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Go Beaver & Big Ribs.

Go Beaver & Big Ribs.
So what do you do when you turn off Facebook ? Well it looks like you keep tuning it back on, by accident as my Flicker account signs in via Facebook oh yes that’s the feed in the bottom right corner of this blog in case you missed it. So if you want an explanation I build 40K models sort of accidentally  # 1 Son wanted to get into it so I had parts left over and as usual got carried away 5 years later still building stuff. If you don’t know much about this affliction I build Space Marines and all the stuff here is heavily converted or concept stuff. So now you know. Oh and its also on the Games Workshop Group feed too I am the “FunkyNomad” surprise hey and yes I know I can’t paint, but I can build glorious crazy shit and it keeps me out of trouble. So I hear you all begging to have a look at what I am currently building. ( Sure you did)  and while we are at it we can have a little look around the Funky Nomads subterranean lair ( Ignore the box Tsunami, I have a bit of a box fetish) I know you are all excited I will even throw in a hand made PAC MAN Halloween costume that took 5 days to build thanks to a how to on YouTube, #1 Son was a great hit got interviewed by the local radio station and has so many photos taken his buddy stopped talking to him.     Well hardly a Tsunami from this side but if you could just look the other way deffinatley more boxes.  Anyway back to you wanting to see what I have been up to model wise ( Its  a Forge Master Dreadnaught and it aint legal) the sooner we do this the better because I am going to post pics anyway, (Realistically you probably don’t need all the Nerdy details so I will resist you don’t care what this thing is armed with. You do! Surely not, didn’t think so.)   so now that’s done I can get on telling you all about Beavers and Big Ribs. So I asked myself once I did the deed (Facebook disconnect) did important stuff I put on Facebook disappear ? cos I...

Incidents are Bollocks

Incidents are Bollocks
Well to be honest not listening to the Sex Pistols but you have to love the punk and the graphics on this one and its essential Britishness. So here I am 2 days before I board a plane to the UK knocking out part 2 of the blog from # 1 Son and dear old Dads trip to Jasper 2012. Now you may be asking why I am running 1 year behind, and I have been asking myself the same question. Of course having your site hacked and crashed isn’t very helpful and although WordPress is the greatest thing since sliced bread there is a bit of a learning curve involved. There is technical stuff how to admin the site install themes and plugins etc . Then there is the question what are you going to put on it , and why. So read some articles on blogging the do’s and dont’s some blogging etiquette (try not to make an arse of yourself straight off the blocks and off you go.) Whoa Nelly, not so fast have you registered a catchy domain name ? Who is hosting your sight? Where are you getting your content ( Its not good form to steal it, copyright and all that,) do you have enough content ready what about images? are they yours or do they belong to someone else? Just because they are on the internet does not mean they are yours to use as you please ( See copyright and disclaimers for some idea of how it goes,) I spent quite a while trying to get that right before I started. So you have all these ideas how’s your writing style, your tone ,voice etc. Can you keep it consistent do you have time to carefully craft interesting posts ( even if no one is going to read them?) I have 40 odd years of my past to blog about and hopefully 40 odd more to come and as I am defective in an unusual way. ( No, not that way) I have a narrator in my head carefully placing my actions and experience into a story as I go, now I understand not everyone has this going on and can actually sleep at night but what the heck for once this disturbing inner monologue might just come in handy. As...

So who needs GPS…

So who needs GPS…
No we did not get lost and no we don’t have a G.P.S.  I borrowed one once and it told me my house/road did not exist and I was turning into a field which was a bit bizarre as my Town House was built in 1973. I tried at work to order something on line and it was to be delivered by UPS apparently  My place of work does not exist either on the G.P.S and it could not be delivered. Now I know I function in an alternate version of reality but my place of work  does exist, if UPS had a local driver I am sure he could have got the package here, as it is I was so frustrated I cancelled my order. As G.P.S is a military platform I hope it’s a lot better at delivering missiles than it is at mail. So what’s this all about? Those of you who have read my blog before will realize this miserable looking figure is #1 Son. I am sad to announce we have completed our first Tribe adventure without #1 Sons presence, and he was missed but much as we don’t like to think of it our children are on a journey too and at some point,  well I am not going to blather on here may be in the next blog. So “what we have here is a failure to communicate,” not true I just wanted to use that line, talking of lines I just can’t resist what I am about to do next. One of the few Blogs I follow is ” Jay Kristoff- Literary Giant ” It’s a long story that I will not hesitate to tell of in many posts to come. I have to confess to lurking on his pages and following his blog since Nov 2012 never quite mustering up the courage to post a comment or two even though I am in awe. I just have to repeat this one line and dam the consequences ( Now I don’t want anyone to think this is a true reflection of his content but it was the final piece of evidence as to his greatness ( In my eyes anyway) I can feel the tension building…. and now for a disappointment I have just spent the last few days combing through...

Jasper 2012 (journeys end)

Jasper 2012  (journeys end)
Here is our last adventure of the 2012 Father and Daughter trip to Jasper. Still excitedly talking about our  night out at the Jasper Heritage Rodeo from the  day before. We saddle up the Blazer and set off to Pyramid Lake to hire ourselves a canoe for the morning, we have our picnic packed and the sun is out. So we leave Lothlorien our Lembas securely packed away in our reusable Walmart bag……… ? (well Black-forest ham, Havarti cheese and cucumber rolls, Juice boxes and granola bars) and head out on a great adventure to find the end of Pyramid Lake via the fabled picnic beach on its far distant shore. I have always been partial to Lord Of The Rings at times insanely so. To find the giving of gifts missing in  the  film      ( obviously not the only thing missing ) unhinged my delicate sensibilities. ( I was only told this by a second party as I had flatly refused to have anything to do with the watching of these movies.) Which any of you that know the version of me that lives in Canada that never seems to have them out of the DVD player may come as a bit of a surprise. Why is that you ask? and its a good question. We are now in 2001 I am no longer what can be considered young and my life no longer is firmly attached to L.O.R , D&D and other youthful passions. I stopped re reading L.O.R through every summer back in 1989 when I joined the RAF now 12 years later coming out the other side I have some distance between said tome. And I hear that an extended edition is on its way with at least that bit back in ( even if they are the wrong gifts ! My kids must be tired of me mentioning Sam’s Elven rope, and its beyond counting the number of times I have told them it has the wrong ending. But if I focus on the small things and ignore the wider sweep I have come to love it.) So long story short :- Christmas 2002 under the Christmas tree “The Fellowship of the Ring” extended boxed set. Christmas 2003 under the Christmas tree  ” The Two Towers” And Christmas 2004 ” The Return of...

Jasper 2012 (a slight return pt 3)

Jasper 2012 (a slight return pt 3)
Well late, late, late I here you call, yes I sit here having returned from our last full Tribe camping trip to Jasper it has met its demise. #1 son not at all happy in protest did not shower for 4 days wore his Jeans and hoody and refused to change, I think he even slept in them. He was however made to clean his teeth, we are ever the responsible parents. So we have to find a babysitter for him as he is refusing to come out with us at the end of July on our Camping/Photography expedition. So I will post Jasper town site and places that were closed this year that I had hoped to share with the Wife.  (Fort Point road, and Edith Cavell Meadows due to sensitive alpine plants). If you want a good Hiking Guide I use “HIKING JASPER and Mount Robson”, by Rob Bryce it’s absolutely great. last years pictures will have to do, #1 daughter is pretty handy with a camera she has a natural instinct maybe she has my Pro-Photographer genes in her, she composes so well. I have taken up Landscape Photography again and will post a slide show of the results in the next few weeks. Don’t worry about the long hair I am sporting  in the photos, 2012 was the year of the Dragon and being born a Dragon I vowed to not cut my hair in order to maximize my essence so to speak fearing the Samson effect. Also my mum couldn’t see it to tell me to get it cut . I was never allowed to have it this long even during the NWOBHM.  I only managed to get from January 21st  to the 19th of October when I had it cut.  This was a monster year it nearly killed me. I completed my Supervisory Development Certificate  at N.A.I.T and managed to get that promotion which finally came through in April 2013 I now have a Career instead of a Job which is a relief, and if you review some of the components of the course I took you can see why I interpreted  it as  a rallying cry to end the doldrums and once again live with imagination. So I started my Journey to improve myself, including this here Bio-Blog a big thanks go...

Jasper 2012 (a slight return pt 2 )

Jasper 2012 (a slight return pt 2 )
As our 2013 trips get ever closer I guess I should close out last years trips. How things change 2012 was the year of the Techno Campsite I booked a slot with power initially I thought I might need it to start my old lemon meringue  Jeep but due to my wife never failing to surprise and delight me I got a new car well not new new but  from 1994 to 2004. So what to do with the power? Well I had just become the proud owner of a slightly used   i Pad 1  64 gig and 3G and and after my new camera from last year running out of battery  the power came in handy. My daughter showed me how to play Angry Birds and I have no idea what our fellow campers thought all the laughter was about. I had started loading my CD music library on to the i pad ( I found out my daughter likes Muse ) and a couple of apps  (Word Press for 1 ).  So 3 season Vango and new ZR2 loaded up we set off on our adventure Father and Daughter into the Rockies.    ...

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