All About The Cat

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I love cats

I love cats, but I’m not crazy like the “I Love Cats” girl. Disco is our youngest cat…

She is now a 3 year old, tortoise-shell that we “rescued” as a kitten from Dundee. I don’t mean rescued as in she was being mistreated or anything but if you’ve ever been to Dundee then you will know what I mean!

I chose the name Disco even before we got her. I’m not sure why but I just thought it went well with the name of our first cat, Bingo. Now, however, I am not so sure as they end up being called Dingo or Bisco or some other mixed up name. Whatever name I call them it always seems to be followed by “down” at the moment.

This is from when she was still a kitten…

Disco is getting really big very quickly and I am trying to make sure I am taking as much photos and videos of her as I can so we can look back in years to come…and hopefully laugh…

She is in to everything at the moment. The other week after I got something out of the fridge I couldn’t then find her. As I retraced my steps I found her in the fridge eating the lettuce, oh well at least she likes her greens. She also likes sitting atop the fridge…

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…I have often found her sitting quite happy in the (empty) bath…

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There is so much more still to tell…but I’ll finish with the video below which was her first introduction to iPad games designed for cats…enjoy!

What about you? What are your cat memories? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

The Tower Of Peace

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The Eiffel Tower

Taken in Paris, I tried to line up the Eiffel tower and the peace monument…

It would have been better without the annoying photographers in it…I might edit them out one day – if anyone knows quick, easy software to do this I would appreciate some help.

This post is part of Phoneography with the theme “Architecture”.

What about you? How would you interpret this theme? Share it with me in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

Now Would Be Good!

This is a song I wrote which my friend put music to and sang. She also got her friends together and actually took it one step further and put beats and stuff to it. I really liked the end result and started making a video to go with it…

I had grand ideas for the video which involved me and Greg climbing up a hill to a rundown old barn, holding up chalkboards with televisions drawn on them and moving/dancing around the barn.

How does he put up with my crazy ideas you might well ask!

I got the footage I wanted but when it came to editing it I just wasn’t happy with it so that’s safely stored away in a folder and I simplified the video to what you see here. The inspiration for the song came from one of my managers I had in a previous job who shall remain nameless🙂

It is very amateur but it is what it is and I had lots of fun with it.

One day I might use the scrapped footage so be afraid, be very afraid…

#FridayFoto: Sun, Sea And Spectacles…

This photo was taken on the best holiday we have been on so far – Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria…

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Although we had already been there a few times, this last time was simply amazing. I think it was mostly to do with the place we were staying. It was a place called Marina Suites and it was fantastic. I loved watching all the boats come and go and can’t wait to go back!

The photo was taken on the balcony which looked right out to sea. The sky was blue, the sea was blue and the table was red. I edited the photo to amplify the colours but not much was needed.

Anyway, it sums up that holiday perfectly – saturated with brightness and colour.

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme Saturated.

“show a photo of whatever you’d like, but make sure it’s saturated. It can be black and white, a single color, a few hues, or a complete rainbow riot; just make sure it’s rich and powerful.”

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A Night On The Town

How do you celebrate?

Whenever we want to celebrate, be it for a birthday, special occasion or new job, there is always a similar plan of action and it always starts in the same restaurant.

Yorokobi

It’s our favourite restaurant called Yorokobi which is a Japanese/Korean place. It’s just the best – the food is amazing, the service is brilliant and it’s reasonably priced. I always get the same thing every time we go because I’m scared that I might not enjoy if I experiment with a different option although I’m pretty sure it would just as good!

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What do I have? Well, it starts with a bottle of Pinot Grigio obviously (would you like to taste it? No thanks, just get it poured) and then for my starters I have:

Chicken Gyoza – deep fried Japanese style dumplings

Miso Soup – Tofu, spring onions, seaweed in yellow bean paste kasobush soup

Kim – grilled salted seaweed

It might sound like a lot but trust me, it’s gone in no time.

For my main I have:

Je-yook bokeum – Marinated pork belly in red chilli paste sauce with spring onion, onion and ginger in a sizzler plate with boiled rice.

It’s the best thing ever. If you like your food a bit hot and spicy then this is for you. If not, get someone else to order it and just try a little. I don’t find it too spicy but then I guess the wine does have the cooling effect.

The only downside about Yorokobi is the lack of dessert choices. They do, however, make up for it by making the best cheesecake I have ever tasted! The green tea or red bean ice cream do sound like something you wouldn’t think would be nice but they are actually pretty good. Desserts are usually accompanied by a Bailey’s coffee and a glass of port. As I said, it’s very reasonably priced and all of the above for two people will normally come to about £70.

You would think after that we wouldn’t be able to move but the night could now go one of two ways.

(1) Soul Casino

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If we want a fairly chilled out evening with the chance of winning some money then we go to Soul casino. It’s a converted church but praying for a win never seems to work….I always allow myself a limit of how much money I will spend and once it’s gone, well, it’s gone. I like to gamble but I’m not an idiot. I usually play roulette and always use 29 as my base number, surrounding it with chips. Occasionally it’s came up and I’ve walked away in profit. I sometimes play blackjack but I get bored too quickly and end up putting all my chips on one hand, hoping to double my money quicker – I don’t recommend that. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose but we always have a good time at the casino. Once, me and a friend got thrown out for dancing to the “Muzak” but that’s a different story…


(2) O’Neils

If we want to have a “dancing” night then we go to a club called “Upstairs @ O’Neill’s” which is basically a small club above an Irish Bar. It was always a favourite when I was at University as it would play Indie music and had a really good atmosphere. Not much has changed, although they now have air conditioning – in the old days I swear that sweat used to drip from the ceiling. They still play the same music, I still get just as drunk and dance just as bad but more importantly…

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I still have FUN.

That’s how we celebrate. If you ever get the chance to go to any of these places you should.

What about you? How do you celebrate? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

I Love My Bang & Olufsen Earphones…

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I have a few Bang & Olufsen audio products – BeoSound One, BeoSound Century and BeoPlay A3. I’ve recently sold my Century and got the BeoPlay A8 – it’s amazing. I used to work for the company and that’s when my passion started. The main reason I have chosen the A8 earphones as my favourite is probably because it was my very first purchase as it’s all I could afford at that time and I would say they’ve been the most used.

I find them the most comfortable earphones I have ever worn. You forget you are wearing them most of the time and because they hook over your ear there’s no chance of them falling off when you exercise (so I’ve been told). Big ears or small ears, it doesn’t matter as they adjust for all ear types.

My set recently had an unfortunate incident involving my cat and I had to use Apple ones until I got a new set. They were ok, don’t get me wrong, but after an hour or so they started hurting my ears and the sound was poorer than what I am used to.
They come in all sorts of funky colours these days but I still love the original black colour. You get a neat little leather pouch to store them in but I have no need for that and they alone fetch around £30 on eBay.

Granted, they do cost that little bit extra but one of my friends has gone through several sets of less costly earphones and has probably ended up paying more in the grand scheme of things.

If you do decide to invest in a pair then make sure you avoid the cheap, fake ones on eBay.

Note: The photo is not of me – that’s a lady

Red Is The Colour…

After reading redstuffdan’s great idea for a photo challenge I thought I would give it a go. I downloaded an app and it is very easy to use… Continue reading

The Ballater Bridge Project…

I got a video camera for Christmas one year and I decided to use it properly some weeks later… Continue reading