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18 August 2008 @ 09:36 am
Look up your birthday in Wikipedia. Pick 4 events, 3 births, 2 deaths, and 1 holiday.

November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 43 days remaining until the end of the year.


1307 - According to legend, William Tell shoots an apple off of his son's head.

1926 - George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize."

1928 - Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the second appearances of cartoon stars Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday.

1987 - King's Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city's busiest underground station at King's Cross St Pancras.

1962 - Kirk Hammett, American guitarist (Metallica)

1960 - Kim Wilde, British singer

1906 - Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (d. 1988)


2002 - James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)

1994 - Cab Calloway, American bandleader (b. 1907)


Roman festivals - day 1 Dios dedicated to the sun god by emperor Licinius

Well there you go!
18 April 2008 @ 01:51 pm
It is finally happening...
Way back the mid/end of October we (Dysdera and I) put an offer on a nice 3 bed terrace.
By the 29th October our mortgage was all sorted .. so off we go ..
We are renting, so no problem there ..
Sellers are buying .... errm ... something ??
A little while later we find out ... a new build ... all finished and ready to move in ... no problem completing before Christmas ... No chain ... no problems ...


Well Christmas & Easter came and went and the Sellers were still sorting themselves out.

Finally everything was sorted and we said, let's move 18th (give them some time). No they want the 11th. No problem we don't care!

11th arrives, solicitors tell us we can go and get the keys (11:30am) ... so arrive at estate agents ... he'll have the keys here at 6pm.

They were still packing at 6pm (though we got the keys from them)... talk about disorganised ... and at 7pm still packing ... 7:30pm they had everything left in the back garden and left the house ...

After nearly 6 months, waiting 7 and half hours extra wasn't much ... but it was OUR HOUSE they shouldn't be there...

Now we have the fun of ripping out their bad taste in decor and putting in our own (the living room has looked like a bomb site for the last week, who knew that ripping off a bit of artex and knocking out a fire place would take so long!).

Address will go to all those that deserve it and a housewarming party will be just around the corner ... Bring a bottle, overalls & paintbrush!
Current Mood: happyhappy
14 March 2007 @ 06:28 pm
Okay - it's actually a week and a half.

Yup, just over a week now I have been in my new job; getting used to the way they do things and getting on with the new people.

A nice bunch of people, which always helps, and most things are pretty similar to how I'm used to working - even if they seem to be a bit behind the times with some of thier systems.

For those of you who don't know; my old employer has decided it's time to retire and close his business, thus making poor old me with out a job (actually he made sure I was okay).

So new employer, new people, and half the job is the same as before and the other half is nothing new.

What I am overjoyed about is my leaving pressie which I received yesterday (yes it's a bit late but it had to be ordered).

A Pure Evoke Marshall radio - a nice looking beast - made in the style of the Marshall amps, circuits designed with Marshall so its got some nice bass and turning it up to 11 (yup 11, it's one more than most radios) it still sounds great on Planet Rock :)
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
06 February 2007 @ 12:55 pm
Well it's been a while since I posted; so I thought I had better :)

But then nothings been happening, Christmas and New Year were normal, nothing extra special but I enjoyed both.

There's a lot about to happen, but nothing yet.

There is baby first! (Just under 5 weeks away!)
Looking forward to it with both apprehension and excitement.

Then there is the new job. (Just under 4 weeks away!)
It could be very interesting; baby and job arriving at the same time, so if I have grey hair when you next see me you'll know why!

Looking forward to the new camping season, and a couple (at least) of exciting camps this year as well as the usual ones. (Bedlam could really be 'bedlam' this year!)

Centenary Camp beginning of May (baby only gets to visit that one)
Week Celebrity Camp in August (baby gets to stay on that one! That'll be fun.)

And then we'll try and get our own holiday in there somewhere too... Camping with baby is going to be a whole new experience (especially as the Granparents want to come along too!)
27 October 2006 @ 09:35 am

Have a good one mate.
11 October 2006 @ 10:32 am
This wont sound much to most of you (if not all).

But last night I managed to actually accomplish something I have been thinking about and trying on and off for a few years. It's not much, it's a little 'visualisation' for Windows media player.

But after finally getting all the software to work, that took a week, I managed to write my little bit of code that did what I wanted. The initial effect worked first time.

Sad init, that this causes me so much pleasure. But its nice when something that you have wanted to do for so long you finally achieve (how ever small).

I can now have fun with my little project and get it to achieve exactly what I want and lots of other things to.

Ho hum that means many more geeky hours in front of the screen for no real purpose.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
26 September 2006 @ 12:44 pm
Dys and I went for the "Scan" yesterday.
I sat around and listened and watched while Dys was prodded, poked and covered in goo!

Amazing pictures of the baby, just makes it all more real actually seeing it :)

All we have to do is wait for the 12th March 2007 ... or a date there abouts.
18 September 2006 @ 09:06 pm
Updated the website.
Things are done differently in the background, but you shouldn't notice that; I hope.

Also wrote another Lemon, so that's two down and sixteen to go!

Oh a link: Lemon 2:Bent
11 September 2006 @ 03:51 pm
Accept today was different.
Today I went to a tradeshow up at the NEC.
The idea is to see all the new products, talk to the manufacturers and see all the offers they have for us. Well I did all this.

But there was an added bonus, Ainsley Harriet was promoting some blenders with his name on. So I got to shake his hand and get an autograph which made the whole event better than just a day out of the office :)

(Just incase you're wondering, I'm a big fan of Ainsley)..
Current Mood: happyhappy
10 September 2006 @ 08:39 pm
Another great camping experience.
A weekend of fun activities, like minded people and good weather always goes down well.

A shame it's probably the last camp of the year (maybe one more).

Feeling tired, but happy.

Glad I managed to abseil for the second time ever.
Think I can do it again and again now.

And even learned a few new things along the way :)
Current Mood: happyhappy