Saturday, April 23, 2016

Plastic dolls in Plymouth

I did a bit of shopping at Argos after work today. The bus stop is at the bottom of the Royal Parade in Plymouth.  As the bus pulled out. I saw two women wearing shiny clothes walk into the buffet restaurant. They were carrying a large inflatable plastic sex doll. I have not seen that many hen night outs in Plymouth. But then I don't go out late drinking that much. And if I do I got to a grand dad type pub.

The big machine

Last week I finished reading "The Big Machine" by Victor LaValle. This was a strange book about a cleaner, who was almost clean of junk, who one day got a job at a mysterious library. After some months he goes into the field, where things get weirder yet.

I can't always remember why I buy books. I look at my list of books on my kindle. The author also wrote "Black Tom", which got me back into reading fiction this year.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Post gym beer and laughter

My flu session is slowly fading away. Last night I did manage to go to the gym. I didn't do a very hard workout. Afterwards, I went to Noah pub close to the bus stop for a beer and a glass of whisky. I wish I hadn't. There were a couple of old people in he pub, who were drunk and shouting.  The guy went up to the bar for another round of drinks. The barman refused to serve him, by telling him "he had enough." The guy wondered around complaining that he had been cut off because he was underage, although he was an OAP.

I thought it might get ugly. But I almost wanted him to come over and complain to me, so I could hit them. I don't know where this rage came from. Anyway they couple left quietely in the end. I finished my drink and got the bus home.

As I walked in the door of my flat. I could hear my next door neigbour laughing hysterically. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dreams and fatherhood

I had a strange dream last night. I was meant to look after a 1-year-old baby. I was working with a bunch of tutors outside for some reason. The baby didn't cry. I did hold it, without dropping it for a long time. But I had to go to work in a big store like Wilco. I left the sleeping baby somewhere.

The boss of the hardware store was very charismatic. There was a staff meeting. One person had been drinking on the job. The store manager decided to electrocute him. There was almost a  fight between the guy who was going to be electrocuted and me. The guy was electrocuted. It was the end of my shift, so I picked up all my stuff and left.  I went to find the baby (I wasn't the father, I might add.)

Anyway I think it is good I never had kids.

Quantum Night

I think I am a bit of sucker for book based on quantum mechanics. So when Amazon offered to sell me "Quantum Night" by Robert J Sawyer.    The book makes many interesting points about the influence of quantum mechanics on consciousness. I am not sure how correct the science was, but he used the words in the correct way.

You can tell the author is Candian, because no American would care so  much about Canada.

Vintage Murder

I have a bad case of flu this week. I could barely concentrate earlier this week. But I did manage to read some stuff in the last couple of days,  as I begin to feel human again. Yesterday I read my first Inspector Allen Mystery. The book was called Vintage Murder. It was a classic old fashioned mystery novel, but with a policeman as the hero.

The story was set in an occult church.

Watching the Grand National

I am just getting over a bad week long session of flu. I can now bare the cold weather and don't feel like the chilly wind is God punishing me.  Last night I wa sitting in the pub, before going to my friend's house for some food. I was stood up, but the pub seemed more full than normal.

The Grand National was being shown on the TV. I wished I had put a bet on it, mostly because the winning horse had odds of 33 - 1.  It reminded me of watching the Grand National race, over 10 years ago in a pub  in London. We sat in the pub from about lunchtime until closing time without any food. At the end, I had to get some chips.

After watching the racing I went to another pub for a couple of cheap beers. I took the bus home at 8pm.

I would have bet on the last Samurai horse.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Future shock The story of 2000AD

I am uncool, I know that. I know I should have read the 2000AD comic, but apart from picking up the odd copy, I never did. I do now own some novels of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog. Obviously I like the extreme violence.

Today I watched a film called "Future shock. The story of 2000AD". Thjs was an interesting film aout the history of 2000AD comic. It was a bit bitchy at times, but that is what creative types do, when the money is a lot shorter than the ideas.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016


For some time, I have been reading Marauder by Garry  Gibson. I really enjoyed it, but my attention span is so short these days. The book had alien technology and spaceships, as well as machine enhanced humans.

The Devil's detective

I have just finished reading the devil's detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth. It was a strange book. Partly a detective story, but set in hell. There were big issues with free will and manipulation.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

A drink in the Dolphin pub

Someone told me that you are not a real Plymouth person, unless you have had a beer in the Dolphin bar. I am really sick with  a fever at the moment, but last night I felt the need to visit the Dolphin bar on the waterfront in Plymouth. It was a regular's type pub in a tourist area. It was cold outside and I think I made myself more ill, by trying to find it. I had one beer before I limped through the grey evening air for a pre-bus beer.  

Monday, April 04, 2016

ill again

I had a nurse visit on Friday to talk about my breathing problem. She did a small blood test and told me that the amount of oxygen  in my blood was ok. About a day later, I got a bad case of the flu / cold.  The fever is not so bad, but I am pissed off, because I have got a lot of non-teaching things to do.

I used to just wait and let the fever burn out of me. But after a bad cold turned into a skin infection. I am more paranoid these days.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Another Saturday in the prison of my flat.

I intended to go down to the Barbican in Plymouth today for a few beers, but when it came to it, I couldn't muster the energy to leave my flat. I have too much to do for day time drinking. It was such a nice day as well, with a bright sun.