Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ahoy Sailor!

Ann bought me a remote control boat for my Birthday - the snappily titled gizmovine t01 - and today was my first opportunity to try it out.

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So, David and I headed down to Wicksteed Park and their boating pool. The conditions were perfect in that there was no wind and it was reasonably warm.
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Unfortunately David’s boat developed gremlins and after initially springing into life, suddenly went quiet - and we just couldn't get it to run at all! 

So, it was left to me to put mine through its paces, even if I now didn't have anyone to race! It didn’t disappoint, zipping along at a phenomenal speed - and its manoeuvrability was unbelievable. Luckily I took some spare batteries with me as each pack only lasted around 20 minutes - but each time it was an exhilarating 20 minutes!

An hour later, I’d exhausted them all and in doing so, the Boat had sustained a few ‘battle scars’ (mainly down to me crashing it into the side of the boating-pool whose edge was made of concrete). Ouch! đŸ˜®

Wow! What a maiden voyage!



Monday, October 15, 2018

Laptop Coaching: Certification Day

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With the 29th (and final) lesson completed today, Ron, Elaine, Sue and Sally took ‘centre stage’ and received their Certificates. We’ve covered over 75 hours of training and coaching with this Group and the small group size has allowed us to cover more topics in more depth.
Congratulations Team! Now go and have fun with your Windows 10 Laptops!


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Doctor Who - Series 11, Episode 2 - ‘The Ghost Monument’

Ahh, another change - the title sequence was right at the front of the episode! I wasn’t expecting that!

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…and I think the new theme tune is growing on me too.

The promise of these new episodes having more of a cinematic feel certainly played-out in this episode - the crash-landing space-ship in one of the early scenes was as epic as anything I’ve seen at the cinema! So far, so good, although I won’t won’t spoil the story here by revealing the plot.

The new TARDIS finally made its appearance in this episode towards the end, and it’s VERY different to anything that’s gone before - be prepared, as it’s not a subtle change! I’m hoping it’ll grow on me!!

By the end of the episode, how did I feel about it? Well, I liked it,  and JW has fitted into the role, playing her part as if she’s been doing it for years. The support cast are pretty good too, BUT, I didn’t love it - for me, there’s something missing. I think it might be because as good as the script is, as good as the acting is and as good as the production values are, I still don’t really care too much about the characters themselves (but it’s early days!).

Friday, October 12, 2018

Rick Wakeman at the Derngate

We haven’t been to the Derngate since last November when we saw Rob Brydon.

And just like last time we dropped into Pamukkale, the Turkish restaurant, just down the road, before the Show.


 
It didn’t disappoint, in lots of ways and also seems to have expanded since we were last there - taking over the space next door. Joining us, were fellow prog-rockers: Chris and Gill and the timings worked perfectly - table for 6.15… leisurely meal.. slow walk back to Theatre… in our seats with 15 minutes to spare.

If you like Turkish and you like generous portions, this is THE place for a pre-theatre feast! Lovely staff too!
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On arrival at the Theatre, and after taking our seats in the Upper Circle, we were surprised that it wasn’t fuller! I don’t think I’ve been to one of Rick’s concerts where it wasn’t a sell-out!

On the stroke of 8, Rick entered Stage Right (looking as scruffy as he always does, but with his signature naughty smile). After playing an initial track (can’t recall the title), he was into his legendary comedic interlude - and within 10 minutes, we were all in stiches!

Since I saw him last (back in 2014), he’s lost none of his keyboard skills. I think every note on that Steinway was used during the just-over-two-hour note-fest, and his playing speed is still as jaw-dropping as ever with no sign of a bum note anywhere! No-one could fail to be impressed by his sheer skills on the piano and he deserves IMHO to be much more in the public-eye than he is. He’s a passionate player and his classical training is strongly in evidence -  but he’s a very versatile player effortlessly switching playing styles in a heartbeat.

If he ever loses his passion for playing, he can always fall back on his skills as a stand-up comedian. The acoustics weren’t brilliant, but it didn’t stop this audience from almost wetting themselves with laughter at every ‘talky-bit’. Funniest moment? His joke about Black Testicles - worth going, just for that!

The show finished around 10.30 and as we said our goodbyes and headed home, we reflected on the performance - as good as ever in our view!
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Monday, October 08, 2018

Laptop Coaching: Extended Q and A

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Today, in the penultimate Lesson for this group, we ran an extended open session answering specific ‘Windows 10-related’ questions.



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£1-a-Day (2018) - How Did We Do?

Well, that’s it, I’m done for 2018’s Challenge! David, Paul and I have now survived this year’s challenge of living on a £1 a day each, for food and drink, for seven days.

It’s 5.30am on the 8th (the day after this year’s campaign ended) and as I write this Blog, the donations stand at an impressive £1072 (plus £188.75 Gift Aid). We set a target of £1500, so although we didn’t quite hit the figure we set, and even when you take away JG’s 5% commission, it’s none too shabby!

 Donations as at midnight, 7th October

We even had change! All 6p of it!

6p left!

The costings were as follows…

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…and we even had a small amount of food left over

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We’ve decided to keep our JustGiving website open for another month (until the 7th November) to catch those who missed all the excitement first time round, due to holidays and other reasons.
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/poundaday2018

As a bonus to all of this, I also lost a few pounds in weight too! I started off at 14st exactly on Day 1, and by the last day I’d dropped to 13st 10lbs!
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Thanks again everyone - you've been super-generous.


News-Flash! 2pm Friday, 12th October

What a very pleasant surprise! An anonymous donation and a donation from Denis, pushed us over our target!
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£1-a-Day (2018) - How Did We Do?

Well, that’s it, I’m done for 2018’s Challenge! David, Paul and I have now survived this year’s challenge of living on a £1 a day each, for food and drink, for seven days.

It’s 5.30am on the 8th (the day after this year’s campaign ended) and as I write this Blog, the donations stand at an impressive £1072 (plus £188.75 Gift Aid). We set a target of £1500, so although we didn’t quite hit the figure we set, and even when you take away JG’s 5% commission, it’s none too shabby!

 Donations as at midnight, 7th October

We even had change! All 6p of it!

6p left!

The costings were as follows…

Expenditure
Click on the image above for a larger version

…and we even had a small amount of food left over

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We’ve decided to keep our JustGiving website open for another month (until the 7th November) to catch those who missed all the excitement first time round, due to holidays and other reasons.
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/poundaday2018

As a bonus to all of this, I also lost a few pounds in weight too! I started off at 14st exactly on Day 1, and by the last day I’d dropped to 13st 10lbs!
Nyah-Nyah

Thanks again everyone - you've been super-generous.

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Doctor Who - Series 11, Episode 1 - ‘The Girl Who Fell to Earth’


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Well, I can’t possibly compete with the amount of ‘stuff’ that going to be written about this pivotal  episode - so I won’t!. The BBC had a good summary HERE on their news site of what the Critics said…

First of all, there are some big changes all round! And I do mean BIG!!

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To start with, we now have Chris Chibnall as Showrunner and who appears to have a very different take on the direction of the show - well, this first series anyway (For a start - no Daleks, no Cybermen and any of the ‘old’ foes; also no overly long, impenetrable story-arcs). It’s also going out on a SUNDAY at 6.45 with the intention of making it a more family-friendly show.

…and there’s more! In terms of the on-screen dynamic, we have the 13th Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) with not one, or two, but THREE companions. (Tosin Cole as Ryan; Mandip Gill as Yasmin and Bradley Walsh as Graham).

Scrub that; apparently they’re not called companions any longer - it’s now friends. Another change!

There’s also a new take on on the theme tune courtesy of the new in-house composer Segun Akinola (but we’re told we’ve got to wait until episode 2 to hear it).


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…and a new TARDIS interior (OK, that’s pretty normal for any new incoming Doctor). But we won’t see that in this first episode.

Finally, this series will be transmitted over (just) 10 weeks and each episode will be 50 minutes long (5 minutes longer than previous ‘new-Who’ series) - except for tonight’s, that spans a full hour!

The camera kit used for filming is also new, and promises a fuller cinematic feel onscreen - more details HERE. The picture is also going to be 16:10 format rather than the traditional 16:9.

So, the big question is: will all this alienate life-long Who-fans like me? Well, a few lucky souls managed to see episode 1 in Sheffield for one-off screening. Generally speaking, most (not all) the professional critics seemed to like it, enthusing that Jodie Whittaker had made the part her own (already!?).

Maybe then, it’s going to be fantastic!
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I’ll write the rest of this Blog, when I’ve seen it live…

Sunday Scramble 2018

Another first for us today! We met up with Chris A and Gill’s brother, Andrew, at Bicester’s ‘Sunday Scramble’. Hosted at RAF Bicester, it was conceived in 2014 for a meet-up for car enthusiasts involved in car restoration.

It’s ‘moved on’ a bit since then and were told it would be well supported. We left relatively early - 8.15 - in order to narrowly miss the initial queues and get there for 9.15/9.30. It all went perfectly to plan in spite of a massive alternative event at Silverstone (that slowed the journey on the Silverstone by-pass).

Luckily, yesterday’s weather of rain, rain and more rain gave way to a dry (but a little cold) event and we arrived on-time.


..and it certainly lived-up to the promise…

…from ‘classics’…

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…there was a car for everyone!

Getting in was pretty straightforward and we only queued for about 10 minutes. Parking was very orderly which helped with the enormous number of people there (more than we imagined).
 

We stayed until just after 11am leaving Chris and Andrew to salivate further over the massive turn-out of vehicles and their owners. This was a very well-supported event.

We’ll certainly go again in the future, but maybe a warmer day!