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The Brewery Tavern: surprisingly surprising

Apr18
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Before we went to Chimichanga on our work night out we stopped in at The Old Brewery Tavern. Well we were passing, and we saw workmates inside. Also they do real ale there, and so if I was going to be able to have one beer at all while driving, best to have it early. It's a nice place, civilised, though Clare always thinks it's a bit old people, so we never go in there. Well that and the fact we never go out in Canterbury, those are the reasons we never go there. I've had a nice afternoon in there drinking beer and watching rugby while Clare has shopped in the past. So, a nice quiet spot for a pre-dinner beer.

Then we went back after the meal, and it CHANGED. It happened gradually, they lowered the lights, they removed all the pump clips to disguise the fact that they sell local real ale and they started lining up jagerbombs along the bar. Then a velvet rope went up outside, about a dozen bouncers arrived, they moved a till to the front door, and suddenly it was a proper pay-to-get-in nightclub. And we were trapped inside!

OK, not trapped, not my ideal sort of spot but we were in a big group of people of different tastes. I think more of the group would have preferred the real ale-ness of its daytime incarnation, which is why there were murmerings to go to The Foundry instead. By the time this was properly established as the plan, I had definitely lost my momentum, and so headed home.

I think the evening ended a bit earlier than people had planned, but the timing certainly suited me. I was home again by about eleven after dropping some people off, and then sat up and watched Rev and 8 Out Of 10 Cats when I got in.
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Chimichanga: surprisingly nice

Apr18
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Work night out last night, we went to Chimichanga and it was good. Surprised me, I was not expecting much at all. Portions were a bit smaller than they might have been but everything was very tasty. I had a vegetable wrap (hold the cheese) with spicy fries, and all the other food looked good too. I was driving but everyone else was drinking Brahma beer and cocktails. It's just the right sort of place for an office party vibe, but Clare has also had lunch in there. We'll give it another go.
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Nilfisk pressure washer

Apr18
Dad if you're thinking of buying a new pressure washer there is a deal here from Maplin, a 110 bar pressure washer. Not sure how it compares to a karcher, but they also do a 120 bar version. I'd be worried about the amount of water I'd be using though. Is there one that plugs into the sea?
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Raspberry pi timewasting

Apr17
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Spent an hour one night this week trying to connect a temperature sensor to my raspberry pi. No, you can't connect analog sensors to the raspberry pi. I might have to have another go with the slice of pi/o kit I bought. At least now I understand what new facility it provides...

Might get some time for hardware hacking over the weekend. I might connect up the beer fridge.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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So that is what an MRI is like

Apr17
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I had my MRI this morning for my sacroiliac joint dysfunction. At least that is what I'm diagnosing it as off the internet, there is something up with my sacroiliac joint anyway, where the spine meets the pelvis. I finally got my appointment, after missing one because I didn't get the letter about it. 8am at the William Harvey, so an early start, but it all went smoothly. They offered me headphones with a choice of radio stations when I went into the MRI chamber, but actually there was no music forthcoming. The machine itself makes a monstrous racket, but wasn't as claustrophobica s it might have been. If you were a big fat lad (I am definitely not) then it might be more of a problem.

There is a voucher this weekend for keene.co.uk use ESAVE10 to save 10 pounds when you spend 100 (and you easily can). Did they do this last year? I think I posted the same thing when I was after buying some of their bluetooth in wall amplifier with speakers. I never did. I wonder if I'll post this again next year?

Off to Chimichangas in Canterbury tonight after work, and driving too. Going to The Foundry after too, that will be tough. I'd love to go there for a big session, but it's just a bit tricky getting home, would be two busses. I often get a lift home from work off Ben, and he was talking about driving tonight too, so I've done the decent thing and stepped up to offer him a lift. I will try and make up for it over the rest of the weekend...
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Picture frame pi is BACK

Apr15
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There was a loose connection to the raspberry pi [[camera module. Fixed that and it is back on the internets again...

From April 2014


Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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No sign of the badger last night

Apr15
Spoke to a neighbour who had also seen the badger in our front garden, while I was out "gossiping on the front step", as Clare would have it. Actually I was taking out the recycling, and then as it was still so nice I mowed the lawn. Our front lawn is looking pretty good right now, and our back garden is looking quite tidy too. At least it was before Harry and Tommy and their cousins spent the day playing in it, will see when I get in from work today...

UPDATE: oh yeah I can see!
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My love affair with the Golden Gate chinese is over

Apr13
I usually phone my order in to the Golden Gate Chinese in Cheriton, it is my favourite in the area. Was my favourite. Estimated half hour wait before collecting my food, but when I got there they had not started processing the order and it was another forty minutes after that. I know it was Saturday night and they were likely to be busy, but that's why I phoned. I'm going to stop going there now. Probably.
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Accident on the M20

Apr13
We were caught up in this for a couple of hours yesterday when we tried to take Harry bowling. We got off lightly though, at least we were not either of the people hit by the lorry or jumping off the bridge, and then luckily we didn't witness the carnage either.
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Badger in our garden

Apr13
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From April 2014


Hmm not a great picture, I definitely need to get the raspberry pi pi noir infrared camera soon.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Picture frame pi appears to have gone bang

Apr12
It took it's last picture yesterday morning and now it's not responding on the network. Also the led on the camera is permanently on. The annoying part of having it set up like this:

From April 2014


is that if it disappears off the wireless network I'll have to take it out of the frame again and plug in a keyboard and screen to see what is up...

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Nest thermostat comments

Apr11
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Lots here on the Telegraph website. Hmm am I becoming a Telegraph sort of guy, agreeing with the points of its readers? It's looking more and more like Nest have made a lot of assumptions in its claims about how big the savings would be - seems to me like my heating bills might go up if I used the Nest thermostat rather than down - perhaps people in america do not have timers on their heating, and they just have their air con and heating on 24 hours? YEAH There would be some savings there, but if you're mean like me and just have it turned off most of the time, this system is only going to turn it on more often.

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nest: home automation company now owned by google, thermostats and smoke alarms so far
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Paul Clarke's - 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 Folkestone Gerald, pubs, restaurants, home automation, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, time travel, stained glass...