Pauly's Soapbox

Home

We could see Venus today

Dec
3
Venus was hanging just below a crescent moon today, lovely. I should have taken a picture. Hibbett spotted it too.
Comment / reply

Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. Married to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

Boys weekend

Dec
3
Recommended / related
Clare is away at that Cure gig in London, so it's just us boys today. They're watching The Grinch a pre-christmas gift from Auntie Kez, and they're loving it.
Comment / reply

7 secrets of Abney Park cemetery

Dec
3
Interesting stuff, our flat in Listra Park used to overlook Abney Park cemetery.
Comment / reply

The pinkees

Dec
3


I enjoyed these on top of the pops last night, posted it here to remind me, not heard of them before.
Comment / reply

Heard back about the Beetle

Dec
1
And it's not bad news! The driver's seatbelt has been replaced; I've had problems with it, it gets stuck and is hard to put on. I had put it down to being the cold somehow, but apparently it was a rear seatbelt, and if they're not lined up exactly then they get stuck. It wasn't up to muster for the MOT so it had to go. The tyres were fine, so no changing of them or the wheels this time. An indicator relay has been replaced as the indicators were too fast, more than 2 flashes per second is too fast. Also a bulb was gone, not sure if that will help with the dimness or has just gone now. That's it, nothing big. Volksfarmers have still got it they're going to replace the gaiter for me that they spotted last time and have a look at the gearbox mounting. If it's only that that's making it jump out of fourth gear then they'll fix it, if it needs anything more I'll carry on driving with one hand on the gearstick...
Comment / reply

When worlds collide

Dec
1
Recommended / related
Fitbit is buying Pebble, it says here... does this mean mine and Clare's fitnes tracking (or at least step count will join up again?

Seems like pebble have been struggling for a while. They seemed super successful but had to expand quickly. Fitbit seem likely to just shut them down completely.
Comment / reply

Not heard back about the Beetle yet

Dec
1
It's still with Volksfarmers for mot, though nephew Elliott says he saw it driving around Lyminge yesterday... hope it is OK! Volksfarmers are in Elham but their registered office is in Lymninge, I suspect they took it there or even to Etchinghill to actuall do the MOT test. They don't do them onsite...
Comment / reply

You can't move for vegans, and stories about them, at the moment

Dec
1
A damn dirty vegan bought a giant lobster's freedom.
Comment / reply

Can't quite believe it is December now

Dec
1
Recommended / related
The advent calendar brought it home to me, christmas is pretty close now I'd better get on with buying some presents. Clare prepared a huge christmas spread for the boys yesterday to give to them after tea. Jim came round, for chili, and Clare had hinted she had a treat for them. They were expecting a special pudding but instead it was a huge christmas bag with two advent calendars each (one chocolate, and a hot wheels one for one and Lego for the other), christmas books, and several christmas dvds... Clare is more excited about the build up to christmas than anyone.

I finally bought a couple of gifts, I think it's going to be ok.

Have bought an android tablet each for the boys, mostly for watching in the car. We've also got head rest supports for them to hold them up at eye height. So they can watch TV + films when we're on long boring car journeys. Going to get them headphones too but think they'll buy them out of saved birthday money. Mean old Daddy, but it's an expensive time of year. Have got Clare a new fitbit but not sure if that should be christmas or not, will see how soon it arrives... Still got to get National Trust passes for Mum and Dad and just money envelopes for George and Jack. How long do we keep buying them presents for now George is eighteen..?

I have my secret santa to provide for of course too - but luckily I drew myself in the draw so the pressure is off. Rather grinchy of me but I'm so pleased, I would have tried to swap for myself if I'd not got me, or got Clare to. Mostly it would have been ok I could have provided a strict list of "only buy these things they will come to exactly £50" and everyone else will do the same, but I don't want to have to (effectively) spend £50 on myself, so now I'm free... I have treated myself to an led upgrade for my maglite torch hope that works out ok. It's not going to be very impressive wrapped up though! Maybe I'll get some really useful boxes or wrap up some things I already had to pad it out...
Comment / reply

Tommy is ill this week

Dec
1
No nursery again today as he has a rotten cold. He's much happier in himself today (especially since they had advent calendars to open today) but he is streaming and snotty, so we didn't think it fair to send him in.
Comment / reply

Harry the Roman expert

Dec
1
Recommended / related
Very proud of Harry and his enthusiasm for their recent Roman project at school. When they started on the first day they all did their fancy dress, and had a Roman feast in school, and a quiz, find out who knows what about Roman life. Harry came first in this, mainly because of the Horrible Histories books that he reads and re-reads. Then Tuesday they did a visit to the Roman Painted House in Dover and did another quiz at the end of the day of all the things they'd learned and seen, and Harry came first again. This time he won a speedboat. No, wait, not a speedboat, a pencil. Also he's moved up the reading rocket every day this term so far (though mainly that is our achievement at home, he gets that for reading aloud to us and us signing his book). I'm very proud.
Comment / reply

Blee, new fivers contain meat

Nov
29
It says here... I am tearing mine up in disgust. Or I would, if I had the strength in my thin vegan arms.
Comment / reply

Nearly freezing today

Nov
29
Recommended / related
My pebble says it's one degree centigrade outside. Was a bit frosty on the way to drop the beetle off, but no snow. Is a beautiful clear day out there again, just very cold.

I'm wfh today because of having to drop the car off earlier. Can take the Peugeot to work tomorrow then have to wing it a bit on Thursday. Might get the bus up to Volksfarmers.
Comment / reply

Beetle has gone in for MOT today

Nov
29
It's a two day job at least, I've taken it in to Volksfarmers and they're going to take it for MOT. Means if anything is up (ha) it will be done by someone sympathetic to ancient air-cooled VWs...

I think the front tyres need replacing, they're not balding but have a curiously different pattern to those on the back it's a lot smoother. Possibly it's rubbing on the wings, but maybe that's just how those tyres wear out. They're bigger tyres than normal on bigger wheels. I've said if they need replacing, please put the original sized tyres back on the original wheels. Wonder how different that will look / feel...
Comment / reply

Nice and sunny today

Nov
28
Recommended / related
Even slightly warm in the house - Nest says it's 15 degrees - but freezing out. Went for a walk along the seafront and the wind is really cold. Out of the wind the sun is nice though. What a bland and boring post, still nice to have a palate cleanser after all the excitement of the weekend.

I think I can do better, I've not documented my journey back from Portchester on the train yet.

AND I just remembered Clare made some soup at the weekend which I can have for my lunch.

The boys keep saying my favourite food is bin food because I keep eating food that is past it's sell by date - rather than throw it out I'll eat it.
Comment / reply

Surely not the only person with these comedian pictures today

Nov
28

Of course not my friend Rob posted almost the same thing a minute later (note: later). Great minds, though perhaps not great. Nor even really minds.
Comment / reply

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 mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

Paul Clarke

Links

  1. Chart of the week

  1. And top tracks of the week

Latest

Todo:

Projects

Privacy policy