hantsbear: (evil koala)
Eyes are powerful things. With me, just one look from certain pairs of eyes and I fall hopelessly into their power...
hantsbear: (Christmas Koala)
I was stopped in the street yesterday and told that from a distance, I look like BRIAN BLESSED!
hantsbear: (Gamla Stan)
If you were wondering where [livejournal.com profile] marmtx has been lately,

Well, today he was in Leicester!
hantsbear: (Pauline)
So, started working at my permanent office in Coalville today.  Second set of fond farewells in 6 months yesterday - a surprise gift coupon and both the managers of the office thanking me for my help.  Which all helps build up the old self confidence levels, but I still feel like the new kid today.  Trying to suss people out and figure out what procedures are different in the new office.  And building myself up to the days when I start walking to and from work.  Which started earlier than expected when the bus didn't turn up and I had to walk home.  No biggie usually but I didn't have my walking shoes on today.  Oh well...

But one of my colleagues did have a particularly cute blue-eyed long haired bear today, so the day had a particular high spot ;)
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Jul. 20th, 2011 07:51 pm
hantsbear: (bjorn)
This is all my dear darling little sister's fault.  Bearing in mind she is currently living in Sweden and my predisposition for things Swedish, during one phone call, she mentioned that the show Allsång på Skansen was due to start on SVT1 the following week and that the Benny Andersson Orkester would be on.  I went to the SVT website the following week and found a live feed on their play.svt.se website.  And watched the programme live.  However, during the phone call to little sis, she mentioned that my niece had been following a group called The Moniker.  Who were on the following week...

Quite the furry little f*cker!!!  Although, when he originally sang this in this year's Melodifestivalen, he was bald.

Anyroadup, I ordered the album and it arrived today.  An interesting mixture of styles - quite Badly Drawn Boy at times...


Apr. 6th, 2011 09:18 pm
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Happy Birthday, Richard ([livejournal.com profile] redbeardedblond )!
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I am engaged to be married to Mr. Stephen John Willars!

hantsbear: (Hairy Bikers!)

'nuff said!
hantsbear: (God Jul!)
Those crazy Finns.  From the people who brought you the "Rare Exports" shorts (here), a full length.  Be afraid.  Be festively afraid.

hantsbear: (3D Me!)
Well, actually, I was back on the 26th. after a fairly uneventful journey in the care of KLM, to be greeted by an ecstatic best beloved, who had the foresight to pick up groceries on the way.  He's too good for me, you know.  Not that I am complaining, of course!!!

Quick round-up of what happened:
  • Was introduded to "The Revenger's Tragedy" by [livejournal.com profile] albadger 
  • Spent a night at the opera with [livejournal.com profile] albadger , seeing "The Makropulos Case"
  • Went into the hills and around the University of  Berkley with [livejournal.com profile] progbear 
  • Ate Ethiopian food for the first time with [livejournal.com profile] darkphuque and [livejournal.com profile] theotherqpc 
  • Saw "Hot Fuzz" for the first time with [livejournal.com profile] bestbear_icanbe.  Why did I miss this first time around???
  • Went to SF Zoo koala hunting.  This time, there was a koala outside, but quite high up and so not so easy to photograph.
  • Met up with [livejournal.com profile] furr_a_bruin , [livejournal.com profile] albadger and [livejournal.com profile] dhpbear at the Lone Star.
  • Met up with [livejournal.com profile] fogbear and[livejournal.com profile] putzmeisterbear at Beer Bust.
  • Met [livejournal.com profile] tmaher[livejournal.com profile] dhpbear and [livejournal.com profile] bestbear_icanbe  for the first time
  • Did the "Tales of the City" thing - took the cable car up Powell to find Macondray Lane.
  • Visited [livejournal.com profile] beastbriskett and [livejournal.com profile] flawsofur 
And much walking up and down hills and jumping on and off buses, street cars, BART trains etc.  Including falling asleep on the BART in the tunnel under the bay...!

Many thanks and hugs to [livejournal.com profile] albadger and [livejournal.com profile] wet_in_sf  for putting up with me and to [livejournal.com profile] bestbear_icanbe for the package that awaited me on my return :)
hantsbear: (Cake!)
Photo from the Moof's Flickr
...to his most serene bovineness, [livejournal.com profile] gotmoof !   Many happy returns! xxx
hantsbear: (Hairy Bikers!)
So, I was at the Stone Food and Drink Festival on Sunday - Stone happens to be about 4 miles down the road from the village where I was born; indeed, my birth was recorded at the Registrar in Stone.  But I digress.

The real reason for going to the festival was that certain hirsute TV chefs were doing their thing.  As supporters of the festival, Stephen and I had front row seats for their demonstration.  Dave was preparing Venison with Bubble and Squeak, Candied Shallots and a Sloe Gin glaze.  Si was preparing Black Pudding with Apple, Scallops and a Champagne sauce.  Recipes in "The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain".  Or ask me nice and I will e-mail.

Anyroadup, Dave realises that he will need to cook the venison for 8 minutes and searches the audience for someone to time the roasting.  He scans and his eyes fall upon...

"Ah, Koala!"

Meanwhile, Si is making various threats - "You'd better get this right!"

"Trust me," I smile sweetly.

So, the venison is committed to the oven and I start my stopwatch, being heckled occasionally by Si.  I give a shout at eight minutes and the venison is removed from the oven.  However, Dave discovers that his oven was switched off, so, with 10 minutes of the demo left, they put the venison in Si's (working) oven, and request my services again.  Which I duly provide.  Eight minutes later, the venison is removed from the oven and tested.  It is declared perfect by The Hairy Ones.  At which point, Si, leaves the stage, commands me to stand up and plants a kiss on my forehead.  And I got a round of applause.

Not that it's gone to my head or anything...

Gratuitous photo of Si trying to seduce the audience... )
hantsbear: (Default)

Seen in Birmingham yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] sskroeder .
hantsbear: (quagmire)
So there's this guy.

He lives about an hours train ride from here and I've been corresponding online with him through Bearciti.  Been trying to sort out a meeting with him for over a month now; but, despite me being free most weekends, it seems not to be the case with him.  Parents seem to crop up as a reason which makes me suspect that he is not out to them.

But I likes the look of him and he of me, so I'm going to persist.
hantsbear: (Cake!)

...to [livejournal.com profile] denbear !  Happy 40th! (HUGS)
hantsbear: (evil koala)
I have got my old bed re-assembled in the back bedroom, so I can now accept guests (who may wish to sleep away from my snoring). Guests who wish to snuggle with me have always been welcome...

hantsbear: (Benny)
Saturday saw a rare treat - leaving the confines of the West Midlands and heading down to the big smoke that is London. Karen ([info]karendunn) organised tickets to "Proms In The Park" which is an event for the masses to celebrate "The Last Night of the Proms".

I should explain.

"The Last Night of the Proms" is a great British institution where for one evening in September, we are allowed to be patriotic and sing songs such as "Rule, Britannia!", "Jerusalem", "Land of Hope and Glory" and "God Save The Queen".  There is much waving of flags and general exuberance.   Alas, places for the actual "Last Night" at the Royal Albert Hall are rationed, so Good Old Auntie Beeb has, in recent years, organised a series of outdoor events called "Proms In The Park" throughout the country, which culminate in a link up with the Royal Albert Hall for the second half of the concert.  We were in Hyde Park, London, along with about 40,000 other souls, spending an afternoon picnicking and drinking Pimms and Lemonade.  And there was much waving of flags.

However, I think I enjoyed "Music For The Royal Fireworks" (Handel), performed with accompanying fireworks, the most.  I am rather fond of a bit of George Frederic and I understand that performances with fireworks tend to be somewhat rare.

Alas, I did not stay over for the "Thank You For The Music" concert the following night; heard it on the radio, but it would have been nice to have been there...
hantsbear: (Default)
...screamed the e-mail.  About bloody time too, thinks I, and searches out the lube, various toys and a can of spray-on chocolate mousse.  Then I read further and found it was a mailing about his latest TV show.

Damn.  Oh well, I can dream...
Gratuitous JLC Pic

hantsbear: (Default)
Was watching a line up for a Wales Rugby match recently and saw this face:-
Woof!  Suddenly I'm all daffodils and leeks (and about time too [livejournal.com profile] brainlessangel is probably thinking.)  He's probably straight as they come, but it looks like I shall be singing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau with fervor in future...

Meanwhile, I have discovered Ice Hockey (yes, I know it's been around ages, but I bumped into this large building marked "Trent FM Arena" one day...) and went to see the Nottingham Panthers (Go Panthers!!!) win 6-3 over the Newcastle Vipers.  I think I can get into this crowd mentality thing...


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