The Year 2002 of the Common Era
14 October 2002
Left Croydon and 05:55 hrs to make the weekly pilgrimage to Harrogate
and work. This was the first time in the dark, it was raining and just
escaped to the relative safety of the M11 before the M25 came to a
Spent 45 mins in Huntingdon (A14) behind a lorry that had blown its
front outside wheel and buried itself into the tarmac and for the first
time ever had to pull over in a layby and kip. 10 minutes tho, turned
into 50 and I got to work late, but alive I suppose.
15 October 2002
Interestingly after driving up from Croydon in the morning, I forgot
to take my cheap grey Samsonite-alike suitcase out of the car when
I got to the B&B last night. Running short of time this morning
I jumped into a clean pair of grundies and socks from my sports bag
and wore yesterdays shirt to work, where I dragged the suitcase out
of the car and changed into a clean shirt.
I got a call this afternoon from my landlord. Apparently there had been
a pipe burst in the floor above mine and my room was now wetter than
the rain soaked streets of Harrogate. Everything was dripping and he
wanted me to go back and dig out the clothes I needed for work the next
day. He would wash them. Cursing my bad luck I stepped back and walked
into my suitcase!
I paid a visit to my solicitor today and signed away any objection I
might of had to my wife divorcing me, not that I had any say in the matter.
17 October 2002
There's a 20yr old University student working in the same office as me.
He's on his year out, and on this afternoon, happened to find himself
working opposite me. Roughly halfway through the afternoon he looked
up puzzled by something he was working on. He asked the office in general
whether anyone knew how to use DOS. I suddenly felt very old!
16 October 2002
England drew 2-2 against Macedonia but it felt like a loss. Seaman probably
played one of his last games for England.
Good skillz to Wales, 1-2 in Italy, cant think of much else to say, I'd
probably just mumbles.
19-20 October 2002
Had some bad news, did ma washin, watched some football, thought a lot
about the bad news, watched 'Mike Bassett, England Manager' on DVD.
Review coming sooon.
21 October 2002
Working in Bramshill, Hants this week. Drove down from Suffolk at 8am,
about 2 hrs after I should have left and endured a rain lashed journey
during which I passed 5 burnt out cars in a 5 mile stretch post Newmarket
to the A11 turnoff on the westbound A14 and saw my driving side wiper
wrap itself around my outside wing mirror, while doing '70' on the
outdside. After some 15 miles of peering through the passenger side
of my windscreen I managed to find a garage with a rover sized spanner
to tighten a loose wiper nut!
During the journey I heard about some poor bird that turned up for her
VIRGIN flight from Heathrow to LAX, only to find that the fat bird sitting
in the next seat was also taking up half her seat. An un-sympathetic
cabin staff couldnt find her another seat and 11 hours, one blood clot
in the chest and a number of torn ligaments later she arrived in LA to
be rushed into hospital. Virgin just paid 13,000BP in compensation. Doesnt
sound like much to me, considering. Interesting to find that in the PC
America, the home of the obese that they have no qualms about chargin
the big and rotund for two seats, yet in the UK, you get to sweat it
out, no way amigo, you only get half a seat, DEMAND BUSINESS!, be strong!!
23 October 2002
As I was in the area thought I would go and pay the wrinklies a visit
and enjoy the wounders of home cooked food. Food was excellent and
sitting around the table talking to ma and pa after the grub found
myself pondering the fact that 'my dad' had liverspots on his hand,
while simultaneously woundering how they seemed to have so much energy,
almost frisky perish the thought. These two older versions of me and
my sister wanted to know whether the AOL CD they had received in the
post played music and questioned on how much of a risk they would be
from poaching if they had a computer. I was reminded of the kids in
the 'for grown up advice' advertisement. I wonder how long they had
held onto the CD waiting to find out. You gotta love'em.
25 October 2002
Left Bramshill Hook about 16:00hrs Friday afternoon, headed north up
the M3, clockwise round the M25 and once more north on the M11 to the
A14. Sounds simple but I averaged 28mph (44kmh) for the first 3 hours
on motorways! Finally completing the 156 mile journey in 4hrs 20mins
after which I spent the rest of the evening recovering with my friend
27 October 2002
I started and finished Roy Keane's autobiography this week, watch out
for the review in a new section for book reviews; 'The Word'..
Watched two stand-out movies this weekend on Sky. The first; Roadtrip
which I had seen about 5 times before. A real funny movie that hits all
the right buttons (mine at least). The other was 'Judgement Night' which
I had never heard of before, and at 2am had little in the way of expectations.
Four friends mistakenly end up in gangland, witness a murder and get
hunted down. Similar in concept to 'Warriors' this was an atmospheric
movie backed by good acting and excellent drama. Made in 1993 and headed
by some well known names; Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding jr, Stephen Dorff
and Dennis Leary. Highly recommended.
31 October 2002
Like little bug eyed, greedy children the premiership owners have decided
they need more of the FA’s candy, and apparently, having started
throwing toys out of their insular little cot’s, the venerable
Crozier screwed the cap tightly back on the sweetie jar.
These spoilt little children, who have already squandered the goodies
they had accumulated by their own endeavor’s then complained to
the headmaster, who in an extraordinary turn of events forced Crozier
to resign and gave the children the key to the candy cupboard.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what happens next.
5 November 2002
This is the week that an over the hill bird touting 19 year old hearsay
caused a man called Leslie to lose his job, a man called Angus lost
his job for sleeping with two prostitutes (apparently the unacceptable
part being that it was at the same time) and failed to deny that he
had taken cocaine, Albanian gangsters attempting to kidnap Posh and
were foiled by an undercover News of the World reporter, I wounder
where the Albanians came up with the idea for that one! the FA pressed
the self destruct button on the premiership and Peterborough FC and
Mrs Beckham have just locked swords over who has the right to patent
the phrase 'Posh'. Funny old world.
8 November 2002
Forgive me for being a little naive but didn't Paul Burrell say he would
take his secrets to the grave?
10 November 2002
How fast a week passes. One minute your exultantly uploading your first
Flash samples and before you know it a week has passed and you have
nothing more to show for your digital toils. This is mostly down to
the fact that I didn't toil to any great extent in the digital domain.
Instead I spent the weekend ripping out my kitchen, the shell of which
now throws my voice back at me whenever I swear at it. The plan this
weekend is to clean it down and plug up the holes (of which there are
Watched the DVD 'The Fast and the Furious' on sunday night on my up
for it audio system using DTS. Dodgy story but groovy characters, stunning
audio and a car doing a wheely more than make up for it. Superb.
17 November 2002
Had a really nice relaxing weekend doing stuff I wanted to and nothing
I should have been doing. Noteably after watching xXx Thursday I spent
saturday daytime writing the review. I then sat down Saturday night
at 8PM and inserted the first of four discs that came with 'Lord of
the Rings' special addition. Some 10 hours later my eyes started failing
me, in particular the eyelids which most dissapointingly kept dropping.
Am not sure whether I will write a review (but I probably will) because
I doubt I could do this DVD presentation or movie justice.
If you own a DVD buy Lord of the Rings now. Its one of the best movies
ever made, certainly the best DVD I own and suspect I will rush out and
watch any movie that has any member of the Rings crew listed in the credits.
How they managed to find so many Kiwi's that were just so outstandingly
talented and driven beggers belief. Incredible stuff!
20 November 2002
Went out and brought the Lord of the Rings trilogy today (book), which
I have never read but have been inspired to read by Mr. Jackson and
co. I also brought the Hobbit which is supposed to be essential reading
before embarking on the Lord of the Rings. I couldnt find the Hobbit
and first until it was explained to me that the Hobbit is classed as
a childrens book and therefore in the kids section. Subconsciously
tried to look like I was buying it for someone else a lot junior than
me but then thought what the hell, adults are reading Harry all the
time. I plan on starting the Hobbit tonight
22 November 2002
Spent the day working at home which was very nice and with Kylie shaking
my little speakers the keys of my keyboard fairly danced, only stopping
occassionally as I would drift into a reverie that involved Ms. Minogue,
lots of oil and little old me.
24 November 2002
Mmmnnn! I seem to be addicted to the Lord of the Rings, spent an awfull
lot of time over the weekend watching everything there was to watch
and listen to on the 4xDVD box set (which is a lot) again. Didnt do
much in the kitchen (apart from make coffee and toast!) and didnt even
watch any football!! (apart from the ManU game).
25 November 2002
Went to London today (Monday) on the train for a meeting. Of course the
train I wanted to catch (Ipswich) was delayed. Eventually got to Liverpool
St. and from here I jumped on the district line tube; westbound, as
I was going to Victoria. Ended up going east the wrong way round London.
Had to jump off and on the tube going the other way, heading back for
Liverpool St. When I finally got to the first station past Liv. St.
I had been on the tube for 20 minutes. Finally got to Pimlico and the
meeting, stressed and not for the first time cursing the English establishment.
Despite what they would have you believe its quicker for me to drive
210 miles from Suffolk to Harrogate (North Yorkshire) than it is to catch
a train 75 miles into London. To think I used to do this every day!
Got through a lot of the Hobbit while sitting on the train though, I'm
upto the bit where Bilbo finds the ring and Gollum goes looking for him
in the Goblin mountain.
30 November 2002
So another month bites the dust. White Rabbits. I watched Star Wars -
Attack of the Clones last night (first time) as the DVD finally arrived
from Amazon. Definately an improvement over no.1 in that Binks is on
screen for just a few moments but really took a nose dive in creating
a movie that has its design firmly rooted in 'MTV' culture.
I know that I was a nipper when I saw Star Wars and that he is catering
for modern nippers but in doing so he is creating ordinary movies. I'm
going to watch it again tonight just in case I'm being prejudice
Tuesday 3 December 2002
Having slept for about 2 hours Monday night (tuesday morning), all I
wanted to do was crash in front of the box tonight and put the brain
Unfortunately there were three birds staying in the B&B as well
(not the sort you'd trip over each other to talk to either)!
They managed to infiltrate and take over the living room before either
me or Brian, as a result the remote had been taken hostage, the witches!
So not really wanting to spend the night prowling the crisply chill
Yorkshire streets for a bar with the footy on, tucked myself away in
my room, and tried to get to grips with the Star Wars Attack of the Clones
review. Turned on the T.V. and what should come on, but Star Wars Phantom
Menace, which has to be one of my most despised movies of all time, and
thats in a long line of most despised movies.
I dont know whether it was because I wasnt concentrating on it or because
it was edited for TV, but I actually enjoyed it, even finding myself
laughing at one of Jar Jar's capers before getting a grip and coming
to my senses. Didn't finish the AOTC review, sadly.
Wednesday 4 December 2002
Ummn ... well, I havent had much of a life these past few days outside
of the digital realm. Since Saturday night its been full on web-design
in one form or another, outside of work. Which all sounds really sad
but once I started on the calender, everything that had frustrated
me over the last few weeks with hotspots, rollover images, buttons
and sizeable pop-up browsers has just clicked into place (with a little
Saturday 7 December 2002
Hired out 'Scorpion King' and 'D-Tox' on DVD. Got home and found that
'Scorpion' actually contained 'The Count of Monte Cristo', which could
possibly be the movie I have always needed to watch, but it wasnt what
I wanted to watch, 'D-Tox' it was.
It is sad that Stallone's movie's now seem to pass by with hardly a
ripple of the cinematic pond, but I still keep faith, mostly. I was surprised
to find 'D-Tox' a well crafted thriller come who dunnit' that managed
to include elements of 'The Thing', 'Seven' and a whole host of Agatha
Christie story-lines but just fell short of being a must have DVD, although
the clever casting did have you second guessing the baddie. Worth a watch.
Wendesday 11 December 2002
Mnnn, got back from Bramshill last night and went out for a meal and
few jar's knowing that there would be no work the next day as I was
expecting the delivery of my shiny new Dell Inspiron 8200 Notebook.
Was up at 7(am) the morning, in-case they arrived early and in the back
of my mind was hoping to get the computer delivered, copy some files,
chuck some CD's in the bag and head off to Harrogate in time for the
first in a number of Christmas bashes.
Of course I toiled about the house during the day and by 17:00hrs there
was still no sign and was resigned to not getting my fill of free drinks
from my agency in Harrogate.
18:00hrs passed and still NO computer despite having confirmed with
the couriers that I would be in and waiting on wednesday. 18:00hrs! I
went to the couriers web-site to check whether it was actually out for
delivery. To my astonishment my order was marked as closed and delivery
status was DELIVERED!
A potential realisation dawned on me and I trotted next door. Sure enough
my notebook and been delivered the day before, a day early and had been
sitting all day about 10 yards away.
Saturday 14 December 2002
Isnt the new Budweiser advert which see's a bird spending hours looking
through hundreds of cards to find the right one while the bloke picks
up the first one he see's with 'love' written on the front while buying
a six-pack ... just so Trrruuue!!
Spent the day moving computers and equipment around for maximum benefit
to the Potters interface with i8200. My notebook(i8200) now sits regally
atop its docking station, with my 15" monitor connected serving
as the second screen to the amazing 1600x1200 15" ultra LCD screen
of the notebook. Once I had plugged in my cordless and totally funky
looking keyboard and mouse (and struggled to get them to connect) I was
on the verge of falling over with euphoric dizzines.
Watched the Scorpion King the night. Quite enjoyed it. Its written and
produced by Stephen Sommers who wrote and directed both Mummy movies,
His quality and humour shines through in presenting 100 minutes or so
of entertainment that with tongue firmly in cheek manages to mix WWF
and The Mummy Returns. Not as good as either Mummy movies but some genuine
Wednesday 18 December 2002
Its the christmas party tonight and having judiciously remembered my
digital camera for the end of night red eye shots, I quickly tested
the camera across the frost laiden dales this morning. Of course up
popped the handy little red battery indicator seconds before the realisation
that the battery charger was sitting some 210 miles south-east of my
present location. Technology!
I made the journey into Harrogate at lunchtime to find a Jessops and
a battery charger, during which I decided that the AC charger would be
a much better idea, because I could keep the battery in the camera and
just take the power pack in my bag. Not a lot different than having to
remember the charger I suppose but I had my 'logic' hat on while the
'practical' one was obviously sitting a long way away. So suitably lighter
to the tune of 34quid but with the AC adapter in my hot little hands,
I plugged it all in at work and as I popped out the old battery the salesmans
words echoed in my mind 'and here's the dummy battery'. Hadnt registered
at the time of course, but realisation was dawning, as it invariably
does after the fact.
I now found myself with a means to take pictures at any time without
the need for my battery charger as long as I was happy to trail around
an ac adaptor connected to the mains and about 10ft of cable. The battery
was of course a dummy and just something to plug the adapter into with
no ability to function unless hooked to the mains, I really thought it
was another means to charge a battery that stayed permanently in your
camera. :( There you go, Potter your a worry.
Christmas Eve 2002
After leaving work on the Friday and spending most of the weekend drinking
and watching football in the company of various, I drove down to Pompey
on Christmas Eve.
Me being me, I left about 10 hours after I had intended due to a hangover
from hell and a tongue that could have smoothed the edges on oak. Of
course I only realised the car was literally on empty when I reversed
out of the drive and could I find an open garage anywhere in Ipswich
8PM, 24th December, could I 'ell as like!
Was starting to get really worried and contemplate the evening in the
car on the A12 with not even any fuel to keep me warm when I decided
to go back into the city centre, good old Shell.
Got down to Pompey in record time as everyone else was probably down
the pub and met up with old Jim in his local.
Christmas Day 2002
Was spent in Jims local and a few other places. Was the same old same,
lots of people out, being nice to other people that they wouldn't have
the time of day for 364 times a year. Endured christmas editions of
Emmerdale and Corrie which left me feeling pale and disorientated.
Felt a little better after a few whiskey's and 'The Mummy returns (DVD)'.
Boxing Day 2002
Was round the wrinklies for some lovely home grub and one of my dads
famous slide shows. Has been about 10 years since I last saw them (the
slides) so was quite interesting, and always good to hear the old fella
talk with considerable fondness for his days in the Navy.
Mum was mum, always got a cuppa and a plate of food to hand just in
case the weeks worth of turkey and roast tatties I just ate hadn't been
27 December 2002
I was off to Croydon to meet with a good friend for some interlectual
conversation (she does most of the talking), Italian food and DVD come
clothes shopping. She was working so had the afternoon to myself. Cool,
actually brought some clothes and a bunch of DVD Special Editions.
Conversation was excellent, food was good.
28 December 2002
In the car once more and off to Birmingham to meet up with my best mate,
talk nonsense, buy some more DVD's, meet up with another good mate,
talk some more nonsense and all go to the cinema for another round
of 'Two Towers' followed by a late night currie. Fantastic.
29 December 2002
Back on the road late evening, but this time, its the A14 and heading
east to Ipswich. Home Sweet Home.
30 December 2002
Played pool all afternoon and drank to much.
31 December 2002
Woke up sneezing and feeling like the end of the world had been and gone
and was on its way back again.
By 8PM I was tucked up in bed with a bottle of red wine watching DVD's
feeling very sorry for myself, couldnt be bothered to go out and was
asleep by 11PM, although I woke up about 5 times during the night to
sneeze and make lots of sniffing and ouugghh noises.
New Years Day 2003
Have given up alcohol for a month and vowed to a healthier diet. Happy