Thursday, 26 February 2009

~A Monster Of My Own Making~

One of my New Year resolutions was to take control of events in my life rather than have them take control of me.

Never, in the whole of human history, has a person failed so utterly, totally and completely.

I have created a monster that is slowly consuming me.

I am doomed.....

Not to mention a bit of a c*nt....


SOUNDTRACK: The Teardrop Explodes - 'Treason (it's just a story)'

Some dodgy 80's dancing, but what a great song...

FOOTNOTE: Be careful what you wish for.

The Doomed Groover

Monday, 23 February 2009


I guess that I'm something of a pragmatist.

Looking back, I think that always have been.

People have mistaken this for my 'not caring', but nothing could be further from the truth.

Beneath this gruff exterior is a marshmallow centre.

TODAY'S MOOD: Pragmatic

SOUNDTRACK: Portishead - 'Sour Times'

FOOTNOTE: It's ok babe, I'm cracking on with my Open University stuff now, honest! ;-)

The Soft & Fluffy Groover

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

~Bittersweet Symphony~

TODAY'S MOOD: Both bittersweet and symphonic.

SOUNDTRACK: See above.

FOOTNOTE: Is life really like a box of chocolates? Maybe it's more like a bag of frozen mixed vegetables?

The Lone Vegetable

Sunday, 15 February 2009

~Don't Say 'I Told You So'~

My ex has just got through yet another gearbox.

That's 4 gearboxes on 3 cars that she's trashed now.

To have one gearbox die is unlucky; they're a tad expensive to fix, after all (especially as she can only drive an automatic).

To have 2 die is dashed unlucky.

After the third, one would imagine that you'd take a long, hard look at your style of driving. Just to make sure that you weren't doing anything that was less than condusive to the health of your transmission.

To have 4 die pretty much confirms that you need to re-take your driving test.

I know what her problem is. We argued about it on many, many occasions.

How I (used to) come to a halt whilst driving an automatic;

#1 Bring the car to a halt.

#2 Select 'N'

#3 Apply handbrake.

#4 Select 'P'

How my ex comes to a halt whilst driving an automatic.

#1 Don't bother to stop completely.

#2 Select 'P' as quickly as possible, jolting the car to a sudden halt.

#3 Wonder why you've knackered 4 gearboxes over the years.

Each time I would attempt to point out that was, just perhaps, not the best way to treat our car, I'd get an earful, so I eventally gave up.

My explaination that it was akin to stopping a push-bike by inserting a broom handle into the back wheel fell on deaf ears.

The proof of the pudding......

TONIGHT'S MOOD: Wondering if she'll have the brass to come to me to help her get it fixed.

SOUNDTRACK: The Smiths - 'How Soon Is Now'

No real reason for the song choice, just a classic track that kind of fits my mood at the moment.....

FOOTNOTE: Some people just won't listen to advice.

The Trying Not To Say 'I Told You So' Groover

Friday, 13 February 2009

~Commercialised Cr*p~

You may think me a cynical old toad (maybe I am), but the current barrage of Valentine's Day bumf is seriusly getting on my tits.

Surely I'm not the only person who finds the whole debacle hurl-inducingly cheesy?

We saw the back of Christmas / New year (which is just as bad), only for it to be replaced by yet another example of over-commercialised bollocks that's designed to make us feel obliged to part with our cash.

You WILL buy an expensive card / bottle of sparkly pink wine / bunch of roses / cuddly toy holding a heart saying 'I love you' / cheesy CD compilation of love songs / over priced restaurant meal....woe betide you if you don't!!

The other 364 days of the year don't matter, you can be a total bastard for those, as long as you make a grand, over-sentimental display of affection on the 14th of February.

TODAY'S MOOD: Cynical, old and toadish.

SOUNDTRACK: Siouxsie and the Banshees - 'Love in a Void'

FOOTNOTE: Do you really find Valentine's Day romantic?

The Unimpressed Groover

Friday, 6 February 2009

~I Love It When A Plan Comes Together~

It's been a bit of a grim week as far as work is concerned; the recent inclemency of the English weather has seen to that.

We simply can't handle snow!!!

I lost two whole days of work because of it....not good...:-/

However, I managed to claw myself out of the doldrums a little this evening, when one of my newer clients had his four-week health check.

Since starting his diet and exercise regime on the 9th of January, he's lost 6.4kg (14.08lbs) of overall bodyweight.

This is made up of a body fat loss of 11.2kg (24.64lbs) and a lean mass GAIN of 5.3kg (11.66lbs).

He HAS got a lot of body fat to lose, and it's pretty common for such people to lose a large amount of weight in the first few weeks. Even so, he's done amazingly well at sticking to his diet and his home exercise program that I gave him. Not to forgetting his 2 PT sessions a week, of course.

It also means he'll be buying another block of 10 sessions from me. :-)


SOUNDTRACK: The Cramps - 'You've Got Good Taste'

I was saddened today to learn of the death of The Cramp's vocalist, Mr Lux Interior on the 4th of February due to an existing heart condition.

I was well into The Cramps as a youth (indeed, I still am). I love their gothic-horror-rockabilly sound.

The world will be a less interesting place for your passing, Mr Interior :-(


REMEMBER: What you get out is directly proportional to the effort you put in.

The Goo Goo Muck Groover

Thursday, 5 February 2009

~It's All In The Mind~

Only great minds can read this.

This is weird, but interesting!

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg!

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Azanmig huh?

Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!


SOUNDTRACK: Urban Cookie Collective - 'The Key, The Secret'

I little Old Skool dance for a snowy Thursday here in good old Blighty.....

FOOTNOTE: I culod raed it eislay, I msut hvae a gerat mnid!!!

The Lnoe Groeovr

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

~Good Genes~


My eldest daughter, Nina, had a photoshoot at one of the better studios in the West Midlands.

She's sent her portfolio to several agencies now and has already done her first professional shoot.

This one is one of my favourites.

It's definitely going on my wall.

TODAY'S MOOD: Wondering how my kids can all be so good looking!!!

SOUNDTRACK: Nina - 'Mercy'

FOOTNOTE: They must get their genes from their grandparents, or something LOL!

The Ugly Daddy Groover

Sunday, 1 February 2009

~A Butterfly Flaps It's Wings~

It's been 2 years to the day since I split with Dawn.

When I actually sit and think about it, I can hardly believe how much my life has changed over the last 24 months.

There's still room for improvement, lot's of it, but things are generally moving in the right direction.

I've tried to trace back the chain of events that have led to my sitting here typing these words, but it's still a little difficult to see the wood for the trees.

I guess I'll just blame it on the proverbial butterfly flapping it's wings on a Chinese hillside......

TONIGHT'S MOOD: Reflective

SOUNDTRACK: David Bowie - 'Changes'

My epitaph...

FOOTNOTE: I wonder what I'll be writing in another 2 years?

The Separated Groover