Monday, December 10, 2007

Led Zeppelin

The stadium is plunged into darkness and the video wall starts playing a clip from the 'The Song Remains The Same' tour in 1973...
'Good Times Bad Times'
Kicking off the show with the first track from their first album the band waste no time in setting out their stall. These guys mean business.
'Ramble On'
The band slide straight into this slower, bluesy number punctuated with fragments of harsh electric guitar from Page.

'Black Dog'
This is the first time that Plant interacts with the crowd. The audience sing along to the "ah-ahs" before Page punches out this song's killer riff
'In My Time Of Dying'
This song has it all, and was my highpoint. It's hard to express how emotional it was to hear this song being played live by this band. I'm crying.

'For Your Life'
Plant wishes everyone "good evening" before leading us into the live debut of this track. Perhaps one of the most accomplished and rounded of all their renditions this evening. By now no-one is expecting any less.
'Trampled Under Foot'
Plant announces how this recording was an attempt to emulate Robert Johnson's 'Terraplane Blues' by its liberal use of automotive metaphors.
'Nobody's Fault But Mine'
The huge screen fills the backdrop in the O2 Arena, playing rapid monochrome and colour images - quite spectacular.
'No Quarter'
JPJ demonstrates his keyboard skills and opens with the haunting phased piano that runs through this epic track
'Since I've Been Loving You'
An epic version....very bluesy with Page's signature violin bow making an appearance.
'Dazed And Confused'
A nostalgic rendering at the end of which had Plant announcing, "On guitar, Jimmy Page", just as he did in Madison Square Garden in the 1973.
'Stairway To Heaven'
"Ahmet, we did it!" was the simple statement that Plant used to capture the emotional high the band had reached by this point
'The Song Remains The Same'
Page continues to dazzle by keeping with his Gibson EDS-1275. There are no clichés here. This is the real deal.
'Misty Mountain Hop'
Plant gives thanks to Jason. Not a single fan could be disappointed with the performance he gave.
Somehow they raise the bar again with this landmark work. Plant declares "We've got people from 50 countries here and this is the 51st". Page strikes the riff and the sound becomes a rolling wave that lifts and carries twenty thousand fans to a higher consciousness.
'Whole Lotta Love'
The guys leave but of course they return for their first encore. After this homage to Willie Dixon, Plant announces "Thanks to everybody. Thanks Ahmet Ertegun, this one is for Ahmet Ertegun as we remember the days when Atlantic Records was the best label on the planet!"
'Rock And Roll'
With the whole arena now on their feet, the band rap up the show with this rousing and upbeat number


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Astro Bunny

Drifting above Broadway during one of the sunnier Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades in recent memory, Jeff Koons’ big silver “Rabbit” balloon sort of looked like art.

Floating overhead yesterday, it was a jubilant reminder of the way contemporary artists dip in and out of mainstream life, effortlessly working high, low and in between. That is where the latest, biggest “Rabbit” is suspended, and where it will stay. Owned by Macy’s and slated to fly in future parades, it will not be turning up at auction any time soon.
Jeff Koons (born January 21, 1955), is an American artist. He is noted for his use of kitsch imagery using painting, sculpture and other forms, often in large scale. Born in York, Pennsylvania as a teenager he revered Salvador Dalí. His work includes statuary such as "Michael Jackson and Cuddles" which sold for for over $5M in 1991 and "Puppy" which was purchase by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997

Unusual Rabbit Spotted

Thieves Steal Dead Rabbit

November 26, 2007 6:24 a.m. EST
Benjie Telleron - AHN News Writer

Baden, Austria (AHN) -

Two thieves who ran off with a handbag from a woman waiting for a train ride in Baden might end up as the biggest joke in the underworld once they find out that their loot contained nothing but a dead rabbit. According to Hilda Morgenstein, 42, she was waiting for a train ride with her daughter which would take them to the countryside where she intends to bury her pet rabbit when the muggers attacked. "They saved us the trip," a shocked but elated Morgenstein said. "I told my daughter they were angels and were taking bunny to a better place." Although nothing valuable was lost in the unusual heist, police are still conducting search for the pair and the remains of the bunny.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hema Clever


HEMA is an international retail organisation with stores in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. Customer-friendly and with a unique profile, HEMA distinguishes itself from other retailers by selling its own brand. In addition, HEMA develops its own assortment and likes to surprise customers with timely offers of products for daily use. HEMA products are typically convenient, practical and attractive and of good quality

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Updated with new photos from Kenilworth Round Table Fireworks Display, 2007

Kenilworth Fireworks

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rabbit Ragù

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall writes in last Saturday's Guardian of the virtues of Wild Rabbit and how the common bobtail is so poorly regarded even though it is incredibly low in fat and has an abundant supply free of welfare concerns. Perhaps it's because they're such cute critters.
He also provides a selection of recipes including Rabbit Ragù and Bunny Burgers.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


For those of a nervous disposition; brace yourselves. The following story may cause sleepless nights on at least one of two levels: The tragedy that befell "Sunshine" or the manner in which Andrew Scott relates the drama.
Either way, prepare to be drawn into a world of mayhem and devastation in the previously calm township of Price. It was just an ordinary day...

Story continues here


Things aren't looking too rosy for Fallon who commisioned Passion Pictures to make the Bravia Bunny advert for Sony. Apparently the LA-based couple were approached a couple of years ago by the agency but heard nothing thereafter. Naughty, naughty!
See the original panorama here or their blog here

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bravia Bunnies Update

The third Sony Bravia advert is now available to view through Bravia website.

Rabbits and Playdoh... Genius!

Sunday, September 16, 2007


News of Colin McRae's death is a bitter pill to swallow after a week of turmoil in motorsport. Barely three months after seeing him thrash the R4 at Goodwood it's hard to believe such a major force in British Rallying will no longer be around.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dust Bunnies Begin World Domination

Following a survey of 20 American Cities, 'American Standard' have confirmed our worst fears. The following 5 cities are losing the battle to overcome the humble dust bunny and are becoming over-run:

Top 5 Markets Reporting Dust Bunnies
Pittsburgh 82%
Seattle 82%
Minneapolis 80%
Portland, Ore. 79%
Kansas City, Mo. 77%

Fear not though for they also offer advice to deal with this threat both in finding them and eradicating them:

Top 5 Palce where Dust Bunnies Gather
Corners 70%
Under the bed 65%
Ceiling Fans 59%
Heating Vents / Air Con 53%
Under the Sofa 53%

Top 5 Actions Taken to Fight Dust Bunnies
Used a vacuum 81%
Used a duster 64%
Used a broom 64%
Changed air filter 58%
Used a paper towel 57%

Monday, September 03, 2007

Grimsthorpe Castle

Had a nice day out at Grimsthorpe Castle and got extremely close to some very friendly red dear. Bracken (the dominant male) was very calm and didn't mind getting some close up photos in the slightest!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Canons Ashby

Not as sunny as yesterday but still nice enough to enjoy a picnic and quick plod round the manor house.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Digital Cameras Fun Rubik Cube Generator

Bravia Bunnies

Thanks Andrew, for the link. Can't wait to see what the latest Bravia ad is going to turn out like. Looks like NYC is being overrun by bunnies large and small!
More here thanks to PSFK with further details of what the campaign involves

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Jolly Green Giant

Continuing the Dutch theme this week, I came across the artwork of Florentijn Hofman. This 12m tall inflatable rabbit in green PVC was an installation he created for the 2005 Festive Season in Rotterdam.

His other works include a giant rubber duck and a series of giant pianos washed up on the beach. Who said art couldn't be fun!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Nabaztag may be an Armenian word for a French wi-fi rabbit that is sweeping the net but he'd better watch his back.
In a brave move to maintain his internet presence, it is now possible to contact and become friends through the wonders of modern technology!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Ryan Gets In A Scrap

Not before time, it recently occurred to me that Hetty's Digital Scrap Book talents should be celebrated. What better reason then to look at a cute fluffy rabbit and also admire the growing portfolio of work that can be found at Divine Digital
I'm particulary taken by the picture of Jon that was done using the "full of stains" kit. I'm not sure what this says about him but it made me smile all the same!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Lost 4 - Station 6 - Rabbit 15

Is anyone still watching this? If there are going to be rabbits perhaps it may get more interesting.


Sunday, July 29, 2007


Had a flying visit back home and managed to catch up with most everyone for at least a couple of hours each. In between some mad dashes around the country we managed to see the Lancaster Bomber flying over "the show" and also the Montague's Harriers that have been breeding out in the fens. No pics I'm afraid but we stopped for tea at Evedon and I snapped some nice pics in the gardens.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Flying Rabbit

Milan procurator M.V. di Vigevano is pushing for a fine for animal cruelty, following an act of idiocy by an AC Milan supporter. The fan faces a fine of up to 10,000 Euros for launching a rabbit onto the sidelines.
The offender could also be charged for throwing dangerous items at a sporting event which could lead to four years imprisonment.
Despite injury and shock, the rabbit survived and has now been adopted.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Vivre La Différence!

If the difference is the weather then it is difference worth celebrating. One week in St Aulaye in the Perigord region of France was probably too short but we still managed a few site seeing trips to Bourdeilles, Brantôme, Bordeaux, the caves at Lascaux and the Dune de Pyla.

La dernière chose. Je voudrais remercier Gerard et Liliane. Vous étiez très aimable pour nous rencontrer en Saint Aulaye. Merci pour le repas, le logement et votre hospitalité!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

How Good Was Goodwood?

It was fantastic!

Having been (only once) to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone it was difficult not to be impressed by the high level of organisation and diversity that Goodwood offers.

The cars basically run twice a day up the hill in batches of 10-15 cars roughly grouped by era or formula. Missing your favourite car is thereforefore unlikely and the chances of seeing all the cars are favourable. Knowing this, it is then possible to fully explore the pits and get as close to the cars as physically possible, talk to the owners/mechanics and hunt for some famous faces. Alternatively a longish walk up the hill takes you through the forest rally stage to the top paddock perhaps a chance meeting with Colin Mcrae or Petter Solberg.

Once you've wandered back down the hill you can explore the exhibitors area and admire the latest offerings from manufacturers like Lamborghini and Audi, or soak up the atmosphere among the Cartier 'Style et Luxe' concours cars. If seeing $50 Million dollars worth of Type 41 Bugattis parked beside the house fills you with awe, a quick detour to the supercar paddock should bring you back down to earth. Being able to poke around more affordable motors like the Veyron, Zonda Koenigsegg and Ferrari P4/5 seems almost normal!

The British weather did not fail to dissapoint but the only thing to suffer was the downhill part of the Organic Milk Race. Lewis even managed to bring a bit of sparkle to an otherwise damp Sunday.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Usagi Bus

My japanese is not so great but from what I can "interpret", it seems the children at "zuiko-youchien" have the enviable pleasure of riding the Usagi-bus when going on school trips.

Not only do they have a rabbit but there are a couple of hounds and a little pup to enjoy too!

12 Volt Rabbit

SKK Lighting have some fantastic creations including this Halogen Rabbit in a variety of colours.
Amongst their other designs you will find Cats, Dogs, Elephants, Buddhas and even a skull.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Watch Your Back, Lewis

The motor racing bug stepped up another gear today. Scalextric, Forza and Gran Tourismo are good but not a patch on karting. The Arrive and Drive session is for all-comers (novices and amateurs, etc.) that fancy a 15 minute spin. After completing a session each driver is provided with timing data for every lap. This adds considerably to the challenge which ultimately is all about going as fast as possible. We had two sessions each and each of us improved substantially between the first and second session. It's easy to underestimate how physical the racing is and we all came away with our fair share of bruises, aches and pains. Not so many that we'll avoid going again though!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Show Me The Way To Go Home

Not sure that Google Maps should be out of beta yet. I mean, why get out at Le Havre? Surely Portsmouth would make more sense.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Andricongirl has a real talent when it comes to crafting such inspired creations. She is a graphic and textile artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Check out her flickr site or buy something from her shop at

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hot Hare 3

Glo Kehoe and her ground chief, Sue Dietze, are in Dunnellon this weekend to inaugurate a new big bunny and participate in the Cool Springs Ranch Balloon Classic. This third incarnation has some impressive stats but also brings some serious headaches. Touchdown has to be in a spot where, Kehoe adds, "you can lay a 16-story building down on its side in any direction." Before inflating the bunny Kehoe sends a helium-filled balloon afloat. "I have to determine where the winds are, cause my ears will be up in that. It's twice as tall as most balloons and it can catch some unfavorable winds," she says. "You have to be really careful."
Hot Hare Vital Statistics
Total Height: 166'—15' taller than the Statue of Liberty
Ears Height: 60'—as tall as the Presidents' faces on Mount Rushmore. The Hot Hare's ears alone are the height of an entire average-sized hot air balloon.
Head: 30' wide x 45' long
Glasses: 32' wide
Drum: 45' diameter, 20' wide
Nose: 16' wide
Arms: 40' long
Tail: 20' diameter
Sandals: 60' long, 12' wide, 4' deep
Balloon Volume: 180,000 cu. ft.—550,000,000 AA batteries could fit inside the Energizer Bunny® Hot Hare Balloon. Balloon Weight: 1,170 lbs.—the same as 4,680 D batteries.
Double Burner Output: 30,000,000 BTU/hour—the equivalent amount of heat produced by 5,000 gas grills
Deflation Ports (Vents): 93
Fabric: 5,000 linear yards, 60' wide
Thread: 84 miles

White White Rabbit Rabbit

In the second of two white rabbit incidents in Ipswich in the last few days, another bright eyed bunny has been found in a school play ground. The receptionist at Sidegate Primary School, said: "He was found this morning by the groundsmen on the school playground.It took 20 minutes to catch him. There were two groundsmen, our site manager and head cleaner trying to catch him without hurting him or frightening him too much but he can run very fast apparently."
Eric, an albino rabbit, is not the first hot-footed rabbit to go on the run in Ipswich recently. On Thursday Beckham the Bunny had gone missing for the second time in one week leaving her owner, Laura Gooding, 12, desperate for her return. Is Eric your pet? Email or contact Ipswich Evening Star

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Lidl Bounce Back

Following an initial consultation with the local residents Lidl have drawn up revisions to their plans for the development of the former Somerfield supermarket behind our house.
The new plans, unveiled at a second public consultation this evening, show very few concessions. In summary, the Lidl store has been stepped back to retain a consistent "street profile" with the proposed retail units. The apex height on the store has been reduced by one metre. The number/size of apartments above the proposed retail units have been reduced although the footprint has increased and roof height remains unchanged.

Residents are generally still opposed to the plans as questions about who would rent any one of the three 200 sq. m shops remain unanswered. Additionally there are still concerns regarding the 'hidden' parking area that would be created behind these units and the likelihood that it will become a secluded haven for youths who do not wish to be observed from the main road.

The Planning application will probably go in within the next fortnight depending on new feedback. The development already has an air of inevitability about it, but maybe public opinion can still win through...

Meanwhile, I noticed the Lidl have a funny game on their website involving rabbits and badgers so maybe they aren't all that bad after all. Check it out here.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

MyWarren on MySpace

NEW! MyWarren hits MySpace

There's no escaping the social networking phenomenon that is MySpace.

Do not fear though, will remain at the heart of this particular burrow. Let's just say that some of the passageways are being extended...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Happy Birthday To Me

Growing old or growing up? It's all in the mind. You're never too old to enjoy the simple pleasures in life like taking a day off work and having a lie in.

Having begun at a very leisurely pace, Siân and I continued this by taking a drive north to stay in the beautiful Manor House Farm. Once again, thanks to Alistair Sawday, we had struck gold and found ourselves welcomed into Chris and Margaret's fine Jacobean home in the most idyllic of settings. It's difficult to understate the appeal of a place like this, but for the same price as staying in a Travelodge just outside Stoke I guess you pay your money and make your choice!

Of course, the real reason for staying in the lap of luxury was that it is located a mere 3 miles from Alton Towers. Once we'd had our fill of cooked breakfast we headed off to join the masses. In truth the Towers were not overly busy and we experienced virtually no queueing and sunshine virtually all day long too! Favourite ride is still Nemesis closely followed by Oblivion. Rita: Queen of Speed is truly fast (0-100mph in 3 secs) and Air is a great experience too. Ripsaw gets you damp but nothing beats the Rapids or Flume for an all over soaking!

All in all it was a great trip and a Birthday treat to remember. Till next year maybe...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Hare Scare

A crazed hare had to be pistol-whipped to death by police officers in northern Austria after it attacked a retired couple, said a police spokesperson on Monday. The hare attacked a woman, aged 74, while she was hanging washing in her garden at home in Linz, before turning on her husband who had come to help.
The animal then attacked two police officers, who had been called as backup and were "left with no choice but to use their handguns," said police spokesperson Alexander Niederwimmer.
The elderly woman, who was bitten in the foot, had to be hospitalised and the hare's body was being analysed to see if the animal was rabid.
It has been suggested that the hare's extraordinary behaviour might be "linked to puberty and exacerbated by the hot weather", which has been above average for this time of year in Austria

Monday, April 16, 2007

Bunny Crash

Five hundred rabbits have been killed after a high-speed accident on a Hungarian motorway.
A lorry transporting thousands of the animals overturned on the M1 between Budapest and Vienna, scattering its lapin load across several lanes of traffic.Many of the surviving rabbits, who were travelling inside plastic crates, saw their chance for freedom and hopped into the grass verges.By midday some 4,400 of the escapees had been collected and taken away from the scene, but the road is expected to be closed for several hours while clear-up efforts continue.
Motorists have been diverted on to alternative routes.

Kim Jong-il Has His Fill

A rabbit breeder who sold 12 of his animals to North Korea so the communist country could start its own breeding programme fears they have been eaten by officials.

Karl Szmolinsky sent the huge rabbits to North Korea last year so they could be bred and used to ease desperate food shortages. He thought they were being kept at a zoo in the capital Pyongyang and was planning to travel to the country after Easter to give advice on setting up a breeding facility.
But the 68-year-old says his trip has been cancelled and he suspects it may be because communist officials have eaten the rabbits. Mr Szmolinsky, who has won prizes for his rabbits during 47 years of breeding them, said: "That’s an assumption, not an assertion. But they’re not getting any more."

Hot or Not?

Whilst the UK enjoys soaring temperatures and glorious sunshine, the East Coast of the U.S. is hit by torrential rain and flooding.

Compare Bayville Beach, NY (above) with Southend on Sea (right)!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Ninja Bunny Hat

They’ll never see you coming in our ninja bunny hat! Stash your ninja gear in the secret pockets hidden in the ears, or just keep your carrots safe. (Also available in white for those wintertime expeditions.)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

French Rabbit

For years, the Boisset family has been a leader in introducing sustainable, biodynamic and organic winemaking methods at all of its vineyards. With the launch of French rabbit, Boisset and French rabbit take things to the next level with the introduction of the Tetra-Prisma containers. Recyclable, the Tetra-Prisma containers take less energy to produce, transport and recycle. Easy to store, light weight, French rabbit is the perfect wine for any occassion, from the pool to the beach

Monday, April 02, 2007

Nail House

In Chongqing, the Chongqing Zhengsheng Real Estate Company has turned a house into an island after the owners refused to move out. Yang Wu and his wife Wu Ping are defending their home and fighting for their legal rights. The two-storied house now stands alone in a ten meter pit in Chongqing.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Run Rabbit

This news article from captures the scene as an early test flight of the double decker Airbus A380 lands at Hamburg

Rabbit v Owl

Life in the Hundred Acre Wood may not be as rosy as we think.
Bunny approaches from left...pauses...
...hears faint swooshing noise...looks up...end

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Mashimaro is a pioneer in internet flash animation - the series is started by Kim Jae In in 2000 and has became a popular hit on internet forums. Mashimaro stands as the opposite personality to most other popular cartoon characters of the day such as Hello Kitty. He is mean, vulgar, mischievious, and undisciplined.
[His name comes from word 'marshmallow' being promounced wrong in Korean]


Since January, the mystery bunny has become a hot topic in Internet forums. Questions like, "What's the name the bunny?" and "Who designed it?" have been asked enough to make moderators cry. A few weeks and several-hundred reposts later, the answer has emerged.
The white fuzz-ball, Tuzki, designed by a woman named "Wang Momo, has prompted dozens of Internet fan videos of bunny-lovers imitating his goofy actions.Wang Momo is the pen name of Tuzki's creator. "Mo," in Chinese, is used to represent the Year of the Rabbit