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I'm here to ask for people who haven't already seen this and voted on it to follow the link below and vote on my competition entry.  It's very easy to do as all you need to do is click on the facebook like button to cast your vote.  I'd really love to win but need to be in the shortlist so that the judges look at my entry so every vote will count and there's only 13 days left to vote.  Can you / will you help me with just two clicks?  Maybe a few more if you'd be nice enough to pass this onto your friends and ask them to help out as well ;o)

Don't Panic Ray Harryhausen's Fantasy Scrapbook Animation Competition: design entry by the-mental-one
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15 January 2012 @ 04:18 pm
I've set up a tumblr account where I've decided I'll be making a better attempt at being active. If you want to follow me there it's http://the-mental-one.tumblr.com/ and the current entry was about depression...please feel free to visit.
20 December 2011 @ 01:07 am
An open letter to Chris Moyles and all the other people in front and behind the mics on his show sent in by email and posted on facebook:

I'm not a regular listener, mostly because I prefer listening to my own eclectic music collection than the same things over and over again on the radio so I fully understand that you may wonder why you should bother even reading this message let alone pay any attention to the content but please continue to the end.

The reason I'm here is that I've been asked by several people where this donkey song came from in the charts as they'd never heard of it. I did some very quick googling and found out that people were being obnoxiously rude about your 'advertising' of said track. I thought as I wasn't at work today that I'd give your show a listen, it wasn't bad, still not exactly my thing but didn't make me want to turn off the radio until the Dominick the Donkey track was played (actually that's not true, the first thing you had on was the weird intro song "monday cheeky song" which almost had me turning off straight away but I toughed it out...and as it happens 4 hours sleep a night is the norm for me any night of the week so if you normally have more you're just trying to make me jealous...) so I was wondering what possessed you to ask people to buy that record?

I understand the idea behind not wanting the X Factor winner to be top of the charts for Christmas, which they have been for years other than the year RATM beat them, but surely there were better songs to choose. If you didn't want to back one of this years charity singles because they aren't Christmassy enough for you there are other proper Christmas songs, even some Christmas carols that could have been backed, but you backed Dominick the Donkey. Inquiring minds would like to know why you chose that track? I notice you stressed a lot how much you weren't telling people what to do but given your platform and the number of people you have listening to your show it is definitely more than a little bit of advertising of the track. You know you talked about it around three times for over 10 minutes each time? I take it that's alright given the guidelines on advertising on the BBC as you're no being paid to represent the record???

Personally I've purchased Forever Yours (9 different versions are available for 79p each on iTunes or less on Amazon), I've also bought Smells Like Teen Spirit (59p up to 99p depending on the version) then donated to the Rhythmix charity, and I may purchase the Military Wives Choir single (not because I like it but because my dad was in the army and I fully support the Royal British Legion and SSAFA). I think that all of these are better than the donkey song you're promoting and all are trying to benefit charity (I find it annoying but each to their own).

Would you be so kind as to promote these songs on your show as well please? I know only one song can be number one but wouldn't it be even better if the Little Mix song wasn't even in the top three or four???


For those who are wondering you can check the Nirvana for Xmas no. 1 facebook page here:

Alex Day's website can be found here:
Current Mood: crappycrappy
Current Music: Smells Like Teen Spirit
10 July 2009 @ 02:11 pm
So putting my political hat on for a second I just received an email telling me that Nick Clegg plans to run a live chat online where people can ask him questions. Similar to the recent tour he's been taking around the country but the first online chat of its kind with a leader of the main three parties, possibly of any political party in the UK.

Part of me isn't particularly excited by this, part of me wonders why this wasn't done before, but part of me goes all geeky and thanks any Gods that may or probably don't exist that someone in the higher echelons of politics seems to be embracing the social media to such an extent. I'm sure plenty of people will say it won't work but I've seen plenty of things work over the web that were considered impossible. I'm inviting you all to come online this Monday 13th July at 12 noon and see if we can't make this a nice a big event. Even if you're not really into politics it will probably be interesting and if it isn't you can always leave the event before it finishes ;o)

Anyway to find out more Ask Nick Clegg
Current Mood: geekygeeky
07 July 2009 @ 08:44 am
I guess I'll try again with this blogging thing.  I'm not entirely sure it's me, I don't write something everyday because I fully believe you shouldn't write something if you don't have anything to say.  Some blogs are just full of inane ramblings and I really don't want this to become another one of the same.

On the other hand I also don't believe you can be profound all the time...

Anyone have an idea on how to write a decent blog regularly?  I've read a few but they tend to be more specific to a certain subject matter.  Again I don't think that's me, it's almost too constrained.  I could talk about movies, or anime to the exclusion of all else but then that's only part of what I like.  I could talk about politics, but then I'd be just as bored with my blog as most of my friends.  Nope, I think I have to stick to being at least partially random.  Much like my emails to certain people end up being a random flow of thoughts.

Today I was in work early, so that I can leave early, so that I can go help out at a local youth club.  Everyone's quite proud of the youth club and what it's managing to do.  We have around 50 children turn up each time but with around 100 children registered it would be very interesting if they all showed up on the same day...normally I help out with the arts and crafts side of things but I've been asked to take on something different.  Science.  I like science, I always liked science at school so it's cool but I don't know what I can do that will excite so many children from quite a wide age range.  Plus my old science teachers weren't always entirely safety conscious in what I thought were the best experiments - there's no way I could do some of the things I enjoyed doing at school with kids in Bellfields.  I'm pretty sure I'd be strung up by parents if I taught them how to make rockets or fireworks. 

What's left?  Well I guess there's chromatography...maybe of smarties colours to add to the fun.  Running small lightbulbs from fruit tends to be quite interesting.  Growing crystals would be good but we can't leave things out over the couple of weeks between sessions.  I could take them home and leave them to grow in my spare bedroom, it's already being used more as an arts and crafts come retrogaming room so one more offshoot shouldn't matter.  Diver in a bottle is a classic as are baking soda volcanos....oh and the shrinking egg (although that'd be difficult as I'm pretty sure they aren't going to let me use a naked flame).  Anyone have an idea for something that might be interesting, a good visual experiment that won't cost too much in supplies whilst at the same time helping to expand on a scientific principle?  I have a few but if I'm doing this every other week I may need loads.
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: NIN
06 July 2009 @ 05:11 pm
I may decide to make this a more used blog, until then I'll just post random things like this...

Sign my pledge at PledgeBank

19 September 2007 @ 11:19 am
Arr me hearties! I just be spreading the word about this amazing news...

Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If ye fancy doing something special t'celebrate then you'd not go amiss with this here charity single.

Aye, that's right a charity single - big news fer this year, matey, be that we be raisin' money fer Marie Curie Cancer Care again - wi' a PIRATE DAY CHARITY SINGLE! We be registered fer the charts an' everythin', an' if just a quarter o'the crew o'this fine list be downloadin' a copy, we should be sailin' straight fer the Top 40!

Ye can have a listen t' "On A Pirate Ship", by Jay Foreman feat. Mad Cap'n Tom, an' watch the fantastic video, at http://www.yarr.org.uk/single - an' ye can pre-order a copy right now at http://www.indiestore.com/pirate !

It be just 79p - an' that be less than the cost o'a mug o'grog these days. Every doubloon we be makin' be goin' straight t'Marie Curie! An' if ye can't be buyin' it, then tell yer friends, blog about it, share it on yer social sites, post on yer forums, or call up yer local radio station and tell 'em t'play it!

Marie Curie also be runnin' their own events, at http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/pirate - they be havin' all sorts o' sponsorship things up fer grabs an' all!


PIRATE PARTIES: Are ye thinkin' o' carousin' round yer local inn, hostin' a pirate party, or dressin' up in full regalia an' paintin' the town red? Be sendin' me an email at capntom@yarr.org.uk , an' I be tellin' the world about it! Already me calendar at http://www.yarr.org.uk/events be fillin' up. There be wondrous things happenin' in Spalding, Goole, Leamington Spa, St Ives, an' two great, grand parties in London on the night o' Sunday week.


ARE YE IN THE MEDIA? Why not get an article in yer paper or program on
Pirate Day (or 'bout th' single) - Mad Cap'n Tom be available fer interviews, ye know, an' it be a great way to liven up yer Wednesday show. Already, we be 'avin interest! Parley wi' the Cap'n an' send yon email to capntom@yarr.org.uk forthwith! There be more info at http://www.yarr.org.uk/media

NOT IN THE MEDIA? EMAIL 'EM! They not be knowin' that Pirate Day be happenin' yet, so gi'em a quick poke wi' a cutlass (or an email) an' tell 'em - yer local paper, yer favourite radio station, or whatever - spread th'word!


ARE YE A BLOGGER? Linky us! The site be http://www.yarr.org.uk !

DO YE USE FACEBOOK? There be a countdown app ye can add t'yer profile at http://apps.facebook.com/pirateday !

ARE YE NONE O' THESE? Then why not just tell yer friends. Email 'em, call 'em, set up a pirate party, whate'er ye wish! Just stay true to the spirit o' the Day an remember to pillage, plunder an' pirate on September 19th!

An' now a PIRATE JOKE:

Q: What be havin' eight legs, eight arms, an' eight eyes?
A: Eight pirates!


Arr, Marie Curie be... actually, for the first time ever, I'm going to drop out of the pirate voice for a minute here. This is important. Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families. They're a fantastic charity. Every penny we get from sales of the single will go to them. Plus, not only will buying a copy of the single do good, but it might mean that all the terrible manufactured pop that's in the charts right now will get beaten by two pirates with a guitar. And that, me hearties, would be awesome.

http://www.yarr.org.uk/single be the address, an' ye can pre-order at http://www.indiestore.com/pirate . Please do. It be only 79p. If ye can't - or even if ye can - tell yer friends, blog 'bout it, or tell media folks. We truly be hopin' t'storm th'charts on September 19th!


Now, splice the mainbrace, me hearties! Get us t'full sail. It be time to talk like a Pirate fer th' Day!

Fair winds' t' ye all, an' may th' tide always be in yer favour!
31 August 2007 @ 09:24 am
 As part of the Asian Film Festival in Guildford Akira is to be shown (subbed) the day after my birthday. I'd love to have as many people come as possible, I'd also love to see people there in cosplay - I asked whether we'd be allowed to do this and after a while the event organisers have come back requesting that as many people as possible come 'dressed up' to the cinema. No prizes though, merely for the love of dressing up and to see Akira on the big screen.

The event starts with a talk about anime/manga at 7.20pm followed by the screening of Akira at 8pm and possibly a photoshoot of all cosplayers before going out for a few drinks or going home.

Location: Electric Theater, Guildford 
Date: Wednesday 5th September 
Time: 7pm if you want to go to the talk first or 8pm for the film start 
Cost: £4.50 for a ticket if there are more than 10 of us

Please email me or leave a comment for me if you'd like to come.

Happy birthday for Sunday to luckykaa and Monday to lostghost and then me on the Tuesday...and my friend Sarah on the Wednesday...wow lots of cool people are born in September :D
Current Location: Guildford
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Current Music: Heather Nova - Heart and Shoulder
29 July 2007 @ 11:04 am


nice site for making little posters such as:

Current Mood: crankycranky
20 April 2007 @ 09:45 am

If you like swords for martial arts, larp or cosplay reasons you may like to sign this petition...you never know


other than that I suppose an update is in order...

I've been REALLY busy - I'm standing for local election on May 3rd as a councillor to the Stoke Ward, Guildford Borough Council.  Strange you may think but it's really something that I hope to do and think I can make a good job of it.  If you haven't seen me much it's because of this or because I've had a rather hectic time this year and *no* money so haven't been out as much normal around the convention circuit.  Also with this election I won't make it to the Sci-Fi London this year...so a sort of happy/sad mix of events...

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