Another Great Escape

Monday, February 20, 2006

Freedom of Speech?

Should a man be jailed for denying that the Holocaust happened? I'm not sure. Surely he is entitled to his opinions - nothing can persuade me to accept his ideas - but where do you draw the line? How far do we go to preserve the right of free speech? Does he deserve to go to prision?

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Top Tip #2

Spend some quality time with kids, especially those under 3. They're ace, you get slobber over you, they're not afraid to gurgle/fart/burp near you, they keep asking "why", they make you realise how much you have (or haven't) changed!

Top Tip #1

Don't eat at the Slug and Lettuce in Cheltenham.

The service is rubbish, the food and beer really expensive and the place looks like a dump.

Transitional Phase

I think I may have weaned myself off burning things. I know what you're thinking, once a pyro always a pyro but I think my massive pyres are a thing of the past. When I was younger I was told how someone was forced to give up smoking by being made to chain smoke cigars until they were sick. Anyway, for the last few Sunday's I've been burning the remains of a tree that we cut down in the summer - talk about a boring job. I really couldn't face another round of burning so I ended up bagging the rest of the stuff up and taking it to the tip.

However, the job was not complete, we still had the rest of the tree to cut down. I'm all for the environment and everything, save the whales, recycling, CO2 emissions, etc, etc. But this tree was part of an axis of evil in our garden. Providing a route for squirrels to party on our roof at 5 am in the morning - it was also wrecking the paving around our house and blocking light from our neighbours house.

So - out came my new power tool....a chainsaw! Well, what can I say the sound the saw cutting throught the wood (albeit through ear defenders), the chippings flying everywhere, the smell of the wood...The tree was down, sliced, diced and ready for seasoning in under an hour.

Don't worry the burning urge is still there but power tools are the way forward. :-)

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Penny Pinching Links

For those of you in a bit of a financial squeeze at the moment (aren't we all) take a look at my penny pinching links.

They're all legit, I've used them all and saved a bit of money.

Yougov is an online pollster, lots of these polls are for newspapers or companies - you get paid for taking part in surveys. It usually works out at about 50p a go, I had 9 surveys in January. They take about 2 minutes to complete. The only downside is that you only get your money when your total reaches £50. I'm at £45.55

Money Saving Expert is fantastic. We have saved so much money using this. Martin Lewis is a journalist for the BBC- he hosts a website where it's only aim is to stiff the big companies who rip us all off. We switched bank accounts, mortgage, credit cards, got loads of money off coupons, etc. Very, very good.

Quidco - Just found this one. It offers cash back on purchases from popular places -,, even!

Hotukdeals - not some dodgy site but a place stuffed with all of those online vouchers that everyone is talking about but you can never find. There's money off at, John Lewis, Laura Ashley, just browse down the links sections.

Anyway - hope this saves you some cash.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bro's Blog

Check out my Brother's blog - very strange (a bit studenty), when I read it I wondered whether we were related.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Crap end to the day, even crappier movie

We've just seen the biggest pile of steaming rubbish at the cinema - Cock and Bull - with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Absolutely pants. Worst film ever, it even rivals Night out at the Roxbury for utter crappiness.

Anyway, my day started well, I had 10 off ill with this sickness thing that is going around, I got my kids to start a blog, we were having a great time. Some little git then decided to do something which resulted in him telling his mum a twisted version of events. She backed him up unequivicably, verbally haranguing me and my staff in the process, claiming that her kid is so terrified of me that he will admit to anything. Bollocks to that! It makes you want to hit your head against a wall, it is so annoying how some parents won't admit that their little angel has done wrong. 99.99999999% of the problems in our school are caused by or instigated by this little urchin and no matter what we try, few things work because his parents do not back us up at all.

Anyway, now that I've vented, I'll be able to resume my normal professional calmness and start afresh tomorrow.