Friday, April 27, 2007

The Roebuck and the New Inn

After a hard and very boring but profitable day's work on Richmond Hill, I needed some food. The Roebuck was the nearest and they had a decent menu - steak and ale pie would have hit the spot nicely - but they don't sell draught cider, so I walked straight out. I used to take my aunt to the New Inn on Ham Common for a good feed - they have a nice garden - so I went there. It's been over a year - if not two - since I visited and they've changed owners and the food has gone downhill significantly. Both in quality and range. My scampi and chips wasn't bad but it was decidedly average.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Busy, busy.

Got to prep my house for sale, and clean up my aunt's for her return.

And hayfever sucks.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Wierd 24 Movie Meme

Via The Smallest Minority

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

Lord of the Rings. All three films.

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.

Star Wars.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.

Denzel Washington, Sean Connery, and Alan Rickman for starters.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.

'Hanoi Jane' Jane Fonda.

5. Name a movie from which you can and do quote.

Aliens, assorted Monty Python.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

Nope. Unless you count one of the filmings of Handel's Messiah.

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.


8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

The Incredibles. Fun for all the family.

9. Name a movie that you own.

I've got many DVDs.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Fred Thompson. Seriously.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

Are there any drive-ins in the U.K.?

12. Ever made out in a movie?


13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.

Hot Fuzz.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?

In a cinema? Yes.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.

Probably most romances. A Tale of Two Cities never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

16. Popcorn?

Iced Water

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

Very variable. I never rent, though.

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?

300. Excellent fun; not terribly historical.

19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

Anything that isn't horror. I like action, adventure, romance, comedy, farce, and more. Curiously, I generally only like comedy and farce the first time around.

20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theatre?

No idea.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

The Lair of the White Worm. I saw it at too young an age.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

That would be telling.

23. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?

I don't actually enjoy horror movies, but I'll make an exception for Alien.

24. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?

Here my mind goes blank. I've seen plenty of funny movies but I couldn't say which one was the funniest. Seems like some rewatching is in order.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Misty describes her previous (and often involuntary) uses of narcotics. I've never taken narcotics stronger than alcohol - and I don't do spirits. I don't smoke, either. Cigarette smoke makes me choke or sneeze.

In other words, I'm a sad boring young fart. :) And I'm happy to be one.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

More photo goodness from Misty

Another excellent Fishmongers' do last night

Pity my guest couldn't make it, but I sat with some fascinating people. A retired mogul in the shoemaking industry, the head of English heritage, the chief archivist of a county, the Renter Warden of the Gardeners and more.

The food was, as ever, spellbindingly good, but it's the first time I've started with ice cream! There was an interesting speech afterwards.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Very cool animal and bird photos

Hie thee to

I'm free!

I am now unemployed, having accepted voluntary redundancy and a modest wodge of cash.

Now I've got to decide whether to sell my house or to rent it out. Anyway, I've had the estate agents round and things are looking modestly favourable.