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Here you will find all the photo's from parties and other events in the Photo Gallery, along with some of the karaoke video clips. If a party is on the webcams will automatically switch on, the cameras will be on standby on the day of the party and the day after, with the live feeds going active around 4pm. If you're after a particular picture of yourself, why not try the Rogues Gallery, this has an index of everyone from the main gallery and if your name appears against any picture you will automatically be indexed in the Rogues gallery. There is also a complete list of all the photo albums if you don't know which gallery an album is in.

Halloween Party 2008 - Tempting fate?

(Article created 23/10/2008 17:45)

Subject to no "incidents" with flying on 24th or 31st October the Halloween Party will go ahead on Saturday 1st November 2008. As per usual the webcams will switch on from around midday automatically. Theme is the usual halloween fancy dress. This is crazy, tempting fate and all that, what the hell - let the chips fall where they may...

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How bloody calm is everyone else

(Article created 23/10/2008 17:13)

I don't get it, I really don't - 12 hours to go and I'm already a nervous wreck, meanwhile, everyone else going on the same flight are as cool as cucumbers, three little bloody fonzies. "You've gotta go sometime...", "if it happens we can't do anything about it...". I dunno, my appeals to rationality just does not seem to work... "Look forget Spain and it's Puerto Banus, that's just a crazy... What about Whitley Bay and Bills Fish Bar Instead? Yum Yum".

Every 5 seconds....
Still looking at this safety thing, apparently a 737 takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 5 seconds. Now I have two ways of looking at this: 1) They are so routine that airlines have probably got it down to a fine art or 2) they do it so often that the tendency to be complacent arises (i.e. balls it up big time). I had a go taking off with a 737 in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and man was that difficult, first the plane was just going round in circles at the end of Newcastle Airport runway because only one engine was running. Eventually I managed to get the plane moving down the runway (well really zig zagging as though it was trying to dodge a bullet in beruit or something crazy like that). Even at full throttle I couldn't get the plane higher than 10,000 feet. - So really no hope of landing one in an emergency then...

Is it really the safest form of transport
I've done a bit of research of transport fataility and this often spread statistic about "flying being the safest for of transport" is not entirely correct. The NumberWatch.co.uk site has a bunch of stats that show air travel is the safest form of travel ONLY when fatalities per billion km are compared. When fatalities per billion journeys are compared air is worse than Bus, Rail, Van, Car, Foot and Water - Only having less fatalities per journey than Bicycle and MotorCycle. This is also comparable to the European Commission (2001) analysis which shows Rail to be the Safest form of transport in Europe (with 0.04 fatalaties per billion passenger km), with air, coach/bus each tied with a fatality rate per billion passenger km of 0.08.

95% of Plane Crashes have survivors
According to wikiHow's How to Survive a Plane Crash 95% of all plane crashes have survivors - I'm kinda hoping that when they say this they are not talking about the person who misses the flight. Anyway, it's interesting reading and certainly worthwhile if by chance you find yourself in a survivable crash. wikiHow's How to Overcome a Fear of Flying had some interesting points but their suggestion of "Download or buy a flight simulator and play it. See that flying is very casual and there is nothing to be scared of", just made me worse - trouble taking off with no hope of landing. First I'm at 10,000 feet and then all of a sudden smash, 10 feet under. It would be great in real life if when your plane happened to crash, you were magically transported (a.l.a. GroundHog Day) back to 10,000 feet again or to a point prior to making the mistake that caused the crash - I guess Microsoft weren't going for the realism thing on that one.

Season 5 of Lost
I just realised that if it does go down then I'll not get to see Season 5 of Lost, heck then again I could actually end up in the show as one of those mysterious dudes that all of a sudden show up after being stuck in a Dharma inititive underground bunker for like 10 years or something. Of course I'd be an instant hit with my good lucks, quick wit and charming personality that I'd become rich and famous overnight. I'd be doing shaving ads and sh*t, even taking all the top hot chicks to the oscars. You will all be saying "Look there's that Tovster dude, looking so suave and sexy, man I wish I could be like him!". Anyway, reality check (snaps back to the present reality, not so much with trepidation as shear and absolute terror). Bugger, the wind has gone up from 42 to 45km/h and I can still hear planes taking off, are they crazy? Hopefully they'll cancel the flight and lay a bus on instead. There's only one thing for sure and that's it will be as bumpy as hell...

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Oliver and his lasses in the Marquee

(Article created 18/10/2008 18:20)

This is from the Bollywood Party (I'll get the rest of the photo's done as soon as I can). With everyone contributing and India Dish, we had more food than we knew what to do with.

In this photo: (clockwise from left) Jessica, Zoe, Lisa, Helen, Pritima, Oliver and Eve.

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Latest Photo Gallery Updates

2008 Bollywood Night - (Photos)

2008 Bollywood Night - (Photos)
(18th October 2008)
This is a collection of photo's from our 2008 Bollywood Curry Night (There's only a handful of photo's here but more will be available once the video shots have been done)

(8 images in this Our Parties Album)

2008 Rockabilly Party - (Photos)

2008 Rockabilly Party - (Photos)
(13th September 2008)
This is a collection of photo's from our 2008 Rockabilly Retro Party (There's only a handful of photo's here but more will be available once the video shots have been done)

(45 images in this Our Parties Album)

Damian\'s Pirate Party - (Holystone)

Damian's Pirate Party - (Holystone)
(30th August 2008)
Pictures from Damian's & Jackie's Pirate Party, Newcastle upon Tyne

(46 images in this Other Parties Album)

Ken\'s 60th Party - (Holystone)

Ken's 60th Party - (Holystone)
(24th August 2008)
Pictures from Ken's 60th Party, Newcastle upon Tyne

(40 images in this Other Parties Album)

Sharon\'s Leaving Do - (Newcastle)

Sharon's Leaving Do - (Newcastle)
(23rd August 2008)
Pictures from Sharon's leaving do as she prepares to set off to Singapore

(62 images in this Misc Album)

Oliver\'s First Time Driving - (River Tyne, Newcastle)

Oliver's First Time Driving - (River Tyne, Newcastle)
(12th July 2008)
Photo's from the first time Oliver was driving the Ski on the River Tyne, heck the water is cold

(61 images in this Watersports Album)

Accenure Karting - (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Accenure Karting - (Newcastle upon Tyne)
(10th July 2008)
Pictures from the Accentue Karting event at Karting North-East (Warden Law), for once the winner was not scottish.

(23 images in this Work Album)


Karaoke Practice

Karaoke Pages If you're in the karaoke mood you can browse the entire list of tracks to find the ones you fancy, If not you can hide in the kitchen or just watch everyone else. There's over 4,000 tracks: Karaoke sorted by Artist and Karaoke sorted by Song. You can download MP3 & Midi sound clips from the full list of Karaoke CD's CSV list or the entire list of Karaoke songs sorted by Song Name in Karaoke CD's sorted by Song Name CSV or the Karaoke CD's CSV sorted by Artist. I tend to keep the list up to date and add any new CDG's I buy fairly quickly. As karaoke is becoming quite popular we'll try to have it going at most parties. If you were a victim of karaoke at any time at one of the parties you will probably find a video clip of you singing in Karaoke Video clips gallery.

Tide Times

Tide times in the UK are a pain to get online - most sites will only give them for the next 2 weeks. You can get the tide times for North Shields and tide times for Portsmouth from the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory. This is probably the best site to use, the times are within about 15 minutes of Newcastle Quayside and available for 7 days. Or from the Admiralty Easytide Service for 7 days, depending on the monitor you're using some of the text on this site is unreadable. NOTE: The times are all GMT so remember to correct them for daylight saving time (BST). If you want to know more about the tides have a nosey at my Tides FAQ

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Links to mates:
Mike Singleton's Music in the Ads site for free MP3's Song of the Salesman
Mike Singy's stuff about spoon and the Abominable showmen at Spoongig
David "Fluff" Fleming's site of Pics and Stuff
Marquees and Party tents from Dave Steventon's AJS Marquees
Glenn Blythe and his garden stuff at Blythescapes
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Sites I visit: ToonAle |  Newcastle upon Tyne.com |  The Monkey Bar (wiki)

Links to download servers:
ShagNowOrShagLater |  marktovey.co.uk |  tovster.com (USA) |  OT |  JT |  ET