Friday 29 September 2017

Well, that's a turn up for the books

Our HR department has just released revised paternity leave benefits.  What was going to be 1 week paid / 1 week statutory is now 2 weeks full pay.

It won't be much of a holiday but at least I will be getting paid in full for the privilege

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Starting the musical education early

We went for a meal in the West End courtesy of April's Dad, it was fairly close to the Crobar so decided to have a quick drink there first.  It was the bump's first trip.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Forcing positive semidefinite

I've been working on one of our correlation matrices this past week or so and it made me think back to this workbook I created 2013.  I think I was as bored then as I am now.

Biscuit's attempt at working from home

It's a hard life being a cat.

Not long

Only 2 work days left for April, 13 at the most for me.

Monday 25 September 2017

Less than 3 weeks to go

Only 3 weeks till our due date.  Yikes!  That's gone quickly.  We're now pretty much set for it.  We've even got the car seat installed which was kindly donated to us by our friends.  Thank you!  That's a few hundred quid that we don't have to fork out on just yet.

Photos to send

Some photos to send to April's Dad

Tonbridge Comic-con

The guys came down on Sunday morning for a few board games and also to pop into Tonbridge comic con.  It was pretty funny.

With this level of acting ability I can see the Walking Dead's talent scout snapping me right up for the next season.

I think it suits me.

Maybe not

Friar tuck

Working from home

I had to work from home today as the trains were buggered with late running engineering works.  I don't think they were back up and running till sometime in the afternoon so just stayed at home.  Pretty boring really, but got a bit of work done.

Thursday 21 September 2017

Tuesday bomb scare at work

Bomb squad was called to Leadenhall Market on Tuesday lunchtime, we we told to stay in the Lloyd's building and away from the glass windows for an hour or so.  False alarm though.  Someone had left an unattended bag in a local Reise.

Monday 18 September 2017


I had my first game of the season on Saturday and Sunday was a bit of an effort.  Other than still a little stiff today i'm now mostly fine.  I was supposed to be playing for the 4th team but ended up playing a full match for the 3rds in the division above from last season.  Urgh!  Hopefully there won't be too many of these as I was really blowing out of my arse.

I put some decent tackles in which was good including a quite spectacular double tackle.  I tackled one lad before he offloaded to his winger.  My skill / momentum took me bundling into him too and smashed him into touch.  Textbook.

T minus 4 weeks and counting

Only 4 weeks left before the baby arrives.  Each week it starts to feel more real.  Imagine when it actually happens.  Yikes.

19 work days left for me too.  April only has 5!  Very jealous.


Attacked by both cats on Friday night when I got in from work.

A nice surprise

I went to see The Bugle (podcast) get recorded yesterday somewhere not to far from Kings Cross. We ended up getting the same tube back as Andy Zaltzman, we were with a friend who knew him so we had a chat. Nice guy.

Wednesday 13 September 2017


Gave blood for the 46th time this morning and hit the mother load.  A mint club.  If all goes to plan I will hit donation 50 in around 1 years time.

I'm expecting fan fares.

Tuesday 12 September 2017


  Biscuit's been off her cat food recently so we've splashed out on chicken breasts.  She likes this much better.  She also prefers to spread it all over the floor first too.  Dickhead!


One of our neighbour's sons threw eggs at our conservatory over on Saturday.  Little shit.  He was apparently annoyed that he wasn't invited to a party and then a sleep over at his own house (his twin brother was).  

The conservatory did need a clean though so wasn't too annoying.

Most middle class festival ever

 We went to the Blackheath food and music festival on Saturday.  It was very middle class.  Not quite Reading or Sonisphere but it was still great fun.

The event was put on by John Lewis.  I don't need to say much else.

Not sure what they're attempting to build in the space next to my building


But it appears to involve a lot of polystyrene.  Is that safe?

It's a trap!

Popped over to my brother Steve's house a couple of weekends to celebrate him turning 40 (a week early).  My nephew Sam had laid a trap for me.

I got him back later though by accidentally shooting him in the eye with a nerf gun.  Woops.  He was okay in the end though.  Luckily.

Our new pram

We had to watch a video on you tube to work out how to collapse it.  But think we've got the hang of it now.

A bit small

Some friends bought me a new rugby top for my birthday, it was a bit too small.  Something tells me that it wasn't meant for me.  Perhaps the new arrival.  Does that mean that all of my presents in the future are for our new arrival?  I didn't agree to this.

In fact that was the 3rd item I received that was not intended for me.  

Birthday treat

 It was my 38th birthday a couple of weeks ago so we went to our favourite Tunbridge Wells restaurant for some lobster.  The actual restaurant had moved location, unfortunately it didn't seem as nice.  The food was still good but what used to be quite cosy was now a bit more clinical.  Shame.   

We did have some nice Western Australian wine though which was great.

This is my lobster injury, they're bloody lethal if you're not careful.

Long time no post

I've been really busy at work recently which has led to me being quite stressed.  The busy period is nearly over now (hopefully next Wednesday) but sure there will be more work after that.

Friday 1 September 2017

A couple of photos from the weekend bbq.

One from the beginning when I bought 2 butterflied lamb shoulders. And one from the end when I was burning shit in the fire pit.