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Good range of home automation at Maplin at the moment

Jul31
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See here, some of it looks a bit clunky and dated like the sockets you plug in to other sockets etc but they have lightwaverf (hmm is there any future in that) and lots more.

Tempted by these magnetic window catches but Clare is particularly unkeen...

Glossary:

lightwaverf: the light switches etc that I use to give me remote control of everything in the house
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"Limited Tickets remain"

Jul31
Leas Cliff Hall
Peter Andre 26th Sep (tickets)
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Oh so not an infinite number of tickets for the 1200-or-so capacity Leas Cliff Hall then? There is a limited number you say? Quite a lot left is my guess. Who on earth is going to this, when the tickets are over thirty quid???

Peter Andre - Live 26 Sep

Limited Tickets remain!

Singer and TV star Peter Andre returns to Folkestone on his first tour in 3 years, following the release of this new Album. Expect hits like Mysterious Girl, Behind Closed Doors & others from hit albums Revelations, Accelerate and Angels & Demons.
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Pay Day!

Jul31
And WFH today too, nice and quiet here as Clare is working today too and Harry and Tommy have gone off to Granny and Grandpa's for the day.
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Phoned the doctor

Jul30
Haven't had any feedback from the MRIs that I had a few weeks ago. Mum keeps telling me to phone them but I keep thinking "leave it another day, they'll call me". They haven't, so I called today (because it's properly hurting today) and the doctor is going to call me back. It had better be to say "we know exactly what it is just take this and it'll go away in a few days" or I'll be really annoyed...

Actually I'm annoyed already, if they're going to call me back it's because the results are in and they should have called me without me having to call them...

UPDATE: still annoyed, yes the results were in Manor Clinic don't seem to be very organised. Nothing to report though, head MRI all normal, neck and upper back MRI both show disk bulges but this is more or less normal and that's not where the pain is (though there might be pain there in the future as one is quite close to the spinal cord) so all we have is the original oddness at the bottom of the spine and I just have to sit tight and wait for the neurologist appointment in September. I can get more painkillers (and I should keep taking them) and I can get some more meds for the side effects, but no progress other than that, just have to wait. One good thing, the doctor will not recommend physio until I have seen the neurologist. I don't fancy physio, sounds like a lot of prodding about.
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Wall mounted Nespresso pod dispenser

Jul30
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We have a small kitchen and a new nespresso machine, we need a wall or cupboard mounted nespresso pod dispenser for it. And we have some birthday money, and amazon vouchers, and nespresso vouchers too, perfect. Lawks this one is over thirty quid! Are there any more out there?

Aha lots. If we go for this one do we need to invest in that whole Brabantia wall mount system? We like Brabantia we have a few bits already... I will investigate.

UPDATE: That Brabantia one is too small, I'd be refilling that every day...
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That Brazillian VW Split Screen in Folkestone has been relisted

Jul30
Can it really have a year's MOT if it doesn't have UK plates on it?

1974 brazilian import splitscreen combi bus. 1 years MOT .. 3k spent on this bus with receipts to show. All major works complete , engine needs tuning work. . This is an unfinished project that I am un able to complete due to other commitments . Bus need cosmetic work and spraying but is solid underneath and ready for the road..


Here it is anyway, currently at £5300 it ended at £10k last time it was listed, something clearly went wrong, the ad does not look super convincing to me.

Here are some more vw split screens listed on ebay right now:

£25,000.00 (21 Bids)
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£23,500.00
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£7,500.00 (34 Bids)
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Bargain Laura Ashley Milton table

Jul29
Here, interested to see what that goes for as it is knocked about a little. That is a nice range of furniture, we have the console table...

£105.61 (6 Bids)
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Arrabiata progress

Jul29
We have arrabiata every week, and I think our one is probably better even than the one I had in the restaurant, particularly with my new recip advance. I think it makes a difference frying the herbs and spices first, really makes it smell good when I'm cooking it too. This week when I was making it (on my Monday day off, ready for tea that night) I forgot the chili until the end, doh! But added paprika and oregano and a bit of rosemary in the oil first, fry gently, then add onion and garlic, fry more, then passata and then fresh basil. Then cooked chopped sausages to pad it out at the end (though Clare has meatballs). It is a delicious dinner. Just ate it reheated for lunch today which inspired me to post this, it was the best one yet.
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Birthday weekender: Soprano's

Jul29
Soprano's
Slightly in fear of eating in a chain restaurant, did not want to feel the wrath of Ro. He is very disdainful of us eating in chains, but the last time we followd his advice we had a disappointing Thai meal on Elm Grove. This time we found our own independent restaurant, fancied Italian so found Soprano's. And it was excellent! I had an adapted arrabiata, had a lot of veg in it. Can't quite remember what Clare had as got a bit drunk quite quickly, not used to going out at all. Before this I only had two pints in The Dolphin and a glass of vino collapso in All Bar One but I was pretty tipsy. Anyway, fabulous meal, recommend this place, we'll go back again.

Next stop: trying to walk to the station I think, planning to stop in the White Swan brewhouse pub on the way. Yeah that didn't quite work out...
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Our birthday weekender: The Dolphin

Jul29
The Dolphin
Had a couple of drinks in The Dolphin, High Street (Old Portsmouth) on leaving Gun Wharf, as part of our birthday weekender. I knew we'd passed a load of good looking pubs on this route when we'd walked it previously with the boys, and have been wanting to go back there for a while. We looked at one right by the ferry but decided on this one instead. Glad we did! Hmm wish we'd read this might not rush to get food there! The beer was great, we had a nice early evening sit and drink and chat before heading off to dinner...
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Nespresso Bongo

Jul29
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Clare got me a new coffee machine for my birthday, we're still figuring it out, but it's excellent. Does it really know how much water to put through based on which nespresso pod you put in? It seems to pump more water through a lungo coffee pod than through one of the espresso or ristretto ones. That's clever...
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Who is Paddy Casey?

Jul28
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Patrick "Paddy" Casey is an Irish singer-songwriter from Dublin, it says here. So why am I telling you that? I keep getting search hits on this website for Paddy Casey, I don't know why, but if you're here, there you go.
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Super birthday weekender

Jul28
Great weekend, rubbish journey down but a great [[birthday weekender] when we were there. Back with more details after I've done all my chores, but we've had three nice meals out and got in some good pub and wine bar action.
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Lovely meal at Blooms tonight

Jul25
Met up with some old friends this evening, and had a meal at Blooms at the bottom of the old high street. Had a lovely meal, pizza for me, everyone's was great. We ate early so Harry and Tommy could come with us and they had a great time too. We had a little walk around the harbour area before and after, it was a lovely evening.
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Cant't believe I missed "shed of the year"

Jul25
I watched the George Clarke's Amazing Spaces series and it was great, I had it all recorded in the hd so I could watch it in all its glorious detail, and thought the final one would be included in that series link. But no! Shed Of The Year seems to be a series of its own, so I didn't record it, and missed it. Watching it now on 4OD which means lower resolution (possibly, looks good though) and I have to watch adverts. We never watch adverts!

Shed Of The Year here on readersheds.co.uk

I've got a shed, me, it's not a competition winner yet, it's too cluttered with mostly unused children's toys.
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Another reason not to vote Conservative

Jul25
Like you needed one, tory mp david tredinnick says astrology can help the NHS...

While I'm on the topic of new reasons to hate things that I hate anyway, ew mcdonalds chicken nuggets.
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Habitat Radius CD unit

Jul25
I've got two of these they're great, you should get it. Collect from Berkshire, if it was closer I'd definitely get it.

I mean the CD unit, I'm trying something new below, might flood this post with more ads for habitat radius things. We don't have all of these, though we have quite a few, we have two of the wardrobes, three tallboys, two CD units, a console table, and a bench. It's lovely!

Anyway here's more below. Will make this list shorter soon I think...

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£750.00
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£400.00 (7 Bids)
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£635.00
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UPDATE: and that list is a little more manageable now.
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Fareham is the most car dependent town in the UK

Jul25
Here in the Telegraph, there are more cars per person (or less people per car) in Fareham than in any other town in the UK. 539 cars for every 1,000 people, according to the ONS. Mum and Dad you contribute to this stat, two of you there and two cars. You should give that VW Beetle to me as soon as possible.
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Farting in France's general direction

Jul24
Hmm Kosso says:
You're in Folkstone aren't you?

youtube.com/watch?v=LMzAS9SsMBw

Get down the concrete beach this evening...

cnet.com/uk/news/wacky-brit-maker-wants-to-fart-in-frances-general-direction/


We'll let it go that a) I don't live in Folkestone and b) you don't spell it like that. A massive metal arse on the Dover cliffs? Really?



Colin Furze, the English inventor who brought us the likes of the flaming Pyro arms and Magneto Boots from "X-Men," has ... made a gigantic metal butt ... and at 10 a.m. PT will "fart in France's general direction" to see if the noise can travel the 21 miles across the English Channel.


Don't know how Clare didn't let me know about this, if it's up on the cliffs it must be on National Trust land.
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One or more of your Amazon EC2 instances is scheduled for retirement

Jul24
Dear Amazon EC2 Customer,

One or more of your Amazon EC2 instances in the eu-west-1 region is scheduled for retirement. The following instance(s) will be shut down after 12:00 AM UTC on 2014-08-07.

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We recommend that you launch a replacement for each retiring instance and begin migrating to it. You can do this by stopping and re-starting your instance, or by terminating it and launching a new one in its place.


If Amazon (where this site is hosted, AWS) had let me know this a few days earlier I would have got everything moved off before it started crashing, bah...
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WFH today

Jul24
Going to start shortening working from home to just wfh as it's a regular occurence now. Started early though, as there is no walking Harry to school as it's the summer holiday. They're all off to the zoo today, Jim is feeding tigers! So I am working in the study to keep away from distractions. No windows, a shame on such a sunny day, but at least it is cool down here.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do js, nodejs, php, and ruby. I like Folkestone Gerald, pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, and time travel...