Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Health stats 18/4/24

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Passing clouds. 7 - 11℃

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Dentist three days in a row

Please no more dentist! Monday accompanying Clare to have her wisdom teeth out. Then after a bad night back to the dentist the next day just to check if this much blood was normal. They said OK. Then today, Clare still off, still in pain, but it's my turn to go to the dentist. Just a check-up though and all good. Done with dentists for the week now I hope.

As she is home tomorrow recovering I have run out of excuses not to commute to London tomorrow, so it looks like that is happening. I might go in two days in a row next week again too. Wednesday we have a team lunch, and Thursday MJ Hibbett is playing a gig that I would like to go to.

Very busy, but all good.

Light rain showers and a moderate breeze, 5 - 11℃.

Energy usage

Energy usage graph, electricity and gas - 🕖 is cost at getting up time... Graph line from 1.65 to 87.62p last week p last week Graph line from 2.02 to 55.42p p 🕖 £0.88 By 6:30 on Fri Apr 12 cost was £0.88 7:30 is peak energy use period 8:00 is peak energy use period 8:30 is super peak energy use period 9:00 is super peak energy use period 9:30 is peak energy use period 10:00 is peak energy use period 🐙 free! 2024-04-12 had free energy 2024-04-12 had free energy 2024-04-12 had free energy 2024-04-12 had free energy 2024-04-12 had free energy 2024-04-12 had free energy 2024-04-12 had free energy 17:30 is peak energy use period 18:00 is peak energy use period Fri £3.99-ish Total cost for Fri Apr 12 was £3.99 APPROXIMATELY, with £1.78 free 🕖 £0.83 By 6:30 on Sat Apr 13 cost was £0.83 Sat £3.76 Total cost for Sat Apr 13 was £3.76 Sun £0.83 Total cost for Sun Apr 14 was £0.83 🕖 £0.98 By 6:30 on Mon Apr 15 cost was £0.98 7:30 is peak energy use period 8:00 is peak energy use period 8:30 is super peak energy use period 9:00 is super peak energy use period 9:30 is peak energy use period 10:00 is peak energy use period 15:30 is peak energy use period 16:00 is peak energy use period 16:30 is super peak energy use period 17:00 is super peak energy use period 17:30 is peak energy use period 18:00 is peak energy use period Mon £4.59 Total cost for Mon Apr 15 was £4.59 🕖 £1.22 By 6:30 on Tue Apr 16 cost was £1.22 7:30 is peak energy use period 8:00 is peak energy use period 8:30 is super peak energy use period 9:00 is super peak energy use period 9:30 is peak energy use period 10:00 is peak energy use period 15:30 is peak energy use period 16:00 is peak energy use period 16:30 is super peak energy use period 17:00 is super peak energy use period 17:30 is peak energy use period 18:00 is peak energy use period Tue £5.66 Total cost for Tue Apr 16 was £5.66 🕖 £1.08 By 6:30 on Wed Apr 17 cost was £1.08 7:30 is peak energy use period 8:00 is peak energy use period 8:30 is super peak energy use period 9:00 is super peak energy use period 9:30 is peak energy use period 10:00 is peak energy use period 15:30 is peak energy use period 16:00 is peak energy use period 16:30 is super peak energy use period 17:00 is super peak energy use period 17:30 is peak energy use period 18:00 is peak energy use period Wed £5.74 Total cost for Wed Apr 17 was £5.74 🕖 £1.12 By 6:30 on Thu Apr 18 cost was £1.12 7:30 is peak energy use period 8:00 is peak energy use period 8:30 is super peak energy use period 9:00 is super peak energy use period 9:30 is peak energy use period 10:00 is peak energy use period 15:30 is peak energy use period 16:00 is peak energy use period 16:30 is super peak energy use period 17:00 is super peak energy use period 17:30 is peak energy use period 18:00 is peak energy use period Thu £6.94 Total cost for Thu Apr 18 was £6.94 Y axis of graph 0 - 50 - X axis of graph Apr 13 14 15 16 17 18

This week 20 years ago

25 years ago

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ The football

I was following along online last night as Portsmouth played a decisive match. If they win they're league one champions. If they draw they're second and still get promoted. Eighty-odd minutes and they're two one down! This was not in the script! Then when I turned my back they scored another two and won it. Big old pitch invasion apparently. Championship next year then.

Light rain showers and a moderate breeze, 5 - 11℃.

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Health stats 17/4/24

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Scattered showers. Passing clouds. 6 - 9℃

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Health stats 16/4/24

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Scattered showers. Passing clouds. 6 - 9℃

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Health stats 15/4/24

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Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Artists of the week, commencing Sunday 14th April

Status Quo, Blur, Def Leppard

Doughnut of ROCK - the types of music I listened to this week 25% ROCK \m/
  •    19% Indie
  •    9% Alternative
  •    3% Britpop
  •    3% Singer-songwriter
  •    2% Pop
  •    2% Electronic
  •    1% Folk
  •    1% Metal
  •    1% Post-punk
  •    1% New wave
  •    1% Punk
  •    1% Soul

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Exercise stats 14/4/24

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Passing clouds. 8 - 11℃

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Why did all the Little Chefs disappear?

Looks to be because someone asset stripped the company, but still the BBC are asking the question. I would not normally be interested, but the Chameleon cafe at the bottom of the road in Seabrook used to be a Little Chef. Feels like you only got Little Chefs on an actual route somewhere, so maybe Seabrook was a real place at some point. We do feel like a sleepy backwater these days.

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Don't

Don't.

We just watched the Better Call Saul episode that responds to the end of series episode where Mike finds the "don't" notice on his car where he was lining up to shoot Hector Salamanca.

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ Eleven bags of garden waste cleared

Does not look any better.

Back garden after clearing eleven bags of bush trimmings...

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ No idea what the poster says

Nick Helm show tonight was amazing. I possibly missed the best bit, when he talked about how much he liked KISS right before the interval, when I'd already ducked out to the toilet. But it was all exactly my sort of show, so glad to have been there. Met Nick after the show and he signed a vinyl copy of his album for me, but he wrote a very rude word on it (a call back to something in the show), so I'm not sharing that here right now, so here's a copy of the poster too. No idea what it says1. See he's playing Fareham too, you should go. I wonder if we can go again..? And also London... I'm coming up with a plan...

Nick Helm tour poster

Before the show we went to The Firkin Alehouse and The Beer Shop, and both were great. Got a real ale in both.

Blog ≫ 2024 ≫ I wasn't even lying about Amy Winehouse

Looking back on my own blog posts from 20 years ago and I found this where I was hooraying about your actual Amy Winehouse recommending my old website popex.com in an interview with the BBC. The link was dead even by 2007 so I thought it was gone forever... but a bit of digging and it has awesomely been archived here. Screen grab here, though it's quite long and I can't fit it all in, So the whole thing ripped off below. She mentions Popex twice she must have really liked it.

Amy Winehouse loved popex, my website, here is the proof on the BBC

It's great to read actually, not just because it is a now legendary pop star talking about something I made, but just reading the attitudes to the internets from twenty years ago "amazon is great for videos and CD's"... This is from her early days and it looks like it was a questionnaire that was sent out rather than an actual face to face interview. Still, thanks Amy.

I've not seen the new biopic, I don't know how many times they mention popex in that.

Amy Winehouse, singer chats to Net Celebrity about her internet interests.

Plus, win her album and signed t-shirt!

Net Life

How did you learn about the internet?

When I was a kid we had a computer with Compuserve on it at home. So I started getting into it when I was about 14.

Did you find it easy?

I've always loved computers, and have a real thing for typing. I love it, so I kind of found it very easy from the start.

What would you say is your main activity when you're online?

Sending e-mail is definitely the thing I use it for the most, it's great for keeping in touch.

What are your favourite sites?

One thing I love the most is films so IMBD. I used to be a journalist so I found it really helpful if I needed to get information on a particular film.

Also the Daily Script site, where you can download whole screenplays and print them if you've got enough paper. Oh yeah and another fav is Popex, oh I love that.

How about shopping, do you ever use the internet for shopping?

I have done, when I had too much money and not enough sense I used to go onto NET-A-PORTER all the time I live NET-A-PORTER, and there's a site Trashy.com which is an LA based lingerie company, where I always used to get little things from.

Agentprovocateur and Neiman Marcus are also great and obviously Amazon is also great for videos and CD's.

If you had a friend who was logging on for the first time, which site would you suggest they went to? Popex is great, it's such a laugh, it's like fantasy football but for people who love music.

If you don't use the internet very often, why not?

At the moment I haven't got the internet at home, but when I was at my mum's I was always on it. You couldn't keep me off it.

Have you ever taken part in a live web chat before?

I did my first web chat recently. My trumpet player came online and pretended to be a stranger asking me all these weird questions but I sussed it was him. It was really funny. And I got to type!

Net Fame

You seem to have appeared from nowhere to be nominated for 2 BRIT awards and an Ivor Novello award.

Well before I began promoting the album last October I was a journalist writing showbiz news. When I got bored of writing I became a secretary.

It was much more fun being bossed around and being a bit of a dogs body, making tea and seeing how the company runs.

I hooked up with a lovely guy, Nick Shemanski, who is my A & R man , he's always looked after me and sorted out studio time. So I always had the freedom to go to the studio when I got the time or the inspiration.

Tell us about the album - where did you get the inspiration?

It's quite an eclectic mix of reggae, jazz and soul. I would say my inspiration is from my favourite singers – Sarah Vaughan, Minnie Riperton and Dinah Washington.

But I'm also inspired by peope of my time like The Fugees and Erykah Badu.

So can people see you out and about on tour?

I'm so excited about going out on tour. I'm going to be taking part in a tribute to Billie Holiday which is great. She was definitely a pioneer to allow people to sing a song the way they wanted to sing it.

I'll definitely be taking some of that influence onto the stage when I'm on tour. Then I'm all over the country including London.

Net Love

How would you feel about looking for love online? Is it something you would do?

Very, very dubious. It's not really for me at the present time in my life. I'm more about meeting someone and being face to face with someone and having a connection not someone you meet from a computer.

If you could flirt in cyberspace with someone, who would it be?

This wouldn't really work for me, I want to see in front of me people I fancy so I can do rude things to them!

My question for Bruce is...

Is there a way around having to download the latest version of flash everytime I enter a new website?

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