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The random ramblings of a Star Trek-obsessed schools ICT Systems Manager who likes a good moan.
This is a place where I can whinge about life, and express my love of my family, 80's music, retro computer gaming (especially on my Commodore 64),
 oh and Star Trek. I'm very open with my opinions and I like a good moan. If you don't like what I say, then you might want to consider not reading this blog.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon.

 
Well it's been some time, but I've decided now is as good a time as any to give the "mother page" a brand new facelift.  Don't expect anything too flash as I don't really update the website that often.  I really should as I have many more photographs and music to add to it.
 
Oh well... maybe one day I will - when life becomes less stressy, which by my calculations will be in about another 10059 days, 5 hours and 50 odd minutes, (assuming our crap government doesn't decide to 'up' the retirement age any more).
 
Anyway, if you fancy having a gander, feel free to head over to www.stu-wilson.com
 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

101 things that are better to do than watching football - Number 1

It's the time again when the poxy World Cup dominates every form of media available and people like me (who can not stand foodball) find it increasingly hard to avoid seeing any reference to the bore-fest that is the World Cup.  Whether it's turning on the TV or radio, going on to the internet, walking past a poster on the streets, we will all be reminded every single day that it's that time when a bunch of grown men pretend to be children in a playground, kicking a silly ball around.

So, for the first time ever I have a produced a video which I want you to share.  Get your friends to share it.  Get your family to share it.  Get your work colleagues to share it.  Hey, if your pet has a Facebook page, get them to share it too!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152162997448097&l=7267241332003267292
 
 
Yes....  Watching a kettle boil is more interesting to watch that the World Cup.
 
I imagine this whole 'sharing video' malarkey will end up failing miserably with only a few shares, but hey....  Why not!
 
Now sit back and enjoy the boiling.  (By the way, it was a lovely cup of tea).

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 27 - The Safety Dance (Men Without Hats)

The Safety Dance, from Canadian new wave band Men Without Hats will be forever in my childhood memories, as well as the memories of many people who grew up in the 1980's simply from it's memorable video which accompanied the song featuring frontman Ivan Doroschuk and dwarf actor Mike Edmonds prancing about West Kington near Chippenham, South West England (amazing what you can find out from Wikipedia) showing the local townsfolk how to dance by repeatedly forming an "S" sign (S for Safety) by jerking both arms into a stiff pose. 

The music video alone is pure 80's cheese but in my opinion is better and more creative than anything produced today.  The song is quite catchy too!  If only they still made stuff like this!  I'd buy it.

 
 
I love this song so much, I'm even going to post a video from the Status Quo cover.  Not exactly a song from my childhood, but a damn good version from a band I'm not particularly keen on. 
 

 
AND FINALLY.....   I even have to admit that I quite like the Glee version too!  Sad or what!ARRRGGGGHHHHHH!
 

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 26 - The Sign (Ace of Base)

Oh my, it's been just over a year since my last "Song that reminds me of my childhood".   To make up for it, here's one that some may argue was not a song from my childhood at all.  Here's "The Sign" from Ace of Base.




I've always said that my childhood pretty much ended the day I walked out of my secondary school on Friday, June the 25th 1993 but I'm going to stretch it a little here because this song came out in October of that same year, and will forever be imprinted in my memory due to the constant air time it had on the local radio station (Essex FM) when I was doing my work experience at the Echo newspaper during my brief time at Basildon College in 1994. 

Now for me, the 90's wasn't really a great decade.  Sure, it had a few good things going for it, but for me music wasn't one of them.  During the early 90s, my interest in music was pretty much non-existent apart from listening to Erasure, Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield.  I suppose this song, and The Beloved's Sweet Harmony are the two songs that really define my musical tastes from those early years of a decade that to me will always be fondly remembered by me for playing my Amiga 500, getting my head around playing Magic (some card game) with my friend Dan, ogling over Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax in Star Trek Deep Space Nine) and watching Noel's House Party on a Saturday evening.

Anyway, on a separate note - I do really hope to update my blog with more posts over the next couple of weeks.  Work has been considerably busy and stressful and has pretty much taken over my life.  I'm literally living and breathing servers, and computers to the point where I'm even losing sleep!  Yes I know it's not healthy, but what can I do....  It pays the bills!!!   The good news is that this time of year is usually a quiet time for us in the IT department at EHS (most of the students are either on study leave for their exams, or have left), so hopefully things will calm down for me so that I can get myself sorted again in time for the mass of work we'll be doing to the school network over the summer holiday. 

Onwards and upwards, and don't forget you can check out my other "Songs that remind me of my childhood" by clicking here.