TARDIS and Orbital doing the Doctor Who Theme

The last few weeks you can’t escape Doctor Who – due to the 50th – I was getting a bit sick of the BBC just promoting it all the time – but now I’am a little bit excited – so here are some TARDIS photos (from my visit to the The Doctor Who Experience exhibition) and Orbital doing the Doctor Who Theme

The Doctor's Wife TARDIS

The Doctor Who Experience exhibition

The Doctor Who Experience exhibition

TARDIS  The Doctor Who Experience exhibition

The Doctor Who Experience exhibition


I love Doctor Who but can we just stop with all the other stuff now

People have rightly so gone a bit mad for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and rightly so – but all Iam getting in my twitter/facebook feeds is any way someone has gone something amazing to celebrate the upcoming random explosive .

and in the past I have stated I love my TARDIS related sheddies and TARDIS items.

but it’s starting to get to me


Here are 5 things that are brilliant some not so but just too much – but lets just watch the show!

Doctor Who Tapestry from mudron

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, I drew this slightly ridiculous tribute to the Bayeaux Tapestry

The Doctor Puppet Dances – A Music Video Tribute to Doctor Who.

Don’t Blink Tree Ornament

Don’t Blink Tree Ornament by *NeonBasketcase on deviantART

Doctor Who Pillow

Doctor Who – Ood Plush


Pinterest – no no no oh ok lets give it a go – it’s craft crack

Every blog post you read the last few weeks is mostly about Pinterest and as they say.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.

I was invited a while back and added a few photos of sheds on there and other stuff i like- and forgot about it – but in the last month I have seen an increasing amount of traffic to my sheds sites – and from pinterest – which is nice.

But I was not using it – so how did photos of sheds from my sites get on there? are other people interested in the sheds? of course they are and they were pinning them.


The principe is very simple – you like something you see on the interweb and you bookmark it (or pin it) – that’s been around since day 9 of the WWW – but for some reason the way that pinterest does it – making the photo/image the main bookmarkable item is what every one likes.

Ok previously it was mainly soccermoms and crafters and cat ladies on there – and a mainly a female audience – but it’s changing and us blokes are having a look in – if you ignore the cute overkill (ahhh cats in jumpers_ – there are some great images on their.

I follow some great artitecture boards and technology boards – it’s very addictive – I wish they did an andriod app so I can pin stuff on the go.

So before you make the leap check if people are pinning your content

a quick way to find out if people have pinned your content is just to go to a source page and replace your url.

and you will see all the pins people have done – as you can see I have been busy adding some of my favourite sheds that are entered into Shed of the year 2012 over the past few days.

I have added a button to the shed pages – so I can show sheddies if people have added their sheds to boards which may be useful in the future.

When pinterest release their API – then people will do some great things with the content and I think the stats would be very usefull for seeing trends – which could make it an essential tool for business.

If you want an invite just let me know.


So has anyone managed to get a bottle of the Aldi Glenbridge 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky?

My local store said they had a few bottles but they were gone 🙁

UPDATE: Looks like they are all up on ebay starting at £100 !!!

Glenbridge 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - you will be lucky

Scottish Quality
Glenbridge has been carefully matured in European Oak Sherry casks for at least 40 years in one of Scotland’s premier distilleries.

Intense Flavour
Open the cap to find a beautiful mahogany liquid with the aroma of dark chocolate and dried figs. Then taste the elegance. Vibrant fruit flavours with a spicy aromatic oak nuttiness fade into a lingering sweet and mellow finish. Bliss.

Limited Edition
Only 3000 of these exclusive limited edition gift sets will be available from Aldi. Perfect for connoisseurs, a whisky of this quality and age at this price offers truly exceptional value and would normally sell for many times this price.



Now I have a free Blu-ray player from @lovefilm what films should I get?

I have just got sent a Sony S380 Blu-ray Disc player for FREE – just for signing up people to the Lovefilm referral site – basically I refer people to sign up to their Film rental and streaming service and I get a credit – when I have got enough credits I can claim a gift – I have already got a Tom Tom GPS from them, so thought I would go for something bigger and after a few weeks this was delivered.

The only downside is that the Sony goes on about BRAVIA Internet Video and catchup TV and streaming TV but you need to either buy a Sony wireless dongle (Sony UWABR100 USB Network Adapter) which is about £60 (what a con) or like me have a Wifi Adapter that you can just plug into the player and it thinks it’s wired to your network.

Now I can use lovefilm video streaming and BBC Iplayer etc as still waiting for it to appear on the xbox

But What blu-ray films should I add to my small collection of DVDs ? what shows off the picture & sound “quality”?

Thinking of getting

Kick Ass
Lord of the rings (I have not seen any of these at all)
Wonders Of The Solar System
Star Trek
The Hurt Locker

wonder if @jamescuff and @unklerupert have a view


So Cardiff is to a get monorail – again – “That’s right! Monorail!”

People who know me – know I am a grumpy sheddie most of the time – and even mrsuw has her moments – but I normally don’t grump much in my blog posts (beer & sheds are my norm) but when one idea for Cardiff keeps coming back again and each time nothing happens.

Plans for a Cardiff monorail unveiled reports my employers MediaWales from it’s ultralocal YourCardiff site

How much consultation money has been spent over the years on these projects (enough to electrify the rail line from Cardiff to Swansea I would think;)

I am sure we hear about this every few years – look from the BBC 1986 talking about the redevelopment of Tiger bay, previously it was the pod like body snatchers Urban LIght Transport – what happened to that

Personally I think they should have a “travelator” from the Goat Major down the docks to the Packet – with a stop off in Caroline Street a bit like a Continuous Transit System with Sub-Surface Moving Platform, but we can dream

Anyway all I can think of is the monorail song from the Simpsons

Marge: But Main Street’s still all cracked and broken…
Bart: Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!


Lyle Lanley: Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
              Like a genuine,
              Bona fide,
              What'd I say?
Ned Flanders: Monorail!
 Lyle Lanley: What's it called?
 Patty+Selma: Monorail!
 Lyle Lanley: That's right!  Monorail!
              [crowd chants `Monorail' softly and rhythmically]
 Miss Hoover: I hear those things are awfully loud...
 Lyle Lanley: It glides as softly as a cloud.
         Apu: Is there a chance the track could bend?
 Lyle Lanley: Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
      Barney: What about us brain-dead slobs?
 Lyle Lanley: You'll be given cushy jobs.
         Abe: Were you sent here by the devil?
 Lyle Lanley: No, good sir, I'm on the level.
      Wiggum: The ring came off my pudding can.
 Lyle Lanley: Take my pen knife, my good man.
              I swear it's Springfield's only choice...
              Throw up your hands and raise your voice!
         All: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley:  What's it called?
         All: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley:  Once again...
         All: Monorail!
       Marge: But Main Street's still all cracked and broken...
        Bart: Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!
         All: Monorail!
              [big finish]
       Homer: Mono...  D'oh!

Cardiff International Comic Expo 2011 : Highlight for me must be Darth Vader’s Force Grip;)

I went to the first Cardiff International Comic Expo for a few hours on Saturday..

My son is a big fan of Manga and wanted to go, so I had to be the wallet carrying senior – In my younger days I used to love a good comic, of course they are called graphic novels nowadays;), I was an avid reader of Deadline magazine of old, particularity Milk and Cheese by Evan Dorkin and other great stuff such as Hewligan’s Haircut which the artist went on to other things 😉 but I have not picked up a proper comic for years, so may have to ask a few people to lend me some…

Anyway – If you you are a geek in Cardiff then you needed to be at this convention (I think Iam too old to be a proper geek nowadays), the Cardiff event was small but perfectly formed, next year they said they will be having two days, with more strange people and more artists.

Cardiff Comic Con

After the rush of the main floor with various artists showing off their skills, and lots of suppliers selling merchandise and books, luckily I only got stung by buying a Genki T-shirt for my son and not tons of manga books that my he had his eye on.

There were a lot of people dressed up for the occasion – but knowing some of these lot it was their normal day where, there was a very fetching young lady dressed as storm from X-men, a few zombies, a few Ramona Flowers and quite a lot of Japanese characters, Cosplay style – which to be honest I was not sure if they were Male or Female 😉

The highlight was members of the 501 UK GARRISON bothering people in the queue and people on buses going past the Mercure Holland House Hotel where the convention was held, unfortunately my Son would not take a photo of me with Lord Vadar , what’s wrong with teenagers today, why being embarrassed with their parents and a Sith lord.

Cardiff Comic Con Star Wars

Cardiff Comic Con - Star Wars

Cardiff Comic Con Star Wars

The various panels they had were very interesting – and we will go to more next year – We saw Matthew Savage who is a concept/storyboard artist who has worked on Dr Who, Torchwood, The Dark Knight, Prince of Persia, The Wolf Man, Kick-Ass and the forthcoming X-Men film – a very talented concept artist – who was straight up about the industry but was very positive.

As my son is interested in being an animator after A levels, we also sat in on the Skillset Media Academy Wales panel, where various people from Welsh education institutions talked up their courses, the guy from Swansea Metropolitan University Al Kang got a great cheers as he showed off some of his past work – including Ed, Ed and Eddy!

The chaps from Glamorgan uni Atrium were very passionate about their course and they had a row of their students to cheer them on, which helped 😉

in all very positive for the creative education system Wales – now

Next year I am going to take more photos of the people dressed up but felt a bit odd taking shots – but I suppose that’s why these people do it to be center of attention in their Sailor outfits, various tails and panda faces, oh and Dalek doing their part for Help the Heros

Cardiff Comic Con  dalek

Beer Food Misc

My life in video – including beer, sheds, food & my dog done via @pummelvision

It’s a bit scary when you see your life flash before you in most cases but in this case it’s my Flickr Stream put together with a music track from those clever people over at

As you would imagine its mainly photos of Beer and Sheds, but what would you expect from me, but there are some photos of Torchwood filming in Cardiff, holidays in West Wales, Paris, Portugal & Venice, me singing with the Punks Not Dad and the Great Welsh Beer & Cider festival features a few times along with the Otley arms

My muckers including James,Neil, Arfur turn up along with Sprout my lovely Parson Russell Terrier, Mrs Uncle Wilco & the associated kids don’t feature once – mainly as they don’t like having their photos taken, but at least I have my beer!

It’s quite hypnotic


Cardiff Positano restaurant sign – smashing

I took this photo last month (with my camera phone) of the Positano Restaurant in Cardiff, It always makes me smile when I walk past it, so entered it into the smashing magazine sign competition, I did not win (was not expecting too with a snapshot) but made their Hotel, Restaurant and Diner Signs Part 2, but anyway… some great shots in their comp, better luck next time.

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest by the readers of Smashing Magazine. We received over 2,500+ photos from our readers across the globe, and present a selection of the most interesting photos in the overview below.

The topic of this gallery is Hotel and Restaurant signs, i.e. signs that more often than not very clearly state what their businesses have to offer.

Sign makes me laugh no idea why

A beer friend of mine, Kim (the better looking one who runs took a great shot of the Cheshire Cheese an iconic pub and sign (pah she got page one)


British Monarchy puts photos up on the Royal Flickr Account

Now that the British Monarchy has joined flickr and are sharing their photos with the world, well a lot of them seem to be from PA or government sources, but it would be good to see personal shots from the Royal Family that they have taken themselves is that not what flickr is about!

Anyway here a shot of the The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall pouring some ale in Neuadd Arms Hotel in Llanwrtyd Wells.

I thought Charles has a Leica so I wonder what his views are on the rise of digital?