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Nov2811/28
This Black Friday is all BULLSHIT isn't it? Like all sales isn't it 99.9% the same old stuff with fake inflated prices to make it look like a deal? Like the 50% off wine you see every week that is never worth a tenner to start with and never bought at a tenner "reduced" to a fiver but still everyone laps it up. Look out people, don't buy stuff you don't really want or need just because it looks like a good deal, it's probably not.

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HEY HEY 16K

Nov2811/28
From MJ Hibbett, another little reminder about Edinburgh next year, every one of these gets me a bit more excited...
Steve and I are up to our necks in rehearsals for our new Fringe show "Hey Hey 16K". We're hoping to do a full three week run in Edinburgh next year and have applied to The Free Fringe to do so, but before that we're doing two nights at the Leicester Comedy Festival. You can find tickets HERE:
comedy-festival.co.uk/events/events_filter.php?kw=hibbett


I love the sound of the Phoenix Nights live show that is planned too, a couple of charity gigs that I think go on sale today and assume have sold out. It's unlikely to turn into a long running thing, and even if it did it's unlikely to be at Edinburgh when we are, but you never know...
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Zut alors!

Nov2811/28
I'm off to France today, keep forgetting, on a bit of a booze run on the channel tunnel.
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When did I get so old?

Nov2711/27
Koko
Just looking at NME Award Shows and not only do I not recognise most of the bands, I don't even know some of those venues.


FEB 3 TUE
KOKO
London, GB
Nme Awards Show 2015 - La Roux

FEB 3 TUE
100 Club
London, GB
Nme Awards Show 2015 - the Districts

FEB 4 WED
Birthdays
London, GB
Nme Awards Show 2015 - Happyness

FEB 5 THU
Electrowerkz
London, GB
Nme Awards Show 2015 - Dolomite Minor/Baby Strange

FEB 5 THU
London XOYO
London, GB
Nme Awards Shows 2015 - Childhood

FEB 6 FRI
Islington Assembly Hall
London, GB
Nme Awards Shows 2015 - Kele

FEB 9 MON
Heaven
London, GB
Nme Awards Shows - Peace

FEB 11 WED
London Oslo
London, GB
Nme Awards Shows 2015 - Honeyblood

FEB 12 THU
Electric Ballroom
London, GB
Nme Awards Shows 2015 - the Cribs

FEB 16 MON
Village Underground
London, GB
Nme Awards Shows 2015 - the Pains of Being Pure At Heart
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It's Black Friday at Maplin too

Nov2711/27
Everyone at work is hooked on Amazon Black Friday, I'm sure there are deals in there but also people seem to be just buying anything...

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Hackathon

Nov2611/26
Recommended / related
We did a hackathon at work yesterday, it was fun. The guys from Amazon Web Services came to our office, gave us a load of AWS credits and access to some new services, and we had 7 hours to build something cool. They gave us access to the "streaming fire hose", a live stream of 10% twitter, and we had to build something work related. We built something that parses that stream of jibberish looking for people who look like they're going on holiday, then working out where and when they're going and rating them according to how likely we'd be to sell them something. We did not win. The winners made a comedy horse racing thing that assigns twitter hashtags to horses then they race, the more the new tweets come in with the hashtag the faster it runs. Theirs was funny, and a better presentation / pitch than ours...

Was nice to do something out of the ordinary at work, and it forced me to have a play with some new services.

Then watched a great film last night Paul, can't believe I have not seen it before.
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Surprised The Ship has a bad FSA rating

Nov2411/24
Ship Inn
The Ship Inn, Sandgate, where we go to probably more than any other pub does not have a great rating from the Food Standards Agency. Surprised me, it's nice. It's based on more than just hygiene though so might be to do with the quirky access, it's a bit of a squeeze inside and I don't suppose you'd get a wheelchair from the front bar to the toilets.
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Habitat Radius bench on the cheap

Nov2411/24
Here, be lovely if it stayed at that price, guessing more like £100 though... still a bargain!
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Vintage Lego technic for sale

Nov2411/24
Not ours but someone's selling a similar kit to ours but in worse condition for over a hundred quid...

Had a nice day yesterday, took Harry to gymnastics, they say with a bit more practice he'll get his next badge soon. He loves it that's the main thing. Then in the afternoon we went to John Lewis again, just for the cafe really. This is our new Sunday thing...

Just remembered I stayed in my pyjamas all day on Saturday, was a super lazy day.
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A rare night out

Nov2211/22
Escondido
Emma and Jeff were in town yesterday, so Dean kindly sat in with the boys and we got to go out! A quick drink in The Ship, then a splendid meal in Escondido. Nice to sit and chat with them, really nice for us all to be out together. Usually when they are in town Clare and I have to take turns to go out, usually Clare for the first half of the evening then me for the last bit. Such a nice time that it went really quickly. We had one more drink after in The Ship again and then back home. Will be seeing them again at Christmas.

Today Harry and Tommy and myself have been in the house all day. Clare was working and it wasn't nice enough to be bothered to go out, so we've just played around here. Quite a lot of TV, but we did Harry's homework and started on some christmas cards too.

A quiet night in for me, Clare's now gone out to a quiz with work. I have some electronics tinkering I should do, but I have quite a lot queued up on the TV too...
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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...