Where there’s no sense there’s no feeling

I like Rugby League – I was brought up within a short walk of Headingley Stadium in Leeds, and so have a healthy interest in the Leeds Rhinos, and I’ve also had the chance to watch a bit of rugby this season so my interest has been re-piqued.

Rugby players are a hardy bunch, tougher than your usual football-playing big girl’s blouse anyway, however I was amazed by a story on the BBC website that told how one Widnes forward managed to get an opponents tooth lodged in his head, and he was so hard that he didn’t notice.

Read the full story HERE.

Most Haunted Series Four – #6

This week the Scooby Gang visited a small hotel in County Durham called The Manor House – a lovely looking former orphanage with a gruesome past.

Well, there didn’t appear to have been much of a gruesome past, but Derek Acorah found one anyway. He could feel the presence of a Malevolent male who had hung several people or children over the course of history, none of which was verifiable. For a change he didn’t come up with any names in this episode at all and what he did come up with was impossible to check, so you’d think this was one of the more disappointing episodes right?

Wrong – this one was a cracker and had one event that seemed rather convincing. In the early hours, Rick, Stuart and the other fat one with the goatee who’s name I can’t remember were holding a vigil in one of the bedrooms and they were getting spooked out by some flashing lights (not caught on camera). They started to goad this male spirit to show himself, and they nearly shat themselves when he appeared to! There was a huge bump which scared the shite out of the three burly guys, then for no reason at all the TV turned itself on. It wasn’t tuned into any channel, it just showed static. If there’s been a young blonde girl and ghostly voices this would have been straight out of Poltergeist the Movie!

Earlier on stuart (the other fat one with a goatee who’s name I can remember) held his own “vigual” in the basement and got a headache – so did I listening to his annunciation. The basement also held shocks for Yvette who nearly had kittens when she heard some sort of groan in her ear, something that no-one else managed to hear. The big girl.

There were orbs, there was Richard Felix going on about Poltergeists, there was a clipboard that seemed to throw itself on the floor, off camera of course. Derek got possessed and tried to throw a lamp without realising it was still attached to the wall – kind of spoiled the impact. Alternative medium Ian was more subtle and said “Fuck” a lot. It was an eventful episode and one that I enjoyed a lot, especially when Yvette started crying.

The TV incident was certainly interesting, Derek’s possession was as unconvincing as usual and Ian Lawman exorcised the house afterwards to get rid of the ghost, thus ruining any future revenue from ghost hunters and paranormal researchers.

They’ve still to catch something on camera, even after four series, but I shall wait patiently and enjoy the show for what I can get out of it. Entertainment.

It’s a girl!

This morning at about 07:30 UK time, my sister gave birth to my new niece, Jessica Anne. She was 7lb 3oz and so lazy that she was 10 days overdue. If her sister Hannah is anything to go by she’s going to be a little handful when she gets a bit older.

So, congratulations Julie and Phil on your new daughter! Rather you than me ;o)

Love Dave – proud Uncle

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Faith!

I’ve just spent Sunday evening down at the church, and I really enjoyed myself.

My band Carlton Brass were playing at Carlton Pentecostal Church, which is an establishment that has had some visits from our band before. Tonight’s event was a kind of celebration of St. George’s day (two days later) and general worship type stuff.

I was very amused most of the way through, in a good way. The church obviously has a modern-thinking Pastor, because the service was littered with comedy sketches, singing puppets and a faux “Who wants to be a Millionaire” competition, all of which were very funny. Now, if church was more like this then more people would go; hell, I would and I’m not a believer!

The whole thing was not preachy at all, they had an overhead screen for the hymns, there were plenty of young people in the congregation and it had a very modern, forward-thinking feel to it. They put across the Message without boring everyone to tears, and there was no sign of a tambourine.

They even put on food afterwards, and it was a really nice spread too. We’re playing a concert there again on the 22nd of May, so if anyone’s in the Nottingham area on that date and fancy listening to a Brass Band in a modern church environment, then come and visit.

Arsenal

Well, The Arse are Premiership champions for 2003/2004, and deservedly so. They’ve been utterly amazing through most of this season, and as a Leeds fan (even though I’m supposed to hate their guts) they bloody well deserve it. No-one has come close to them at all this season.

Now, if only half their team would would kindly die in time for next season, then that would be nice. Not that Leeds will be playing against them, I’m just a bad loser ;o)

Happy St George’s Day!

Today is England’s special day – the day that we celebrate out patron Saint, the distinctly non-English St George.

No doubt the general populace will display the usual apathy at our own Patron Saint, while they were more than happy to wear green and drink large amounts of Guinness on St Patrick’s day a little while ago.

It’s time to break out those Standards of St George, wave them with pride from the streets – be proud to be English! I may even drink a cup of tea, just be patriotic, like.

Fear Factory

They were once thought to be dead and buried, a once great band that spearheaded the more modern noises made by Metal acts. The big guy on guitar left and everyone thought that that was that.

Not so, they have a new album out soon (if not already) and I’m interested. My fave rock magazine, Metal Hammer, has a free CD on the cover every month these days and this month features a track off Fear Factory’s new album. The track is called “Cyberwaste”, and you know, it’s rather bloody good. Very heavy stuff, lots of drums and staccato guitars and the usual FF SciFi theme. Have a listen to this and see what you think.

Also on the CD (still going through it) is an excellent track by Amen – “Please Kill Me” is typical Casey Chaos stuff, lots of swearing and attitude and it’s got plenty of melody in with extended middle digits. I’m sorely tempted to get their “Death Before Musick” album, seeing as I’ve missed out on the first two.

I like getting these cover CDs – it’s good to have a listen to new stuff seeing as I don’t really listen to radio these days.

Most Haunted Series Four – #5

Well, last night’s episode was somewhat disappointing. The team disappeared off to some caves in West Wycombe, a set of man-made tunnels as used by the Hellfire Club for all sorts of debauchery. Derek was spot on with most of his spiritual-related facts, and there were a few weird noises, Phil felt sick and there were one or two strange happenings, but despite the dark, dank, spooky surroundings nothing of any note happened at all.

At no point did Yvette wet herself, and Richard Felix didn’t get a chance to mention Poltergeists. One to forget then, though they made a good fist of making the program interesting.

Linux, alive and well

Well, having found the faults causing me some concern with Mandrake 10.0, I’m now fully operational, well apart from the webcam not being supported.

Mandrake caused two issues with the upgrade/install. It chose the wrong driver for the sound card (should have used the so-called alternate driver) and it chose the correct driver for the graphics card, then incorrectly set it to 24bit – my card only works up to 16bit, so all my video applications caused the GUI to crash.

All sorted now, and as it was an early release of Mandrake 10.0, I’ll let them off the little bugs. I’ve still got a couple of minor issues, but I’m happy that I’m back up and running with Linux again

Stupid Sound Card!

Bah! I installed Mandrake 10.0 last night. I decided that I’d be better off going for a clean install, seeing as I didn’t have anything I really needed to keep on the previous 9.2 version, and it didn’t go quite as well as planned. For some reason the soundcard driver doesn’t want to work properly (or even at all) and just fails to start, leaving me with a cryptic failure message, plus I installed xine (my preferred media player) and every time it starts up it crashes KDE and it has to restart. I get the same effect with Totem. I can only assume it’s related to the soundcard issue, but I don’t really know seeing as I’m unfamiliar with the required logs.

Anyway, tonight I shall be reinstalling again, this time I’ll be turning off the “Plug and Play” option in the BIOS. I’d Googled about a bit last night and found a forum somewhere that mentioned that this option can cock-up certain hardware if it’s enabled. I’d turned it on when I was trying to get my new hard drive sorted (still not fixed that btw).

I’ve also got the name for the right driver to use for the soundcard (not the one that’s been chosen as the default. I’ll be sure to blog the results – don’t be getting too excited now ;o)