Saturday, July 29, 2006


Screw you guys, I'm goin' home!

Inspired by Sammykate's South Park rendering of Green Day, I thought I'd have a go with my personal musical favourites. I wanted to add a keyboard in there somewhere but my Photoshop skills just aren't up to the job.

Friday, July 28, 2006


Update me, update me!

I know it's been a while since I updated. Life just isn't allowing me the time to blog lately.

This time it's visitors. My sister-in-law and her two daughters have been up this week and staying with us and we have put up makeshift beds in the living room which means no nighttime access to the computers...hence no blogging or job searching.

Also this weekend we will be with them for a few days, so come Tuesday things might be back to normal...

Martha and I are also working on a solution where we hook up both Macs in a sort of makeshift network so we can possibly both surf at the same time. Yes, it'll be hellishly slow, but it's better than nothing.

Not much is new anyway so I doubt very much you'll get anything of substance from me until life becomes a little more settled regarding jobs and the like.

On the plus side, it would appear I have ordered tickets for the Pet Shop Boys concert in Toronto this coming October. That should be fun, but have yet to see the tickets which cost me somewhat more than I expected. Just feeling a little nervous about that!

Well, I need to get on! Over and out!

Monday, July 24, 2006


Maximum Warp Mister Sulu!

Well, not quite. We're not quite running on all thrusters yet, but we do finally have our own access to the internet, albeit a dial-up connection. At least it's at home and we're back on the Mac, so there's an air of familiarity to it all, and you never know, I might start browsing blogs again soon.

I've decided not to bother looking back at old entries though - I'll simply be here all year reading back on what you've all been up to. Doubtless I've missed a lot, but never mind, I'll just have to live with that.

We've also signed up to Skype and have a swanky phone for it too. Not really tried it out properly yet since we don't really know anyone who uses it, and with dial-up it doesn't work as well I hear. However, if it works OK it should make calling the folks back home much cheaper, and hopefully they'll sign up to it too so we can call for free.

Pretty much everything is in order now. Once we find jobs that'll be that and we can start to think about settling down properly. It's been nice to have an extended holiday, but the money, whilst not exactly running out, gets whittled away and you wish you weren't eating into your savings.

Martha's uncle was the person selling the car on behalf of a guy who he has power of attorney over. This poor chap is now sadly in a home and Martha's uncle has the unfortunate task of selling off his stuff. Luckily for us he had a car that he needed to sell and it was going for much less than any listed price we saw for the same. It also had very low mileage for its age, so we had a look and decided it would make a good first car without breaking the bank at Monte Carlo. As I said before, far from our first choice, but for now it's all good.

Otherwise very little has been going on. Most days we're interchanging between playing with Audrey, tarting up the house, making food, doing a few chores, grocery shopping, and generally mincing around. Today I was out in the field flying my kite, before I realised the sun was a bit hot and I was probably getting sunburn, and decided it was a better idea to get inside with the aircon instead.

Now I'm up and running I promise I'll get around to emailing all of you that I should be emailing. Some of you I already have done so, but hopefully things will improve a bit now and I get get around to emailing everyone. Might even squeeze in some time to IM!

A quick public thankyou to Garry for the Dr.Who episodes! Martha and I watched them all and thoroughly enjoyed them! Any chance you can do that for the upcoming Christmas episode too???!

Anyway, that people is my lot for tonight! I can't promise regular blogs still, but they should be more frequent now.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I'm still rolling along...

Yes, I am still alive - again.

It's been quite a busy week and with little or no internet access there simply hasn't been time to visit anyones blogs and no time to write anything for myself. It's a shame really because I have a lot to say too!

Southern Sweetheart - hopefully that answers your question. I would have emailed you but I lost your email address and there's a ton of addresses I keep meaning to transfer across from our computer and never do find the time...I know it's in there somewhere. Drop me an email ( and I guarantee I'll reply! That pretty much goes for anyone reading this!

We finally bought a car. Long story which I'd love to tell you but don't have time, but it's a 2002 Chrysler Sebring - not even remotely our first choice of car, but if you heard the story you'd realise why we bought it.

Still no jobs, but internet access would help in that regard. I simply don't have the time while using my father-in-laws computer! Hopefully next week we'll be fully up and running.

It's taken a while, but we're getting there!

Over and out!

Thursday, July 13, 2006


I'm still alive!

I'm still here.

I haven't been blogging much simply because most of my time spent online has been looking for jobs and a car. In the evenings we're relaxing watching Firefly on DVD - Martha's parents are now hooked on it!

In the daytime we've been fixing up the house we're living in for the time being - Martha's grandparents house. Should be moved in tomorrow, but as it's only temporary (we assume for now anyway) we're not putting too much effort into decorating. However, it is looking more like a home, and soon we should have our own phone line and internet connection!

Sorry I've not been able to keep up with anyones blogs this week. I hope you're all doing OK.

I'll check in again when I can.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


Hey Mister DJ!

Here it is! My first Garageband composition which I've called "Funky Electric Guitar", so called because of the names of hooks I stole from Garageband to create it.

It runs about 6 minutes in length and I know it wont be to everyones taste so be gentle with me. This really was my first ever attempt at making a tune in Garageband.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006


"I'm livin' in a box"

The container arrived today!

Yes, our "life in a 20ft box" rolled into the farmyard at about 10am this morning. It was a strange moment seeing it for the first time since we watched it driving off down the road back in Leicestershire.

In total we were six people helping to unload, plus my FIL's rather handy "cage" on the back of his tractor, and we knocked it all out in an hour and a half! Much of it we left outside because the weather allowed for it, just to make sure we got the driver away quickly. Then after a spot of lunch we moved everything inside the house.

As I anticipated this has kind of made the move more real for me. Just seeing our belongings so far away from "home" cements the idea that we're here for good. There really is no turning back now - not without going to a lot of time, trouble and cost anyway and I'm not about to put myself through that again in a hurry.

We finished the day with a well deserved beer and takeaway pizza, although we're planning to head across to the house later to move things around, once we get Audrey off to bed.

Today has been a good day.

Last night we fetched Martha from the train station after her trip to Toronto. She's signed up to an agency who will hopefully get her some work. She said it was a good excercise anyway, because she was able to find out what her salary expectations should be for her line of work (up until now she had no idea what she could earn as an artworker) and found out that some of the words she's been using in her work in the UK are completely different to those used here.

I guess the next few days will be spent going over to the house and getting things into a liveable state. We're very fortunate that we have somewhere to stay while we get the house we are living in to a state we want. It's still only a temporary arrangement so we aren't planning to unpack everything, but we need to get it to a point where we are happy and comfortable until we find our way with jobs and see what part of the country that takes us to.

Anyway, that's my lot for tonight! I'm off for a well deserved glass of whisky!

Monday, July 03, 2006


Keep crossing those fingers...

Our container is so close I can almost feel the comfort of my own bed! It's a drawn out process though and those people we know who are planning to ship their lives out of the UK to Canada should take note.

We opted to do the shipping ourselves simply because I am "in the biz" anyway, but the segment we undertook this weekend there is no getting out of from what I understood from the international moving companies we spoke to. You HAVE to be present when your goods are customs cleared. We were told differing stories about this - that we would be able to clear the goods in transit from the port in Montreal by rail to Toronto, and then someone told us we would have to wait for the container to arrive in Toronto before clearance could be made. The net result was confusion for us, so we opted to try to track the container and time it so that we could go to Toronto around the time it arrived, as it wouldn't really save any time in the long run, least of all because of the Canada Day long weekend.

The holiday has kind of screwed us as well. We'll probably end up paying rent on the container simply because the freight company we've used wasn't open today. That's just bad timing on our part really, so I doubt there'll be any way we can negotiate our way out of that one.

Anyway, once we knew the container had arrived at port, using the Port of Montreal website, we tried to contact CN to find out when it would be on a train to Toronto. Easier said than done, but I did eventually get someone to email me some details. We discovered it would be arriving in Toronto Sunday afternoon, so after lunch Martha, me and Audrey headed out on the 3 hour drive to the city. We decided to take Audrey for a very good reason - we reckoned that any customs officer would take one look at us with an antsy kid and think "Screw this for a game of chess" stamp our documents and wave us on rather than cause any fuss. It was a well thought out strategy and possibly worked because we were there for all of 15 minutes before the guy stamped our documents and released them!

The next hurdle is to get the container delivered. As I said it's probably on storage charges - I've sent a fax to the shipping line to tell them to deliver it ASAP - we're not going anywhere so they can deliver it to us just about any day or time. I tried to call them today on the offchance there might be someone there but sadly there wasn't, so I'll be calling tomorrow to remind them they need to get their butts in gear. I wont take kindly to days and days of storage after going to the trouble of customs clearing them on a Sunday when we could have been at home with the whole family (Audrey's cousins were with us too).

So hopefully we'll have out lives back later this week! Watch this space!

A couple of nights ago I had some fun with Garageband. I was just fooling around with some of the preset loops it has, and layering them. After 3 hours of tinkering I ended up with a 6 minute long piece of 80's styled electronic dance music I've entitled "Funky Electronic Guitar" because the hooks I used are called that. I don't know where I stand from a copyright stance - it's my own work I guess even though I didn't actually create any of the parts I used. I guess it's a bit Fat Boy Slim in that respect. Martha quite rightly pointed out that anyone could "create" the same piece of music, but given the number of permutations in Garageband, really what are the chances?

I wanted to put it on my blog, but Castpost was playing up last night, and when I tried today it crashed on me. Since then I had another disaster and the file has mysteriously evaporated from my FIL's PC. Fortunately it's still on the Mac so I'll try again another time. Meanwhile I'm extremely keen to make up something else but perhaps create my own beats and loops, so I can make something that is truly original.

Today Martha has gone to stay with her sister and left me with Audrey. She's heading back to Toronto for an "interview" of sorts with an agency who hopefully will find her some freelance work. I've finally got a resume (CV) together and should be spending more time looking for work now, but I'm still losing sleep over the container right now. Once that is out of the way I might feel more motivated to look.

I know! "Excuses, excuses"!

BTW...Happy I.D. to my American readers for tomorrow. You know, you would've been much better off as part of the monarchy! ;-p

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