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Popbitch hacked down by Lou Bega

Jul31
Hmm confusing tales on the internets today about popbitch, was it chinese hackers or Lou Bega who brought down popbitch today? Or was it just that a new app was launched, and the content is loaded from popbitch.com and so the board was turned off for a few hours to lighten the load and make the app experience a bit smoother..?

If you've had trouble posting recently then don't worry, you're not alone, but we know why. It would appear to be the fault of some people in China spamming the board and trying to post (I kid you not) Lou Bega MP3s at a rate of 270000 an hour. So the board is going to shut down later today for a bit of weasel work but it'll be back up asap. In the meantime there's always this


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Tommy might have scarlet fever

Jul31
Tommy had a temperature, then a rash, so took him to the doctor this evening. He's given us antibiotics for a mumble mumble strep something, so Clare has googled it and is sure it is Scarlet Fever. He is more or less well in himself at the moment, hope the drugs do the job.

Also Harry shut his finger in the door today, these boys seem to do that quite a lot! Nothing broken though, all good.
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Veronica Mars

Jul31
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Can't get enough of Veronica Mars right now, have had the episodes for ages and just got round to watching them. Getting annoyed with the ropey quality, and suddenly found we have some missing! So bought the box set! What on earth, we don't buy DVDs any more? Well we've made an exception for this, it's great. And the box set includes the movie that was just made too. Now we just have to sit tight and wait for it to arrive...

I wish I was at San Diego Comic Con.
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Fax Preference Service update (annoying phone calls from 01902 351245)

Jul31
So we registered with the Fax Preference Service but have had several calls today from the same number 01902 351245 - so now what? Going to try the ico.org.uk does that sound like a real thing? Hmm they appear less than useless...
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A reduced 4k TV, on payday..?

Jul31
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Really? And I have just about that amount in my tv fund too! I was saving for a good tv when our old tv packed in, so had to cut down my ambitions a bit. Quite happy with the tv, though this does look nice. Probably I should get new surround sound instead. I am due a treat though, I have birthday money to spend plus pay day profit share. I should spend it fast before it all goes on kids shoes or something. I see Clare was pretty quick to spend all her birthday money on makeup for just this reason...
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Also at Edinburgh (this year though, not next year)

Jul31
Caves
Henning Wehn a favourite of ours is doing his show at the same venue we saw him last year Just The Tonic at The Caves, tickets here. He's also doing the Leicester Square Theatre, that is a really nice comedy venue, 26th Feb to 7th March.
He's also done lots of warmups at the Betsey Trotwood recently, comedy warmups are always really really small! We saw Ricky Gervais doing one upstairs in a pub one time. I see why now, they want to get a bit of audience feedback but don't want everyone to have seen the show by the time they hit the real venue...
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The Last Working Day Of The Month, Issue 113 (time to start planning Edinburgh 2015)

Jul31
Got an update from MJ Hibbett that he sends out every pay day (whoop, it's pay day!) and there are a couple of particularly good things in it. One Totally Acoustic is back, I've been to this and it's ace, and if you're in London on that day (it's our anniversary, we are most likely not) you should go along. Second, and more exciting is that he's taking a show to Edinburgh next year. And we're going to Edinburgh next year! Now as lovely and talented as Mark is, I probably would not travel to another country purely on the strength of one of his shows, but Clare and I are planning to go to Edinburgh next year anyway. It's great to know there will be a familiar face there waiting for us.

This year's Edinburgh Fringe has not quite started yet, but it takes a lot of planning to get to. Next year is our tenth wedding anniversary so we can justify a little celebration like this. Last time we went was my 40th, next one after this will probably be my 50th! We are only making fairly woolly plans for it so far, we will pick the dates soon and then start booking the hotel around Christmas. But we're definitely going, woo!

Here's Hibbett's email anyway:

GIGS TO COME
Thursday 31 July - The Oval Tavern, Croydon
Back at Freedom Of Expression with Outer_audiO Joe and Matt Finucane.

Saturday 9 August - Ray's Mum's Back Garden
Hibbettfest! With Chris T-T and Alexander Hale

Tuesday 12 August - The King & Queen
The return of Totally Acoustic, featuring Alexander Hale, Matt Abbott, and Robberie

Check mjhibbett.co.uk/gigs/gigs.php for more information.

NEW ALBUM PLAN
We're booked in to start recording the next Validators album at the end of November. The plan this time is to do a nice short, more stripped back (i.e. less explosions and orchestras) album of HITS, but then we say that every time so who knows? Whatever happens, we'll hopefully have a single out in the new year!

NEW SHOW
I've also just started writing a new show for me and Steve to take to Edinburgh next year - it's called "Hey Hey 16K" at the moment, but that could well change between now and next August!

AND FINALLY
Thanks very much to everyone who came to see us at Indietracks, we had (as you could probably tell by looking at our smiling faces) a wonderful time. It was good to be back!


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Good range of home automation at Maplin at the moment

Jul31
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See here, some of it looks a bit clunky and dated like the sockets you plug in to other sockets etc but they have lightwaverf (hmm is there any future in that) and lots more.

Tempted by these magnetic window catches but Clare is particularly unkeen...

Glossary:

lightwaverf: the light switches etc that I use to give me remote control of everything in the house
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"Limited Tickets remain"

Jul31
Leas Cliff Hall
Peter Andre 26th Sep (tickets)
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Oh so not an infinite number of tickets for the 1200-or-so capacity Leas Cliff Hall then? There is a limited number you say? Quite a lot left is my guess. Who on earth is going to this, when the tickets are over thirty quid???

Peter Andre - Live 26 Sep

Limited Tickets remain!

Singer and TV star Peter Andre returns to Folkestone on his first tour in 3 years, following the release of this new Album. Expect hits like Mysterious Girl, Behind Closed Doors & others from hit albums Revelations, Accelerate and Angels & Demons.
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Pay Day!

Jul31
And WFH today too, nice and quiet here as Clare is working today too and Harry and Tommy have gone off to Granny and Grandpa's for the day.
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Phoned the doctor

Jul30
Haven't had any feedback from the MRIs that I had a few weeks ago. Mum keeps telling me to phone them but I keep thinking "leave it another day, they'll call me". They haven't, so I called today (because it's properly hurting today) and the doctor is going to call me back. It had better be to say "we know exactly what it is just take this and it'll go away in a few days" or I'll be really annoyed...

Actually I'm annoyed already, if they're going to call me back it's because the results are in and they should have called me without me having to call them...

UPDATE: still annoyed, yes the results were in Manor Clinic don't seem to be very organised. Nothing to report though, head MRI all normal, neck and upper back MRI both show disk bulges but this is more or less normal and that's not where the pain is (though there might be pain there in the future as one is quite close to the spinal cord) so all we have is the original oddness at the bottom of the spine and I just have to sit tight and wait for the neurologist appointment in September. I can get more painkillers (and I should keep taking them) and I can get some more meds for the side effects, but no progress other than that, just have to wait. One good thing, the doctor will not recommend physio until I have seen the neurologist. I don't fancy physio, sounds like a lot of prodding about.
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Wall mounted Nespresso pod dispenser

Jul30
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We have a small kitchen and a new nespresso machine, we need a wall or cupboard mounted nespresso pod dispenser for it. And we have some birthday money, and amazon vouchers, and nespresso vouchers too, perfect. Lawks this one is over thirty quid! Are there any more out there?

Aha lots. If we go for this one do we need to invest in that whole Brabantia wall mount system? We like Brabantia we have a few bits already... I will investigate.

UPDATE: That Brabantia one is too small, I'd be refilling that every day...
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That Brazillian VW Split Screen in Folkestone has been relisted

Jul30
Can it really have a year's MOT if it doesn't have UK plates on it?

1974 brazilian import splitscreen combi bus. 1 years MOT .. 3k spent on this bus with receipts to show. All major works complete , engine needs tuning work. . This is an unfinished project that I am un able to complete due to other commitments . Bus need cosmetic work and spraying but is solid underneath and ready for the road..


Here it is anyway, currently at £5300 it ended at £10k last time it was listed, something clearly went wrong, the ad does not look super convincing to me.

Here are some more vw split screens listed on ebay right now:

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Bargain Laura Ashley Milton table

Jul29
Here, interested to see what that goes for as it is knocked about a little. That is a nice range of furniture, we have the console table...

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Arrabiata progress

Jul29
We have arrabiata every week, and I think our one is probably better even than the one I had in the restaurant, particularly with my new recip advance. I think it makes a difference frying the herbs and spices first, really makes it smell good when I'm cooking it too. This week when I was making it (on my Monday day off, ready for tea that night) I forgot the chili until the end, doh! But added paprika and oregano and a bit of rosemary in the oil first, fry gently, then add onion and garlic, fry more, then passata and then fresh basil. Then cooked chopped sausages to pad it out at the end (though Clare has meatballs). It is a delicious dinner. Just ate it reheated for lunch today which inspired me to post this, it was the best one yet.
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Birthday weekender: Soprano's

Jul29
Soprano's
Slightly in fear of eating in a chain restaurant, did not want to feel the wrath of Ro. He is very disdainful of us eating in chains, but the last time we followd his advice we had a disappointing Thai meal on Elm Grove. This time we found our own independent restaurant, fancied Italian so found Soprano's. And it was excellent! I had an adapted arrabiata, had a lot of veg in it. Can't quite remember what Clare had as got a bit drunk quite quickly, not used to going out at all. Before this I only had two pints in The Dolphin and a glass of vino collapso in All Bar One but I was pretty tipsy. Anyway, fabulous meal, recommend this place, we'll go back again.

Next stop: trying to walk to the station I think, planning to stop in the White Swan brewhouse pub on the way. Yeah that didn't quite work out...
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Our birthday weekender: The Dolphin

Jul29
The Dolphin
Had a couple of drinks in The Dolphin, High Street (Old Portsmouth) on leaving Gun Wharf, as part of our birthday weekender. I knew we'd passed a load of good looking pubs on this route when we'd walked it previously with the boys, and have been wanting to go back there for a while. We looked at one right by the ferry but decided on this one instead. Glad we did! Hmm wish we'd read this might not rush to get food there! The beer was great, we had a nice early evening sit and drink and chat before heading off to dinner...
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Nespresso Bongo

Jul29
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Clare got me a new coffee machine for my birthday, we're still figuring it out, but it's excellent. Does it really know how much water to put through based on which nespresso pod you put in? It seems to pump more water through a lungo coffee pod than through one of the espresso or ristretto ones. That's clever...
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Who is Paddy Casey?

Jul28
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Patrick "Paddy" Casey is an Irish singer-songwriter from Dublin, it says here. So why am I telling you that? I keep getting search hits on this website for Paddy Casey, I don't know why, but if you're here, there you go.
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Super birthday weekender

Jul28
Great weekend, rubbish journey down but a great [[birthday weekender] when we were there. Back with more details after I've done all my chores, but we've had three nice meals out and got in some good pub and wine bar action.
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Lovely meal at Blooms tonight

Jul25
Met up with some old friends this evening, and had a meal at Blooms at the bottom of the old high street. Had a lovely meal, pizza for me, everyone's was great. We ate early so Harry and Tommy could come with us and they had a great time too. We had a little walk around the harbour area before and after, it was a lovely evening.
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Cant't believe I missed "shed of the year"

Jul25
I watched the George Clarke's Amazing Spaces series and it was great, I had it all recorded in the hd so I could watch it in all its glorious detail, and thought the final one would be included in that series link. But no! Shed Of The Year seems to be a series of its own, so I didn't record it, and missed it. Watching it now on 4OD which means lower resolution (possibly, looks good though) and I have to watch adverts. We never watch adverts!

Shed Of The Year here on readersheds.co.uk

I've got a shed, me, it's not a competition winner yet, it's too cluttered with mostly unused children's toys.
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Another reason not to vote Conservative

Jul25
Like you needed one, tory mp david tredinnick says astrology can help the NHS...

While I'm on the topic of new reasons to hate things that I hate anyway, ew mcdonalds chicken nuggets.
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Habitat Radius CD unit

Jul25
I've got two of these they're great, you should get it. Collect from Berkshire, if it was closer I'd definitely get it.

I mean the CD unit, I'm trying something new below, might flood this post with more ads for habitat radius things. We don't have all of these, though we have quite a few, we have two of the wardrobes, three tallboys, two CD units, a console table, and a bench. It's lovely!

Anyway here's more below. Will make this list shorter soon I think...

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UPDATE: and that list is a little more manageable now.
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Fareham is the most car dependent town in the UK

Jul25
Here in the Telegraph, there are more cars per person (or less people per car) in Fareham than in any other town in the UK. 539 cars for every 1,000 people, according to the ONS. Mum and Dad you contribute to this stat, two of you there and two cars. You should give that VW Beetle to me as soon as possible.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do js, nodejs, 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...