Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Back to the main pc after yesterdays foray using the ipod touch.
After a lengthy break from blogging resulting from enjoying a well deserved break, the first cold of the season and a busy return to work, I'm dipping my toes back into the water. No.1 son has been kept busy at work and he has discovered that hard earned money is too easily spent and budgeting has been learned the hard way. He's leasing an iphone hence I have the ipod touch and I still never fail to be amazed by it. These little machines and tablets should see the gradual demise of 'traditional' pc's although undoubtedly they too will evolve or be superceded by new technology.

Walking the pooch over the past two days and watching the various bits of work going on...several diggers within the same square mile doing different jobs. Digging trenches to keep the rioters out when the cuts begin to bite and the soma in the water supply runs out! One of the jobs removed and cleaned up an old builders yard where the local winos congregated. They weren't the problem but local "yoof" set fires there and often harrassed passersby. Nowhere to hide now although I will be keen to see what is done with all that land. Fenced off and left empty for several years is highly probable. I would prefer to see a wildlife park and as it is beside the river that would be ideal. Failing that, affordable housing to provide jobs and eventually accommodation in the centre of town. We shall see whether my cynicism is proved right.

Otherwise I have been catching up on the news and the outpourings of grief from various news media,not just the cuts but the Rooney media circus. Having a hearty dislike of Man U and having only watched the first half of the Spurs match yesterday (I know...I should have watched the second half for Bales' goals), I couldn't give a monkeys about Rooney. It's symptomatic of all that's wrong with football over the last ten years. I must away...things to do.

(Completed Thursday lunchtime).
A newish toy to play No1 son has a new iPhone I have acquired the iPod touch. I am still getting used to it & trying to use it for more than plants v zombies & music!
Large fingers and a small screen take some getting used to.

Friday, October 01, 2010

I didn't think it could get any wetter but today the rain fell by the bucketload. The weather map was blue stairrods superimposed upon an outline of the UK with added large cartoon raindrops. No.1 son is walking in North Yorkshire on a night hike with the scouts and camping there over the weekend. It'll put hairs on his chest although he's done it now for the past five years and he thoroughly enjoys himself. I remember one two week camp with the army cadets back in the hoary days of the 1970's (history according to my son) when my brother and I went on the wrong 'walks'. Although I did a lot of sports my brother was and is the fitter of the two of us. I ended up doing the thirty mile forced yomp with the Royal Marines whilst my brother strolled the twenty mile march. I completed it and in time much to the astonishment of the instructor but as I pointed out I am a stubborn bugger. Mind you, two weeks of running, PT, etc...ensured we were pretty fit. We even did parachute training from one of those standing rigs although we never got as far as going up and doing it for real. These days I'd blanch and run a mile but as teenagers who thought we were indestructible and full of excess energy and it literally was child's play. The scars from various accidents remain to this day (rope burn on left palm and scar on my chin from a rifle butt) and would, if repeated in 2010, give the PC brigade a blue fit and encourage the ambulance chasing lawyers. Still, I don't envy No.1 out walking in this weather. Hopefully he will enjoy a softer day tomorrow.