June 2017

Jul. 5th, 2017 04:46 pm
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Started Cold / Flu / Allergies at the beginning of the month which continued through to the end of the month. Did see a Doctor, and prescribed medication.
J Returned from S America, so was able to dance with a partner once again. Went to 2 Saturday dances, one in BH one in Crawley, the latter being the Summer tea dance with Tea and Dance Demo
Continued line dancing, 10 weeks to last class in the month. Yoga had a 2 week hiatus at end of the month due to low numbers
Saw Wonder Woman at the cinema, best DC movie since the original Superman!
I had to transfer domain dendarii.co.uk from Just the Name to 1&1 (JTN stopped trading), transition went without a hitch.
Completed all Mandatory online training at work. Had problems with the IP phone system (made difficulties for a service desk!)
D has decided to move back to Holland, and intends to be gone in August (hopefully after I get back from Worldcon)
Continued to listen to audio books, finished Sorcerer to the Crown, Winter Tide, Mira's Last Dance, & Storm Front: The Dresden Files.
Summer finally arrived with record temperatures, of course this only lasted for about a week!

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.

April 2014

May. 5th, 2014 08:52 pm
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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

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.

June 2013

Dec. 17th, 2013 01:21 pm
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On the 1st a special dance event was held at the Drill Hall in Horsham. There were demonstrations and lectures from professional dancers from the far east, including a troupe of youngsters. Followed by general social dancing. Both J my teacher from Crawley college and C my regular partner in the beginners class, were there and I DANCED WITH BOTH.
Mum came to collect me at the end, and I stayed to visit till the following afternoon. Dad took me to Hove as I had booked to see No Fit State Circus, which was in a big top and was standing only. The crowd moved around depending on location of the performance, a sort of Street / Les Mis version of Cirque du Soleil!

Played with my Raspberry Pi and newly installed Debian Mint on the laptop.

Most of this month was spent on a Job Centre sanctioned training course. Run by Elmfield Training in the Arora Hotel in Crawley. This course was 4 weeks long and was billed as:
Route 2: Employment
Four week full time course
Elmfield Training

Had two trainers initially John Durrant and in the later two weeks Peter Cockle. Both did a good job but with differing styles. Despite being required by the Job Centre I still had to sign on every other Tuesday!

06/06/13 to 03/07/13 (QCF Level 1) leading to the three following qualifications:

Award in Principles of Customer Service (Level 1)
Award in Personal and Social Development (Level 1)
Certificate in Developing Employability Skills (Level 1)

However it's mid December as I write and I haven't received any of the above certificates.

Despite this I did find it useful, it allowed me to discover my leadership skills, and team building skills, I learn to work with people of all levels of education/learning.
Also the hotel was very cool! Travel was refunded so I wasn't out of pocket, and i was even slightly better off as I didn't have to pay the travel when I went dancing on Tue and Wed. Continued to also dance on Friday evening with Ray Smith (now in Hassocks).

Went to Rewards took ECDL Advanced (Word 2007) test and finally passed with 91%!!!! (pass was 75%) Had a cream tea at BHS to celebrate!

New advanced dance partner, J arrived in the middle of the month, Eamonn had met her while shopping and asked if she would like to partner me. Went well, since we are still dancing together (in Dec 13).

Saw Man of Steel at the Orion Cinema. Visited Crawley Museum (which is very small only two rooms) for a little while.

Started getting a lift from Haywards Heath to Hassock for Friday dance class with M & J

Last weekend in the month was the Crawley Folk and Beer Festival at the Hawth

I'm now halfway through the year's updates!

May 2013

Dec. 15th, 2013 10:53 pm
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Went to Book Club supposed to read Pride and Prejudice but didn't finish, then to Dancing in Crawley. Went to dentist for filling including checkup cost £97!
Got a small tax refund, due to being out of work most of the year!
Continued dancing on Tuesday (1 hr), Wednesday (2hr) and Friday (1 hr) this latter with a different teacher and dancing with at 3-4 different partners a week.
Fictionwise.com finally closed down and I was able to get most of my books transfered to the Nook site (I also downloaded them to my hard disk)
Had a job interview for a non profit in Brighton. Didn't get the job!
Visited my parents for the week end on my younger sisters birthday.
Rewards moved from Haywards Heath to Crawley (merging two offices into a new office in the same building as CDG). Job Club with CDG ongoing.
Saw Star Trek: Heart of Darkness at the local cinema.
Open evening at Central Sussex College in Crawley. Was able to sign up for the Business Admin with funding via the Reach program (and therefore free) however doesn't start for months.
Went shopping with Mum for a new laptop for her to use (her current one is being returned to the charity she borrowed it from) Got a Toshiba with Windows 8 on it. cleared stuff from old PC and transferred it to the new one.
Started cutting the lawn myself. First time I had done so in years, it's actually quite therapeutic!
Installed a newer version of Mint Debian - Cinnamon onto my old laptop.
Downloaded the Hugo Packet and copied the epub stories to my Kobo
Bought ticked for the Juggling Convention held at the Hawth in August. This was also an open day for the Crawley signal box so I had a visit, with a view up and down the line for miles.
Visited parents again, a Talis Kimberly concert was streamed live from the mill house on ustream, which I was able to watch.
Went out for dinner at the Toby Carvery Worthing with all the family
I was offered Bank Work with Sussex Oakleaf (though this didn't come to anything)
Went to CDG one to one meeting had to take a new course from Elmfield Training, a four week all day course starting the first week of June!
Went to see Billy Smarts Circus in Preston Park.

April 2013

Dec. 15th, 2013 08:18 pm
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As usual went to Job Centre and Rewards on Tuesdays.
On the First Wednesday in the month I went to the Library Book Club discussion as usual, we had read my suggestion Naked In Death by J D Robb.
Dancing in the evening, on my own or with B (dance teacher) learnt new sequence dance Saunter Together
Doctor Who started a new series in this the 50th anniversary year.
On my birthday my sister collected me and then we all went off to dinner after which my parent decided to buy a new car!
The following day was my sister's birthday, we didn't go out but stayed in for a fish and chip supper. went home the following day. Dad took me which was amazing as the previous year he had been legally blind!
I continued to volunteer at Sussex Oakleaf, worked to help provide an internal audit of the organisation.
Had to visit dentist to get filling replaced.
On Tue 23rd went to dance class and then got a lift to the Crawley library for World Book Night event, with a quiz and free books. Got a bus to Three Bridges and then home.
Saw Doctor due to stye in my eye, very sticky eye cream needed to remedy this.
Went to London on 26th for an interview, also managed to visit The National Portrait Gallery for the fist time and Forbidden Planet Megastore. The interview was so limited in scope it could have been conducted over the phone, and I didn't get the job either!
I also started going dancing on Friday's in Haywards Heath in the Methodist Hall. (Where I had previously been taught in 1979!)
Went to see Iron Man 3 on the last Saturday in the month before going off to Crawley for the monthly social dance. Even without a partner I managed to dance a fair number of times, and had a good time.
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Both my thumbs are hurting more and more, the left more than the right. I have an appointment to get checked when I get back from Spain.

On my first Monday back from the US I saw ParaNorman (PG) at the Orion Cinema, on low cost Monday so it was only £4.60, I got home around 8:00. I installed python for coursera.org online programming course, that had just started.

On Wednesday I bought a powered USB hub (to be used with my raspberry pi that I re-ordered from element 14), a book and a BK whopper meal. Read in the library for an hour before going to dance class. After finishing the beginners class the teacher suggested I move to the next class as there was someone in need of a partner. I stayed in an extra 1:15hr and paired up with J (who had just got back from Chicago!)

Not as good a pairing as K & I but time will tell.

Got an audio visual adapter for iPod allowing YouTube and native Video to be played through a TV. BBC iPlayer doesn't work though.

Started a cold, taking antihistamines to reduce symptoms.

Last Saturday was the end of month dance, to which I went. I got paired with P from the beginners class. Did cha cha, rumba, waltz and quickstep. Also the rumba one sequence dance. Didn't try foxtrot.

Spent most of Sunday asleep, back to work on Monday. On Tuesday the day before flying to Spain I manage to forget my keys and didn't realise till I got home! So I had to go all the way back to work (3 staff were still working) then home I got back 3 hours after leaving work the first time!!

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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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I've just realised it's been nearly three months since my last posting! I'll try to summarise.
At the beginning of March I had an interview at a local residential home. It was a nice walk, and the interview went OK but I didn't get the job. A couple of days later I had an interview for an IT job in Redhill, this was also unsuccessful.

On the first Monday of the month I went to see "The King's Speech" at the local cinema, It was very engrossing, and a worthy Oscar winner.

On St Patrick's day I visited my chiropractor then walked from Hove to Brighton.

Nearer the end of the month I went to Crawley for a job fair, at which I discovered the Reach project (providing training for unemployed), important later.

Learned that Diane Wynne Jones had died, one of my favourite authors. I did get to meet her at Sadler's Wells at a performance of Witch Week as a ballet.

On the last Tuesday in March I went up to London to the Science Museum, saw the new James Watt workshop exhibition, this was followed by a visit to their archive a Blythe House.

The following day I returned to London, went to Forbidden Planet, back to the Science Museum, and then stayed to the Lates evening.
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I've just realised it's been nearly three months since my last posting! I'll try to summarise.
At the beginning of March I had an interview at a local residential home. It was a nice walk, and the interview went OK but I didn't get the job. A couple of days later I had an interview for an IT job in Redhill, this was also unsuccessful.

On the first Monday of the month I went to see "The King's Speech" at the local cinema, It was very engrossing, and a worthy Oscar winner.

On St Patrick's day I visited my chiropractor then walked from Hove to Brighton.

Nearer the end of the month I went to Crawley for a job fair, at which I discovered the Reach project (providing training for unemployed), important later.

Learned that Diane Wynne Jones had died, one of my favourite authors. I did get to meet her at Sadler's Wells at a performance of Witch Week as a ballet.

On the last Tuesday in March I went up to London to the Science Museum, saw the new James Watt workshop exhibition, this was followed by a visit to their archive a Blythe House.

The following day I returned to London, went to Forbidden Planet, back to the Science Museum, and then stayed to the Lates evening.
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About an hour ago I got an unexpected visit from my sister and niece wondering if I was OK! My phone has been having intermittent ringing issues and they hadn't been able to get hold of me! I will have to post more frequently just to make sure everyone knows I'm OK.

So in the last few weeks I've seen "The Sorcerers Apprentice" at the cinema, I've been re-reading a number of series, starting with Anita Blake, as a result I've been reading ebooks on my iPod. I've also been listening to podcasts also on my iPod.

I regraded my ISP which reduced my monthly outlay but caused my website at www.dendarii.co.uk to disappear, as I have now only got 100MB of space, luckily I had just mirrored everything to www.iiradned.co.uk and I have now got my site back and my disk space to less than 100MB.

On the last Wednesday of last month I had to attend a Back to Work seminar, which suggested options, most of which I have been doing already. Then got a very cheap day return to London so I could got the the Science Museum and the Space Lates. I even built an explorer robot!

My eyes were due for their bi-annual checkup, they have actually got slightly better. I didn't need new glasses but since I'm on jobseekers allowance I could get long distance lenses for free, so I got a spare set.

For the last week or so I've been having problems with my phone / adsl internet. Currently the speed is so low that video streaming is impossible, though text browsing and email still get through. We've been unable to find out why so I've had to order a 3G dongle for emergencies.

Last week my electric kettle cracked so I bought a new stainless steel one from Argus, at only £9.99 it appears to be excellent value.

This weekend is my niece's birthday so I'll be seeing her and the rest of the family then.
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About an hour ago I got an unexpected visit from my sister and niece wondering if I was OK! My phone has been having intermittent ringing issues and they hadn't been able to get hold of me! I will have to post more frequently just to make sure everyone knows I'm OK.

So in the last few weeks I've seen "The Sorcerers Apprentice" at the cinema, I've been re-reading a number of series, starting with Anita Blake, as a result I've been reading ebooks on my iPod. I've also been listening to podcasts also on my iPod.

I regraded my ISP which reduced my monthly outlay but caused my website at www.dendarii.co.uk to disappear, as I have now only got 100MB of space, luckily I had just mirrored everything to www.iiradned.co.uk and I have now got my site back and my disk space to less than 100MB.

On the last Wednesday of last month I had to attend a Back to Work seminar, which suggested options, most of which I have been doing already. Then got a very cheap day return to London so I could got the the Science Museum and the Space Lates. I even built an explorer robot!

My eyes were due for their bi-annual checkup, they have actually got slightly better. I didn't need new glasses but since I'm on jobseekers allowance I could get long distance lenses for free, so I got a spare set.

For the last week or so I've been having problems with my phone / adsl internet. Currently the speed is so low that video streaming is impossible, though text browsing and email still get through. We've been unable to find out why so I've had to order a 3G dongle for emergencies.

Last week my electric kettle cracked so I bought a new stainless steel one from Argus, at only £9.99 it appears to be excellent value.

This weekend is my niece's birthday so I'll be seeing her and the rest of the family then.
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Last Saturday week I woke up with a muscle spasm in my left calf muscle. It had tightened to the size of a tennis ball and was very painful for a few minutes. After it finally relaxed I did have some issues with walking, so had to take the train to town, instead of as usual walking.

I had a few deliveries of books, ordered from Amazon since Easter. I've even started reading some of them!

Last Sunday I went to the local cinema to see "How to Train Your Dragon" an animated feature with very odd selections of accents, and some very different dragon designs. This was Followed by "Kick-Ass" an almost real world super hero story, that takes as it's premise why are there no super heroes in the real world. Even so some of the character were almost unbelievable.

On Monday I went to the Hawth to see the movie "Where the Wild Things Are" only to discovered it had been cancelled, as only 4 people had booked to view it!

Yesterday was the monthly Late at the Science Museum with an evening exploring the Science of Beauty. I tried a couple of table top experiments, trying to kebab a balloon, and making coat hangers sound like Big Ben! The main even for me was the Centenary Talk: Beautiful Mind with Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell who discussed her life in Astro-Physics, including the discovery of Pulsars. This was an hour long and made it impossible to get to any of the other talks / workshops. Left earlier than usual.
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As mentioned last time, I did go to the Prince Charles Cinema to see "Moon" in the main viewing screen downstairs, using my free ticket gained when I signed up. It's a bit like a lower budget 2001 or a and updated Silent Running, or a cerebral Dark Star. ie an excellent movie with a tour de force performance by Sam Rockwell. Possible Hugo nominee for next year.

Yesterday I took the day off, for two reasons. There is a guided walking tour of Clerkenwell (where I work) every Wednesday morning from 11:00am and after working in the area for over 20 years I thought I should learn a bit of the history.

There were only 3 people on the walk, and our guide was Maria Pedrocco Hanrahan. Note I'm going to retrace my steps virtually using Google Maps. We started outside Farringdon station (one of the oldest underground stations in the world). We started walking past The Castle, the only pub in the UK with a pawnbroker license, from the Prince Regent! Walked down Turnmill Street, then left into Benjamin Street, and through the park, originally the burial ground for St John's priory. We left oposite a house commissioned by Janet Street Porter on the corner of Britton Street and Albion Place. We continued down Britton Street until nearly to the Jerusalem Tavern opposite Mountford House, originally a Gin distillery! Then down Briset Street to St John Lane where we walked through St John's Gate, crossed Clerkenwell Road and then to St John's Square, outside the unchurch like St John's Church, which is a private church, so we couldn't go in. Then through Jerusalem Passage and then down Aylesbury Street to Clerkenwell Green where the Lenin Library (at No 37) is, it was previously a Welsh School, past the old Middlesex assizes court house to the actual Clerk's Well that the area is named after.

I've got to stop now to get back to work! Continue tomorrow.
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As mentioned last time, I did go to the Prince Charles Cinema to see "Moon" in the main viewing screen downstairs, using my free ticket gained when I signed up. It's a bit like a lower budget 2001 or a and updated Silent Running, or a cerebral Dark Star. ie an excellent movie with a tour de force performance by Sam Rockwell. Possible Hugo nominee for next year.

Yesterday I took the day off, for two reasons. There is a guided walking tour of Clerkenwell (where I work) every Wednesday morning from 11:00am and after working in the area for over 20 years I thought I should learn a bit of the history.

There were only 3 people on the walk, and our guide was Maria Pedrocco Hanrahan. Note I'm going to retrace my steps virtually using Google Maps. We started outside Farringdon station (one of the oldest underground stations in the world). We started walking past The Castle, the only pub in the UK with a pawnbroker license, from the Prince Regent! Walked down Turnmill Street, then left into Benjamin Street, and through the park, originally the burial ground for St John's priory. We left oposite a house commissioned by Janet Street Porter on the corner of Britton Street and Albion Place. We continued down Britton Street until nearly to the Jerusalem Tavern opposite Mountford House, originally a Gin distillery! Then down Briset Street to St John Lane where we walked through St John's Gate, crossed Clerkenwell Road and then to St John's Square, outside the unchurch like St John's Church, which is a private church, so we couldn't go in. Then through Jerusalem Passage and then down Aylesbury Street to Clerkenwell Green where the Lenin Library (at No 37) is, it was previously a Welsh School, past the old Middlesex assizes court house to the actual Clerk's Well that the area is named after.

I've got to stop now to get back to work! Continue tomorrow.
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Been quite busy this last week. At work we had to have 2 tape drives in our tape library replaces, allowing our backups to run successfully again.

Last weekend my niece turned 18, so a immediate family fondue was held at lunch time on Saturday, and a buffet style lunch / tea occurred on Sunday afternoon for less immediate family (L went clubbing on Saturday night to celebrate legal drinking!)

Strictly Come Dancing started up too and I've been watching the Friday and Saturday dancing, with background every evening on It Takes two.

Autumn is certainly here as it's been misty first thing and the leaves are drying out (but not going the proper autumnal shade. I did manage to take a walk around Bedelands last Saturday afternoon, and saw a couple of fungi, but no interesting leaves and just a few dried up blackberries.

The tree on my front lawn, chopped down before I went off to Montreal, has now been moved and I can see the grass once again (under a layer of dead leaves!)

Yesterday I went to the local cinema to see the animated feature "Cloudy, with a Chance of Meatballs" in which mad science really goes to town. Followed by another very short bike ride, Hopefully before Christmas I'll be able to ride it into town. Talking of Christmas, last weekend when shopping I saw my first Christmas cakes, Chocolate money and Christmas puddings. It's 3 months to Christmas wouldn't they be past their sell by date if bought now?

I've managed to install Windows XP in a Virtual PC on my Dell laptop running Ubuntu/Mint. There are just a few things that won't run under Linux (audible.com audio books, Palm Desktop?, Pegasus Mail, Internet Explorer and a few other bits and bobs including remote access to work).

Tonight I hope to see "Moon" at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. It's had excellent reviews so hope it'll be good. It's also on on Wednesday but there will be a Science Museum late then. so I'll be in South Kensington instead.
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Been quite busy this last week. At work we had to have 2 tape drives in our tape library replaces, allowing our backups to run successfully again.

Last weekend my niece turned 18, so a immediate family fondue was held at lunch time on Saturday, and a buffet style lunch / tea occurred on Sunday afternoon for less immediate family (L went clubbing on Saturday night to celebrate legal drinking!)

Strictly Come Dancing started up too and I've been watching the Friday and Saturday dancing, with background every evening on It Takes two.

Autumn is certainly here as it's been misty first thing and the leaves are drying out (but not going the proper autumnal shade. I did manage to take a walk around Beadlands last Saturday afternoon, and saw a couple of fungi, but no interesting leaves and just a few dried up blackberries.

The tree on my front lawn, chopped down before I went off to Montreal, has now been moved and I can see the grass once again (under a layer of dead leaves!)

Yesterday I went to the local cinema to see the animated feature "Cloudy, with a Chance of Meatballs" in which mad science really goes to town. Followed by another very short bike ride, Hopefully before Christmas I'll be able to ride it into town. Talking of Christmas, last weekend when shopping I saw my first Christmas cakes, Chocolate money and Christmas puddings. It's 3 months to Christmas wouldn't they be past their sell by date if bought now?

I've managed to install Windows XP in a Virtual PC on my Dell laptop running Ubuntu/Mint. There are just a few things that won't run under Linux (audible.com audio books, Palm Desktop?, Pegasus Mail, Internet Explorer and a few other bits and bobs including remote access to work).

Tonight I hope to see "Moon" at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. It's had excellent reviews so hope it'll be good. It's also on on Wednesday but there will be a Science Museum late then. so I'll be in South Kensington instead.

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