May

Jun. 5th, 2017 08:31 am
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This month my dance partner J went to South America on holiday, so I've been dancing with myself (mostly, sometimes with B one of the dance teachers). I therefore didn't go to the social dance at the end of the month (that I had a pain between my back and right shoulder didn't help either)
I've also ordered a new pair of dance shoes (at D's instigation!), they have arrived but I haven't got around to trying them on yet!
Started re-watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries from the beginning. Went to Daves Comix in Brighton for Free Comic Book Day (and collected a few free comics)
Had an occupational therapy evaluation at work, discovered that the best posture us to lean back onto your chair rather than sitting upright.
Continued line dancing (six weeks so far) and have learned (or at least danced 15 dances), also restarted yoga class. Since both these occur on Wednesday by the time I get home I'm knackered!
I have just discovered that Audible now has an annual subscription of £69.99 for 12 credits, rather than £7.99 per month for a single credit (a saving of £2.16 a month!) it also means I can pre-order tiles without worrying if I will have a credit available when the tile is published.
This month the SF book club met in a new location (The Lord Nelson) as the earth and stars was being renovated. We discussed Heart of a Comet which I again didn't finish. We also enjoyed the new location and decided to return next month.
Went to see Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol 2 at the dome, in Worthing and appeared to have been sold a senior seat, first time this has happened (apart from the over 55 showing at the Orion in BH) fun movie.
My little sister came over (from somerset) to visit the aged parent - and brought her dog Fraizer - so I caught the train and bus to join them for the week end. My Aunt and Uncle also came to visit on Sunday which made it even more special.
Had to visit the dentist to get a filling in a tooth on the lower right, not too expensive a repair. The Hugo Finalist voter pack has been released and I have started reading / listening to theses.
I had an appointment to see a podiatrist and booked the morning off so that I wouldn't have any problems with arrival times. Got in to work early and queried by my manager why I was in work as I had the morning off! So I caught the train back and managed to get to my appointment with 5 minutes to spare!
It was a lovely sunny day so after walking back to the station, I had a delightful ice cream sundae before returning to work!
The last Saturday in the month was my Mum's birthday, so I caught the early train and bus to their location and arrived 9:30 (as mum was finishing breakfast!). My sister got back from walking 3 dogs and then we practised line dancing together. went out for lunch at my niece's new house, then got a lift home. Front door was dead bolted so I couldn't get in!
Had to wait for D to get back from Brighton, which was only 15 minutes. On the last bank holiday of the month I made my annual visit to the circus at Preston Park. This year was Gerry Cottle's WOW circus, there was a fine selection including some excellent jugging and a number of impressive magical trick cutting people in half in three different ways.
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So the first week end of this month I was in Marks Tey for Quoi de Neuf - The 29th British Filk Convention. I arrived Friday afternoon and left Monday morning (taking 2 days leave.)
GoHs were Jackie Mitchell and Cecilia Eng. Second time I'd been to the Best Western in Marks Tey. Bungalow Diner had been refurbished - but still had very good value meals.
The program followed the normal pattern with concerts, one shots and a musical + nMC (http://www.contabile.org.uk/quoideneuf/)
Ballroom classes on Tuesday, revised Foxtrot, Samba, Waltz, Tango & Quickstep (working on technique)
Got a hair cut! Went to PicoCon 34, but had to leave early as J & I were going to Strictly Dance Magic in BH.
After over 3 decades the villa in Spain was finally sold, C&L flew out to finalise. How the money will get back to UK with Brexit etc we aren't sure!
Yoga class down to 4 students, but still ongoing
Visited family for my Dad birthday, day off the day before (as the actual birthday my niece & her husband started moving into their brand new house).
Last Saturday of the month was Social Dance with J. Finished 5 minutes early!

May 2016

Jun. 1st, 2016 03:00 pm
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Ballroom Dance classes every Tuesday revised quicksep and learnt new section in Foxtrot, and also in Rumba, and Tango
Two Saturday Socials Dances this month, the last Saturday one included Tea ans scones with a demo of six dances.
There is now a kitten in the house, after much searching D managed to find a delightful queen we have decided to call Maya, she has her own room, and I have to keep all my doors closed!
Went to Dave's Comics in Brighton for Free Comic Book Day, also bought the first Asterix book (in English)
Went for a walk along the seafront, first time in months if not years!
On the second Monday the Brighton SF reading group, discussed Foreigner, which I originally read in 1994; 22 years ago. Given that the series is still going 18 books later, not one I would pick, as a book club read. I did actually finish reading it though.
I've been using my Amazon Fire to view TV programs off line. The picture is a reasonable size and the sound (through ear buds) is reasonable. I've also installed a number of ebook reading programs, OverDrive is the best as it syncs across platforms.
As a result of having a fire tablet I also transfered my digital content from amazon.com to amazon.co.uk AND have merged my 2 audible accounts to use my amazon login (I've also changed the password for the first time in years!)
I finally got around to mowing both the front and back lawns (the latter for the first time this year - hard work)
Yoga class continues after work, on Wednesday - the numbers have been a little erratic but there were 6 of us last week.
The rail strike have impacted on my yoga class as 2 of the three day were on Wednesday, and the last train left at 5:29! It has also meant that I have got Delay Repay voucher of £20+ (which I used to buy next month's season ticket!
I made my annual pilgrimage to the Circus as part of the Brighton Festival, this year it was the Moscow State Circus, and it was as amazing as ever.
Spent the last Bank Holiday of the month at my sister's place, in part to celebrate my Mum's 81st birthday on Friday. My sister has been discovering the joy of dance and taught me 3 line dances, which were fun. My Brother in Law was re-roofing the shed (with help from my nephew in law!)

April 2016

May. 4th, 2016 05:00 pm
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
With Barnes & Noble / Nook leaving the UK market (only one book I bought has been transfered to Sainsburys), I decided to root my Nook - It was out of warranty anyway.
It was relatively straight forward; using NookManager, allowed me to finally browse the net on the Nook tablet, I've been unable to run the kindle app on it but the Kobo app seems to work. and generic epubs can be easily read.
Went to see Zootropolis which was a sci-fi, cop buddy, animated feature. well worth a watch
Dance classes continued every Tuesday, and this month we had an extra Saturday dance mid month. Finally started to learn some new Latin steps (in Cha Cha)
It was my 55 birthday this year, so I can technically take early retirement - I decided not to. But the family got together for a meal the Saturday before.
The second Monday is SF Book Club and as this was on my actual birthday I ate at the pub (rather than the cheaper Burger King / Subway) drinks were also purchased for my fellow readers.
Also for a change I had just completed reading " "Station Eleven" by Emily St John Mandel, this month book to read. Once it got going it was an interesting example of Literary SF (it won the Clarke Award last year)
The following day went to lunch with J before we went dancing, extra long weekend!
Started listening to Audible; audio books; again (after not listening at all during March). Especially the Noctis Magicae series by Sylvia Izzo Hunter - looking forward to the 3rd in the series.
I have a belt bag that I keep all the stuff I need every day (keys, wallet, pen etc) it was hand made a number of years ago. While the leather is still in good shape the seams have been coming apart. I returned to the shop (Clever with Leather in Brighton) and they repaired all the seams and replaced the belt attachments for £5!
As a belated birthday present I decided to buy myself an Amazon Fire Tablet for £49, it arrived only a few days later and was a delight, nearly the size of a paperback (though thinner) and with the ability to read kindle books aloud, download and read epubs (inc library books) watch video and of course browse the net and check email, it even has a pair of cameras (though not the greatest quality).
Finally uploaded my Eastercon report to LJ!

April 2015

May. 19th, 2015 01:35 pm
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
First day unemployed, bought tickets to London for Eastercon, Went to book club (first time in over a year)
D gave me a iPhone 5 as an early birthday present!
Spent a while learning to use it and configure it. (and to upgrade all the apps)

On Thu left for London, visited the Science Museum before going to Heathrow and checking in to the Holiday In.
Good Friday
Breakfast at McD (and for rest of W/E as on way from Holiday Inn to Park Inn (were the convention was held)
Checked in to Eastercon 2015 / Dysprosium got free mug and discworld calendar, got wifi working! on both ipod and iphone
Went to back to back panels, my favourite being the difference engine imaged and imagined by the author of "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage "
bought food at petrol station / co-op over the road. Spent an hour at filking
Saturday
After McD porridge for breakfast, more panels including GoHs Caroline Mullan & Jim Butcher (in separate program items)
Met a chatted to Listie Katrina & fiancé
Concerts with Playing Rapunzel followed by Talis+2 (Seannan McGuire unable to join in due to lurgy)
Easter Sunday
After McD porridge for breakfast, went to Easter worship then checked out art show for last time
GoH - Herr Döktor interview and GoH - Seanan McGuire (an hour with). In evening was Not the masquerade! an hour of filking
Easter Monday
Last day of con. couple of panels then closing ceremony. Chatted with ED. Read in hotel room (should have left but...)

Tuesday
Left in morning spent hour and a half at the science museum
Got a call from Agency asking if I wanted to renew contract! I said yes. Restarting work in 2 days.
Dancing with J - started learning new quickstep. Later in the month expanded the foxtrot repertoire
Spent day after return from Eastercon replacing upstairs toilet with D! Discovered seat had broken at the hinges so had to order replacement
Bought weekly season tickets until the end of the month, than a monthly one! And back to work!
I celebrated my birthday during April and got cards from family & my dance partner, went for a nice lunch with the latter, followed with hours talking in the sun. Saw ISS pass overhead that night!
The following day celebrated my sister's (and my) birthday with another lunch out, with niece, her intended, my sister and brother-in-law and a nice surprise my aunt and uncle (who I hadn't seen for months - even though they only live a few miles away)
Also celebrated 8 years since I started writing on LiveJournal in 2007
the Brighton SF Reading group met on the second Monday of the month as the previous week was Easter Monday
We discussed Ancillary Justice for most of the 2 hours, usually we only spend the first hour on the book itself, then wander ot ofther genre topics. But this time almost all discussion was on topic. That I had actually finished the book was probably a plus!
Went to World Book Night Quiz at Martlets Cafe - cam 2nd of 7 teams! Go free book.
Finally got a SIM for my iPhone, bit odd to actually have a working Smart Phone!
Last Saturday of the month was social dance, with practice night 8 days prior to this. Spotted a Circus in Goffs Park, decided to go.
Up early sunday morning so I could get train to Crawly for the 11:00 performance by Zyair circus
Had sunday lunch while waiting to go to the cinema then discovered it had sold out! Sky box performed an update which now allows it to remember recored programs and to automatically start recording the new series!
Now separates recorded programs from scheduled programs (different menu entried)
Started watching iZombie via internet as not available via Sky.
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Unfortunately my bathroom has been out of action all month (or at least the bath part). Fortunately I have been able to use a shower after work. I haven't been able to trim my beard and it has grown very bushy! I'm not sure how much I will trim it down one the bath is installe (it arrived at the end of the month).
My printed A5 diary also arrived and I was most impress at how cool it looked.
My new Nook Simple Touch arrived, unfortunately after the fist day I was unable to use it and I have been trying to return it for replacement / refund.
New cleaning crew have cleaned the house so that it tidier than it's been since I moved in!
First week end was the mini maker faire at the Brighton Dome. Large number of children and more crafty making including (knitting and felting)
Finally got to watch Dr Who live at home, and the Extra broadcast on iplayer.
Strictly Come Dancing started with a new crop of 15 celebrities and 3 new professional dancers.
Discussed "The Dispossessed" at the monthly Brighton SF Discussion group on the first Monday of the month.
Dancing every Tue for class, with the normal end of the month social dance on the last Saturday. However J & I also went to the "Strictly dance magic" evening at the Martlets in Burgess Hill the week before. (they are usually held on the same night but this month the BH event had to move)
On Thursday 11th J & I went to the WB Studio to enjoy the Harry Potter Experience! J drove up up arriving at eleven
We checked out the shop which was awesome, the variety of stuff - and the prices!
We then had lunch (sausages and mash) before starting the tour at one o'clock (a bit earlier than scheduled, but as not very busy it was OK)
I took dozens of photos, until the battery died and have to say that it was one of the most interesting and fun day I've had in quite a while. It was a sort of cross between a museum and a theme park - but in a good way.
If anyone has a chance to go, do take it it's well worth it (and now with a new Death Eater section arriving after our visit). Everyone I have talked to, who have been have enjoyed it, if a HP or not.
Also I have been playing on pottermore.com, I was sorted into Ravenclaw (not surprisingly) and have progressed to the end of the chamber of secrets.
D has made som major improvements to the garden, including a lean to for his bike and additional paving slab to provide space to walk around it.
I planted and additional pear tree, to add to the apple tree and grape vine.
D also painted his room walls, so had to finally say goodby to purple paint, it did make the room more cheerful!
Brighton & Hove libraries have started improving their ebook collections and I have borrowed my fist ebook using OverDrive.
Went to visit family to celebrate my nieces birthday on Sun 20th (birthday was Sat) her fiance took me nearly to work on Monday morning (but the wait for a train for over half an hour was not fun in my shirt sleeves!)
At the end of the month I finally got to the dentist to discover I had a loose filling (which he removed with little effort) ball bearing sized. Got a temporary filling to last until the whole thing can be replaced.
Purchased my season ticket for October, which will be the start of my second year at NHS Sussex.
On the last sunday of the month a select group of 20 people from Crawley Dance Academy were invited to " West End Heroes" at the Dominion Theatre in London.
Train's to Three Bridges were replaced by busses so took longer to get there. Group train tickets meant the price was half the normal cost and we shared taxis and dined at Garfunkel's
The tickets had a nominal price of £175 each! But the total cost for the night out was only £31.45 to me.
Got back to Three Bridges at 00:00 and replacement busses not running to reliably so J gave me a lift home.
Also paid the remaining amount for the New Years Eve dance, and collected the ticket.

May 2014

Jun. 9th, 2014 07:19 pm
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Completed all the elearning requirements for working in NHS for this year.
Also finished off the "Sharing Knife" I have been making, with a leather sheath and handle
Had a Private dance lesson with J to learn the Viennese Waltz, bought replacement dance shoes (1/2 size larger than previous pairs)
Saw The Lego Movie - better than the title would let you believe but...
Had a number of blood tests, mostly OK but low in Calcium, so now taking supplements. Also had asthma review (must remember to use inhaler in the evening as well as the morning during summer (pollen), prescriptions now cost £8.05 per item.
Continued Ballroom Dancing on Tuesday with C & J and started going to Subway rather than Burger King (lower cost meal deal and bonus points)
Now regularly mowing lawn again! Got Mary Kowal's latest as an audio book (Valour and Vanity) a series I will always buy and listen too as Mary reads her own work to perfection.
SF Book Club was delayed due to bank holiday, The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson, was of such length few finished it! (inc me).
Reserved 2 Orbit Hugo nominees (already bought Mira Grant one).
Went to the Moscow State Circus at Preston Park. Some of the best jugglers I've ever seen, cool flyers, and a few novelty items. (whip & roller skates)
Walked around the Swiss Rock Garden afterwards for over 20min before getting train home.
Went to visit family for Mum's birthday on last bank holiday weekend (two bank holidays in a month is too much). Dad was also celebrating being priest for 55 years!
Left my bottle of calcium supplements at my parents! Fortunately they don't expire quickly and aren't expensive, so got replacements.
Saw Maleficent at a Worthing cinema / theatre. Had a unscheduled pause in the middle where the digital film looped repeatedly (She's coming). At first we thought it part of the movie but after 6 repetitions...
Bought ticket to see Dave Gorman's - Work in Progress (Modern Life is Goodish) for next week.
Now working on 2 Coursera classes, "Programming for Everybody" in Python and "Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You" I'm not going to add any more until I finish both.
Last Saturday in the month was our Grand Ballroom Dance Social, with Lecture, Professional Demonstration and "high tea" (sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam with tea) It was an excellent evening!

April 2014

May. 5th, 2014 08:52 pm
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
As usual I went ballroom dancing every Tuesday, in Crawley. First week however C was ill, and I danced with a different C (whose partner was working late). Continued learning Tango with J and at the end of the moth started a simple tango in the early class with C.
First Monday of the month was the Brighton SF Book read (this month was "Cat's Cradle")
Given that MS was stopping security updates from 8th April I switched on my XP machine to get a final update.
We got infested with ants, and D had to spray sections of the kitchen. No sign since the last spraying.
Took the day off for my birthday, booked doctors appointments (re foot/leg pain and asthma review) then to TB where I was collected by my dance partner J.
We first went to Tulleys Farm, which until recently was a working farm, but has now had to become a theme farm!
Then to West Hoathly to The Cat Inn, arrived 12:00. Had green salad, steak and ale pie with chips and veg, apple and rhubarb nut crumble with custard and half of cider. Jane paid £50.10 for us both. Left 2:10.
Wandered around village, then to Stone Farm and back to Crawley by 3:10
Went to Rewards and finally got my Level 3 Word Processing Software (ECDL Advanced Word 2007)
Certificate at a general presentation starting at 3:30, (my certificate had a typo so it had to be replaced!) After just had a cup of tea, as I was full from lunch.
Caught the train to H and then a bus to S to surprise my sister, who had just got back from holiday herself.
We celebrated our birthdays by having a fish and chip supper and by seeing the ISS twice, once in daylight and once later in the night!
Started "Coursera - Programming for Everyone" another python programming class, and also started mowing the lawns again.
My contract at NHS Sussex IT has been extended again to the end of May, (so that's 2 months more than expected).
Ordered a new 1TB external drive, and a DVD R/RW both using a single USB connection. unfortunately the DVD was out of stock and the replacement used 2 USB wires ;-(
I've been taking more location photos for LibraryThing, including Goring Library, now I have to get around to uploading them.
Easter was this month too, and due to wanting to go to Worldcon in London in August (and Eastercon being in Glasgow) I couldn't afford to go. I did watch the announcement of the Hugo Nominees live though.
I finally got a refund from EDF on my electric bill, 3 years after moving to British Gas!
Over the Easter weekend I also made a bread an butter pudding, one of the few things I can actually cook.
I also finally managed to transfer all the data from some floppy disks my Mum had asked me to recover. Some of the files were over 20 years old (and still readable)
On 23rd World Book Night I went to Brighton Jubilee Library, Author Q&A + reading by Lisa Cutts, got free World Book Night book
Ordered and received a new Barcode laser scanner, for use with LibraryThing
I finished off sanding the bone sharing knife, that I had just started working on and then wrapped a leather handle and roughed out a sheath.
Got a new Photo ID for train travel and my previous one had faded to unreadable, than got a new monthly ticket.
Saw Rio 2 (U) at the local cinema. Sky have upgraded the Operating System in their HD+ box
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
This was a very busy month for me. On the first Sunday in the month J collected me to go to Ralli Hall in Hove for a free Argentine Tango class, it was interesting and fun, but not really my style.
I have started listening to audible books for an hour a day, recording the times in a spreadsheet. It forcing me to actually listen to stuff I bought and haven't got around to "reading".
This month's SF Book Club meeting at the Earth & Stars was a bit different as Amanda Hemingway came to the meeting as a guest author of our chosen book "The Devil's Apprentice" by Jan Siegel and was very interesting, we didn't actually discuss the book as much as usual as a result.
Dancing every Tuesday (except for the last Tuesday in the month due to a school play) with J. Started learning new steps in Rumba, and revised most other dances.
Social Dance was very early in the month, as the last Saturday was 22nd! the numbers were down from usual suspects, which did mean that there was more room on the floor.
Applied for a number of train delay refunds, due to poor performance as a result of the rain! Including my ticket to Grantham for 2emi6reve filkcon. This weekend I was more sociable than previously. I was joined for almost every meal and chatted in the bar area (also begged use of apple charger as mine failed!)
I got confirmation from Baldwin's that I had passed my English Functional Skill (now I'm waiting for the paper certificate).
Went to London for Picocon 31 at Imperial College, I had to leave a bit earlier than I really wanted as I had to get to Crawley for the Social Dance. It turned out to be a good thing I did as South Kensington was closed due to a demonstration.
On my last weekend I went to visit my family (my dad turned 81 earlier this week). Used my season ticked to get there for the first time, sister collected me and collected pizza and cider, which was added to fish and chips for supper.
mbernardi: (iPod Touch)
So my last entry I was back from the US and trying to get over jet lag. Got my glasses nose piece replaces. Though I had to get both replaced later as they were different sizes and they unbalanced.

Back to work on Thursday, caught up on backlog. My manager wondered how I'd coped under the work load (he had to do my job)!

Seannan McGuire is evil, I got a copy of Ashes of Honor waiting for me when I got home, and I stayed up reading to 3:30am! This did not help with my jet lag, so Friday night I went to bed at 7:00pm!

Copied all the data from my old iPod to the new one I'd just bought via iTunes backup on my Windows PC. All went well though the new iPod doesn't seem to remember WiFi SSID login details. All passwords to websites in apps were forgotten too. Also the v6 iOS uses about 2GB of the memory so the usable space is reduced even more. 16Gig is now required...

Last Wednesday was my niece L's, 21st birthday and due to her hectic lifestyle the only day free for her party was her birthday. So I had to go to her house straight from work, go to Reina's in Horsham for drinks and nibbles. After a couple of hours my Dad had had enough, so Mum and I took him home, where I showed Mum my holiday snaps!

In the morning I had to take the bus to work which nearly took an hour and a half, I didn't cost me anything extra but the hour travelling.

I checked out the North terminal at Gatwick Airport on Friday, EasyJet flies from both the North and South Terminal but our flight on Wednesday week goes from the North Terminal. There is a train that will get me there before 6am (the flight leaves at 8am) but I'm not sure where the best place to meet is.

D got a new land-line phone, which has caller display built in. This replaced the 20 year old phone I've been using since I moved in.

Got an email from K that due to health issues she won't be ballroom dancing anymore ;-( However I'll try to carry on on my own (and find a new partner?)

The BBC iPlayer on the iPod is awesome. You can download in the week it's available and watch it any-time in the next 30 days! Just managed to get the BBC documentary "Wartime Farm", and "Shock of the New" before they expired. Unfortunately every hour of TV uses MB of space, so it's the most memory hungry app on my iPod.
mbernardi: (dancing)
Managed to get to this within my 2 week window this time.

At the Wednesday dance class we've just started the Slow Foxtrot, you can really travel with this and it's all coming back to me. It'll be really great once we complete learing the routine. We have also been revising both Cha Cha and Rumba, which is essential as they are so similar.

Collected my two new pairs of glasses from Specsavers, for the fist time I seem to be having issues with varifocals.

I also restarted seeing a chiropractor, however this one is local so I'm saving train fare. I don't know if it's real or all in the mind, but I still feel better!

Last weekend I went to visit my parents, at least in part to celebrate my Mum's birthday. My sister and Brother-in-law had got back from a holiday in Turkey the day before, so we were able to celebrate together. This was the Jubilee weekend and there was a circus in town, so I wanted to go. Surprisingly my Mum also expressed an interest so after church on Sunday we went to Cirque Normandie a very small circus with only 9 personnel in the ring (4 of them clowns). But they put on a good show and the audience seemed to enjoy it even if most of them were under ten.

I finally (after over a year) got around to updating some of The Bujold Nexus. The biggest problem was after not updating it for a while I got out of the habit of updating, so I didn't. There are probably some gaps that I missed, so if you spot any let me know.

I've been reading some of the Hugo nominees and listening to Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire. Those tracks are awesome. Hopefully before the voting deadline I will have finished them all.
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
On Saturday 19th I went to Haywards Heath for an Open Day by Rewards, who are providing the support for my ITQ Diploma. I discussed possible continuation modules and worked on my current ones, including compleating an assiged task.

Then discovered a new (in the last 6 months) 99p shop and bought sundry stuff. Lugged my shopping home on the train then to town, where I got a eye test appointment, and other sundries.

On Sunday I went to Preston Park to see The Moscow State Circus. These are the best circus performers in the world and in one case managed to convey what dance might be in free fall. There was also some very good juggling (which is not always the case). Well worth the trouble getting to see them (even if there was only one train an hour!)

On Tuesday I went to Brighton and have ordered a new belt from "Clever with Leather", this will be hand made to order and so a bit expensive, but may last my lifetime.
However my main reason for going was to see, as part of the Brighton Festival, "Smashed" at The Theatre Royal, a one hour juggling performance by nine performers with nine chairs and numerous apples and at the end crockery. A combination of dance with juggling and music hall melodies it was very memorable.

Wednesday night was dancing night, but before that I went to the bus depot and got an addition week added to my MetroKey hopefully I will thus NOT pay to use buses over the bank holiday.

Due to the heat (23°C indoors) we didn't learn any new Jive ;-( but instead revised the slower Rhumba and Waltz, with a short burst of Cha Cha. This week for the first time I forgot to take a cold drink, and was lucky to buy a tea at the church cafe.

Last Saturday I got up early, as I had a headache, and had an appointment to get my eyes tested. I need slightly different lenses for reading / PC work (which may be why the headaches). I ordered new glases costing £214 but also getting a pair or prescription sunglasses included in the price. This was lucky as I dropped my old sunglases and the arm broke off.

I also booked an appointment with a local chiroprator who has a more get fit attitude. I'll be seeing him on Thursday.

Then I got my hair cut, the shortest it's been in 35 years! Because they only used clipper to trim it was almost half price!

I then went off to Crawley and bought some books and a pair of trousers on sale at BHS, reduced to £15. Then I read in the garden outside the library until 18:00 when I got the bus to Goffs Park, which is near to St Wilfrids School where the monthly social dance take place. Unfortunately K sprained her ankle on Friday and couldn't make it, and I didn't check my text messages until I had paid for the evening! Despite not haveing a partner I had a fairly good time and did get to dance a Rhumba, a Waltz and two Quicksteps!

On Sunday I phoned my Mum to wish her a happy birthday, then bought train tickets for next week and then went to the Orion Cinema to see Men in Black III. This was fun, not great art but at least as good as the first movie.
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Well the most important occurrence after Easter was my birthday, which I celebrated by going into Crawley and used my McD free vouchers to have McNuggets and a Big Mac, paying for fries and a milk shake. Then read in the Library, and then walked to the church hall for an hour of dancing with K. (This is now my regular Wednesday evening, though I sometime go to BK rather than McD.) When I got home I had a number of birthday cards arrive, with a book from sister H and a ballroom dance music cd ordered from Amazon.

On Friday I got a bus from Crawley to Southwater, to visit parents and sisters family (the first time I’ve used such transport, I usually get the train). It stopped only a few dozen yards from the door! I’ll be using this method of transport more often in future.

We had a celebratory fish and chip dinner, and I one upped my sister by giving her some ladybird ear pods (for music listening). On Saturday I finished my latest ITQ module and watched Heather Dale streamed from The Mill House Love, which was a nice house filk.

I’ve just discovered a new exit from Gatwick Airport, via an Emergency exit that means I don’t have to cross the road to catch my bus, the walking time is less too. With the recent rain that has been a major plus.

The small Android tablet I bought via eBay arrived, It’s pretty cool, a LOT lighter than the 10” model, though battery life isn’t great. Pity it doesn’t use a micro USB interface for charging. Also via eBay I've ordered: a Blooth headset, keyboard and mouse, but so far I haven't got any of them to work!

Since Easter I’ve ordered a lot of books (to make up a lack of ordered during Lent!)

Last w/e I got a haircut, it’s now shorter than it’s been in 40 years! Dug out and watched Ballroom Dancing with Angela Rippon on DVD. Then went to the cinema for a double bill of “The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists” followed by “The Hunger Games”.

I’ve been handed even more responsibility, now I am actually assigning work directly in the database system. I feel that I’m running fast to stay where I am!

Last Wednesday (before dancing) I went to Crawley bus station and discovered I was eligible for a Gatwick Travelcard. This allows me to travel on ANY bus that at some point passes through either Gatwick Airport or Crawley Bus Station, for a pound less than the current ticket (PlusBus which was a pretty good deal anyway). This means that my bus journey to Southwater will now be free!

Tomorrow I'm due to go dancing again, and I hope to see the new Avenger movie some time over the week end.
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So since Picocon, taken an ITQ Database software module, and passed with a score of 92% (a suprise as I didn't compleat the course work). I've also signed up for the next module, I'm intending to work towards a BCS ITQ2 IT User Skills Diploma.I've taken 5 modules so far and have up to 8 more to go, but I'm half way there.

At work I've added an external monitor to my laptop which is very cool. I've also been providing mentoring / training on the new way of working mostly to groups of 1-3 people, but one group was for 11, which was quite scarey . Additionally I have moved into work flow management as "hot-house co-ordinator", not my favourite thing, but I seem to be able to do it. This is in addition to the original Report writing!

Last month was my Dad's birthday and I took a bus directly from work to Crawley and then a train to Horsham. Mum collected me (which was a suprise as last time I saw her she was walking with the aid of sticks). I showed Dad my EZReader and Android eTouch, also took him to Currys to see newer devices, but he decided not to purchase at this time.

When I got back from my parental visit, I took a walk around Bedelands, pretty bleak at the moment, despite the sun.

Due to a reccomendation on LJ I hunted my TV channels for Phineas & Ferb and have been watching episodes regularly since. They are great fun, and have earworminh tunes.

For Lent I decided not to buy chocolate or books, or anything from the vending machine at work. A few previously pre-ordered books from Amazon have arrived, including Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, which I must remember to nominate for a Hugo next year, Fair Game by Patricia Briggs, Assassins in Love: Assassins Guild by Kris DeLake, and Raven Calls (Walker Papers) by C E Murphy (and the No Dominion Kickstarter).

I have been involved in a number of Kickstarter projects, mostly book related. This seems to be an excellent way of supporting an author to write a non comercial story that needs to be written.

As today is Mothering Sunday I decided to visit my Mum (and the rest of the family). Once again I left from work, though I was delayed by an hour and a half to compleat a report! Mum collected me and discovered my parents were the only one in on Friday evening. Saturday rained almost all day, helped Mum with her spreadsheets, and attached her lapto to the TV so she could play iPlayer on the big screen. I worked on my ITQ modules!

Just got back from church went with parents and sister.
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Had to return to the dentist for a tooth repair. The to the Book Club reading "Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, which no one like and a few of us didn't complete. More of an historical source that something to read. Then got a discounted haircut.

Strictly Come Dancing started which meant a Strictly episode every day until December!

Took my third ITQ module test (Presentations 2007) at the Rewards Crawley office - passed 94%
then completed the last module at the main office in Haywards Heath "Improving Productivity Using IT" which I passed at 93% which completed the certificate.

In the middle of the month, after the Reach workshop on job search and Interview skills, I went to Zippo Circus in Crawley

Went to my family to celebrate my niece's 20th birthday, my sister gave me a lift to Haywards Heath the following day so I could sign on at 10:00.

Re-started my Business Administration course on Monday morning.
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Had to return to the dentist for a tooth repair. The to the Book Club reading "Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, which no one like and a few of us didn't complete. More of an historical source that something to read. Then got a discounted haircut.

Strictly Come Dancing started which meant a Strictly episode every day until December!

Took my third ITQ module test (Presentations 2007) at the Rewards Crawley office - passed 94%
then completed the last module at the main office in Haywards Heath "Improving Productivity Using IT" which I passed at 93% which completed the certificate.

In the middle of the month, after the Reach workshop on job search and Interview skills, I went to Zippo Circus in Crawley

Went to my family to celebrate my niece's 20th birthday, my sister gave me a lift to Haywards Heath the following day so I could sign on at 10:00.

Re-started my Business Administration course on Monday morning.
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This month was a bit more exciting. I've been using the Time to Talk phone counseling, regarding possible depression due to losing my job. It has helped to talk, though I don't think I was ever clinically depressed.

On the 7th of April my Mum fell and dislocated her hip! She was admitted to Worthing Hospital, the following Sunday my Dad and sister collected me to go an see her. This put a spanner into plans for a party for my 50th birthday (and my sister's 48th). So we returned to their home for a reduced birthday tea and cake.

Monday was my 50th birthday and I'd already arranged to go to London, so first I went to the Science Museum again. As a Plus member I'd got a voucher giving me a free Birthday cake from one of the museum shops, which was very nice. I bought a couple of books (Yuri Gagarin: The First Spaceman, and As Easy As Pi: Stuff about numbers that isn't (just) maths). Then off to Forbidden Planet and got a single book there, then had a wander around Covent Garden, where I listened to Lotus Classics a classical music ensemble who dance to their own tunes. I was so impressed I bought a CD! You can hear some material streamed from their website.

I ended my day at Penderel's Oak, High Holborn, where the Science Fiction Book Club met to discuss The Vor Game. I was pointed to this meeting by [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi, and it was quite interesting hearing to views of people who had never read any Bujold before. Most had bought the omnibus edition of the Young Miles, so had also read The Warriors Apprentice. I don't think anyone hated the story, and all finished it. There was some issues of story background not being that clear (for those who didn't read TWA). I had a good evening and will probably be back.

The following Friday I had to get a blood test, and delivered a volunteering application to Sussex Oakleaf. The next Monday I had my hair cut, including the removal of my pony tail after 18 year. Later I went to the cinema (on Monday the tickets are cheaper) to see Source Code, a fun romp which combined Groundhog Day with Quantum Leap in a good way. This was underlined by the father of the hero being played by Scott Bakula!

The following day I went to Worthing, mostly to see Mum, but I also visited the Library and the seafront.

I dithered about if I wanted to go to Eastercon until the last minute, (as I was feeling a bit sniffley) but as I'd paid my hotel deposit already and it was going to be very sunny I decided to risk it, and I had a good time (details to follow?)

After Easter Mum was moved to Shorham Hospital, so I went to visit on Thursday after going to see my Chiropractor in Hove (halfway to Shorham-by-Sea) so managed to kill two birds with one stone. Also popped in to Shorham Library! mum was looking forward to watching the Royal Wedding on TV. I didn't bother, and was a bit sad that as someone unemployed I didn't get any benefit of the four Bank Holidays in April!
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This month was a bit more exciting. I've been using the Time to Talk phone counseling, regarding possible depression due to losing my job. It has helped to talk, though I don't think I was ever clinically depressed.

On the 7th of April my Mum fell and dislocated her hip! She was admitted to Worthing Hospital, the following Sunday my Dad and sister collected me to go an see her. This put a spanner into plans for a party for my 50th birthday (and my sister's 48th). So we returned to their home for a reduced birthday tea and cake.

Monday was my 50th birthday and I'd already arranged to go to London, so first I went to the Science Museum again. As a Plus member I'd got a voucher giving me a free Birthday cake from one of the museum shops, which was very nice. I bought a couple of books (Yuri Gagarin: The First Spaceman, and As Easy As Pi: Stuff about numbers that isn't (just) maths). Then off to Forbidden Planet and got a single book there, then had a wander around Covent Garden, where I listened to Lotus Classics a classical music ensemble who dance to their own tunes. I was so impressed I bought a CD! You can hear some material streamed from their website.

I ended my day at Penderel's Oak, High Holborn, where the Science Fiction Book Club met to discuss The Vor Game. I was pointed to this meeting by [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi, and it was quite interesting hearing to views of people who had never read any Bujold before. Most had bought the omnibus edition of the Young Miles, so had also read The Warriors Apprentice. I don't think anyone hated the story, and all finished it. There was some issues of story background not being that clear (for those who didn't read TWA). I had a good evening and will probably be back.

The following Friday I had to get a blood test, and delivered a volunteering application to Sussex Oakleaf. The next Monday I had my hair cut, including the removal of my pony tail after 18 year. Later I went to the cinema (on Monday the tickets are cheaper) to see Source Code, a fun romp which combined Groundhog Day with Quantum Leap in a good way. This was underlined by the father of the hero being played by Scott Bakula!

The following day I went to Worthing, mostly to see Mum, but I also visited the Library and the seafront.

I dithered about if I wanted to go to Eastercon until the last minute, (as I was feeling a bit sniffley) but as I'd paid my hotel deposit already and it was going to be very sunny I decided to risk it, and I had a good time (details to follow?)

After Easter Mum was moved to Shorham Hospital, so I went to visit on Thursday after going to see my Chiropractor in Hove (halfway to Shorham-by-Sea) so managed to kill two birds with one stone. Also popped in to Shorham Library! mum was looking forward to watching the Royal Wedding on TV. I didn't bother, and was a bit sad that as someone unemployed I didn't get any benefit of the four Bank Holidays in April!
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So on Tuesday I was up early so I could pack and get to breakfast at 7:00 (I was the first in) and had the standard English Breakfast with tomatoes rather than beans or mushrooms. After eating I finished packing and left (auto checkout is your friend) and left by 7:30am caught the bus to Heathrow and then the tube to work, arriving 15 minutes later than if I'd come from home!

My season ticket started to fail when going through the gates at the tube so I had to to get it replaced. Since it was a fault with the card there was no charge.

On Saturday it was a nice sunny day so I walked around Bedelands, after going shopping. Not much growing yet but brambles and a while star like flower. Home in time for new episode of Dr Who!

Sunday was my birthday and I got a lift to my parents /sister and family. My niece and her boyfriend prepared a fondue lunch which was great. We played cards and then I was back home.

Discovered that Opera Mini had finally been approved for the ipod/iphone. Nice to be able to save pages, and sync bookmarks with my desktop.

Now nearly up to day (except my first order of books from amazon after Easter arrived this week!).
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So on Tuesday I was up early so I could pack and get to breakfast at 7:00 (I was the first in) and had the standard English Breakfast with tomatoes rather than beans or mushrooms. After eating I finished packing and left (auto checkout is your friend) and left by 7:30am caught the bus to Heathrow and then the tube to work, arriving 15 minutes later than if I'd come from home!

My season ticket started to fail when going through the gates at the tube so I had to to get it replaced. Since it was a fault with the card there was no charge.

On Saturday it was a nice sunny day so I walked around Bedelands, after going shopping. Not much growing yet but brambles and a while star like flower. Home in time for new episode of Dr Who!

Sunday was my birthday and I got a lift to my parents /sister and family. My niece and her boyfriend prepared a fondue lunch which was great. We played cards and then I was back home.

Discovered that Opera Mini had finally been approved for the ipod/iphone. Nice to be able to save pages, and sync bookmarks with my desktop.

Now nearly up to day (except my first order of books from amazon after Easter arrived this week!).

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