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£350 for a Habitat Radius console table?

Sep
30
you'll be lucky I'm sure ours was about £120...


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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. Married to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

Bank reduced my mortgage payment

Sep
30
Hmm suppose this might be a good thing, my mortgage payment just dropped by £200... Don't think the bank let me know, but luckily I was looking at my statements. Their interest rate dropped, because the base rate dropped, so they had to reduce everyone's payments. I was overpaying a bit, so I'd rather have kept the payments at the same level. Think I've sorted it and it's back to where it was. Looks like I'll be paid off in less than ten years, maybe a lot less. Officially have 14 years left on this mortgage. I got a quick quote elsewhere and I could change the loan period to ten years, have no arrangement fee (they're a massive con, just frontloading interest payments) and fix my current payments to what I'm paying now. Sounds good, but the actual interest rate I'd be paying it significantly higher than I'm paying right now, so I should be paid off in less than ten. Nice! What would we do with the extra money we'd have every month that was not going on the mortgage? Put it towards holidays? We could have a big holiday every six months with the same money I think! In ten years Harry is going to be looking at universities and who knows what that will cost by that point...
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Bonus day off on Monday

Sep
29
Well not strictly a bonus day off it was all planned in advance and everything, but a day off in which we could just have a day off. Not with particular horrible tasks to perform. Of course Clare filled this up with shopping, but this was OK. We went to Canterbury and she bought some new boots and we had a lovely lunch in Veg Box Cafe. It has moved since we last went there, it's smaller and a bit more streamlined now but very good. I had burger and various salads and Clare had quiche and salads. Good puddings, we had two vegan cheesecakes.
I particularly like the kimchi they had their recipe on the wall, very simple, I might give it a go.

I took the Peugeot for MOT on the way there, and it passed just fine. To collect it later I walked from home to Zanchi Motors, about an hour's walk, so I certainly did my steps that day.

Lovely to have a day off WEIRD to not go to a pub for any part of it though.
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Shakin' Stevens???

Sep
29
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BIZARRE, I put Radio Two on the other day, in the car, I almost never listen to this. Even more bizarre it was the Steve Wright show and I didn't immediately put my foot through the radio and crash the car. Then there was a song, I thought it was quite good, and it turned out to be the new Shakin' Stevens single. Who knew he was still alive??? He's done a Who Do You Think You Are and the new album is possibly inspired by things he found out then. He's touring too, I bet Kerry wants to go.
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That reminds me how on earth is the Lord Morris still open?

Sep
28
I walked to fetch the car from it's MOT, and this took me past the Lord Morris. I assumed this had closed long ago but it's still going, how strange.
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The weekend, what I can still remember of it

Sep
28
Great weekend, we headed off to Mum and Dad's after picking Harry up from school, so he arrived dressed as a caveman still. Fine drive down there, despite it being rush hour, and there being two serious accidents on the way that we missed. We had had our tea in the car, they were just having chips when we arrived so I had a cheeky second tea. The boys mostly watched TV and didn't speak to anyone until bed time, they'd really been looking forward to watching a show that only Nanny and Bazzer have... After they went to bed Dad and I went to the Seagull for a few pints which was great. That pub is really busy, despite being enormous. It's really odd, when so many other pubs have closed down.
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Saturday evening OUT to the CINEMA

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I never go to the cinema, I generally don't like the cinema experience. Dave suggested The Man Who Fell To Earth at a new-ish arts cinema in Portsmouth Dockyard, so let's go! This is much better, small screen, no annoying people, a nice bar, you can take your drinks in. Good film, no adverts or trailers, instead we got a talk from a film lecturer at Portsmouth Uni. This was brilliant.

Strange old film, I'd not seen it before, David Bowie of course. I have lots of questions about it but I suspect the answers are just not out there. It's more a piece of visual art than a story that makes sense I think.

After we were going to go for a drink in Southsea, but as Andy didn't make it and it would be just me on the beer, I suggested we head back to Fareham. So went for a couple in The Fareham (aka The Cheese and Ale) so Dave could drop off his car and join in too. A great night, bit different to the normal sessions when I go down that way.

Walked back from Fareham, GREAT, but the fitbit battery had gone so that's about 5000 steps I am denied.
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We walked past the Gordon Arms, it is definitely closed

There is work going on there, to turn it into a house or flats I suppose.
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Saturday morning we headed for an early lunch to Pie and Vinyl

Picked up Jack and drove down to find Pie and Vinyl where we were meeting Dave and family. Took a bit of a detour on the way which suited Jack, he found lots more pokemons. Pie and Vinyl is fantastic, great atmosphere being in a record shop having a lunch. We were about the first ones in there and spread ourselves out. I loved my vegan pie, I went for the Aubergine Jeanie, to tie in with the David Bowie theme of the weekend, really good. The boys did not eat much of theirs but they did love the soft drinks being served up in old teapots.

There was a street market all down Castle Road lots of interesting stuff. Wish I'd got a Tricorn t-shirt now. We headed from there across the common to Pirate Pete's which all the boys loved, then from there via Nan's house back home again.
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Second DPD courier delivery arrived OK

Sep
28
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Clare was in when the DPD courier came back with the second parcel of vw beetle bits and the delivery went smoothly. She asked him what happened with the previous parcel and he said "I left it in your safe place - the garden of number 9". WHAT? This was not what we agreed. He checked where he left it, and it's gone, and there's no answer at number 9. He did not explain why he left it next door, but he thought everything was ok now we had a second parcel. I'm happy with this to be honest but VW Heritage who sent out the parts must be annoyed. Number 9 has not mentioned having a parcel for us, I suppose it might have been stolen or something from there. We have not seen her, and we don't really speak much anyway.

At least now I have a new handbrake cable and door card grommets so sooner or later I can get it fixed and stop having to park on the flat in gear. Not this week though.
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Loads more vegan cheese

Sep
28
You can't move for vegans these days, sainsbury are making loads of new cheese, great!
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Twenty years ago today I was at Longpigs at the Astoria

Sep
27
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Don't remember this. I did like them a lot, but can't remember details of this gig. Was it part of a series?

On the subject of gigs I don't remember Clare's old American flatmate mentioned to her on Facebook the other day one of his memories, when they met Neil Hannon on the tube when they were all on the way to a secret Cure gig. She is struggling with this memory, you think it would stand out. Emma is also struggling with it, maybe going through old diaries would help.
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Got a new idea for family tree styling

Sep
27
Right now I have code structured something like this to do the family tree on the homepage. Using our real family data to make it clear who goes where:

UL
LI
UL
LI Dad
LI Mum
/UL
Paul (me)
OL
LI Harry
LI Tommy
/OL
/LI
/UL

so that neatly shows that Mum and Dad are my parents, and Harry and Tommy are my children. It's scalable, I can neatly add in more children for the children and more parents for the parents and so on, but it doesn't allow for Clare, or for Kerry, they should fit in there too. So I need a rethink. I wonder if it can be more like:
who goes where:

UL
LI
UL.parents
LI Dad
LI Mum
/UL
OL
LI
Paul (me)
DIV.spouse Clare
OL
LI Harry
LI Tommy
/OL
/LI
LI
Kerry
OL
LI George
LI Jack
/OL
/LI
/OL
/LI
/UL

If I can style that nicely, then it could be a goer...

Just thinking out loud here really, this means nothing to you...

The problem with a family tree is it's very hard to show all of parents, children, siblings, and spouse at the same time on a two dimensional chart. If you can do it with html I think you have to differentiate between traversing up the tree, and traversing down the tree... a chart of descendents is a bit different to a chart of ancestors. Think I can do it though. I'm using UL (unordered list html element) to mean "parents" and OL (ordered list element) to mean children... sort of works, not too weird I don't think.

Clare said "can't you just look up how other people have done it and just copy the best one?". I should do more investigation, but I think that this could be the best one... we'll see.

My styling so far is at /css/_tree.css. I started from this css3 chart but soon hit its limitations.
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I've implemented that now, it's on the homepage

See it here, at least most of that idea. We now have grandchildren, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all on the same chart and it looks ok. I've also added little arrows to the top of the top level to show you can traverse further up the tree that way, and will do the same if you can go further down the tree. You can go further by clicking on the siblings for example - I did try adding children of siblings in too, it works, but it makes the page far too wide. Click around, the chart is already far too wide if someone has 10 loads of children...

I've not added the spouse in yet, but that should be fairly simple, as long as someone has only one spouse. In cases where people have two families with two spouses it's complex, have to just pick one and only show that family.

I still haven't updated about the weekend yet, and I did LOADS. Just been too obsessed with this family tree css every waking minute.
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Same DPD driver is redelivering my parcel today

Sep
27
Let's see what happens, will he come to the correct house today? DPD are still claiming that he did come to the correct house originally. Somebody somewhere is stockpiling VW Beetle handbrake cables...
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Think I have broken the styling of the site

Sep
25
Fiddling with the family tree CSS I have broken some of the other styling of the site, bah...
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and fixed again

left an open brace in my family tree css...
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Amazing weekend

Sep
25
Too much to report, back later. Enjoyed our time in Southsea and Portsmouth Dockyard hugely.
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That's not my safe place

Sep
23
DPD just delivered a parcel, and I got an email to say it's been left in the safe place agreed, they send a picture too as proof... but that's not our house. Looks like it's outside, and from those stones it looks like the side of our house (not where I asked it to be left) but it's not our house, we don't have piles of cardboard out like that. So where is it???
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Update on the missing parcel:

DPD got hold of the driver and he confirmed that he delivered it to [our address]. The driver said that as you walk towards the property, there is a garage to the right of the front door and to the right of that, a gate. Apparently the package is through the gate and behind the bin. The drivers GPS tracking also shows that he delivered to the correct address

No he didn't, that's not a description of our house, we do not have a garage.
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Caveman day at school

Sep
23
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Had to redo those furry boots when we got to school as they were slipping down, and the headteacher quickly suggested a weapons amnesty when she saw the stone axe, but we got there. With all the leopard print and back combing it was more like a Motley Crue video than a faithful stone age experience, but never mind.

Hmm I still can't hotlink images here how I'd like so here it is...
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Paul Clarke's - I work and live in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. married to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly js, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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