Paul Clarke's Blog (Pauly's Soapbox)

Crazy weather tonight

I really should have gone to bed earlier than this. I had a long but productive day at work, and Clare had quite a long day at work too, she was in court today. We had a chilli that I'd made at the weekend, and planned to go to the Clarendon either before or after our tea. That did not quite work out, the boys were not in agreement, so we watched their TV show and played Mario Kart and then Death In Paradise and then everyone went to bed except me. I stayed up to hear the amazing storm come in and put on Yesterday while I was waiting and ended up watching the whole thing. It is a GREAT film, I feel sure I must have seen it before, but it is the emotions that are familiar rather than the details of the plot.

The eldest primary school years went on their residential trip today. This is the trip that thing one went on two years ago and thing two will be going on in two years time. I wonder what it was like for them today, I think they are staying in some kind of dormitary / hut thing. The rain and thunder were loud enough to stop me going to bed, I bet they were screaming there tonight.

Twenty-five years ago today I was at one of the first Mansun gigs at the Joiners in Southampton. At the time this felt extremely significant but they have not really stood the test of time. Perhaps they will have a renaissance.

We're also coming into Glastonbury season, so I was thinking about heading to Glastonbury this year in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, and more, I mean I could go on...

Wed Jun 16 2021...

This week 10 years ago

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No-one wants to fix the beetle

Thank you Ryan of course for you suggestions of how to find handy-people and of recommendations in Kent for VW repairs, I just haven't tried any of them as I want to be absolutely sure I have exhausted the resources on my doorstep. OG Buswerks is not getting back to me, I don't think I should chase him any more. I'm trying trans-porters again. Their website is nine years old, and their email bounced. I tried the landline number for them that google has, it has been disconnected. It does have a mobile number on their facebook page1. Can't really tell if that is more recently updated. I phoned the number, and I think they rejected my call - it rang once and then disconnected. Am I on a block list somewhere. Have texted, it has not bounced back to me yet.

Clare excitedly asked me why I was washing the beetle yesterday, ARE YOU SELLING IT??? No, I'm getting round to getting it in regular use again. I could be going to the train station in six weeks, or maybe even less.

Work going well, they want me to do more "leading". Maybe that just means they don't like my coding though and they want me to do less coding.

Another hot day here, though not really been out yet. I only did a school pick-up, didn't even do the school drop-off this morning, as Clare had a late start so she did it.

Country cases deaths
USA 34339605 615364
Brazil 17454861 488404
India 29570035 378131
Mexico 2454176 230148
Peru 2004252 188921
UK 4573333 127907
Italy 4245777 127038
Russia 5222408 126801
France 5741354 110454
Colombia 3777600 96366

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru + UK

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1. I am not on facebook but I took a look on my work computer where it is not blocked, in desperation, in case they were updating that.

Wed Jun 16 2021...

Rusting heap on the drive

Kind of needed to go thing one's school today to pick up some books. Instead of waiting for Clare to come in I fired up the beetle and drove there at lunch. It started up on about the third attempt, it's pretty good after being sat for weeks unused. It's still missing an accelerator pedal but I'm getting used to it. I parked it on the drive when I got back and treated it to a bit of a wash. It needs another one, then I'll think about taking it to get fixed.

Also on the drive - and rusting slightly, of course I wasn't talking about the beetle - is the push along lawnmower. I advertised it on freecycle, no bites yet though.

Good day at work, a lot more talking than doing, but productive in its own way. I presented an idea I had and there weren't too many complaints. Got an email saying we should keep working from home for now if we can. Yeah I can. My new coffee cup and water bottle that I bought ready for the commute arrived today. I can still use them even though I don't have to take them on the train. If I wear them in a bit I won't look like such a newbie commuter when it comes around.

We all went to the Clarendon before tea, even thing one, though we drove there instead of walking. Got him some fresh air without having to hobble too far.

I finally finished Marvel 1602, quite a good ending.

Country cases deaths
USA 34325229 615027
Brazil 17413996 487476
India 29507438 375609
Mexico 2452469 230095
Peru 2003625 188708
UK 4565677 127904
Italy 4244872 127002
Russia 5208687 126430
France 5740665 110391
Colombia 3753224 95778

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru + UK

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Tue Jun 15 2021...

Getting shot of my old push along lawn mower

It's here if you want it, I put it on freecycle...

Tue Jun 15 2021...

I bought a 2000ad again

So far not quite as good as I remember. Or at least I don't think it is as good now as I thought it was then (the 1980s). It's probably exactly the same, maybe even better. I have taken out a subscription as I couldn't find it anywhere. If I don't get into it and the boys don't get into it I will cancel it again, but I'm giving it a go for now. There seem to be three stories in this issue that are based around Judge Dredd, and luckily the main Judge Dredd story is starting a new story with this issue.

Weather has stayed fabulous since the weekend. The beaches have been busy, which is nice to see but does result in more litter. Also I have had hay fever for a few days.

Thing one is moving about a bit now, I think he might even get dressed today. We have got a bit more info on things he should be revising for end of year exams, so he did some work yesterday instead of just playing XBox all day. I am going to take the beetle up to the school at lunchtime today to pick up some books for him.

Thing two has been on the trampoline quite a lot over the last few days, and they've both enjoyed being outside in this heat. Especially since I bought super soaker water guns and some water balloons for them.

Cryptocurrencies are going up at the moment, my shares less so, I'm still about 5% down overall. No biggie though it will recover, and if I think of that money as "spent" rather than "saved" (as I could easily have done) I'm doing very well indeed with it.

Country cases deaths
USA 34315873 614953
Brazil 17376998 486358
India 29439038 372526
Mexico 2448820 229821
Peru 2001059 188443
UK 4558323 127896
Italy 4243482 126976
Russia 5193964 126073
France 5737810 110407
Colombia 3724705 95192

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru + UK

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Tue Jun 15 2021...

That is brand new information

The country is not opening up again on the 21st of June then. It is extremely surprising to me that Boris Johnson's government would have got this wrong. We will put our bunting back in the cupboard for approximately the 20th of July then.

It's clear from the graphs that there is a little uptick again now in cases, though the UK figures have been very low for a while. My graphs on here have been the deaths, rather than cases, obviously hope those stay low in the UK. Anecdotally it is spreading again, Clare says there are cases at her work for the first time.

Country cases deaths
USA 34306446 614647
Brazil 17301220 484350
India 29358033 367097
Mexico 2445538 229578
Peru 1998056 188100
UK 4550756 127884
Italy 4241759 126924
Russia 5180454 125674
France 5733838 110373
Colombia 3694707 94615

It's been too nice and sunny and I've been a bit busy over the weekend to post much here. Little jobs like cleaning and making chilli and arrabiata for the week, fetching shopping, cleaning the car, and even mowing the lawn. I gave up on my push along mower and bought a small electric one yesterday. The lawn looks equally awful, it is short and brown now. I still don't think I'm going to water it, it'll recover.

I did one run at the weekend. Went out Saturday morning, really planned to do a longer one and go via Hythe to Folkestone, I even took a bag with me to bring some shopping back. It was too hot though, and I stopped coming back past our place, after only 5k.

Enjoyed the football, a good start England beating Croatia. A bit of an odd one in Denmark v Norway with the collapse on the pitch. I bet Eriksen got his angiogram a bit quicker than someone I know who is still s in hospital waiting following a heart attack over a week ago.

Thing one is still recovering, but it's back to normal routines and a full week back at school for thing two. If he eventually gets out of bed.

One advantage of the dates being pushed back are the country is encouraged to work from home for another month, so our return to the office will be slowed down a bit too.

Coronavirus weekly death graph for USA + Brazil + India + Mexico + Peru + UK

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Mon Jun 14 2021...

Artists of the week, commencing Sunday 13th June

Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Running Commentary

Doughnut of ROCK - the types of music I listened to this week 43% ROCK \m/
  •    14% Indie
  •    8% Alternative
  •    4% Britpop
  •    4% New wave
  •    3% Post-punk
  •    3% Pop
  •    1% Punk
  •    1% Scottish
  •    1% Metal
  •    1% Australian
  •    1% Heavy metal
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Paul Clarke's weblog - I live in Hythe. Wed to Clare + father to 2, I'm a full-stack web engineer, and I do mostly javascript / nodejs, some ruby, other languages etc. I like pubbing, running, eating, home-automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, family tree stuff, TV, squirrels, pirates, lego, + time travel.