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Phonics workshop

I'm going to a phonics workshop at the school now, see what number two son is up to. Did not originally plan to, as I am working, and so is Clare so thought we'd just have to miss this. It is nice that they have these events but don't most parents work? How do they expect us to come along to these things. Clare started to tell him this morning "there's this phonics workshop today but we can't come in..." and the speed at which he went from eyes lit up, remembering this event, to face sunk in his arm and tears on the way was astonishing. He'd obviously only just remembered there was to be a thing were parents could come into the class, and to have that given to him and then taken away in a second was heartbreaking. So I'm taking some time out this afternoon (I already have to have a weird lunch break to do school pick up and hang around for the swimming bus for number one son) and will be working tonight to make up...

Same little boy does not always pay such attention to what is going on. Yesterday he went into school with a packed lunch, and came home again with a packed lunch. Somehow he had queued up, blagged on to the list of who is having what, had a free school dinner, without anyone noticing. I hope he did not get someone else's lunch. They all come from off site, and there is no margin for flexibility so it seems like someone must have gone hungry...
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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.


Went to the dentist today for the first time in TWENTY FIVE YEARS. It was not bad, I was imagining all sorts of extractions and surgery, but my teeth must be ok. I have an appointment next week for one filling, where apparently I have had a filling before and it has come out at some point. I don't remember ever having a filling, but perhaps my tooth (a back tooth) was "sealed" at some point and that is what now needs fixing.

I saw the x-ray where you can see my impacted wisdom tooth but it's all fine as long as I clean my teeth, which I do.

瞿56 total for the two appointments, which is a lot to me as I have never paid for dental treatment, but averaging it out over the past twenty five years it's not too bad.
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Clare won the quiz, again

She has done two work quizzes in a week, and won them both! Last time was a less prestigious quiz, but at least the prize was some wine. This time was a much harder quiz, The Dover Society Quiz she did not expect to do so well in, but came away with the goods. The prize was an engraved glass though, what good is that to me?

It's my turn to go out next, I will only come home with a glass if I have got a bit drunk and stolen it from the pub. Which I WOULD NOT DO.
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Channel 4 you are dead to me

We're sorry to announce that All 4 and 4HD will be leaving Freesat on Thursday 22nd February, 2018.

Channel 4 is still available in standard definition, but any recordings you have scheduled for 4HD will need to be re-set in SD (via channel 104).

Actually we don't watch much Channel 4 anyway. I do record The Last Leg, but could cope with that in standard definition.
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Share save matures at the end of next month

Two good things about this; 1) I will have an extra 瞿100 a month in my pocket after this month as that is how much I have been contributing. I should pay that off the mortgage I think... 2) er, the share save matures, meaning I can get the money out. This will hopefully mean enough money so I don't have to sell any of my existing shares but I will have to see. It's done quite well, not the trebling I had in my head but worth having anyway. Would be a nice lump sum if the value had not gone up at all. Will be enough to cover holidays for this year and pay back the money I borrowed from work to pay for last year's holiday!

"With your savings, the price at which you can buy HX shares was set at 瞿3.36 per share at the start of the scheme. The current share price is 瞿6.30" so that has nearly doubled, so I get about 瞿7k back out if I cash it all in, and I have to really. This at least means no tax bother this year. I have to pay work back 瞿2k but that leaves enough for New York and Centre Parcs though probably not a big spend up after that...
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Busy half term now over

That went quickly, as a week off tends to. After our little London jaunt Clare was back into work. I have no idea what we did on Wednesday, a quiet day at home I suppose. I was cooking for quite a bit of it, I made tagine with cous cous and Moroccan spiced vegetables for a valentines too. It sort of worked.

Thursday morning only the boys and I went down to Mum and Dad's, dropping Clare off at her Dad's so she could take his car in to work. Complicated. We had a reasonable run down, got their inconveniently early. Did not have a key, had to find Mum and Dad out shopping, take their key back to get in their house. And then I set the alarm off by not being able to see the keys properly...

Lovely day catching up and seeing my Nan, then we went for a walk round Portchester Castle. All good but it got a bit swampy towards the end. My new North Face boots held up well but number one son completely stacked it in the mud. I did think about walking down to The Cormorant that evening as it looked quite good, but felt a bit tired really for going out.

Friday we went to the Salt Cafe which was great, then in to Fareham to meet Andy and family at Three Joes pizza. It took AN HOUR to drive in for some reason, there must have been something going on though everyone says it could be just rush hour. Mental, I could have walked to Fareham in less time than that. And after the pizza, and bringing the boys back for Mum and Dad to put to bed, I did. Went to The Crown to meet Dave and had a very enjoyable evening catching up. The walk home might have been a bit slower than the walk in, maybe a bit more zig-zagged.

Good run back with well behaved boys, 2 hours 10 minutes and lovely sunshine. These Harry Potter audiobooks do a great job of livening up a journey for them, we're on The Goblet of Fire right now.

After we got back we went for a walk / scoot / cycle along the seafront.

Today we dropped Clare off at the station to go to THE BAFTAS! Bizarre. I am watching it on TV hoping to spot her in the audience, but no joy so far.

Back to work in the morning to see what I've missed over the past seven days, I think there is a big new project in the offing...
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to two, I am a code 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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