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Am I The Idiot?

June 3rd, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life, Technology

A thought occurred to me today.

While I was out walking I saw, as I so often do, somebody talking on their mobile phone and holding it in front of them horizontally. I think it might be learned behaviour from watching The Apprentice or something. Whenever I see this my inner monologue is always “look at that fucking idiot!”, though I do worry that one day my lips will move, or that I will even say it aloud.

Today was different though. After the routine, reflex, internalised idiot-shaming, I suddenly wondered: what if young people (because they are always young people. Compared to me anyway) see me holding my phone to my ear and say to themselves “what an idiot!”

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Mai 2024

June 3rd, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

May was a pretty eventful month, seeing me out of the house a lot more for a change. There was a long journey up to Norfolk for our youngest grandson’s 1st birthday party, a day out in Essex to see Mum and take her out for lunch, and a few little trips out on my motorbike. All of that was eclipsed, of course, by my visit to Germany.

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A short visit to Cologne

May 24th, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I have just returned from a short visit to Cologne. Jayne forced me to take a holiday and I picked Cologne because I had never been there, and it offered the opportunity for a day trip out to Wuppertal to see the Schwebebahn suspended railway. I don’t think I have been to Germany for 30+years, when I went to Nuremburg a couple of times for work.

I chose to fly to Frankfurt instead of the more convenient Cologne/Bonn airport because there are no flights there from Gatwick. I really didn’t want to have to go to Heathrow. Frankfurt is about 100 miles from Cologne, but the trip by ICE train takes less time than it would take me to get the 25 miles from Crawley to Heathrow – which means several trains and tubes, or a National Express coach on the M25. The German train was fantastic. Very smooth ride and reached 200 mph at times.

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Too many podcasts

May 4th, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I think I may have reached my limit with podcasts that I subscribe to.

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April 2024

May 2nd, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I had quite limited intentions for 2024 and so far, four months in, I have completely failed to do any of the things I wanted to. Mind you, it really has felt that the year hasn’t started properly anyway. I can’t explain exactly why I feel that way, but I’m sure the weather has to be a large part of that.

Having said that, things did start to look up a bit in April and I do feel a little like I am coming out of a hibernation. It even got to the point where I was able to go out on my motorbike three days in a row when it managed to not piss down with rain on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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March 2024

April 1st, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

March was a very unhappy month because we had to say goodbye to one of our dogs at the start of the month and adjust to being a one-dog household after being a two-dog household for over ten years.

There are some positives; huge savings on food, vets and medication for a start. It is also a lot easier to go away because the remaining dog is not so clingy and in any case is easier to take with us. The house and garden both smell a lot better. I can eat a biscuit without getting pestered. But I think we would gladly put up with the smells, inconvenience and costs and have him back. We are still not sure if Diablo knows what is going on. He is obviously getting spoiled rotten and getting lots more attention, but when he comes back from a walk or visit somewhere he checks all the rooms – to see if Noche has come home?

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RIP Noche (2012-2024)

March 7th, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

It has been very difficult for us here recently. Our younger dog has not been well for a long time and today he made his last visit to the vets. We had him since he was a pup, and watched him grow and grow and then grow old.

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February 2024

March 2nd, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Another damp, dull and dreary month. Basically it was just a slightly shorter version of January. Its enough to drive you to drink, and in my case it actually did because I opened up a bottle of wine and drank the lot, though it did take me four days to get through it all because I am not much of a drinker. Its just that I had cooked up some sort of pasta dish (I think) and decided to open the bottle of Pinot Noir that has been standing on the side since last summer and thought I would have a glass with my dinner.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it at first, but by the time I was on the last quarter of the glass it started tasting OK. When I had a second glass the next night it went down a bit better, and on the third day it was OK. There is another bottle of red that came with a Christmas hamper so maybe I will try that in March.

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January 2024

February 1st, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I know its not just me that feels like January lasted for ever. Everybody was joking about it on Twitter so much that it became a cliche, but it really did seem to drag on. Obviously it has been miserable and cold, but its winter, and although we had a little bit of snow it has been warm (for January) after that, so I haven’t been hiding indoors all month.

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Getting carried away

January 27th, 2024 · Posted by Skuds in Music

When I treated myself to a turntable for my 60th birthday I had intended to have a small collection of records. Or small-ish. My brother-in-law, Rob, had mentioned to me that he had been finding vinyl collecting a bit habit-forming and addictive and, as I am finding out, it can also be contagious because I think I have caught it off him.

All this is occurring to me because I noticed that the Horsham record fair is on this weekend. I fully intend to go, if only for an excuse to get out on the motorbike, but I realised that since Christmas I have bought 20 LPs already(!)

OK, that makes it all sound like a financially-crippling habit, but that haul of 20 LPs only cost (I think) £65 in total because they were all second-hand from Wickford market and Crawley record fair. You could spend that just buying two or three new LPs. Best of all, there was only one dud record, and that was only a dud because it turned out to not be the right record. It plays OK, it is just that I thought I was buying Abba: the Album but it turned out to be Super Trouper inside the sleeve.

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