Pauly's Soapbox

Home

Looking for something on my site? Not found it? Try here:

Another good day off

Aug19
Spent the morning trying to hustle Harry and Tommy out of the house so Clare could have some time doing jobs. Took them to the park in Lyminge and bumped into the holiday club of Harry's old pre-school so he saw some kids he hadn't seen for a year or so. Then home for lunch and Clare took them out so I could do some painting in the afternoon. I tidied up all of the scrappy bits in the dining room and lounge and hallway, quite pleased with my progress. Also removed the stair gates today, makes the hall feel big again.

We finished the last series of Breaking Bad today, it was emotional.
:: Comment / reply

Anniversary night out part 5

Aug18
Kipps' Ale House
Kipp's is more my sort of place, Clare liked it too. I had a sampler of ciders, three 1/3 pints, they were all a bit sweet though. Most of the ciders they had on sounded too fruity, strawberry and cherry and things I think, and the ales were all light and summery, where I prefer the darker stuff. Still a lovely place though, quite a few people in and a nice atmosphere. Clare and I sat and played cribbage while we drank, it was a compromise, I didn't want a long game of scrabble. While we were there the fireworks from the harbour festival started, and we could see them from our seats, we had a sort of view through The Bayle, see here:

From June 2014 (Disneyland Paris)


What a lovely night out. Happy Anniversary lover!

Crikey next year is TEN YEARS.
:: Comment / reply

Anniversary night out part 4

Aug18
Bar 24
Really planned to go in the new Bar 24 as part of our night out, though the drinks menus outside put me off a bit, four aftershock for a tenner type thing, doesn't sound like my sort of thing. The front door did not look welcoming either. As we arrived another group turned up, stepped inside had a look and walked out again, which put us off a bit. They said it was very quiet inside, so we did not go in. Maybe another time. Let's go to Kipp's Ale House instead...
:: Comment / reply

Anniversary night out part 3

Aug18
Googies Art Cafe
We at in Googies, as we'd tried to go there recently with the boys but found it just too slow to get served at lunch, which is no use when we are a) with the impatient boys and b) limited by parking time, so we thought we'd come back when we were in less of a hurry. On a Saturday night it was fine, quite quiet really. The food was good (though the menu has changed a lot and it's less vegetarian / vegan friendly than it was, they dumped all the vege burgers), the beer was good and the service was quick. They have lost the performance / gig space downstairs too, possibly to make the kitchen bigger. Not sure what the plans are for that place, it was nice enough though. So just time for another drink before home!
:: Comment / reply

Anniversary night out part 2

Aug18
RockSalt
After leaving The Ship we walked all along the sea front, not sure I have ever done this complete route to Folkestone before. It was nice, very quiet, you go past some proper fancy houses that you can't see from the road this way.

We treated ourselves to a glass of vino collapso in RockSalt sitting in their bar overlooking the harbour. There was a party of some sort going on in the harbour itself, couldn't quite make it out but could see lots of camper vans (not VWs) and hear a lot of 1970s music. Was just slightly too chilly to be sitting outside, but nice anyway. Next stop; food.
:: Comment / reply

Anniversary night out part 1

Aug18
The Famous Ship Inn
Saturday night we had a babysitter, Clare had arranged it as an anniversary present to me so I could choose somewhere for us to go out. Feeling wild and spontaneous I chose Folkestone! We thought we walk in as it was a nice evening so on the way we stopped at The Ship in Sandgate and it was very nice. A nice change to just be the two of us, we hardly ever go out on our own. We sat and did the puzzle of trying to match up the pictures of the 1995 Five Nations winning team to their names while we had a drink. Then we set off again on foot...
:: Comment / reply

Should I eat meat?

Aug18
Haha take a wild guess...

The researchers concluded that "a low - but not a zero - consumption of meat might be beneficial for health.


I read that as "blah blah blah vegans are better than everyone else", did I skip over anything important? Hmm, I still think my no meat diet is fairly healthy.
:: Comment / reply

Lovely morning at Brockhill Park

Aug18
Brockhill Cafe
My week off has started well, we went to Brockhill this morning, a nice walk round the lake, a play in the park (it was heaving) and then lunch in the cafe. I love it there.

Now Tommy is napping, Harry is playing downstairs while Clare is on the exercise bike. Just made the tea for later and mown the lawn, then I'm off for a hair cut and will try and fit more fun in too.
:: Comment / reply

Tommy's numbers

Aug16
Tommy loves numbers:
From June 2014 (Disneyland Paris)
:: Comment / reply

Nice customer images of this Paul Ross print on Amazon

Aug16
Recommended / related
Here, an old product but with all new funny reviews...
:: Comment / reply

And I didn't burn the house down

Aug15
Recommended / related
New usb socket:

From June 2014 (Disneyland Paris)


This is in the guest room so Dad can plug his ipad and phone in, but I'm going to get some more of these now I know they work OK and they look good. This one has a raspberry pi plugged into it right now too.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
:: Comment / reply

Folkestone Beer Festival 26th September!

Aug15
Dance Easy
Folkestone Beer Festival 7.7(10 1 votes, 0, Pauly) 26th Sep (tickets)
Rate Folkestone Beer Festival
It's at Dance Easy on The Bayle, no me either. By the people who did the Leas Lift beer festival which was always great too, if small. Is this bigger? I hope so. They have a new brew TryAnyAle, lovely pun there chaps.

I'll be round that way this weekend possibly I'll try and look in check out the venue. There was some mention of a historic gig venue on The Bayle called something hall, maybe this is it?

Clare is out visiting a friend, I might do some DIY electrics now the boys are in bed, and tea is done, and I've caught up with my work (left early today so made up a bit of time). I do have the new / last series of Breaking Bad to watch, it arrived on blu-ray today but I really have to wait for Clare to come back. So I could sit and watch Gardeners World with a glass of vino collapso, or I could try and not set the place on fire fitting a new socket. If you don't hear from me again, it was the later and it didn't go well.

It's totally crept up on me, but I have the whole of next week off, NICE!
:: Comment / reply

The Cliff Richard allegations are disappearing fast!

Aug15
I think people have suddenly realised "oh he has not been convicted of anything" and they're going to get their arses sued off if they say he did, or that they think he probably did. So the forums and things that had lots of Cliff Richard speculation on them are rapidly being cleaned up before the lawyers see.

This is odd, I did not know Cliff had planned a concert with Morrissey. Oh, and Tom Jones.
:: Comment / reply

Ooh cider festival on the bank holiday!

Aug15
Brogdale Farm
Cider Festival 23rd Aug (tickets)
Rate Cider Festival
I'm sure there are lots of things going on this bank holiday but Clare says we can go to this! She (driving) and the kids will love it!
:: Comment / reply

Js2coffee helps you migrate projects to CoffeeScript

Aug15
Haha the joke is on you I'm using js2coffee.org to translate coffeescript back into javascript. I'm working on a project that is all coffeescript right now, and it's a pain for me. js2coffee.org is a great resource, I've used it before briefly when trying out coffeescript but this time I'm using it the other way, trying to migrate this project back to javascript... It's good for showing me where the bugs are in my coffeescript without having to compile the whole project. This project also uses requirejs.org so we have lots of files that don't stand alone. As far as I can tell I can't just run / compile one file, but I can pick the relevant bits out of it, paste them into js2coffee and BOOM!

Glossary:

javascript: a major programming language of the internets, mostly how I make my living
:: Comment / reply

Lawn experiment

Aug15
My lawn is looking quite green at the moment, quite nice, with all of the extreme weather we've been having recently (sunny days and brief but intense storms) but it still has a few bald patches. I got from Gardeners World that there's probably some layer of something that the grass can't grow through, dig through it with a fork and that will sort it out. I've done this, and put in some new seed, and it's partly worked. I didn't go far enough; the seed has grown exactly where the fork went in, so I have odd little plugs of grass now in the bald patches. Here's an example of the worst bit:

From June 2014 (Disneyland Paris)


However the lawn generally is looking healthy (though needs a cut). I need to be bold and really dig up those bald bits and start again...

From June 2014 (Disneyland Paris)


Up too early this morning. I love being up early, gave me a chance to check out the lawn (and take these pictures), do the recycling and write this before anyone else got up, but I hate getting up early. I just misunderstood this morning. Clare mumbled "your turn to get up first" and I heard that as "your turn to get up first now". So my day is about forty minutes longer today.

Hmm the lawn looks better in the flesh than it does in that picture. My little patch is only the bit on the right remember, on the far left where it starts to look weedy is my neighbour's.
:: Comment / reply

Paul Clarke's - I live and work in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a software engineer, and I do javascript, Node, php, and ruby. I like Folkestone Gerald, pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, and time travel...