Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The general election!

This has been concerning me a little. Now that i'm 18 and can vote a keep thinking who to vote for. I wouldn't say i've an aligence to any of the party's! I've tried to look into the polocies but there are alot that dont effect me yet. Thing like council tax. I dont pay it i have no idea how much it is. However the chances are by the next election i will be. This is hard i tell you. I dont want to not vote. Luckily howevr i found this little online test you can do. Give it a try see if your what you expect!

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:


Your actual outcome:

Labour 34
Conservative -19
Liberal Democrat 20
UK Independence Party 0
Green -14

You should vote: Labour

The Labour Party is broadly pro-Europe and takes a strong line in favour of all anti-terrorism measures, and of course supported the war in Iraq. Labour is against explicit increases in income tax to fund public services and against the abolition of university tuition fees, but has pledged to reintroduce maintenance grants for students.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

Those little feelings!

I was thinking about this the other day. What is your favourite feeling?? I dont mean an emotion. For example my favourite feeling is waking up at 5am looking at my alarm clock and realising i can go back to sleep gor another 2 hours! So leave a comment (if i can get any readers back!) and tell me...whats your fave feeling.

Saturday, March 19, 2005


Hello and sorry for the distinct lack of blogging over the last few weeks! I cant be bothered with an in depth happenings of the last 8 weeks so I'll just give you a brief overview.

After the last post and subsequent argument I did indeed nearly loose a lot of friends, but then it just got funny! phew!! Main event was my 18th B'day(15th Feb)!!!! On the day me and the rest of my family played golf down at Ilkley golf Club and a meal after. The meal was very nice (thanks YS)! Sarah took me down to London for the weekend where I also did a bungee jump!!! Hell fire that was scary but also really good fun! I also had my B'day party at the Craiglands with Amy,Elia,Belly and Shaun! The night was a real success (I think) until some tosser intent on a fight started one! Party ended soon after!

I also got my As Resit marks. Got full marks in one of the geog papers so got up to an A. My grades now stand at 2A's, 1B and 1C! Not looking forward to the A2's and school is still shit!

I got a new job at the crescent hotel now I'm 18 which is quite good fun. I have also got a storecard, credit card, been to the casino, Drunk legally and am contemplating any thing else I can do now I'm 18!

I have also very recently deided to leave work at ilkley golf club. I made the decision for a number of reasons including the impending A2 exams and my job at the cresent. I enjoyed working at IGC with everyone there (except rachel...she smells). I'm sure YS will call me soon though... He cant bear to be without me!

I think that will do for now! I'll catch up with you later!

Friday, February 11, 2005

Why wont women listen????

Now before I get started I appreciate this may be a touchy subject for some of my readers, so before I continue I suggest if you think you are going to be offended to use the handy back button on your browser. If you do decide to read on I don't expect any nasty comments as you have been warned!!!!

Last night was the taps quiz. I arrived late (as usual) However on my arrival there were 2 rounds to go. The last round is the knock out round. Basically it means that if you get 1 question wrong then you lose all your points from that round, If you get them all right you get an extra bonus 5 points. I knew 2 of the answers, as did Laura and Iz new the answer to the second one. The first question I knew was which ocean does the river Congo flow in to??? ATLANTIC!!!!! I told them. Laura agreed but Jenna and Sarah didn't believe us. I said I was so sure I would put money on it. Laura kindly pointed out I would probably put money on anything put that's another story! I eventually got the girlies to put down the answer, Hooza! Next question....
What colour do Indian brides traditionally wear at their own wedding?? Took a bit of thinking this one. But after thinking back to R.E class and Sunita's wedding in coronation street I concluded it was red. Yes definitely sure it was Red. Iz agreed, Laura thought it sounded right. Sarah and Jenna weren't sure. I was trying to convince them to no avail when the guy started to come round for the answer sheets. The team had done alright but I thought that we needed all the points we could get if we were to have any chance. But then I couldn't believe what happened next.... Not only did Jenna not put red down she crossed out Atlantic, quickly handed in the sheet and sat down!!!!! Now I know I wasn't there for long put it is a team effort is it not??? If 2/3 members of the team are pretty happy with the answer then surly it should go down. Sarah and Jenna were so stubborn it was just annoying. If I didn't need a lift home off Jenna I might have said something!

Incidently both answers were right. We should of had 43 instead of 41!! It didn't really matter in the end though as 3rd place had 46! However it's a matter of principle!!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

**Ric's Review - FILM - Assult on precinct 13**

Ethan Hawk and Laurence Fishburne head this line up for a film based around a Detroit Gang leader, Bishop (Fishburne). Bishop is held in precinct 13 which is due to close forever at 12 midnight. He and several other prisinors are held there however after poor weather disrupts their transport van. Without ruining the plot too much a group of armed men try to storm the under staffed precinct, led by Ethan hawk (An old under cover agent disturbed by the loss of his team 8 months earlier), in an attempt to reach Bishop. Of course there is all sorts of corruption within the police and i have to say i found the whole film a little predictable. There wasn't any special effects to talk of really and the plot didn't really make that much sence. The whole film was full of typical OTT yanks sending 30 men when 1 would do! There are certainly better things out at the moment!

Rics Star Rating **

Quiz Results Week 4

Now then as you all know this week could have been very interesting. However even with a record number of entrants the the names at the top of the board stay the same! How boring! Both Jenna and Sarah only bet 5 points. However i have added a twist to this weeks quiz. As far as this quiz goes i make the rules! And because of that i am afraid that this week there are some penalty points to give out!

  1. -1 Point to Sarah C for liking me to a sad middle age loser! (no offence mike!)
  2. -2 Points to Sarah C for telling people she was carried down the hill because she hurt her ankle! It was because she moaned all the way!

I'm not going to post all the unique questions but if you do want to get them just email me. So... Without further ado here is this weeks leader board.

  1. Jenna 35
  2. Sarah C 34
  3. YS 14
  4. Rachel 10

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Me and Taxi Drivers

This weekend i ventured into Leeds on saturday night with my mate Ellie. And a very good night it was to. That is untill it came to getting home. Having been rather drunak and missing the last train, a taxi home was the only option. I have to admit standing in the queue for a taxi for over an hour does sober you up a bit. We managed to get a jeer going for singletons taking a taxi for themselves. Why dont you share??? Its quicker for everyone else and cheaper for you? Anyway back to the point. When we jumped into our taxi and asked for the price to Ben Rydding he said £25. I know its a bit pricy but its about fair and i agreed. Then came a bomb shell. The conversation went something like this:

Ric "Can you drop me off in burley please mate?"
Taxi " Thats £30 now then!"
Ric "WHAT?"
Taxi "Yea i gotta make another stop in'it!"
Ric " Yea but its on the way...I live on the main road!"

Taxi driver pulls up somewhere in Leeds turns round

Taxi "Look you wanna taxi or not its £30 coz i'd usually go on the by-pass?"
Ellie " Ric just leave it i wanna get home!"

Ric ignores this request to back down

Ric "Listen mate its 4 in the bloody morning, you think your gonna get stuck behind traffic??? I tell u what i've taken a note of your number and the fact you work for Leeds taxi's so how about this? You go on the by-pass and just drop me off at the roundabout? If your reallly that stubborn you dont have to stop just let it roll slowly and i will jump out!"

Taxi " alright, Alright"
Ric (whispered) "Tosser"
Taxi (shout) " What was that???"
Ric "oh nothing c'mon i wanna get home"

Ellie had lost her cash card in leeds and so i had to give her the money for the taxi. I was worried that she might of crumbled after i got out but she didn't and all was well.

As a follow up to the incident i rang leeds taxi's to ask for their polocies on charging people for extra stops. Although the reply came in a roundabout way i finally discovered that Leeds taxi's only charge extra if the stop is deemed to add significant time or distance onto the journey. Although the price of these stops is up to the descretion of the taxi driver for private hire the price is not fixed. I complained about Taxi number 180 and they said we apologise for this and i hope you use leeds taxi's again. The thing is though i'm gonna have to. I rang ilkley taxi's to pick us up and they said they needed a deposit paying in their office the day before!!

I have finally decided that if you get in a taxi and he asks forthe money upfront only pay him half. Last time i was coming back from leeds and we all stopped off for a piss he drove off with our bloody money. It does however make me feel less guilty when i run away from them without paying!

Friday, January 28, 2005

**Rics Quiz week 4**

Hello all! This weeks quiz is a bit different. I require an email from all the entrants. In this email i will require your name and... The number of points that you have already earned that you would like to gamble. When i recieve this email each entrant will recieve a unique question by which they have to answer next friday!!! In the unlikely event that i have some new entants then you automatically have 5 points!

Ebay update!

Now as you know ebay is one of my favourite websites. You can sell pretty much anything. This week i managed to sell my soul for £3.20! Wahooo. But the big story on Ebay this week is of course mine and Johnny P's attempt to earn a few extra bob! So what did we do? well we both put in £10 and decided to raid the charity shops of ilkley in search of some beauties we could sell on ebay for a bit of profit. This is how we are doing so far:

2 Brass masks Comedy/Tragedy
Bought for £3.50
Sold for £6.99 (inc P&P)
Total Profit £1.22

1 Holy Grail (has to be seen to be believed LOOK!)
Bought for £3.25
Selling for £0.01
Total Profit TBC

1 Pheasant pewter Broach by A R BROWN
Bought for £2.99
Sold for £3.20 (inc P&P)
Total Profit -£0.09

1 Princess Diana/Prince Charles Commerative dish (LOOK!)
Bought for £6.99
Selling for £0.01
Total Profit TBC

1 Cherished teddies **NEW** Named Suzanne
Bought for £3.50
Yet to be sold

I think it is quite clear we will be lucky to get our money back!

**Rics quiz week 3...RESULTS**

Now then now then now then. Hope you've all had a good week. Its time for wots becoming a weekly blog. 1st up quiz results. There was a gain a distinct lack of entrants this week but it does meen that it is getting very close at the top of the table.


  1. Gentlemen only ladies forbiddon
  2. 9 Spades 9 Clubs
  3. The oceons
  4. Sandra Bullock
  5. Its Scotland with the most popular drink been Irn Bru
  6. It was a Feather and a hammer
  7. Bowling, 3 strikes in a row, and the other 7. was TRUE
  8. He was not born in the US
  9. Orion
  10. 2 4 1

I do apologise for the 2 number 7's but all is good. The top 2 entrants this week where Jenna with 7/13 and Sarah C with an impressive 11/13. How does this effect the leader board??

  1. Sarah.C 26
  2. Jenna 25
  3. YS 7

Next weeks quiz has a slight twist to it!

Friday, January 21, 2005

**Rics Quiz week 3**

Here is the 3rd instalment to Rics quiz. Jenna pulled ahead of sarah by another 2 marks last week but its still very close!

Q1) What does GOLF stand for?

Q2) With what 2 hole cards did Phil Helmuth win the main event in the world series of poker?

Q3) Globally what is the most commen form of biome?

Q4) Which American movie star donated $1 million to the tsunami appeal?

Q5) Which is the only country in the word where coca cola is sold but is not the most popular soft drink? For a bonus point what is the most popular drink in that country?

Q6) What where the 2 objects dropped on the 1st visit to the moon to reconstruct a very famous physics experiment?

Q7) In what sport might you get a turkey and what is it? (2marks)

Q7) True of false? If Bill Gates dropped a $100 bill and he had to stop working to pick it up he would lose less if he just left it and walked away?

Q8) Arnold Schwarzenegger cannot run for president of the USA for what reason?

Q9) Robert Crais and Ed Mcbain's books are published by whom?

Q10) The Generous Pionnear pub in Burley is swapping from a Tom Cobleigh to what kind of pub?

**Rics quiz week 2ish...RESULTS**

Ok Ok so these weeks quiz was hard and i presume thats why i lost 33% of my entrants but still those who entered had a valient effort and here are the answers and results:

  1. Lions main Jelly Fish - This jelly fishes tenticles can grow upto 200ft long where the blue whale is on average a mere 109ft
  2. 10,000km - This is the latest information after new studies on tagged whales. Along way i know. Bloody annoying if your only 1km away though!
  3. I will give a mark for car. I was told a people carrier but other sources say different things i will therefore not be too harsh on the marking
  4. The horse shoe crab - Interstingly this animal's blood was used by nasa to make sure all the equipment on the mars missions was free from microorganisms so that the robots didn't get incorrect readings.
  5. Algae - Trees would have been to obvious surly! Infact did you know the most mature trees actually use more oxygen than they produce!
  6. Antarctica - This was a bit of a silly one! The antarctic is actually surrounded by seven different sea's
  7. 151- this leaves you requiring 180 from your next 3 darts and 170 from your last 3.
  8. Las Vegas - Although i have to honest it has just started a new series and the sponcer has changed. Sorry if that confused you.
  9. Wc - Leeds station called there new platform W. Wa and Wb where fine but Wc was always really busy!
  10. Chui - Big cat week is awesome. I really reccomend it to you when it comes back!

So where does that leave the leader board?

  1. Jenna.A 18 points
  2. Sarah.C 15 points
  3. YS 7 points

Wheres the snow??

We ever so nearly had some snow this week. But of course there was no hope that it would settle. It bears the question why not? Now with out sounding too old i remember when i was 8 or 9 i'd have been out sledging a fair few times by now. Also every year without fail up till my 10th birthday it would snow on my bithday (15th Fecb) Ever since then nothing. Now i'm not trying to suggest there is a problem because it hasn't snowed on 1 day of the year but surly it isn't just me who's noticed that winters are becoming warmer and wetter. Is global warming noticiable now? I think so. However it could just be the case that we've all heard about it and therefore we start believing its getting warmer. But 2 years ago there was temperatures of over 100 degrees F in the UK (The highest ever recorded) and in November 2000 there were some of the worst floods on record in York. In fact many areas have reported 2 or 3 one in 1oo year floods within the space of 10 years. Even the River Wharfe has flooded twice over the past 3 years. It could be a total coincidence and that there will be no more flooding like this for 100 years but it seems doubtful to me. I can't imagine next winter there will be no serious flooding within the UK. Yet still even now there seems to be little done about it. The biggest producer of CO2 in the world is the USA. However will Bush do anything about it? Will he bollocks! And why? Because it will harm the economy! I'm sorry what? You can tell all the third world countries to stop burning fossil fuels and that they must be more economical. You tell them to spend 1/8 of their annual budget on conservation but you wont spend a tiny percentage of yours to protect your children and there children!

I do apologise if that went a bit OTT but the guy really pisses me off! Not far behind of course is his lapdog Blair but at least he makes a bit of an effort. At least the UK has cut CO2 emmissions by 34% over the last 10 years!