Personal Stuff: If you don't know me - GO AWAY!!!!
To see a larger version, just click on any picture. Full name: Stephen Michael Hooker, nicknames: Acw, Zok. Born in Aberdare, used to live in 46 Peasant View, Godreaman, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan where my parents still live. Also used to live in Selbourne (Selborne) Street, Chuckery, Walsall. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Visual Communications from West Midlands College of Higher Education. Ran a business from The Custard Factory Digbeth.
A wet day in Aberdare Town Park. Even when it's wet it's a beautiful place. Full of memories for me of when I was a child. Today we only had three slices of bread, so not enough to feed the fishes, only the pigeons had their fill. The ducks too missed out, as they were too slow for our crew.
We took a trip down to Quicksave to get some milk and some other bits and pieces. Most of the time Nanna was racing ahead, I think she forgets that it takes ages to pull up the rear flank. Mainly Bradley - here in the middle picture you can see him looking over into the river. Come on Bradley! OK. Bye. Waaaaaa. And He runs to catch us up.
And the weather was appalling. Just after the right picture was taken it began to rain. You can see how dark it had become.
I guess it's most marked with Bradley - how fast kids grow up. As my Mam, hasn't seen Bradley for three months she noticed his speech straight away. And so have I since then, he's come on leaps and bounds. Though you have to guess at what he's saying, his dictionary is quite big. Coming out with stuff I had no idea he knew.
They both tore into the wrapping paper. But I sensed an anticlimax once Esme had opened everything, particularly as Bradley still had plenty left to unwrap, and some of the toys had to be assembled by myself. Well, OK that's Xmas for you.
Watching the skating in Telford. I haven't done this since Bradley was only a few months old. Esme and I used to do it regularly. Today the game was to climb over all the chairs to get to the top. Esme found this pretty easy - Bradley, well he did it, but boy was it a struggle.
Whereas Bradley prefers to just pinch a little bit, and drop it close to the geese. Which, is a little bit dangerous as these geese will snatch it out of his hand if given a chance. He's been in tears a few times because of this. They've even shocked me a few times and those beaks have rasping 'teeth.'
They become facinated by the video camera. I hope that I'll be able to train them to use it well. And the other little digital camera. And as soon as they're ready I'll get them a cheap DV. Must try to get Bradley to not eat the camera though.
Soon they'll be in bed. Ah! "Say goodnight then." Says Amanda. They started at 8:30am this morning, or at least Esme did. Don't think she could rouse Bradley - took me a few attempts. He was very snotty, that and the fact that he fell out of bed twice.
He's a good kid, and his speech is kicking in now, tells me a long story when I ask him what happened at school, no idea about the detail, but usually something to do with the actions of a song they've been singing. He can also count to ten, at least I heard him saying it to the telly as something was counting on CBeebies.
Hmm. Tungsten, fluorescent what is the light in the kitchen? ";->" I know, just got it wrong again Betty. I'll play with some Photoshop filters and just drop them on the widget things, maybe even tie them into Radio with some nice borders...
Digital camera for xmas - YaY! Tankx Santa. £129.00 with 16 megs, tripod and some cables. Took some pix in the bath, as usual, at least they're pretty still there. Gotta get a handle on the controls - esp the exposure and colour balance. I'll get the hang of it soon.
"JAILER: We've-- we've got lumps of it 'round the back."
MR. BIG NOSE:
Who are you calling Jewish?! I'm not Jewish! I'm a Samaritan!
A Samaritan? This is supposed to be a Jewish section.
It doesn't matter! You're all going to die in a day or two.
It may not matter to you, Roman, but it certainly matters to us. Doesn't it, darling?
Under the terms of the Roman occupancy, we're entitled to be crucified in a purely Jewish area.
Pharisees separate from Sadducees.
And Swedish separate from Welsh.
If life seems jolly rotten,
There's something you've forgotten,
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps.
Just purse your lips and whistle. That's the thing.
"SIMON: Don't you 'shhhh' me. Eighteen years of total silence, and you 'shhhh' me!
SIMON: I've kept my vow for eighteen years. Not a single, recognisable, articulate sound has passed my lips.
BRIAN: Oh, please. Could you be quiet for another five minutes?
SIMON: Oh, it doesn't matter now. I might as well enjoy myself. The times in the last eighteen years I've wanted to shout and sing and...
SIMON: ...scream my name out! Oh, I'm alive!
SIMON: Hava Nagila!
SIMON: Hava Nagila! Hava Nagila, ha ha ha! Look out. Oh, I'm alive! I'm alive! Hello birds! Hello trees! I'm alive! Get off. I'm alive! Hava Nagila. Hava n'ra n'--"
"MATTHIAS: My legs are old and bent. My ears are grizzled. Yes?
CENTURION: There's one place we didn't look. Guards!
MATTHIAS: I'm just a poor old man.
clomp clomp clomp...
My eyesight is bad. My eyes are poor. My nose is knackered."
"BLOOD & THUNDER PROPHET: ...And the bezan shall be huge and black, and the eyes thereof red with the blood of living creatures, and the whore of Babylon shall ride forth on a three-headed serpent, and throughout the lands, there'll be a great rubbing of parts. Yeeah..."
"CAMPAIGN FOR FREE GALILEE:
Shhh! Shh. Shhh. Shh.
Campaign for Free Galilee.
What's your group doing here?
We're going to kidnap Pilate's wife, take her back, issue demands.
So are we.
That's our plan!
The Welsh accent always has me in stiches. Valley Boy. Who was Deadly Dirk? Turns out to be John Cleese.
We went to the small park in Dawley. Bitterly cold though it was I couldn't get them to come home. The camera seemed not to like the cold either, at least that's what I think caused the jpeg artifacts.