Silly Games … 

She’s in there banging pans
Louder than she needs to
Loud enough to disturb my slumbers
From the couch last night

Fuck off …  I think
Stay or go
Just get fucking on with it
And stop banging my pans

It’s part of the game
Should she stay or
Just fucking go!

Why is she cleaning my kitchen anyway?
Emptying the dishwasher at level 11
She’s somewhere between anger and goodbye
Between stupidity and remorse

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And Then There Were None …

Merry Christmas to you!

I hope you’re day was as good as mine,  a house full,  8 for dinner and 4 other visitors,  a long drawn out meal, wine,  the new Beatles 1+ video playing in the background,  music of my early childhood and singing along with my dad.  

One of my earliest memories is being in a cafe in Govan with my dad,  eating sausage and chips while Hey Jude played the on the radio.  Early summer 1967 just after Celtic won The European Cup. 

Yesterday,  me and dad had a wee singalong … Moments like that you can’t buy … Priceless. 

After dinner all of us settled down to watch The Queen … Aye right!

We all settled down to watch the new king of Scottish comedy Kevin Bridges on DVD,   Hilarious outrageous crude rude and irreverent. 

Like Kevin says, I used to be Catholic but now I don’t give a fuck!

Today everyone went home,  my kids are at their mums for dinner and dad is back at his … The house is quiet,  but feels empty,  vacant  

And then there none …

Coincidentally is the name of the Agatha Christie novel being dramatised on BBC with the first episode starting shortly. 

I’m looking forward to it as I remember being scared watching an old black and white version when I was about six … Although I think it was probably our old to that was black and white not the film. 

The movie was renamed from the original title of Ten Little Indians as this was deemed as racist.      Although I can’t see why myself,  that’s like me being offended because someone called me Scottish. Don’t get it. 

Anyway,  like the movie,   the countdown is over,  the mystery has been revealed and Christmas is all over for another year.  

I love it!

The Opposite Of Tourettes? … #Humour

You know what Tourettes Syndrome (TS)  is .. right?

Well maybe you don’t know the detail of this neuropsychiatric disorder.

But like me,  you probably think of those poor individuals who can’t help utter random expletives at random moments.  However in fact,  these symptoms only affect a small number of cases and TS is more likely to be symptomised by tic’s or OCD or other random behaviour.

However the diagnosis of Tourettes is complex as these symptoms may be associated with other conditions and not TS related.

For the majority of us,  TS is when someone opens their gob in public and says something entirely inappropriate and carries on as if nothing happened.

I do it all the time.

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Taking Control. @HiveHeating

It’s been seven hours and 15 days …

Since I had hive active heating installed by British Gas. ..  Yep I hear you yawn but stay with me!

I’m a dad living with my 18 year old daughter in a large detached home.  Quite often I come home from work and the house is so warm that it takes my breathe away the moment I open the front door.

This is most annoying during summer when my daughter wants a bath but has turned on the heating on upstairs and downstairs just so that she can have hot water.

As a consequence, my gas bills during summer were almost as expensive as last years cold winter.   It’s been the same for years but only recently I’ve bothered about it as the bills are outrageous.

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Using Your Noddle? .. #Money

A friend of mine was caught out last year when her husband was secretly running up large credit cards debts.

To make matters worse,  he took out an extension to their mortgage and despite upgraded banking practices he forged her signature on the loan paperwork.

I’m surprised this is possible as my understanding is that as part of “Know Your Customer”, the borrower would have to be on the banks premises to confirm their commitment to the deal.

Obviously not. Or in this case over familiarity has allowed abuse of the systems designed to prevent this fraud.

Fraud,  provable with serious consequences both directly  for the fraudster and indirectly for my friend and her family.

So what would you do?

Involve the police?  Let him be arrested? Prison?  Loss of earnings?  Loss of family home?

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Money For Nothing?

I’m a cynical bastard,  from a long line of cynical bastards,  hopefully my kids have the cynical gene too. 

So when I see an offer of free money,  I tend to dismiss it and don’t even give it a look. 

As I demonstrated to my son recently in his search for a new car … Arnold Clark and the rest don’t sell cars,  they sell finance packages. 

Same as most major appliances,  they’d rather you took the finance than paid cash. 

Anyway,  yesterday a friend of mine tells me about the offer on Money Saving Expert for a collective fixed tariffs reduction of £27pm on average. 

Yeah yeah thinks I!

But as energy charges have been rising significantly over the years I decided to give it a try. 

It took 5 minutes to key in my details and my current usage. 

They came back instantly saying that I could switch to a different tariff with my current supplier British Gas and reduce my monthly payments from £150pm to £100pm. 

But of course this was dependent on the switch being approved with my supplier. 

I was cynical as I believed that I was already on the best tariff with my supplier. 

However,  the good news is that the change went through within 24 hours. 

Would you believe that?

Money for nothing, chics for free!

Here’s the link.

U2, New Order or Simple Minds? #Glasgow

This month I’ve been lucky to see three of the top post-punk 80s bands. U2, New Order and Simple Minds.

I love all three, they are all part of the music of my life-time and each concert was fantastic but different.

Each left me with that post-concert high, walking home amongst the crowd, people sporadically singing their favourite lines and strangers joinng in.

In Lebowskis, after the Simple Minds gig at The Hydro on Saturday, I was discussing each gig with my brother to determine who was best.

Musically, which is the main reason we were there, each band was excellent and no complaints about abilities.

As could have been predicted there were outstanding performances by The Edge and the less renowned but no less capable Charlie Burchill on guitar for SM.  I was watching Charlie play,  comparing him to the chords and melodies that my friends play.   Charlie seem to doesn’t play melodies or chords,  it’s more a wave of sound,  for example the opening hypnotic bars of New Gold Dream.

NO seem to have reverted to more of an electronic sound since bassist Peter Hook left the band.   No criticism at all,  but as they played the same set list on each night of the tour it seemed that more of the music was preprogrammed particularly the backing tracks.  Continue reading “U2, New Order or Simple Minds? #Glasgow”