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I suddenly have access to the kids bank accounts in my online banking

May
20
The temptation to dip into their accounts if I'm going overdrawn will be HUGE!
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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.

Twenty years ago today I was at Super Furry Animals

May
20
Super Furry Animals 20th May
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I think this was maybe a MTV Five Night Stand thing with multiple bands on the bill, including Grandaddy.
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Shopping disaster averted

May
19
Got another update from the online shopping retailer, the gift I ordered has been dispatched, and will be here tomorrow. If the boy was smart enough to be reading this blog he'd be watching out for the post...
Yep the new games console is on its way, with the two games he really wants. He said again he'd like to get a game for his birthday even though he knows he won't be able to play it until Christmas, when he thinks they will get the console. It will be lovely to see their faces...


Have changed the travel agent that we are using for the big Orlando holiday, as the previous one was not able to quote for the things we wanted. The new one can do flights for us to Orlando, then on to Mexico, then back to the UK. Sounding good, we will have a week in the Universal parks, then a week all inclusive in Mexico. More than a year to go to worry about that one though...

Less than 100 days to our next proper holiday though, Center Parcs...
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Lovely relaxing day

May
19
Didn't start of so relaxingly, but it got there in the end. When I woke up Clare was getting the boys to have a clear out of stuff. Not my stuff luckily, but their books and toys and things. I joined in, we filled about five big bags for the charity shops. I am a dreadful hoarder, was good to get this done before I was completely awake. Then off to town, mostly for lunch in Steep Street, which was splendid. I had a wrap and a Buddha Bowl. Completely avoided the Royal Wedding, came home and did a few more chores including mowing the lawn.

Clare is out tonight, I am trying to fix up my Static Site. Think I might have to upload it all to Amazon S3. Still super cheap, but not quite the "free" I was hoping for from Github...
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Card declined!

May
19
Log, have updated my card in lots of places, but forgot one major online retailer. And just got an email saying "yeah that big birthday gift you are expecting, it's not coming because your car"... That's the danger with stored payment details making it so easy. Fixed now, lucky I had not left it to the last minute, imagine the look on the little boy's face if I had messed that up. Could probably have nipped to Currys and fixed it though.

Was having a lie in until I checked those emails. Went to the Inn Doors, had a nice time. Started to plan a big day out pub crawl with some friends.

Minor setback on the static site freely hosted, I am going to hit their limits as there is so much old content here.. If I have a think I can still do it, just have to optimise the pages first. Also might ditch some of the old stuff that is not getting hits anyway, the things auto generated from gig listings. Focus on the "quality"...
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Day of quitting clubs

May
17
Both boys quit one of their clubs today, one singing and one swimming. Singing hasn't been going on too long, he was enjoying it for a bit but has gone off it now. Swimming has been coming for a while. I'm disappointed with the club really, but there's just not a lot of choice locally. We will try and find one-to-one lessons for the little one.

Been working from home most of this week, as our child care is on holiday. Has been handy really as I don't have the beetle back yet. Should pick it up at the weekend, with a new exhaust.

Got the school disco tomorrow! I am helping out, providing I can get there in time. Clare is ready to do my bit for me until I get there. The boys are quite keen, they are into music and dancing at the moment. Will see how they get on in front of their peers though.
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Fountain is closed again

May
16
I keep forgetting to mention this but The Fountain in Seabrook is now closed. Again. No signs up saying why or what, but they've not really had any people in there recently. It has had several temporary managers I think, and they've tried to make a go of it with live music and comedy and things. I'm sure it is destined to be turned into houses, it's a whopping plot.

If it does go then maybe that leaves room for a micropub in the vicinity. Though then would I neglect The Inn Doors?
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Nearly there with the static site

May
16
I would say it is 90% done...
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Queen / Freddie Mercury movie is finally coming out

May
16

I'm sure it'll be fantastic but will it be as good as it would have been with all the other people who have dropped out of production along the way? And will it make me sick of the sound of Queen like I was when Waynes World used it?

I like that him out of Midsomer Murders is playing the part of Brian May, he looks good.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I work and live in Seabrook 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 pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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