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British Summer Time? Apparently so!

This was the view from the office today.

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Going off previous updates, it will probably be eight years until the next one. I’m pretty happy with that, gives plenty of time to prep something. Plus, I think this blog is due a refresh!

British Summer Time? My arse, it might just be!

This was the view from the office today.

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A slightly damp but green looking patch of woodland somewhere in North Yorkshire, with Spring on the way.

So, two years, where did they go in between blog posts? Well an office move has happened due to lack of space, hence the change of scenery, but less than a mile or so away in distance. I spend most of my work time coding in C# now instead of Delphi as we gradually make the move across to .NET. I’m slowly learning that managing developers is like herding cats. And that cats may have longer attention spans…

My Apple addiction has well and truly took hold. From an iMac, a MacBook followed, along with a couple of iPhones and an iPad. Nothing quite compares to Apple gadgets.

In the meantime Windows 7 popped up and has made the land of PC’s somewhat pleasant again after Vista’s excrement shaped attempt. Almost tempts me into getting one to play Portal 2, but I’m still addicted to Xbox and I’ve got it pre-ordered for that… Dead Space 2 is currently consuming a lot of my spare time!

Formula One still entertains. Not entirely happy with the previous two World Champions, Button and Vettel. Still deep down rooting for Alonso to blitz them all. Will this year be it? Not so sure, those Red Bulls are damn fast. It’s gonna be great watching though.

MotoGP has certainly been interesting. Not so sure Rossi will conquer all at Ducati, as much as I would love him to. Lorenzo is just too good on that Yamaha and Stoner looks ominous on the Honda! Still, it’ll be a cracking year before the 800’s take a bow to be replaced by the 1000cc’s.

So yeah, pretty busy! Will I blog some more? Perhaps ;).

British Summer Time? My arse!


More like British Shower Time…

Mobile Blogging from here.

Cats sleep in the weirdest of places!

See exhibit A.


Which is Snitch, our fourth cat! Although Weebl has moved out so, we only have three…

Mobile Blogging from here.

Edit: I did this post originally with iBlogger on my iPhone but the HTML it created was such a frigging mess I had to go edit it afterwards. You’d think given they say iBlogger is based on ecto, it would create the same clean HTML. Obviously not…

Arab drifting

So I blatantly nabbed this from bear in #terrafusion, but it’s worth a share me thinks:

Yardmaster Shed Instructions

Seems like I’m not the only one to have fun putting together a Yardmaster shed. A commenter on my previous post on our wonderful green monster of a shed, (it’s over a year old now and still standing, so we must have done something right!), lost his destructions and so, being the kind soul that I am, I’ve scanned mind in and uploaded them. The content has been OCR’ed so it is a searchable PDF.

They cover building:

  • Model 108 GEY – Green (what we have)
  • Model 1010 GEY – Green
  • Model 108 ZGEY – Silver
  • Model 1010 ZGEY – Silver

Destructions download:

Three cats!

As the post title suggests, we now have three cats. She’s called Deedee and is a bundle of evil hissing and growling. The mother-in-law is moving house and for various reasons can’t keep the little monster. She was originally Kate’s cat anyway, so it was inevitable this was going to happen. Sigh… you can probably tell that we don’t get on… (with that cat that is, I get on fine with the mother-in-law).

So, I thought I’d share some photos of her. Here she is before the move (admittedly a few years ago):


Here she is after:


Isn’t she just adorable? Just like you’d imagine the spawn of Satan. Any takers? Please?

And since I haven’t posted a photo of the chaps for a while (previously here and here), here’s Weebl and Bob.

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Taking photos of black cats is hard!

What’s wrong with this advert?

Bonus question, what does it say about public transport in Manchester?


From b3ta. You’ll also find the answer there :).

So that’s how you play World of Warcraft…

A couple of WoW addicts decided to best way to spend some time together was to have his and her’s WoW setups:


Nothing wrong that, except they don’t just play with one character, but twenty three… each. Enough to run their own guild. And how would you do that? With 47 shuttle PCs obviously, neatly arranged:



Mmmmm… quite!

Via Gizmodo and Flickr.

Note to Weather – Please try harder

Woke up yesterday and it looked like this:

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Woke up today and it looked like this:

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When it snows, I wish it would do it properly! :)

The line on the left of the photos is a wire going to an old radio aerial we’ve got on the roof that we no longer use. I suppose I should get rid of it since the wire is not really tacked to the house anymore, but me, ladders and heights don’t really agree.

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