Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Xmas come early.....

Well look what just arrived today.

Not just this though but the Expert Parisian Cafe as well.

I should really get set 10245 to complement this one as well (Santa's Workshop), but I am overly bothered with it. I have been thinking about Xmas builds for a while and should have really started getting them a while back so that I have a full collection, but how much can you spend? Lego is not cheap, and I am on a budget.

So this freebie will have to do.

I like the fact that this comes in a box and NOT in a polybag.

I will open it and build it. No point having it just sat there for no god reason.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wayward - Baile

BBC Radio Player is a God-send esp. when you are unable to listen live to the actual broadcast - you change the way that you listen to music, and I am a massive fan.

Gilles Peterson has been one of my favourite DJ's since a friend of mine gave me a intro in Japan in 2000. I have not looked back since.

I like the majority of tracks that Gilles play - but not everything. Some of the stuff though  is sublime.

As is this track by Wayward. Simply perfect. Broadcast 17/11/2014


Mark Noble - claret and blue, through and through.

Congratulations to Mark Noble. There has been rumours that he might go to the Gooners and was going to reject his contract, but he has still stayed a Hammer.

Wonderful achievement - hopefully he can achieve everything with West Ham.

Nürburgring - driving around is a piece of cake isn't it??

The Nürburgring is one of the toughest tracks in the world - unless I have had muchos practise (PS3 does not count) I would not be willing to take a road car out there and do some speed.

But some are happy to do so - and come to regret it.

Watch for the near miss with a R35 and a Mustang.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Why the BMW is the best car ever

From the excellent BBC Radio 4 series: Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing

Why the BMW is the best car ever

A critical review by Martin Caton
People have often asked the question, “What is Mankind’s greatest invention?” The wheel? The comfy seat? The internal combustion engine?
The answer is the BMW. Because it has all of these things and more!
You can use the BMW for so many different things. You can drive it to work. You can drive it to get food. And best of all, you can have it sit in front of your house so that everyone in the street knows that you – Martin Caton – have a BMW and are a WINNER!
It’s important to treat your BMW right. Always keep it clean and in a good state of repair. And never, never let your no-good son Nathan drive it even when he says nonsense like “Oh, Mum’s been in a crash and I need to go pick her up.”
When you have a BMW people look at you in a different way, if you get what I’m saying. All I mean is my wife needs to watch her back, because sitting in this car, the number of girls that come my way is unreal.
I am often asked “How could you improve the BMW?” and I say “Why mess with perfection?” But if I was going to change it I’d take the boot out and replace it with a rotisserie oven. 'Cos driving this baby makes you hungry! Although when you can go from 0 to 60 in six seconds Nando’s is only a foot-to-the-floor away!
And that is why the BMW is the greatest car ever.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Lego 10242 - Mini Cooper - Bag One build

Well, this is one model I have been looking forward to building - and thus so the build commences.

One of the main reasons I bought this model is that I could see potential for customisation.

I know that there are a lot of reviewers that take the bags out, photograph them, review the parts, etc - but regular readers know I just get straight into it - so why waste any more time.

The parts below make up the first stage of the build. What they provide is a great platform for the basis of the car, and instantly you can see where the model can be turned from a MkVII to say a Mark II.

What I am going to do is build the car out and then have a good look at what we have got as stock. You can see from the rear of the car that the fog light can be very easily removed and that the exhaust can be centralised - so that would be more in line with a MkII Cooper - of course the colour would need to be silver.

I think that there also needs to be a lot of engineering going on if you want some front and rear suspension happening here. Within the confines of the model I think that the some smart thinking needs to be going on. It may be possible, and perhaps the parts from the Technic Unimog will come in useful. Let's see - not a great priority TBH, but a nice to have.

I am not that impressed with the gear stick - I think it looks a little clunky for my liking. So I have quickly experimented with another part and it looks a ton better. Not photographed here, but a definite change is needed which makes it look a lot sharper.

Dinky little rear wheel section - quite like that, but can the space be better used for some rear suspension workings......which may well encroach the boot space as well?

The bumpers are the trickiest parts that need to be manipulated - I am not really a fan of the single layer and would like to see some over-riders be added - once again, that is going to require a bit of thought and may not even be possible due to the constraints of the model size, parts and width - but let's give it a crack once the builds is complete.

This is quite an easy build BTW- I finished it in less than an hour and it is not at all complex.

Bag two coming up shortly - but so far, so good.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Big Sam's Best Birthday Pressie - Burnley 1, Hammers 3

There is much to be said for being a parent. Shopping and chores normally get in the way of watching a game on a Sat arvo, and today was not different. I am not a fan of my phone at all (ipod thing) and whilst I had the chance, I kept an eye on the score at Turf Moor today - for the majority of the afternoon it was 0-0.

Until I came home and started getting the dinner ready...........Nexus told me it was then 2-1 !! I did not bother trying to set up the "TV" as I thought that it would have been more hassle than it was worth, but listening to 5Live and hearing that Carlton added a third, well, that made me quite happy. Also, there is a twat that lives here in BSL and a Burnley supporter. If I hav the misfortune of seeing him and his entourage of family, I have something to say to him. Even though I have no interest in ever speaking him. (just an aside.....)

So, I have not seen the goals at all and I don't know what has happened apart from the match report from the Beeb, but in summary, we are doing well at the moment, and the league table does not lie.

No movement1Chelsea81522
No movement2Man City81017
No movement3Southampton81416
Moving up4West Ham8413
Moving down5Man Utd7311

This is Champions League form at the moment - amazing considering the state of the team last season, and it looks like that Big Sam's change in tactics is paying off. Or could it be the influence of Teddy Sheringham as a striking coach that is giving us some potency in attack. Again add to the fact that Nolan, Jarvis and Vaz Te cannot even get into the starting 11, so how on earth will Andy Carroll fit in as well??! Surely this gives Big Sam a wonderful headache?

Again, I need to watch MOTD to check out the goals and how we played - all reports point to a lethargic first half, but some get up and go in the second half.

But whatever it is, this is pointing towards a good season and you can hardly hear the voice of discontent from the Big Sam haters at the moment. Where have they gone, and importantly why are they not complaining anymore?

A great birthday present for Big Sam and finally putting to shush the critics.

And look who is next - only the League Champions and a 4-star Aguero..........#COYI.

Close call

How close was this rally crash from being something far worse.............

Friday, 17 October 2014

Humour smile: 19 Idiotic Complaints Made By Holidaymakers

These are actual complaints received from dissatisfied customers by Thomas Cook Vacations (based on a Thomas Cook/ABTA survey.)
 Beware!!! These people live among us and can vote!
1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”
2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”
3. “On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”
4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”
5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”
6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”
7. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”
8. “No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”
9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”
10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”
11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”
12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”
13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”
14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”
15. “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”
16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”
17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”
18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”
19. “My fiance and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Disney Pixar Cars - Mach Matsuo

"Mach used to be one of the world's most successful production sports-car racers. He found winning success on the sands of Baja, in European rallies, and in sports-car club races around Japan. When Mach got the offer to be a Le Motor crew chief, he realized it was time to start training and shaping Shu Todoroki into a World Grand Prix champion!"
He is seen in the Japan race telling Shu something in Japanese. He is seen after Bruno Motoreau and before Giuseppe Motorosi.


  • Mach is modeled as a 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z.
  • The Nissan Fairlady Z was marketed as the Datsun 240Z in the USA.
  • Yoshihiko Matsuo (in which Mach appears to be named after) is the Nissan designer who designed the Fairlady Z.
  • 96% of the first generation Z cars were sold in North America, very few were sold domestically in Japan.
  • Mach's license plate reads 6206.
  • In the first Cars 2 trailer around 0:47, Mach Matsuo can be spotted rapidly passing by in the background as Mater and Lightning McQueen are driving in Tokyo. This scene however does not appear in the final film.
  • In Cars 2, an orange Z can be seen in the crowd at the Japan WGP race holding batons.
  • In Cars 2, a green Z can be seen in the streets after the "karate demonstration" is over. Nissan sold several green Z cars, but the avocado hue seems to indicate Nissan 113 Metalic Green which was introduced in 1972.
  • In Cars 2, the gong struck at the Japan WGP cocktail party is shaped like a stock Z wheel cover.

Part of a two-pack with Shu Todoroki, the level of detail on this model is really good.

Look at the reg plate and the name badge at the back of the model - really gives the model some authenticity, which is one of the reason I like this collection I am building of Pixar models. 

Once again, the headset is just not necessary, however, I have to say that this is one fo the best castings to come from the Mattel stable of Pixar Cars for quite some time. 

A great addition and well done Mattel here.
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