Saturday, 30 April 2005

I should also mention that Sheffield Wednesday have secured their place in the League 1 (Division 2 last season or Division 3 if you remember football before the Premier League!) playoffs, by beating promoted Hull City at their ground.
A little bit of self-promotion here.

I'm a little worried, as I've not finished writing the talk yet. In my defense, I've been working on other stuff, having (I hope) got over a two month block of not getting anything done. This week, I've finally be able to describe a rather awkward object in nice terms. This means I should be able to complete a rather awkward calculation, which will form an important part of my thesis. Woo!

Friday, 29 April 2005


Michaela just found an amusing (honest) web-page about one of our employees, but not only would it be unethical to post it, it's probably illegal too!


Thursday, 28 April 2005

A slightly unpleasant surprise. I discovered that I had misunderstood about the timing of my pay rise. It's actually coming up now which coincides with a rent increase. However I'm annoyed that becuase David hasn't given me my payslips since Janurary I've not known about this.

Still David has been distracted by his mother needing an operation, and has at times shown the strain. I prayed for her safe recovery.

On a lighter note the I heard Mr Howard being grilled on Radio 2 between 12 and 1, most entertaining.

That's about it for this week.
As well as getting the pay award, I seem to have got an increment as well this month.

Worryingly, the increase in my annual salary is £666.

Ben's started a blog. It's provisionally in the A list, and has alphabetical supremacy, but browsers of a nervous disposition should note that it has a mismatched title and URL.

Wednesday, 27 April 2005

Some guy wrote this, uh, "quiz", intending to reveal your Christian denomination.

Write your own disclaimer. Kills some time.

Edit: Somewhat predictably, a request to know "how I did."

1: Roman Catholic (100%)
2: Eastern Orthodox (67%)
3: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England (56%)
4: Lutheran (54%)
5: Presbyterian/Reformed (43%)
6: Congregational/United Church of Christ (36%)
7: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene (36%)
8: Church of Christ/Campbellite (28%)
9: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.) (26%)
10: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God (21%)
11: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic) (17%)
12: Seventh-Day Adventist (17%)
13: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist (8%)

Hmm, if I subscribed to pluralism, I could be more than 100% Christian.

I have a Guernsey 5p.

How rare.
What a month. Jill has one more shift at Frimley Park Hospital. It starts tonight and tomorrow we are off to the van until Tuesday, interrupted by Sunday services and a wedding on Saturday.

Jill starts a new job on 9th May and will take about 3 months to learn the new systems, computer interfaces, machines and protocols. Then it is onto the full shift system and we will have to re learn how to find time off together as a couple. Jill will have a job that has irregular slots of time off whereas I have fixed meetings and stuff every Wednesday and Sunday and not infrequent meetings so that Tuesday and Thursday are regularly quite full. So, a mis match between our working patterns. Grr to the need for Jill to change job

But we do have a sooper little new car. It is always a lottery about whether a car is going to suit.
We have bought a Citroen C3 diesel in a nice girly lilac/metallic grey. I got it to save on fuel costs as Jill and I both clock up the miles; over 20k per year. Well I have had the first long trip. I found it comfortable to travel at motorway speed and returned 68mpg; which is 50% better than the Xantia which hope to restrict to caravan towign duties as it is getting a little elderly

I look forward to our next chat. Soory I have not phoned,but I have been out most ocassions when phoning would be a suitable time

So boys it is a very good little car for holidays

Thursday, 21 April 2005

My word; I forgot to eat my sandwiches at lunch yesterday.
I sent Mark a text: "Words like woo-ha come to mind." he replied: "Answer is YES. How excitiing!" - Not exciting oh no - excitiing.

Congraturations Benedict XVI!!
Hmm. Well, just so long as you're aware that cataloguing your typographical errors would probably exceed a lifetime's work...
Mark, I'm aware - but cataloguing?
I wish people wouldn't pose words as questions - it's too ambiguous. If you are querying my spelling, you should know better, and if you're suggesting that I thought you were cataloguing my mistakes, then you're making unwarranted inferences.

Tuesday, 19 April 2005

Another quiet week, more clocks ready to go. Some were actually collected.

I managed to go swimming on Sunday again but, due to a bit of a late start the pool was a little crowded.

I've checked out Exeter's last election results apparently Labour's held it since 1995. The "Who you should vote for" test on Nicholas's blog shows I'm more in favour of the Lib Dems, however with apparently little chance of the Lib Dems taking control here I may vote Labour.

It's good to hear that Mum's almost finished at Frimley Park, any job that can get her stressed and exhausted is one she's better off out of.

Sunday, 17 April 2005

Date for the diary...
General Election The Churches Together in Central Exeter have arranged a meeting with all the candidates
for Exeter in the General Election. The meeting will take place in the United Reform Church, Southernhay
on Sunday 1st May at 8:00pm. Everyone welcome. If you have any questions that you wish to put to the
candidates, please send them in advance to [...]
no later than Wednesday 27th April.

Friday, 15 April 2005

For a musician ear training is one of the most important tasks.

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I say, that is nice of it.

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

I don't seem to be doing anything today, but the phone's been very active. I find myself thinking very uncharitable things before I pick it up now.

This is bad.
A busy couple of weeks since I last posted, mostly due to the fact that after you've had a holiday there's always a load of "little jobs" that you need to do.

Works progressing fine, especially since Norman finally started to unpack the clocks in boxes that had been sitting in the way for several weeks. Moving them away from the "Completed Shelves" where they had been making winding up and regulating the clocks a real pain. Literally when one attempt to work round them strained a muscle in my side.
He also asked everyone to write a list of what jobs we were working on and which ones were ready to go. The latter being rather redundant since they are usually running, showing the correct time and apart from the wall clocks, on the completed shelves. Not to mention the paperwork has been brought to his attention, often repeatedly and ignored in favour of putting price tags on watch straps.
I just have to keep telling myself that he will eventually get around to it, and he's not doing it to be awkward, but it is so irritating sometimes.

I've started going swimming on Sunday mornings again, despite the numbers of small children they're less inclined to stop and gossip in the middle of the pool than the OAPs and teenagers. Also they're so cute sometimes.

Sunday, 10 April 2005

I've certainly seen worse summaries of prepositions:


Monday, 4 April 2005

Well, something worth blogging's come up. I suppose I could blog about the passing of JPII, but much has already been said by people both more knowledgeable and people less knowledgeable than I. Suffice to say I think I've been privileged to experience his papacy.

What I meant however, was that I seem to have a place for next year, with Luke, Hannah, a girl called Cake and, I believe, a guy called Matthew. I can't remember the address, but if you want to know it, you could enter yourself on this online address-book thing, and when I know it, and update it, so will you:

I am updating my address book and it would be very helpful if you could click on the link below and enter your contact details for me:

I am using a service that keeps contact details current. Just update your own contact details and then the changes appear in selected friends' address books. When I update my contact details you will see them in your address book.

Thank you for helping.

I've already sent this to most people whose e-mail addresses I know, but I wouldn't want to leave anyone out whose e-mail address I don't know.

Saturday, 2 April 2005

What a busy day
Van to get ready
Second son to despatch with borrowed car and fiance (The fiancee is not borrowed); the insurance to sort out and when the car returns if at all.
When can I pack
Two difficult viists;"No you cannot get married there" and "No I cannot do the baptism then" AAAAAArgh
I do not like days like that

At least the van is ready to role;must just check I have the awning pegs easily avilable

Off to Kendal on Monday backthe Monday afterwards. Yoppee.get to see Muma nd Dad and Adrian and Emma briefly