Monday, 31 May 2010

Apple juice

No booze tonight
No booze tonight, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

It's lovely stuff

Let this be a warning to all train users!


East Farleigh

This is East Farleigh bridge, it's a couple of miles from where I live. I went and took some photos there today - the full set is on Flickr and if you want to know where this is here's a link to a Google map. It's a nice place even when it's overcast and chilly like today.


You may have noticed down on the right-hand side a little thingymebob which purports to announce details of visitors as they arrive on this page. I often glance at it to see the exotic places listed and today I noticed something that I'd not seen before. Of the nine entries listed only one is from Britain! Here's a screenshot so you can see what I mean - if you look at the live report you should recognise your own details but remember that it'll sometimes report a different location based on where your ISP reports you to be; BT sometimes say that I'm in Basildon (for non-UK visitors; Basildon is in Essex and is about an hour from here)

Welcome one and all and I hope you find something of interest.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Yellow flower

Yellow flower
Yellow flower, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

Does anyone know what this is?

Looking up

DSCF5652, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

This proud daisy is holding its head up. Took some photos rather than cutting the grass - rain on and off means the grass is too wet.

Welsh icons

I'm sure there will be those who have a use for this site. To be honest I've had a swift look through and I can see some key omissions when it comes to the good things from the Principality but what would I know? Click on the image to go to the site - enjoy! 

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Mad world

Far, far away

Saturday music


Guess what I'm having

Dennis Hopper RIP

A man who certainly appears to have had a good go at life. Five wives and a collection of good films as well as a good few stinkers.


What is the bloody point?

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Prison again

This is HMP Maidstone.

Look what I found

Found a Jemma! Going to deliver her home

Here today



East Malling station through a rainy reflective window

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Safety dance


No loading

This bay is at the bottom of Gabriel's Hill in Maidstone. The signage says 'No loading 8.00 am - 6.30 pm'. Of course it's crammed full of cars and cabs and lorries.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Sea lions on his shirt!

In a very narrow field I think this is still the best England football song - it's coming home!


DSCF5629, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

My garden is full of these

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Yummy again

Today I am mostly getting some sun


This bottle is posh so it had the new technology - a screwtop. Was I right to sniff the cap when I took it off? Should I have sniffed and sipped before pouring a glassful? Whar are the new etiquettes? And yes, it's very nice indeed.

Nuff said?


yellow, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

Loving summer already!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Saturday evening music

Mock orange

In flower, glorious. It's in my neighbour's well-tended garden rather than my weed strewn meadow

Friday music late

Thursday, 20 May 2010


Smashing day today. It's Learning at Work Day so I went to the Kent Messenger Group offices at Aylesford. Here's a photo of me surrounded by the trappings of an OU adviser in full flow. For those who don't know - the KM Group are responsible for local newspapers across the county. Their website is at Kent Online.

Frankie says.....

I woke up very early this morning with this track rattling around my head. Play loud as a way of waking your head up. Perhaps do your morning exercises to it? It really shifts the cobwebs - let's go......

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

I love technology!

On the way back from Ramsgate yesterday I listened to a podcast which was downloaded "on the fly" using my phone and passed to the CD player speakers using the Bluetooth connection. How cool is that? (I know, it's just geektastic)

Monday, 17 May 2010

Sunday, 16 May 2010


Have to love any song which includes the line "Do you wanna be the lover of another, undercover you could even be the man on the moon". ELP in a quiet moment; lovely song.


You might not be aware of this but it's possible to purchase black puddings by mail order - how cool is that? Of course the best way to eat black pudding is bought hot on a stall in Bury market. Bit of mustard and the job's a good 'un. Click on the image to be whisked to the Bury Black Pudding Co website where it's possible to place an order for this Ambrosia.

Saturday, 15 May 2010


Another photo in my collection of shots of my children using my PC


bells, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

I've added some shots of bluebells and oilseed rape and ferns to the Spring 2010 set on Flickr


I'm taking a small latte in Sainsbury's while Cal helps his mother do some shopping. When he's helped load her car he and I will head elsewhere. Logistics managers get well paid for this level of planning!


This is an old photo but I thought I'd post it. Absence of his usual smile is caused by a mouthful of cake - photo taken in the café at the RH&D Railway.

Today we'll go and take some photos of the blossom in the orchards and the bluebells if the weather works for us. Then it's a Boyz Nite so pizza and beer and a DVD.

Friday, 14 May 2010


Living life on the wild edge

Chicken balti with a sag aloo, Ashes to ashes and now liquorice in bed. Is it really Friday night?


The RAF memorial at West Malling

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

A list

1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired
2. A will is a dead giveaway
3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana
4. A backward poet writes inverse
5. In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes
6. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion
7. If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed
8. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress
9. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat miner
10. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds
11. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine has fully recovered
12. A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France resulted in Linoleum Blownapart
13. You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it
14. Local Area Network in Australia : The LAN down under
15. He broke into song because he couldn't find the key
16. A calendar's days are numbered
17. A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine
18. A boiled egg is hard to beat
19. He had a photographic memory which was never developed
20. A plateau is a high form of flattery
21. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large
22. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end
23. When you've seen one shopping centre you've seen a mall
24. If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine
25. When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye
26. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis
27. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses
28. Acupuncture: a jab well done
29. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet

Stirling advice


Sunday, 9 May 2010


This version of Clocks is soooo special - it'll put your hat on the side of your head


It's a good film but the music is in a different class again - Ry Cooder on slide guitar (he also wrote it)

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Tribal voting

There has been a lot of chatter since the election non-result was revealed. Some has used rhetoric based on "left" or "right-wing" policies but there seems to be a wilful ignorance of recent history.

The Blair/Brown government have introduced laws which would have made Thatcher blush; imprisonment without charge or trial, allowing the police to declare any demonstration illegal and arrest people reading the names of the recently fallen while standing next to the Cenotaph in Whitehall. They've allowed a foreign power to extradite British citizens without evidence and they've stood idly by while aware that British and other citizens have been kidnapped, held without trial and subjected to waterboarding and other tortures. We are still participating in illegal wars and British servicemen and women are still dying because they've not been given adequate equipment. The last 13 years has seen a doubling of the number of women in prison and an increase in the number of people living in extreme poverty in this country. More than 3,500 new laws, we're subject to more surveillance than any other country  and we allow the state to keep DNA records on almost anyone they chose.

By all means bang on about whether the will of the electorate is being acknowledged by a coalition of Tories and LibDems but please don't pretend that the current administration has kept to the radical liberal principles of the Labour party I grew up with. Before trying to protect Brown please consider how much you wish to collude with the things listed above.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

A heartfelt plea

Oh please let us be delivered from more balls from Balls.

Nice piece by Portillo in the Gunadrian (Hat tip to Lisa for flagging this up)

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Always wondered

I've always wondered about the value of those little brown road signs...............

Read the story on the BBC site

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


This is to give everyone a smile - is it possible to see this without at least a little smile?

Sunday, 2 May 2010


I did remember to buy a vase


Lamb shanks with butter beans and rosemary. Couple of hours in the oven now

Saturday, 1 May 2010

East Farleigh

Down towards the level-crossing

Homebase fire

fire may 2010 003
fire may 2010 003, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.
I took a few photos but didn't realise that the programming switch had moved so the colours are a bit dipsy. It wasn't easy getting close and shortly after I'd taken these the cordon was moved out further. The news reports suggest that there were more than 60 firefighters on the scene and I saw appliances from as far afield as Ashford and Swanley.

The BBC report uses a photo from a few miles away to show the plume of black smoke.

Only the very young....

I've had this song rattling round my head this week, ever since Lisa posted a quote on Facebook and the quote reminded me of the opening line of this song. If you check out the YouTube page someone claiming to be Tom Robinson (on balance it probably is) is engaged in discussions about the video and song and life in general.

More pies!


And it has a screw top, how good is that?

New neighbours

Daleks from Munich?

The new Daleks made me think of the difference between the original Mini and the BMW Mini. Both new models are larger and more colourful and polished. They seem better fed and glossier but they've lost some of the charm of the original. I was behind an original model Mini yesterday and it was surprising to be reminded about how small they are and "tinny" (as well as tiny). Of course I wish all Mini owners well and I know the Doctor will defeat the Daleks (and they will be back) but there is still going to be a part of me which will remember the first Daleks and the original Minis.