"You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies." James M. Barrie Peter Pan.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

You can do it if you want to ......


2010 miles between Jan 20 and Feb 28 10

BBC Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has completed a 2,000-mile kayak trip along the Amazon for Sport Relief.

The 26-year-old was greeted by cheers and celebratory gunfire as she crossed the finish line in Almerim, Brazil.

Skelton has clocked up 2,010 miles since she set off on her solo journey from Natua in Peru on 20 January.

The BBC star, who had never been in a kayak before training, broke two world records as she became the first woman to paddle the length of the river.

Take some time and watch the short videos......

First impressions of vast Amazon

Amazon 12 hours a day


Breaks Record

Seasickness and a Milestone Reached

Trials of Sinking and Sickness

End of Amazon Adventure drawing near

Helen Skelton finishes Amazon journey

Interactive Map

Helen is aiming to become the first woman to kayak the entire length of the famous river in aid of Sport Relief.

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has tripled the Guinness World Record for the longest solo journey by kayak as she reached the half-way stage in her epic journey along the Amazon for Sport Relief.

The existing Guinness World Record, set in 2006, stands at 326.98 miles, but Helen Skelton has clocked up more than 1,000 miles in just three weeks as she battles through her adventure.

It has been a remarkable adventure for the Blue Peter presenter who has suffered from sickness, heat exhaustion and, last week, the painful experience of multiple mosquito bites.

Sunday 28th February:

SHE'S DONE IT! Helen reached the finish line just before 2pm (UK time) near the town of Almeirim in the Amazon Delta. What an incredible achievement.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fran just heard the Sonic Boom of the Shuttle

as it flew over head on its way to land at KSC.

Pic courtesy of

Astro_Soichi : on Twitter
His location? Space Station

http://twitpic.com/14jg6c - NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA. Space Shuttle landing would be tomorrow!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ye olde call center

Caller :    Hi, our printer is not working.  
Customer Service:    What is wrong with it?  
Caller :   Mouse is jammed.  
Customer Service: Mouse? Printers don't have a mouse you idiot.
Caller:    Mmmmm.. oh really?... I will send a picture.


Friday, February 12, 2010



Caveat: Fran is middle of the road politically but voted against Bush at every opportunity - it was a personal issue with her.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snowpocalypse - Schmopocalypse


An unidentified rural letter carrier poses next to a Model-T Ford vehicle with a snowmobile attachment. The vehicle is fitted with a kit advertised as the “Mailman’s Special” from the manufacturer, Farm Specialty Manufacturing Company of New Holstein, Wisconsin. It included skis that replaced the front tires and caterpillar treads that wrapped around the back tires. Rural carriers are responsible for providing their own transportation. At a time when automobiles were not yet equal to the demands of icy or snowy roads, the skis and tread kit saved carriers the expense of purchasing and maintaining a horse and sled for winter deliveries.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

"One last drink, please"

 said Jack Daniel. Yep, that’s right.  Jack Daniel, from your favorite drink, was an epic man who decided his last words would be that he just wanted one last drink.  He died from a blood infection that started in his toe after he kicked a safe and injured it.  Shitty way to die, but hey it was 1911  People died of stupid shit like that back then.


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