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New wheels

July 16th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Life

More evidence, if it was ever needed, that I would make a very poor Top Gear presenter: only eleven days after buying a new car, I finally got round to driving it! The gap is because I don’t really need a car much myself and if Jayne and I go anywhere together she usually drives because she likes to and I don’t enjoy driving much. I did about a mile in it. Maybe two. I might have another go next week.

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Gotta catch ‘em all

July 16th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Life, Technology

Tonight was not exactly how I imagined my middle ages to be. At home, babysitting the grandchildren, while the wife takes the dogs out for a walk – returning after two-and-a-half hours, dead chuffed because she now has a Pikachu.

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Where are they now?

July 15th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Music

We all know that the Pet Shop Boys are still doing their thing, but I wonder what their co-stars in this video are up to now?  They will all be into their late 20s now, which would make me feel old, if I didn’t already.

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Splitters!

July 15th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Life

If you look at the Wikipedia page for Assemblies of God you will find this wonderful paragraph:

The Assemblies of God should not be confused with the Assemblies of God International Fellowship, the International Assemblies of God Fellowship, and the Independent Assemblies of God International, all of which are Pentecostal denominations.

Also not to be confused with the Judean People’s Front. the People’s Front of Judea, or the Judean Popular People’s Front…

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Things to cut

July 10th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Politics

According to the BBC there might be cuts to the defence budget, depite the NATO committment to spend 2% of GDP on it – because GDP is likely to fall by two or three percent after the referendum.

If that is the case I do hope the priority stays on things like Chinooks, Bushmasters, decent boots and other useful stuff and if they are looking for things to cut back on, how about starting with:

  • Horses
  • Bearskins and bright red jackets
  • Brass bands
  • Trident replacement

I suppose it is too late to cancel the order for the F-35B and get some better, cheaper planes instead like Rafale or Eurofighter?

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Vive La France

July 8th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I enjoyed watching the France v. Germany game tonight. I especially enjoyed seeing the odd West Ham shirt amongst the crowds of French supporters. I wonder if they are Hammers fans going over there to support Dimitri Payet, or just French supporters who decided to get a Payet club strip instead of national strip.

It is good to see that there will still be a Hammer in the final. For a while it looked like the Ginger Pele would be there too, but sadly Wales dropped out.

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New wheels

July 8th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Got a new car this week. I am very pleased with it. I have not actually driven it yet, but Jayne says it goes very well. I think I will get a chance to get behind the wheel on Sunday.

This time I had a look at the engine before we took it from the dealer. I realised that we had the old car for two-and-a-half years and I had never even opened the bonnet, and felt a bit guilty about that.

I also realised that I am quite impulsive with cars and houses. I make up my mind very quickly, without any sort of due diligence. This is strange because I can spend months doing comparison shopping before buying an mp3 player.

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Flying visit

July 8th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I had a day trip to Scotland today to go to a meeting in Glasgow, which made it quite a long day, although not quite as long as that day trip to Hengelo earlier in the year. I have still ended up with a carbon footprint of clown-shoe dimensions though.

It should have been easy. A short bus ride to Gatwick, flight to Glasgow with time to meet up with some colleagues who were flying up from Heathrow and still get to site a little early. Unfortunately there was some sort of incident that closed the runway at Glasgow for a while and my plane ended up in a holding pattern for about half an hour, so by the time I touched down I was already a little late.

No sign of my colleagues. I assumed they managed to land just before the runway troubles, but it turned out that their plane did not have enough fuel to circle for as long as my plane did, and they got diverted to Edinburgh instead.

It was still less hassle than getting a Southern Railways train at the moment, so I am not complaining.

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The Fab Four

July 7th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Music

A while ago all the Beatles back catalogue got added to Spotify at last, which partly compensated for Prince pulling his stuff off it. Personally I do not dislike the Beatles, but I never got round to buying any of their records either, apart from Sgt Pepper on vinyl ages ago.

All of this means that I have never really listened to much of their stuff apart from what might crop up on the radio or TV which is mostly just the singles, and predominantly the early 60s “ooh-ooh-ooh” stuff, but now I have been trying complete albums, and realised two things. [Read more →]

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Passport swindle

July 7th, 2016 · Posted by Skuds in Life

When we booked our holiday, one of the requirements was that you must have a passport that is valid for six months after the return date. This winds me up. You can have a passport that expires in December but you can’t use it after June so your ten-year passport is effectively only valid for nine-and-a-half years.

I think that passports should be issued for 126 months instead. That was you would actually get ten years of use from them.

Of course it does not help that our holiday is outside Europe. I remember some years ago travelling to Greece on a passport that had just expired but it was OK because you could still use it if it had not expired more than six months ago, so within Europe my passport was for practical purposes a 126-month passport already. I imagine Brexit will put a stop to all that.

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