Something else that doesn’t work …


Last week we had 'Smart Meters' installed. The energy company informed us that our Gas meter was coming to the end of it's life (apparently only last 25 years) and needs to be replaced. The advertising blurb that accompanied the email, indicated that '... this would be the ideal time to switch to a "Smart … Continue reading Something else that doesn’t work …

Should I bite the proverbial …


I’m in a bit of a quandary. I use some old banking software to keep a record of my spending and to give some kind of warning of when bills are due. I’ve been using Microsoft Money for over 20 years now and although it was discontinued some years ago, it still works and does … Continue reading Should I bite the proverbial …

Just lazy … that’s all … or maybe not …


I started to write this post on Friday, but put it off. I didn’t have a title then and was trying to think of reasons excuses why I haven’t posted since 5th July. And they were just excuses … ‘didn’t have time’ … ‘nothing to say’ … ‘too late/early/drunk/tired etc ‘ … you get the … Continue reading Just lazy … that’s all … or maybe not …

Many are not worth the effort …


I partake in a number of internet surveys. I do it for gain, not for “A chance to influence …”No, sheer monetary gain or for points/credits that I can convert into money or goods that I want/like. I subscribe to around four or five survey sites, but the most profitable ones are YouGov and Maximiles. … Continue reading Many are not worth the effort …

It’s sunk in … finally


I think it has finally sunk in. It got to home time and J*******, who I have worked quite closely with, shook my hand, thanked me and wished me well. He is on leave next week and will not be in on the day I finish. It was a nice touch of him to say … Continue reading It’s sunk in … finally

I sometimes hate Microsoft … beware the Anniversary Update my friends …


I must explain. I’ve never been a fan of Apple software and whenever I have considered new IT equipment, I have always looked for alternatives to Apple. I have never had an iPod, I had a unknown music player.My smartphones have always been Android phones. I would never consider an iPhone. All my PC’s and … Continue reading I sometimes hate Microsoft … beware the Anniversary Update my friends …

A lot more than serious …


Following on from my last post regarding Early Retirement, things have moved on somewhat. When I first mentioned it to K***, her initial response was that ‘… I should think about it …’. It has gone from that via ‘… I think you should really consider it …’  to ‘… think you should go for … Continue reading A lot more than serious …

Workplace review .. moving on


The new workplace review is starting to pick up speed now. I had, what they call a "Work Style Assessment" on Friday. That, basically was to a document that formally set out how each one of us will contribute to making the best use of the available desk space. It seems that at any one … Continue reading Workplace review .. moving on

Less than a week has passed …..


    So it has only been six days since post '500' and quite a bit has happened. One of my colleagues worked out the extra cost, for changing offices to £720.00 per year. In his email to the manager, he stated that this was the extra cost '….for each of us…' which is not quite accurate. … Continue reading Less than a week has passed …..

At the risk of sounding ……


I hate Christmas!      Now I suppose, I should justify that statement. I hate to use that tired old cliché, but I hate what Christmas has become. When I was a child, Christmas was at the end of December, and it lasted, at the most three days - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. … Continue reading At the risk of sounding ……

Happy what day ??


     It’s time for a bit of a rant. Now I know I may get a bit of a backlash from this (depending on who reads it) but I don’t care. Well I do care, but it is just my opinion. Happy Mother’s Day      And that, my friends is the problem. Today, here in … Continue reading Happy what day ??

So now what ….


     Well it’s been over a month since my last post, and I really think I need to put ‘fingers to keyboard’ if you’ll excuse the paraphrase. I suppose my last posting was more of a rant than anything else, but I still cannot get over the price of postage from Hong Kong. I have … Continue reading So now what ….

Welcome to another year


     Well 2013 arrived, and the expected, and dreaded firework trauma did not happen. We had given R***  1mg of his PRN medication at around 23:15, as a precaution. But we had none of the usual ‘incidents’ that we have had over that past four or five years. To be honest, there was not as … Continue reading Welcome to another year

All’s well (I think)


The first day in the new job went quite well. I say that from my perspective, I have no idea what anyone else thought. I got treated to lunch, which was nice. I do have to talk about this though. When I was transfering some of my stuff on Friday, I was asked if I … Continue reading All’s well (I think)

Let it snow, let it snow, LET IT STOP !!!!


   It's grim up North, or so the saying goes. There was no snow at 05:30 this morning when I looked out, but by 06:30 we had a good 1 inch covering. Driving was fun, to say the least. I struggle to comprehend, why people with 4x4 drive monsters, think they have the right to … Continue reading Let it snow, let it snow, LET IT STOP !!!!