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Jun
21
Been working hard today on the hottest day of the year... worked through lunch as I was expecting a call from the garage to say "come pick up your car we done fixed it". Didn't hear until the very end of the day so had a bit of a run around to get it before it shut, then go back and get the beetle too as I hard parked it badly. Anyway, all done, 瞿200 quid down for the repair and the service and a couple of advisories that could mount up to another couple of hundred. So to celebrate we took the boys to the Fountain!

Was quiet in there, always seems like they're just about to go out of business to me. They had only one beer on, no cider, and no lemonade either. Still, we sat and the boys played in the garden, everyone's happy.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. Married to Clare and father to two, I am a software engineer, 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.

Happy birthday Mum!

Jun
21
She doesn't like being on the internets so might not even see this. Happy birthday anyway.

Another awesomely hot day today... This is record breaking weather I think, this little heatwave has been going on all week.

Diet day yesterday went OK. I was actually hungry all day, had a tasty meal but it just wasn't enough. We had a tofu stir-fry with boodles for a change. Yes, that's butternut squash noodles. It was tasty and all but just not enough food. I still have an oddly swollen stomach, it's either malnutrition, or just the amount of water I'm drinking in this heat. Or, the fact that I am eating twice as much on non diet days. Should have measured myself at the start of this shenanigans, I don't think it will have had any net benefit.

Car gone in to get that rattle looked at, hopefully just needs a spot of welding on the exhaust. As a result of this though I am working from home today, so that someone is here just in case while Clare is walking back from the garage, or back to the garage again to pick the car up...

One month today until our trip to Corfu! And in that time I have a trip to Sofia also, it's going to be an action packed month that flies fast... Could do with pay day flying round a bit faster, am overdrawn already and have this car fix and service to pay for, plus the rest of the month... Also we're off to Diggerland at the weekend, as number one son got a couple of tickets for his birthday. We still have to pay for another two of us to get in though. Summer is expensive.

Strange things going on at work they just closed down the UXUI department, that is "user experience user interface" mostly graphic design of our websites though they would have disputed that. I don't think it's quite settled yet, wonder if anyone is going to leave. They have been distributed around the other departments for now. One of that team is coming with me to Sofia so I should find out a bit more then.

Still no word on the share window at work, I need that to open up soon, sell some shares to pay back all the little pots I borrowed from to cover the holiday. I'm not actually skint, but I should have visible pots of savings for next years holiday and Clare's 40th birthday and things and they are sat with zero pounds in them right now... Going to sell 瞿7k worth of shares and put me properly back in the black again. I hoped this would give me leftover money for buying toys and things but it doesn't quite.
Fingers crossed they announce a surprise dividend any day now. It does not feel like that will happen though, happened in March last year, and I think this year is a lot more challenging...
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Is it safe to live on an ex landfill site?

Jun
20
Interesting article here from the BBC, of particular interest to those building and / or planning to live in new properties proposed on Princes Parade.
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Fathers day was as great as it seemed it was going to be

Jun
19
Another glorious day yesterday too. We went for lunch at Sunshine Barbecue and it was good for us all, I had IMAM BAYILDI (delicately fried aubergine, stuffed mixed peppers, onions, garlic & tomato sauce, served with rice) while the others all had chicken shish. Nice meal, nice place, good choice! Then off to the Harbour Arm, a nice walk round and stopped for a couple of drinks for just about the first time on one of these afternoons! First sat outside Bathtub and Gunn and then had another from one of the van type places while the boys played with the giant jenga and connect four in the sun. Was the busiest I've ever seen the Harbour Arm area, most noticeable from the car park which seemed full. Everywhere around was busy, though not overcrowded. Everyone seemed to be out, there were pleasure boats, a wake boarder, and even a doughnut type thing being towed along, properly holiday. Big thanks to Clare for making it such a lovely day.
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Day off

Jun
19
It's hot again today, feels really hot, is this a good trial for our holiday? Its only in the twenties here, going to be a lot hotter when we get to Corfu. Lovely weather for a day off! I'm off for child care arrangements, school runs to do, so I have about six hours in the middle of the day to myself. Will I spend it all indoors sat on the computer like this? I'll try not to. Going to clean the car, and have a few little jobs to do. Thought about doing some painting, give the hallway a bit of a lick, but I might put it off for another day.
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Twenty years ago today I was at Glastonbury

Jun
19
Glastonbury 1997 19th Jun
Rate Glastonbury 1997
This was not a great Glastonbury I think, this was the first one back after the year off that followed two years of awesomely sunny festivals, my first two festivals, obviously the best two festivals. This one was just about rained off really. I think this must be the one that we seemed to go to a bit spur of the moment, Nic and I headed down there with absolutely no stuff, no tent, no anything, just winging it.

I do remember Kenickie. I think. Or do I remember wanting to see Kenickie? Lots of bands cancelled because of technical problems caused by the extreme weather. Don't remember much of the main stage at all.
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Awesome fathers day

Jun
18
It's been a great weekend already, and this morning I had a lie in and breakfast in bed (including vegan pain au chocolat, a great card, a giant bar of chocolate from Hotel Chocolat, some cider, and some new socks. The cider was a gift I received this morning, I haven't started on it yet.

We're out for lunch at Sunshine Barbecue and then off to the Harbour Arm for fun later.

I've already been to the Inn Doors twice this weekend, lucky me.

Happy fathers day to you too dad hope your day is as good.
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No coincidence

Jun
18
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Clever programming to put Lemmy: The Movie on the night before the nation's dads all have a lie in.
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Star studded Sandgate

Jun
17
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Elaine Cassidy out of No Offence (she played Dinah) was in The Inn Doors earlier. And so was I! I think she came in only to use the loo, rather than being in there drinking.

Such a hot day today, really nice. We started out quite early going to the beach and flying the quadcopter, and the weather was so-so, not as warm as had been predicted. We had a good time but came home again not feeling overwhelmed by the crowds or anything. Clare called from work to say why not go out again when she got in, to the Coastal Park for fun an ice creams and things, so it felt like we had a second day starting from this point. We walked and enjoyed the day, the boys had fun, and we got their tea from the Little Fish Shop and they ate it on the beach. Then I walked back, via The Inn Doors, and this is where the celebrity encounter happened.

It's all go around here.
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Nice day for a bike ride

Jun
15
Went to Hythe on my bike at lunch. 10 minutes to get there with a light breeze in my face, was nice in this heat though. Only 5 minutes back along the seafront, with that same light breeze behind me, very nice. The other 45 minutes was spent queueing in the post office behind all the old people who are only there to chat. Yeah I know that will be me soon enough.

One guy in the queue who was not incredibly old was loudly drawing two grand in cash from the euro exchange counter, he's off on a nice holiday then!

Realised another thing that stopped me sleeping so well was puzzling over a work thing that happened at the end of the day, something brok. It was a good break, kind of, as I wasn't involved in the breaking but I was involved in the fixing. But because of me being visible during the fixing, and the comms that went out about what the issue was I think it looks like I was involved in the breaking, gah.

It's still diet day today.
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Nice day for a bike ride

Jun
15
Went to Hythe on my bike at lunch. 10 minutes to get there with a light breeze in my face, was nice in this heat though. Only 5 minutes back along the seafront, with that same light breeze behind me, very nice. The other 45 minutes was spent queueing in the post office behind all the old people who are only there to chat. Yeah I know that will be me soon enough.

One guy in the queue who was not incredibly old was loudly drawing two grand in cash from the euro exchange counter, he's off on a nice holiday then!

Realised another thing that stopped me sleeping so well was puzzling over a work thing that happened at the end of the day, something brok. It was a good break, kind of, as I wasn't involved in the breaking but I was involved in the fixing. But because of me being visible during the fixing, and the comms that went out about what the issue was I think it looks like I was involved in the breaking, gah.

It's still diet day today.
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Nice day for a bike ride

Jun
15
Went to Hythe on my bike at lunch. 10 minutes to get there with a light breeze in my face, was nice in this heat though. Only 5 minutes back along the seafront, with that same light breeze behind me, very nice. The other 45 minutes was spent queueing in the post office behind all the old people who are only there to chat. Yeah I know that will be me soon enough.

One guy in the queue who was not incredibly old was loudly drawing two grand in cash from the euro exchange counter, he's off on a nice holiday then!

Realised another thing that stopped me sleeping so well was puzzling over a work thing that happened at the end of the day, something brok. It was a good break, kind of, as I wasn't involved in the breaking but I was involved in the fixing. But because of me being visible during the fixing, and the comms that went out about what the issue was I think it looks like I was involved in the breaking, gah.

It's still diet day today.
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Up early again today

Jun
15
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Didn't sleep so well, mostly for worrying about things that were not real. I had a panicky dream about having to get somewhere and do something; these are fairly common but usually unspecific, just a vague notion of trying to be somewhere and things happening that stop me getting there, usually missing trains and getting lost. This time it was specific though, I had to get the car in for MOT and the boys to a holiday sports club and then to work and it wasn't happening. There is no holiday sports club, and the MOT is not due. Still I got up early for not being able to sleep.

Clare points out I have relaxed on my rule about not using my phone late at night. Normally I turn it off by 9pm but have been checking it later the last few days. Partly checking on Dad's new Nest camera, and partly just wanting to know what is going on, wanting updates on horrible situations like the fire at Grenfell Tower. General worries about what we'd do in that sort of situation must be adding to the lack of sleep.

Today is a diet too.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to two, I am a code engineer, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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