I’m not sure about this …


When I say “not sure…” I mean I’m not about why I’m posting this, but here goes.

I’ll give a bit of background first. One of the aspects of the work I’m currently on, is the need to do testing of certain pieces of computer software. The testing involves working in a ‘clean computer environment’.  This basically means that the PC’s used to test have been stripped back to the standard they were when first installed. It’s a bit of a tedious process that usually involves sitting a room with eight or nine computers and the system manager. Nobody else. That’s the background.

On Friday I was to do the usual testing and arrived at the test room as expected. I was then told that there would be someone else testing. I got on with my work and paid little attention to what was going on. Someone came into the room and they were welcomed by system manager with “Hi there Helen. Can you sit at your usual seat?” Helen is not her real name.

Helen answered, and the voice she had sounded a little strange. Not a woman’s voice I felt. I was then introduced and I turned to say hello. It then became obvious, that Helen was actually a transgender person.

Now this is where I worry about this post. I sat there trying to understand how I felt about this person. The conclusion I came to, was that there was no feeling apart from the fact that they were testing like me. I didn’t feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, intrigued, worried, disgusted or anything like that. It was the first transgender person I had met (at least I think it was) and it felt strangely normal, whatever ‘normal’ means. Should I have had one or more of the feelings I mentioned? At the end of the day, Helen was simply a human being that had decided what they wish to look like, what they wanted to be called and how they wanted to live their life.

On reflection, I think I must have made the mental decision that on this occasion, I’m not entitled to have any opinions. It is what it is and they are what they choose to be. I have no right to approve or disapprove.

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Talking of decisions, I think I’m going to stick with Open Live Writer for my blog editor, well at least for the time being. It doesn’t seem to work too well with images as my entry into the Weekly Photo Challenge shows. I could not get the images to show how I wanted them too, and it looks a little like a rushed job. The blog template in Word seems to be better and so does the WordPress editor. Both appear to have better options for working with images.

A recent idea (as recent as five minutes ago) flashed across my mind. That was, I wonder if I could create an Infographic image of the pictures I wanted to post. I have seen a lot of Infographics floating around on the internet, and have been wondering for a while on using the idea. Not sure if it will work for a collection of images, but I think it will make positioning of the pictures a little easier.

I have that “must test this out” feeling coming over me again, so expect some more ‘quick’ posting over the next week or so.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Time


There are three films that I can watch over and over again. There’s ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘La Vie En Rose’ and my favourite of all ‘Brief Encounter’.

In 2014, me and my wife went away for a few days for our wedding anniversary. On one of the days we visited the village of Carnforth. More especially Carnforth railway station. This was the location for a number of scenes in Brief Encounter and it was a place I had always wanted to visit. The old station has been restored to it’s former glory and was a great trip back in time. These are few of the pictures from that visit.

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An interesting twist to this is that the male lead in Brief Encounter was Trevor Howard, who was the brother of Leslie Howard who played Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind!

Weekly Photo Challenge # Treats


I’m on holiday this week, so ‘Mrs Me’ and me took a walk into Boston Spa, which was a bit of a treat as we only get a chance to go out during the week when I’m on leave.

We visited a new restaurant/café called the Stew & Oyster, which as it sounds serves Stews and Oysters. Really good value and a great time. I’m not really into eating oysters, unless I can see that they are alive, so I picked a lamb hot-pot. It came with a huge chunk of artisan bread. Very filling indeed!

Oh and for my view on “Trick or Treat” see my previous post.

Weekly Photo Challenge – #Happy Place


I was thinking of the ‘Happy Places‘ I like to go to in my head, but that didn’t seem practical at all, so here some physical places that make me happy :

Whitby – a place I simply love to be.

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Then there is Durham, the land of the Prince Bishops:

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And last but not least, Carnforth station. Location for one of the finest British classic films Brief Encounter :

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