Friday, 23 December 2011

Happy Holidays!!

Have a safe and fun one

Merry Xmas!

From Chris, Linda, Buffy and Ro :)


Saturday, 17 December 2011

As I missed Sci-Fi Friday....

...I present dystopian bio-hazard Saturday!


Off out to buy tinned food and vodka. See you on the flipside ;)

Friday, 9 December 2011

Scifi Friday!

Le Weekend has landed!


Linda was trying out her Alt-Catwoman.

I think this look really works :)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Winter has landed!

December the 1st means that we're on Xmas countdown and Winter is finally here.


Here's to cosy evenings at home, mulled wine and seasonal cheer.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Random Linda portrait.

Good times. My favourite person to photograph :)


I styled this on the 70's publicity shots for Debbie Harry.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Xmas thoughts!

So, just completed the majority of my xmas shop, thank the Lord Harry! (Thank you Amazon and!)

Have had today as annual leave and have been chilling with Linda and two very content looking cats. The weekend beckons and have had a fun week with work. No, seriously. Fun. And challenging.

So, here's to the countdown to xmas and to relaxing weekends!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Still breathing!

I keep saying that I am busy and sound like a stuck record but it's true. All in all, I must not complain because it is a good busy. A healthy, frenetic, stimulating, exciting and rewarding period of my life.

But yeah.


On the other hand, all the activity has made me appreciate my spare time a little more. My evenings being as full as the days.

Anyhoo, it's scifi Friday!

Inspired by various comics/movies including Gwendoline and Barbarella comics, Linda kindly posed for this set a couple of weeks ago.


A fun shoot it was too :)

Friday, 28 October 2011

Too little time, too many things!

The last week has been (predictably) busy with a friend's wedding, an ear infection and lots of stuff in my in-tray at work.

So, this weekend I am planning on relaxing and maybe even getting to shoot some photos.


If the weather lasts it might be a trip to the park late Sunday afternoon or some such.

I am hoping this sunny weather lasts as today is glorious.

In other news, I bought Linda this and this and we need to take photos at some point. Life is fun, but oh so bloody time restricted!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Hoping, praying.

This is my kind of religion.


Moody, mysterious but quite alluring.

Quite the opposite of the organised stuff. Maybe I should run sermons from my kitchen.


Have a good weekend folks.

Friday, 14 October 2011

It's Friday!

But more importantly, SciFi Friday


And yes, this week was busier than last week. (Thanks for asking, haha!).

Joking aside, I need hugs, massages, kittens and maybe a single malt to ease me into the weekend.

Form a line to the right ;)

Friday, 7 October 2011

A quiet end to a busy week.

Since I returned to work on Tuesday I had to hit the ground running as things have been rather busy. In fact, that's an understatement!


So, something calm and tranquil to start a very chilled out and hopefully relaxed weekend.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


I no longer post a photo-a-day but I do like this one :)


It just seemed to come together really nicely with the colours and comp.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

You look like an Edna!

Well, as promised we spent the day in the Peak District for my birthday! The weather was splendid and flawless, as was the company.

Linda promised me that we'd check out some locations for the movie, The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue which is one of my all time faves.


The weather was splendid but we shall return in early spring next year as flawless sunshine does not a spooky photo make. It was very quiet there though. The cemetery where they shot some of the external scenes was peaceful but I was sure I could hear the heavy breaths of Guthrie the Loony at one point ;)

More can be found here.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The weekend has landed!

And it is delicious! After rather a busy week with work and what not, I'm winding down for a short next week as it's a few days of leave and a birthday on the way for me.

As my depression over the last few years has gotten in the way of many an xmas (and birthday), I am determined to enjoy this one come what may.

Linda has booked the time off and I'm on a promise in regards to a photoshoot (weather permitting, of course) and lots of other fun stuff that may involve a trip to London or The Peak District to get some R&R time.

An outdoor photoshoot may be on the cards with either this:


Or this theme:


Or it could be even more different?


Still, a day away from Birmingham is always a bonus. Even if photos aren't involved :)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Scifi Friday!

Catwoman, how I love thee!


It's tradition that when we hit NYC, Linda dresses as a certain Ms Kyle. One year she did state that she would do this in Grand Central Station or Times Square....albeit travelling there under a long coat and it would be a winter trip but it still sounds cool all the same.

Still, a nice thought for a rather uninspiring Friday morning :)

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Xmas is approaching!

Linda wants this for Xmas

If you want to contribute to the latex catsuit fund, drop me a msg for my paypal addie :)

Thursday, 8 September 2011


I cannot believe it is over 10 and a half years since our first visit to NYC.


Sunday will be a very sombre occasion but to me, Manhattan embodies everything that is vibrant, exciting and fun about this world.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Could'a, should'a, would've....

Today I was going to blog about how shoddy Travel West Midlands is.

I haven't because:

They are a waste of space.

Their customer "services" never put things right.

It is a waste of my time.

They are totally shit and steal £600 of my hard earned cash every year.

They have endangered my life twice in the past two years yet I have received no proper apology.

So, there you go. A non blog which says everything I needed to say.

Travel West Midlands, you bunch of bungling, poor value for money, ineffective morons who need a good kick up the backside.

Shame on you.

Now, here is a photo of my cat. She is much more clever than the collective "intelligence" of your customer service people and boneheaded drivers.


Friday, 2 September 2011

Scifi Friday! It's not easy being green....

Green skin is a popular trope in the SF universe, this photo references the lovely but deadly Pam Isley AKA Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy

I guess I've always had a liking for ladies with green skin since Star Trek....

I'm certainly not green but probably a bit puce around the gills due to a nasty throat and ear infection which culminated in a fever and loss of hearing but now I've bounced back to the land of the living.

So, the weekend is here and what am I up to....not much. Linda is working tomorrow then it's her gym induction day on Sunday so I will be stuck in with a few choice DVDs, the cats and hot lemon drinks. Aren't you just envious? No? ;)

Monday, 22 August 2011

Memories to keep.

Circa 1988.

I remember walking along Suffolk Street in mid October, a Saturday afternoon.

Looking up, towards Paradise forum I saw many birds, flying across each other over a bruised ochre sky. There were tinges of red, orange, yellow, blue and green across the horizon.

The birds danced across each other. Blurring each other's path, making a new pattern in their wake like iron filings being pulled by a magnetic force.

Crossing. Diving. Climbing.

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen in my entire life. And it stopped me. It stopped me in my path.

And made me realise that the pull of the earth and its inhabitants are timeless. And eternal.

This was the closest thing to an awakening or a religious moment at that point in my life. I measured my breaths in moments. I measured my life experience in hours.

I haven't thought about that moment in 20 years.

Until tonight.

Saturday, 20 August 2011


I am partial to them but when Linda is at work (like today), they are never productive. A lie in, some lunch an a bit of Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PS3.

Very, very quiet. But pleasant.

Other than that I didn't get the chores I needed to complete (posting stuff), tidying up etc. It's almost home time for Linda and I'm sure she may give me this kind of look when she gets home.


Still, that may not be a bad thing ;)

Friday, 12 August 2011

Science Fiction Friday!

When I was doing my photo-a-day, Friday was always designated as a place where I would post something science fiction related.

Well, given the week's events I was going to post something dystopian but I thought why not put something up here that would at least brighten my day. Many different and more talented people have posted about the riots looting.


I wanted this to have a 60's vibe to it, akin to a publicity shot from a popular Irwin Allen TV series. Kudos to those who spot which show it is.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Places to escape to.

I adore the countryside. More than that I guess. I adore the "idea" of countryside and rural life. Due to circumstances beyond my control (thank you inconsiderate neighbours a few doors across) I had very little sleep. Approx 2 hours. Now, how does this connect to country living?

I'm a city mouse at heart. Love my shops, love the ease of it but I would trade it all for a life away from people, away from built up areas, shops and industry. I'm happy when I can see rolling hills, trees and deserted country lanes. We live in a suburb (15 minute drive from the countryside) but it is becoming ever full of people who are "buy to let wannabe landlords" which means.....noisy people living nearby who don't care about the needs of others (don't ask me about the people who lived 6 doors up who managed to fit 4 families into the same sized house as this and their pre-ocupation with traditional Eastern European musical instruments and authentic dance re-enactments).

Many of the things that interest me I can purchase on the internet or make the odd city trip here and there so logistically it isn't impossible. Work may be more difficult as I often deal with massive case files, field work or complex information that is not easily accessible so a change in employer would be on the cards. Linda is pretty much in the same boat but if we moved outside of Brum she wouldn't have any issues commuting (thank you BMW and Mini One!). Geographically, many of my close friends during the 90's have now moved on and I keep in touch with many of my US and European people via facebook, blogspot or live-journal, Again, not an issue.

So, yep. Country life for me.


One day we're going to sell up and get the hell away from Birmingham. Maybe 10 years. Maybe 15 but it will happen. I will rephrase that. It has to happen.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

If I ruled the world...

I would eliminate Sunday nights.

And Tuesdays.

Along with fantasy football, the Euro and liver based foodstuffs.

Maybe some other stuff....but Sunday nights especially. *bleh*

Saturday, 6 August 2011


As a kid I used to love 'em. As an adult, less so as during my university years I had to work every weekend for a certain high street music chain (the one with the dog and gramophone). For the most part it was fun, other times it was less so. Think Christmas, it was like Apocalypse Now crossed with Dawn of the Dead. With less humour.

As I'm in my 40's and I have a much better job I don't work during the weekend now but I kind of miss the point of them. I can get ratted out of my head on Friday and Saturday nights and not worry about getting up for work. In fact, creatively this has been a bugger as I have no drive at present to produce or actually do anything. So it's like being a kid again. But with more money to blow on comic books.

Linda has to work the odd Saturday so that leaves me with the ultimate choice - books, video gaming or just napping to pass the time.


Today, I chose comics. And dreaming about 60' scifi movies ;)

Or maybe not....

After a bit of soul searching....I thought that it would be a shame to leave this behind and the number of posts I've posted here means that it has a bit of a readership and people (at least a few out there judging from stats) seem to like it.

But there are changes.

It's no longer a photo-a-day.

This will be a place where I will post when *I* feel like it.

So, I'm back. In a much more sustainable place.

I'm not sure what this will bring but I hope it will be fun....

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Ave atque vale

Roughly translated, "Hail and Farewell".

It's been a good couple of years and thanks to everyone for supporting me.


I'm ending this blog on a positive note with a shot of Linda I had been saving for a special occasion and this blog would have been so less interesting without her. I'm keeping the site open but I will not be updating. There may different blogs (eventually) but this is it for Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Incidentally, this was named after a quote from Admiral Adama in the new incarnation of Battlestar Galactica. It's not particularly profound but it resonated with me. After living with depression for many years, I guess this became my mantra and still is to this day.

Anyhow, it's been a blast and thanks for viewing and all the support I've received. You all know who you are so give yourselves an extra pat on the back.

See you all in Valhalla.

Ave atque vale

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Daily Photo #1233

Blerg! Some days you win, other days you....


Over to you Buffy. You can say it much better than me.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Daily Photo #1232

Came home to find Linda reclining in the garden!


She looked almost as demure as this! But not as glam after a day at work ;)

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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Daily Photo #1231

Amazing weather today so we went for a drive.


I then realised I haven't shot a photo of Linda with her car. So, there you go!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Daily Photo #1230

Went into the city today.


It never compares to Manhattan though. God, I miss that place!

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Justice League Unlimited - Season One (DC Comics Classic Collection)

Friday, 22 July 2011

Daily Photo #1229

Scifi Friday!


In space, no one can hear you...ask when dinner is ready ;)

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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Daily Photo #1226


Grey and dank Tuesdays are the worst!


So, something colourful to distract you all.

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Monday, 18 July 2011

Daily Photo #1225

I'm not keen on Mondays so something to brighten my day!


Bonus, just returned home to find her vacuuming too!


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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Daily Photo #1224

A certain someone (Ro) woke me up this morning!

Cat revisited

Still, it's a good excuse to return back to bed with a book as the weather is a bit horrid.

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Daily Photo #1223

Scifi Saturday!


There's a scary alien lady in my attic ;)

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Daily Photo #1222

Scifi Friday!


Linda loves Chewie!

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Daily Photo #1221

This pic has been very popular of late! It was my homage to 1970's punk portraits.


I happen to like it, not my best but I like it.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Daily Photo #1220


I have a compliance/site visit tomorrow and an early finish on Friday!


Linda still hasn't done the housework yet ;)


Maybe I should "punish" her by making her wear the maid's outfit ;p

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Daily Photo #1219

I've been housebound and told to stay in bed due to migraine and swollen gland thing.


Linda has been giving me stern looks which haven't helped me recover but made me laugh. She doesn't "do" stern that well in real life.

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Daily Photo #1218

Winter is not here...


...but I dream of it all the time.

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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Daily Photo #1217

Bumped into the ever lovely Bunny Bissoux at the Brum zine fest!


She is as awesome as ever! I couldn't stick around too long as my fear of crowds has been terrible of late but it was lovely to say hi! :)

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Friday, 8 July 2011

Daily Photo #1216

Scifi Friday!

Linda channels the Black Widow.


Good stuff, have a great weekend everyone :)

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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Daily Photo #1215

Linda has been a bit sassy of late!


I think I need to correct that! (only kidding!)

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Daily Photo #1214

Wednesday. Half way through the week.


I want beer! (Actually, I have some in the fridge but Linda isn't home as yet to share a cold frosty glass of Budweiser).

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Daily Photo #1213

Back at work. It was like I never left. Three weeks of rest out the window. Woosh.


Lots of window gazing but sadly Linda and the cats weren't there to keep me amused.

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Daily Photo #1212

So, today has consisted of more sleep (yay!) and a breakfast of Greek style yogurt with passion fruit. I am so rock and roll.

Still, who needs to exert oneself when one can be lazy to the extreme.

Anyhoo, I spy a cat who wants to be fed and is currently eyeing up the remains of my yogurt.


Jog on kitty!

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