A Week Spent Watching Outrageous Fortune Episodes…

And here ends another week, our fifth week, as honorary ‘Westies’. The weather has been a bit up and down this week. One evening we managed a trip to Bethells Beach for a take away dinner, the rest of the week’s evenings have been spent at home, watching loads and loads of Outrageous Fortune Episodes.

Being relatively new to NZ and Jen having been in the UK for 6 years, neither of us had had the pleasure of Outrageous Fortune, until recently we were in The Warehouse and couldn’t resist handing over the $19 they were asking for Season 1. The gamble was what you might call: “WELL WORTH IT!” as, despite receiving mixed reviews amongst colleagues, we both love it.

Watching the continuous stream of troubles arriving at the door of the Wests has highlighted to me a unique way of living, which I am a strong follower of. There is no name for such ways, so I’ll simply call it ‘Watching Old TV Shows Way After They Were On The TV The First Time’. Without meaning to, I’ve always done it.

Back in the UK, I used to enjoy re-running Dragon’s Den episodes, a few years after they were first run. About 99% of South Park episodes are brand new to me; I own two whole Simpsons DVDs, of which I have seen two episodes; I love Black Books, have three seasons of it, but have only seen one; And Spaced, one of my favourite all time TV comedies, was only first watched by me in 2003 (it came out in 1999).

I have given some thought as to why I am so far behind the times and I have put it down to a couple of factors: the first was that I packed of to Uni in September 1999 and the TV reception was never close to great, so I never saw a lot of these shows first time round. The second reason is a kind of subconscious future-proofing: I am obviously scared that TV is going to suffer some massive ‘creative downturn’ (hell, some would argue it already has – eh Simon?) so am saving up as many episodes of quality programming as possible. Just in case.

I still have about four seasons worth of Outrageous Fortune episodes to work my way through, then I may just begin on Lost. Actually, I may go back and fill in my X-Files gaps first… We’ll see.

The Groove Armada CD Is No More…

…The future is beginning. If you’re reading this, the chances are you have downloaded music before. The chances are you know all about the battles the recording industry has been fighting with the internet service providers over illegal music downloads. So here’s a novel solution: allow a free music download, but market the crap out of a kind of complementary product at the same time!

In this case the product is Bacardi and the site is called BliveShare. Good on them for being up there amongst the first to try such a thing. The deal is simple: Rather than try and sell you a Groove Armada CD, the record company has agreed to give you their new EP, free (that’s FREE!) with no legal implications, provided you get it from this site and then you share the site with your mates. Sweet.


This is 100% genuine. The downloads come down at 320kbps, which is just about as good as a Groove Armada CD, only FREE!

So Us Westies Now Have A Drop Of Telecom Wireless Broadband…

So it’s been over five months since we flew in to Auckland from Shanghai and have survived on little more than a pathetic dial up connection to remain connected with our family and friends in the UK, keep my websites up to date and do all the simple things we NEED the internet for these days.

The move out to West Aucks has prompted us to go grab a bite of the giant broadband sandwich for ourselves. Telecom were initially a bit unsure as to whether or not our house could sustain the pressure of such an influx of data into the building, but I persuaded them it was just because our phone number was a new one to them. Also, next door has Telecom Wireless Broadband (I know so, cos our computer detected it – aren’t I smart?), so surely we could have it, right?? And so here it is, one seemingly fast connection! So I can work online AND use the phone at the same time again. Sweet.

One thing I do have to remember about New Zealand is the limited data usage on broadband. Ah, to hell with it! Let’s get the rest of my photos uploading…