Drinking during pregnancy increases likelihood of giving birth to X Factor fan


My worst fears have been confirmed. This explains why we have X Factor inflicted on us with such regularity. I wonder how early in the pregnancy you have to be absorbing alcohol. Given that many conceptions start as a result of excess alcohol is it possible that future X Factor fans are being determined at that time.

Drinking during pregnancy increases likelihood of giving birth to X Factor fan.

Meet Pippa


We are looking after a friends pooch while she is recovering in hospital.

Meet Pippa

Her name is Pippa and she is a Shih Tzu . Pippa is on the go all the time, follows anyone who moves about the house. So far she is settling in quite well considering the many feet that have been passing in and out of our house over the last couple of days. It must seem quite daunting to her as her normal home is a lot quieter than ours.

The nice thing is that she doesn’t bark very much. The reason I mention this is that when we are visiting her normal home she barks at us continuously even after we have been there for a while. So far the only barking she has done is in reaction to people at the door or something she has heard in the back garden. Absolutely perfect.

This morning I had her sprinting round our garden. I’m guessing she doesn’t get to run free very often so I wound her up and off she went doing circuits and every time she came past me she gave a little rumbling growl as if to say “Look at me go !!”

Anyway, we have her for about a week, all things being equal, then she will be back home with her mum.

I think we might miss her when she is gone.

Cracking Up


Tuesday was not a good day for me. It may yet turn out to have been an expensive one too.

I dropped my camera !!!

It landed right on the end of the lens. Although the lens cap was on, the Skylight filter was smashed.

Ouch !!

It actually took me a while to get the lens cap off to discover the broken filter. Now I am wondering if the lens mechanism is damaged. It seems to be working but who knows how the optics are working. I have cleaned out the broken glass but have found it impossible to remove the actual filter ring.

This is bad news as it indicates that the filter thread on the lens is damaged and this will prevent the fitting of any other filters.

I will be looking into claiming on my insurance but cannot remember if we specifically mentioned camera gear.

Watch this space.