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  • Sticky Get Yer Daily Dilbert Strip Here!

    Oh joy and happiness; Dilbert has issured a searchable widget I'm trying out; hopefully it'll work! If you like Dilbert too, I've made this a 'sticky,' so it will always be on top of my blog.

    Tobbot and Dilbert: a match made in heaven.

    Enjoy!

    Tobbot, aka Tobstv

  • Wot No Tobski?

    The last 6 months or so have been totally hectic, what with our total house renovations, my taking on a new part-time job as a motorcycle instructor as well as working on de-cluttering our house, I’ve had absolutely no time to sit and write. Hopefully, I should be back in the blogging saddle soon!

    Tobstv

  • Hysteria!

    I suppose Oprah Winfrey is big in America, what would I know? But watching this shocked the heck out of me: here's this American lady telling her audience she's going to discuss "her favourite things." The audience reaction is stunning.

    Now if only they were as enthusiastic about ending the war in Iraq! BTW, if you can't see the box, try clicking through here
    bstv

  • I vow...

    Found this on Katinka Hesselink's site, and it is really uncanny how I have felt this way all my life. Don't know what I'm on about? Have a read:

    However innumerable sentient beings are, I vow to save them.
    However inexhaustible the defilements are, I vow to extinguish them.
    However immeasurable the dharmas are, I vow to master them.
    However incomparable enlightenment is, I vow to attain it.


    All beings, without number, I vow to liberate
    Endless blind passions I vow to uproot
    Dharma gates beyond measure I vow to penetrate
    The way of the Buddha I vow to attain

    Beings are numberless; I vow to awaken with them.
    Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to end them.
    Dharma gates are boundless; I vow to enter them.
    Buddha's way is unsurpassable; I vow to become it.


    I take refuge in The Buddha The Dharma and The Sangha
    I take refuge in The Guru The Yidam and the Dakini
    I take refuge in The Bodhisattvas The Protectors and The Tantras
    Homage to all of you

    As long as there is suffering
    As long as there are sentient beings in the 6 realms
    May I never attain Enlightenment
    And never cross over into Nirvana


    The passions of delusion are inexhaustible.
    I vow to extinguish them all at once.

    The number of beings is endless. I vow to help save them all.

    The Truth cannot be told. I vow to tell it.

    The Way which cannot be followed is unattainable. I vow to attain it.


    May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
    A guide for those who journey on the road;
    For those who wish to go across the water,
    May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

    May I be an isle for those who yearn for landfall,
    And a lamp for those who long for light;
    For those who need a resting place, a bed,
    For all who need a servant, may I be a slave.

    May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty,
    A word of power, and the supreme remedy.
    May I be the trees of miracles,
    And for every being, the abundant cow.

    Like the great earth and the other elements,
    Enduring as the sky itself endures,
    For the boundless multitude of living beings,
    May I be the ground and vessel of their life.

    Thus, for every single thing that lives,
    In number like the boundless reaches of the sky,
    May I be their sustenance and nourishment
    Until they pass beyond the bounds of suffering


    Countless sentient beings, I vow to help to cross the ocean of existence.
    Eternal Sufferings, I vow to end.
    Innumerable spiritual methods, I vow to study and comprehend.
    The buddha's unsurpassable supreme dharma, I vow to realize.

    Katinka refers to this as the Bodhisattva vow, which essentially is a vow made by a person of great compassion. It is a vow to serve mankind regardless of how difficult things may become for the person who makes this vow. In essence, it is the voluntary relinquishment of all personal gain, until humanity itself has found true happiness.

    You can also find out more about these divine beings here and here.

    Tobbot, aka Tobstv

  • Animals

    Sometimes, you can go through weeks without reality making a dint on you. I mean, here I am, working, travelling, trying to help out where I can, and all the time...

    Wandering, worrying....

    Am I going to be able to afford my mortgage once my fixed-rate term expires in 3 years time? What about the kids' uni fees? And the house renovations we so desperately need?

    How can I support Mrs Tobbot with her seemingly never-ending 'round of CIMA exams?

    With all the Poles now leaving the country in droves, and the government in their wisdom deciding to cut education for those least able to pay for it, will I have a teaching job next year?

    And will Vines of Guildford finally repair my bike once and for all?

    Then it all comes together, all at once.

    Natural disasters in Asia which beggar belief. Child abuse and incarceration for no apparent reason, by so-called "reasonable adults." Conniving and capricious politicians, who decide on one policy one month, only to do complete u-turns, s-bends and heaven knows what else the next, without exercising any sound judgement when it comes to deciding anything.

    People being arrested in Iran for no other reason then to believe in a God, and a Book different from the status quo.

    And then I read a blogger's poignant question, which asks a searing question, "How are we any different from animals?"

    I can see the world for what it is, I can see the big picture, and I feel powerless to make any changes, without risking my own butt in the process. Something I am reluctant to do, because it may jolt me out of my comfort zone.

    And that is the bare, naked truth: we cannot stand by idly and see the world taken over by those who seek to exploit its resources, its flora and fauna, and ultimately, its human life, for their own gain.

    We have to be brave in seeking to change our lives, to challenge wrong-doing wherever it takes place, whether in the workplace, the politician's office...

    And our homes and neighbourhoods.

    Else the bell will toll...for me.

    Tobbot, aka Tobstv

  • BBQs Sans Mama

    Well, I had to make a Devil's Choice this weekend: spend some time with my beloved blog friends at a blogmeet, or make some headway getting to know Teen-Tobbot's boyfriend's family?

    Yep, Teeny has now reached that age where her daddy is no longer numero uno, where she would rather spend time in someone else's embrace...*sigh*

    I would like to think that a real man would choose to do exactly what I have done: warned Teeny-Boyfriend to keep it in his pants until Teeny's GCSEs are done, bribe him with copious amounts of Rock music from my PC, and the final coup d'etat; meet, greet and make friends with his parents.

    Well, 6 months later, and we can say I've finally managed to complete my To Do list.

    So, Saturday was spent in Teeny-Boyfriend's back-garden, celebrating his 16th, drinking in the sunshine and making conversation with his parents and their friends.

    A quick dash home to see Dr Who, and prepare for yet another BBQ!

    This was for the biker friend I helped out in October last year. Since that terrible day for him, we've met on several occasions, he's brought over a Christmas Hamper (no, seriously) and finally, I invited the whole family over for the first barbeque of the year in our household.

    Unfortunately, our camera's busted, so no pictures of the char-grilled prawns, marinated chicken fillets, hot 'n' spicy carrot & garlic salad and Thai sticky rice....you'll just have to imagine 8 groaning bellies!

    Such a beautiful weekend: bring on the week!

    Tobbot, aka Tobstv

  • Apologies...

    So many of you commented on my sore neck, and when I went in to reply, BCUK deleted the post!

    So thank you for showing you all cared, it's much better now...

    But right now I'm listening to some Red Hot Chili Peppers and wondering...

    Should I?

    Tobbot, aka Tobstv

  • Tobbot Family Features in Popular Magazine!


    Create Fake Magazine Covers with your own picture at MagMyPic.com

    Well, we did!

    Tobbot, aka Tobstv

  • How do they know...

    My penis size?

    And why do they email me about it all the time?

    Tobbot, aka Tobstv

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