Posted by sean on February 27, 2009 at 10:53 pm in Ventures Outside Of Bath with No Comments

Tomorrow I am going to Walsall to see Claire. I will be leaving my flat at the ungodly hour of 0800 GMT.

Even though she was in Bath just a week ago, it will be really nice to see her again and I am really looking forward it, despite the early start.

While up there, we will be going to watch Walsall FC, who are coincidentally playing a team local to me – Yeovil Town. We will be going in the home end, so will no doubt be surrounded by thousands of Adrian Chiles and Frank Skinner soundalikes.

It will be strange in a ground alongside thousands of fans of a team I don’t support; and although I will probably enjoy the game, I will not be too bothered by the outcome – just as long as there are goals and Claire and me have a good time. I suppose as a Bath City fan, I should want Yeovil to lose. So I guess… come on Walsall.

That said, I would take Walsall losing 10-0 if I find out from my iPhone that Bath City have beaten Basingstoke 1-0 tomorrow.

Posted by sean on February 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm in Work Activities with No Comments

Adam and I had a day away from the IT Service Desk today to attend a training course in assertiveness. Without boring you with all the details, we were taught how to say “No!” (something we do well anyway) or as I prefer, in the style of Eric Cartman, “RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH!!!”

Posted by sean on February 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm in Bath City with No Comments

Forget the Champions League; tonight’s showpiece match has to be the Somerset derby – Bath City against Weston Super Mare.

There is another game taking place this evening of much less significance – Inter Milan v Manchester United. Even though it is a meaningless European cup tie, I could still love Inter to win.

It also see the returns of the wonderful, amazing ‘Special One’ – José Mourinho


Posted by sean on February 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm in Me Vs. The World with 1 Comment

I have just had an argument with an Indian call centre operator trying to sell me gas and electricity.

I get a lot of sales calls on my land line, despite requesting my number be barred from such activity – most of the time I just apologise and hang up.

This time though, I stupidly gave the operator a chance. Maybe it was because I had recently received a large fuels bill and thought, by a miracle, I would save money. Maybe it was just because I was feeling nice… whatever – I wish I hadn’t gone ahead with it now.

After telling the operator how much I paid to my current supplier, I was predictably given a cheaper quote (from NPower). I thanked the operator for the advice, and agreed to go and carry out my own investigations before changing suppliers. Big mistake!

I was immediately transferred to the operator’s supervisory who reeled off a long list of savings I would make (“You pay £8.71 the first month, followed by £9.23 each subsequent month and then £12.52 after 6 months…”) It was just like from the famous Fonejacker sketch.


I know these companies make commission from introducing customers like me to energy providers, but I was not prepared to take the word of a random caller and sign up for a new provider over the phone. I did agree to take the companies website address and take a look in my own time.

At this point, the supervisor turned furious, accusing me of being sceptical, threatening to transfer my details to NPower anyway (therefore breaking the law) and constantly repeating the fact he would call me back, despite being told that I didn’t want to speak to him again. He even accused me of not knowing how to use a computer as I hadn’t compared prices online before.

To make matters worse, he didn’t even offer to upgrade my internet service providings or give me free ring-dings (OK, that last bit was another Fonejacker reference)

I may well go ahead and look to NPower, but after tonight’s telephone call, will NOT be using the company who called. I will approach NPower direct or use an alternative comparison service.

Never again will I trust a sales call.

Posted by sean on February 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm in Video Games with 2 Comments

Ever since I decided to buy Grand Theft Auto 4 on the PlayStation 3 as opposed to Xbox 360, I knew this day would come – the time where the downloadable content, exclusive to Microsoft’s 360 console, would be released.

Being a big GTA fan, not playing the much hyped add-on, The Lost and Damned, would not have been an option. Unfortunately there is no way it will be available on the PlayStation 3.

Tuesday afternoon was therefore spent visiting all the game shops in Bath, trying to find the cheapest shop selling the original GTA4, required to play the new add on. I eventually managed to get a second hand copy for a reasonable price and received a discount by using my loyalty card.

When I got home, I began downloading the add-on. Maybe it was because every GTA fan in the world was doing the same thing at the same time (it was, after all released on Tuesday), but the download, which was nearly 2 gigabytes, took over 3 hours to come down the pipes.

I have only really had chance to play it today. As expected, it uses the original GTA4 map, which is extremely large. The difference between the new game and the original being you’re a new character with all new missions.

Initial impressions are very good. Very much like GTA4, you take the role of a very dodgy character, in this case a member of a motorbike gang, and go around the city causing trouble and general melee… The first mission involved chasing a rival gang around the streets of Liberty City at high speeds, riding a motorbike, while firing a sawn-off shotgun. You get the idea.

I don’t expect this add-on to be any near as large as the full GTA4 game, but if it passes the time before GTA5 is released (whenever that may be), it’ll keep me amused.

One thing I noticed – component video is terrible compared to HDMI. I had the pleasure of playing GTA4 on the PS3 in lovely HDMI. My Xbox only outputs in component and it looks so grainy. How did we ever cope with RF leads back in the Sega Mega Drive days?

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