Archive for March, 2009

Too Much Information?

March 31, 2009

Cool little video with some scary facts and figures

Thoughts of Fiji

March 30, 2009


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Just been taking a look at some of my pictures from my recent holiday to Fiji and this one really made me wish I was back there again, relaxing with no work to worry about.

Hilarious Website Names

March 26, 2009

Something to put a smile of your face, some domain names that might have seemed like a good idea at the time but could really have done with some more thought…

1. A site called ‘Who Represents’ where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… is

 2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at

3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at

 4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at

 5. Then of course, there’s the Italian Power Generator company…

 6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales (that’s in Australia):

 7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always

 8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website is

 9. Then, of course, there’s these brainless art designers, and their whacky website: 10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe? Try their brochure website at

Clever use of space in advertising

March 22, 2009

space-ad6   Great example of using floor space to advertise, when looking down on this from the floors above the people walking over this ad give the illusion of being the fleas that the product is used to get rid of. Thank you to Dan Adams Designs for bringing this to my attention.

Superman Comic Sells for £227,000

March 16, 2009

action-manThis story made my heart flutter at what could have been. If only I had kept some of those geeky comics I used to read. It was of course a fairly rare comic mind you. It was one of only 100 known copies of the first Superman comic which was published in 1938. Now given my youthful age it’s clear none of the comics I used to have are all that old, and so at the end of the day maybe not worth all that much today had they survived one of my aunts famous clear-outs of our house.


Apparently this comic was bought by a young boy for just 35 cents, he forgot all about it until 1966 when he ‘re-found’ it in his mothers basement, how the hell did he get so lucky that’s what I want to know? I had once hoped to ‘re-find’ all my Star Wars toys that I had stashed in my mothers attic, but alas when I made the trip home to find (and sell) them I discovered that mother dearest had given them all away to “the nice boys that used to live next door” !!!!! Nice boys? Those two? I had been harbouring dreams of what I would do with the oodles of money I was surely going to make from them on eBay and now all I could think about was what those two nice boys were spending the money on instead. And believe me there were lots and lots of different Star Wars figures and all the necessary accompaniments such as my much loved AT-AT Walker.


Still fear not, I could always sell the action man collection I had kept, which included my brothers ones as well (look he grew up and joined the army and became a real life action man, he didn’t need them). We even had Eagle Eyes and a couple of armoured carriers and a tank, but OH MY GOD the nice boys next door got those as well…. Now I already have middle child syndrome so you can just imagine what this did for my sense of belonging to the MacArthur clan.


Oh and in case you were wondering Action Man is 43 years old, and given the games I would play with him and my sisters Barbie…. It appears she likes younger men.

Beach Babe

March 12, 2009


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Don’t you just love my swimmers?

Party Time in Sydney

March 10, 2009


This weekend was party time in Sydney and the town was painted pink to celebrate the 31st Mardi Gras, alas I missed the party as I was away relaxing in a beach house with some friends. However, that won’t stop me giving you a few details of the night in question, after all I have some very good contacts…. The All Knowing I watched it from our apartment balcony which has a great view over Oxford Street where the parade takes place.

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham was chosen as the parade ambassador, maybe this will make up a bit for the lack of sponsorship he has earned since wining his record breaking gold. The march also honoured US politician Harvey Milk, if you have not seen the movie Milk do so, am sure you will agree it was an Oscar well won by Sean Penn. As always it was the Dykes on Bikes who led the way, and they were followed by a miryad of bright and wonderful participants, such as sequinned bishops and those very attractive Life Savers With Pride that have been mentioned on this blog before. The “demure” Joan Rivers was also in one of the 135 floats. In fact a whopping 10,000 marchers took part in the parade. The parade originally started in 1978 as a demonstration against police brutality against homosexuals and over the years although it has become a celebration of the diversity of life it still acts as an opportunity for the community to highlight to the wider citizenship the inequality that still exists between homosexual and heterosexual people in many areas of the law, in fact the theme of this years march was “Nations United” which was designed to draw attention to gay rights.

Having viewed the parade, taken part in it and danced away at the party in the past, next year The All Knowing I and I will be volunteering to work as marshals as a way of giving a little something back to Mardi Gras.



Happy 50th Birthday Barbie

March 4, 2009


March is Women’s History Month an event that traces its beginnings to the first International Women’s Day that took place in 1911, so it’s almost 100 years old. And at a spritely 50yrs old this March is Barbie.


I know the poor love has come into some criticism in recent years, but give the gal some credit. After all she must be doing something right to still be here fifty years on.  I can’t think of many other brands that have maintained such appeal amongst this target audience over such a long period of time. Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying she is a brilliant role model for today’s girls to identify with, but that said she can and does have an effect on young girls (and the odd boy I know).


She is a bit like Madonna, no not the Virgin Mary but THE Madonna of “Like a Virgin” fame, how can I possible make that comparison I hear you ask? Well like Madonna she has done a good job at evolving and up-dating her image over the years to stay relevant to her audience, ok so those Brat’s are giving her a run for her money right now but I’m sure she will see them off in the end. Her main mission in life is to give young girls an outlet to live out their fantasies of what it is like to be a young woman. Over the years this has meant having a fine house, a great car, an imposing stallion and of course the charming Ken (I’m sure this is why me friend at Blue Sea Travel was such a fan, and I believe still is).


Now as mentioned these are girls ‘fantasies” of what it is to be a young woman, it’s down to the parents of these young girls to gently let them down as to the reality of what life will really be like (i.e. Ken although good looking, charming, has great smile and a nice body is gay), it’s not poor Barbie’s job to do that, after all she has got enough on her plate trying to keep that figure at her age.


So please join me in wishing Barbie a very happy birthday….

David The Fish

March 3, 2009

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I thought he needed a name seeing as he is a keeper, names him after a very cute guy I know in London