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Feels like a Monday today

Jul287/28
That's nice! Feels like a Monday because I had the day off yesterday, and have been wfh today. But it's Thursday! And its nearly over! One more day and then it's the weekend again!

Nice day again today, strong winds, but warm and sunny when I went for my lunchtime walk.
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A great haul of birthday presents

Jul277/27
I got lots of nice things, and some lovely money too. Clare got me two of the pairs of shorts I was fussing about a few weeks ago, the ScottEVest hidden cargo shorts and the pickpocket proof clothing arts travel adventure shorts, nice!

I was going to buy a new soldering iron with the birthday money, and lo and behold that was my present from Jim at the end of the day.
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Lovely birthday trip to London

Jul277/27
The Nags Head
Free birthday day off from work so Jim looked after the boys and we went up to London. Thought we were going to struggle to get there, got on the first cheap high speed train of the day at 10am, and we all got hoofed off at Ashford. Train manager missing, so the train could go no further, everyone out. Then waiting at Ashford there were multiple "Inspector Sands to the control room! INSPECTOR SANDS!". Everyone knows this is an emergency code, was it a fire or was it a bomb? Suddenly felt vulnerable on the crowded platform. Then we saw Vic Reeves and his wife Nancy Sorrell which was a distraction. He was dressed in double denim, like a bearded Shakin Stevens. Next train arrived, and though it was standing room only the rest of the way we got to London in one piece.

Our only plan in London was to meet Emma for lunch in The Gate up by Angel. We stopped for a cheeky prosecco in The Nags Head:

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... then walked to the restaurant. And it was nice. Lots of vegan choice, I had the lentil terrine pate for starter, aubergine teriyake for main and no room for a pudding really, but I had a bit of Clare's (vegan) banoffee pie, very nice. Emma is doing well, looking forward to meeting her new arrival within the new few weeks.

Back home again in time to do the boys' tea.

Oh also Dawn of off Hollyoaks a long time ago was at Folkestone West station. She is a neighbour of ours, though we don't actually know here. It still counts as a celeb spot.
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Looks like Vic Reeves was off to Richard Herring's podcast show

This was recorded yesterday too, and see he's wearing the same clothes so FACT!
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Made a cup of coffee

Jul267/26
Forgot to put a cup under the coffee machine...
Work today, in the office, but then bonus day off tomorrow for birthdays!
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No rain here yet

Jul257/25
Still hot and sunny and dry. First proper day of the summer holidays today, so no school or nursery. Grandpa collected them both for the day so I could still wfh, but I've missed out on some exercise by not walking down to drop Harry off, nor will I be picking him up later. Going to have to walk extra hard at lunch. But not to the pub, oh no. Been quite a boozy weekend really, will STOP DRINKING. Until Wednesday, when it is our birthdays...
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This is how nicely the boys stand still for photos

Jul257/25
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If you can see the picture can you see the faint yellow box around Harry and Tommy? There is text if you hover over that. It's a feature I used to really like on flickr back in the day and tried ages ago to implement it here. Realised at the weekend that it wasn't working on google based images, so fixed it. I'll try and add more details to images as I go now. It's all good so long as the url doesn't change...
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NCT Summer Party today

Jul247/24
At Alice and Tony's house, and it was hot, and they have a swimming pool, so everyone in! The boys really enjoyed it, Harry so much so that he flung himself in again after we'd all got out and got dressed. He had to borrow some clothes to come home in. He says he fell in, but I was watching and it looked like he jumped to me, racing to get to some toy before someone else did. Must have just lost his balance...

They also played tennis too and loved that, might see if we can find some more for him to play over the summer.

Went to a good boot fair this morning, bought a hot wheels garage for Tommy and some books for Harry.

Still hot again, though rain has hit at Mum and Dad's so it might be coming this way. The garden needs it, the lawn has gone brown.
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We were all meant to be going to Dover yesterday

Jul247/24
While Clare was supposed to be working we were going to a family party barbecue play games in Connaught Park for Elliott's birthday. That got moved because Dover was shut down, to Elham instead. We had a nice time, and good that Clare could attend because she couldn't go to work.

I went home via the Potting Shed too which was really nice.
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Dover is still broken

Jul247/24
Clare could not get to work yesterday. Crazy holdups on the channel crossing meant Dover backed up, and this had knock on effects. So not just the route to the port, which often has problems, but all roads in Dover town. Clare was meant to be working but there was just no way in. No public transport either, as the train line to Dover is out for the whole year, and no busses could move on the roads either. People were stuck in their cars night and day, and it could last for weeks.
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Got infrared lights in the house now

Jul227/22
My home security camera now has infrared lighting, so I can see you burgle my house even in the dark!
I bought this light ages and ages ago, a bit of a punt. It's meant for attaching to video cameras and it didn't come with its own power supply so didn't think I could use it at first. I've bought another couple of solutions in the meantime but not been able to get them working, both involved soldering and I found it too hard. But I've found another power supply, leftover from some other device, and set it up and it works great!

Very annoyed with work today, a project that I thought had gone swimmingly has been put on hold. I must have got the wrong idea about what was required, but mainly I've trodden on toes I think. One really bizarre accusation is that I'd done all of the work in advance, done it too fast. This is because I did a few prototypes of the work to demo different approaches so people could try them out. Because I'd written tests for the prototype to prove they worked, this is seen as some kind of witchcraft to the project manager, and they don't trust it. Also because we did so much planning in advance there was very little work to do, so because I said it's only a couple of days work for one person this has pissed them off too as they were planning on it being several weeks for two people. This one experience has changed my view of wanting to carry on working here. Got two more months to get through to get the bonus for taking this secondment, or I could bail out now and take half of it... Not sure I'd enjoy my old job much more at the moment.
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Paul Clarke's - I work and live in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. married to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a software engineer, and I do js, nodejs, php, and ruby. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel...