sort of one of those iconic things you remember them having all the time. Like someone with glasses…

  25. Kristi (K2) says:

    Carcassonne sounds a little like Settlers of Catan–one of my family’s favorite games.

  26. Oh! My dad used to smoke pipes. You’re right – the smell is completely different and actually really lovely! I haven’t seen Scrubs but now I want to! Thanks!

  27. My daughter has been hooked on Scrubs this summer, watching it on Netflix. She’s on Season 8, I think, and I didn’t even know they HAD a Season 8.

    While comparing Lizzi to fish might be considered a little odd, I do agree that she is cute and zippy!

  28. Joe says:

    She is a tropical fish in human form – zippy, bright, likes warmth and water!

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