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Couldn't get in to work today

May45/04
I queued on the a20 for twenty-five minutes or so but couldn't get close to the office. Assumed there was a big accident, so turned around and tried to come back to the other office. No parking spaces so just came home! There's no accident just broken temporary lights that are not letting traffic through. So wfh today.

Was a beautiful sunny morning, seems a bit cooler out there now. Are we going to have a heatwave this weekend?
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Twenty five years ago today, Atom Seed and Scat Opera

May45/04
Portsmouth Polytechnic
Atom Seed 6.9(10 1 votes, 0, Pauly) 4th May
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My favourite band of the time on their biggest tour I think. Went to a couple of dates, one in London and this one at Portsmouth Poly.
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Were we supposed to keep Harry off school today?

May35/03
We did not take part in this protest. I don't think Harry will have a problem with this extra testing, though I'm sure it's all a mess. I do suspect educational standards have been getting lower for years and I'm happy at the moment for him to be learning more formal things.
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Getting a refund on my phone

May35/03
I bought this phone a refurbished sony xperia and it's started going wrong... best I hoped for was a replacement but they've given me return postage and will refund my money, nice! I'm without a phone for a few days then, and have to choose a new one. I will NOT buy another sony. Even though I liked that last one, and it's now £20 less than I paid last time...
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IOT HAT for Raspberry Pi Zero

May25/02
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Interested in this one, and it is already funded.
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Splendid London weekender

May25/02
I took Friday afternoon off this week, so as soon as Harry had finished school we jumped straight on the train to London. It meant we missed the funeral down in Hampshire, but there's no way we could have done it. Couldn't take Harry out of school and I couldn't have got there and back again without Clare having to get across London with both boys on her own. A real shame.

Will be back to fill in details of the London trip when I get some time, but we did restaurants and museums and parks and fun. Photos are all mixed in here right now I will annotate asap.

Clare is working today, I'm sat in with the boys, not such a nice bank holiday Monday.
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Dinner in Zizzi

Much better than our first nights dinner. Yes we often eat in chains because we have four fussy diners and it's reliable. This was a much more successful meal. Tommy started getting tired so Clare took him back while I waited for Harry's pudding, then we walked back too.

My turn to sit while the boys went to sleep on our second night, while Clare went out - not to the pub, but to Waitrose. She smashed her step count this day, and mine, by getting a bit lost on the way there.

I sat in the bathroom with the light off waiting for them to go to sleep. I still had my takeaway cake from lunchtime, but couldn't really eat that sat on the loo. Tommy took ages to drift off, while I played on my phone.
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Spent most of the afternoon in the National Maritime Museum

Lots of fun for the kids and some interesting things to see. The giant map upstairs was not exactly as we thought, you can walk on it and it's "interactive" but you need an app for that. They hand out tablets and there's an augmented reality game you can play on it.

We saw a Turner painting of HMS Victory too.

Had a bit of trouble with the boat back, some hold up and a big queue meant we would not be able to get on the next boat, so had to queue for the following one, started getting a bit chilly now. It was a fast comfortable ride back to Tower Hill, it's a great way to travel. We had "roamer" tickets but no-one wanted to stay on and just ride the boat up and down for the rest of the day like I did. Jeff and Emma headed off for their dinner and we went our separate ways to our evening meal.
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Lunch in Greenwich market

Hadn't been here for ages, what has happened? You can't move for vegans in there now! How good is that? At least four of the food stalls there were for vegans it was great. I had a vegan quiche type thing and a couple of types of salad, then got some cup cakes for the boys (which I could share) and then some carrot and walnut cake for later. Fantastic. Clare also ate from one of the vegan stalls, and even Jeff's donut was vegan. The hot dogs that he and Harry had were less so.
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We travelled on past Greenwich to North Greenwich

The cable car there was a lot higher than I was expecting, I had second thoughts. The boys were looking forward to it though, so I persevered. And it was great, very smooth and a good view. A bit of a pointless trip, we couldn't think of a reason to get off at the other end, so just rode around it. Looked like it would be quite hard to get on at the other end, there was a big queue, and as no-one was getting off there was no space for people to get on.

A quick look round the exhibition / visitors centre, then a slow bus into Greenwich proper.
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Saturday morning, boat trip to Greenwich

After a good breakfast in the hotel, we headed out to meet Emma and Jeff and to take a boat trip to Greenwich. We like to get the Thames Clipper, a great way to travel. Seemed expensive this time but we did buy tickets for the dangleway cable car. I'm sure you're supposed to call it another name and pretend it's an actual airline, but I won't.

A bit chilly waiting for the boat, but otherwise a lovely day.
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Last pub of the night, the Hung Drawn and Quartered

This pub was better, quieter and more comfortable. Lots of royal portraits about the place, little bits of historical info, and even a gallows above the bar. Then back to the hotel, where the boys were asleep and Clare had allowed herself out of the bathroom...
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I went in the Cheshire Cheese

Second pub of my first night exploration was the Cheshire Cheese. Not the one on Fleet Street but on Crutched Friars, great street name. Had a good beer in there, but not a very nice pub really think I was looking for somewhere quieter. Probably harder to find in the city on a Friday night though.
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I went in the Dickens Inn

While we were checking out restaurants we saw the Dickens Inn, looks a great building, a proper old inn. It's an old wooden beamed warehouse or something. On my first night exploration of local pubs this is the first place I headed too. It's not as good inside as I expected, like a Yates Wine Lodge or something unfortunately. I had a Dickens Ale which was alright, and read the Evening Standard and Time Out. They're both free now!
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First night we ate at Cafe Rouge, for the last time

It was a tiring day getting to London really for Harry, after he'd done a full day of school, then the train journey, then a bit too much walking. He was knackered by the time we settled on Cafe Rouge. He started feeling ill while we were eating. They've changed their menu too so there was nothing for me, and Clare didn't enjoy hers either. It was a relatively expensive meal considering none of us liked it, so we we have worked out Cafe Rouge is not for us any more.

Tommy enjoyed his desert, involving many sugary jellybeans. Harry was actually sick when we got back to the hotel. Clare put them to bed and I went out exploring. She sat in the bathroom waiting for them to go to sleep, and with Tommy being a bit hyper and chatty it took a while. A great day, an only slightly iffy ending.
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We stayed at the Novotel, Tower Hill

Previously on our little jaunts to London with the boys we've stayed in Greenwich and Kings Cross, but this time we picked Tower Hill. We paid about three hundred quid for the two nights, a family room with breakfast. As always the space is about the same as a double room, but two extra single beds were folded out of somewhere. The bathroom was big, my favourite feature was the push button opaque glass between the room and the bathroom, and the boys loved this too.

We chose this location as we wanted to be convenient for the Natural History Museum and the Thames Clipper. Tower Hill is on the District Line so direct to South Ken so we could be there bright and early, and also it has its own pier for the boat. It's a really nice hotel, pleased with this choice, in a good location too. It's right by the Tower of London, and though we didn't have a view, some of the rooms would. It's just a few steps from the river, lots of restaurants and things nearby and also close to St Katharine's Dock. This was a nice marina to walk around, super yachts galore and also the royal barge. And there's a Waitrose too, this would be a lovely place to live in London.
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oh yeah turns out there was a new raspberry pi camera on the way

Apr284/28
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I guessed at this here a month ago, it's been available for a few days now. Might get one, but I'm quite happy with the old cameras so I might get an old one at a knock down price. I'm using it for security camera footage which has to be lower res really in order to store it all and move it around, so not hdmi standard. So the original 5 mega pixel is ok for now.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Installed Chrome on the Raspberry Pi today

Apr284/28
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What do you know, it does work! Works OK too. No more sites telling me "your browser is out of date".
I quite like using a very restricted browser though, shows up issues on websites for people who are using alternative browsers for one reason or another. Screen readers, or alternative accessibility type things.

Good day today wfh despite some big issues at work where a system we rely on went down. And a half day tomorrow, easing me in to a nice long weekend...
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If it was internet connected I might have one...

Apr274/27
but £300 is a lot for a hairdryer. I do not spend 20 - 30 mins a day drying my hair as Dyson claims...

bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36111742

I don't post so much on the blog at the moment, I think mostly because I'm using slack.com with my actual friends. So instead of posting stuff here that no-one will see (maybe Mum and Dad, hi) then I post my inane comments there, in private, where half a dozen people are going to see it. That's where I first posted my opinion piece on the Dyson hairdryer.

While I'm here though, what was she dubbed again?




Another repost. I don't use twitter much these days either, it's all spam.

Had a career review today, think it was my first good one in six or seven years!
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do js, Node, php, and ruby. I like pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel...