Monday, August 21, 2006

We apologise for the interruption to your regular broadcasting

How do, all. Yup, been away in wet Wales with the family Bling on holiday. A lovely time was had by all as even the land of the leek and it's torrential downpours couldn't dampen our giddy spirits and happy hearts. Much unwinding was done, indeed I managed to not turn on my laptop to do any writing once, having been cold turkey on the novel writing for over 10 days now. Back to the task tonight though.

As such, I have a bunch of work deadlines to crunch through but shall be back to more regular posts as soon as time allows.

Thank y'all!

Bada Bling

45 comments:

Tidyfiguremaker said...

Where did you stay while you were over there? I've been to North Wales, around Conwy a couple of times and I really enjoyed it there. It's got some incredibly green and beautiful views, amazing countryside. I could happily see myself living there no problem.

Jo Bling said...

Conwy is really nice, having spent plenty of holidays up in North Wales as a kid, but this is further down around mid-Wales, the other side of Snowdon, slap bang between Aberystwyth and Harlech (always makes me think of Zulu, that place, and throaty male voice choirs!)

Beautiful scenery, Snowdonia, possibly the best in Britain in my opinion.

How's work going anyway, Ian?

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I've been there,it has a big castle hasn't it ? I went as a kid and had a huge case of Deja Vu while I was there. We also went to Rhyl and it pissed down,although I have heard it rains 24-7 in Rhyl !

Lynn said...

Oh dear, oh dear. How many more times am I going to hear about the rain in Wales? I'm taking my three children there next week, a chalet on the edge of a cliff between Aberaeron and New Quay. I went there on family holidays when I was girl, but I really don't recall it raining. It's gonna be fine, it's gonna be fine. Isn't it?

Jo Bling said...

On the whole I have to say it's a great place for weather, being fair. this is the first trip we've made there in the last four years where the sun hasn't been cracking the flags. We were rather ill prepared due to previous fine weather holidays there, taking short, flip flops and the like and nothing remotely waterproof! How we laughed as we huddled together by the fire to dry off.....

Rhyl is very grim. I pity you, Glazey :-D

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I'm sure I could have sued my parents for the Rhyl trauma they put me through !! And the trench foot still bothers me too !!

Nik said...

Bunch of us rented a cottage a few years back, don't know where except it was near Snowdonia. Beautiful place. Anyway Lynn, just wanted to let you know we went in August and the weather was gorgeous. It was mild enough for us to sit outside till the wee hours of the morn admiring the views, and with many candles wedged between the gaps of a dry stone wall the whole evening was quite magical.
Poor Andrew seems to have visited on a typical Seventies British holiday.
We also popped along to Port Merrion (sic) where my inner geek ran wild on the 'beaches'. No rover though, I'm glad to say!

Gordon Fraser said...

Glad you had a nice hol! Just got some naff freebie Boro paper featuring yourself at some talk. Cracking photo of you sketching Bob.....the look on your face '...the next time someone asks me to draw Bob and I'm gonna have to kill'em!!'

Andrew Glazebrook said...

You've obviously not seen Curtis modelling his Bob the Builder underwear.

Gordon Fraser said...

not yet.....but theres always time!

YOIKES!!!!!

Jo Bling said...

Nobody needs to see me in my Spud the Scarecrow trolleys......

Gordon, what was the article relating to? I'm unaware anything has been printed!

Nik, you paint an idyllic picture of Wales. It is indeed usually like that. Gets a lot of bad press for the rain - it's got nothing on Manchester, I can assure you! Plus, my little lad loves it there, as your kids should Lynn, as there are steam railways dotted all over.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Your getting just like Bushy,you're in the press so much you don't even know what you're in for,the next thing you'll be on the side of a London cab ! :) Just like Bushy was,cor blimey guvnor I said !!

Jo Bling said...

Bushy was never on a London Cab was he? I heard it was a minicab in Grove Hill???

Is now a good time to mention I'm going to be on national BBC radio next week being interviewed? *blush*

Andrew Glazebrook said...

No he was on a cab...and the mini cab !! Get him to send you the pic,it's great ! I remember when I went to business link,the first thing I seen when I opened the info folder was a picture of Bushy,he's like Big Brother !

Gordon Fraser said...

Email on the way for you Sir!

I was having a bag of chips the other day and saw Niel's mug staring up at me from the newspaper....bloody gonk gets everywhere!!

Niel Bushnell said...

I've got a potato chip at home thats in the shape of my face. And those nerds over at IBM have arranged individual modelcules to look like my head! (I was on Radio Cleveland too!)
If anyone saw 'Overnight' on BBC 4 last night you'll know that this sort of ego massaging can all go horribly wrong!!
Did I tell you I was on the side of a London cab?

Jo Bling said...

Hark at you with your "potato chip" talk. Is that for our colonial cousins? They're CRISPS dagnabbit!!! :-D

I heard it was the bonnet of the cab, Niel? Spreadeagled?

Niel Bushnell said...

It just didn't sound right as 'chip'. Anyway Jesus always turns up on a potato chip, not in a packet of Walkers!

See how many more comments you get when you don't litter your blog with your crude etchings!!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Doctor Pedantic reporting.

Potato Chip is used when referring to the likes of Kettle Chips and the more substantial variety of "Crisp". A crip who's radial span reflects that of a half sliced potato of the King Edward variety found in a common packet of "Crisps" is automatically called a "Chip".

It stopped being regarded as a colonialism as of July 12th 1996 at roughly quarter past three in the afternoon in Rippon near Leeds. It was reported that a man who witnessed the event fell down a flight of stairs breaking a collar bone. Four weeks later he died of an unrelated illness. His name was Clair.

paulhd said...

Interesting, what's the diff between biscuits and cookies then INJ?

Jo Bling said...

Grief, I hope this doesn't descend into a series of explanations as to how our fair language has been butchered overseas :-D

Chips you eat with Fish. Crisps you get in a packet from the sweet shop. Unless I've somehow been transported off the British Isles? End of!

mrs bling said...

Consider how much mr bling loves his spuds *chortle* So much so that this week on holidays, I was persuaded to buy a chip basket, as home made chips entered our diet for the first time since we got together...

in short, given his love of all things potato, I would just nod solemnly and back away slowly, people.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Cookie's and Biscuits are distinctly different. No one calls a rich tea digestive a cookie nor does anyone call a chunkie chocolate chip cookie a biscuit. It was a lie perpetrated by the South Lothian government in 1937 (I do not have exact dates and times at my present disposal but I'd hazzard it was May). Let us not forget that four men lived.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Sorry to break this to you, Bling, but it is crisps that we eat with Fish and Chips that you get in a packet from the sweet shop. You're just surrounded by terrified 'yes' people is all.;-)

dragonhead said...

Wait! I'm confused! So now there are "crisps" AND "chips"? I've been going at this whole "British people have fish and chips" thing all wrong then.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

mwahahahaha! My work is done here.

Niel Bushnell said...

Don't get me started on what potatos really are. All I can really say on an open channel is 'Goverment consiracy' and 'diesel bi-product'.

Watch the skies.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Now THAT is just crazy talk.

Jo Bling said...

"Sorry to break this to you, Bling, but it is crisps that we eat with Fish and Chips that you get in a packet from the sweet shop"

Keep on taking Dr Giggles' funny pills, INJun! :-D

To all others, lets draw a veil over the crisp/chip non-debate. Poor Dragonhead is befuddled!

Bushy, you're right. Potatoes are genetic engineering of the worst kind, some sort of alien biotechnology. Anything with that many eyes can not be trusted and should be hunted down to extinction. Please direct all captured potatoes to Mrs Bling's chip basket.....

Mwahahahaha!!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Nothing beats eating a bag of potato chips while watching and enjoying The Phantom Menace.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

I went to Wales a few years ago to a wedding. I've never experienced car sickness before but the roads were quite bumpy and winding. Not saying that's a bad thing, and likely only relevant to the route we took, but if you enjoy rollercoasters then you're quids in. But that's not the story...

Before we set off from England it was wonderful and sunny. I foolishly tempted Lady Luck and remarked on our departure "I bet it rains the minute we cross the border"(a little climate stereotyping never hurt nobody).

Sure enough, as we passed the sign that read "Welcome to Cymru" and crossed the border we drove through a veil of rain into yet more rain. Like someone had switched a rain machine on. And it was fierce. And it was like it was just sitting there, just shy of the sign waiting. We had entered.... The Twilight Zone, weatherwise.

It did let up albeit briefly.

Scotland, home of clan Culbard, was much the same (the only let up being in the early hours of the morning whilst everyone was sleeping... which is sneaky).

But, what are we complaining about? Three or four weeks ago it was unbearably hot for hairsuit bears like myself, even too hot for the frail furless waifs... and I swore then I would NEVER complain about the rain EVER again.

Fickle, natch.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Oh that's great,someone had to go and mention the Star Wars Prequels !!!!! Now I'll have to back on my pills !!!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

you act like there was something wrong with the prequels?

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Give me your address and I'll come round and explain it to you :) Do you have a spare month ?

Nate said...

Do you mean speak to about a job, or just to get in touh with someone?

Jo Bling said...

Glazey, don't bite, he's goading you, succesfully I might add!!! :-D

Nate, do please drop me an email sir and we can talk in greater detail: frankscat@hotmail.com

Nate said...

Na, the drawing of the waiter is just from me, i wouldn't be aloud to publish any work from the films we do here on my blog, so anything you see is just one of my own pieces, or a story / idea i want to develope for my self, but thanks for checking it out.

Jo Bling said...

Thought as much, Nate. I can only ever show stuff that's either been completed and screened or been a freebie for a client.

As a matter of interest, how are the studio about you developing an idea for yourself? Do you not have to sign a contract for ownership of intellectual property like other studio employees or are you a freelancer for them? I know it's a bone of contention for a lot of creatives working in animation. Not a problem for myself, I might add - not sure I could ever sign a studio contract.

mrs bling said...

{{detour}} We had a potato in our bag of new potatoes the other week that looked like a scrotum. Honest. Just not hairy or anything, but one side was bigger than the other.

We now return you to your regular programming...

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I wondered where my knackers had gone,leave them at Forbidden Planet next time you're there,make sure Kinnin doesn't eat them though !

Niel Bushnell said...

What a fascinating insight into the life of the Blings! Mrs Bling now compares Mr Blings junior parts to household vegetables. If only 'Thats Life' was still running!

Jo Bling said...

I'm not sure how but by Mrs Bling mentioning the simulacran potato we found the other day (one for Fortean fans that) things seem to have descended to new depths.

I'll have to endeavour to right this ship!

dragonhead said...

Um... Thanks for that info Mrs. Bling. :O :)

mrs bling said...

Look, you 'orrible lot. I didn't say it looked like HIS scrotum, just A scrotum.

You all did Bling-has-veggie-scrote yourselves; I won't be held responsible.

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