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Lineup announced for the Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Jan
17
Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast 12th Feb (tickets)
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So far it is John Robbins and Elis James, but one more TBA so I guess those two are appearing together. I think they are flatmates in real life maybe, they do a radio show together. I've definitely heard John Robbins on there before and I do like Elis James on the TV show Josh. Still could be higher profile, but should be good. John Robbins will be able to regale us with tales of being stranded in New York over christmas, that was on all the news.
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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.

Beetle is nearly ready

Jan
17
Beetle has been back to the MOT station for a retest, but failed on the brake lights this time, something new that has gone wrong since the last test. Looks like the switch has gone or maybe just been knocked out with all the other work that is going on. So should be able to pick it up this weekend!
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Work bus has wifi AND USB

Jan
17
Didn't notice any usb charging sockets the other day though I found the wifi, now I see USB next to every seat, nice. Nearly makes it work the 瞿6.20 a day fee and missing all my appointments. The bus in to work is fine and timely, it's the one on the way home that has been unreliable so far. Don't worry I will report back today.

Cryptocurrencies still bombing though to put it into context bitcoin is still way up on 2 months ago.
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Bus did not work out today at all

Jan
16
Bus was half hour late on the way home, I would have made it to swimming on time if it had been on time, as it was I got there just in time to see them getting out of the pool. Have done my step count easily today though as where I had to get off the bus was nowhere near the swimming pool. Bus driver said they were late coming out of Ashford and then the traffic was bad and he was very sorry, so that's OK then.

It could be worse, I could have bought some bitcoin already, it has bombed today. All the cryptocurrencies have lost between 15 and 35% in value today. I keep an eye on them here... By the time I have some spare cash to play with they'll probably be at peak values again.
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Bad news I'm still on the bus

Jan
16
Hmm this may make it tricky for swimming tonight, usually I leave work early so I'm home in time to take the boys swimming. Tonight Clare has to package them up and meet me there, I will get off the bus in Hythe and hopefully be at the pool before they are. Hopefully. The bus is not that reliable...

Good bus news though, the number 10 that I get now has free wifi. The 16 has had this for a long time, that's the bus to Canterbury but now the commuting bus has it too.

Also good news the coffee table has had it's first bid of 瞿20. Still hoping for up to 瞿100 but whatever it gets goes towards the car...
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I tried to do my tax return, really I did

Jan
15
This site can't be reached
www.tax.service.gov.uk took too long to respond.

I'll try again later...
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And tried again, and done

It's quite easy these days to do a self assessment online, even accounting for totting up the 1p interest I get per month on various accounts. Hopefully no comeback relating to repayable benefits like I had last year. Looks like I am due a rebate this year of approximately 瞿10.
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I am good, the weather is bad

Jan
15
Think I'm pretty much over the man flu that has knocked me out since christmas, though Clare was coughing very well in the night last night. Hope she is not coming down with anything new, she refused to take the day off sick today. Weather is rubbish today, walked the boys to school in miserable rain and fairly high wind. Working from home today, so will be out walking along the beach in this horizontal drizzle, but do not have to pick the boys up from school as Grandpa is on duty today.

No bids on the coffee table yet but five watchers. I have been looking at the price VW Beetles are going for (no not thinking of buying another one) most of those that are up for sale seem to be incomplete / not running / without MOT etc, very odd. But still going for thousands.

瞿2,050.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jan-23-2018 16:23:59 GMT
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瞿1,495.00
End Date: Friday Jan-19-2018 15:27:20 GMT
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瞿1,700.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-21-2018 20:14:58 GMT
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瞿2,550.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-24-2018 18:55:15 GMT
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瞿200.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-26-2018 14:02:39 GMT
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Oh also several beetles seem to be sold having already been chopped in half! Seen a few made into sofas, desks, and one turned into a barbecue...
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No mouse for about a week now

Jan
14
The trap is still there, baited, but no sign of any mouse since the 8th of Jan. I was speaking to my neighbour about it, he'd had a load of them in his garage, he's not using the humane mouse trap I am though so he's been slinging dead mice out left right and centre... I think it must have been the particularly cold weather that drove them into the house, so if we have another cold snap maybe they'll be back. There is meant to be another one on the way. Last night I dreamt it snowed. It did not snow. Will leave the mouse trap there for now...
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Walked to Tesco and back

Jan
14
So, done my step count for the day and then some, by lunch time. Really I was going there to get night nurse and I forgot it! Am I going to sleep tonight now or what? I think the man flu is finally gone as of today, but I am quite used to the night nurse, maybe I have become dependent on it to sleep... will report back tomorrow see how I slept.
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Wanna buy a coffee table?

Jan
14
I'm about to list an oak coffee table on the ebay, get started on clearing a bit of space. Got a few things I need to get rid of. I bought this one on ebay for 瞿100 a year ago, be nice if I can get that back again, they seem to be going for that sort of price. I bought it as a play table, the drawer was full of playmobil and the fire station and the police station etc were set up on top, but neither boy really plays with those any more so could just do with the space now.

Here it is, go bidding crazy.

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Been meaning to do this for ages, next stop is probably to sell the desk and the sideboard that are in the study. I don't work down there because there's no much room, if I did work down there I would not really need the desk any more as I work on a laptop all the time so don't need the monitor etc. Ironically if I got rid of the desk I think it'd be easier to work down there...
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Dry January

Jan
13
Surely that's nearly two weeks now of not drinking, amazing. It has helped really that the Inn Doors is closed for a holiday so I have not been tempted to nip down there.
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Extra swimming

Jan
13
Did an extra swimming session with number one son today as he needs some help with his breathing on his front crawl and they just don't have time to focus on it at his lessons. So just he and I went today and we practiced that up and down the pool in Folkestone. Wasn't too busy in there, was nice. While we were there Clare and number two did a bit of shopping, and in the morning we'd already done their haircuts and stocking up on cheap stuff in Aldi. Home early for a relaxing afternoon and evening.
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Last night I slept well again

Jan
11
Night Nurse again, what am I going to do when it runs out?
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Huge new housing development just near Mum and Dad's

Jan
11
This one here described as "to the East of Downend Road which sounded confusing but you can see on the plan that it is just behind the crematorium and the caravan park, and looks like it will include a new road leading on to Upper Cornaway Lane which would be more traffic onto Dore Avenue. 350 new homes, but doesn't look as disruptive as the new homes plans round our way.
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Hmm just realised last night I slept well

Jan
10
It was a fast day well sort of. Fast day for Clare, I had the vegetable miso for tea also, but with vege sausages, and I ate normallly throughout the rest of the day. These days with the miso soup have traditionally been a day of really badly not sleeping for me but last night was fine. Undoubtedly it is the night nurse I have been taking every day for a week now what has done it.

Hmm is this really day 10 of not drinking? It's easy, if you have night nurse. I'd better order a few more bottles of it...

Just booked a holiday to center parcs, de Kempervennen this time though in the Netherlands. Always planned to do this this year, but I thought I'd have the money to pay for it by this point. I just about do, even though I've not been able to sell any shares yet, but I need to keep some back for the beetle. So, Jim has booked it, he is coming with us again. We have not booked the tunnel yet though as we're going to work out if we can do a weekend stopover on the way. It's not a huge journey to do but to break it up will be nice.
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M&S are RUBBISH at vegetarian

Jan
10
Not sure I've ever found anything that's vegan in there, they must work pretty hard to get it as badly wrong as they do. Cauliflower steak???
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Strange day today

Jan
10
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Weather for a walk was lovely at lunchtime today, sunny and bright out and really too warm for my big coat that I had on. However I could see my breath in the air, so it looked like a cold crisp day even though it doesn't feel like one. Very strange.

One handy thing about getting the bus is I get some extra step count in without feeling like I'm wasting time walking round in a circle, but I just know it's going to be frustrating waiting for the bus after work today. I remember it was always running late, so late as to make me wonder each time if I'd missed the correct bus and am really waiting for the next bus. They should be only twenty minutes apart at this time of day so fingers crossed it won't be so bad. Also I have podcasts queued up and my Simon Kernick book what I am enjoying.
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Only Losers Take The Bus

Jan
10
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I found this blog and from there reminded of a song that appears on this compilation by Fatima Mansions. I saw them once about a squillion years ago. I think the title is a reference to something that Thatcher possibly said

a man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus, can count himself a failure


though having investigated this a little online it seems there is no definitive source for this. Anyway today I got the bus to work and am planning to do a bit more of this.

Wow "about a squillion" is actually fast approaching thirty years ago.
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