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M/CR by Water...

Jun. 5th, 2007 | 08:58 am
feelings: sleepy sleepy

Whoop... Went on a supernice works do on a big fuck off barge round the canals and waterways of Manchester. Big whoop u might say but u have to understand that my company will not stop paying for things until everyone is absolutely ruined. Utterly.

Well, the evening started off on a 'luxury' barge where we tipped a lot of booze down ourselves and had a properly nice hot buffet (yet more class for me) with Stroganoff and saffron rice, sweet chilli crayfish, asparagus... that kinda stuff. It was very nice and a good time was had by all.

The evening finished many hours later in a hideously grotty underground bar with pint after pint after pint of Guinness with people dancing, chatting people up... fairly lairy fun! Obviously the evening concluded with me having to let a couple of grotbags from e-communication crash at mine but kicking their ass into the taxi to turn up half an hour late the next morning was jolly good fun. Unlike them, I had had the luxury of a shower and change of clothes! Like I say, Grotbags...

So, massacre day at the office. Our Studio Manager dry heaving into one of the toilets near my desk all morning, an Art Director snoozing like a Spaniard on a sofa behind me and an Account Director struck dumb, upright.

The dictionary definition of a good time!

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Trip to the Fair (albeit a crap one!)

Jun. 1st, 2007 | 07:57 pm
feelings: happy happy

Okay... picture the scene; VioletF and me are going to a fair. It's a slightly miserable day as well but nevertheless, we have a mighty fine time and no mistake.

Yup... Waltzers, Spinning in the Air thingymbob; even a spin you round machine that inadvertantly crushed my, lets face it, not inconsiderable nuts. Good times!

Hehe, was a right laugh and we even had a kebab on the way home. Who says our love isn't classy?

Anyhow, we couldn't go on the big wheel because it was raining so this photo is the closest we got to it! Damn and indeed shucks.

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May. 30th, 2007 | 09:14 pm
feelings: ditzy ditzy
sounds: Joey Negro - Sugar

Oh crivens... I've gone and done it again haven't I? Motherfucker.

Yup, haven't been updating this damn thing have I? 24 days without a post and not a whistle to show for it. Piss flaps and what have you. Piss and indeed flaps.

Okay, lets try again! Quick update? Sure thing, my lovely friend.

What u been up to IcarusOli?

Well, I've been working and stuff, fannying around visiting respective set of 'rents (rent in my case!) and generally getting on with it. We're moving soon so I'm kinda laying low.

Are you back for good?

Er... hopefully!

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We go together like rama lama...

May. 6th, 2007 | 09:12 pm
feelings: optimistic optimistic
sounds: Too $hort - I'm a Playa

...ke ding a de dinga a dong!

Bit of mush u say? Yeah, u fucking love it. Quick word of appreciation for VioletF who I'll be living with come July. Nice stuff huh? Well, it is a *very* peachy ass she's shaking! ;D

Don't worry though, female fans... when I say living together I mean living with VioletF and NucleoTide Boy (her existing flatmate) in a new house! Yup, we're all pals as well as VioletF being by my favourite piece of fluff... VF and me are having seperate rooms but this is still a bit of breakthru. I'm kinda excited! :D Sssshhh.. don't tell her that tho! Hehe..

Living with NTB will be a hoot too!

Hahaha! Look at this shit... I'm like a fucking schoolgirl!

Wanna see something sickening? Yeah, that's right... look how sickly this pic is! I know u like the cunty font.

... aw ... can't I be happy once in a while?! : P

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IcarusOli... The Return!

May. 3rd, 2007 | 07:24 pm
feelings: rejuvenated rejuvenated
sounds: Fuzigish - Be Yourself

Okay Peeps... And we're back in the room.

Well hello folks (or folk!)... sorry to have been off your radar for the last few weeks. I hope you're all fine and dandy. I'm well thank you.

Things have been happening in England's second city and my attention has been drawn else where temporarily. I have returned though; triumphant in my wake.

Yup, few things to report. Although I've been very busy, the main reason that I've been offline is that my cobbled together PC finally gave up the ghost; was shit for a couple of weeks then fucking died. Bummer huh? Well, after a bit of soul searching I somehow managed to fix my good computer with some good old fashioned electric wire tinkering. It was cool, daddio. Funnily enough i now have a laptop too... but I'll save that story for another earth shattering time!

In other news, my job has changed quite a bit! I've now been switched across to the public sector side of my Agency for some more hands on Accounts stuff which is all very lovely. Hard work man, but lovely. I've also been doing a fair bit of copywriting also which, of course, is cool. As u know, Pharma had been getting me down a lil bit so am glad of the change. Was kinda nice to know that the Agency wanted to keep me also!

Anyhow, apologies for lack of chat... I am back now and possibly better than ever. Please accept this picture of me and my dear old Nanna by way of an apology. Doesn't she look like the queen?!

Gawd bless her!

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3D Geordie Jazz Attack!

Mar. 16th, 2007 | 09:02 pm
feelings: intimidated intimidated
sounds: Er... Geordie Jazz

Well, title says it all really.

Geordie Conor's penultimate night in Manchester... An obligatory 3D Jazz attack!

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An Inconvenient Truth?!

Mar. 14th, 2007 | 09:00 am
feelings: contemplative contemplative
sounds: Enya...

Hot damn! Global Warming! We’re All Gonna Die! Or are we?!

Yeah, us humans are just bad people. We make things out of plastic and burn things made of nature. Sometimes we just plain spill oil into the ocean. I think you’ll find it’s our planet now and we’ll do what we want with it!

Er,, no. That fucks things up. There’s an equilibrium that needs to be maintained. Yup, it’s true… it’s not called an eco-system for nothing! However, the idea that our emissions and general bad-man-ness is the sole reason for Global Warming is looking increasingly shaky in my eyes.

I have heard two things this week that have shifted my opinion on this issue. One came from The Sunday Mirror of all places! There was a fairly eminent expert in the paper questioning how influential the effect of human behaviour actually is in the grand scale of our planet’s climate change. There is no dispute that this globe of ours is heating up but the factors behind this change are seemingly wider then we’re lead to believe. In fact, there is fairly good argument to made for the human influence actually being quite negligible in the big picture; especially in terms of carbon. Our emissions only make up a very small amount of our planet’s total with the lion’s share existing naturally in our atmosphere.

This is a very good point. But this point gets even more convincing when you hear about solar flare activity over the last few decades. It seems that the earth is bombarded quite constantly by solar activity that is naturally variable in space. The last few decades have been unusually active; in fact, it is said by reputable sources (I wish I could remember the name, my scientific researcher neighbour told me about this) that the evidence of solar flare activity ties in remarkably closely to our rise in global temperatures. Much, much closer than the evidence for human emissions

But it’s all about the carbon right?! Yes it is. The carbon is the main reason that our atmosphere gets hotter. Thing is, much of the Earth’s carbon dioxide is stored in the oceans that cover 2/3 of the planet. Increased solar radiation beating down on the earth will free a lot of this trapped Co2 into the atmosphere. Hence our climate change.

Two good arguments that come together nicely huh?

I’m not saying that our foolish actions have no effect, they clearly do, but perhaps we’re not sitting on the ecological time bomb we fear. If the solar theory has any credence, we should be concentrating our efforts on developing coping mechanisms for the future, not fighting something we can’t really control. It’s just a thought.

However, this is a beautiful planet. By far the most beautiful in our solar system and we should try to keep it that way. Environmentalism is, in my opinion, a real indicator of modern civilisation. We are a world that relies on fossil fuels and we much face up to the challenge of building a sustainable society for everyone. And we must also decide now what we’re gonna do to help the parts of the world which will be economically devastated when the fossil fuels do run out.

Okay, we might not be able to sort out climate change, but I’d like to see fucking Bono come up with a solution for my new question. What happens then?!

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Meh... And the Celebdex

Mar. 11th, 2007 | 08:03 pm
feelings: cranky cranky
sounds: Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?

Hello people. Hey, I just wanted to say sorry for being a bad correspondent just recently. As you will see, I’ve filled in a few backdated posts from last week or so but I know you know I’m fakin’ it time and date wise!

To be honest, I’ve been just a tiny bit down the last few weeks. Nothing dramatic I’m delighted to say but just enough to put the kibosh on my reporting from England’s second city for a bit. Y’know, my life is quite hard in a way all told. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not mother-a-crackhead, on-the-dole-cus-I’m-colour-blind kind of thang at all but it gets to me a bit.

Money is tight for me living on my own. I’m working harder than most people and my living standard is actually dropping. My best friend moved away a few weeks ago. Yeah, it’s a bit difficult atm but it will be all gravy soon enuff I’m sure! ;) Work is getting to be a bit of a problem tho… nothing I can’t sort out tho! I hope.

See, I don’t wanna disparage my agency one little bit. We are the shiznit at what we do and our clients (some of whom are huge) get award winning creative services from beginning to end. Seriously man, this is a first class Agency stuff and the Account Management standards are very high here. I genuinely think our clients get a top drawer service. And that’s a really great thing; this is what I wanna be part of!

Problem is; I’m a guy from a small town in the middle of nowhere who went to a normal school. I didn’t get to go travelling or anything. And this is Agency where people are cool and talented and successful. And I’ve got a drama degree and I’ve got no money. I have to get the bus and drink cheap booze even though I know exactly what quality is. I have written restaurant reviews for magazines and hosted celebrity parties in trendy bars. I’ve written for Bollinger and the Ritz Hotel, Adidas, Monarch Air. They have cars and holidays, nice clothes and proper cigarettes. I smoke roll ups and have a hole in my shoe.

Y’know what I mean?! It dents my confidence. Well, this is the thing right, I have noticed something over the last year or so. Certain people I know feel a bit about me like I do about my Agency colleagues. And it’s because of the parties and the Bollinger and what not. So, if I cut it in the eyes of some people, why can’t I persuade myself that I can cut it at work?!

I don’t care if I’m cool or not. I’ve thought about this and I actually don’t. But I want to fit in more and get on more and do more and succeed. But I’m holding myself back. And I guess it’s stupid. I like Agency people and I need to accept that in some ways, I am one of those people now. I should start fucking acting like it!

Good; I’m writing my confidence back here. Who said LJ isn’t cathartic?!

I’m gonna tell u a secret. I have two numbers in my phone that Heat reading mongoles would just die for. And even though this is the case, I have never revealed this fact to anyone before. Truth is, I’m not impressed by celebrity one jot.

See, I told u I was cool enough to do this.

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Mar. 6th, 2007 | 06:54 pm
feelings: peaceful peaceful
sounds: Sizzla - Chase Dem Away

Come here, you wanton little sluts! ;D

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I’ll Bend the Words Whichever Way I Choose

Mar. 4th, 2007 | 08:43 pm
feelings: predatory predatory
sounds: Toasters - Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

Hey, funny little story. Today I was rebuked by a total stranger for the way I ‘make text speak an integral part of my casual correspondence.’ I mean, the cheek!

Well it’s true. I’m glad u noticed, dickhead. Get one thing str8 tho; this is our language nw and we’ll use it however we please!

Ho Ho Ho!

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