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My Mind on my Money. My Money on my Beer.

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Baby Jad!

After a week of more or less 4 games of soul wars a day - I finally got baby Jad, and he's a funny, adorable little nipper!     He's also hilarious in conversation.  

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Farragomate!

We discovered a game we haven't played in over a year tonight! Farragomate!   The layout is this:         You get given a series of words and letters, and have to make a sentence out of them: Here are some of the ones we came up with:   Warning: Semi-NSFW      

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Penguin Hunting!

Starting this Monday, I'll be hosting weekly penguin hunting trips for anyone who is interested - everyone is welcome to attend, and attendance is appreciated :(   For more information check this thread. There will be a notice in the citadel and reminders given closer to the time in game :(

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

@zacharyb

Turns out "The British Version" was actually called Waking The Dead - same kind of show though! They work in the Cold Case Unit!   I may or may not have ordered the first three series thinly disguised as a birthday present for my mother.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Cold Case

Anyone watch it? I use to watch the british equivalent before it ended, each episode was 2 hours and played over the course of two days (or weeks).   I stumbled upon it one day trying to escape the Mexican heat, the American version is truly great, ad I ended up hiding in my room for an hour each day to watch it.   Hopefully going to find a way to watch it when I get back.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

As Levels

I got an A in Ict, A in history, and a C in english literature and French. I was hoping to get a b in French so I could drop it at ease - but I can't complain considering how hard I found it all year - a C is a healthy enough pass and I think I'm taking AS drama to try and cover for it   going to resit English as I need to pull that up to a B.   All in all I'm very happy, can now enjoy summer before school next week!

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Swinging And Streaking.

I got a little bored today, so decided to walk along the beach.   After 20 minutes or so I reached another resort and pulled up a pew. 2 minutes later I realised something - nobody is wearing any clothes!   A large woman then asked if I needed any help with my trunks.   I yelled my boyfriend was waiting for me and ran - leaving my top behind me in the panic.   An article of my clothing now lies forever on a nudist beach in a swingers resort in Mexico

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Viva La Mexico!

Or something like that.   I'm off to Mexico in the morning for two weeks! Goodbye UK. Hello mojito bar and beach hammocks!   See ya in two weeks! (or sooner if there's wifi fir my iPod.)   I have nine new books to plough through, I left the tenth I drove 30minutes specifically to buy at home in N.I :(   Anywho, asta la vista (?)!!!

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

The Final Frontier - Iron Maiden Live

As I blogged about earlier in the week, yesterday, 3rd August, I went to see Iron Maiden live, in the Odyssey Arena Belfast, supported by Dragonforce.   We caught the train to Belfast at around 12:40 after minor delays, and, after 30 minutes of watching one strange dude try to chat up a girl on the train, (she was having none of it), we got off at Belfast and immediately went to grab some food before we did anything else. After a horrific experience at Subway involving a lack of bread, a compulsion to put Salami on anything that moved and refusal to let us have cups to put our drinks in we finally left and headed for the center of Belfast.   We found a quiet little pub just off the main square and sat there with a few drinks for a couple of hours, before moving into City Hall itself to lie down on the grass in the sun, and check out the new screen that's been put there to promote the London 2012 Olympics.   At around 4PM we decided it was finally time to make a move toward the venue, stopping en-route for a Pick'N'Mix and a chat to some friendly folk in the Build-A-Bear Workshops. Close to the venue we sat down on a bench to finish our sweets before getting in the queue, where we were approached by a 51 year old Belgian lady (who I am convinced was Egghebrecht), who wanted to smoke but isn't allowed to at bus stops, so decided to talk to us for 10 minutes instead.   After a chat with her we moved off and finally arrived in the lengthy queue 90 minutes before the doors were set to open. So we plonked ourselves down and started to wait. We joined in with the chants for Maiden when approached, and promptly went insane when some crew members came outside and turned the cameras on us and began to record. I'm hopeful I'll be featuring on an Iron Maiden documentary / Music Video, but who knows? Watch this space.   We got let in at 6:20 and rushed to the merch stall since I was one of the first people in, grabbed this t-shirt and ran in to get as close to the front as possible, finding myself a nice patch of floor around 3 rows of people away from the front. The first thing we saw when we arrived was, what appeared to be an incredibly small stage for some reason, two large screens on each side and a giant Dragonforce banner.         Now, I've heard my fair share of negative rumours about Dragonforce's inability to play live shows, their tendancy to turn up drunk to these shows and subsequently mess up the show. So, I didn't have high expectations for them, especially since they lost their vocalist last year. However, when they came on stage, they announced this was their first ever gig with their new frontman, and I was simply blown away. They played a 40 minute set with old stuff, tracks from their new album to be released early 2012 and finishing with Through the Fire and Flames, as song which everyone knew :(   I also got a shout-out on stage from their bassist, Frédéric Leclercq, for screaming something about his insanely awesome huge curly hair during a lull in noise, which made my night before Maiden had even walked on stage!   The guy on the right is the one I yelled at, he then started playing with his hair and yelled "Damn right my hair is amazing!" back at me down the microphone :D   After Dragonforce had finished we were witness to something I will eternally credit Iron Maiden with. A quick set change. Within 15 minutes of Dragonforce leaving, Maiden were ready to take stage.   The Dragonforce banner had been taken down, to reveal a large curtain. After it was ready and the stage was set, we were confused. There was no drum kit, no stands, just 4 microphones at the front of the stage. Then hands started poking through the curtain, and the curtain started being pushed forward at the bottom, by what, we couldn't tell.   Then, the into to Maiden's latest album - The Final Frontier, which is about 4 minutes long hit. The roof promptly exploded and the crowd went wild. Four minutes later the curtain is bulging beyond belief and the lights drop. The curtain falls and a huge set is revealed, with Bruce Dickinson simply strolling on stage.     By this point I had to stop taking pictures really, as the place was simply being torn apart. The event security, who usually strictly enforce the "No moshing" "No crowd surfing" and "No smoking" signs, gave up halfway through Satellite 15 and instead took to placing stretchers in the front for those who inevitably got knocked out. Lovely.   At this point I have to credit Bruce Dickson, in my opinion, the best front man of all time. There's really something to be said for a man who can tell a story about Islamic Maiden fans, Christian maiden fans, and refer to the Oslo murderer as a, and I quote, "tosser", and, as a result of this story, have a Northern Irish crowd join him in a chant of "Equality" before ripping into a song, resulting in the Northern Irish crowd (who still, in this day and age, have all the Unionist/Nationalist, Protestant/Catholic crap going on) linking together and swaying to scream "We're Blood Brothers" for about seven minutes solid.   After just over an hour of playing, they unleashed "Fear of the Dark" upon the crowd, who went electric for it. Moreso, when, halfway through the song, a giant Mechanical Eddie walked on stage and began to play guitar.     After this. It was time for Iron Maiden to play their final song, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Eddie had departed and the crowd joined in, thoroughly gutted the night was drawing to a close. Halfway through the room began to shake a little, and a loud rumbling noise erupted. Looking toward the stage, Eddie was back. And bigger.     After that, Eddie roared a cheerful goodbye, and Maiden took their leave. The crowd however, were not finished with Maiden, roaring loudly for them to return, and within 3 minutes of frenzied screaming, Bruce was back, and his boys soon followed.   We were then treated to a three song encore which included their famous song "The Number of the Beast", where, we were visited by the Devil himself.     During the night, Bruce seemed to imply that this would indeed be their "Final" Frontier, their last world tour. Though he never outright said it, he implied it, and talked about how it showed who your true friends are. It would be a crying shame for a band who clearly still have so much to give to finish, but they've earned it, and if it is their last tour, at least I got to see them once. My favourite band of all time :P     Also - please note, none of these pictures have any zoom on them, so that should tell you a little of how close I got to the front.   EDIT: Sadly, I didn't get any of the things the band were throwing off stage - plectrums, drum sticks, etc. However, Bruce's hat was thrown in and the guy standing next to me nabbed it. I did get my hand on it before being jumped on, scratched, trampled on, knocked over and caught in a scene worse than any of the mosh pits :D Bloody Maiden fans.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Mark The Date

Yes, mark the date. Tomorrow, August 3rd 2011, is a very special day.   After nine, agonising months of waiting, questions, confusion and expense. Nine months of planning, preparation and anxiety.   Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after 9 long months, it gives me great pleasure, to announce to each and every one of you that tomorrow, August 3rd 2011, I, for the first time in my life, am attending an Iron Maiden concert :)   Iron Maiden have been my all time favourite band since around the age of 8, and it's always been one of my bigger desires in life to go and see them live in concert. I was originally going to their "Somewhere back in time" tour in Twickenham a few years back, but a holiday to America co-incided, so I didn't go.   Tomorrow I'm finally getting my chance to see them in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, and have rarely been so excited in my life.   I'll blog again about it tomorrow night probably, maybe include a couple of pictures, depending on how close I can fight my way to the front. I shall take no prisoners, for, tomorrow truly is, The Final Frontier.   Feel free to take pity on me since Dragonforce are supporting though :)

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Hunter Of Hexes

So, I'm not really much of a dungeoneer, but I finally started to enjoy it a little and so have started up again, reaching level 100 a few days back.   I've also never really seen a hexhunter bow in action, but know they're coveted and pretty damn rare. So, when I got one on my first ever soulgazer, I was mighty surprised, and quickly bound it as my third bind.     And, my God, does it own. I didn't know if it was any good, but it's freaking epic Love it.     Also notice the doomcore staff in that picture, in my inventory, from the room before. I don't know if they're any good, and I didn't get a chance to use it, but they're also pretty rare apparently so it was cool to get both in one dungeon.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

New Cooling Pad

For laptop arrived today.   After much excited whooping when I received the box, I had to spend 15 minutes trying to figure out how to open it.   After I finally got it open I took it out the box to find it in pieces. DIY cooling pad.   Okay? Okay.   So I began assembling it, making a mountain out of a molehill, literally, you clip the three fans where you want them, plug in the usb to the laptop and clip on the speed control to the pad, that took me a further 20 mins to figure out.   Then I couldn't figure out if they were on or not, as I couldn't hear them at full power.   Never stick your finger in a spinning blade, it hurts Common Sense, I am lacking it.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

No More Cheesecake Before Bed...

Far more hastle than it was worth. Had one of the single weirdest dreams that I can think of in I don't know how long.     My dream took on a combination of Assassin's Creed, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, on top of a syfy channel documentary about a haunted forest with a perfectly circular clearing I saw yesterday.   You'd think, with three of the most intricate and action packed plots being combined I could do a little better than I did...   Me and some of the assassin's were in a perfectly circular clearing, when all of a sudden, *BAM*...   Lord Voldemort and his death eaters appeared, so we scattered round the outskirts of the clearing, battling in and out of the trees. I then joined in a duel with 4 assassin's (who now had wands) to attack Voldemort, but after about a minute of yelling Expelliarmus! and Arvada Kerdava! I discovered that my wand was actually a sparkler.   So, after this somewhat momentum de-railing discovery, the Assassin's sent me into the clearing to look for the apple of Eden, which I found! But, shortly after finding it, it became night, and we decided to take a sleep for the night rather than continue in the night.   When I woke up, the Sorting Hat with the sword of Griffindor was lying beside me, victory was now surely mine! Then, friggin Pippin and Merry appeared beside me, and exclaimed "Mordor!", at this point we got a panning view of an intricate gate to someone's estate with a giant "M" in the middle of it, (standing for Mordor!).   Then to be friggin' continued appeared across my vision... Apparently my dream is to be continued :P   More on this story, as it unfolds.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

She's Back!

R. B. Rebecca Black!     Apparently this is her moment. A fact she remind me of a few hundred times :)   Warning: Features more 13 year olds partying in flashy car

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Compressed Miracle In A Can

I finally got off my lazy butt, after around a year of putting up with an overheating laptop and got myself a can of compressed air. I waited and cleaned out the fan in my laptop, and by god, it's miraculous.   I've had the laptop turned on for over an hour now, by this point you'd usually be able to fry eggs on it, it's still nice and cool! The fan is almost silent, and it's running a lot faster and smoother.     Now all I need is my new cooling pad to arrive and I may have a useable machine once more

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

I Miss Charmed

I've been watching clips of Charmed all morning on Youtube, and I have to say, I really miss it. That, along with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel really made up my TV viewing for a good few years.   They just don't make em like they used to :D      

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

I Got A Boo Boo...

Stumbled a bit at work and accidentally smacked three fingers off a two hundred and eighty degree oven.   Hurt like a mother, and has throbbed and welted appropriately.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Runefest 2011

Bought my VIP ticket to Runefest 2011 yesterday, with huge thanks to Jiblix for giving me his pre-sale code and allowing me to make sure I got what I wanted :glasses:   All that's left now is to book the flight and I'm good to go :)

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

Low Ki

So, it's been a while since I've made a blog, but I've really not had a lot to talk about, until now that is. My runescape name is Low Ki, not to be confused with Locke or Loki (sp on both), the rapper and God.   I chose my name after a wrestler, this wrestler to be specific.   After exiting WWE on December 24th he has not been on my television, which was disappointing as I'd recently chosen his ring name as my Runescape name. After holding tight for 6 months, he finally returned to my TV on TNA Wrestling, in a match to earn a spot on Pay-Per-View, which he won, to my delight!   The winner of the match on the pay-per-view would win a contract at TNA, so I decided I'd have to watch it live to see Low Ki, the first time I've ever stayed up until 4am to see TNA.   I've just watched his match, and for, whatever reason, they chose to have Low Ki pinned to a just over 40-year old man.   Absolutely furious, that they decided to re-hire a washed up, undeniably less mobile man over Low Ki.

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

An Update On Life

So, I left N.I on Thursday and went to England by boat, we went straight from the docks to my cousin's house where I met my new baby cousin for the first time, (if I can get a hold of one of the pictures I'll upload it later) He's absolutely tiny and didn't wake up once despite being passed around like ticking time bomb :)   My Grandma and Grandad's Golden Wedding Anniversary was last night, and we had a party with around 100 people (mostly old) in attendance, and it was nice seeing people I haven't seen for a good 8-9 years now since I live in Northern Ireland rather than England.   I'll be on and off for the next two weeks now, in England at Wales before going home on the 6th of July :)

Jethraw

Jethraw

 

I Have A New Cousin

Born at around 5:30 AM on Wednesday the 22nd June, 6pounds 4 ounces called Nathan :D   Sadly he lives in England with the rest of my family, but we're going there for two weeks in the morning, hopefully I'll get to visit him while we're there :)

Jethraw

Jethraw

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