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JD’s 30th Birthday – the presents

You may have noticed via the big gaps between posts on this blog that they come along in pops & farts, and I don’t post on my blog that often, then post sh*tloads at once like I’m doing right now.

On 20th March of this year (2009) it was my 30th birthday, it wasn’t really that much to shout about really… was kinda hoping to go somewhere like Scarborough or York on the bus or something, but my Dad wanted me to go to the flamin’ bank for him. As usual I didn’t have a party either.

Anyway, enough of that… I suppose more interesting would be blabbering on about the presents I got instead.

If there’s any thieving little twats reading this, such as the ones who nicked my Nintendo DS + 1st Nokia N-Gage a couple of years ago, don’t even think about it unless you want to be hung, drawn & quartered.

In the weeks leading up to my Birthday, I started looking up presents to buy just for me with my own money (seeing as I rarely get given anything I actually WANT by relatives these days on Birthday & Christmas, unless it’s money… in which case the more the better)…….. in particular I started looking at Binoculars.

I eventually opted for a pair of Meade Travelview 8-24×50’s for £40 from Telescopehouse.com – there were cheaper models, such as the 10×50’s from the same range for about £22.50 but I figured if I did get the cheaper ones from the same range I’d then regret not opting for the 8-24×50’s with it’s greater variety of options, as they can be used as, with the tweak of a lever:

  • 8×50’s
  • 10×50’s
  • 12×50’s
  • 14×50’s
  • 16×50’s
  • 18×50’s
  • 20×50’s
  • 22×50’s
  • 24×50’s

They arrived something like 10days or so before my birthday, and impressions so far are that they’re bloody brilliant….. better even than the 10×50 Carl Zeiss things from East Germany my Dad bought me for my birthday (out of my own pocket money!) around the late 1980’s, and I kinda accidently broke so only one side of them has been usable of the years.

I’ll try remember to write some more about stuff I’ve done with the new binoculars in a later blog post, otherwise this could end up being a very long post.

On the actual day of my birthday, I got £25 in cash… a big plastic toolbox / tacklebox I don’t have much use for (or space to put it) + some UMBRO branded showergel/deodorant.

After much consideration, I spent the £25 on these things….

Dogtanian (Series1) on DVD
I used to watch this show as much as I could when I was a kid, summer holidays when I was still @ Primary school wasn’t complete without seeing this in the mornings (usually followed by Inspector Gadget, if I remember correctly)… and I’d recently found the series on YouTube (with bits missing), so thought I’d get the DVD while I still could. With a bit of luck I might even have time to watch it one day.

The Simpsons: Hit & Run (PC)
I already had this game for my Gamecube since around 2005 (in fact it’s what prompted me to buy the Gamecube in the first place) , and been considering for the past year or two to get the PC version of it so I can play the game even when I can’t use the Gamecube (can you tell I like this game?).

Race Driver: GRID (Nintendo DS)
I’d been waiting a while for a decent racing game for my DS, only having MarioKart DS to race with on that, and that didn’t really feel aggressive enough compared to, say McRae Rally 2005 on my Nokia N-Gage or GP2 / GP3 on the PC, or Gran Turismo 3 on my Playstation2. This game seemed the best bet, especially with the track designer, even more so now I’ve pretty much figured out how to work it.

After the Saturday & Sunday that followed my birthday, I’ve had an extra £40 of Birthday money come in from a couple of late stragglers, and right now I’m trying to decide what to get with it. I also won £20 on the THUNDERBALL draw of the National Lottery on 1st April, which I guess means I now have £60 to spend….. only trouble is I can’t decide what to get with it, as there’s so much stuff I want right now (and can’t bloody afford), including:

  • A new fishing reel to go with the Shakespeare MACH1 8ft Quiver rod I bought with last year’s birthday money.
  • Professor Layton (Nintendo DS)
  • Lego Indiana Jones or Star Wars (Nintendo DS)
  • iPOD Nano (but not enough)
  • Fuji F50fd / F60fd / F100fd / F200fd Digital Camera
  • Fuji S100fs Digital camera (not enough for that)
  • Fuji S5 Pro digital camera (definately not enough)
  • To start driving lessons again (not enough for that)
  • Abu Garcia Esprit 13ft Match rod (mk1 or mk2)
  • Abu Suveran Feeder rod (too much money)
  • BERKLEY M1 Barbel rod (too much + seemingly no longer available)
  • A new watch

There’s also many other things I want that’d take even longer to list, but I guess you get the idea by now. I was also hoping to have a bit more to spend after the 2009 Grand National, but if you’ve already seen the post for that, you probably know by now that that idea didn’t quite work.

For the reel to go on the rod, I’ve seen 2 for around the £25 – £30 mark, but only trouble is deciding which bloody one to get….. either the “Shakespare MACH2 rear drag” (in 035 size), or the “Mitchell Avocet Gold II 2000 rear drag”. I’ve also seen the budget version of the “John Wilson Avon Quiver” rod (I’ve always wanted a John Wilson Avon rod since I first started watching his Fishing TV shows such as “Go Fishing” in the late 1980’s / early 1990’s) for about £38.95

I also kinda want a new watch, since the Casio EDB-701 e-Databank watch I bought a couple of years ago is in nearly as bad a condition as the watch I bought it to replace (+ the battery appears to be getting low, and the backlighting won’t work as a result).

Guess I’ll just have to keep on thinking about it.

Get these domain names out of my sight….

You may recall back in December ’07, JD got a smidgeon too carried away snapping up domain names for Domain name investing / Domain name parking purposes…….. and as I’m a bit on the skint side right now as a result, and not quite raking in the amount of money I was hoping for from this, I have this lot available to get shot of (or for “rent”) if anyone’s got a use for them:

http://Year-2008.co.uk

http://Year-2008.me.uk

http://Year-2008.org.uk

http://anti-scam.co.uk

http://anti-virus-online.co.uk

http://boxersonline.co.uk

http://boyracersonline.co.uk

http://chickenkorma.co.uk

http://chicken-korma.co.uk

http://dating-adverts.co.uk

http://dating-adverts.me.uk

http://datingadverts.me.uk

http://digital-snapper.co.uk

http://digitalsnapper.co.uk

http://electricity-online.co.uk

http://fly-earth.co.uk

http://flyearth.co.uk

http://it-vibrates.co.uk

http://needs-batteries.co.uk

http://planet-earth.me.uk

http://scarborough-north-yorkshire.co.uk

http://ubore.me.uk

Any / all sales shall be handled via SEDO – The World’s leading Domain name market place.

If none of these I have for offer suit, check out: http://domainspage.co.uk/

JD’s Top Reads

Just made another Amazon Associates’ Widget…. this time to show off some of my favourite books to read:

UPDATE: 4th September 2008, 8:13pm BST
Zapped the widget from this blog entry, as it was causing the menu on the right side of the BLOG to play silly sods, and appear right the way down at the bottom instead of alongside all these posts.
You can still view the widget HERE, though.

JD’s Favourite Gadgets

I’ve just made an Amazon Associates Widget to show off some of the gadgets I currently want / like……….

I currently want the iPODs, the Fuji Digital Cameras, the Laptop + the Games consoles… apart from the Nintendo DS Lite, as I’ve already got that black one (to replace the original DS you may recall some little wanker stole from me last year!) – I also recently got the DS Lite working on WiFi so I can now play MarioKart DS online over WiFi.

Anyway, here’s the widget:

UPDATE: 4th September 2008, 8:16pm
Removed the widget ‘cos it appears to be the cause of the side menu playing silly sods lately. You can still currently view it at the bottom of THIS page on me main site, though.

.. and still the domain name purchases have continued at unabated pace (guess that’s my bank balance f*cked next month)

Yup, I’ve bought more of the buggers… the latest and last being http://planet-earth.me.uk

I also came up with the idea that http://fly-earth.co.uk / http://flyearth.co.uk might be a good name for a flights website & http://needs-batteries.co.uk a good one for selling electronics / gadgets whether I park the domain or otherwise

I lost count at around 85 – 90, but created a full (and regularly updated) list of them here:

http://www.jduck1979.co.uk/html/domains_-_all.html

Also in addition to SEO services from Submitnet, my http://jdpages.co.uk site now also has a domain name buying facility via SEDO – as well as the original intention of providing small businesses the opportunity to have a simple “web presence” webpage (which to date hasn’t had a single taker-upper, like the rest of my business).

F***ING THIEVING C**TS!!!!!!!!!

Stolen in a walk-in theft from the flat above the family grocery store on 31st May 2007 between 2:30pm – 4:45pm:

1x Nokia N-Gage mobile phone / Handheld games console (“Classic” version, not “N-Gage QD”)
Contained “Nokia Game” MMC memory card (as supplied with the console when new) with “FLO BOARDING” game (with some of my own files saved in the spare space on it) + a VODAFONE SIM card which no longer works after the “PAY AS YOU GO” account for it expired due to a technical fault involving having trouble getting a signal incurred since having the thing reflashed @ FONEFIX UK in York around August/September 2005, and having not made an outgoing call on it for 3-6months. Battery (Nokia BL-5C) flat at time of theft.
IMEI CODE: 351521000959122

1x Nintendo DS (original, aka “DS Fat”), in silver.
Paint was starting to fade around left side of control pad
Possible dead pixel on one of the screens, I think the bottom one
serial No. not available

1x “NEW Super Mario Bros” game cartridge for Nintendo DS (inside DS Game cart slot at time of theft)
Game save slot one saved @ Level 2 or 3 (when left off last time I played it), with about 75-80(ish) lives left having already run through and completed that saved game more times than I can be bothered to count!
Game save slot two saved @ Level 4
Game save slot three = empty

1x “The Simpsons: Road rage” game cartridge for “Nintendo Gameboy Advanced”.
Was in the “Gameboy Advanced” (GBA) cartridge slot at the front of my Nintendo DS @ time of theft (largely bought ‘cos it was cheap + I wanted something to fill that slot).

Both handheld consoles (Nintendo DS + Nokia N-Gage) are without chargers (due to the fact the theiving little twats left them where they were)

UPDATE: (5th June/5:10pm BST) – still no sign of the motherf*ckers, but suddenly remembered that the serial number on the Nintendo DS started with “S212”

If I won £10million on the lottery…….

I been thinking of this rather alot lately, and here’s what I’ve thought up so far……..

£950,000 in my Halifax Websaver account, so if the interest rate stayed at it’s current 4.75% that’d be £45,125 a year interest earned on it (a nice little annual wage) + the same again in my old Liquid gold account (£9,120 a year in interest – should pay for the christmas shopping I guess)

That leaves £8,100,000 to play with, so knock off another £30,000 to max out my allowance for holding premium bonds (seeing as I’m firmly of the belief that once you strike it rich, you try to ensure you stay filthy rich) = £8,070,000

Take another £1million and split between the 35 or so friends & family on my Christmas card list (about £28,571 each)

After that, it’s playtime with the remaining £7,070,000
Driving lessons & tests = £350
Pair of fully restored Mini coopers c. £20,000
MG Midget c. £6000
Ferrari 348 c. £30,000
Ferrari F355 c. £40,000
Ferrari F430 c. £169,000
Toyota MR-2 Series2 c. £3,000
Vauxhall Zafira VXR £23,000 (to go fishing in)
Lotus Elise c. £10,000
pair of fully modded Series1 & 2 Subaru Impreza Turbo’s c. £20,000
Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 V-Spec c. £5,500
= £326,500 worth of motors + maybe set aside another £750,000 on insuring them + building a HUGE barn to store them in / work on them.

So, that’d leave another £5,993,500

Next up I think I’d blow $299,000 (£151,221) on this 1964 SAAB J35 DRAKEN jet fighter
Upto £100,000 on a custom built canal narrowboat
Princess50 Motorboat – £425,000

Finally, I guess I’ll just stick £1,125,000 (ish) on a house or two……. which leaves £4,192,279 earning about £4,192 a year interest in my bank account (typical 0.1% interest rate), which I guess I’d just spend on visiting Formula1 races when I felt like it or go visit my many online friends dotted around the world (or bring them over to see me).

Nearly forgot spending around £10,000 on fishing tackle so I was FINALLY fully equipped for once.

Best of all, I’d do my absolute best to rub in the fact I was now loaded and make every little tosspot who picked on me at school + every girl I knew since school who turned me down for brain dead lager louts extremely jealous.

Food X’s Quiz thingy I made a while back…..

The Food X’s Quiz

1) When picking out fruit flavoured sweets, do you opt for:
[X] Green (Lime, usually)
[] Red (Strawberry or Raspberry)
[] Purple (blackcurrant)
[] Yellow (Lemon)
[] Other:

2) Do you prefer:
[X] Peppermints
[X] Spearmints
[X] Any damn mint
[] Hate Mint flavoured stuff!

3) Given a choice, would you prefer to get fast food from:
[X] McDonalds
[] Burger King
[] Pizza Hut
[] Domino’s Pizza
[] KFC
[X] A British Fish & Chip shop
[] An Indian Take-away
[] A Chinese Take-away
[] Other:

4) Which chocolate do you like best?
[X] Cadbury’s
[] Mars
[X] Nestle
[X] Hershey’s
[X] MILKA (German brand)
[X] Ritter Sport (German brand)
[X] Kinder
[X] Ferrero

[X] Green & Black’s
[] Any Plain chocolate
[] Any Milk Chocolate
[] Any White Chocolate
[] Other:
[] Hate chocolate

5) What’s your favourite Ice Cream?
[] Vanilla
[] Chocolate
[X] Mint / Choc Chip
[X] Raspberry Ripple
[] Strawberry
[] Rum & Raisin
[X] Toffee / Fudge
[X] Butterscotch
[] Banana
[] Other:

6) What’s your favourite thing(s) for breakfast?
[] Plain Cornflakes / Rice Krispies
[X] Chocolate cereal
[X] Honey & Nut flavoured cereal
[] Cinnamon Cereal
[] Doughnuts
[X] Coffee
[] Tea
[X] Fried bacon / sausage(s) / egg(s) / Bread, etc
[X] Toast
[] Usually skip breakfast
[X] Other: Porridge

7) What’s your favourite fizzy drink(s)?
[X] Coke
[] Pepsi
[X] Dr Pepper
[] Sunkist Orange
[] Fanta Orange
[] Appletise
[X] Ginger Ale / Ginger Beer
[X] Dandelion & Burdock
[] 7.UP
[] Sprite
[X] Lemonade (clear)
[] Lemonade (Traditional cloudy stuff)
[X] Cherryade
[] Orangeade
[] Other:

8) Do you like Spicy food?
[X] Yes
[] No
[] Only if it’s only a little bit spicy
[] Only if it’s nearly spicy enough to blow ma head off

9) What’s your favourite Pie?
[] Pork Pie
[X] Steak Pie
[X] Steak & Kidney Pie
[] Chicken Pie
[] Chicken & Mushroom Pie
[] Pumpkin Pie
[] Lemon Meringue
[] Other Pie:
[] Don’t like Pie

10) What’s your favourite Tart? (filled pastry casing)
[X] Strawberry Tart
[] Lemon Tart
[] Custard Tart
[X] Yorkshire Curd Tart
[] Other Tart
[] Never tried any
[] Hate Tarts

11) What’s your favourite kinda cake?
[X] Plain Sponge
[X] Chocolate Sponge
[X] Ginger Cake
[X] Chocolate Gateau
[X] Black Forest Gateu
[X] Battenburg
[X] Madeira sponge
[] Fruit Cake / Christmas Cake
[X] Jaffa Cake
[X] Cherry cake
[X] Any Cake
[] Other:

12) What’s your favourite kinda biscuit / cookie?
[] Rich Tea
[] Custard Creams
[X] Ginger
[] Nice
[] Malted Milk
[] Oreo’s
[X] Bourbon Creams
[] Digestives
[] Chocolate Digestives
[X] Chocolate Chip
[X] Pink Wafers
[] Plain Shortbread
[] Fruit Shortbread
[] Other:

13) What’s your favourite booze?
[] Red Wine
[X] White Wine
[X] Champagne / Sparkling White wine
[X] Sherry
[X] Port
[X] Brandy
[X] Whiskey / Whisky
[] Vodka
[X] Beer
[] Tequila
[] Absinthe
[] Gin
[] Any, as long as it gets me drunk
[] Other:

14) Do you prefer:
[X] Whole Milk
[] Semi-Skimmed Milk
[] Skimmed Milk
[] Soya Milk
[] UHT Milk
[X] Chocolate Milkshake
[] Strawberry Milkshake
[X] Banana Milkshake
[] Hate Milk

Places I wanna take day trips to in 2K7

  1. The City of York (at least twice)
  2. Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire
  3. Pickering, North Yorkshire
  4. Scarborough, North Yorkshire (aka “Algerinoland”)
  5. Robin-Hood’s-Bay, North Yorkshire

Stuff I wanna buy in 2007 (but probably won’t be able to afford half of ’em)

  1. Fuji Finepix S5200 / S5600 Digital Camera
  2. A new (second-hand) Laptop
  3. SONY PSP
  4. SuperMario 64 DS for my Nintendo DS
  5. New pair of Binoculars (10×50 or 12×50)
  6. Driving lessons via The AA Driving School
  7. An Austin Mini / Mini Cooper (not the BMW thing)
  8. A GraFar EWS Class66 N-Gauge diesel locomotive
  9. A GraFar Class37 N-Gauge diesel locomotive
  10. A Hamster + one of them cages with tubes + toys 4 it
  11. A Blue / Cobalt Budgie + a cage to keep it in
  12. A Shakespeare UGLY STIK Pike fishing rod
  13. A mafia death contract on the people who spam my websites.
  14. A mobile phone that actually works (one has a shagged battery, the other can’t get a signal).