Becky’s Thumb

04122723.jpgOn Sunday me and Ben were playing pool in my parents’ dining room. Pool is not so safe a game as we had imagined so I think we were not prepared for what followed. I was just lining up for a shot, on the black as it happened when suddenly there was a small earthquake detectable only by myself which caused me to ram the pool cue into my thumb nail. Ben thought this was hilarious but it was actually quite serious and I thought for some time that my nail would subsequently go black and fall off.

It hurt a lot so my dad suggested I ran it under cold water. I think to make it go numb and to wash the blood away as the nail had been bent right back about half way down and had dug into my skin under my nail.

Unfortunately rather than numbing the pain the cold water made it about 17 times worse. So I had to kneel down by the sink and then I thought I was going to be very sick. I could kind of feel the sick ready to come out which made me make quite a few sick noises. Ben had stopped laughing by this time and was sympathetically rubbing my back so the sickness passed.

I realised at this point that I was kneeling at the sink which wasn’t particularly nice so I thought I would go and lie down on a sofa. When I stood up I couldn’t see anything and apparently hung onto the coat pegs saying “I can’t see anything” because I couldn’t so I decided to lie down.

My body temperature was now 330 degrees which was quite hot and I couldn’t see for a while. It was like when you have a head rush and those grey squares come up on your eyes but normally they go only a bit of the way up and you just have to hold on to something for a while but this time it went right up for ages and then it went down again and I got up and was ok. I think it was shock. My nail didn’t fall off.

Street furniture

Happy Christmas by the way. I am bored of Chrismas so I don’t want to do an update on it. If you are into Christmas then go and find last years update at Christmas. That’s a lot of Christmas in one paragraph.

Random bmx has pictures of street furniture. I have bascially stolen the idea. I went to London one day for work and saw this so I took some photos:

Nothing great but would definatly have been more fun than sitting in a conference doodling for 8 hours while people talk about buses.

This is a ledge in case you can’t tell.

Those noid boys are having lots of fun.

NOiD Sale

clothing3.jpgTom is selling off the old noid tees to make room for our new stock. At a guess I would say the design on the left is noid – means to an end. This is the sizes he has left:

noid punk. one left available in xl only!!!!! (nige if u want it giv me a shout!)

clothing5.jpgnoid simple pleasures. one left in medium (£4 due to discolour), 2 left in large, and one left in xl.

noid means to an end. one in large and 1 in xl.

Tom, if you have any of these shirts left then i’ll take one. If not then save me one in a medium or large. Thanks. New noid stuff coming soon.

It’s Christmas, Christmas, Christmas time.

weather256.bmpChristmas seems to be going on a long time this year. There’s talk of a white Christmas. Look at the weather forcast bozos. It’s sunny! Last week at work we had a Christmas meal so we went home early, plus they were handing out mince pies and mulled wine. Today there are people singing carols while I am at work which means free food (and wine) at lunchtime and no work getting done. At the moment some kids are doing a play which sounds bad to be honest but it’s better than work. Tomorrow we have a buffet lunch then its off to the pub, and then no work for 11 days. Maybe Christmas isn’t so bad.

A Clockwork Orange

cloc4.jpgI watched Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange on Saturday night. It was a really interesting film. I really hate it when people give the game away with film reviews and tell you the ending, or something important that happens so I will try hard not to do that. In fact I also don’t like reviews that make you want to watch a film that turns out to be awful. I think the point in a review is to tell people enough about the film to help them decide for themselves if they will like it.

But first, some background information. A Clockwork Orange was banned quite soon after its release. People assume that this was becasue of the violence in the film, but as usual, people are wrong. The film was actually withdrawn by Kubrick himself, who never gave the reason for doing this, although it is suspected that it is down to the number of people imitating things that are in the film.

For this reason a lot of people condem this film, when there are plenty of other films around that are just as violent, if not more so (Reservoir Dogs for example). I think maybe another mistake a lot of people make is turning off the film before they get to the end. The end is definately what makes the film worth watching. If you decide to watch this, watch it to the end.

But at the moment we are still concerned with the question, do I want to watch this film at all. Well if you can’t watch violence, the answer is no. If you like happy endings the answer is also no. If you love the government, I would also suggest that you won’t love this film. If you like a lot of action and no plot, then you might as well stop reading this now.

However if you like a film which keeps you engaged with a good story, highly stylised filming and lighting and compelling characters, then you might well like it.

Alex and his droogs use a language, called in the book, Nadsat. This is another detail which makes the film interesting to listen to as well as watch. It’s a bit like watching Lock Stock, or Snatch, where you are trying to work out what the slang means as you are watching it. Infact, go here and have a look at all the weird words.

The other really interesting thing is the music. Alex has an obsession with Beethoven and consequently there is a lot of “Ludwig Van” in the film, but there is also a lot of other music in the film as well, and the way it is used is really good. Often the music in films is kind of unobtrusive and hence unnoicable. Kubrick manages to choose music which somehow works however strange it might look, once again every similar to Reservoir Dogs (I’ll review that sometime.)

There is a lot of attention to detail in the film which really makes it stand out. The only critisicms that I have seen of it are that it looks a bit dated. In most of the film I don’t think this is true. There are a few scenes where the effects look fake – like the car scene, and Kubircks idea of what things will be like in th future is definatley dated – all in one cat suits, sleeping pods, micro cassette players and mirrors everywhere, but aside from this it just looks really good.

I’ll leave it up to you then…

The shortest day.

snow.jpgThis is an old picture. I think it’s from Januray 2003. It’s on this website somewhere but you’ll never find it – even if I tell you where.
So, it’s the shortest day. This is good. From tomorrow the evening will be getting lighter again. There’s still a lot more winter to come – about 2 months by my reckoning, but now at least we are on the way back to summer, something to look forward to. If that doesn’t give you motivation to dig then you must have had your trails plowed recently – almost everyone has.

It’s pretty miserable at the moment though. The time is five to four and it looks almost dark outside. I think the office windows are slightly tinted though – i think it is not properly dark until about 4:30.

The air is cold and it’s blowing through my bones.

New Indoor Skatepark

Go here and fill out the form if you want a new indoor skatepark in the south east. And lets face it who doesn’t. Random bmx has a new look. It seems that they found a full pipe somewhere near dartford. Eyes peeled. While I am at it, I3mx has an update or too as well so get over there. Coming soon… A day (off) in the life of a trails builder. Also coming soon a film review, and if you pester Seb, a juice review. But now it’s time for bed.