Today we say a sad goodbye to Prince. Taken from us at the age of 57. Again, another genius taken from us whilst in the prime of their lives. I was very lucky to have seen Prince many years ago in concert. He was brilliant, late on stage, but all the same, he gave a great performance.
I have, on many occasions thought about getting a dash cam. Safety the main reason if I’m honest, but I also love my gadgets, especially in the car. Hell, my car has Facebook, Twitter and a whole host of apps as it has wifi.
My partner likes to do time lapse videos, alas this Dashcam like near all others does 3-minute video sections so I think a full on 3-hour job sped up to show on 20 minutes isn’t going to happen unless there is software for stitching it together.
I decided that I wanted it fitting properly too so the guys at Halfords are installing it now into the fuse box saving having wires all over the place, and using the lighter for power. Now when the car is turned on it starts automatically.
I have gone for the Nextbase 312 GW as it gets good reviews, connects to my wifi in the car and my iPhone and is magnetic powered so again easy in and out with no messing with connecting wires.
Looking forward to seeing it finished and trying it out.
Today we say a fond farewell to one of the UK’s best comedians. Victoria Wood passed away today after a short battle with cancer. I for one will miss her.
Not only was she a great comedian, but an incredible actress in both funny and serious roles. If you have never seen her in a serious role, then may I suggest watching “Housewife, 49”
Have you ever had one of those days? The type of day that gets you annoyed from the onset? Today was one of those days, yet here I am at just before 6pm and I have no idea why I feel so pissed off with everything. The day started off with waste disposal guys driving down the side of our house to collect bins for the bar and the kebab place on the next street. The do not have a right of access, so you would hope that they would be courteous, but not a chance. One week one of the guys was caught having a piss, and most weeks detritus is spewed from the tipping of the bin, yet they do not clean it up. Today I complained to the disposal people, and was, of course, ignored.
Next was our older dog, who decided to vomit her breakfast up on the carpet, I cleaned it up but thought “what the fuck?”, she then decided to shit whilst going down the stairs as I was letting her out into the garden, so I had to clean that up. This day so far was not boding well.
Had to take my partner to the Hospital in Liverpool for tests, the map and their letter suggested there was disabled parking in the hospital, this was not to be, there was indeed no parking and the only one on offer was a Q Park which is notorious for being very expensive, also was quite a bit away from the hospital, so that really does not work for the disabled in getting to it. However, we managed to park in the road on double yellows. As I pointed out, there was information with regards to the location, and both postcodes were not recognised by the satnav, again not boding well.
To add to it, the older dog was doing her usual stand-up behaviour and constantly moaning, which is her way of saying “it should be all about me…”
So what started off as waking up tired and fed up, the unfolding events of the day just made my mood worse. I thought maybe I should buy myself something nice, but I don’t wany anything, and to be honest I do not need anything, and even more honesty, I have spent far too much money on myself in the last few week, so need to rein it in.
Fingers crossed I wake up tomorrow in a damn sight better mood that I did today.
We have lived in the same house for 13 years next month. When we moved in one of the bedroom windows needed a new glazing unit due to it being blown, however, after many many years of patching up and painting over, we are finally having new uPVC windows. It is about time, to be honest, and it will look good when it is finished, but currently it is like living in a wind tunnel.
The installation guys are really nice and friendly, and I have to admit they are doing a great job. I have become tea and coffee maker for the day and watcher for the traffic wardens. Our village where we live for some reason has part of our road as a limited parking zone, which is a pain in the arse. Stood at the window all day when not at the kettle can be a little on the boring side, to be honest, but a necessary evil. At least, I get to look out on the village whilst writing this. Silver clouds to everything.
Feeling like crap today as I have developed a cold. No idea how. Yesterday I was working outside, but it was warm, and I was only out in it for about 4 hours, so that should not be it. Lat night my throat started to get sore, and I thought it was due to the dust, however, this morning was a different story. I felt like shit, headaches that had wracked me through the night, nose running like a tap and a voice that Barry White would be proud of.
In order to get back to being 100% well, I am treating myself with lemsip, cough medicine, red wine, chocolate covered raisins and cake. I think that with this type of treatment I should de as right as rain in the morning. Well, that’s what I am hoping for at least.
I decided that I needed a MacBook, but was not too sure which one to bother with. Do I get the skinny Air version, a MacBook Pro, or one with Retina, and then which version of the one I pick do I go for? In the end I decided to go for the MacBook Pro with Retina, and whilst I was buying it, I then went for an iPhone 6s Plus, just for good measure. But it did not stop there. I bought my partner a new PC (he only uses Windows), so I got him a really nice Lenovo all in one PC with a 23″ touch screen, and I am quite impressed with it. But I decided that we needed one more thing to update our tech requirements, and that was an ultra HD 4k tv with full 3D, one word is WOW that sums the TV up.
As with all tech, there is will always be something that screws you up. However, this was not due to the products, but the outage of our internet. We have fibre broadband that is super fast, but I plugged the tv into the router as it sits in the cabinet under the tv, so thought it would be better than wifi, and bang, the broadband stopped working. I messed around with it and after about 30 minutes I called the provider, had to do some messing about, and they informed me that there was a problem at the exchange, and it would be back up in anytime between the call to 5 days time, depending on the reason. 10:30pm and it was back up, so I could then finally set up my new toys, just in time for bed.
Needless to say I did not get chance to play with my toys properly, so tonight was the start of the fun. Hopefully this will encourage me to start writing more and more. Keep watching.
I love to learn, oh, how I love to learn. I am 46 years old and have done educational courses close to all my life. Starting school at 4, I carried on in education till I had done my 6th form, then college, University, night school, on-line distance learning courses, day schools, part-time courses to fit into everyday life. I have done it all. This year is no exception.
I have started to do many courses this year, so far the list is Physics (Higgs Bosun), Forensic Science & Criminal Justice, English Literature (Shakespeare) and Mental Health. Quite a varied set of subjects, but I have decided that this will be my year for learning, and as such I have signed up for many more courses to complete throughout the year. Time is of the essence in all of them, and, of course understanding the subject.
Physics so far has been the main challenge, trying to get a grip of things like Newtonian Dynamics & Conservation Laws, and Harmonic Oscillators. So far so good, and I have scored 89% on the tests, so I must be getting something right, but boy, it is tough going. Literature on the other hand really is my bag. I love literature in its many forms including classics, poetry and contemporary works. Forensics is something I always wanted to do and was considering it at degree level, but instead opted for English Language and Literature.
I will see how I get on and see where this journey of education takes me. One of the courses finishes next week, so I will be looking to fill that gap with another course, I wonder what it will be, maybe history? or more science? maybe something completely different, but one thing is for sure, I will fill that gap and I will succeed in my challenge.
Now, do not get me wrong, I like goods to be packaged to protect them, but I have found lately that everything is so overpackaged it is becoming outrageous. My example today is for goods from Amazon. I love Amazon, the convenience of having things delivered next day and to one of their lockers, if I am to be out, it is an astounding service. They also do 1 hour delivery on certain products which may become a boom one day. However, this is where my feelings become a little, shall we say, sour?
I decided to declutter some of the boxes that were sitting in the spare room, 5 boxes in total complete with packing. Now, the items that were in these boxes, delivered last week, were quite small in comparison with the container, needless to say, the items were in their own box, then inside an Amazon box, usually the size of a small car.
I decided, since I have time on my hands today, I would measure the paper packing that held the boxed goods within. The total came to 187 feet of paper packing, which has no use apart from re-packing things back again. In the past I have meticulously folded the paper and put it in the paper recycling bag, however, after the feat of measuring the packing I decided to put it all in a bin bag, a large bin bag at that, ready to go to the recycling plant along with all the boxes past and present.
Again, I am not trying to be a killjoy or indeed being taken over by Victor Mildrew and shouting all over the house “I don’t believe it” as I unpack and unfurl the items being delivered. I just feel a little common sense should really prevail. I had two items from amazon delivered on the same day to the same place, both could have fit in one of the boxes, yet they deemed fit to pack each item in its own protective box.They did send me a feedback email regarding packing, options of packing “too big” which I could not resist in clicking, and having a quick point by point synopsis of what they could have done differently, and better for that.
They did send me a feedback email regarding packing, options of packing “too big” which I could not resist in clicking, and having a quick point by point synopsis of what they could have done differently, and better for that, also asking the questions “are the boxes and packaging from recycled materials?”, “If not, are they from sustainable sources?”, and finally, “do you want all your boxes and packing back to save me having to dispose of it?”. I hasten to say, they never came back to me, but that would be the size of it, or oversize of it if we are going to be precise.
So, I have my poetry prompt book by Jo Bell, and I now have “The Very Best Of 52” too in order to assist me in getting to grips with writing poetry too. I enjoy poetry, but some of it I really struggle to get to grips with.
When I was doing a degree in English Language and Literature we covered poetry by Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes to name a few. One that both Plath and Hughes wrote was about one of their children, which came from each others perspective. Both really good pieces, but, I have to say, it took me many readings of them to get a grip of them. Some in the class got them immediatly, but I did struggle. I got it in the end, but I learned that sometimes, that is the way of poetry. I also learned a valuable lesson in reading it properly, as I had in the past read each line and at the end of the lines paused rather than follow the punctuation.
This week the prompt is on travel, however, so far I am stumped. I travel all the time, but putting pen to paper, or in this case, fingers to keyboard I sit and wait for it to flow, and wait, and wait, and yes, I wait some more. Nothing comes forth.
I mentally wrote on in bed at 5am about winter, but as for travel, the timble weeds blow through and nothing else. I have till tomorrow night to complete this weeks exercise, so fingers crossed, and off to the poetry archive and poetry foundation to get the juices flowing.
I do have a favorite poem, that of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Kahn” detailed below from the Poetry Foundation website.
Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.