Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bank Holiday Monday

With a day off work, we went to Chatsworth House. Actually we went to the Farm Yard. It was brill, there were loads of animals to look at and touch. A huge play area which had these amazing manual diggers.

We had a super picnic with Gary, Fon and Emily and I treated Elizabeth to a fishing net. We tried to catch some fish when we got back home, but the fish weren't at home.
The farm costs £5.50 for adults and £5.80 for kids over 3.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My iPhone

I've had my iphone now for 16 months now. Having any phone for this length of time is a miracle, I swap and change phones like socks.

The touch screen is so easy to use and the phone as the full mp4 features of the ipod Touch. All data as to be put on the phone via itunes which isn't always easy. You can store up to 8GB of data, i've got over 700 photos on mine and the way you can do this in several good ways.

With the iphone you can download applications from itunes, i;ve got around 50 apps on the phone. Ranging from games measuring devises and data and information storage.

Downsides include no MMS and no video. I have downloaded a video app to cope with this.

The thing I use the most is the wi-fi facility, if Nuch is using the lap top, I can use the wi=fi to get on to the internet, well sweet!

The only phone I will replace it with is a new iphone 3G S!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fired, Hired again

I couldn;t believe it when I got to work this morning. The Boss was away and his brother and Dad were there.

I've known for a few weeks that things weren't going well. The farm sheds that were being sold had been sold to cheaply. There was no money left in the pot and I was told my services were no longer required, basically "Fuck off"!

This is the third time i've lost my job this year!!!!!

Luckily I had been in touch with one of the companies suppliers, I spoke to him this morning and he told me to spend the afternoon in the office. At the end of the afternoon he said he;d see me tomorrow. Which I guess means i've got a job.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

One year older

Today was my birthday, 43 years old and counting!

I have to give Nuch her due, she tried to make it a day I would remember. However Elizabeth had other ideas, she told me about my card, when I walked through the door this evening she couldn't wait to show me what her Mum had done in the front room (see picture). Also she told me Mummy had bought Daddy a cake. Good old Elizabeth.

Nuch bought me a superb watch, the best watch i've had!!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Natural History Museum

Today we visited the Natural History Museum in London. Its the first time Nuch as been to London and in all fairness she wasn't that impressed!

The Museum was excellent, the dinasour section was well cool. Some of the animatronics on display were top notch, very life like. The life size models of whales, rhino's and elephants give you a better idea what something like a Blue Whale is compared to humans.

Get there early, the ques when we came out were over 40 mins to get in.

The South Kensingtontube station is the closest undergorund station and admission is free.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Possible D-Day for Thailand

Tomorrow will see a possible make or break day for Thailand. A petition is to be handed in to the goverment signed by millions of Thai's for the pardon of ex PM Thaksin Shinawatra. This supported by the Red shirted UDD. Opposing them wearing blue shirts are people who are supposedly sick of the troubles and are determind to put the red shirts to the sword. The blue shirts have been accused of being the muscle for the yellow shirted PAD party who gained notoriety last year by closing off the airport and causing shocking problems to the Thai economy to this day.

Mix into this divisions of police who are looking for revenge on the red shirts after being bailed out by the army in march when the red shirts took to the streets. this whole cocktail is looking bad. Nuch's Mum as said she is going out in support of the red shirts, we both hope she stays well clear, but if someone like Nuch's Mum is prepared to demonstrate that gives you a feel for how bad things are.

The new PM who through the Democrat party is alligned to the Yellow shirts. He seems to be doing a ok job, but as no clear mandate from the people. He can't go to the [poles because he will loose to the party that supports Thaksin. If this party gets in then the yellow shirts won't except this and we'll be back to square one.

I have said before and i'll say it again, the only way to possibly solve this is for the King of Thailand to come out and dissolve parliament and then urge everyone to have a fair election and abide by the result. Sadly, will never happen.

Friday, August 14, 2009

BNP Scum

Very locally the fascist political party BNP held a summer rally. Great! that bunch of rasist thugs on the door step.

There was a counter rally by "Unite against Fascism" The too ing and throwing of these two groups must have caused hell for the local residents. People in this country have a right to protest as do the counter protestors.

I hope to god that people like the BNP don't gain much more of a foothold in british life, this could directly affect my family!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

New Belper River Gardens

The River Gardens at Belper have been a focal point of town life for over a century, the gardens have always been a place to relax and eed the ducks. In Summer thay have bands playing and a play area for kids. I know! it all sounds corny, but its not.

All this summer, they have been closed for refurbishment and aren't due to open till the end o the month. Too cut a long story short, Elizabeth and I gate crashed a few weeks early. The photo's below show what is install for any visitors.

Sunday Walk

Elizabeth and I have taken to taking a regular walk on sunday, this week we walked up to a local donkey sanctuary, then on to the beautiful Beaurepaire Gardens and finally on to the River Gardens by the river at Belper.

It's probably only a mile or so, but on a sunny day and at the pace that Elizabeth walks it takes a few hours.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Mighty Rams 2009

Championship Table
Saturday, 8 August 2009 19:31 UK
1 Cardiff 1 4 3
2 Derby 1 1 3

3 Leicester 1 1 3
4 Barnsley 1 0 1
5 Bristol City 1 0 1
6 Preston 1 0 1


7 Sheff Wed 1 0 1
8 Blackpool 1 0 1
9 Crystal Palace 1 0 1
10 Doncaster 1 0 1
11 Newcastle 1 0 1
12 Plymouth 1 0 1
13 QPR 1 0 1
14 Watford 1 0 1
15 West Brom 1 0 1
16 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
17 Nottm Forest 1 0 1
18 Reading 1 0 1
19 Sheff Utd 1 0 1
20 Coventry 0 0 0
21 Ipswich 0 0 0


22 Peterborough 1 -1 0
23 Swansea 1 -1 0
24 Scunthorpe 1 -4 0

This is the state of play at the end of the first week of this years Championship League. The mighty Rams are in second place and are bound to be promoted this year, to go on and win the premiership by may 2011, the Champions league in 2012 and then total global domination by the end of 2013.

It could happen!!!!!!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Network Rail, Go fuck yourself!

For the last four nights I have been awoken at 1am by workers on the railway line at the back of our house. All work carried out on the lines is authorised by Network Rail. So being as my only course for re-dress is my blog, i'll just say again:

Fuck Off Network Rail

I have tried phoning and emailing them, all to no avail. If it happens tonight I will be getting tough! Especially if i've had a few pints.

They are cutting trees down with chainsaw's and then mulching the branches up, its a bloody noisy process and doesn't stop till 3.30am.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Prick splitter

A strange but all to often occurance was aired on the popular Pattaya One News feed today, A man reported to the main Pattaya Hospital with half his dick hanging off!

He claims to of been woken up with the wound already in place, the cut was very deep. Unfortunately this is a very common occurance in Thailand. It seems Thai women believe in the old saying "Revenge is a dish best served cold". Stories like this are common place, so if your'e married to a Thai woman, you'd better be careful.

Oh shit! I am.......

Get the full story at Pattaya One

New Job

I've been at my new job just over a month and boy has it been a turbulant month!!!

I was originally taken on as a steel and cladder erector, well now I seem to have become an office woller and roving salesman. This in all fairness suits me, (i'm getting to old for seriously hard graft, the body won't take it)

Don't get me wrong, i've had several 12 hour shifts on site and been up to my knees in shit. Having shingles hasn't helped the cause. My two bosses are VERY young guys and the environment in the office is very fluid, i'm sure it will calm down soon.

The picture above was taken at a farm in the deepest darkest part of the Peak District, a job I want to forget very quickly.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Thai baht movement

With very small green shoots showing themselves in the UK economy, this as prompted the GB Pound to actively become stronger, with the £1 at $1.70.

In the last three months the £1 as increased by over 10% against the Thai Baht. It now stands at 57.5 baht to the pound, still a long way from the high of 75 baht five years ago. Long may it continue, if it continues to strengthen then I may begin importing stuff from Thailand to sell again.