Category: Misc

Jun 30 2017

Film Review: Ant Man

I was quite late home from work last night and Mrs Masher instructed me to pick up a McDonald’s as: “I’m not gonna start cooking now!” Dutifully, I did so and arrived home, laden with chicken nuggets and burgers and fries and cokes. I flopped exhausted onto the sofa with my meal and noticed that …

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Jun 19 2017

Film Review: Wonder Woman

We saw this yesterday, as part of a Father’s Day present – followed up with a meal at Chiquito’s, which was all rather splendid. So, Gal Godot stars as our eponymous heroine, and really, what’s not to like there… on Father’s Day? Set during WW2, we see Wonder Woman grow into the fighting machine that …

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Jun 15 2017

Film Review: The Nice Guys

Touted as being the new Lethal Weapon partnership, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play a downbeat private detective and a downbeat not-quite-a-private-detective partnership, set in the 1970’s. The plot felt a bit convoluted and is set around a porn film that… well, everyone who is  connected with it, gets killed and ends up as a …

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Jun 10 2017

Film Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

The kids were keen to see this at the pictures when it came out some months back, but somehow or other, we managed to avoid it. I picked it up on DVD as part of a two for a tenner offer last week, and – having watched it this weekend – I’m glad I hadn’t …

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Jun 03 2017

Film Review: The Terminator

Our Welsh correspondent, Bren, has laid down a gauntlet. Foolishly, I picked it up. Bren has set himself – and by extension, me and Dave – the challenge of producing 10 film reviews during the month of June. Only ten? That won’t be too hard, I thought, as I accepted the challenge.  But, I’m not …

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May 31 2017


I ordered a couple of tapes for my labelling machine, from Amazon a couple of days ago. That’s them in the first picture, alongside a pen… to give a sense of scale. Small enough to fit through the letter box in a jiffy bag, no? Well, no, apparently not. The second picture shows the box …

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May 01 2017

“Hooray, hooray, the first of May…

… outdoor fucking begins today.” So sang Shag Larkin, a radio engineer that I had the good fortune to know, many years ago. I’d oft wondered where the phrase came from, and so today, I have looked it up. It seems it’s a traditional folk song. Anyway. And in other news… Well, it seems there isn’t …

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Oct 28 2016

Drilling for gold

I went to the dentist today. The receptionist smiled at me as I approached the desk. “Can I help you?” “Yes. The name’s Masher. I have an appointment at 8:30 with Miss Patel”. She looked at her screen quizzically for a moment and then: “Ahh yes, here you are. Could you confirm your date of …

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Oct 25 2016

Our M6 correspondent…

… sent me this, today. Now, I’ve mentioned before (I think), that personalised plates are an affectation of those with money than sense. However, I’d willingly fork out twenty quid to bolt this particular one to my car.  

Sep 03 2016

We are all idiots… apparently

I got a new pair of safety boots t’other day. Interestingly, they came with instructions. Instructions. For boots. OK, yes, there was stuff in the 26 language booklet about how to clean them and what their electrical resistance is and shit like that, but there was also this: Before use, try on the footwear and …

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Jul 16 2016

Fishing for info

  This piece of phishing spam managed to sneak past my filters today. So well written is it, that it very nearly fooled me. Purporting to come from Amazon, it was after my bank details. Obligingly, I clicked on the link (removed here for your safety :)) and populated all the fields with false information, …

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May 12 2016

Another sign of the times

Vaping is the ‘in’ thing, nowadays, it seems. Many smokers are turning to these vapour machines, in an attempt to give up the deathsticks. Which, of course, is a good thing. Having never been a smoker myself, I can’t really see the attraction of it, but if it helps them to quit, then all well …

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Feb 28 2016

I’ll put a spell on you

As you both know, I love a spelling mistake. Let me rephrase that. As you both know, I hate spelling mistakes. I also have an annoying penchant for pointing them out to people. At work, we have a weekly meeting where we review the previous week’s successes and failures. A report showing a million fact, …

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Feb 07 2016


When we decorated the living room, just before Christmas, we also splashed out on a new telly. Fortunately, it’s a wipe-clean model. Then we decided that the new telly would look better sitting on a new telly unit.  The glass one we have at the moment attracts dust to it like a… er, dust magnet and …

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Feb 06 2016

Bacon Sandwich

The NYT reported this week that TwitFace has worked out that the six-degrees of separation theory no longer applies. According to them, we are all now only 3 or 4 degrees apart. This, of course, is a load of old tosh. For those that don’t know, the six-degrees theory states that everyone on the planet …

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Oct 18 2015

The Bard lives on

I was driving along the Thames Embankment t’other day  – incredibly slowly, of course – and stopped at the traffic lights. That’s when I noticed the two cars in the picture above (taken quite safely, because I was stationary). Now, there’s somebody with money: gawd knows how much those number plates must have cost! Her: …

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Jul 19 2015

Rotten Tomato

Mrs M is a bit rubbish when it comes to films. We can go see a big action blockbuster at our local picture-house and then, six months later when it’s shown on Channel Four, she’ll sit down to watch it again, swearing blind that she’s never seen it before. And she’s really good at picking …

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Jun 18 2015

Do you want fries with that?

I was driving through Sluff yesterday morning, when I spotted a high street bank that I’d not seen before.With it’s glass facade and it’s colourful red, white and blue signage, it stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the drab and dreary shops on the high street. But, the bit that caught my eye was the …

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Feb 07 2015

Ring ring, ring ring…

Bren’s post, yesterday, got me thinking about mobile phone ringtones. Everyone customises the ringtone when they get a new phone. Don’t they? And I daresay – or at least, some trick cyclists would say – the chosen ringtone probably says something about the phone’s owner. It’s rare nowadays to hear the – very recognisable – tune …

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Feb 06 2015

Set Spell Checkers to maximum!

Last night was the final for the Year 7 Spelling Bee at my daughter’s school and Amelia was in it. I went along to support her – only just making it, following a holdup on the M1 at Watford Gap – Mrs M and Harry stayed at home, both suffering badly with a dose of …

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Dec 20 2014

Rear Window

I’ve been “working from home” for the past couple of weeks.  It’s that time of year when things dry up a bit workwise and so I’ve just been helping out with a bit of paperwork, and there’s no need to drive 60 miles to the office to do that! I don’t mind working from home …

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Dec 05 2014

Christmas: we just do it for the kids, really

I answered the door to find a delivery chap holding a large box. He was clearly struggling with the weight of it.. “There you go”, he said, handing it over. “Careful, it’s heavy.” I took the box and placed it on the floor wondering what it could be, as I signed his electronic pad thingy with …

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Jul 09 2014

A rod for my own back?

Last year, the current Mrs Masher was asked at work, to do a stint in the office, covering for the normal admin guy who was going on holiday. Having spent many years in an administrative position, she found it a doddle and took to making a few improvements. One of the things she found to …

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Jun 22 2014

We’re coming home, we’re coming home

Well, our brave boys are out of the World Cup already.  No real shock there, but I’d hoped they’d have lasted a little bit longer than just two games. As a football pundit,  many people have asked me where I think the English football team has gone wrong. Personally, I don’t think the team has …

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Mar 28 2014

… and now for something completely different

Stuck in traffic, on the way home through Milton Keynes t’other day, I decided to take a detour. Believing that my sense of direction (something that has been proven faulty many, many times) would get me on a better route home, I decided to ignore the advice of my sat-nav bird and I took the …

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Mar 06 2014

Rotten Apple

People wot know me, will also know that I’m not a big fan of Apple. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against their products: the iPod; the iPhone; the iPad, they’ve all been superb products that have been game changers in the industry. They’re not for me though, because I don’t have an iLife… …

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Feb 23 2014

Having a pony

We were sitting watching telly when Harry jumped up and went to leave the room. “Where’re you off to?” I asked. “The toilet,” he said, matter-of-factly, “I need a number one.” He needed a wee. Now, I understand why kids refer to taking a dump as having a number two: it’s a polite way of …

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Feb 07 2014


I saw this sign as I was driving home down the A1 yesterday. Obviously I couldn’t actually go there as I wasn’t qualified, but it did make me snigger (and I didn’t have time to stop and take a photo, so I nicked this one off t’internet). Now, for much of yesterday, I had John …

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