Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween playlist

My top 10 favourite songs for Halloween:

Thriller - Michael Jackson
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield (The Exorcist)
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Junior
Ghost Town - the Specials
People Are Strange - The Doors
Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
Disturbia - Rihanna
This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
Highway to Hell - ACDC
Jump to the Left - Rocky Horror Show

Happy Halloween

Here's to having a spooooky day. Happy Halloween :)

If you were a pumpkin, what would your face be?

So its Halloween. A kind of annual tradition in my family is to carve a different pumpkin face each year, which got me to thinking - if I was a pumpkin what would my face look like?

So what would your pumpkin face be? Drop me a comment and let me know :)

Halloween's coming Halloween's Coming

Do you remember that song? Halloween's coming, Halloween's coming, skeleton's will be after you. If like me, you are a child of the 70's or 80's its a wonder you are not traumatised by all things ghoulish. It was such a scary thing for us. 

Kids these days are used to it. They have facebook! Nothing is a wonder anymore - the truth is out there. Not so for us. We were terrified! And not just by the lyrics!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Adele Day 4 - Send My Love

Day 4 of My Week with Adele and today's pick is 'Send My Love'.

To begin with, the tracks full title is actually 'Send my Love (To Your New Lover)', which was news to me - I had spent months singing what I thought the words were - oops! Who knew?

So now that's cleared up, the song itself was released as a single in May 2016. It was from her third studio album 25 which was released in 2015. It reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.

More upbeat than some of Adele's best known songs, this one is more pop than ballad, but her vocals, as ever, are beautiful. It just shows how versatile she is to be able to do slowed down power numbers, but still sound amazing on a more regular pop tune.

Immensely catchy this one, but it starts slow and low, mainly just a really low backing, and her voice. Then it builds, gaining momentum as lots of different sounds overlay, including a sort of harmony on the vocals giving a kind of beautiful echo to her voice.

As ever, Adele's song is about her life. In this case, specifically an ex. The lyrics go "Send my love to your new lover, treat her better, got to let go of all our ghosts, we both we ain't kids no more". Its not tragic though - she's kind of flicking the V on this one - far more chirpy than her more powerful morose numbers, but equally fabulous.

I love the video to this one too. It starts with just Adele in a sort of floaty floral number, looking quite stoic. The song kicks in, and as it kicks in with the chorus and builds, it sort of overlaps the images over one another giving sort of ghostly swirling echos of Adele all around the real Adele. Its really effective and very mesmerising!

All in all this is a different turn for Adele, but is still the true person, so you don't feel detached. If anything, this is more her actual persona that she displays - fun, independent, unreigned and her own boss.

So there we have it - my fourth choice. Let me know what you think of this one. For my previous choices this week, or for loads more music - my singles of the week and loads more, check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

My Bucket List

Things I want to do in my life - Bucket List
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Write a novel
  • See The Northern Lights
  • Christmas in New York
  • Visit Thailand
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • Visit a pink beach
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Watch the sunset across the sea with a glass of wine
  • Ride a Segway
  • Sit in a hot tub in winter
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Paris
  • Visit Cambodia
  • Go to Bora Bora
  • Try some watersports - Jet Ski
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Visit Iceland and the hot springs
  • Visit the Trevi Fountain and Rome
  • Visit Pompeii Italy
  • Go Zip Lining
  • Walk behind a waterfall
  • Design my own house
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Try surfing
  • Visit Santorini Greece
  • Go to the Maldives
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Go on a sea swing
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Go to the Mineral baths in Tuscany
  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit Bali
  • Visit South Africa
  • Visit a Fairytale village
  • Go to Vancouver
  • Visit Saltburn tramway, UK
  • Go the chocolate festival in Bruges, Belgium
  • Go to the airport and book a random flight
  • Shark cage experience
  • Have a walk in closet
  • Dine in an underwater restaurant
  • Visit a black beach
  • Learn how to do a cartwheel
  • Visit the glowworm caves in New Zealand
  • Ride and elephant
  • Go to Venice
  • Have a flat stomach
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Start regular running
  • Midnight baking
  • Go for an early morning stroll
  • Visit Vienna
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Own a horse
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Try Skiing
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Go the races
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Pay off my mortgage early
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Get Married
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Formula One experience
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Have a sailing lesson
  • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter
  • Wimbledon
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt 
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go camping / glamping
  • Visit Budapest
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Have no money worries
  • Get a degree
  • Change career
  • Have a flying lesson
  • Go Swimming in the rain
  • Swim in a river / lake
  • Travel the world
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Live and work abroad for a few months 
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

What I'm Listening To

  • Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground
  • Sam Smith - Too Good at Goodbyes
  • Ed Sheeran - Perfect
  • Maroon 5 - What Lovers Do
  • Adele - Hello
  • Bon Jovi - Bed of Roses
  • Pink - What About Us
  • Coldplay - Yellow
  • Camelphat & Elderbrook - Cola
  • Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire

My Top 10 Tapas

  • Patatas Bravas
  • Croquetas
  • Pinchito
  • Nachos con carne
  • Pincho Tortillas Espanola
  • Pincho de pollo marinado
  • Brusqueta
  • Pincho de solomillo marinado
  • Tapa de queso
  • Papas arrugadas con mojo

My Week with Adele Day 3 - Chasing Pavements

It's Day 3 of my week with Adele and today its 'Chasing Pavements'.

'Chasing Pavements' was her second single to be released from her debut album 19 back in 2008.  This was the first song I ever heard from Adele, and even then, as young as she was - clue being in the name of the album, her vocals were solid.

Now, Adele as we know her has written of her personal life and pain, but apparently this song was based around a cheating boyfriend that she punched in the face. Get in there - you go girl.

This song is beautifully done vocally, and whilst it shows her talent, it only hints at the greatest to come from this true home grown success. The accompanying video is wonderfully choreographed, if a bit morbid - featuring a crash a sort of what could have been.

As with most of Adele's output, she wrote the song herself, walking home from said confrontation with the cheating boyfriend. Not only does she sound great, she is also the writer - wow.

I loved this song on first hearing it, and time has if anything done it justice - it sounds better than ever. If you haven't heard her early stuff, go and take a listen or just go and remind yourself how great she was even at the start.

Not the most morose of her songs, whilst the subject matter may have been the cause of a broken heart, the song itself is quite upbeat. Fabulous. Not surprisingly, the single reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

If you want to check out my previous choices, plus loads more music stuff, then you can check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

Saturday, 28 October 2017

My Week with Adele Day 2 - Someone Like You

Today for my second choice in my Week with Adele I have chosen the wonderful 'Someone Like You'.

'Someone Like You'  was taken from Adele's second album 21, in 2011. Unsurprisingly, it reached the number 1 spot in the UK singles charts.

This song, co written with Dan Wilson, could have been a depressing number, written as it is about Adele's heartbreak following her relationship breakdown. However, despite it having such a stripped back and sombre tone, it somehow lifts up out of it and being so beautifully sung and composed, it takes your breath away rather than pull you down into her despair.

We all know the pain, or at least most of us do, that relationships can bring. Adele sank herself into this and gives it all she has. Its a sort of emotional venting for a lost love. Its very sad, but my god what a song. It gave me goosebumps the first time I heard it, and it still pulls me in.

Adele's vocals, always wonderful, are never better showcased than when its just her and the piano. The lyrics could make you weep they are so personal "Nevermind, I'll find someone like you/I wish nothing but the best for you, too/Don't forget me, I beg/I'll remember you said/Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead", but you can't help but ruin it by warbling along with it. Well, me anyway!

The video to this, is a suitably morose affair - black and white, Adele looking miserable and heartbroken - yep, not one to watch or indeed listen to if you feel emotional - or maybe it is - sort of a sympathetic venting - let it out as they say.

A beautiful song from a beautiful woman, who should truly not look back at someone foolish enough to let her go. What a fool that man must be. Whose laughing now Adele? You. Go girl!

Amazing song. So there we have my choice for Day 2. Which should I choose next? Decisions decisions. Go take a listen - song perfection.

For more music, singles of the week and loads more, you can check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

Friday, 27 October 2017

My temporary rules

The Rules
  • No Beer
  • No Cider
  • No Wine
  • No Chocolate
  • No Cheese
  • No Secret eating
  • No Excuses
  • Abs every day
  • Cardio every day
  • Weight program - 3 days on, 1 day off
  • Squats - 5 days on 1 day off
  • Circuit Training - every day
  • No big portions
  • No cheat days
  • Walk the dog every day
  • Double up the exercise - am and pm
  • Limit the alcohol at weekends
  • Be generally more active
  • Get up early
  • Drink more water
  • Drink green tea and Boo tea
  • No big bags of crisps
  • Always make time to exercise
  • No packet rice
  • No takeaways
  • No salty snacks
  • No snacks at all

My Week with Adele Day 1 - Hello

So for my first choice of my week with Adele is the utterly fabulous 'Hello'.

Adele is a huge talent with a huge voice, and its never been better showcased than in this particular song. 'Hello' will most likely go down in history as one of the best songs of all time.

Released back in 2015, 'Hello' was the lead single from her third album 25. Unsurprisingly, it hit the number 1 spot in the UK singles chart, not to mention virtually everywhere else in the world, giving her a second number 1 to date at the time.

'Hello' is a very pure, clean song, and in that I mean its just piano, drums and vocals - no synth, no effects - just her raw talent. And raw too is the content - its like she's speaking to an ex, years later, lessons learned and moved on, but still remembering that things ended badly. Most of us have that experience behind us, one way or another.

The simplicity and the power of this song, combine with her beyond comparison vocals, to hit one powerful note - emotionally, metaphorically and in reality. The accompanying video adds to the effect, in black and white and simple and powerful. Adele looks mesmerising and beautiful.

This is a sort of pop soul ballad, but like none other. She puts such range and emotion into each note, and it just lifts you off your feet and takes you somewhere. Adele is such a huge vocalist, but it doesn't overpower - it envelops you, and makes you feel wonderful.

So there we have it, my first song choice of 7. Check back for my next choice, or check out my Music page for more of my previous choices, singles of the week and more. Loved listening to this again - still amazing. Go remind yourself - happy listening :)

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

This week's learning:

  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien

And the rest:

  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two please - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Week with Adele begins

So here we go - my week with Adele begins. But first, lets have a look at where this mega talent came from and how she got to where she is.

Adele's full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. Who knew? When you only need your first name for everyone to know who you are, noone ever learns your surname but there it is. Amazingly, born in 1988, Adele is still very young even though she seems to have been around forever! 

Now Adele is English, she is from Tottenham, London. She was always into her music, writing her hit song 'Hometown Glory' when she was just 16. She attended the BRIT school for performing arts. When she graduated, she recorded a couple of demo songs which got heard, and she got her first contract in 2006. 

She performed live a number of times, before her debut album was released in 2008 and she immediately hit the charts. Her album 19, her first, hit the number one spot in the album charts. Chasing Pavements was the first song I ever heard from Adele, and it reached number 2 in the singles chart. A superstar was born. 

Her second album came out in 2011 - 21. Unsurprisingly, it went to number one in the albums chart. Rolling in the Deep was the first single from the album, and reached number 2 in the UK singles chart, but also started her megastardom in the US. It was her second single from the album that reached number one - the amazing 'Someone Like You'. 

In 2012, Adele released the James Bond theme 'Skyfall'. Her third studio album came out in 2015 - 25. It became that year's best selling album, and the lead single 'Hello' hit the number one spot in the UK and in the US. 

Sell out tours, and her latest tour continuing well into 2017, culminating in her hometown London in the summer, mean Adele is at the top of her game. Worldwide success, and personal happiness for Adele - marriage and a child, plus charity work, mean she is a 100% success but still keeps it real. When she speaks, she is down to earth. For all her fame and fortune, she is a genuine person and that is what makes us love her all the more. 

I shall choose just seven of her tracks for my week with the wonderful Adele - reviewing each, then deciding which of her music thus far is at the top of the list, according to me of course!! 

I am looking forward to this - the only problem is choosing just 7! Pop back to find out which make the list. :) 

My Single of the Week - Sam Smith - Too Good at Goodbyes

My new single of the week is from the wonderful Sam Smith with 'Too Good at Goodbyes'.

Sam Smith is one of our best here in Blighty - his voice is simply beautiful. His voice is so soulful its hard to think he is still just 25 years old. Such talent in one so young.

His vocals have never been better showcased in my humble, than in this absolute gem of a song. He has some great hits in his back catalogue, but this one appeals to me on a deeper level. Its just so raw. Sam has featured on some great tracks before releasing his own material, but its his solo output that truly show his talent.

This single 'Too Good at Goodbyes' is the lead single from Sam's second album, The Thrill of it All. His first album, In the Lonely Hour, was released in 2014. It reached number 1 in the albums chart.

The official video that accompanies the song, is a simple stripped back video. It suits the song, and its very effective, and it also shows the physical transformation of Sam himself. He has lost over 50 pounds and he looks almost unrecognisable from his former self. Kudos to Sam!

I love how humble Sam Smith is too. This song, is part pop, part soul, and very orchestral, but he comes out with comments in the press like worrying people won't want to hear his voice again. Seriously, I could never tire of his voice - its so rich and yet so effortless.

A bit of a sad song this one, but its a lovely song for the Autumn / Winter season when the nights are long and the days are short, and we all feel a bit more morose as a result. This suits the season.

I love Sam, and I love his latest output. Here's hoping for much more to come.

If you haven't heard this song, or haven't heard his previous stuff, including a James Bond theme no less, then quickly, go google or youtube him and enjoy. You can also check out My Music page here for more of my music choices, singles of the week and music stuff. Happy listening :)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Viking Longboat #13 - The Launch

Finally, the longboat was finished. It had its shields, a scary eye, and some little vikings to ride in it.

All that was left was to put it into the sea, launch it if you will. Here it is - the end result:

So proud of him. But now, he's at the school. No longer at home with me :(

The Viking Longboat #12 - Raise the mast

My longboat was ready for its mast and sail. Finally, the end was in sight.

To begin with, I used two short bamboo canes and tied the together in a cross with string. 

Then, I cut out the sail from an old stripey t-shirt! 

I made holes along one edge, and threaded the cane through it. 

I secured the mast through the seat in the hull, which I had fixed in place with blu tack. 

I pushed the cane through the cardboard, and secured it under the seat with more blu-tack. 

Next, I secured the mast by stretching string to the front and back and secured it to the hull floor with tape. 2 strings to the front, one to the rear. 

Finally, I made a little flag to fly on top of the mast. 

All that remains to do now is added shields and eyes, and it will be done!! :)

The Viking Longboat #11 - Time for the Oars

The longboat was now wooden - well, looked wooden. It was ready for the final touches. First up - it needed some oars.

I had some lolly pop sticks. They were ideal. I added a paddle made from cardboard, and taped it into place. I had twelve, so it took a while!!

Here are my cute little oars in progress. 

Here is my boat with its new oars. 

I wrapped some string around the inside. 

I then taped over the string to stop it unravelling. 

With its oars in place, it was really looking the part. 

I put some more brown paper on the base to cover the last of the shoebox. 

It was now ready for its mast and sail. :)

The Viking Longboat #10 - boats are wooden

My longship had a head, a tail, a body, and spikes. Now, I needed to make him look wooden:

I doubled the tape over so as to hide it from view. 

I had to cut out the templates from brown paper this time. 

Then secure it neatly into place over the sides, head and tail. 

I made holes ready for the oars before I papered him. 

I also placed paper over the places where the card would have showed through. 

I also papered over the sides, where it would have been easy to tear. 

Now my longship looked like a wooden longboat. He was ready for his oars. 

The Viking Longboat #9 - Dragon's have spikes

One thing about dragons - they are scary. Mine wasn't. It needed toughening up. It needed spikes.

I cut some triangles out of stiff cardboard, and taped them down. Then I did the same again and put the edges together. Voila - spikes.

I added them to my dragon's head and all of a sudden he looked fierce:

Scary dragon. Now, he needed to be made wooden. :)

The Viking Longboat #8 - losing the edge

The next step was to make it look less like a shoe box. Somehow, I had to remove the end edges.

Here it is - a shoebox with a head and tail. 

I started by taking off the edge of the shoebox. 

The edge was fitted together, so it was just a case of folding it outwards and pressing flat against the sides. 

I had to trim the shape to make it fit. 

Then tape it in place to make it neat. Now, it no longer looked like a shoebox. It was getting there. :)

The Viking Longboat #7 - Give it Some Body

My viking longboat now had a head and a tail and a body. For the first time, it looked like a longboat:

The only problem was it still looked like a shoe box. Not for long though! :)

The Viking Longboat #6 - a tall tail

Viking longboats were supposed to be formidable. So I made the tail as big as the head!!

It was time to attach it's tail next:

I did the exact same as I did with the head. 

I attached each side to the side of the box. 

Again, I kept the edge of the box intact so that I could press the tape into place and make sure it was stong enough. 

It was really starting to look like a longboat now. I was impressed even if I do say so myself. :)

The Viking Longboat #5 - Put your head on straight :)

Step 5 was the beginning of the tricky stages. Cutting out the templates and making the box the right level, easy peasy. Attaching the head? Not so easy:

The two heads were stuck together at one edge. 

This allowed me to separate the other edge and attach the heads to the box. 

As you can see, the box is still intact. 

I taped the edges down to give it strength and kept the edge of the box in place.  

Its now starting to look like a boat. A little bit anyway. :)