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Jimi Hendrix had woodchip wallpaper

Feb102/10
Have a look around the flat he lived in in Mayfair, London, in the 1960s. It's been restored.
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They're doing a baptism practice at Harry's school today

Feb102/10
They're baptising a toy. I would love to think they're giving other rituals equal precedence, voodoo and so on, but I'm not confident.
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Weather a lot calmer today

Feb92/09
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Heavy rain earlier this morning, I had to get changed after walking Harry to school. Has been a peaceful day since then. Went out for a bit of a walk at lunch, though will struggle to compete with Clare today. She left the car in Hythe when she took Tommy to nursery today and walked home, then walked back to pick him up later.
We're getting a bit competitive with the fitbit, it's good.
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Uninstall facebook, it's killing your phone battery

Feb82/08
Removing the facebook app can give you 15% more battery, it's draining the battery even when you're not using it. It is using you...

Not sure how to work out the balance here. I don't have facebook, do I have more life because I'm not reading facebook for an hour a day? Or do I have less life because I miss out on updates on what people are up to? I expect I do occasionally miss out on invites to things, but would I miss out on these invites anyway because I am obnoxious and smug and "ooh look at me I'm the kind of person who doesn't have facebook" all the time?

I bought a new phone today, well a reconditioned phone anyway. I really liked my sony xperia aqua that I had, but I bricked it by failing to unlock it. So I've bought another one, a slightly newer model. I do not like the iphone I've been using in the meantime.

I will not put facebook on my new phone.
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Surprisingly I had the beach all to myself at lunchtime

Feb82/08
Amazing waves, which I completely failed to capture here... Still it's hella windy, thanks Storm Imogen.


That's not working but here's the link.
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Lovely little table

Feb82/08
Laura Ashley Milton we have a big one of these, this is a really cute side table. Collect from Tonbridge good low starting price.
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Very windy here today

Feb82/08
Nothing to do with my home brew which is still good. I added gas to it yesterday which will hopefully keep it fresh, making sure no oxygen gets in. Maybe should have done it before but it was very lively coming out of the barrel, so hopefully the secondary fermentation in the barrel had done the job for me. Anyway it's real windy outside, fences blown down locally including a couple opposite the school. Most of the bad weather was last night, rather than while we were out in it.
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Twenty years ago today I was at Frank Black

Feb82/08
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Portsmouth Pyramids
Frank Black 7.2(10 1 votes, 0, Pauly) 8th Feb
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Black Francis, of The Pixies, doing a solo show in Portsmouth. Of course, I was always a Pixies fan, because I was cool, wasn't I? I was not, I missed out on them first time round. I had a couple of tracks on mix tapes but they did not really grab me for some reason. I was still not a fan at this point in 1996, but I did get some posters signed by him, so if I keep quiet about it I could just claim I was always cool couldn't I?

I did like the Wannadies at this time, they supported.

This was another Portsmouth Venue Campaign show, so a freebie. One of the organisers was quite excited about it being Frank Black, she was a big fan and had seen Pixies at the Guildhall previously, 1989 or so. Around the time I was at Transvision Vamp I think.
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Interesting pub article here

Feb72/07
George Orwell and the 21st Century Pub, how he described the micropub movement.

We went in a micropub yesterday.
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Splendid weekend

Feb72/07
Potting Shed
Mum and Dad visiting, it's always a good weekend then. Not just because they get up first with the boys so we both get a lie in! We had a really lazy one this time, only went as far as Hythe to go in a cafe, and then back again. Clare was in Hythe anyway for a hair cut, she had walked in, so we planned to drive in, meet her, then I'd walk back to get my step count up. Dad decided to walk with me so we popped in the Potting Shed for one, very nice. Was very very quiet as it's the first day of the Six Nations and England were playing Scotland. There's a big real ale / rugby crossover, and the Potting Shed being a micropub they don't have a TV or anything. We had one then walked home in time for the second half.

Got a takeaway from Raj Villa (aka Raj Bari), which was very nice but a long time coming. Phoned it in, estimated 40 minutes to come and collect it, then we were waiting another 40 minutes after that. Not sure if they bother to start making it until you arrive. Was very busy in the restaurant, they were turning customers away. Nice that it's popular, it being so close to us.

Did swimming with Tommy today while Mum and Dad watched Harry doing gymnastics, as Clare is working.

Hoping for a relaxing rest of afternoon now, though the boys are running round and fighting at the moment. I'm trying to sort out getting Jim's HP Chromebook fixed, it won't power up, seems to be a common problem. I have dismissed this before as user error as it was fine every time I tried it but it really looks like it has a problem. Charging light works, one other led is on, but there's no screen, no action at all. Might be a different problem to others I've found online, the battery might be ok. It's out of warranty, and I can't figure out how to contact HP support at the moment. Don't buy an HP Chromebook.
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Health check

Feb72/07
Had my private health check that we get every year working for Holiday Extras and all is good! It's pretty extensive, ECG, blood tests, full physical. Initial results are all healthy, no problems, I'll get a full report in a few days. I missed this health check last year, just didn't have time for it, but glad that didn't make anything worse, no make me miss something that has got worse in that time.

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Twenty years ago today I was at 60ft Dolls

Feb42/04
University of Surrey Students Union
60ft Dolls 7.2(10 1 votes, 0, Pauly) 4th Feb
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I loved the 60ft Dolls they were ace. This was another freebie at the University of Surrey, a Sunday night special. I drove up, must have been in the VW van, almost certainly with the same friends I went to the other gigs in this series from. Friends I haven't seen since then probably.

Speaking of VWs though, Dad has had enough of the money pit JPD 914K and it's coming BACK! It'll be my liability now instead of his. Probably, if we can get it safely from his house to my house in one piece. I have been offered a couple of opportunities at work today, one is some overtime, maybe 10 hours over the next couple of weeks, and the other is a secondment to our other (still local) office, which will pay a little bonus. So if I get both of those then I can afford to keep the beetle going for a while... Here's me and it, back in the day:

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Paul Clarke's blog - I work and live 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 pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel...