Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 31-5-2016

Oh, now wouldn’t you know it?

I’m back at work, today: on an eight hour shift.

No problem there, although it’s at an awkward time.

On the other hand?

One of the first things I do of a morning, is have a quick look out of my window.

And … ?

It’s throwing it down!

The walk to work … is going to be damp!


Monday, 30 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episode 11 (Chapter 37)

You know, I really have to work around stuff!

Or possibly not!

No, thinking about it, I’m right.

Today … ?

I’ve been frantically writing more teasers: AND  the appropriate video.

Whilst heading out, shopping.

And frankly?   Washing my socks!

As I couldn’t do all of THAT lot, tomorrow: as I’m on a long shift!

You know, if it wasn’t for the collection of TV box-sets I’ve got, sitting around?

I’d be bored, stiff!


Thankfully, though … ?

Thankfully, I’ve got enough TV shows banked up: to watch as and when.

Right now … ?

I’m sitting at my desk, with OMD’s Dazzle Ships playing in the background … 

Having caught another episode of House of Cards third season.

And, yes: it’s looking good.


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 30-5-2016

Right … 

It’s now an official Bank Holiday!


If you’ll excuse the word.

One I’ve got off!

Having finished July’s Gazette Teasers, though?

I’ve got to catch up with the regular Daily Teasers.

Still … 

It’s that or twiddle my thumbs!


Oh, JUST as a quick thought?

My kid sister did the Race for Life, yesterday: I’m hoping she’ll leave us a comment, today.

But DO know she raised £110.

Thanks to everyone who donated!


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 29-5-2016

Ye GODS … 

That was a late night!

I have to admit, I was working, yesterday.

12 ’til 9, so you know.

So, yesterday, as you can possibly imagine, I got home: feeling just a touch tired … 

But knowing, perfectly well, I’d have the day off, today.

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, I actually managed to stay up later than I meant to … 

But?   Well, remember, a week or two ago, I bought the box set of Battlestar Galactica: most of which I’d ripped by yesterday.

Except for the last two discs: which mostly consisted of extras and deleted scenes.

Cataloguing that lot — so that I knew, when I opened Handbrake, which files were which — was a job and a half!

The actual ripping procedure?   I did over night … 

Just indexing those, though?   Didn’t half make my eyes ache!


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 28-5-2016

Oh, but I hate late night working!

I finished at ten, last night, and I think I’m still feeling a bit … you know … 

Bleaugh … !

It’s going to get fun, today, I think: I’m on a 12 ’til 9.

I hate those long shifts.

The upside?

The upside, as I keep telling people, is that I can now afford an expensive Amazon habit … !


Oh, before I move on … ?

Did I mention my kid sister, Ruth?

She’s taking part in the Race For Life, a Cancer UK fundraising event, today.

I’m going to thank Old Peculiar regulars, Olga — who’s happily donated — and Debbi — who’s shared the event on Facebook.

And ask that if you want to donate?   (Ruth’s at £110: some 75% of her target of £150, so you know.)

If you do want to donate, you can do so, here … 

Every penny … 


Friday, 27 May 2016

Nik Nak’s Friday Question Set — 28-5-2016

Right … 

I have to say, I’m feeling vaguely rushed, right now.

I’m doing my usual Friday thing.


It’s Friday: which means pay day … and pay the bills day.

And — as ever — post up a question set, a teaser, AND get dinner, before I go to work for four o’clock!

Anyone got a spare secretary can can do all this for me?


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 27-5-2016


I HATE that, when that happens!

I forgot to put my alarm on, last night!

Which means, of course, that I’m late up: and late getting started on this post.

Still … 

At least I’m not going to be late for work: I don’t actually start until four … !


Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 26-5-2016

Well … 

I’m officially back to work, today.

But … ?

I mentioned, yesterday, I was installing a Version of Ubuntu, onto a friend’s new — but second hand — laptop?

Well … 

The installation went well: and the laptop … ?

Is now in the hands of a satisfied owner.

Here’s hoping it’s handy!


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 25-5-2016: Star Wars … !

Right … 

It’s an official day to (mildly) panic!

I’m expecting visitors, any minute now: and in a BIT of a rush!

Amazing what revving up a laptop will do, isn’t it?

Or, at least, having a reputation for revving up a laptop will do!

At ANY rate … ?


The Daily Teaser — 25-5-2016: Geek Pride Day

Hmmm … 

That’ll hopefully go down well.

I bumped into an old friend, yesterday: who — flatteringly — wanted my advice, buying a laptop.

Well, one can’t not, can one?

I, of course?   Suggested getting a Mac: which the friend concerned felt was a bit out of her budget.

But I WAS able to suggest a reasonably priced laptop.   I’ve installed Ubuntu as the operating system: as the friend concerned only really needs it for web-surfing, email and accessing Facebook.


She’ll find it useful.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episodes 9 and 10 (Chapters 35 and 36)

Hmmm … 

I’m quietly satisfied, there.

Today is one of my days off: and not one where I’d had anything planned, per se.

But I DID bump into an old friend: in Brentwood Library.

One who was looking to buy a laptop, from the Brentwood branch of CeX.

And who — flatteringly — wanted my advice on which one would be a good buy.

Well, yes, obviously, I told her to get a Mac!

But as she felt that was out of her price bracket?   Went for a HP laptop.   I’ve just installed Ubuntu onto it for her, and been able get a rough idea of the machine’s individual foibles.


The lady concerned will be pleased.


At ANY rate?

At any rate, I know the one thing I DID have planned was catching up with some TV.

Given that there was nothing on terrestrial TV I wanted to catch?

I did what so many of us are doing, these days.

Streamed a series.

In this case … ?

Episodes nine and ten, of series three of House of Cards.

And yes, it IS going down very well.


The Daily Teaser — 24-5-2016


What … ?!

I’m a film fan … well … armchair film fan, at any rate.

One who, over the years, has picked up one distinct impression.

That films based on video games aren’t necessarily much good.

Which has what’s mostly encouraged me not to watch: that and the fact I’m not exactly a video games fan.

Then, courtesy of the BBC?

I learnt one company has achieved something of a coup.


Threshold Global Studios are planning a trilogy of movies … based on Tetris.

I’d love to see the script for that lot … !


Monday, 23 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 23-5-2016

Oh … 

I usually have the radio on, at this time of the morning.

Usually?   Usually, you can guarantee I’ll be listening to Radio 4’s Today programme: as I am at the moment.

The Thought for the Day?   Told us that the relics of Saint Thomas à Becket are being transported back from Hungary: to Canterbury Cathedral, the church where he was killed by Knights Templars on the apparent orders of the king.   (The ‘Who will rid me of this troublesome priest’ incident, if you know your history.)

The reason that caught my attention?

Is the fact I grew up in Brentwood.

The major Anglican Church is Saint Thomas’s, and the town was on the pilgrimage route from the north, to Canterbury, the site of the saint’s veneration.

Amazing what you learn, growing up.


Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 22-5-2016: Windows

Ye Gods … 

I  am glad I don’t have that sort of shift happening, today!

I’m working five in the evening: until half past nine.

I’m thankful, actually.

It means I can possibly — and sneakily — have a nap at some point, today.

Two long shifts, one after the other, are a bit heavy!


Actually … ?

Have you been watching the news?

If you have, you’d’ve seen the news of the EgyptAir plane that crashed on Thursday.

Since then?   We’ve seen reports that, apparently, smoke was detected in one of the toilets: and, not long afterwards, in the planes computer systems.

Obviously, there’s speculation about what could’ve happened.

But, ex-smoker that I am?

I’m wondering if someone on that plane sneaked into the loo to have a cigarette … which they stubbed out on the floor: setting off a catastrophic chain of events, when the stub burnt through the floor, and important bits of wiring … 

Who knows: certainly not me.

I just know I used to sneak into the loos for a smoke, on long trains journeys …


Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 21-5-2016

Oh, LORD, but my eyeballs feel fantastic.

Mind you, there’s a reason for that.

The simple fact that I was up, late, last night: after finishing work at 12:30.

Don’t you just love shift work?

I do … sometimes.

Then again?

I finished at 12:30: and looking at a 12 ’til 9:30, today.

Lord knows what I’m going to feel like in the morning … 


Friday, 20 May 2016

The Friday Question Set — 20-5-2016

Right …

I’ll apologise, now, for missing last week’s Friday Question set!!

But it’s been one of those weeks!

And frankly … ?

There’s another on the way!


The Daily Teaser — 20-5-2016: Blue Jeans

Right … It’s officially in … !


They … !

The two box sets I’d ordered from Amazon, so you know.


I’m currently ripping through the box set of Series nine of Dr Who: and have to admit, I’m rather impressers with the extras: granted, they’re not as extensive as the ones on the David Tennent years.

But quite a bit more than the Matt Smith serials.

All that … ?

All that, and it’s got Last Christmas and The Husbands of River Song!

That’s an impressive amount of stuff!


Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 19-5-2016

OK, I’ll admit it: I’ve broken into my savings!

Up until a few months ago, I’d had a lot of backed up TV series on a high capacity external hard drive.

Which then went and died, after falling off a table!

About the only series I hadn’t recovered?

Was the rebooted Battlestar Galactica: something I always felt was one heck of an improvement on the original.

Still … ?

I’ve had enough savings in my account to go and buy a copy of the box set.

Which is good.

Mind you … 

Buying Season Nine of Dr Who was possibly over doing it … 


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 18-5-2016: Hooray for Bollywood

I Am A Camera
For once … ?

For once, I’m not actually rushed.

No, really!

I’m not actually putting up this week’s Weekly Teaser in a hurry: as I’ve got today off.

Still … ?

I’m planning on heading for Brentwood High Street.

As I left my back-pack at work, yesterday!

D’Oh … !


The Daily Teaser — 18-5-2016

You know, right now … ?

Right now, I’ve got a day or two off.

Which I’m looking forward to.

Although I think I’ve got a confession.   I am SORELY tempted to spend a little of my savings money.

Remember, a few months ago, I managed to ruin an external hard drive I had?   One with a heck of a lot of backed up TV shows.

Frankly, the only one that’s still missing is the rebooted Battlestar Galactica: which was a fantastic piece of work, and one I felt to be better than the original series.

I am sorely tempted to break into my savings, to get the box set.

But I’ll possibly have to think about that …


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episode 8 (Chapter 34)

You know, I’ve JUST … 

No, scrub that.

I was going to tell you I’d just got home.

But that’s not strictly the case.

I actually got home, just before seven.   Grabbed something to eat … and had a shower.

And only THEN decided that, as I had the evening to myself, I should really be taking a little time to just sit in Front of the TV, and watch something.

As I was feeling clean, after a hard days work!

Clean and fed, I think I can safely say … I wanted to catch up.

Very specifically catch up with House of Cards


The Daily Teaser — 17-5-2016

Right … 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll realise I’m having issues.

With my stomach, so you know.

Which is why, yesterday, I had a quick series of blood tests: checking out what’s happening with my glucose levels, and liver.

There ’ll be an ultrasound, at some point: to check on my kidneys.

Hopefully, that’ll me know what on Earth’s happening.


Which reminds me … 

I’m off to work, today: an hour earlier than usual, after being contacted by the boss, yesterday.

Quite what’s happening, I don’t know.   I know we’ve a couple of new people who’ve recently started,  and I’m wondering if one has decided the job’s not for them.

I can’t say I blame them … 

But it seems a shame … 


Monday, 16 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 16-5-2016: Electricity

Right …

It’s officially official.

I’ve got blood tests, today.

You’ll know — if you’ve been reading me for the past few weeks — my stomach’s been playing up.

Lord knows why!


I managed to pay a visit to my GP, a few days ago: who’s booked me in for some blood tests: which is hopefully going to show any problems with kidney and liver function.

Oh, and double check on my thyroid, as well.

I’m also due an ultrasound scan, as well: again, to check my kidneys.

Here’s hoping this shows SOMETHING …


Sunday, 15 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 15-5-2016: How To Drop A Bomb and Influence People

You know, I managed to do myself a huge favour, last night.

Watching an episode of House of Cards, as you’re asking.

Which means I managed to avoid catching of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Whether that’s a good thing, I don’t know: I do know, courtesy of the BBC, that the UK’s entry came third from the bottom, and that the competition was won by the Ukraine.

A song about how horrible Josef Stalin was, apparently.


I still think the 1991 French entry, Amina, who placed second, was HAD!!


Just as a quick afterthought, there?

I managed to treat myself, yesterday.

Yep.   I’ve added another book to my reading list.   It’s at the bottom of the pile, by my bedside, so you know.

It’s a collected anthology of the first first books in Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea cycle.

That was, it has to be said, a bit of an impulse buy.

But … ?

Well, I’d read the first of the stories — A Wizard of Earthsea — many years ago.

I remember finding it slightly too deep, at the time: but worth keeping on a shelf, somewhere.

Although I’d borrowed the one I read, from the library.

Thankfully … ?

It’s on my shelf, and ready to go.   As soon as I get to it.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episode 7 (Chapter 33)

Ye, gods, I am dog-tired.

Seriously dog-tired.

But … ?

There’s a reason for that.

I has to admit to heading to work early for a meeting.

Frankly, I’d rather you didn’t ask: it’s enough to say I had to go.

At ANY rate, that, and working for six hours … 

Well, hopefully, I’m sounding coherent.

Although I’m VERY aware I’m going to have to double check on the meaning of the word, ‘debatable.’


Debatably, or otherwise?

Debatably, or otherwise, I really wasn’t in the mood for heading out: especially as I’ve spent my extraneous money for the week.

Yes, that’s right: I’ve bought a book.   A collected edition of the first four of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea quartet.

Although, to be frank … ?

I didn’t fancy starting the book.   JUST yet.   At least, until AFTER I’ve finished Press Play to Start.

AND after I’d caught up with another episode of — you’ve guessed it — House of Cards.

You could tell, couldn’t you … ?


The Daily Teaser — 14-5-2016

Right … 

That seemed to help, yesterday.

Recently, as you’re no doubt aware, I’ve been getting a seriously nasty set of stomach cramps.

That, seemingly, wasn’t shifting.

Yesterday, though, at work?

I managed to take in the Buscopan I’d been prescribed.   As well as having a sandwich for dinner, instead of the usual chicken, and drinking LOTS of water.

I think I can say I managed.

Right now … ?

All I’ve got on my mind … 

Is the earworm left to me by a friend on Facebook … 


Friday, 13 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 13-5-2016: In Cars

Right … I’m back to work, today: on a long shift.

Frankly … ?

I am hoping to be able to take in my usual array of medications: specifically the one that helps my guts.

Although I’m starting to wonder how much help that actually IS … !

Some, at least: I’m ALSO thinking laying off the cola, and drinking more water, could be useful.

But, if I can make a confession?

It’s starting to get to me.

I like to think of myself as relatively tough.

But on-going stomach troubles?

These on-going stomach troubles are decidedly wearing!


Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 12-5-2016

Oh, now I hate that when that happens.

I had to phone in ill, yesterday!

Where my guts were — again — playing up.

Thankfully, and at the moment?

Things are looking a little calmer.

But, my gods!   It’s only now — affected by a long term condition — I can see that it has several effects,

It’s got a knock on affect on how much I get paid, psychologically … 

And leaves me feeling very annoyed at how my body’s behaving!

I can safely say it’s leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

Metaphorically, if nothing else.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 11-5-2016: One Night In New York

A Big Chess Computer
Chess pieces

Right … I’m officially ill … having just phoned into work, with a poorly set of guts.

And … ?

I’ve a doctor’s appointment booked up for the 7th June, AND some blood tests booked up for next week.

So I can at least get some sort of treatment.

 This is getting stupid!

The Daily Teaser — 11-5-2016

Right … 

I’m back at work, today.

Frankly … ?

I’m going to be taking seem Buscopan, the stomach medication I’ve been given, with me.

Just to make sure I avoid any … you know … 

Cramps … !

Cross your fingers for me, could you … ?


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episode 6 (Chapter 32)

You know, my guts, right at the mo … ?

Are starting to twinge, just a little.

Right now?

I’m hoping to be able to pop some of the medication I’ve been prescribed for it, in order to deal with things.

Or, at least, help my innards settle down!

Frankly … ?

I like work.  I like the job, the co-workers, the pay … !

I like the fact I’m actually managing to save up cash: even on my limited wages.

Still … 

The fact I’ve had a day off, today, means I’ve been at home.

At home … 

And able to catch up with my current ‘must-see’ TV series.

If’s you HADN’T worked out I’m on series three of House of Cards?

That’s sort of why I’m writing these things.

I like telling people about this stuff!


The Daily Teaser — 10-5-2016

Right … 

This going to be rushed: or, at least rushed … ish.

Why … ?

Well, Blogger seems to be having trouble, this morning: I’m getting a near enough consistent 502 error, across all browsers and from all user account on my computer.

Frustrating, but there you go.

So … 

Without much further ado … 


Monday, 9 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 9-5-2016

Hmmm … 

That seemed to go … interestingly … 

Yesterday was my first day back at work for a while: well … after a week off.

Quite a long shift, too.

Long enough for me to qualify for something to eat: courtesy of the job.

Remember me saying I’ve been having a problem with stomach cramps?

Seriously intense stomach cramps?

Very nasty, seriously intense stomach cramps?

I got ’em, again, last night.

My only inclusion, so far … ?

Is that cooked chicken seems to be setting off nasty batches of it!

Heigh-ho … !


Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 8-5-2016

Right then … I’m back to work, today.

And … possibly … looking forward to it.


Well, I’m doing a 12 ’til 9:30 shift: so it’s going to be a comparatively long shift.

In a sense?

I’m looking forward to it: it means I’ll be doing something, today.

Although, frankly … ?

One more day’s holiday would’ve been nice!


Saturday, 7 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 7-5-2016

Well, here we are!

It’s now the last day of my holiday: I’m back to work, tomorrow.

And, if nothing else … ?

I’m going to be looking forward to one thing.

Given it’s actually been rather warm over the past few days, I’m looking forward to simply having my windows open.

That way … ?

I can get some air going through my flat.

Well, single bloke, on his own …

The fresh air comes in handy … !


Friday, 6 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episodes 4 and 5 (Chapters 30 and 31)

You know, there’s times I think to myself that fish and chips would be nice.


Except that, unfortunately, my local chippy’s product?

And usually FINE product?

Was possibly a touch … 

TOO much … !

Despite the fact the fact I’m sure I ordered small portions.

I’m not getting any younger.

Along with that?

I’m pretty sure my stomach’s shrivelling up with age.

At any rate … ?

At any rate, a more sensible person would possibly have not had the dinner I had, tonight.

But, hell … 

I never claimed to be sensible … !


Except, of course, when it comes done to one or two things.

Computers: although my preference for the Mac platform could be seen as odd, I personally think the fact there’s less security issues is sensible!

There’d possibly a lot of other things I could add, as well.

But what I MEANT to say … ?

Is that I’ve been using my time off to try and catch up with some TV.

With series three of House of Cards, if you must know … 


The Friday Question Set — 6-4-2016

Right … 

JUST to make things clear, here … ?

I’ve got a Friday off … !

And what I WANT to do with it … ?

Well, several things.

But …

i) I don’t think Maria Sharapova’s going to be interested in me.
ii) I’d LIKE to find a decent coffee shop, and spend time, there, with a halfway decent laptop: except most of them would be closed by now.
And iii) I’ve got a few things I’d like to watch on TV: once the politicians shut up!


The Daily Teaser — 6-4-2016

You know, I think I’m looking forward to today.


We’ve got the political bits done with.  I’ve got time off …

And it’s payday, today.

It’s the first time — in some time — that I’ve been able to get all my shopping, and pay all my bills …

On the same day

Handy … !


Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 5-5-2016: Locally Elected

Right … 

It’s officially Election day, here in the UK: I’ll be off out to vote, at some point today.

Right now?

JUST for a change, I’m thinking of not spoiling my paper: but giving deep thought to voting either Green or Lib-dem.

I really couldn’t vote #Conservative: mostly on principle.   I’m ALSO not voting #Labour.   The local candidate self-identifies as a Christian.

While I’ve no problem with faith, I do think highlighting it in an election context is … distasteful, if not offensive.

Who know’s where my vote will go.

But getting out TO vote … ?

Is the important thing.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 4-5-2016: Observing the Observatory

You know … I’ve actually got time off, today!

Believe it or not.

And it’s actually making me miss unemployment.

Not that I don’t miss the money … But I DO miss the lack of job stress.

Oh, granted, I don’t have a job that’s high in the stuff: unlike, say, a nurse, doctor or ambulance driver.

But still, it’s nice to be off.

On the OTHER hand?

I’ve got to post up this, make sure the Gazette’s equivalent go through, sit indoors And wait for Apple to phone, to sort out an issue … … 

And buy my mother a birthday card!

Oy Veh … !


The Daily Teaser — 4-5-2016

You know, I’ve got time off, this week.

You wouldn’t actually think so, now would you?

You’re right: this post, plus three more for the Gazette, Mum’s birthday, hang around waiting for Apple to phone to sort out an issue with my account, hopefully get a visit from an old friend … 

Not that I’m complaining, much.

I’m just wondering when I’m going to get time to buy Mum a birthday card … !


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episode 3 (Chapter 29)

You know, I like having time off … 


I’m actually going through some, right now.

Yes … I’ve got until Saturday off, and am back to work on Sunday.

In  theory … ?   That gives me plenty of time — in theory — to relax!

Which, two days in, hasn’t actually started … 

Regardless of that … ?

Regardless of that, I’ve managed to prepare tomorrow’s Teaser video.

AND catch some much wanted TV.

Yes … 

You’re right … 

I’ve caught another episode of House of Cards, series 3.

And I think they’ve just given us a really MEATY character … 


The Daily Teaser — 3-4-2016

You know, it’s not often I manage to bag a copy of last night’s Gotham through … alternative … mean …

But last night’s … ?   Last night’s episode — episode 16, Prisoners, showing us Jim Gordon’s time in prison — is beautifully twisty.

The Penguin’s biological father has turned up, and Bullock … ?   Has turned to Carmine Falcone for help in releasing Jim.

It’s an oh, so much DARKER episode than most.

And one I got hold of … ?

Because of last night’s final.


This year’s World Championship final, between Mark Selby, and Ding Junhui saw Selby winning his SECOND world title: in a match that saw him winning 18-14.

Absolutely fascinating match to watch, I should add: despite eventually losing by four frames, Ding manages to clock up several century break: and, in the 15th and 29th frames, playing some serious — and seriously engrossing — tactical frames.

Personally … ?

The game was a fantastic final, with both players doing very well.

Congratulations to Mark Selby.

Personally?   I think we’re going to see Ding Junhui in more finals …