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Moving to Mastodon

November 21st, 2022 · No Comments · Life, Technology

I’m not sure I can cope with all the hassle of moving to, and learning about, a new platform, but if Twitter does go completely tits-up it is either that or abandon social media completely. I have mixed feelings about it. There are good and bad aspects to social media. If I decide to just […]

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Bad financial planning a speciality

November 21st, 2022 · No Comments · Life

It is nearly December. The time of year when I remember how bad I am at financial planning. Already my e-mail inbox is over-flowing with reminders of annual payments and subscriptions that will be due in the next month. So far it is RAC membership, motorbike insurance, motorbike tracker subscription, CostCo membership, and probably a […]

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Together in electric dreams

November 3rd, 2022 · No Comments · Life

With all the talk of massive energy bills I found myself in the strange position this week of complaining to my energy supplier that they are not charging me enough for electricity, which is not something I thought I would be doing.

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On the road again

October 26th, 2022 · No Comments · Life

Having spent a week seeing, and trying to avoid getting run over by, all those mopeds, scooters and motorcycles in Istanbul I was getting a bit of an itch to get on my own bike for a bit of a spin and today I had a good excuse. I needed to pay some cash into […]

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Getting some use out of the new black passport

October 25th, 2022 · No Comments · Life

Last week I had my first taste of overseas travel since before the pandemic, and the first outing for my new black passport. It wasn’t my first flight of the year: I have had three flights out of Gatwick this year, but all of them were up to Glasgow which is not (yet) a foreign […]

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Video nasties

October 12th, 2022 · Comments Off on Video nasties · Life

Today’s post saw the arrival of my belated birthday present from the NHS: a bowel cancer screening kit. Obviously this is going to involve me posting a stool sample to some laboratory. The kit contains an instruction sheet for doing all this, which includes a QR code which can be used to see an instructional […]

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(Yet) Another birthday-related post

October 12th, 2022 · Comments Off on (Yet) Another birthday-related post · Life

No apologies for mentioning my recent birthday again. It was a big one after all. This is about people that I share my birthday with. I already knew that I shared my birthday with Seb Coe, Lech Walesa, Julia Gillard, Wim Kok, Silvio Berlusconi, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Les Claypool, Cervantes and Lord Nelson from looking it […]

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Eye in the sky

October 9th, 2022 · Comments Off on Eye in the sky · Life, Technology

It looks like I now have a hobby at last. For my 60th birthday the kids clubbed together and bought me a drone. A proper serious one. Apparently there are implications and extra conditions for drones of 250g and over, so this one is 249.5g but very sophisticated. In fact it is so sophisticated that […]

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Born to be mild

October 9th, 2022 · Comments Off on Born to be mild · Life

The last time I posted about motorbikes was back in November last year, when I passed my test and was thinking about what bike to get. Of course there has been some activity on that front. I did go out and do the stupid thing and buy a bike in December, when it was going […]

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Just like starting over

October 9th, 2022 · Comments Off on Just like starting over · Life, Music, Technology

Quite a long time ago I sold my turntable (a gorgeous Linn Sondek LP12) and all of my vinyl. We were moving to a smaller house and the vinyl was taking up a lot of space, not to mention the space needed for a proper rack for the turntable, amplifier, speakers, etc. I found that […]

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