Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In Praise of...Part two.

I like strawberry flavoured milk. Not like yogurt drinks, but pink milk like you see in American high schools on telly. It's hard to find in rural Ireland though. It's so rare I could only find this tiny tiny picture.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I'd love it if we beat them"



Newcastle Utd won the Premier league yesterday afternoon, ending their season with a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers. The result mattered little on the day though, as Newcastle had it in the bag with 4 games to spare. "I'm delighted for the players and the fans" manager Andrew Smith said yesterday. "And I'd like to thank everyone who has been with me since the super soccer days" he added. "A special thanks to all at EA for making a truly wonderful football game" A source close to Smith said "Although mathematically it was in the bag for Smith, a last minute goal that put his side 2-1 up against Chelsea in the third last game of the season, caused him to drop to his knees on the sitting room floor and pump not one, but two fists in the air, hardly befitting of someone doing his best in 2012 to act as functioning and mature adult"




How it finished


The players have some fun after the match



The players salute their fans


Unbelievably this is the first premier league win for Smith in his 15+ year career. (not on easy difficulty)
Smith started in the mid nineties, taking over many international squads on super soccer, although he met with limited success there. His teams had the strange habit of, if they went more than two goals down, soring own goal after own goal as if to say to the other team, "I could beat you if I tried but I just don't want to." He moved on to international super star soccer deluxe and was destined for great things but the game disappeared. No one knows who has it. He moved on to fifa 98 but this time,when losing,instead of scoring own goals, his teams would get so many players sent off that the match would simply have to be abandoned. His greatest success came on international super star soccer 98 where he won the world cup with Scotland. On medium difficulty. After a few years in the wilderness with only the dreadful fifa 2001 to play, he returned with a vengeance in 2004 with Pro evolution soccer 4. Alas success was limited and, although he could beat his friends in college with relative ease, the search for silverware with the toon went unrewarded. Soon after that he took a self imposed exile from the game when he grew his hair long, lost weight and talked to girls. This all changed though in the summer of 09 when he picked up the acclaimed fifa 09 for only ten euro. Although initially excited with the changes and impressed by the game engine, he spent most of his time hovering above the relegation zone. Things changed though,for the better this time,in November 2011 when he picked up fifa 2011 and, after a very poor first season, things clicked in his second and he destroyed the competition in the premier league. "This is my greatest achievement in sport since I won the table tennis championship on the wii in March 2010" Smith said.


When asked what the future held for him with regards to fifa 11, and maybe upgrading to fifa 12 he said "fifa 12 is a real possibility, although it's still a relatively new release and as such, I cant afford it at the minute" He pondered the question some more before adding "Circumstances may force me away from the xbox fairly soon so maybe PES 11 for the 3ds is the way to go. Either way I'm just going to enjoy this victory and not give it too much thought for the time being.

Friday, January 27, 2012

CHINA WEEK DAY 5! THE WIRE


I was once in the market flicking through the pirate dvds, I had gone through the pile and there was nothing that caught my fancy. Pirated DVDs generally consisted of 4 or 5 series of American shows, ripped of the t.v and compressed on to a few discs. With Chinese subtitles. There was always a great selection.

On this particular day, I had gone through the stack of dvds and the stall owner stopped and pick one up and said "Very good, Very good" It was of course, The Wire.

I think this is proof, if ever it was needed, that The Wire IS the greatest television programme ever. Sure, its fine for western media to hype it to the point where people think they are cool for not having seen The Wire (you are wrong by the way, you aren't too cool for school, you are a philistine) but for poor market stall owners in Inner Mongolia to start hyping it is another thing all together.

There also is a possibility that he picked one up at random and, desperate to make a sale, turned to the hard sell......

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CHINA WEEK DAY 4!

ACCOMMODATION



A Yurt



Inside a Yurt



Chairman Mao's dead body lives here.



The Summer Palace in Beijing. The Emperor used to escape here when it got too hot in the city during the summer. Poor dear.



The view from my apartment in Inner Mongolia. This is a university campus. Note the drab commie style architecture.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CHINA WEEK DAY 3!



Once I had a lesson with an older class, 15 and 16 years olds, and my brief was just to discuss movies. I wondered what could we discuss? Would they be familiar with the same movies I was familiar with? I decided to check with a chinese lady to see what movies she knew. She mentioned two movies straight away, her favorite american movies. They were, epic love story of a handsome tramp and a buxom English rose trapped in stuffy english society on board the doomed ocean liner the Titanic, Titanic (1997, James Cameron)



and this.


I have no idea what this is*

Anyway, I figured this class was going to be a long 40 minutes. To kick it off I started to list the highest grossing movies of all time. I thought that they will have heard of most of these and the banter would begin.

AVATAR. Silence. No one had heard of it. (lucky them, am I right????? Thats 4 hours I wont get back, it's just dances with smurfs!!!!**)

TITANIC

Yep. Small banter. Girls loved it. So romantic.

THE DARK KNIGHT

Never heard of it!

STAR WARS

Never heard of it! (Wish I never heard of the prequels, am I right***)

JURASSIC PARK

Never heard of it.

JAWS.

Never heard of it.


So movies that are popular here aren't necessarily popular in China. ISN'T THAT AMAZING

Except, Pirates of the Caribbean. Fuck sake. Transformers. Fucking hell. And Harry Potter. The cunt.

*I have decided to download and review this. Expect it sometime next week. Or never.

**Satire.

***More Satire

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

China Week Part 2!



Look at this lad. He lived inside the gardens of the Forbidden City in Beijing.



Look at this lad. Half turtle half dragon?

THE END

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year


The year of the Dragon. Lets hope these guys don't get on the case!

As it's Chinese New Year and beginning of Spring festival, this will be China week on wallofblog. I lived there for a while last year. And I'm going going back soon. Each day I will publish an interesting (it's relative) anecdote or picture relating to my time there. I hate to keep going on about it, but I'm quicky running out of material (now that I do a post a day) and lets face it, it's all I've got really.

PART ONE:

MUSIC

The city I work in, Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, is pretty remote. It feels remote, the only foreigners in the city are other english techers. Its not a tourist destination, people pass through it, rather than visit it....and yet very morning before the local shopping centre would open, Irish grown fairy women songstress Enya's 1995 No.7 hit, "Anywhere is" would be blasted out over the centres' P.A system.


Enya unites all cultures.

Westlife and Boyzone are also popular and the Saturdays and Avril lavigne are often heard on the radio in taxis. Additionally, there was a cafe/restaurant that I used to pass on the way to and from work in the evening that played Mariah Carey's 1994 No.6 hit (and holiday standard) All I want for Christmas is you, on a constant loop, out into the street. In July. That is true.

This is an interesting feature isn't it?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fuck SOPA and PIPA



From Wikipedia

Black is the color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum; they absorb all such frequencies of light. Although black is sometimes described as an "achromatic", or hueless, color, in practice it can be considered a color, as in expressions like "black cat" or "black paint"


I don't really know what they are, SOPA and PIPA, but I think I have defeated them with this post. Me and all my internet brothers went black. And SOPA and PIPA went away.

Racist.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Remembering Stuff! Part 2



He was bad, wasn't he?






.......Really running out of material.......

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thanks Apple. Taple





Isn't it amazing how Apple have managed to make their operating software even more unreliable than Windows with iOS 5. If I wanted something that crashes, freezes, is unresponsive and generally doesn't do what I want it to do I'd turn on my laptop.


Zing. That'll show 'em

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Topical stuff

Wikipedia, the second greatest site on the internet, has been shut down today in protest about something or other. I think it's something to do with celebrity big brother, occupy wall street (WE ARE THE 99%) and the inevitable collapse of western civilisation. Anyway I've discovered that while the main site isn't working, Wikipedia applications on i devices are still working, as the picture below shows.


From wikipanion for iPad, taken 9.37 am

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Takin' Care o' Business

Although wallofblog is fast approaching a phenomenal 3000 page views in under two years (and not only from the 3 people I know who read this, over half of those hits are from outside Ireland, mainly the U.K and U.S.A) I'm using this post to try get new readers in. Most of my page views come from people googling the right (or wrong) combination of words and ending up here. (I will do a more detailed post on this in the future, give you readers a peak behind the curtain, it's very very interesting)

To hook new readers I'll need to list terms that I know the kids will be googling

So:

Gervais globes

Bafta oscars

Beiber

The artist

Lady GaGa

The inbetweeners

Blue Ivy

Harry Potter

iPod

Skins

xBox

Lolz

Facebook

Major battles from World War 2

Tits boobs anal girl on girl blow job ass

(the last two are just me)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Jigsaw News Now



It was too hard.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hot Dog!

I was doing a bit of tidying today and I found an old scratch card that I won on the lotto a while back behind the bin. It had three stars on it but I made the decision at the time to throw it out rather than sending it in and risk going on Winning Streak. What price can do you put on your dignity? (not that I have much, but I'd hate to lose what's left in front of such a large audience) It's an awful programme. Reflecting on it now, I think if I did send in the card and got on the thing, I'd just give all the prize money to charity. At least that way the humiliation would be of some benefit to somebody.

Although maybe it's not Winning Streak.

I don't like raffles. Not raffles where you buy the tickets in advance and don't have to show up to the draw, more the spontaneous raffles, where half way through something, people start selling tickets from a book of cloakroom tickets and there is a draw later on. When I was younger, I used to "pray" that my tickets wouldn't be pulled out so I wouldn't have to get up in front of everyone for the sake of a ham.

Yeah, I don't think Winning Streak is the problem.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Video Man

Netflix, or Netflicks as I like to call it, launched in Ireland this week and its pretty cool. Stream TV or films to your device of choice for only 6.99 a month. The first month is free! They do make you sign in with a facebook account, but, there a normal way to sign in also, it is just difficult to find. I like it. I have watched 25 epiosdes of hit Showtime comedy drama Weeds this week. Going to start Twin Peaks series 2 next week!

The film selection isn't great though. It reminds me of the man who, 15 years ago, used to call around to the house every Tuesday evening with his boot full of videos. You could pick 3 and keep them for the week, all for the low low price of 5 pounds. There was a lot there, but nothing you really want to see, nothing just released, nothing that would impress your friends in school. You still always felt though that you had to take 3 videos, because the video man was there. I feel the same about netflicks.I feel I should watch some films because I can, because they are there, not because I want to.

It is good for telly though.

But this annoys me!





Fucking Wacky Programmes!!! Arrested Development, "WACKY" bollox is it "WACKY"

All in all netflicks gets the thumbs up from wallofblog

Friday, January 13, 2012

In Praise of...

Welcome to the first part in a new series here on wallofblog, where I take something I feel is underrated and sing its praises.

First.



It is nice.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Competition time now

I have a mysterious, wealthy neighbour, no one ever sees him or knows where he got his money from. I have a nickname for him (that I thought of today). It's "Macintosh"

What Movie am I referencing?

First person to post the answer below wins a prize!*

*they don't

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Experiment One

I've been trying to grow a beard for a couple of years now and I'm never successful. Months of growth amounts to what looks like a devastated field of crops ravished by wild life and fire. Now substitute the field for my face, and the charred and dying remains of growth for pubes. That is my beard

There is an old wives tale that suggests regular shaving will result in thicker hair growth and a big bushy beard.

I'm going to test this theory.

I have been shaving everyday since December 26th and will continue to do so until the end of January, when I will let my facial hair grow for a week.

Results to follow....

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Years Resolutions!!!

Yes! Its that time of year again! The tenth of January, new years resolution time.

Here are mine.

1)Do this blog EVERYDAY.

Yep, you read that right. At least one post a day. They may not be published on the day, depending on circumstances, but expect at least 366 posts in 2012.

2) Win the premiership as Newcastle Utd in FIFA 11 on the Xbox 360.

I'm currently 2nd, a point behind Chelsea and three clear of Man Utd. I have beaten Utd away and gotten a draw with Chelsea at the bridge but it's still only earlier December. I need a good centre back when the transfer window opens in January and hopefully I can keep up the good form. I feel some shitty draws against Blackburn and the like on the way though. Need to take a couple of days off I think. I get nervous picking up the controls.

3)Read 100 books. I've added a widget below where you all can track my failure

Two down!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Jigsaw News Now

I have been completely inundated (I haven't) with requests for a jigsaw update so here we go....







Look, if I'm going to keep up this post a day average, they aren't all going to be gold like the dog face man.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

BBs Back in Business

Was trying to the save the economy the other day with a creation that would lift this country out of recession and put Ireland back on the world stage.....

What could it be.......

Guinness Ice-Cream of course!

Using a base of custard, cream and egg white for the ice cream, the reduced Guinness was added to the mixture and frozen.



At least it looked ok

The results weren’t a disaster, just underwhelming. The majority of the Guinness quickly sank to the bottom of tub resulting in a pretty tasteless ice-cream. To combat this, I’d need either something complicated with liquid nitrogen that I don’t really understand or a custom made freezer that had a constantly rotating compartment that kept the mixture moving whilst it froze. If anyone from the department of enterprise is reading this and would like to give me money to purse this further just send me an e-mail.

Until then, this awful awful recession continues.......

Saturday, January 7, 2012

One, Two, Ready, Go!!!

Got a Ripley's Believe It or Not book. No mention of Dean Cain anywhere. I thought he was in charge.

Anyway, I skipped straight to the best section and decided to post my favourite picture on here.

Look!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Remembering Stuff!

Hello! Welcome to the first part of a new series here on wallofblog called "Remembering stuff" It's basically what I will do when I'm too lazy to think of anything good,

I do promise though never to remember school, eighties cartoons, or anything confectionery based.




Remember when PlayStations were so popular this got made



It may be the worst thing to come out of the excess of the celtic tiger. It really was awful. I paid 55 euro for it in Tesco the weekend it came out. If I wanted to see a poor representation of our national sport I could just try play it in real life. (Or go to a Cavan match, Am I right sports fans????!!!!!!)

At least we never got Grand Theft Auto: Limerick. Or Need For Speed:Granard


STUFF REMEMBERED. THE END.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I have nothing to declare except my genius

Thought of a bit of witty banter today that I'm going to try to drop in to conversation sometime.

Our parish priest's name is "Oliver".

I'm going to refer to hardcore mass goers in the parish as "Oliver's Army" (Just like the title of Elvis Costello's 1979, No.2 hit "Olivers Army")

Brilliant.

Although my witty banter plans don't always work out. I was in specsavers the other day getting prescription sunglasses (yeah whatever I'm cool) and during the fitting I planned on saying "yes they fit perfect...all we need now is the sun!!!!!!!"

Didn't happen. Bottled it. Just mumbled thanks.

Usually I'm all chat in the opticians. In summer 2010 I was in getting contact lenses and he asked what I wanted them for. I couldn't tell him the truth (which was that I wanted girls to like me, and I needed lenses because girls don't like nerds with their big glasses faces) so I said sport. He replied "Football is it?" "yes" I lied. The conversation continued to the point where he believed I was a nippy corner forward, but I was having a bad year and was going to be dropped before the championship.

"Oliver's Army" ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

POLABLOGGING 2012

So, 2011 saw the end of some of the most vicious, evil, incompetent and downright criminally insane terrorists and world leaders. Yes, that’s right, Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern are no longer in government!!!


BOOM. SATIRED!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

You stupid fucking cunt

As my hairline recedes exponentially with each passing day, the shame and embarrassment of being a 25 year old bald man increases also. The solution to this is the wearing of hats. It's a pretty simple solution and one that works well. I'm a big fan of the hat.



The ever growing hat collection.

Its easy. Going out in public, grab a hat, cover stupid bald head, spare the public the horror of a 25 year old bald man. As you can see I favour the "woolly hat" Or beanie as the cool kids call it. The solution works well in Ireland and can be carried out pretty much year round. The problem I face going forward is my, hopefully sooner rather than later, leaving of this country. Although the solution still applies in the cold winter climates, it becomes unusable in the summer months. The problems also increase. Not only will I want to keep my bald head covered to spare the public from my hideous round head, I also need something to stop my head from burning (as I found out last summer with my first experience of the suns rays burning my head through the thinning hairs.) The woolly hat solution no longer applies. It's just not practical, it looks stupid in the heat and the heat itself becomes unbearable.

The Solution is a new hat.

I recently made an experimental purchase( I only spent five euro) on a new type of hat. I would never wear this hat in this country. As an Irish person I'm predisposed to judge anyone I see with, what I perceive to be, an affectation out of the "norm" and assume that they are a bollox and up there own hole. (I believe from my own experience with other nationalities, Europeans and otherwise that this is a mainly British and Irish phenomenon, other races and nationalities tend to fall on the "good for you" side or don't even notice) This hat definitely falls into the "look at that cunt" category.

The hat



I should wear this hat next summer. I know I should. Its practical. Covers bald head, keeps head from burning, keeps head cool. I will be 5000 miles away. No one will see me. But I will know. Look at it, Its a stupid fucking cunt hat.

Please vote on poll on main page.

Should I wear the hat?

Monday, January 2, 2012

What's art about that?



Got this Jigsaw. It's really hard. 1000 pieces. Its a Monet. I'll keep you abreast of my progress here on the blog until I have it finished.

Already 2012 is shaping up to be the most exciting year of wallofblog yet!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011. Reviewed. With pictures!

What better way to start 2012 then with a look back at 2011!!!

Went to China


It was like off the telly


Was on this


It was cold and slippy


And amazing


Drank this


Got this


Watched five series of Dexter


Gave some poor, dirty children the gift of language. Well, some pens. This is the middlest of fucking nowhere I have ever been.


Learned to play this. Badly.


Went on one of these. This is a hard sleeper carriage on a long distance Chinese train. There is about 80 of these beds per carriage. I was on the top, 3 beds from the ground!


The Inner Mongolian Grasslands. Or big fields.


This was in the middle of a massive thunder storm. Doesnt look like it. I was on a horse.


Ate this.


Came home.

Learned to cook


Went to America


It was good


Got fatter and balder



THE END