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Please fuck off right away, cos i'm not in the mood.
Cycled 60km again yesterday. I'm well unfit, so I'm shattered. I don't recommend cycling from SE to NW London because there are some fucking MASSIVE roads (basically dual carriageways with slip roads and all sorts) and yeah, not great.
This week's kind of quiet which is good. Probs go to the cinema a couple of times and binge on OITNB innit.
Cycling London - Brighton on Sunday. *gulp*
fucking gulls in the neighbourhood make a fucking racket every morn from about 5am, need to double glaze my windows, or move.
but still fairly central idk
about 30km each way, through Peckham, Camberwell, Vauxhall, up through Hyde Park, all the way along the Grand Union Canal and then up some terrible dual carriageways. On the way back we just hit the A5 and went through Cricklewood, Kilburn, and Maida Vale (terrible road for cycling along tbh, really slow and about a million buses) before going through Hyde Park again, then over Waterloo Bridge and back home.
yep I'll shut up
went to East Reading Festival yesterday, not a Pendulum in sight.
Not much else to report, except the big news that the chap sat behind me has already chomped his way through 2 packets of crisps before 9:05 on a Monday morning.
Today's the payback. I'm on a late shift at work. I work with idiots at a very understaffed hospital laboratory. A tough day ahead.
Weekend was lovely. Saw friends over in Hampton Court on Saturday. Ate a burger, threw a Frisbee, walked in the sun. Then saw Spy at the cinema, which had me in stitches. Sunday was climbing followed by a couple of friends round for dinner.
As for Monday, could take it or leave it.
cycled 1000 miles and climbed 5 mountains in a week. I don't think I've ever been as tired as I am now. 128 hours out 156 spent either cycling or walking and averaged 3 hours sleep a night for 7 days. Shattered. But, what a week. Currently, we have raised £170000 for charity. Don't think anything I do for a while will be able to top that.
incredible stuff. where can we donate?
the just giving address is... https://www.justgiving.com/Richie-Ainger/
Fighting for my job this week, hopefully got a few interviews lined up internally and a few clarifications before I go to the CAB about it. Basically, it's a clusterfuck.
Anyway, weekend was 100% 10/10.
Friday was a total scorcher, so I cut the grass and we went to a toy shop and bought a fish shaped paddling pool for my daughter and filled it with water and bath toys and played on the grass in the sun. Christ, makes me /want/ to get sacked and just spend my notice with them.
Sat was a strange one - went to ikea and spent £1.60 on a hot dog, two doughnuts and a coffee. felt like I was stealing or something. and then went to decathlon and spied their new bikes. Got a pair of sunglasses for riding that I totally forgot to wear. Recorded some radio on Sat night and watched Whiplash. 9/10.
Sun was mostly tifying the house up and playing RollerCoaster Tycoon. Daughter started crawling yesterday too, albeit in bursts, which is amazing.
Hilariously didn't buy a single thing :(
so we got her a skipping rope and some wrapping. i skipped for the first time in maybe a decade and remembered how boss it was, so did some skipping this morning before biking to work.
skipping ropes; really good. we spend hours in decathlon buying nothing too. it's just so good.
Actually went in to buy some "baggy" cycling shorts. Ended up buyind them from somewhere else in the end.
They are a great bunch of lads, but far from experts n employment law.
either lawyer up or speak to this lot- http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2042
they have an online helpline tool too which can be useful.
so go directly to them and cut out the middleman.
Monday can fuck right off.
Just got a surprise £300 from Scottish Power. An energy company I haven't been with in 4 or 5 years. Should I ask why or just spend it?
(I'll probably just spend it).
Rising up! Back on the streets. Did my time, took my cha-ances.
Hope my aftershave covers the smell of desperation.
you know one of those annoying people who are really chirpy in the morning? That's me today.
Had a lovely weekend, early night Friday then i went to soca aerobics on Saturday which is basically dancing to Caribbean music for an hour. I then went to band practice saturday which was ace and then was up at 9am for spinning yesterday morning, followed by outdoor swimming, a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room.
Then last night I made a mate of mine sweet potato and chickpea curry and we played chess and drank tea in the garden.
I haven't drank now for over two weeks and I look and feel so much better.
By the way my band are playing next Sunday (did I mention!) please come and support me. I think I'm going to have my first drink then to celebrate, but only after we played.
Tonight I'm going to meet my old band mates after work for a drink. It's going to be quite challenging not to drink, but I'm sure I can do it. I do seem to be smoking a bit more though. Hmm. I only smoke when i drink really and i'm only smoking about 2-3 a day.
and i have to lead the meeting eek. Haven't prepped.
good venue, I think I'm going to be playing there again soon by the end of the month, I'll try to make it!
yes, chess. James is one of my bestest friends...been friends over 10 years. Sure he's made a play for me in the past when pissed but that doesn't mean much, he's shagged at least two of my mates.
found an internship for something I might actually want to do though, for a lot more money than I'm on now. so going to apply for that later, won't get it though (probs)
feel pretty shitty, can't really work out what it is or if I'm just run-down/exhausted? ugh.
Weekend was spent trying to rest and relax, played some ESO (which is super different and takes an age to get going but I'm starting to enjoy it now) and caught up with tv etc. Weather was a bit meh which was annoying, but allowed me to feel less guilty about hermiting/gave me an out for the garden stuff I want to do but didn't have the energy for.
The things itself feels odd as fuck
feel awful but that was largely self inflicted cuz I stayed up to watch the Wrasslin' which wasn't even very good, should have at least watched the NBA finals instead if I was gonna stay up til 4am and feel shitty today.
Ah well, otherwise, great weekend, got Sky installed at flat on Friday(!!!) then went to friend's birthday, then spent rest of weekend either rehearsing or hanging out with pals (usually from rehearsal) it was nice but I'm genuinely terrified of my bank balance.
This job is so boring that it's sapping the life out of me.
Also, it's hard to come in after a weekend of dancing/drinking/gig-going that affirmed the idea that I should jack this in and make a stab at working in the arts. I already volunteer enough anyway, now I should get more involved.
Heading to play football tonight and maybe watch some jazz afterwards. Just have to suffer through here until 16:45.
was a great game on the box
Had to help out with an exhibition opening in Cork so couldn't make it to Dublin. Seemed a fair result in the end but I was utterly disgusted after Ireland conceded.
thought you were going! I had a mate who went over to Dublin but couldn't source a ticket in the end so just got mad wi the tartan army.
Yeah fair result I think (but obviously suits us much better) but yeah I'd be gutted too if we had conceded like that as well - although tbh your goal was total pish so that was hard to take ha
Going to try and get to the Germany game in October for my birthday though.
Yeah, that offside must have been a pisser. The Scottish fans went mental at full-time, I'd say it was a wild night out in Dublin. You're going to qualify anyway, it's whether it's directly or via the playoffs now.
we have a pretty strong history of fucking up from decent positions despite competing in tough groups. Think we could take Poland (incidentally also on my birthday in October) at home, maybe even give Germany a scare, and then fuck it up against Georgia (or Gibraltar, lol) away, and even then, I wouldn't have a lot of faith in a playoff match, but that's my natural scepticism after 16 long years without qualifying for anything!
The ten years between the 2002 World Cup and the 2012 Euros was pretty bad in terms of that. Losing to Cyprus, almost losing to San Marino.
The sense of relief when we got to 2012 was amazing but the utter fucking shambles of a tournament we had ruined that. It'll take a lot for me to ever feel positive about the Irish national side again.
I utterly love my friends. This day has gotten better.
Stayed out all night Saturday/most of Sunday, got in at 9ish Sunday night. Slept pretty much straight through until 8 this morning, but still feel a bit weird.
Still massively irked about Sean's behaviour in the emo thread.
get's regularly and consistently trolled by it's own editor
Bought garden furniture in Ikea on Saturday, assembled on Sunday in the rain. Immediately threw the rain covers on. This country, eh?
Watched the Theory of Everything on Saturday evening. I know there were plenty of sneers at Redmayne's award but it was pretty great tbfh.
Second weekend without beer and I really miss it.
Stayed up to watch the Dauphiné highlights last night. Pretty great performance from Froome although I felt sorry for TJ – to be that close.
Off to see Mad Max this evening and Jurassic Park tomorrow evening.
Had an ok weekend.
Saw Jurassic World yesterday which is a lot of fun and genuinely exciting in places, could have done without the last 15 minutes though to be honest. No one else seemed to agree though. Maybe it's an age thing, I genuinely don't need the final explosive ending bullshit anymore, would much rather films ended with everyone having a cup of tea.
Watched "It Follows" afterwards. Was creeped out.
I know early on it's somewhat derivative of Halloween but it genuinely develops its own identity after a while.
which is gr8 because I have an interview tomorrow and I really want to get it because this place needs to get in the fucking bin as soon as possible.
very pretty, very boring, great excuse to just sit in pubs drinking local ale and doing a bit of walking.
Last week in my current job, got loads to do but obviously can't be arsed. Pretty terrified about the new job next week, but one thing at a time, got a load of other life admin things to do as well.
It is pretty you're right, lot if hills too and needs a bypass
Yeah, the traffic does snarl up a bit in town there, doesn't it? So pretty though, and some nice pubs, I loved the Castle Inn. We had an amazing meal at the New Inn (I think) in a little village called Westwood, and walked along the canal to Avoncliff. All lovely. Mrs HYG was buying wedding accessories from the boutiques, which seemed to go well.
And considerably less picturesque!
Glaf you had a good time, Avoncliff is a great cycling and walking route.
Tidying my desk at work and coaching my colleague through Outlook.
Saturday- Got a bridesmaid dress. Anyone want to see it? No, ok then.
Scotland didn't get humped in the fitba!
Sunday- My sister and brother in law have built a mini playpark for my niece in their back garden, including a kind of castle that has a chute coming out of it. I brained my neice on the castrle/ chute and now she won't come near me or her play area. Very popular right now.
Delightful diner with family and some old family friends and a bit of networking at thebar afterwards has raised an interestnigwork opportunity.
Nearly finished the witcher 3* and can't wait to get home from work and wrap up the last quest.
*living vicariously through my boyfriend who is amazing at it.
Especially if they're really good at the game.
but it came right up in a massive lump :/
I have mid level anxiety just thinking about it, I don't know how parents cope with letting their kids play. They spend a week landscaping their garden, building the plaything, and putting down some extortionate coloured woodchip that doesn't frost in the winter, so that she would be safe, and I throw her face first into a plank of MDF.
How was the first communion?
Just three boys doing it, one is Spanish and was in full on mini dictator white military style suit. Ronnie was brilliant, very pleased with himself but yet to fully get the taste for communion wine!
Managed to sit in the pub all day on Saturday for a birthday and not feel weird about not drinking. 7 weeks now and think I'm going to keep at it - hurray.
Went to Clapton's jumble trail yesterday which was ace and got loads of cheap DVDs and tat.
Also I bloody love a good jumble sale.
unwisely went for drinks on Friday it was fun but I had to be up at 5:15 the next day, which also wasn't helped by the internet going down at my flat and my housemates asking me to fix it when I finally got back.
Competed in a Brazilian jiujitsu competition on Saturday and got eliminated fairly early on, didn't get smashed but I was a little disappointed with how I performed.
Went to the printers on Sunday and sorted out flyers for the gig I;m promoting, if there's any LME types who aren't going to the Windmill on Friday and fancy some live music -> https://www.facebook.com/events/942395749115354/
catching up with various people and doing lots of drinking/sitting. Until on my way somewhere on Sunday I stumbled across a severely bleeding naked man and a few people desperately trying to help him. I stood around feeling utterly useless for a while while someone called 999. It was in the paper today, turns out he's in critical condition and he was stabbed multiple times.
Absolutely horrifice scene, so much blood. :(
installing at the flat. Decided it is my time to just you know Go For It! for Bloody Once! while I am Still Young! and Make Decisions by Myself!, I want the card wall..I am gonna have it NOW!!!
and just bought one pack and photo copied them
and I got a Very Very Good deal on them. Also means it will be wipe clean as it is going on one of the walls in the living room which sometimes gets schooshed with Pepsi when I get too excited and vibrate the bottle too much so it fizzes up :)
though only season tickets, not single or day returns. i'm not a fucking idiot.
cut-off today if I want to order some of these tickets and will need more PVC Glue
they are owned by the Woman of the Concept. She will decide if you can do it.
Will just get my playing cards for just now as it will probably take me most of a day to cover the wall in them, not decided if i am going to to all face up or face up face down yet to get you know some sort of pattern, the beauty is this is my decision for once and I couldn't be more happy/buzzing/free
but flat hunting is a BALL ACHE!
(The 4 of us have decided to get a place together - wooo!)
Looking at a flat for a 2nd time tonight with the others so hope they'll like it
the thought of properly doing so isn't filling me with joy, just seems like a fucking hassle, and i don't really need to move
can you not just ask the annoying one to leave instead? Have you told her you're all leaving yet?
Which means her mommy and dad have the Mortgage on the flat so they can just simply move the Owner out. I suggest they offer to pay the other girls rent in another flat but allow her to stay over 3 times a month to 'check' they arent doing anything Naughty (dance parties etc) to keep her mind at rest. Get Me?
Came back to suprisingly few problems. Good stuff. Drank lots of tea since I've been in which has made my mouth mega fluffy
dressed like a young peter stringfellow
hair like a disney character (the beast when he's a man?)
simon would let him come out.
he's one of the nicest guys in the week
you're totally wrong.
lots of love,
I dreamt there was somewhere in Camden where we could go swimming outdoors, like a little lake or something
(I don't live in Hampstead Heath)
just ask marckee!
I think I'm being punished for being a frequent flyer or something, as when I was coming to Norway two weeks ago I lost my flight AND didn't get my luggage. And if this is happening to me, just imagine what sort of punishments are lined up for poor plasticniki :(
and so to save the company tens of thousands of pounds in lost earnings somebody has to stick around til 8 o'clock to let the engineer in - if they do actually turn up that is
guess who it is.. muggins here
no it's alright highly paid superiors, you go home. Have a nice night in with the family
Went to the pub on Friday evening and sat outside in the warm with a couple of mates having a few lagers and just chatting about life.
Saturday I went to the cinema with my flatmates and saw Mad Max Fury Road at Peckhamplex for £4.99. Well worth it too, the first 40 minutes was probably the most ridiculous, outrageous OTT thing I've ever seen in the cinema. The only issue with the first third of the movie being so crazy was that the middle third exposition bit just felt really slow by comparison. But overall it was great fun. Very different in tone to the original films obviously but nothing wrong with that.
Sunday I mostly spent online window shopping. I've decided I need to revamp my wardrobe as I have loads of clothes but very few outfits. I'm going to keep the good stuff, decide what I need and what I don't need out of my current collection and give the junk to charity. I've decided I might just buy a lot of it online as I think one of my problems when I go clothes shopping in the West End is that I get a bit carried away and just buy loads of items I don't need. So going to take a bit of a different approach.
asking for a friend
I'm here for you