Thursday, December 25, 2008

Seems I haven't blogged for ages. The Toshiba laptop went back to the shops two days after the last blog and wasn't replaced. However THIS post is brought to you via a a rather lovely Sony Vaio... which we here at Bemuddlement just love. So whilst the Turkey is gently roasting away I thought I would jot a few words and try blooging from the laptop... it appears to work :-).

Merry Christmas everyone

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Well, this is something of landmark, as I'm typing this, sitting on my sofa, watching television (a rather uninteresting episode of ER on Channel 5), all on my shiny new Laptop aquisition. Unfortunately the O/S is not so lovely. Approximately 30 hours into my M$-Vista Home Premium edition (1.5 of which have been spent on the phone to technical support), my initial impressions have been clouded by that of frustration and annoyance. Still, if any of you out there are experience the same problem with a Toshiba A210-17I... try this

a) Download the latest updates to Windows Vista.
b) In Device Manager, ensure that both the LAN and Wireless adaptors cannot be turned off by Vista (to save power).
c) Download Vista patch KB933872
d) Consider buying a MacBook instead.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Caine-esque Words of Wisdom - An explanation

I feel I should explain the "Caine-esque Words of Wisdom". A trend has been established in my workplace of impersonating Michael Caine circa "Alfie"/"Get Carter".

It all started when a learned and wise colleague was relating a particular relationship with a young lady and all of a sudden the phrase "I don't like a bird when she gets too clingy!" seemed appropriate.

Since then, the opportunities for the spirit of Sir Micklewhite to posses us has been often and frequent. Although in all honesty, it probably bears more resemblance to Paul Whitehouse's impression of "Michael Paine".

So there is a formula for such statements which goes something like...
"I don't mind a , but I don't like , Oh !"

e.g. "I don't mind a playful female image in my desk calendars.... but I don't do smut! Oh Yes!"

Caine-esque Words of Wisdom #0001

"Now, I don't mind a fat bloke, but I don't do obescity! Oh no!"

Monday, October 29, 2007

Words of Wisdom #0005

"Mondays are the bunkers, in the golf course of life"

Monday, September 17, 2007

How Fast does a Formula 1 Engine Go?

...asked Mrs B whilst watching the Belgium GP
"Limited to 19,000 rpm!" I said, "Formula 1 racing cars have their engines limited to 19,000rpm for the 2007 season"
"How fast is that?"
"Well essentially each piston in the engine of a Formula 1 engine (and there are eight of them) fires 19,000 times per minute. Let me put this into context for you. An old long playing LP rotated at 33 1/3rpm, which is 5700 times slower. Now bearing in mind the winner's (Kimi Raikkonen) average lap time was somewhere in the region 1min 49 seconds, it means that your favourite David Cassidy album would complete a lap of Spa in Belgium in a time of 171 hours (7 days 3 hours), given the race lasts approximately 44 laps, this means that a David Cassidy would complete the Belgium Grand Prix in approximately 314 days."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Carbon/Calorie Offsetting

Recently I had the good fortune to book a flight, with a well known no-frills airline (lets call them NoFrills Air), to Barcelona. During the lengthy on-line process of booking the aforementioned ticket, I was given the option to add a small surcharge,to the numerous number of compulsary surcharges, to "Carbon Offset" my journey. It would appear that for an extra sum, NoFrills Air will ensure that the 192kg of carbon dioxide my journey would pump into our already fragile atmosphere, would be offset by some investment into projects which negate the production of greenhouse gases.
This got me thinking; How far will all this go? It was whilst gorging myself on a cream horn (generously provided by a coleague to celebrate his 50th birthday), I got the idea for Calorie Offsetting.
It would work like this... for a small fee to Bemuddlement (lets say £5.20 per 200 calories), we would ensure that the calories consumed by yourself are "offset" by investing in programmes involving very fit people who exercise on a regular basis. This would ensure that the consumer, of aforementioned dairy based patiserie, could eat the confection of their choice, happy in the fact that their calories are being burned off by someone else.
I didn't carbon offset my journey either.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Words of Wisdom #0005

"When the Pin is pulled, Mr Grenade is not our friend"

Monday, July 23, 2007

Words of Wisdom #0004

Light shirts for business, dark for lesuire

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Life in The Boardroom

1. Every said hello and were all very nice to one another
2. The meeting progressed and escalated into a forum of violence
3. More items that cause misery were discussed

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Words of Wisdom #0003

Shirts, tucked in for business, loose for leisure.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Words of Wisdom #0002

On relating a work problem to a colleague and correcting them on the fact that it was our problem. The wise sage retorted....
"There is no 'our' in Team"

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Health and Safety Gone Mad?

Dear Bemuddlement,
You have been observed at 11:13 hours on the 16.03.07 turning right at the
(Name Removed) exit onto the dual carriageway. The exit is a left turn only as stipulated by the Highways Authority.
This action could cause a danger to others and breaches the guidelines which were issued via the Intranet on the
(Date Removed) . All the road makings and signage used on the site comply with the Highway code and are in place for your safety and that of your colleagues. Failure to follow them can cause a serious accident.
Health and safety is taken very seriously and as such please ensure that in future you adhere to both the signage and the road markings. Failing to follow the guidelines on another occasion will be brought to the attention of both your Business Director and HR Business Partner who may wish to talk to you directly about these breaches of Health and Safety.
These guidelines have been put in place for everyone's safety and are available on the Health and Safety website if you need to review them

(Name Removed)

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Last night I journeyed to the Hammersmith "Liver Damage" Apollo to see a band that recorded one of my favourite albums of all time, that band being Journey. Me and a friend from work left Bemuddlement Towers at around 5:30pm and by 6:40pm we were outside "the Trout" for the traditional imbibing of the pre-gig foaming Pevo. Suitably refreshed, we then headed for the venue.
Inside was heaving, however the merchandising was curious. No tour programmes but a rather nice selection of T-shirts, hot pants and even a Journey styled Soccer shirt. Given that the average audience age was approximately between 35 and 90 I suggested that maybe a stylish blazer would have been more appropriate, but sadly, none were available.
The support started at 7:45pm. I hate support acts, they just irritate me. I explained to my colleague that I have felt this way since I saw the lead singer of the "House of Lords" badly injure himself trying to slam dive into the crowd at an Iron Maiden show in December 1989. I think the phrase "the crowd parted like the Red Sea" was involved somewhere. My friend bought a tour T-shirt... I did not. I gave all mine to charity in 2005... I think I still have my "Page and Plant Unplugged", but I maybe mistaken. I have yet to open all the boxes that went into storage in 2006.
So, having elected to skip the support act, it was time for another beer. At the Carling Apollo, all you can by is Carling Lager... we should've stayed at "The Trout".
Journey came on at 8:45pm and left at 10:40pm.... they were brilliant. Please refer to other sites for detailed reviews.
I sat next to a fat Greek. I know this, because he was texting throughout the show using the Greek alphabet... he may have been a Greek Scholar, but he didn't look the sort.
One train ride and a Steak and Guinness pasty later, we arrived back at Bemuddlement Towers. I showed Mrs Bemuddlement a clip I recorded on my mobile phone. It was unintelligible.
Next month I'm seeing James Taylor. Nobody I met last night was impressed... especially the Toto fans.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Explanation of Commuting, Cartoon Stunt Guitarist and Recovering Vegetarian: #1 Commuting

Many people have asked me "Bemuddlement? What exactly does the title "Commuting, Cartoon Stunt Guitarist and Recovering Vegetarian" mean? Well it's not that long a story and maybe all these lines are not relevent anymore, but I feel that as I feel I am approaching an evermore productive period of writing, I'd give all my faithful readers out there an explanation.

Commuting refers to the fact that I used to perform a round trip of 90 miles to work and back 5 days a week and as you will see from previous posts, there was an awful lot to think about and an awful lot of "stream of consciousness" going on. I no longer travel that amount of distance. There is not a lot to inspire a driver on the M25, apart from road kills, parts of vehicles in the French guttering (I even learned what that was) and the occasional quip inscribed on the side of a van, such as "Clean Me" or "I wish my wife was as dirty as this van".

I now commute far less (55 miles a day) and the journey is far more inspiring, often choosing a cross-country route in preference to the dreaded M25. My guess is that the future will see the amount of commuting decreasing over the next 5 years, particularly if government policy on Carbon emissions filters into the workplace. Working from home will (hopefully) increase and the number of days in the office with inevitable decrease as a cause.

Looking back, I've done some crazy travelling, but I always said that there was something very bizarre and decadent about drinking tea and eating scones at 33,000ft at 5pm in the afternoon after a day trip between London and Edinburgh. Chin! Chin!