March 2014

Apr. 5th, 2014 09:02 pm
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First weekend I was still visiting family. Saturday am sis pulled me out of bed to go for a walk with the dogs and BiL. More fun than I thought it would be though the mud, and tree devastation was unpleasant.
First Monday was the SF Book Reading meeting at the Earth and Stars in Brighton. This month's book was Ubik by Philip K Dick (didn't finish this one)
Been ballroom dancing with C & J every Tuesday this month.
Last Saturday of the month was the social dance and danced all the dances with J even the recently (still learning) Tango.
I've been to the chiropractors (on Saturday) and I'm fairly certain that the results are due to the Placebo Effect, but still it works.
Got a MyWaitrose card which gives me a free coffee every day, and discounts on some purchases.
Continued to update GoodReads, though my main book database is still LibraryThing. I've been uploading local photos there.
Got the code for a streamed version of the Veronica Mars Movie, but the original HD version wouldn't play on my PC and none of my other devices would either. Eventually a SD release appeared and this would play (but I haven't finished it yet!)
I started taking e-learning courses at work (these are apparently mandatory if you work in NHS) but it's a good thing to be able to do during down time between phone calls (especially on Fridays)
Got confirmation that my contract had been extended to the end of April.
Went to London on the last Wednesday of the month. Mostly so I could go to the Science Museum Lates, and visit the CERN/Collider exhibition (half price). I went first to the British Library and also popped in to Forbidden Planet and got 3 books!
Finally took a short walk around Bedelands (first time in over a year), must get back into the habit when the weather improves.
Manage to break one of my two cereal bowls, fist such breakage in years so not a major issue.
Saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier (didn't have much of the winter soldier in it).
Finally got around to sending in my Hugo Nomination on the last day. I really need to be more organised a) about remembering what to nominate during the year and b) actually nominating well in advance.
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Continued working on the Python course. I've completed all 7 exercises and 3 assignments (the last one went poorly) I've only got the exam to complete (which I intend to do tomorrow).

Clocks went back so evenings are even darker.

Strictly Come Dancing has become very exciting at the halfway point, any one could win.

I got an emergency call from my Mum, their Internet had died. I had to provide a spare router and setup (and documented) the replacement systems. Stayed over then back home.

Had an interview with a local company, haven't heard one way or another as yet.

Last Wednesday went to library book club only 3 of us there. May close due to lack of interest. Then collected ECDL certificate from Rewards (and the new ECDL Advanced training manual). Then to Crawley ate at Jubilee Oak then 2 hours dancing (no K as she was exhausted by an interview earlier) But J returned.

Signed on at Job Centre and started ECDL Advanced ( Excel) at Rewards training centre.

Today saw chiropractor, got hair cut then to Crawley for fish & chips at the Jubilee Oak and then off to dancing.

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My last post was about Unicon, my next one will be the start of my Chicon / Worldcon adventure. So what has been happening in between?

I've been to the chiropractor only one. I was due to go again on Friday but there was an emergency and my appointment was cancelled.

I've booked a ticket at Can't Stop the Serenity in Chicago, for the Saturday after Worldcon.

Last weekend I spent hours watching stuff recorded on my Sky+ box, so there will be space for stuff over the next two weeks. Doctor Who starts next Saturday!

Last Monday I went to the local cinema to see Brave. It was a very Disney style Pixar animation, but enjoyable even so.

Yesterday I got an email saying my contract had been extended to mid October. This is good and bad news. Good because I've still got a job when I get back. Bad as the day before I booked to fly to Spain with my parents and sister for a week. If I'd know about the extension I could have booked their last week rather than their first one!

Also yesterday I went dancing with K in the evening, since we hadn't danced for over two weeks our stamina was less than usual so we didn't dance as often as in the past. We did manage at least one of each style (except those we don't know yet!)

Today I packed ready for my flight tomorrow.
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And once again I forget to update at the weekend.

At the end of last month I went to The Hawth for the Crawley Folk and Beer Festival on the Friday evening and all of Saturday. Met Keith from juggling, listened to Touchstone and Cajun Dawgs before bein collected by K and left after 6.00 to go Ballroom Dancing at St Wilfrid's Schools. Danced a fair bit and almost got the Foxtrot completly correct.
Finished at 10:15 K gave me a lift to the bus station from whence I got the number 10 bus to Gatwick and then home!

We continue classes every Wednesday, and recntly have had an influx of students as the Tuesday class has stopped for the school holidays (it's held at St Wilfrids). This has meant more of a crush, and the foxtrot teaching has been ongoing. Until last week we didn't learn anything new, but yesterday we started to re-learn the Jive!

Since I wasn't home on Saturday I had to go into town on Sunday to do my shopping. After I started watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube. They are awesome.

I've been going to a chiropractor twice a week, but now have got to the point where once a week is enough. I do have to get into the habit of exercising correctly. Since I have managed to get into the habit of playing ukulele for 5-10 minues a day I SHOULD be able to exercise for a similar time every day but....

Recently my Sky+HD box automatically upgraded it's operationg system, the styling is prettier and it will now conect to the internet (if you plug an ethernet cable in) even if your supplier is not Sky. Now if only it had some browsing capability that would be cool.

On Thursday 12th June I went down to Brighton to see "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Radio Show: Live" at the Theatre Royal. This was excellent, during the first half I suprised myself in knowing amost all the dialogue dispite not reading the books or listening to the radio for years. The second half however seem to diverge from the narrative I remembered 9though it may have used the books or even the newer audio series). Anyway i had an excellent time and would recommed it to and SF fans.

Last Monday I went to see "The Amazing Spiderman" at the local cinema (Monday is cheap seats day). It was interesting to see another origin story, a bit darker but perhap more rounded.

Nearly up to date, and must mention 1-800-Missing which is being broadcast daily and is based on a series of books by Meg Cabot, though they do seem to have diverged from the novel plot in series two.
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It's not been quite as interesting since my last post but..

The Monday after I went to the local cinema to see "Rock of Ages" I think there were only 3 of us in the cinema!, so not popular. However I enjoyed this musical rock and roll story set in 1987 with a mesmerising, if loopy performance by Tom Cruise.

On Wednesday we continued to practice various dances, and also continued to learn (or re-learn) the foxtrot. We finished the last part this week, just in time for tomorrows end of month social dance. I'm still not 100% re the last 12 steps!

I uploaded a few more revision to The Bujold Nexus, and hopefully I won't leave it so long between updates. I also need to overhaul some pages, but that will have to wait for longer spare time.

I've also been visiting a chiropractor twice a week, and I think my back has improved but... I also went to Specsavers as I was having some problems with my new glasses. after some discussion it appears that I can no longer get fully corrected vision even with glasses, so have to settle for a slight fuzz.

Got news at work that an extra 3000 reports will need to be created (that's in addition to the 8000+ we have nearly finished) so I expect to be employed now until Worldcon or even after.

This weekend is the Crawley Beer and Folk Festival at the Hawth. I went after work this evening, not much was happening so I came home after a couple of hours. However if the weather is fair I'll return tomorrow, before going off to dance.
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This week has had so much happening that I just had to try to get everything down.

So on Monday I got a call at work from D to say that my freezer had finally dies (after over 30 years) and i needed to come home and clear it out. I also had to order a replacement from Argos an upright, which cost £231.44 including home delivery and removal of old equipment. However it didn't get delivered until Thursday so all the food defrosted and had to be binned or quickly eaten.

Tuesday I visited the chiropractor, even though I'm not sure if i believe it works my back doesn't seem to be giving me as much pain!

Wednesday was dance night and we revised rumba, waltz and foxtrot. I also started listening to an audio edition of John Scalzi's Redshirts.

Last year when I was unemployed I bought a supporting membership to Chicon this year's Worldcon. not least so I could get the voters packet. It almost paid for itself when Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire was included. Anyway since I've been employed for nearly 6 months now (exactly 6 months on Tuesday) I decided I could afford to go to Chicago and finally books flight and accommodation on Thursday. There won't be much change from a grand but I've always wanted to see Chicago so.... Later that day I had another Chiropractic session.

On Friday I went to the Hawth to see "Dancing in the Streets" with K (dancing partner) we were up in the Circle near the back (the only pair of ticket available) but despite this we both had a good time. I ate before the show at the in house cafe, and while the lamb cutlets in gravy with potatoes and peas was very tasty the price has put me off eating there in future.

Saturday was the busiest yet. I'd booked a music lesson with Nicki of www.ucanukulele.co.uk at 11:40 and caught the 10:31 train to Brighton. I'd printed directions but discovered the shortest distance was mostly uphill, I arrive only a few minutes early, and Nicki had another student for about 10 minutes. It was a good lesson I learned how to hold and strum and even managed to play a couple of tunes (badly) but with practice... She also recommended changing the strings, so after paying £20 (which was the last of the cash I had on me I went to get my Uke restrung,

This cost me another £15 but I had to get cash to pay first. So I went to the station (the nearest cash machines got money and stopped off at Cleaver for Leather to collect the new belt I'd ordered the previous month (this was £25) back to Brighton Guitars and paid for the new strings and fitting and then to the Theatre Royal where I bought tickets for the Original cast stage show of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in July.

Finally I used a Groupon voucher to get into to see Snow White and the Hunter at the Odeon for free. The normal ticket price being £8.50 so this paid for the journey to Brighton on it's own.

And then today (Sunday) I read all morning and then went shopping and mostly replaced the frozen food that had defrosted. Once i got back I helped D clear the old compost heap, so we now have all our lawn back.

I forgot to mention D bought a new lawn mower and mowed the front lawn (which was a jungle and took 6 hour to clear with pauses). Yesterday he finished the back lawn (apart from compost area).
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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.
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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.

This Week

Mar. 27th, 2010 01:24 pm
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On Monday I went to the Hawth to see Bjorn Again. A great concert dancing in the isles for the second half.

On Tuesday I got a Chiropractic Scan, which indicated my back is in much better shape than I thought.

Wednesday I had to get my glasses adjusted, they had got bent out of shape and I couldn't see properly. D also got me a new phone, since I lost my earlier one. This one is very basic, but does everything I need.

This Week

Mar. 27th, 2010 01:24 pm
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On Monday I went to the Hawth to see Bjorn Again. A great concert dancing in the isles for the second half.

On Tuesday I got a Chiropractic Scan, which indicated my back is in much better shape than I thought.

Wednesday I had to get my glasses adjusted, they had got bent out of shape and I couldn't see properly. D also got me a new phone, since I lost my earlier one. This one is very basic, but does everything I need.
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Last few day's D has had his brother and family pop over to visit (they came over for a family Christmas from the US). They were around to see the New Year in.

New Year was Doctor Who day, re watched first episode, then the final one with ten, and the appearance of eleven! Followed by the Confidential, and the Best of.

On Saturday I lazed around mostly, though I did go shopping. Listened to desert Island Disks with David Tennant on iplayer.

Sunday morning I intended to go for a walk around Bedeland, if the weather was Ok, it was find but cold, but I didn't make it out until 12:45! anyway I did have a nice wander say a bird or two includin 2 swans on the lake and some ducks on the ice! pictures were taken...

After my constitutional I went to the the local cinema to see Sherlock Homes. The time spun by though I found the mystical storyline a bit suprising until the end.

This morning I was up early as I had a chiropractic appointment at 10:00. I discovered that Gold card discounts don't start until 10:00! Fortunately I had a refund voucher for £4.00 which paid most of the ticket price of £5.00. Since it was a nice day I walked from Hove to Brighton and got to the Odeon just after 12:00 to discover doors didn't open until 12:40 (the film has a start time of 12:45 with 20min of trailers). The reason for this visit was I wanted to see Avatar 3D. It was an Ok movie, the story was fairly straight forward, the effects were amazing and the 3-D didn't seem to be apparent half the time. If you can get to see it on an IMAX screen it would be breathtaking, but I wouldn't pay to se it again.

Then home, the weather has been very cold around 0 degrees C +/- a few. Finished packing, charged ezreader and ipod, minor update to the Bujold Nexus and so to bed. up at the crack of dawn due to the new security procedures.
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Last few day's D has had his brother and family pop over to visit (they came over for a family Christmas from the US). They were around to see the New Year in.

New Year was Doctor Who day, re watched first episode, then the final one with ten, and the appearance of eleven! Followed by the Confidential, and the Best of.

On Saturday I lazed around mostly, though I did go shopping. Listened to desert Island Disks with David Tennant on iplayer.

Sunday morning I intended to go for a walk around Bedeland, if the weather was Ok, it was find but cold, but I didn't make it out until 12:45! anyway I did have a nice wander say a bird or two includin 2 swans on the lake and some ducks on the ice! pictures were taken...

After my constitutional I went to the the local cinema to see Sherlock Homes. The time spun by though I found the mystical storyline a bit suprising until the end.

This morning I was up early as I had a chiropractic appointment at 10:00. I discovered that Gold card discounts don't start until 10:00! Fortunately I had a refund voucher for £4.00 which paid most of the ticket price of £5.00. Since it was a nice day I walked from Hove to Brighton and got to the Odeon just after 12:00 to discover doors didn't open until 12:40 (the film has a start time of 12:45 with 20min of trailers). The reason for this visit was I wanted to see Avatar 3D. It was an Ok movie, the story was fairly straight forward, the effects were amazing and the 3-D didn't seem to be apparent half the time. If you can get to see it on an IMAX screen it would be breathtaking, but I wouldn't pay to se it again.

Then home, the weather has been very cold around 0 degrees C +/- a few. Finished packing, charged ezreader and ipod, minor update to the Bujold Nexus and so to bed. up at the crack of dawn due to the new security procedures.
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So after my exciting day Out, the following Saturday I saw my chiropractor then went to the cinema, where I say the South African SF movie District 9. It was well made but in a totally un hollywood style. It's filmed in a documentary style and the main protagonist is a very unlikely leading man. It does raise some interesting issues, possible Hugo contender?

The following weekend I spent watching / clearing my Sky of TV shows, on Saturday 9 episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" not to mention watching Merlin and Strictly Come Dancing live. Then on Sunday 8 epidodes of Dexter (most all of series 3). I finished off the last 3 episodes by Tuesday! I really have to reduce my reading and increase my TV watching to keep up.

Last Wednesday I was back at the Science Museum, for a behind the scenes tour of two new exhibitions, for Plus (and corporate members) only. These were shown off by two members of staff who had worked on creating the exhibits. There were 30 guides to "Cosmos and Culture" and "Measuring Time" and then we had a further 30 minutes to explore ourselves. Unexpectedly free drinks and finger food were also provided, another perk of Plus membership!

On Saturday I saw my chiropractor again, and once more went to the cinema in Brighton, this time I saw Up in 3D. It was pretty effective, though I'm not sure if it really used all the 3Dness it could. Good story and it was different having an old protagonist (ie older them me!)

Yesterday I went for a walk around Beadlands and despite the dropping temperatures most of the trees still had green leaves, though some also had a few brown ones. Saw a few birds and a pair of model airplane flyers!
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So after my exciting day Out, the following Saturday I saw my chiropractor then went to the cinema, where I say the South African SF movie District 9. It was well made but in a totally un hollywood style. It's filmed in a documentary style and the main protagonist is a very unlikely leading man. It does raise some interesting issues, possible Hugo contender?

The following weekend I spent watching / clearing my Sky of TV shows, on Saturday 9 episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" not to mention watching Merlin and Strictly Come Dancing live. Then on Sunday 8 epidodes of Dexter (most all of series 3). I finished off the last 3 episodes by Tuesday! I really have to reduce my reading and increase my TV watching to keep up.

Last Wednesday I was back at the Science Museum, for a behind the scenes tour of two new exhibitions, for Plus (and corporate members) only. These were shown off by two members of staff who had worked on creating the exhibits. There were 30 guides to "Cosmos and Culture" and "Measuring Time" and then we had a further 30 minutes to explore ourselves. Unexpectedly free drinks and finger food were also provided, another perk of Plus membership!

On Saturday I saw my chiropractor again, and once more went to the cinema in Brighton, this time I saw Up in 3D. It was pretty effective, though I'm not sure if it really used all the 3Dness it could. Good story and it was different having an old protagonist (ie older them me!)

Yesterday I went for a walk around Beadlands and despite the dropping temperatures most of the trees still had green leaves, though some also had a few brown ones. Saw a few birds and a pair of model airplane flyers!
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So first weekend in February was filkcon, (see prevous post) I got my ECDL certificate and it's now hanging on my kitchen wall. I've also watched Terry Pratchett: A Life with Altzheimer's a two part documentary fly on the wall following Terry for a year.

After my Saturday chiropractor adjusted my back, since it was a nice day, I walked from Hove to Brighton stations (I also wanted to visit one of the shops at Seven Dials), it was an interesting experience, but I don't think I'll be doing it again ;-)

So the third weekend in February I finally fulfilled a promise to my sister and visited her and my brother in law in their house in Somerset. When they moved there over a year ago I said I'd visit, and now finally I have. I hope my next visit isn't quite so long before it occurs.

Some Photos

So I left work on Friday at lunch time from Paddington station to Bath Spa, then to Castle Cary where I was collected by my sister. We went to their "new" home and after dinner saw "Flushed Away" and "Igor" on DVD before going to bed.

Saturday morning and sister and I went off to the Discworld Emporium where we met Bernard and Isobel and after an hour of browsing I bought a post card and a small "fossil". We visited a couple of libraries during the day, but then went next to Glastonbury where we had pizza for lunch. We then caught the special tourist bus to Glastonbury Tor. We walked to the top where we were nearly blown away but it was clear enough to see for miles. We then caught the last bus back to town (just before the car park ticket expired)

We then went to Cheddar Gorge which we drove down and then back again, had a walk around bought some mead and then bought a take out Chinese dinner. After we ate sister and I returned to Glastonbury where we saw the amateur production of "Lord of the Bling - The 21st Annual Glastonbury Pantomime" started at 8pm and finished at 11pm! then back home and bed after a very full day.

Sunday we left at 10am for Wookey Hole where we spent the day. We first joined the tour of the caves. Then we went through the fairy garden and the Dinosaur Valley (including wooden dragon and King Kong) then through the Paper Mill which has only just shut down as a working paper making enterprise. We saw the Wookey Hole Youth Circus perform, all participants under 16 and only been learning for two years. Then lunch after which we did further exploring and found the clown museum, tho old penny arcade, the mirror maze, the cave museum, and the bear museum, an finally exclaimed over a figure of Captain Jack Sparrow.

By this time it was mid afternoon and we wound up the day by visiting Wells, the Bishop's Gardens, The Cathedral and The Crown. The former and latter being used as locations for Hot Fuzz watched later. We also managed to get to the Museum 15 minutes before it closed to see a display on circus in the UK. After a Hot Chocolate at the Crown we went home and a snoozed for a couple of hours (it had been an exhausting two days! When I woke up it was time for dinner, and excellent roast pork and veg, which we ate while watching the aforementioned Hot Fuzz. Unfortunately the DVD was corrupted just 20 minutes from the end ;-( Since I had enjoyed it very much and wanted to know how it turned out I went on-line to get a copy from Amazon!

On Monday I had to get up at the crack of dawn (i.e. my usual work day get up time) as my sister was unable to get a window in her work schedule before my train left! Fortunately one of her work colleges was actually going near the station anyway and was able to give me a lift. This did entail waiting a hour in my sister car and another hour at the station but I did get on the direct train to London from Castle Cary at 9:40 and thence home by 1:30pm

PS Hot Fuzz arrived a few days later and the ending was excellent!
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So first weekend in February was filkcon, (see prevous post) I got my ECDL certificate and it's now hanging on my kitchen wall. I've also watched Terry Pratchett: A Life with Altzheimer's a two part documentary fly on the wall following Terry for a year.

After my Saturday chiropractor adjusted my back, since it was a nice day, I walked from Hove to Brighton stations (I also wanted to visit one of the shops at Seven Dials), it was an interesting experience, but I don't think I'll be doing it again ;-)

So the third weekend in February I finally fulfilled a promise to my sister and visited her and my brother in law in their house in Somerset. When they moved there over a year ago I said I'd visit, and now finally I have. I hope my next visit isn't quite so long before it occurs.

Some Photos

So I left work on Friday at lunch time from Paddington station to Bath Spa, then to Castle Cary where I was collected by my sister. We went to their "new" home and after dinner saw "Flushed Away" and "Igor" on DVD before going to bed.

Saturday morning and sister and I went off to the Discworld Emporium where we met Bernard and Isobel and after an hour of browsing I bought a post card and a small "fossil". We visited a couple of libraries during the day, but then went next to Glastonbury where we had pizza for lunch. We then caught the special tourist bus to Glastonbury Tor. We walked to the top where we were nearly blown away but it was clear enough to see for miles. We then caught the last bus back to town (just before the car park ticket expired)

We then went to Cheddar Gorge which we drove down and then back again, had a walk around bought some mead and then bought a take out Chinese dinner. After we ate sister and I returned to Glastonbury where we saw the amateur production of "Lord of the Bling - The 21st Annual Glastonbury Pantomime" started at 8pm and finished at 11pm! then back home and bed after a very full day.

Sunday we left at 10am for Wookey Hole where we spent the day. We first joined the tour of the caves. Then we went through the fairy garden and the Dinosaur Valley (including wooden dragon and King Kong) then through the Paper Mill which has only just shut down as a working paper making enterprise. We saw the Wookey Hole Youth Circus perform, all participants under 16 and only been learning for two years. Then lunch after which we did further exploring and found the clown museum, tho old penny arcade, the mirror maze, the cave museum, and the bear museum, an finally exclaimed over a figure of Captain Jack Sparrow.

By this time it was mid afternoon and we wound up the day by visiting Wells, the Bishop's Gardens, The Cathedral and The Crown. The former and latter being used as locations for Hot Fuzz watched later. We also managed to get to the Museum 15 minutes before it closed to see a display on circus in the UK. After a Hot Chocolate at the Crown we went home and a snoozed for a couple of hours (it had been an exhausting two days! When I woke up it was time for dinner, and excellent roast pork and veg, which we ate while watching the aforementioned Hot Fuzz. Unfortunately the DVD was corrupted just 20 minutes from the end ;-( Since I had enjoyed it very much and wanted to know how it turned out I went on-line to get a copy from Amazon!

On Monday I had to get up at the crack of dawn (i.e. my usual work day get up time) as my sister was unable to get a window in her work schedule before my train left! Fortunately one of her work colleges was actually going near the station anyway and was able to give me a lift. This did entail waiting a hour in my sister car and another hour at the station but I did get on the direct train to London from Castle Cary at 9:40 and thence home by 1:30pm

PS Hot Fuzz arrived a few days later and the ending was excellent!
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I've finally got around tuit, updating LJ that is. I really meant to add stuff sooner but...

Anyway Parents and I arrived safely in Spain, collected a rental car (upgraded for free from the original spec) and got to the villa at Toscamar safely.

First few days were lovely, and then it started raining, and it hardly stopped! We did visit the JCC so we could check email and do a bit of web surfing.

So after a week in Spain I return to discover that in the UK that week was the hottest in recorded history [Wagh!]

I did get to read a number of ebooks including the excellent Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, which is available as a free download, but which has managed to stay in the NYT HC top 10 for 4 weeks! I'll be buying a paperback copy when it comes out in the UK.

I've been visiting my Chiropractor two or three times a week over the last month. It's difficult to judge such a subjective thing, and it's also difficult remembering how you felt a month ago, but I think there is significant improvement in how my back feels. Now I've got to train myself into better habits.

My first week back I had to catch up on all the TV I'd recorded on the Sky+ box while I was away, but by the following weekend I was mostly caught up.

May is the month of the Brighton festival and I usually manage to get to the circus that usually sets up it's big top, in Preston Park. This year it was the Moscow State Circus and there were some really cool acts, juggling, trapeze, magic, acrobatics. the clowns and a unicycling ringmaster!

I've also had a number of my amazon orders arriving this month, some of them made months back. some surprises and at least one duplicate ;-(

I saw Indiana Jones 4, which I thought was Ok, but not as good as the original, Though Harrison Ford still manages to be a believable action hero.

Just under two weeks ago, I got a message from my sister to say that Mum was in hospital in Spain, due to a dislocated hip. Fortunately she was all right and was able to recover with a local friend, before flying home safely last Thursday.

That same weekend a new washing machine was deliver and Dimitri and I had to install it, all seemed to go OK but then we found a leak!. The problem was with the master stop cock so a replacement was purchased and the water supply switched off outside. This seemed to work but then more water was discovered. This turned out to be a poor seal on the hose pipe connecting the mains to the machine. However now the kitchen floor is dry and I have a really cool new washing machine!

As a result of the leak I had to miss last week's juggling class, so with the Bank Holiday I've been off for 3 weeks, I hope I can manage tonight!

Last week was medical week on Tuesday I went for my yearly asthma check, breath volume was a bit low, but that may be due to not using my inhaler this month, my new one is at my sister's house!

On Wednesday was my visit to the dentist to get the temporary filling replaced. He had a new injection and my face quickly went numb, there were no problem and I now have a newly filled tooth.

Nearly up to date now. This weekend, on Saturday I went to see The Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Hawth. Before the performance I had a walk in the woods behind the theatre, I managed to find my way out in plenty of time before the curtain was raised. This was a different interpretation of the story than I'd seen previously. Partly I suspect because the performance was by a Rep Company, rather than a group brought together for tRtFP. As a result the instrumental switching which is a hallmark of the show didn't occur, only one member of the crew played more than 2 instruments. The costumes were also a change, echoing Star Trek and Galaxy Quest rather that the original movie. I did enjoy myself, at least until the right lens of my glasses fell out! Then I had to hold it to my eye so I could see the action.

On Sunday I was guilted into clearing grass and hedge off cuts off the grass bundling then into bags. I got a lift from my neighbour to the Tip to dump them all (I have no car). The rest burnt on a small bonfire, which was still smoldering 5 hours later.
mbernardi: (Default)
I've finally got around tuit, updating LJ that is. I really meant to add stuff sooner but...

Anyway Parents and I arrived safely in Spain, collected a rental car (upgraded for free from the original spec) and got to the villa at Toscamar safely.

First few days were lovely, and then it started raining, and it hardly stopped! We did visit the JCC so we could check email and do a bit of web surfing.

So after a week in Spain I return to discover that in the UK that week was the hottest in recorded history [Wagh!]

I did get to read a number of ebooks including the excellent Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, which is available as a free download, but which has managed to stay in the NYT HC top 10 for 4 weeks! I'll be buying a paperback copy when it comes out in the UK.

I've been visiting my Chiropractor two or three times a week over the last month. It's difficult to judge such a subjective thing, and it's also difficult remembering how you felt a month ago, but I think there is significant improvement in how my back feels. Now I've got to train myself into better habits.

My first week back I had to catch up on all the TV I'd recorded on the Sky+ box while I was away, but by the following weekend I was mostly caught up.

May is the month of the Brighton festival and I usually manage to get to the circus that usually sets up it's big top, in Preston Park. This year it was the Moscow State Circus and there were some really cool acts, juggling, trapeze, magic, acrobatics. the clowns and a unicycling ringmaster!

I've also had a number of my amazon orders arriving this month, some of them made months back. some surprises and at least one duplicate ;-(

I saw Indiana Jones 4, which I thought was Ok, but not as good as the original, Though Harrison Ford still manages to be a believable action hero.

Just under two weeks ago, I got a message from my sister to say that Mum was in hospital in Spain, due to a dislocated hip. Fortunately she was all right and was able to recover with a local friend, before flying home safely last Thursday.

That same weekend a new washing machine was deliver and Dimitri and I had to install it, all seemed to go OK but then we found a leak!. The problem was with the master stop cock so a replacement was purchased and the water supply switched off outside. This seemed to work but then more water was discovered. This turned out to be a poor seal on the hose pipe connecting the mains to the machine. However now the kitchen floor is dry and I have a really cool new washing machine!

As a result of the leak I had to miss last week's juggling class, so with the Bank Holiday I've been off for 3 weeks, I hope I can manage tonight!

Last week was medical week on Tuesday I went for my yearly asthma check, breath volume was a bit low, but that may be due to not using my inhaler this month, my new one is at my sister's house!

On Wednesday was my visit to the dentist to get the temporary filling replaced. He had a new injection and my face quickly went numb, there were no problem and I now have a newly filled tooth.

Nearly up to date now. This weekend, on Saturday I went to see The Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Hawth. Before the performance I had a walk in the woods behind the theatre, I managed to find my way out in plenty of time before the curtain was raised. This was a different interpretation of the story than I'd seen previously. Partly I suspect because the performance was by a Rep Company, rather than a group brought together for tRtFP. As a result the instrumental switching which is a hallmark of the show didn't occur, only one member of the crew played more than 2 instruments. The costumes were also a change, echoing Star Trek and Galaxy Quest rather that the original movie. I did enjoy myself, at least until the right lens of my glasses fell out! Then I had to hold it to my eye so I could see the action.

On Sunday I was guilted into clearing grass and hedge off cuts off the grass bundling then into bags. I got a lift from my neighbour to the Tip to dump them all (I have no car). The rest burnt on a small bonfire, which was still smoldering 5 hours later.
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
My parents are getting on in years (as am I) and have not had the best of health recently, but they still wanted to visit their villa in Spain this year (they didn't make it last year). An I selflessly have volunteered to travel with them to insure they arrive safely.

The last week has been eventful, I've been visiting my Chiropractor regularly (4 times since the last post!) and it seems to have helped. I also managed to get a better chair at work (the last two day I had a rocking, kneeling chair which was cool).

I've been clearing stuff off my Sky+ box, so there would be space for this weeks stuff, but I really need to finish watching Ashes to Ashes.

Last Monday was hectic, when i got home I discovered the freezer had switched itself off and had almost completely defrosted! Fortunately the ice packs a the bottom kept most stuff frozen, but the ice cream had totally melted and the mince had defrosted. And then after getting all the water out of the freezer, switching it back on and eating one of the least frozen dinners, it was off to juggling, where I borrowed 3 juggling knives and managed to successfully juggle them! Did some passing too but that was less successful.

So once I got home I had to turn the defrosted mince into meat sauce, which took about half an hour, then I had to freeze it in individual portions, the freezer now working perfectly.

Well at least i wont have to do another defrost for a year or so!

Due to the Chiropractor visits I have to leave some what earlier than I have usually done in the past, and so to compensate I've getting the train 40 minutes earlier. Which means getting out of bed 40 minutes earlier. A 6:00am wake-up call is not my favourite thing but needs must...
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
My parents are getting on in years (as am I) and have not had the best of health recently, but they still wanted to visit their villa in Spain this year (they didn't make it last year). An I selflessly have volunteered to travel with them to insure they arrive safely.

The last week has been eventful, I've been visiting my Chiropractor regularly (4 times since the last post!) and it seems to have helped. I also managed to get a better chair at work (the last two day I had a rocking, kneeling chair which was cool).

I've been clearing stuff off my Sky+ box, so there would be space for this weeks stuff, but I really need to finish watching Ashes to Ashes.

Last Monday was hectic, when i got home I discovered the freezer had switched itself off and had almost completely defrosted! Fortunately the ice packs a the bottom kept most stuff frozen, but the ice cream had totally melted and the mince had defrosted. And then after getting all the water out of the freezer, switching it back on and eating one of the least frozen dinners, it was off to juggling, where I borrowed 3 juggling knives and managed to successfully juggle them! Did some passing too but that was less successful.

So once I got home I had to turn the defrosted mince into meat sauce, which took about half an hour, then I had to freeze it in individual portions, the freezer now working perfectly.

Well at least i wont have to do another defrost for a year or so!

Due to the Chiropractor visits I have to leave some what earlier than I have usually done in the past, and so to compensate I've getting the train 40 minutes earlier. Which means getting out of bed 40 minutes earlier. A 6:00am wake-up call is not my favourite thing but needs must...

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