Monday 28 February 2011

Mini bonus to me

I've finally got round to cancelling my health insurance through work.  April has one too with her company so we've been effectively doubling up for 6 months as it covers partners too.  What I didn't realise was that the benefit was worth nearly £1.5k a year which obviously gets taxed on!  Doh!  I really should pay more attention as the government takes too much from me as it is.

In reality it should mean an extra £50 or so a month.  Yeah, it won't pay for the wedding but it's a start.

Sunday 27 February 2011

My Android

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Doh, should have looked at what I was doing

Ordered a 16 gb memory card for my phone last week only to find out that it's not the right size. Idiot, at least it'll fit in April's camera. That can be one of her birthday presents. She needs something other than the new tumble dryer she's getting already...
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Quite a successful weekend

On Friday night we found a really nice bar near work, Harry's, just off Canon Street. We went with a couple of friends and pretty much stayed there all night, 5 bottles of wine (only paying for 4), a round of sambucca and a McDonald's later we managed to catch the second last train.

Other than a little food shopping and a Chinese in the evening I did more or less nothing all day.

Pretty much the same today too. Most excellent.
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Friday 25 February 2011

Finally a new desk

I've finally managed to move desks at work.  For the past 2 years i've had one of the worst desks in the company  Not only do I have my boss sitting directly to the side of me so that he can see every working move I also sit in a semi busy through way within the office.  This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn' for the fact that there is barely enough room for my chair as it is.  Every time someone walks past my chair I get a dig in the back of my chair.  20 times a day, 5,000 times a year.  Each time driving me more and more insane. 

So before I snapped and killed someone, I took the opportunity to move seats into the desk made vacant by our graduate moving into a new team.  I've now even got a ceiling light (mine never worked)!

Thursday 24 February 2011

Not again

Slipped going up the stairs this evening and hurt my stomach muscles again. Doh! Not nearly as bad as last time but still a little twingey. Maybe I should see someone afterall. At least Saturday's game's been cancelled.
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Been to the gym 3 times this week

That's 3 times more than I did last month.  My game's been cancelled this week so I thought i'd better.

Monday 21 February 2011

No shit Sherlock

7/7 inquests: MI5 'not responsible for attack'

How much has this enquiry cost already? And that's one of the findings? I'm pretty sure it was a bunch or suicide bombers that were responsible for the attacks.

Saturday night pics

Saturday night pics
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Saturday 19 February 2011

It's going to be a good night...

April's got another mini acoustic gig with her old band tonight but before hand we're going for a quick drinkipoo in the Crobar. Rawk! It souls be a good turnout, Ross, Shaz, Ian, 5 others plus the usual crowd upstairs in the pub. Let's hope April doesn't make me cry this time...
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Cracked my a toe whilst getting into the shower. Didn't even swear, must be getting bored of this pain lark.
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Friday 18 February 2011


The trouper that is me has valiantly made it in this morning.  Did I miss anything?  Nope.


I'm still a bit clogged up and was coughing up gunk all morning but I'm 90% better than Wednesday.
And for those observant and pedantic amongst you I did spell trouper / trooper differently deliberately.  I had the same discussion a few years back with an ex-colleague, I think both spellings and meanings can be used.

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Yum yum

A whole chilli lobster for me and you'll have to take my word for it but there's a piri piri crab somewhere on April's plate...
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I think I know why I'm ill

The Vicks Vapour Rub April gave me to use expired back in June 2003!
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Blogger has added a automatic analysis tool for their blogs which counts amongst other things page views.  It was switched on in June 2010, since then i've had 7,262 page views at my blog.  Interestingly 1,135 of those views visited this page.

Guttenberg must be googling himself.

Buy, buy, buy

Still got this bloody cold.  If I were a trader i'd be buying heavily in Beechams.  I must have used the best part of £20 already on lemsips alone.  When will it end?  I've had today off work to try and recover.  Fingers crossed!

Lock 'N' Load

Being ill does have it's benefits.  There are some great shows on TV during the day, and I don't mean Loose Women.  Lock 'N' Load on Military History is one such show.

It's presented by Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket.  Awesome!

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Bonus time again...

We had a notice through today asking us if we'd like our bonus in March or April. Sadly I'm not yet 'unfortunate' enough to be in the new 50% bracket. Oh well. I'm sure i'll cope...
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Still feeling horrible

I've had this cold since Saturday the week before. When will it bloody end? It's not been particularly bad until recently but I'm struggling to sleep with the constant coughing and being so full of gunk. It can't be good for April either as I'm keeping her up too. Boo!

Thankfully I've finished a big load of work for head office and board so fingers crossed I can take it easy for a little while.
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Monday 14 February 2011

Aren't the Japanese funny?

I was chatting to the Japanese chap in my team today about Valentines and he passed on a wikipedia link to their version White Day.
In Japan, Valentine's Day is observed by females who present chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to a male, as an expression of love, courtesy or social obligation.  At least they're honest.

Sunday 13 February 2011

Still bloody ill

I've had this stupid cold for over a week now. Bloody thing. It's not a bad cold, i'm a functioning cold spreader, it's the fact that it's lasted so long that's annoying.
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Biscuit with her blanky.
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Wednesday 9 February 2011

Lobster o'clock

Can't wait till Monday night. I'm taking April to Sankey's on Valentine's day. Yippee! They do a really great sweet chilli lobster. Mmm...
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What has the world come to?

When I get sent upstairs to watch the football so that April can watch back episodes of Glee.

They're recorded so she can watch them whenever she wants, perhaps say, when I've gone to the pub to watch a game.

To top it all off I wasn't even allowed to bring a cat with me to keep me company. Boo!
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Weird dreams

Last night I dreamt that that I was on the tube and really needed the toilet. So I got off to find the lop only then did I realise I had no clothes on. What's all that about?
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Monday 7 February 2011

What a great start to the week

I've managed to catch April's cold. Great. Thanks April. Time for a black current Lemsip overdose.

Saturday 5 February 2011

Really sore

I felt a nasty twinge in my stomach whilst warming up for todays game but being well 'ard started. I strapped myself up so what's the worst that could happen. Lots of pain that's what.

First tackle = Ouch.
Second = Extreme pain
Third tackle = Can I go off please? "No, put on this girdle". Don't ask.
Fourth tackle = Seriously guys this really does smart a bit. "just stay on till the end of the half"
Fifth tackle = AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! "You'd better go off Stu"

Looking up on Google I think it's a grade 2 abdominal muscle strain. If it's not better (much better) by early next week i'll get it checked out. Can't see myself playing again anytime soon. At least we won. 50 odd pts to 20 ish. Well done Judds!
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Killer cat

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My ladies

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Biscuit missed April

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Friday 4 February 2011

The fart police

Malawi row over whether new law bans farting

Cat burglar

Earlier this week I spotted Biscuit perched on the rim of the kitchen bin, the greedy cat was fishing for food.

This morning there was the carcass of a fish and chips chicken on the floor. Bloody cats. It's not as if we don't feed her enough, she eats half of Poppet's food too.
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Thursday 3 February 2011

Home alone again

April's been away on yet another course, this time since Monday night! Surely there comes a time when you actually have to do your day job...
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The Town

A better film however is The Town. I usually steer well clear of films that Ben recommends but seeing as nothing was on purchased it from Virgin On demand. It was a very good bank robber film. Ben Afleck was surprisingly decent.
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Still rubbish

I needn't have watched the 2nd half of Predators. Crap. Laurence Fishburne was a turn up for the books though.
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I started watching Predators last night on Virgin on demand.  What a pile of crap.  Maybe i'll watch the rest of it tonight.