Updates on my Life version 4

15 11 2012

This first part was written on 16th of Feb 2007, and the 2nd on the 13th August 2008, the third was the 26th May 2010.

1997

For some reason I was thinking what I was doing a decade ago:

I was at college studying English Language, P.E. and Law.

I had a part-time job at Homebase

I was listening to Radiohead OK Computer, Blur by Blur, the Fat of the Land by the Prodigy.

I learnt to drive and had a brown Mini, with a tape player that I used to make tapes for

I rode my mountain bike, that summer I was doing 200 miles a week

I used to play roller hockey with my mates Lee and Nick

I first went to the pub

I got mugged

I  lived with my parents

2007

A decade has gone by now and what the hell has changed in my life.  I finished College with 2E’s and an N.  I lost all faith in the English legal system as a result.  I went to university and started studying forestry, which I then changed to get a 2:2 in Geography.

I work for a charity called the Tropical Forest Trust, having left Homebase after 8 years.

I have actually just listened to tracks off of all of those albums on my mp3 player

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car

My mountain bike hasn’t been out of the shed for 3 years

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub

Haven’t been mugged since

Due to a series of unfortunate incidents I am back living with my parents

So have I developed as a person in 10 years, I really hope so.  Who knows!  Am I better off?  Yes, but I’m buying a flat, so that’s going out of the window.  I’m certainly more world wise, I know that.

So why am I thinking all of this?  I have no idea, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.  That and the fact that I’m sat at home on a Friday night alone is also a kickback to 10 years ago.

13th August 2008

After problems at work, and my role changing I have left the TFT, and am currently temping in a metal factory.  I have an interview today for a job that I don’t really want and am not that confident of getting anyway.

I haven’t bought any music since May, which is really sad, and it’s probably been that long since I went to a gig too.

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car.  My car is however gradually falling apart.

My mountain bike is on the landing, and I ride it regularly.  I am in the early stages of training to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats (or the other way around).

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and has a Kid called Evelyn Louise, and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub but haven’t been for a while.

I own my own flat with the Housemate, although depending on finances in a few months I may have to move back in with the parents and rent out my room.

So there you go, just a quick update, not sure what will happen in another 18 months time.  I will keep you informed.

 

26th May 2010

I am now 30.  Woo hoo, where did that time go.  The last 18 months has flown by.  The biggest thing in my life is that I am engaged to H.  This came as a bit of a surprise to me, but I really couldn’t be happier about it.

I have been working at the University of Portsmouth doing Admin work, I don’t particularly enjoy it, but in the current economic climate a job is better than no job.  I also really like the people, which helps more than you can imagine.

I am still buying Music, most recently that fantastic High Violet by the National.

Still no claims on the car.  It is however still falling apart.

H and I go out on our bikes whenever the sun is out, and we are enjoying getting fitter together.

For a year I had a decent quiz team that would go to the pub every Tuesday, however that has tailed off now that one has moved to London, the Boy Lord has moved to Korea, and Ahab is going back to sea.

I didn’t have to move back home, but a move is on the cards as H and I look to move in together before the wedding.  We have set a year, so 2012 it is.

I have taken up photography as a hobby instead of more energetic pursuits.

All in all I can conclude that my life is pretty darn good now.  Much better than it has been in previous years.

 

15th November 2012

I’m 32 now! Turning 30 really wasn’t as bad as I thought.  In fact it’s quite a long time ago now. I’m married to H and we had a lovely day back in Summer.  We have just come back from our Honeymoon to Indochina.

Surprisingly, I’m still at the university in the same job.  So much for only being there a year.  Still, I like the people that I work with, even if it’s not the best job in the world.

I’m still buying music, although I now download.  Most recently Jackamo Brown (I highly recommend this album).

Still no claims on the car, but now it is a Toyota Corolla rather than the Fiesta.

Not been to the quiz for ages.  The Boy Lord is still in Korea.

H and I now own the flat that I used to share with The Housemate.  It’s serving our purposes for now.  It certainly feels more homely than it did.  Hopefully we will move next year.

I’m still taking photographs and shunning exercise. I should probably update this more too.
What do you know, I’m still happy.  I’ll probably update this in a few more years.





Cycling to Work

19 04 2012

I really didn’t realise that it had been so long since I had written anything here, which just goes to prove that not a lot has happened.  Well apart from the trip to Wales.

Recently, in an effort to get fit, I bought a new bike, a road bike so that I could ride to work.  I know that this is against all of my Mountain Biking heritage, but I just need something that will be a bit easier, and the skinny tyres do help a lot.  Now the bike is nothing spectacular, it was the only bike that I could afford in the size that I needed, plus I got a load of Nectar points buying through Amazon (better Christmas presents for my family now).

My plan is to ride the 5.75 miles to work as often as I can, both to get fit and save money.  So far it has rained more often than not, so I haven’t got as much use as I wanted.  When I do go in though, it takes me about 27 minutes, which would be shorter if it weren’t for all of the pesky traffic lights and the level crossing that is bound to have a train coming when I need to be passing it.

It is quite good to see so many people riding to work, I invariably pass the same people going in the opposite direction every day, and they are a right miserable bunch.  None of them ever smile, it is probably my fault, why would they want to smile back at someone gurning like a fool.  But I find cycling a happy experience, I enjoy it, and it makes me smile.  I quite understand people on their way to work being miserable, but surely they must be able to think back to the fun that they had on their bikes when they were kids.  I can, and to me my bike still means fun and freedom, even if it is tempered by the fact that I have to spend the next 8 hours a day sat behind a desk in a soul sucking job.

Normally in a car my trip to work takes about 20 minutes, I would much rather spend another 8 on my bike, getting some fresh air.  It really helps that over half of my ride is on cycle lanes.  I wish it was more though.





The Longest Month

26 01 2012

January has seemed to last for ever.  I suppose this has something to do with the fact that I was last paid on 23rd December, which by the time I get paid next Monday (31st) will be nearly 6 weeks ago.

I was paid before Christmas, so I had that and New year to go through, which seems like a hell of a long time ago now.  We have also been up to Worcester for a weekend to see some friends.  I am sure that we have done more but I can’t remember it.

I know that I have spent a lot of time reading, which is why I have read 5 books this month, including two of the George RR Martin Song Of Ice and Fire series.  That is 1600 pages right there. (Still have 3 more to go)  If I carry on at this rate I should clear my book shelves by June.

Tonight though I am going to my first gig of the year, Reel Big Fish at the Pyramids Centre in Portsmouth, which is probably the worst venue in the country.  Because it is next to a heated swimming pool it smells of Chlorine and is about 50 degrees. The gig should be good though, and I am going with Adrian who has come back from South Korea for a two week holiday before he starts teaching there again.

I’s no wonder January has Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year.  It’s because like me, most people want the month to end.





Book Addiction

4 08 2011

I seem to have gone a little mad with buying books recently.  Damn you ebay and Car boot sales, so now I have about 30 unread books lying around.  Including George RR Martins complete epic Song of Ice and Fire (on which Game of Thrones is based), 6 more of Stephen Kings Dark Tower Books (I have read the first one, The Gunslinger now) which I bought at a car boot sale for a bargain £3.50.  I still have 3 more John Carter of Mars books to go (a series which  I am still loving), 5 of the Flashman novels by George Macdonald Fraser. 

Others include Orcs by Stan Nicholls, Pies and Predjudice by Stuart Maconie, The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis, The Last Templar (by somebody).  Its quite a mix.

I am trying to get through them, but finding that I am buying more than I am reading, and I am reading quite a lot.  H however isn’t pleased with this.  Mind you, not that there is anything good on TV at the moment, and an addiction to words is better than an addiction to most other things.  The only problem is that I might need a new book shelf.

Sorry, a bit of a random one,





Sometimes…

4 10 2010

Sometime I love Portsmouth, the City where I was born and brought up, the City that I moved away from and then moved back to.

Sometimes I hate Portsmouth, the City where I was born and brought up, the City that I moved away from and then moved back to.

It is beautiful, it is fun, there is a lot to do, there is a thriving music scene as shown by Southsefest, the free museums are maybe not the best, but they are free and worth going to.  You can always have a good night out whatever your tastes are, being pubbing or clubbing, restaurant or theatre.

Sadly it is also home to a very small minority of small minded, petty vindictive and spiteful people. 

The reason that I bring this up is because somebody burnt down the Southsea Dinosaur which I am not too happy about (I think that you may have guessed) .

Apparantly now there is a £1000 reward for anyone that has any information.  The general opinion is that it was a student that did it, however I believe that students have more respect for art and the things around them.

Rant over.





Karmic Littering

27 09 2010

I don’t like people littering, it is ugly and anti-social, so I was highly amused yesterday when I saw what I saw.

Two teenagers walking along the road, and one of them has an empty can that he needs to get rid of, instead of waiting to find a bin he takes matters into his own hands and throws the empty can high into the air over a fence.

The can then got caught by the wind and blew back hitting him in the face. 

There you go, Karma will get you.





Heroes and Villains

11 08 2010

In the last few days a story have caught my eye and I think it shows the true spirit of Human nature to stick the middle finger up at those who have abused, taken them for granted and just made their life miserable.

The story in question is about Steven Slater, the Jet Blue air attendant or steward for those of us in the UK, who was shouted at by a passenger on landing .  When called a “motherf**ker” and told to “F**k off” he was upset, and presumably having a bad day.

Grabbing the tannoy he made the following announcement  “To the passenger who called me a m—f–er, f— you,” following it up with “I’ve been in the business 28 years. I’ve had it. That’s it.”

If that wasn’t a good enough way to go, what he did next was just inspired.  Grabbing a couple of cans of beer off of the cart he pulled the emergency chute cord setting off the big yellow slide, jumping out to his freedom.

Sadly for his brilliance he was arrested at his home for several crimes, one being Criminal Mischief.  I am sure that he will have the book thrown at him (see what I did there with my legal knowledge), but I have to salute you.

Why doesn’t my office have an escape chute?





I Want to be a Spaceman

28 06 2010

After the not unexpected disappointment of the  of the football on Sunday (Germany were much better than us, and I still would have dropped Wayne Rooney) and the fact that it took me an hour to get into work today, I have had quite a good morning.

I went to a lecture by US Astronaut Michael Good, who has been on 2 shuttle missions (Space Shuttle Atlantis), the first being 12 days to repair the Hubble telescope and the 2nd being 12 days on the International Space station, fitting a new module and changing the batteries in 3 space-walks.  He was also on the last ever Space Shuttle flight.  Apparantly, he is the University of Portsmouths Institute of Cosmology and Gravitational studies assigned Nasa astronaut.

Speaking at the University Michael said 

“While in space you see sunrise and sunset every 90 minutes so you have 18 nights everyday. It gets incredibly dark at night but is amazing to be in the best planetarium in the world. The stars don’t just twinkle, you can distinguish between the colours – stunning blues, reds, yellows and whites.

“Floating in space is a lot more fun than I expected – you can fly around like Peter Pan up there. Before the launch we decided to make sure we had fun on board and there was a lot of laughter. I often had tears welling-up in my eyes but they wouldn’t roll down my cheeks because that doesn’t happen in space!”

There was a brilliant video that showed parts of the mission from launch to landing and included some absolutely hilarious zero gravity scenes (astronauts acting like the game hungry hippos with a bag of M&M’s was brilliant) and some amazing photos taken by himself of the Earth.  It really was quite spectacular.

Here are a few space facts for you.

  • The International Space Station Orbits the Earth 19 times a day.
  • Michael Good has travelled 10,155,978 miles in just 24 days and has orbited the Earth 383 times.
  • You need to be travelling about 11k/m’s a second to break the Earths Gravitational pull and enter orbit.
  • It takes 8.5 minutes to get into space travelling at 17500 m.p.h




Further Updates on My Life

26 05 2010

This first part was written on 16th of Feb 2007, and the 2nd on the 13th August 2008

1997

For some reason I was thinking what I was doing a decade ago:

I was at college studying English Language, P.E. and Law.

I had a part-time job at Homebase

I was listening to Radiohead OK Computer, Blur by Blur, the Fat of the Land by the Prodigy.

I learnt to drive and had a brown Mini, with a tape player that I used to make tapes for

I rode my mountain bike, that summer I was doing 200 miles a week

I used to play roller hockey with my mates Lee and Nick

I first went to the pub

I got mugged

I  lived with my parents

2007

A decade has gone by now and what the hell has changed in my life.  I finished College with 2E’s and an N.  I lost all faith in the English legal system as a result.  I went to university and started studying forestry, which I then changed to get a 2:2 in Geography.

I work for a charity called the Tropical Forest Trust, having left Homebase after 8 years.

I have actually just listened to tracks off of all of those albums on my mp3 player

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car

My mountain bike hasn’t been out of the shed for 3 years

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub

Haven’t been mugged since

Due to a series of unfortunate incidents I am back living with my parents

So have I developed as a person in 10 years, I really hope so.  Who knows!  Am I better off?  Yes, but i’m buying a flat, so that’s going out of the window.  I’m certainly more world wise, I know that.

So why am I thinking all of this?  I have no idea, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.  That and the fact that im sat at home on a friday night alone is also a kickback to 10 years ago.,

13th August 2008

After problems at work, and my role changing I have left the TFT, and am currently temping in a metal factory.  I have an interview today for a job that I don’t really want and am not that confident of getting anyway.

I havn’t bought any music since May, which is really sad, and it’s probably been that long since I went to a gig too.

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car.  My car is however gradually falling apart.

My mountain bike is on the landing, and I ride it regularly.  I am in the early stages of training to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats (or the other way around).

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and has a Kid called Evelyn Louise, and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub but haven’t been for a while.

I own my own flat with the housemate, although depending on finances in a few months I may have to move back in with the parents and rent out my room.

So there you go, just a quick update, not sure what will happen in another 18 months time.  I will keep you informed.

26th May 2010

I am now 30.  Woo hoo, where did that time go.  The last 18 months has flown by.  The biggest thing in my life is that I am engaged to H.  This came as a bit of a surprise to me, but I really couldn’t be happier about it.

I have been working at the University of Portsmouth doing Admin work, I don’t particularly enjoy it, but in the current economic climate a job is better than no job.  I also really like the people, which helps more than you can imagine.

I am still buying Music, most recently that fantastic High Violet by the National. 

Still no claims on the car.  It is however still falling apart.

H and I go out on our bikes whenever the sun is out, and we are enjoying getting fitter together.

For a year I had a decent quiz team that would go to the pub every Tuesday, however that has tailed off now that one has moved to London, the Boy Lord has moved to Korea, and Ahab is going back to sea.

I didn’t have to move back home, but a move is on the cards as H and I look to move in together before the wedding.  We have set a year, so 2012 it is. 

I have taken up photography as a hobby instead of more energetic pursuits.

All in all I can conclude that my life is pretty darn good now.  Much better than it has been in previous years.





Random Diary

17 05 2010
This is a bit of a catch up Blog, as I have been on Holiday and got lots to tell you, about all sorts of different things.  I am going to do it diary style.
 
Saturday 8th of May – Celebration of Steam at the Historic Dockyard.
 
H and I decided that we would go down to the Celebration of Steam, not sure what it would entail, but we had a great day.   Our £12 ticket, got us entry to HMS Warrior, which I had wanted to go on for ages, a Harbour tour on a

Traction Engine

boat, where we got to see part of the British Navy that is docked in Portsmouth.  As well as this there was a collection of traction engines and steam powered memorabelia including the world record holding fastest steam car in the world, which took the record by going nearly 150 mph.

 
There was also an Ale and Sausage Festival where we had a local tipple and an Ostrich burger.  Which I can say is very nice.
 
Monday 10th May – Natural History Museum – London
 
As we were flying to Riga Early on Tuesday we had decided to stay at Stanstead the night before which gave us the opportunity to go to London.

The Natural History Museum Dinosaur

  We had wanted to get to the Natural History Museum for ages and it didn’t disappoint.  It is spectacular but we could have done with having more time. 

 
After a swift meal in China Town we headed to Wimbledon to meet with May-Z who unfortunately wouldn’t be there for my birthday.  We had some great conversations about professional quiz-masters among others.
 
Tuesday 11th May – Riga
 
We flew to Riga from Stanstead on Ryan Air.  It was ok.  It was also my Dad’s birthday, so happy birthday to him.  I will write more about Riga in another Blog, but it was great fun.
 
Saturday 15th May- FA Cup Final
 
Pompey were in the FA Cup final, after a turbulent season with Relegation administration, numerous owners and players jumping ship, we had battled our way to Wembley. 
 
We defended brilliantly in the first half and were saved by the woodwork on 6 occasions and went in at half time 0-0.
 
Daring to dream in the second half, we had a penalty, which Kevin Prince Boateng scuffed and was saved, and then Didier Drogba scored the winner.  Not what the fairytale deserved.
 
Sunday 16th May – World Twenty-20 and Gigs.
 
Well done to England, World T-20 champions.  It was a brilliant final, with all parts of our team on fire.  Bowling was economical, Craig Kieswetter and KP were on fire, and we were finally steered home by Paul Collingwood and Eion Morgan with 3 overs to go, a huge margin in this form of the game.  To beat the Aussies was the icing on the cake.
 
As soon as this had finished I rushed out the door to go and see North Atlantic Oscilation at the Joiners. The Sarah Griffin Band were great, the Rebs were average and NAO were probably the best band that I had seen this year.
 
There you go, brief, but good.  I will catch you up on Riga later.