Monthly Archives: March 2006

Boy or Girl monkey?

I had to do this, what with time running out and all!


Pull your finger out!

I put this poll in a few days ago and some of the expected people didn’t respond. Go for it, poll closes this weekend and we must have a winner!

Kooky Diva


Just wonderful!

Welcome to blh120 and groundbyground!

Living where I am and writing what I do, I was so so impressed by Episode 11 of Supernatural – Scarecrow!

It’s just great!


That Shadow Box review

(This has been re-posted due to some technical thingymybobswhatsits)

As there were quite a lot on my flist that requested news of its arrival, I can now inform you all that my Shadow Box review has been published for your perusal!

Shadow Box Review

Here is the link if you are interested in buying said boxed set:

Shadow Box Purchase


I’m off my head!

Well I did it last year and have decided that I am just crazy enough to go for it this year too, with a six month old baby no less!

Check it out yourselves!

3 Day Novel Contest

Wish me luck and I hope you lot will be here with me as I catalogue it,  just as I did last time!

Extract from last comptetition’s journal entry


Man, I goddamn love these quizzes!

Hijacked from rainbear (with very little damage to myself)!

The Rules:
1. You can only say YES or NO!
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone comments to the entry and asks.

Taken a picture naked? YES
Made out with a member of the same sex? NO
Danced in front of your mirror? YES
Told a lie? YES
Gotten in a car with people you just met? YES
Been in a fist fight? YES
Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back? YES
Been arrested? NO
Left your house without telling your parents? YES
Ditched school to do something more fun? YES
Slept in a bed with a member of the same sex? YES
Seen someone die? YES
Kissed a picture? YES
Slept in until 3? YES
Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? YES
Played dress up? YES
Fallen asleep at work/school? YES
Felt an earthquake? YES
Touched a snake? YES
Ran a red light? NO
Had detention? YES
Been in a car accident? NO
Pole danced? NO
Been lost? YES
Sang karaoke? YES
Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? YES
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? YES
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? YES
Kissed in the rain? YES
Sang in the shower? YES
Got your tongue stuck to a pole? NO
Ever gone to school partially naked? NO
Sat on a roof top? YES
Played chicken? YES
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? YES
Been told you’re hot by a complete stranger? NO
Broken a bone? YES
Mooned/flashed someone? YES
Forgotten someone’s name? YES
Slept naked? YES
Blacked out from drinking? YES
Played a prank on someone? YES
Felt like killing someone? YES
Made a parent cry? YES
Cried over someone? YES
Had sex more than 5 times in one day? YES
Had/Have a dog? YES
Been in a band? NO
Drank 25 sodas in a day? NO
Shot a gun? YES


It seems the curse has lifted.

Since my last two whines about crap film and TV, things have brightened up. Yesterday we watched Brokeback Mountain, which I thought was a very good film and extremely well directed. Etina hated it though and so there were mixed reviews in the Östra household!

I have also watched two more episodes of Supernatural (Episodes 9: Home and 10: Asylum), which were both great too.

Feeling positive now as I wonder what cinematic treat Etina has selected for us this evening…

If you are wondering why I have seen so much in the way of TV and film recently, it is because I am trying to encourage my wife to chill and relax before delivery and those who know Etina well know that that is very hard to do! I feel I’ve succeeded here (in fact she’s been sleeping in the living room for the last two and a half hours now)!


TV star… I wish!

I think this post is going to appeal more to those of a Swedish background, as today I took part in a children’s quiz show, called Vi i femman (Us in the Fifth Grade), which is a popular programme in this part of the world (or so I’ve heard).

When I first heard about the programme I thought ‘cool, I can wear my Burnley shirt and promote my home town a little!’ However, that was not to be as the Swedes were determined to make this a stereotype rules kind of affair and had the three Englishman in dark suits, complete with bowler hats and umbrellas! I’d pretty much decided not to be involved at that point but Etina was determined it would be fun and pushed me in the direction of the studio.

Basically I was on screen about 30 seconds and had to read out a sentence in English that the contestants had to translate into Swedish. I felt the sentences were far too easy for the kids and they responded by getting everything right (both teams).

It was a good way of seeing how TVworks as we were asked to sit there for three and half hours while waiting for our ‘big’ moment. We got to see how the bits and pieces fit together and TV truly is a boring industry and I’m glad I haven’t moved in that direction (yet).

For those living in Sweden, if you want to see me looking like a ‘proper Englishman’ (which doesn’t happen very often) then switch on on Good Friday, 14th April and see yours truly in action. I don’t know what time it’s on but I’m sure you can find out on the net, or TV magazine. If anyone has a DVD recorder is there any chance you could copy the episode as I want to send it to my family in Burnley (and give em a laugh)?


I’m underdeveloped me!

Well I always knew I was not a highly-developed human being but to have it confirmed by Sam Neill (who is an underdeveloped actor!) is just too much!

Watch it and fume, chuckle or agree (the choice is yours)!

Aussie Ad.

Thanks to Stephanie Campisi for this little gem!


Great soundtrack, shame about the film!

Well the curse continues as tonight I was stupid enough to sit through the gripping, exciting and mesmerising boring, dragged out and woeful film that is Kundun.

That the film is slow, tedious and badly acted is one thing but the fact that the characters can’t decide whether it is better to speak Tibetan or English is damn annoying. It is a breath of fresh air when a film takes place in a country and the characters speak the language they are expected too…

…there is such a thing as subtitles you know!

I’m off to bed now but I bet I don’t sleep! (Then again if I have trouble, I’ll just put Kundun on again!)