The World’s Biggest Lego Kit

After a few days of preparing materials and dealing with other work, the builders returned today and did a great job. The timber frame is now being built!

How cool does that look? I'd be quite happy with it like that. I'm not sure the neighbours, my wife, daughter, the council or the surrounding wildlife would be though.

How cool does that look? I'd be quite happy with it like that. I'm not sure the neighbours, my wife, daughter, the council or the surrounding wildlife would be though.

This is where our new back door will be. The existing one is going to be filled in and replaced with a window. *whispers* but I haven't told it that yet.

This is where our new back door will be. The existing one is going to be filled in and replaced with a window. *whispers* But I haven't told it that yet.

I love the chipboard effect wallpaper, that's defintely staying.

I love the chipboard effect wallpaper, that's definitely staying.

The builder is also sticking with his plans of having the roof on by Friday. Which would, of course, be awesome.

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The Wire

I’d mentioned my love for this show in a previous post.

BBC2 have finally picked it up and are showing all 5 seasons back to back from Monday next week (30/3).

Unfortunately, they’re undoing all the good that they’ve done by picking it up by showing it at 11:20 (at night!). Get those videos/dvrs/Sky +s (is that a word?) set up on series link!

Whut tha hell are you lookin' at?

Whut tha hell are you lookin' at?

Links

I’ve finally figured out how to add links to this so, if you see any words that are highlighted, click on them and you’ll be whisked away to a another site to do with the highlighted word (pretty obvious internet terminology, I know, but I’m sure there’ll be some folk that’ll be confused by this :)).

Also, as a link to links, here’s a picture of Link, the main character from the game Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which was, quite rightly so, named top game to play ever in the most recent issue of Edge.

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(Lots of) Concrete and Clay

What do you mean you've lost your keys?

Don’t you just want to jump right in that?

The guys have been hard at work over the past few days.

The finishing touches have been made to the pipes and foundations in preperation for the timber frame to be set up next week.

Access has been made a bit easier as they did a huge clean-up job earlier in the week. Basically, everything that got dug up, got put back in. Makes things a lot easier and less like a scene from The Terminator. Getting into the front door was made rather exciting by the addition of a ramp that Evil Keneval would have been proud of.

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Yeeeeee-ha!

View of both the fron and side with all the concrete. Guaranteed it'll be covered in paw prints by the morning.

View of both the fron and side with all the concrete. Guaranteed it'll be covered in paw prints by the morning.

A certain little person lends a hand.

A certain little person lends a hand.

The Office: An American Workplace

Or, to give it its American title: The Office.

It seems like the telly bigwigs added the subtitle to avoid any confusion over here with this and Ricky Gervais’ award winning comedy series, which this is based on. In fact, Gervais and Stephen Merchant both get Executive Producer credits on each episode.

Scranton Branch Group Photo

I’ve been watching this since it started a few years ago on ITV2 but, as it seemed like it was going to be another year before they were going to show the next series, I buckled and bought it on DVD.

When the first series aired, it was immediately shot down by critics and viewers alike (remember, the UK version was also a massive hit in the US, probably the main reason this one was made).

It was basically a complete rehash of The Office with different actors and character names  and some different jokes to suit its new location.

The main storylines in series one are identical to the first few episodes of the UK version: Jim (Tim) is  a constant thorn in the side of his desk-mate Dwight (Gareth) but also secretly loves Pam (Dawn) who is engaged to Roy (Lee) and Michael (David) is thoroughly cringworthy and embarrasing in his role as branch ‘manager’.

People also complained that it was more like a sitcom than a mockumentary, that it didn’t have as natural a style as it’s UK counterpart.

However, about half way through the series, things started to change. Episodes were seen with different story-lines to the UK ones. The other office workers (who were only really cannon fodder for Gervais’ insults in the UK version) were given more lines and time to develop and Michael (played by the excellent Steve Carell) overtook David in the running for ‘Worst Boss Ever (That You’d Secretly Love To Work For)’.

Before the viewing public knew what had happened,a full four series had been shown and fans had warmed to the entire character roster (yes, even Dwight).

And, do you know what? I think this is actually better than the UK original.        * ducks chair thrown by UK Office fan*

In fact, that’s not quite true. I actually see this as a completely different show than the UK version, and I just happen to like it that bit  more.

So, why do I like it more? Carell is probably the main reason. Rather than being nasty, selfish and egotistical (as David is), he’s stupid, naive, insecure and egotistical. This makes him a much more sympathetic character which, I think, makes the show a lot easier to watch.

Michael - The mug says it all....

True, the documentary style isn’t as present in this (although, there are still glances to the camera and one-on-one interviews) but, again, it makes it a lot easier to watch. Some of the situations that are presented are so over the top that they just wouldn’t work if it was being presented as a documentary.

Having an extended cast also helps. Favourites are:

Toby (HR rep) – constantly butting heads with Michael who tends to respond with such answers as “Ok, from now on, nobody listen to Toby. He doesn’t exist.”

Ryan (the temp) – college graduate stuck in a rut at the failing paper company, made the mistake of helping Michael once and now can’t get rid of him.

Angela – Ice Maiden, the object of Dwight’s affection, extreme cat lover and party planner extraordinaire. “The balloons do NOT go there! This party starts in 5 minutes….MOVE THEM!”

And finally, the fact that it’s still on!

As you can tell, I like this show, a lot. If you get it on DVD, just take it, shove it in and enjoy it………….

All together now……..That’s What She Said!

The Walls of Jericho get rebuilt

After a few days off doing other things (and recovering from a nasty cold) the builders came back with a vengeance.

Things are really coming together now. We have a good idea of the size of the extension and are starting to plan what’s going to go where. Access the house has been a bit of challenge as this photo shows:

Mind the gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa........p

Seeing the foundations in place is a huge step from the carnage of last week’s digging and pipe laying, there’s even been talk of the timber frame going up next week! That’s just a ‘maybe’ though. It would be good to see, mind you, as it would give us an idea of how tall the structure’s going to be.

Things are moving on so fast, it’s really odd to think that it’s not even been two weeks that they’ve been doing this for.

It's like those passing aliens hit a button on their control panel again. This time beaming the brickie aboard, just as he was emptying that wheelbarrow full of cement.

It's like those passing aliens hit a button on their control panel again. This time beaming the brickie aboard, just as he was emptying that wheelbarrow full of cement.

You get a better idea of the actual shape of the build. House shaped.

You get a better idea of the actual shape of the build. House shaped.

Who Watches The Watchmen?

Me!

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I went to see this last night and thought it was great. I’ve read the comic, sorry, ‘graphic novel’ (one of the most celebrated and iconic of all time)  but not in quite a while so couldn’t remember it all but I reckon Zack Snyder (the director) got most of it pretty spot on.

It’s pretty hard to explain the storyline but it kinda goes along the lines of…

Set in an alternate 1985 (Nixon is still President, the Vietnam war was won by the Americans), a bunch of superheroes are no longer considered super by their once adoring public, mostly due to an act being passed by the governemt to outlaw all super heroes.

After adjusting to ‘normal’ life and accepting that their time in the spotlight is over, they are forced to re-don the mask and cowl after the death of one of them leads to the discovery of a world threatening plot.

There’s more to it than that, a lot more in fact, but saying anything else would be giving too much away.

Have a wee look at the picture below to give you an idea of the type of people that make up the Watchmen. Come on, you know you have to see a film where one of the characters can change the molecular make-up of anything, be in different places in time at the same time and travel to Mars like he was nipping out for a pint of milk! (guess which one he is)

Clue: He's a different shade of blue than the other five.

Clue: He's a different shade of blue than the other five.