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Twenty years ago today I was at Strangelove

University of Portsmouth
Strangelove 6.5(10 1 votes, 0, Pauly) 28th May
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I was working at Portsmouth Uni at the time, but it was as a result of doing the fanzine and a little website on a long gone subdomain of that I got in free. Strangelove are still going I think. Support from Whipping Boy and also Sun. I saw them later when they'd changed their name to Silver Sun and had a bit of success. This seemed important for a while, but less so now.
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Some updates from slack

These days I post most of my thoughts on Slack instead of here, we have a channel there with a few friends that we dip into throughout the day. I know there I'm only ever posting an interesting link or tale about my day to eight or so people, but I suspect that is more than are ever likely to see them here. Still here are some things from there this week that I can share, and save here for posterity.

On the shorts front I have not found my ideal pair but have bought these as an interim measure until I gee myself up to spend the proper money and order these and these others from the usa.

I got another quote for the boiler have trimmed it down slightly and gone for a combi boiler but it still comes in at 4.5k. Can trim a bit more if we risk damaging the ridge tiles on the roof and if I don't go for a Nest (or Nest style) thermostat.

Got up early yesterday morning to sign Harry up for another class of gymnastics. They've started opening the booking even earlier now. I got there about ten to seven and the queue was already moving, previously they didn't open the desk until 7.30. Still got in, but if word goes around I might have to get there earlier... Next sign up is in another seven weeks.

Aldi are introducing a range of craft beers. What is craft beer anyway? That definition is going to kill off real ale eventually I think.

Every bank holiday I get emailed this offer for an in wall amplifier and speakers. Every time I am tempted, every time I think "maybe next time", it's been going on for years. I would like some concealed audio about the place, maybe the bathroom, maybe having it play rainforest noises when I go in there. Maybe that's a bit decadent though.

Lie in today, even though hopefully going to cider festival at The Fountain at some point today or tonight (or both). This means I will be up first tomorrow despite being in the pub drinking cider tonight. Clare is working today so fair that she gets a lie in tomorrow.

Few chores to do today but not much, then off to Follies when Clare finishes work for pizza. Tommy wants to make a messy picture, something he's seen on Mister Maker, and we will do some practice bike riding too.


nest: home automation company now owned by google, thermostats and smoke alarms so far
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Twenty years ago today I was at Super Furry Animals

The Wedgewood Rooms
Super Furry Animals 27th May
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The day after seeing them at Stanmer Park I was back again at the Wedgewood Rooms.
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Twenty years ago to day I was at Brighton Essential Festival

Stanmer Park
Essential Festival 7.2(10 1 votes, 0, Pauly) 26th May
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This was my second time at Brighton Festival I think. It was late-britpop-tastic, lots of the things I was into at the time. I know I saw Super Furry Animals, Kula Shaker, Menswear, Echobelly, Marion, Chumbawamba, Bis and probably more... I had heard of David Devant by this time and tried to check them out but got chatting with someone and missed the show. I remember people talking about how some of the gig had been done with the singer having his back to the audience and his assistants holding up a big mirror for him to sing in to.

I think Clare was at this one too though we did not meet here. I did meet up with some internet friends, it was all the rage at the time. Also I went with A LOT of people. I was not drinking then (a struggle to imagine going to a festival like that now) and drove there in my vw camper with 15 or 16 people in the back.

Nice day as I remember, as it is today.
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Our house is right by Sandgate train station

Watching a bit of a programme about Doctor Beeching yesterday reminded me to look up the railway that must have run through Seabrook. There is still a railway bridge across Horn Street and the remains of one over the bottom of Hospital Hill. I found this site with this map that shows where Sandgate station was. The remains of it would be under this estate. Our house is just about where the 19.757 is to the top right of the map. I'd like to get an old Ordnance Survey map from the time (that one is from 1908) that has the station still on it. I'll try and do a clever hover over mash up of the old map with a modern day equivalent so you can compare more easily.

I was hoping our house was actually in the station if I'm honest.
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At last!

Simply German shop opens in Folkestone town centre, for all your white sausage floating in a pan of gruel needs.
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There's ANOTHER new Pebble watch coming out

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I can't keep up. There are two new pebble smart watches up here on the kickstarter. If only this one would go wrong, then I could justify getting a new one! But my original pebble steel is still great. Just had a software update so it has lots of new features. I have not done as much development on it as I thought I would (that was my original justification for getting one). It does have a heart rate monitor built in this time, but I don't need one. If Maybe I'll wait until next time, or until I decide I really need more fitness tracking.

They're also releasing a weird nan-button thing, it's a mini phone, no screen, one button, like a panic button. The idea is you take it with you when you don't want your phone, when you're running say. It can stream music and make emergency calls for you. I suppose it's smart that they've not just built all this into the watch and made a big clunky watch. This is how bluetooth is supposed to work, tiny devices in different pockets that can talk to each other.

A total abuse of kickstarter again of course, they're not crowdfunding to make this, they're already made...
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Action packed weekend.

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Good weekend, Clare was not working so we packed lots in. Went to Tenterden Saturday morning for fun swimming, Harry is really coming along now he powers through the water like a little dolphin, and Tommy had lots of fun too. Then to Prezzo for a delicious lunch, then no time for any shopping in White Sttuff which Clare normally insists on! We went to the park briefly while she looked for some new books to read.

I have just started a new one Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro as Clare recommended it, kind of dystopian, I think I know where it's going. I finally finished The Girl In The Spiders Web, was only ok, I don't recommend that one really.

We did some shopping on Sunday, bought all of Halfords. A bike for Harry's birthday, a new big boy car seat for Tommy, new bike helmets, and oil for the beetle. Also I found some time to try and fit the new fuel gauge sender, think I've done it right but it's not working. I can't quite figure out how it would work, it only has one wire coming off it and it seems to be connected to the earth. I'll have to look into it. I was expecting earth and then one other wire with a variable voltage or something.

Wow bomb hoax evacuation at my friend's daughter's primary school today.
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