Daily archives: November 16, 2005

The South shall ride again!

Or something like that.
I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the pathetic vandalism of some little scally shits stop me cycling.  However, I think a change of tactics is in order.  The bike is a write off, if I replace the broken parts then I will have spent more on the bike than it originally cost.  So today I stripped it down and kept all the parts that may be useful in the future.  RideManchester recycles and rebuilds bikes, they can have the frame (minus the new V brakes I bought last month) and all the other useful bits are going into a bucket to be reused.  And then I’m going to get a new bike.
My new bike is going to be an old bike.  The bike shop just down the road has a selection of second hand, pre-abused cycles displayed in front of it.  I’m lucky in that I can currently get a tax break on my travelling expenses, which translates to a mileage allowance for cycling of £2 a day.  If I pick up a £40 or £50 bike I reckon it’ll pay for itself within a month.  So then, if the scallies do hit my ride as regularly as they have since we moved in at least it will have paid for itself in the mean time.  (Plus they don’t seem to have touched the crappy old bikes that are chained up on the same street, it may just have been the shiney silvery-ness of my bike that attracted them magpie like.)  I’ll stick with crappy bikes until we move somewhere where I can store them indoors.
It’s either this or finding a way to wire my bike up to the mains for the next time they try anything, and that’s just not eco-friendly.

First Casting

I’m working toward making and selling a range of bases cast in plaster of paris. I made my first mould over the weekend, though I got it wrong and the latex took three days to cure. The first plaster base was extracted yesterday. There are some imperfections in the surface, including bubbles and a slight indentation, that mean the mould isn’t ready yet to produce commercial copies. However it is going to be used to cast a wax blank on which I’ll build the first decorated base- either a street scene with pavement for smaller Cararama vehicles and such like or a generic planking floor that could suit various scales.

More reports as the project progresses.

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Explain this to the taxman

Ray Digerati- will fix computers for sex.

Do you have a set, um, pay scale?
No, I leave it up to their discretion. One girl didn’t want to have intercourse, so she offered me a massage and then finished me off with a hand job. It’s basically all about the time I spend: If I’m working for one or two hours, I’d like a blow job. An orgasm for every two hours of service is pretty fair. If it’s something simple that I can fix in 15 minutes, I’d like to get a foot massage.

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I’m sure someone’s already done this, but it’s hip because it’s jumping on the iPod bandwagon. Or something.

The iBuzz plugs into your iPod (or any other music player) and vibrates in time with the music. It also comes with his ‘n hers attachments.

Turn him into a vibrator with the stretchy ring and use the soft sleeve for sensitive stimulation.

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Dark as my soul

You could be anyone by day, when the only thing that could give you away is the occasional band shirt and all the EBM in your cd collection. You probably have a day job, have alot of other interests besides goth, or are just too lazy to dress up for anything besides a club night. I bet you love 80’s music.

What kind of goth are you?

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thanks to Tim

(Clare wants to know how on earth I got to be any type of goth at all.)

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