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Amazing weekend in Brighton

Did miss my boys, but great to have some grown up time.

Thank you muchly mum and dad for coming here to look after Harry and Tommy so we could go to Brighton. Mainly we were going to see Stewart Lee, Clare bought tickets for christmas, but then we extended to take in another day... so we:

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Had tapas in a Spanish wine cellar

That was a nice place, more later. Only stopped in for one drink and one dish of tapas, as we had plenty of time before our dinner reservation, and Clare wanted wine.
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Ate dinner at Si Signore

Unremarkable Italian restaurant, the main was nice enough, and it's cheap, but not worth returning to.
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Saw Stewart Lee in Brighton

Duh, this was the focus of our weekend and I nearly forgot to mention it. Was great, very funny, I love him being cross with his audience.

Clare also saw Mark Williams out and about, aka Father Brown among other roles. And I saw one of David Devant, Gary, one of the spectral roadies, the only one I don't really know to speak to. Also I saw one of Clare's uni friends, but from the inside of a pub and he was walking on the other side of the road so didn't speak to him either. Basically, it seems we would know tonnes of people in Brighton.
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Also stayed in the Premier Inn

This was much nicer, second night at the Premier Inn. Nice room, good sleep, good bed, and we pigged out at the breakfast there too.

Didn't do much this morning, after breakfast headed back to the train. Uneventful journey back, read loads of my book The Luminaries. And now we're back. The boys did miss us a bit I think. We played in the garden this afternoon, though it was freezing.

Back to work tomorrow, but wfh all week. Think I might have an ear infection so will have to go to the doctor at some point.
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Stayed in The Brighton Hotel

Back with more details later but spent our first night in The Brighton Hotel, a small room next to the noisy lift.
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Also bought shoes

Will be back to fill in exciting details later, but I bought some new trainers and some DM-a-likes from Vegetarian Shoes.
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The Evening Star

First pub stop The Evening Star, hard to top this pub. It's the outlet for my favourite brewery Dark Star so they have all their beers and a load of others on tap too. Such a nice place to sit and work my way through the menu... I had halves only but still tried six different flavours while we sat and played Dingbats (rubbish) and Battleships.

Unfortunately had to leave, could not spend the whole weekend in one pub. So we shopped a bit, and I got a hair cut. Bit too short I'd say.
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Quick lunch at Sunosu

Hmm think I have the name right there sunosu, something like that... sort of wagamama style. We wanted a very quick and tasty lunch not far from the station, and that's what we had. Was nice, mine was a tofu and mushroom curry on brown rice, Clare's was a sort of pot noodle thing with chicken in it.

Very convenient. Why did we want to eat so close to the station? So we'd have no excuse not to go to The Evening Star of course!
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Got the train to Brighton

Thought about driving but instead got the train, mostly far more relaxed. Even with the inevitible delays and cancellation it still worked out better going there by train. Some sort of broken barrier at Berwick station held us up for so long that by the time we got to Lewes station they decided to abandon the service, everyone off! We were more relaxed about it than some passengers, still annoying though. Further delays and train changes from this point, we toyed with the idea of hanging out in Lewes for a while but instead just got on the next train to Brighton that we could.

And we're in Brighton! Time for lunch...
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When you walk on by, and you call my name

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I went to Breakfast Club today at Harry's school. And it was nothing like the film at all, what a con.
They have breakfast club every day at school, you can pay a couple of quid and drop your child off early, they can have breakfast at school. We never do it, but this week they sent home a letter saying they were having a special reading breakfast club and parents were invited too. Come in, read a book, have your breakfast, and then carry on to school and work as normal, so I joined in. I really am a joiner in. There were only four or five other parents there but it was nice, if they do one again I'll go. Was an early start though, had to be there for 7:45.

Working from home today, struggling to get some work finished that I only partly understand. Thinking quite a lot about my day off tomorrow and our night out to see Stewart Lee.
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DON'T CLICK ON THE ATTACHMENT! It's a zip file, undoubtedly has something rum in it.
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They did announce a new pebble watch

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They just released details on kickstarter colour screen and microphone for responding to messages etc. Gah... you can get in now for $159 that is probably less than I paid for mine. Still pleased with mine though.

Harry loves mine, maybe I'll buy one for him.
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Home brew is now barrelled

Beer is done, and as last time, I've bottled a few and put the rest in a barrel. Hope it turns out ok, will leave it to rest for a few weeks before drinking. Probably.

This means the raspbrewery beer thermometer is no longer in use. So I've put it in the beer fridge in the study:

The brew is now finished so 28-0004784c24ff (the blue line) is a temperature probe is the room temperature, and 28-00044a7b9fff (the red line) is inside the drinks fridge (which I turn off at off peak times).

Hesitant to put the probe actually in the beer yet, though it's waterproof, think I need a well or something to keep it sterile.

I still call it a beer fridge, even though it mostly has soft drinks in it, don't tend to keep my beer in the fridge (I did have a Delerium Tremens from it last weekend though, ah the taste of stag dos!). I turn the beer fridge off off peak, in some misguided attempt to save energy. Now we can see at a glance if it's likely to be cold enough. Next time Clare goes on the exercise bike and wants a coke zero will it be a cold one? Or will it be luke warm and will she be furious?

Hmm I could make that on its own into an app couldn't I "is Clare likely to furious right now?"...
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Paul Clarke's - I work and live in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do javascript, Node, php, and ruby. I like Folkestone Gerald, pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, and time travel...