Paul Clarke's Blog (Pauly's Soapbox)

Surprise free afternoon

Last minute T21 decided he did want to go to grandpa's house. So quickly to town to get the jumper and trainers, successful mission. Just resisted buying the new Richard Osman book, because I have a few queued up to read first. Then home, lunch and take him round there. T1 had done sports club in the morning and walked there himself, via the supermarket. I know he went to the supermarket because I got an alert on my phone that he'd used his phone to buy some lunch, very nice. Well, I couldn't see what he'd bought, but he'd spent an appropriate amount of money for a lunch. Anyway, Clare gone off to work so just to drive T2 round there... and the beetle won't start. It's the battery thing, same as the other day. Seems I was lucky to get it home from the station on Wednesday. So Grandpa came round to collect T2, I put the battery on charge, and now I'm all alone.

I've put a bolognaise in the slow cooker, called up a friend, and we're off to the Clarendon for a couple of hours.

I've done some work on this website today, some tidying up, it's basically imperceptible but I know it's been done.

Ooh also got my Appetite For Destruction down off the wall for the first time in years, played it, and it's got a scratch on it! First one of my records that has done so far.

  1. T2 = "thing two", last time I'm going to say it...
Sat Sep 24 2022...
Energy usage graph, electricity and gas - 🕖 is cost at getting up time... Graph line from 1.36 to 35.0p last week p last week Graph line from 1.42 to 43.08p p 🕖 £0.62 By 7:00 on Sat Sep 17 cost was £0.62 Sat £5.27 Total cost for Sat Sep 17 was £5.27 🕖 £0.82 By 7:00 on Sun Sep 18 cost was £0.82 Sun £4.29 Total cost for Sun Sep 18 was £4.29 🕖 £0.73 By 7:00 on Mon Sep 19 cost was £0.73 Mon £3.88 Total cost for Mon Sep 19 was £3.88 🕖 £0.67 By 7:00 on Tue Sep 20 cost was £0.67 Tue £3.14 Total cost for Tue Sep 20 was £3.14 🕖 £0.64 By 7:00 on Wed Sep 21 cost was £0.64 Wed £2.86 Total cost for Wed Sep 21 was £2.86 🕖 £0.63 By 7:00 on Thu Sep 22 cost was £0.63 Thu £2.91 Total cost for Thu Sep 22 was £2.91 🕖 £0.64 By 7:00 on Fri Sep 23 cost was £0.64 Fri £2.96 Total cost for Fri Sep 23 was £2.96 Y axis of graph 0 - 5 - 10 - 15 - 20 - 25 - 30 - 35 - 40 - X axis of graph Sep 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

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Health stats 24/9/22

🚶 4119 steps ❤️ 57 bpm 67.0kg 20.8% fat

your daily target Best ever daily steps: 38155 on Sat, Sep 14, 19 Sat was the best since Sun, Aug 28's 13387 10k - 20k - 30k - 57 bpm ❤︎ 40% stress 67kg 6110 my target 7824 Thu, Sep 15 8114 Fri, Sep 16 12758 Sat, Sep 17 4243 Sunday 6243 Monday 3895 Tuesday 9815 Wednesday 1876 days of data 2786 Thursday 5349 Friday 4119 (so far) Saturday

10k: Ten kilometres, just over six miles to you. Sometimes talking about 10,000 steps though, an arbitrary daily step-count target.

20k: Twenty km, just over twelve miles.

Energy usage graph, electricity and gas - 🕖 is cost at getting up time... Graph line from 1.36 to 35.0p last week p last week Graph line from 1.42 to 43.08p p 🕖 £0.62 By 7:00 on Sat Sep 17 cost was £0.62 Sat £5.27 Total cost for Sat Sep 17 was £5.27 🕖 £0.82 By 7:00 on Sun Sep 18 cost was £0.82 Sun £4.29 Total cost for Sun Sep 18 was £4.29 🕖 £0.73 By 7:00 on Mon Sep 19 cost was £0.73 Mon £3.88 Total cost for Mon Sep 19 was £3.88 🕖 £0.67 By 7:00 on Tue Sep 20 cost was £0.67 Tue £3.14 Total cost for Tue Sep 20 was £3.14 🕖 £0.64 By 7:00 on Wed Sep 21 cost was £0.64 Wed £2.86 Total cost for Wed Sep 21 was £2.86 🕖 £0.63 By 7:00 on Thu Sep 22 cost was £0.63 Thu £2.91 Total cost for Thu Sep 22 was £2.91 🕖 £0.64 By 7:00 on Fri Sep 23 cost was £0.64 Fri £2.96 Total cost for Fri Sep 23 was £2.96 Y axis of graph 0 - 5 - 10 - 15 - 20 - 25 - 30 - 35 - 40 - X axis of graph Sep 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

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Up early but no parkrun for me

Not sure if I'm feeling sprightly enough for it or not. Feeling alright right now but have been a bit tired and wheezy every other day this week, so giving it a miss again. Up early anyway to take T11 to sports club. Of course he's changed his mind about going now. His cousin is not going and he's not a fan of socialising with other people he doesn't know well. Also he hurt his leg playing football this week, but I think it's more the first issue. I have said go along and if the leg gets too bad phone me and I'll come and pick you up. I would have hated this sort of thing when I was that age, but I would not have agreed to go to a sports club anyway. He loves doing sports and constantly wants to play football, so this has got eo be a good opportunity for him.

T2 wants to do some more baking today, to make some shortbread. He can do it entirely unattended, so why not. I won't be doing too much, though we did say we'd go to town in the afternoon to get him new trainers and a school jumper. Exciting times.

I like the sound of these shoes made of captured carbon, they're the same brand that I have right now. If they have those new cheaty springs in there, if that's what they're using the captured carbon for then I might get some. They don't actually exist now.

  1. Remember yesterday I said I was going to change from calling them thing one and thing two to just T1 and T2.
Sat Sep 24 2022...

Astonishing budget

This is ridiculous, Kwasi Kwarteng has scrapped the top rate of tax. Yeah those earning more than £150k a year are the ones who most need help! And who earns more than £150k a year? Why step forward Kwasi Kwarteng! It feels like a joke budget, helping out the very rich, scrapping the cap on bankers bonuses.

It has made the value of the pound crash, and the shares too. That little detail probably shows I am not one of the worst affected by today's budget changes, it's a first world middle class problem to worry about these sort of things, it's a luxury to even be aware of them.

Very busy at work again and no let up next week either. But it's all good stuff!

Quiet night in, and tomorrow too. Clare working, couldn't go to the Inn Doors even if it was open. We might watch another Marvel movie while she is out. Then in the morning thing one1 has sports club and is meeting a friend for the afternoon so T2 and I are going down town to try and replace a lost school jumper, get some new trainers ready for his school residential trip and maybe have lunch together out somewhere. I bet he wants a Subway.

Clare is still not drinking this month, I have slipped slightly. Well I'm left in on my own without any supervision.

Still not feeling quite well enough for parkrun so will almost certainly give it another miss.

  1. Should I start calling them T1 and T2 from now on? I think I will...
Fri Sep 23 2022...

Health stats 23/9/22

🚶 5349 steps ❤️ 58 bpm 67.0kg 20.8% fat

Inflation at its highest for fourteen years

Inflation rises again to 2.25%, highest since 2008. This is a good time not to have a mortgage, and it will improve the chances in the premium bonds too. But not so good for people who do have a mortgage and don't have premium bonds. It makes my approximately 2% loss on my stonks investments over the past two years look even worse.

Another busy day, but at least from home. I'm tired out from yesterday, is this that long covid you get now? I'm even thinking of not going pack to parkrun on Saturday.

Thu Sep 22 2022...

Health stats 22/9/22

🚶 2786 steps ❤️ 53 bpm 67.1kg 22.5% fat

Bonus day in London

Generous use of the word "bonus" there, it was in no way a treat, it was just a non-usual day in London. Usually I try and do only Thursday, but this week Clare had Wednesday off so it worked out better. Very busy day, though a nice wrap for lunch. Think I have found the best place, in a shop on Leather Lane. Best avoid the stalls I think as they seem to fix prices, everyone wants £8 now for a wrap, bit much. At home lunch would be more or less free, or at max £3 if I have to go and buy it.

Bit of excitement in the morning, and slightly tense all day. Got the beetle in the last free parking space at Folkestone West and realised I was a bit close to the car behind. Completely boxed him in, and while there wasn't a lot of space I could move forward a few centimetres. Put the key in and it would not turn over. I had to leave it and get my train. Now thinking 1) when the person I'd boxed in came back, would they try and shunt me out of the way? 2) even if they don't, if the car won't start, what am I going to do?

As it turned out it was fine when I got back, the car behind was still boxed in, but the beetle drove just fine.

Home now and we're watching Shrek II. Not my choice. Clare is working nights for the next four days, which messes up our good TV. We can't watch Bake Off Extra Slice without her, nor the new series of Ghosts on Friday.

Thing two's guitar club went well by all accounts.

Wed Sep 21 2022...

Health stats 21/9/22

🚶 9815 steps ❤️ 51 bpm 61.8kg 18.7% fat

Nice take on no fee Eurostar...

Lovely, I've got four eurostar tickets "in the wood", couldn't use them last year because of the covid, and couldn't get a refund, so I pushed them to a date this year. Just picked any date, as I can move them with no fee. Now I have confirmed dates in December when we want to use them, and there's "no fee", but it's an extra £200 to move them to new dates as all tickets are more expensive than when I booked them. I already paid about a hundred quid to move them from last year because prices had gone up then too. This trip is going to cost us a mint.

I said I was going to do "premium economy" and smash the free drinks, as it was only £10 more when I did it on my midlife eurotour, and I thought it would be nice for everyone, get brought food and drinks... but it's £45 more per person to do it this time, so sorry everyone!

We're going for one night in Brussels and two nights in Cologne, and then doing the long journey home, Cologned, to Brussels, to London, to hear. We were going to try and do the long journey on the way out, but the trains did not quite work out. It's all feeling a bit of a rush actually...

Watching Great British Bake Off now, then early to bed as I'm on a 6:30 train to London. Normally I go on a Thursday but this works out better as Clare has the day off. Thing two has his first guitar lesson tomorrow too, so he has to take his new guitar to school. I think he's slightly lost interest already, he's not as enthused about it in advanced as he might be.

Iron Maiden thirty-two years ago today.

Tue Sep 20 2022...

Health stats 20/9/22

🚶 3895 steps ❤️ 50 bpm 67.4kg 21.2% fat

There is new entry in my valuable vinyl chart

I went in the loft looking for a box of records which I'm sure exists (I'm sure I have a Queen II and a Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill at least) and I could not find that, but I did find a box of seven inch singles, and one of them has a good value! It's by The Mountain Goats, I don't think I've ever played it, but it has sold on discogs.com for £88. So here's my top ten now, with the average price they sell for.

  1. The Beatles - Revolver £161.33
  2. Pulp - His 'N' Hers £96.09
  3. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band £73.31
  4. Suede - Suede £71.63
  5. The Darkness - Permission To Land £70.40
  6. The Beatles - Rubber Soul £61.59
  7. Feeder - Two Colours £61.11
  8. The Mountain Goats - Songs About Fire £60.72
  9. Stereophonics - Performance And Cocktails £55.00
  10. David Devant And His Spirit Wife - Work, Lovelife, Miscellaneous £53.01

I finally fixed the Feeder entry on discogs.com, I had the price for the CD single for ages, which I don't own, but the 7seven inch is also a good price. The Beatles records are old and not in perfect condition, but not awful. The others aer all at least near mint condition. I've got two copies of the David Devant one too.

I think if I can sell that Mountain Goats single I will, I have no attachment to it.

Mon Sep 19 2022...

Paul Clarke's weblog - I live in Hythe. Wed to Clare and father to 2, I'm a full-stack web engineer, and I do mostly js / nodejs, some ruby, python, php ect ect. I like pubs, running, eating, home automation + other diy stuff, history, genealogy, TV, squirrels, pirates, lego, and time travel.